sands & skidz – raw basics promo mixes

  • Raw Basics 130516 flyer
  • The day before launching their new party CR∆CK (more on that in later posts), Sands & Skidz are playing the main stage at Raw Basics (Ekko / Utrecht / NL) on May 16th. They will be lining up with Mudde, BeeVee and Raw Basics’ residents Mok-C and F.K.A.. The lounge will be taken over by […]

funkommunity – chequered thoughts

  • Funkommunity - Chequered Thoughts cover
  • Starting out somewhere in the 90′s, Nu Funk was an almost strictly European/North American thing. Scoring a just a couple of hits in the charts and garnering a niche audience, it didn’t really take off before merging with Hip Hop and Big Beat into a more mainstream style. And so the continental fella’s thought they […]

dia – bang [download]

  • Dia - Bang internet cover
  • There’s no better way to end a blogging hibernation than by posting a release one of your own people did. Definitely if he’s dropped a tight mix depicting exactly what popular Trap music is about at this very moment, and also since it’s his first public mix in y-e-a-r-s.   Being a Hip Hop Uomo […]

ini movement – de gulden snede [download]

  • INI Movement - De Gulden Snede cover
  • Yesterday the INI Movement released their first compilation, called “De Gulden Snede”. One glance at the tracklist quickly underlines the title, which is the Dutch translation for the golden ratio. The roster for this 14-track release boasts all digital artists, with a division between the more electronic side and the more natural side of music. […]

letherette – ep

  • Letherette - EP cover
  • Some beats are to sing over, others are to lace raps on, and then there are beats that just are. Already two years old, Letherette’s “EP“ hasn’t aged a day and still sounds as fresh as the first time I heard it. This duo from Wolverhampton (UK)’s first release drenches soulful hiphop-like vibe, without actually […]

umoja – palago [download]

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  • Some talk dirty about re-edits, some just like to dance and don’t care one bit. I used to be opposed to it a lot, but throughout the years it dawned on me that re-edits are just a silent lesson as sampling in general is: they are showcasing (parts of) both the hits and forgotten gems […]

saine – lifelike

  • Saine - Lifelike cover
  • Raise your hand if you know an artist that you’ve been following for over a decade and who has, music-wise, never disappointed you. Ever. I’ve got a couple, but the most consistent one has recently dropped his 4th full-length album: Saine‘s ‘Lifelike‘.   I (and Google, for that matter) can’t even recall the first Saine […]

keynote speakerz – the record [download]

  • Keynote Speakerz - Record cover
  • To celebrate the 5th anniversary of their 2007 “Record“ album, the (so far) one-off project of Master Surreal and Skiggy Rapz as Keynote Speakerz will be available for download over the next two weeks! The cost? Name Your Price, also known as free.   Although the release is now 5 years old, it still is […]

tryezz – night driven ep [download]

  • Tryezz - Night Driven EP cover
  • Since the beginning of funk music, it has been re-invented every 10 years or so, under different names. In essence I always like to break it down into two types: funk played by traditional bands and electronic funk. Both styles will withstand the test of time, no questions asked: People will want to get their […]

cloud. – bandit veranda [download]

  • Cloud. - Bandit Veranda cover
  • Clouds are formed by nature, and nature does what it pleases. You can say the same for the music by Cloud., who put out his latest release called “Bandit Veranda“ last night. You can argue whether it’s a mini-album (runtime: 30mins) or a beattape, both terms won’t do justice to this organic piece of work. […]