Fred Firth 1918 – Khenti Munk
A 16-track album, Fred Firth 1918 boasts of the art of beat-sampling, with a hybrid of hip-hop, jazz, funk and laid back loops.
The movie monologues and freestyle clips that lace the beat tape emphasize the concept of diversified artistry in individual tracks.
Fav track(s): Neptune Blues
Summer Solstice – Soular System
A neo-soul album, Summer Solstice fuses philosophy and blues in conscious lyrical model. The album is a twin effort of Anthony Lynn as producer and the soulful crooner Tom Kendall. This is their debut EP.
Fav track(s): One/Soul-Searching
Meditation [.Ep]; Solitude – Jinsang
Another laid back Hiphop-Jazz beat-tape, Meditation [.EP] and Solitude as the names suggest, let your mind rift off to ocean shores and beyond. The two albums have a yin-yan connection that transcends the mind whether you’re studying, painting, driving or simply lost in thought in your living room.
Fav track(s): Abandoned
SHAA.DOWS (Shadows LP) – KAA.DDU
One of the albums that keep me alive during sunsets, Shadows LP proves that music, devoid of lyrics, can surpass the typical music listening experience and elevate your spirit to a different realm where only rhythm and silence meet.
Fav track(s): One Way & Underground
Magnetica – Quantic
I fell in love with Quantic after listening to The 5th Exotic, which I think is his best album to date . In Magnetica, he explores his native Caribbean culture and delivers that up-tempo funk, salsaesque Colombian drums.
Fav track(s): Muevelo Negro ft. Nidia Gongora
Jazz Hop – Gas Lab & Trauma Diggs
A classic (in the contemporary sense; and not some 70s boom-bap shit) hip-hop jazz album, Trauma Diggs’ poetic lyricism reminds you that hip-hop is alive and pretty much breathing. Gas-Lab’s fingers on the beats work like magic. The saxophone in ‘Sax 5th Ave Flow’ is therapeutic.
Fav track: 1988 feat. Hache ST
Devil Is Fine – Zeal and Ardor
Weird album. There is what sounds like acid, Negro slavery chants and there’s a trap mash-up of some allah-u-akbar chant and then an icy piano chord in Sacreligium II. If you want variety in an album, this takes it.
Fav track: Sacreligium I
Moyo Wangu – Renegades Of Jazz
A Germany based jazz band, Renegades of Jazz revive that lost Afro Jazz vibe that Miriam Makeba, Fela Kuti and Hughes Masekela instilled in lovers of true African music.
Fav track: Beneath this African Blue
Timbits (Re-Issue) – Falcxne
One of the most exciting beat-tapes I’ve listened to in a while. The tracks are so masterfully crafted that attempting to write a verse on it or try to spit along will blemish the beauty in them. It’s like leaving a smudge on an immaculately polished floor.
Fav track (s): Tracks #1, #6 & #8
I Do What I Do – Kev Brown
It’s an old album. It’s my fault that I discovered it so late. That doesn’t change the fact that Kev Brown is one the best beat-makers there is. He has respectable catalogues to his craft. There’s a track that I‘ve overplayed the whole of this year for strictly sentimental reasons, and that’s Albany. Like Evidence of Dilated Peoples, Kev’s flow is consciously slow and delivered in a nice tone with easy lyricism. Supastition appears in the album too. Albany is that one track that takes you back to that nice girl on a date, somewhere in that park that you’ll never forget.
Fav track(s): Albany
Utopia – Monitah. This lady should get an album out.
My 19-track beat-tape“lab-yrinth“ is out.