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Swamp Thing is the Toronto trio of Chokeules, Timbuktu, and Savillion, all part of the Backburner Crew. They released their debut album, Creature Feature, last year, along with an EP. This year, they show no signs of slowing down as they come right back with their sophomore album, Firedogs.
It’s been a short while since we last heard from Philly producer Small Professor. If you’ve been following him, you know that he likes to drop beat tapes to tide listeners over, all with variations of descriptors of the type of "jawns" are contained within. This December, we get Nasty Jawns, which is strictly for the grown folk.
You might not recognize the name of the Phoenixville, PA producer, but Vanderslice has already been putting in work. He’s provided some gritty production for artists like Stu Bangas and Blaq Poet in the recent past, and he’s currently putting the finishing touches on his debut solo album as a producer. To whet our appetites, Vanderslice has delivered this EP, based solely on gospel samples.
It’s only been a couple of months since his last EP, but Chicago producer Lanzo has come right back with some new material. law of attraction picks up where Deadwieght.Sheep left off, giving us some warm, soulful downtempo instrumental tracks.
Dudley Perkins, aka Declaime, has been a staple of the West Coast underground hip hop scene for years, first as part of the Stones Throw roster, and then as part of the SomeOthaShip Connect family. His latest effort, and the first under the Perkins name since 2009, marks his debut for Mello Music Group.
Fremdkunst is the project of one DJ Mace, started all the way back in 2004. Over the years, it’s often been a way for the Rotterdam producer to experiment with different styles of music. The latest EP, Human Beings May Be Zombies, is just the latest in what is building to be a long line of interesting and eclectic releases of electronic music.
With a full length album looming on the horizon, Jon Rogers (formerly known as MAGGZ) drops another beat tape to keep listeners sated. The producer from Columbus, Ohio, hasn’t given us a lot of material to dwell on with (SC)rap Book, but he makes our short time together count.
2013 has been a hell of a year for Minneapolis producer Ackryte. The man’s already delivered three EPs and one full length album of beautifully intimate instrumental hip hop. That’s more than we could expect from any one artist in a calendar year. Apparently, though, he wasn’t done – he’s come back one more time in 2013, this time working in collaboration with another Minneapolis artist, emcee WriteGroove.
New York emcee Jean Grae has made her name almost as much by the music she hasn’t released as the music she has put out. Of course, something like that only works when the music you do put out and your live shows excites fans like enough that they are willing to wait several years in between releases. Her last proper album, Jeanius, was released in 2008, after spending four years on the shelf, and the pending follow-up, Cookies or Death, has been promised to be forthcoming for a few years now.