VINCE STAPLES – LIFT ME UP [VIDEO]

Vince Staples releases a new set of visuals for ‘Summertime ’06‘ stand-out, ‘Lift Me Up’.  In the very literal interpretation of the track, Staples rises up from the ground in his home town of Long Beach, California, as if lifted by some unseen force.  Stream the video below via YouTube, check out one of our favourite…

NXWORRIES – LINK UP & SUEDE

Having released their debut single ‘Suede‘ at the end of August, and finished up a tour with Earl Sweatshirt, NxWorries release the ‘Link Up & Suede’ EP.  The duo comprises vocalist Anderson .Paak [see ‘The Anderson .Paak EP‘ and most of Dr Dre’s ‘Compton’] and producer Knxwledge [see ‘Hud Dreems‘], and their debut offering sees the former…

MARZ LEON – SOREE

Vocalist, songwriter, art director, stylist and model Marz Léon releases ‘SOREE’, which blends her deeply personal writing with a majestically minimal R&B beat from Jamil “Digi” Chammas.  Speaking on the song’s message, Los Angeles’ Leone says: “Someone can only promise you so much and never reciprocate until you’ve had enough to know its time to let go, understand your…

MR. CARMACK – RED EP

Team Supreme and Soulection affiliate Mr. Carmack releases his long-awaited new EP ‘Red’.  The seven track collection includes the LA beatmaker’s ‘Trophies’ remix, as well as flips of Big Sean and Rick Ross.  The whole project is available to download for free via BitTorrent [click here] and will be the first of three from Carmack in…

MADLIB – MIND FUSION: AFRICAN EARWAX

Only thirty copies of Madlib’s new mixtape ‘Mind Fusion: African Earwax’ were pressed, each one given its own unique, hand-drawn cover [designed by Jason Jagel].  The physical copies went on sale at Jagel & MF DOOM ‘Doomsday Show’ at Rappcats, LA last week, but have now made it online.  As always with Beat Konducta, and…

CHRISTIAN RICH – FAST LIFE [FT. JMSN]

Production duo Taiwo and Kehinde Hassan assure as that new track ‘Fast Life’ isn’t about cars, but that’s pretty much all they’re giving away.  Born in Chicago, raised in Lagos and now based in Los Angeles, the twin brothers will release their upcoming album ‘FW14’ on August 21st, and now enlist the help of vocalist/producer…

TWO FRESH – GETTIN THROWED [FT. TOWKIO & JOEY PURP]

Los Angeles production duo Two Fresh release the slow, wavey ‘Gettin Throwed’ featuring Save Money’s Towkio & Vic Mensa.  Mellow horns, soft synths and echoey percussion from the twin brothers take centre stage as the two MCs contribute easy-going bars to boot.  If you’re not up on Towkio’s recent ‘.Wav Theory‘ then get to know; it…

KNXWLEDGE – HUD DREEMS

Los Angeles-based beatmaker Knxwledge makes his Stones Throw Records debut with ‘Hud Dreems’, a twenty six track Instrumental collection that fuses Hip Hop and Jazz with the very best of them.  The young stand-out from the LA beat scene has already produced for the likes of Kendrick Lamar and Joey Bada$$ [on ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ and…

LION BABE – MOVE ON UP [CURTIS MAYFIELD COVER]

The sultry sound of LA duo Lion Babe is currently becoming a household among fans, irrespective of their preferred genre.  Their latest release sees them show allegiance to their roots in Soul music, with a cover of Curtis Mayfield’s 1970 classic ‘Move On Up’.  A slight touch of electronic production from Lucas Goodman brings the track…

GALLANT – TALKING IN YOUR SLEEP

Los Angeles enigma Gallant releases another new track ‘Talking In Your Sleep’, despite his first ever public performance not taking place until June.  The singer enlists the production talents of Vancouver’s STINT, who provides a fresh, shimmering accompaniment to his delicate, whispering vocals.  Gallant’s sophomore LP [which may or may not be titled ‘Neurophysi_’] is due for…