The last time we heard from Muncie, Indiana producer IV the Polymath, was just earlier this year, when he released his Mono EP. That EP signaled a back-to-basics approach for him, composing everything with limited sampling, instead relying on live instrumentation. He continues that approach on his latest LP, When & Where.
Austin hip hop band Magna Carda made a splash earlier this year with their excellent third album, Van Geaux, which really found the group coming into their own. They were absolutely one of the gems of SXSW this year. Now, with another new album right around the corner, the group drops this remix EP to tide fans over.
I don’t know if anyone’s taken advantage of signing to a label the way Homeboy Sandman has with Stones Throw. It’s not like he was twiddling his thumbs beforehand, but since joining forces with the L.A. label in 2012, the Queens emcee has released five EPs, and now delivers his second LP for the label, Hallways.
After hinting at things to come with a couple of singles, we finally get the full length album from Slimkid3 and DJ Nu-Mark. The collaboration brings together two veterans of L.A. hip hop, with Slimkid3 one of the founding members of The Pharcyde, and Nu-Mark a founding member of Jurassic 5. The two come together with natural chemistry to give us an album of classic West Coast hip hop.
I still remember the first time I saw Busdriver, performing as part of The Weather with Daedelus and Radioinactive in New York in 2002. While the group as a whole was great, I specifically remember asking a friend (who had invited me to the show), “who is THAT DUDE?” He has such a unique style as an emcee and performing artist, I knew right then that his was a career that I would be following. The Los Angeles artist have given us plenty to follow, as his career has gone from Project Blowed to Hellfyre Club, and now his latest album, Perfect Hair.
Shabazz Palaces made a splash in 2011 with their debut album, Black Up. Ismael Butler, formerly of Digable Planets, had reemerged back in his hometown of Seattle with an avant-garde hip hop duo he formed alongside multi-instrumentalist Tendai Maraire. They sounded like nothing else out at the time. It also didn’t hurt that they were one of the only hip hop groups to ever sign with Sub Pop, the Seattle label best known for its contributions to grunge and indie rock. This all made for a great story that garnered a lot of attention. So what do Shabazz Palaces do for an encore?
French label Cascade Records has emerged over the past few years as one of the strongest and most consistent places to find instrumental hip hop and electronic music from all over the world. One of their best releases of 2013 was the collaboration between Australian producer Amin Payne and German producer Ben Bada Boom, Collision. It makes sense then, that this release would be a prime candidate for the remix treatment, which is what we get 9 months later.
It’s been two years since we got the fantastic Significant Wizdom II: Atypical from the Milwaukee-born, New York-based emcee Signif. With that release, Signif proved that she belonged in the discussion of the best emcees working today. With her latest effort, Friction, Signif shows that was no fluke.
M. Slago might not be a name that a lot of hip hop fans already know, but they definitely should. The Nashville-raised, Dallas-based producer first came to our attention for the excellent work he did on the Homeboy Sandman EP All That I Hold Dear. He has also produced for such artists as Mega Ran, Kyle Rapps, and Playdough, amongst others. His latest effort is an instrumental LP that will hopefully give him more time in the spotlight.
The latest release from German label Jakarta Records sees the combination of Sudanese emcee Zen-Zin and German producer Pawcut. As is becoming more and more common these days, the two artists met over the Internet and decided to record an album together, despite the fact that they’ve never met in person before.