Bizarre Tribe: A Quest To The Pharcyde

Gummy Soul presents a collection of tracks that bring A Tribe Called Quest-inspired instrumentals under a number of vocal cuts from 90s-era hip hop start The Pharcyde. Stream and enjoy via the widget above, and download it on a name-your-price basis on Bandcamp.

CJ Fly – “The Error” (Prod. Cookin Soul)

Pro Era member CJ Fly shares a track from what’s gonna be his debut solo mixtape. “The Error” is smoothly produced by Cookin Soul, and Fly proves he can handle a track on his own with very few issues. Yo, yo, yo, yo, yo, yo, yo, yo, yo, yo…

King Crimson- In the Court of the Crimson King

CLASSICS WEEK: Decades after its release, In the Court of the Crimson King still stands tall as one of the greatest and most relevant progressive rock albums ever.

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Dead Kennedys- Plastic Surgery Disasters

CLASSICS WEEK: Dead Kennedys’ Plastic Surgery Disasters is easily one of the most creative, colorful, and unique hardcore albums of the 80s. With stellar performances from the band and some of the best social satire out there from frontman Jello Biafra, this record deserves much more praise than it actually gets.

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Madvillainy- Madvillain

CLASSICS WEEK: With eccentric rhymes and colorful beats, Madvillain’s Madvillainy is easily one of my favorite hip hop albums ever. A modern classic.

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The Keepsies- Dumb Fun

The Keepsies are a New York trio, and among the musicians involved is Jason Kelly of Fergus & Geronimo. If you’ve heard that duo’s work–especially their 2010 album “unlearn.”, the somewhat vintage rock aesthetic the Keepsies projects shouldn’t be too much of a surprise.

The heavy level of snark usually associated with Fergus & Geronimo’s music is surprisingly vacant here, which is nice because the band has certainly replaced that with smitten sincerity on tracks like “Saturday” and “Get Back.”

Give a listen to the Keepsies’ three-track EP, Dumb Fun, via the widget above.

Witch Cross- “Rocking the Night Away”

Here’s a bit of heavy metal from a rock band time forgot: Witch Cross. The Danish group didn’t have a lot of releases in their heyday, but what they did put out was pretty tight, anthemic, and catchy.

The label Hell’s Headbangers is putting out an anthology release for the band, featuring 3 CDs and 1 DVD. “Rocking the Night Away” comes off the compilation, and has a nice vintage flavor to it. The guitar riffs hit a nice groove, and Alex “Savage” Nyborg Madsen’s vocals pierce the air and demand attention–it’s like an air horn, but, like, awesome on the ears.

Really enjoying this. It’s torn jeans, long hair, and leather jackets all the way.

Meyhem Lauren- Respect the Fly Shit

Download: Mayhem Lauren- Respect the Fly Shit

You don’t have to listen to Meyhem Lauren long to figure out where he’s coming from. He’s a New York MC who doesn’t exactly embrace the trendy, fashionable sounds in modern hip hop. And I’m talking about both mainstream and underground. I mean, just look at the title of this mixtape. To call your music “fly” these days seems a little old hat, doesn’t it?

But Mayhem, a lot like his right-hand man Action Bronson, brings the old, 90s-style of hip hop back with class. He brings a nice, rugged aggression, too.

Download this new tape via the link above.

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Joey Bada$$- 1999

On his debut mixtape, New York rapper Joey Bada$$ chases after a classic boom bap style, and, for the most part, does it justice.

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In Solutude- “Serpents Are Rising”

A new track from Swedish metal outfit In Solitude, whose third album dropped on Metal Blade this past May. The LP’s title is The World. The Flesh. The Devil..

The sound here is one that’s been a metal mainstay for decades, going back to the days of King Diamond and Iron Maiden. Maybe the vocals are little overbearing, but the songs are presented with a lot of sincerity. It’s definitely a throwback, but I don’t see any reason to bring authenticity into question. The riffs are too fiery to do that.