When it comes to the more creative side of hip hop beats, Ras G is one of the oldest sonic alchemists on the West Coast today. He’s got a new album on the way via Brainfeeder Records this year, and from the sound of this first track from it, I think we’re in for a load of grooves, spacey synths, and instrumentation I suspect is live.
Though there isn’t a strong, memorable progression to the track, the linear direction is pretty hypnotic with the alluring instrumentation it delivers. Enjoy!
Lapalux drops what I’m assuming is a spare track from his recent full-length effort, Nostalchic. It’s an interesting track that works in multiple phases. Structurally, it definitely throws a few twists and turns at the listener, which is maybe why it didn’t make it onto the LP. Who knows? Either way, Lapalux delivers heavenly vocals set against weird, warped, wonky-style beats and synths. Enjoy!
Check a review for Nostalchic here:
foodman is an electronic music producer I’ve been following on SoundCloud for months now. His account is one of many that I’ve run across whose owner doesn’t really have an album or much industry status, yet, he prolifically pumps out material that’s refreshing and oddly creative.
Though foodman’s tracks are usually short, they make up for it with intricately confusing details that never cease, really. Nearly every song on this dude’s soundcloud is a challenge to dissect–especially since most of them come from a juke and footwork background, which are already detail-dense genres.
Here’s a selection of foodman tracks I enjoy:
Check this footwork compilation Foodman was featured on that I dug last year.
RocketNumberNine is pulling together an interesting blend of drone noise music with a bit of dance instrumental.
It’s really all about the build and the collapse and repeating it in unexpected ways on “Rotunda”. It’s completely circular and often repeats itself just a rotunda should. What is special about the track is just how they combine regularly unappealing noises into danceable grooves, or spurts of grooves that are gone before you can even react to them.
This song and others are due for release on RocketNumberNine’s next full-length album, MeYouWeYou. Look for it on May 21st via Smalltown Supersound.
Danny Brown drops a new, Skywlkr-produced track titled “Kush Coma,” and it features some bright synths, trap rhythms, and some pretty strange chorus vocals. It’s a pretty nutty beat, but Danny says pretty cutthroat and straightforward with a speedy flow that spits lyrics about his inebriated surreality. I hope that’s a word…
Experimental beatmusic producer HANZ drops a new single titled “Dead Weight X.” Spanning just over 14 minutes, it’s easily this dude’s most ambitious musical moment yet. I really dig how he combines elements of noise, melody, and head-bobbing hip hop grooves for a pretty interesting sonic experience. Enjoy!
Though Lapalux’s latest track isn’t exactly lengthy, it’s got a lot of beauty on display between its Angel One sample and glistening synths. I love how the track gets really thick and layered with this synths toward the end, too. Enjoy!
Detroit hip hop producer and J Dilla associate Karriem Riggins has a new track out that’s in tribute to the recently deceased Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner, who was once the frontman for the legendary Ohio Players.
Not only is Riggins creating an incredibly funky sendoff for the band’s former singer, but he’s uncovering a bit of hip hop history here by chopping up one of the group’s most sampled songs, “Funky Worm.” The track’s squealing keyboard leads have turned up in numerous hip hop releases from the West Coast. From N.W.A. to Kendrick Lamar, “Funky Worm” isn’t going out of style any time soon.