TCHEEP – NO BUDGET [VOLUME 1]

Tcheep is a French producer who has certainly won us over with previous release ‘Oasis Mechanic’ [featuring singles ch as ‘Opium Song’ and ‘Ethnic Fury’] in 2014 and is back with a brand new beat tape.  Tcheep continues his exceptional streak with the ‘No Budget [Volume 1]’.  While this album is Hip Hop at the core, there’s an ambient vibe…

LUKE BONDS – FRAME

Since we were first introduced to Luke Bonds back when he went by Italilc(f), we’ve really heard the Barbadian producer hone his craft, as he cements his niche in the world of instrumental Hip Hop.  His latest drop, ‘Frame’, is a re-release on Australian label Future Sound.  The album begins with  the abstract, crackling Jazz cut ‘Cereal’, shortly followed…

TREBLES & BLUES – SEASONALITY

LA producer Trebles & Blues releases ‘Seasonality’, a Brazilian-influenced beat tape.   Rather than purely being a foray into a sub-genre, T&B deftly weaves samples and tropes from Latin music into his own Hip Hop framework, making for a The first half of the project has been designed to make you groove and dust out some…

FLYING LOTUS – CORONUS, THE TERMINATOR

After a preview video and the Kendrick Lamar-featured ‘Never Catch Me‘, we were already pretty wet for Flying Lotus’ upcoming ‘You’re Dead!’ [October 7].  Now, latest drop ‘Coronus, The Terminator’ has pretty much got us sliding off our proverbial chair.  The track layers hand-claps, wandering bass and plenty of vocals to create a relaxed yet slightly creepy…

CHESTER WATSON – GURU VOL.3

Chester Watson releases ‘Guru Vol.3’, a nine track beat tape that pairs crackling Jazz with shuffling percussion to create a sound that is simultaneously relaxing and forboding.  That is, until you reach the Electro-Trap of ‘yomme’, which slaps you round the face before easing you back in via ‘beeps’.  Stream below via BandCamp.

CYPRIA – BROKEN DREAM BOULEVARD

‘Broken Dream Boulevard’ is the brand new, beautifully soulful beat tape from UK producer Cypria.  Although jam-packed with dusty samples, Cypria gives them all a thorough polishing to create a ten track EP that positively glistens.  At times, ‘BDB’ displays a slightly darker side to the UK native, but in the main this is EP shines with a kind…

SANI – GENESIS

  We know next to nothing about Sani, other than that he’s just released his third public offering in the form of 21-track instrumental tape ‘Genesis’, so we’ll let him do the talking. “I wanted to expose the epitome of an Hedonist.” says Sani, “These instrumentals were formed to represent beliefs (1-7), reflections (8-15), and…

LUKE BONDS – LUNGOST

  Luke Bonds delivers new projects so prolifically, we’re beginning to wonder if the young Barbadian ever sleeps.  His latest, ‘lungost’, is an eight-track instrumental EP.  First track ‘Rest Room’ features guest verses from MF Skum and Hirii The Human of Chemical Ape, who look set to be making some serious on the New York scene in the near future.  Stream…

CHARLES THE KID – FTLOR VOL. 1

London producer Charles The Kid’s ‘FLTOR Vol. 1’ is a demonstration of what he calls ‘Hip-Hop Orchestra Ambient Music’.  No disrespect to the man, but I think he’s selling him short with this description – there is more than enough rhythm on this tape to get toes tapping.  Whether it’s 1920s-inspired ‘The Pick-Up’, or ‘Too Foreign’ (a…

DIABIA$E – SCHEMATIKS

  From LA’s prolific beat scene comes Diaba$e’ new instrumental album, ‘Schematiks’, released on FatBeats Records.  The twenty three track, forty minute collection brims with classic-sounding Hip Hop calibre, but balances vinyl crackle and and jazz influence with some quirky sampling and well-selected features from Selfish, Decay and Tone Liv.  Stream below via SoundCloud.