MODEL 86 – TRAUMA

“I made ‘Trauma’ after messing around with a bunch of vocal samples to see what happened,” producer Model 86 told XLR8R.  “It’s called ‘Trauma’ because I was messing around making up lyrics for what the vocal edits/noises became—the first word she says sounds like ‘trauma’.  I actually had a version of the track that replaced…

ALL THE SAMPLES FROM ENTER THE WU-TANG [36 CHAMBERS]

In 1993, Wu-Tang Clan made their debut with ‘Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)’.  The album was a sampling game-changer; borrowing from classic Soul & Jazz records as much as it did from 1970s Martial Arts films. Almost 25 years later, ’36 Chambers’ remains one of the most significant albums of all time. Underpinned by consistently…

FALSIDE – DUVET

  It hasn’t even been a month since Falside released his last EP, ‘End Of An Error‘, but he’s already back with a brand new sound in the form of ‘Duvet’.  The ten track EP is quite the departure from the 80s synth sounds of the his previous effort, opting for a far more ‘real’…

ROCKET SURGEON – I GOT YOU

Bristol-based producer Rocket Surgeon [formerly Phiskal] mixes an upbeat steel drum melody with some shuffling percussion on new track ‘I Got You’ to create a beautifully formed slice of ambient House.  A gently building intro, complete with a looped vocal sample complete the track – think Jamie XX & Gil Scott Heron’s ‘We’re New Here’…

TOKIMONSTA – STEAL MY ATTENTION

After she released ‘Realla‘ [ft. Anderson Paak] last month, we got pretty excited about TOKiMONSTA’s upcoming album ‘Desiderium’, but we’re at a whole new level of anticipation after new track ‘Steal My Attention’.  The LA beatsmith weaves the kind of pulsing bass synths you’d find in House with a funky Hip Hop beat and some…

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…

BONHAM CARTER – ICAN’TFUCKWITCH’ALL

The first track from Bonham Carter’s upcoming EP, ‘SmokinOutPourinUp’ [August], comes in the form of ‘ICan’tFuckWitch’all’.  The track samples both Kendrick Lamar and Aaliyah, marrying the two perfectly in this mellow, summery little number.  We’re big fans of the San Francisco producer, who released ‘Pura‘ via Province earlier this week.  Check it out at our SoundCloud page after…

LIKE – ZESTY

Pac Div producer Like, has dropped his second solo release of the year, ‘Zesty’.  The ten track collection is filled with copious amounts of skittering Jazz and mellow Hip Hop beats.  The album’s title and artwork, as well as its track titles, hint at Like’s current obsession with everything fresh, which is something that ‘Zesty’…

LUKE BONDS – SOUNDS HAVE FEELINGS / SIDE A

With a near constant output of brilliantly wavey, jazz-tinged instrumentals, it’s surely only a matter of time before we see Barbadian producer Luke Bonds get the recognition he deserves.  His latest collection, ‘Sounds Have Feelings’ shuffles along in a kind of zoned-out haze that almost belies it’s careful construction.  Stream below via BandCamp.

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…