tryezz – night driven ep [download]

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  • 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]

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  • 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. […]

mecca:83 – sketchbook pieces [download]

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  • 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 […]

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

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  • 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]

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  • 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 […]

daniel drumz – electric relaxation vol. 1 [download]

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  • 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 […]

niwa – take you there

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  • 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 […]

oby nine – weightless [download]

  • Oby Nine - Weightless cover
  • Just when I thought I was saturated with that 8-bit fake sound and could take no more, a link to Oby Nine‘s January release “Weightless” drifted by in my Facebook newsfeed (what up Maximoe!). Ok I never had a Nintendo Gameboy but I did grow up in the late 80s/early 90s a.k.a. the golden era […]

iamichi – edit:one [download]

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  • Time to drop a personal favorite mix of mine: “Edit:One” by Ichi, who was known as DJ Irie when he did the set back in 2001. I can’t really recall where I got this, but seeing the release date and the ultra-laid back vibe I’m sure I have to credit Mentz.   Returning readers are […]