reviews

the xx – coexist

  • The XX - Coexist cover
  • Yeah it’s here and it leaked: “Coexist” by The xx. Let’s start off by stressing the fact that they really do deserve a place within the beat genre. Mainstream media might call them Indie Pop, others would classify them as rock, singer/songwriter or even folktronica. But as their first selftitled album already felt like it […]

mecca:83 – sketchbook pieces [download]

  • Mecca:83 - Sketchbook Pieces cover
  • Isn’t that nice? After finishing his work on the Alexis Davis project, British producer Evan Jones a.k.a. Rise a.k.a. Mecca:83 brings you a free compilation of tracks he has put on the web over the last year or so. That’s not nice, it’s freakin’ awesome!   Why is it awesome? 1. It’s free, c’mon you […]

samiyam – sam baker’s album

  • Samiyam - Sam Baker's Album cover
  • After 2008′s “Rap Beats Vol. 1“ I was eagerly waiting for a new Samiyam release. 2009 came and went, and by the time 2010 reached it’s end I must shamefully admit that the whole artist profile was pushed back into some scarcely visited part of my brain. When “Sam Baker’s Album“ dropped in June of […]

clear soul forces – detroit revolution(s) [download]

  • Clear Soul Dorces - Detroit Revolution(s) cover
  • Time to get back to basics. Since hip hop is making good money for years now, the focus has shifted to bank accounts, fortune and fame. For those who were only exposed to our beloved genre when it hit mainstream, it wasn’t always that way. Now I don’t want to start a whole rant about […]

thebigupmagazine – future sounds of san diego [download]

  • The Big Up Magazine - Future Sounds of San Diego cover
  • I recently ran into this crazy November 2011 release by Big Up Magazine. Powered by Dataset, “Future Sounds Of San Diego” features 19 tracks by San Diego based beat-producers who deliver over 80 minutes of high-quality bass-driven tracks.   Whereas a lot of location-based compilations focus purely on the geographical aspect, disregarding any cohesion in […]

birdview crew – august.ep [download]

  • Birdview Crew - August EP cover
  • The worldwide Birdview Crew has been dropping free monthly releases since May 2012, and they take the term beats in the broadest sense. Whether it’s downtempo,  hip hop, housey, dubstep’ish, new- or old-styled instrumentals, if it’s worth listening to, they’ll take it. So here it is: “The August.EP“.   Calling it an EP doesn’t really […]

the unity sextet – the unity sextet

  • The Unity Sextet - The Unity Sextet cover
  • It’s not uncommon for producers to team up with experienced live musicians, the examples are way too many to mention. Usually it ends up in featurings, sometimes in full-length releases, but most of the time the result does not sound like a 50/50 collaboration. Having musicians beef up the sound of an established producer is […]

daniel drumz – electric relaxation vol. 1 [download]

  • Daniel Drumz - Electric Relaxation vol. 1 cover
  • Ever since DJ Proces (what up Kamil!) introduced me to DJ 600V’s album “Szejsetkilovolt“ in the late 90s I’ve been amazed by Polish beat-music: Noon, CMY, Kixnare and ofcourse Daniel Drumz. While I was listening to the first ever mix I heard by Drumz, 2006′s “Electric Relaxation“, I decided to check out his website and […]

123mrk – refined madness ep

  • 123Mrk - Refined Madness EP cover
  • So summer finally arrived in NL, which means last week was filled with long evenings either on a café terrace or at backyard BBQs. It also meant shorts, shirts, clean kicks and not-sitting-behind-the computer-writing-posts. So to get back in the vibe I picked this little nifty 123Mrk EP called “Refined Madness”, which was released late […]

niwa – take you there

  • Ableton Bag black
  • A dear friend who recently moved to Berlin dropped by this weekend for a quick visit and gave me this really nifty Ableton padded bag as a gift. As I was walking around with it today I kinda felt like a douche because the bag obviously states ‘I do music’, and I feel my production […]