There is a lot of exciting things happening in the Austin hip hop scene these days, and few are more exciting than Magna Carda. They released their third album, Van Geaux, earlier this year in January, which showed incredible growth and development in their sound. The group is already back with a new album, Like It Is, coming out on November 25th, and it promises to be another significant step in their relatively short career. We at Scratched Vinyl are very excited to present the lead single off of the album, a smooth and sophisticated track called "Game Like Jimmy." Enjoy!
Last year, we got a wonderful treat when Fantagraphics released Ed Piskor’s excellent Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 1: 1970s-1981. The work successfully brought together Piskor’s love of comics and music to tell hip hop's history. Now we’re moving on to Volume 2, looking at hip hop’s first venture into mainstream commercial success.
Swamp Thing is the Toronto trio of Timbuktu, Chokeules, and Savilion. The last time we heard from the group was when they dropped the album Fire Dogs a little over a year ago. The trio is back once again with their fun, nerdy raps, this time taking us into outer space.
A.M. Breakups is a producer based in Brooklyn, known for founding the Reservoir Sounds music collective and label, for working with emcee Elucid as Cult Favorites, and also for working with Warren Britt and Jimmy the Gent as We Are Not For Them. In February 2013, he released 924 Myrtle Avenue, which was the first in a planned trilogy of instrumental EPs he deemed The Rust Trilogy. The second volume came in November of last year with Pull Back. Now we get the conclusion of this project in the form of a five song EP, Order of Operations.
Jacksonville producer Batsauce is best known for his collaborations with Typical Cats emcee Qwazaar. On his latest album, he pairs up with another Chicago emcee, Hellsent, who has worked with Qwazaar in the group OuterLimitz. The result of this connection is an excellent album appropriately titled Bat Outta Hell.
TheStand4rd is a new group from the Twin Cities, consisting of four young artists – producer Psymun, along with emcee/vocalists Spooky Black, Allan Kingdom, and Bobby Raps. The group has managed to garner interest from a variety of sources, but up until now haven't performed much or released much recorded material. Now it's time for their debut album, and to see what all the fuss is about.
It’s been a minute since we last heard from Japanese producer Repeat Pattern, but after a very busy 2013, he’s back once again with another EP with a clear vision. His latest effort, Counting Backwards, comes courtesy of Moph Records in Setagaya, Japan.
The 1978ers are emcee yU and producer Slimkat, both from D.C. They’ve known each other for quite some time now, with Slimkat providing production on yU’s last two solo albums. As they come together as an official group, they drop an album that balances an urgent political message while exploring their musical side.
London emcee DELS first hit the scene back in 2011, when he released his debut album, GOB, on Big Dada. The album was notable for the production work laid down by Kwes, Micachu, and Joe Goddard (of Hot Chip), which helped DELS achieve a sound that was informed as much by the synth pop of the U.K. in the ‘80s as much as old school hip hop from the U.S.. Now he’s back with his sophomore album, and he picks up right where he left off.
It’s been two years since our last solo release from New York producer Blockhead, 2012's Interludes After Midnight. Bells and Whistles marks his first self-released album after a long run on Ninja Tune, going back to 2004 with his debut solo album, Music by Cavelight.