L.A producer Mndsgn made his Fresh Selects debut last fall with his album breatharian. They’ve teamed up once again to give us this companion release, Inedia, which features one new song and four remixes from other artists.
Toronto producer Elaquent has established himself as one of the top instrumental hip hop/electronic artists over the past few years with several releases on labels such as HW&W and stillMUZIK. His latest EP, Green Apples and Oranges, out on URBNET, will only further cement this status.
Austin group Magna Carda has been around for a few years now, and represent part of an exciting emerging hip hop scene in central Texas. In the past, and over the course of their first two album, the group had mainly existed as a duo, with Megz Kelli on vocals and Dougie Do handling production. With Van Geaux, the album finds the group expanding to include a live band, bringing in guitar, bass and drums, with Dougie Do handling keyboards and production.
It’s been a little while since we’ve heard from Muncie, Indiana producer IV the Polymath. His latest effort is a back-to-basics EP, which, as the name implies, was recorded entirely in mono. With the exception of one track, the EP is composed of original instrumentation without samples.
Since the release of his last full length album in 2011, producer Man Mantis has moved from Madison to Denver. He’s done a lot of building since then, producing for emcees like Sole, and building a collaborative community between different types of artists in his new hometown. When it came time to release his new album, he decided to take a different approach than the traditional album release. Instead of one LP, he’s delivering three EPs, spaced out, with each one featuring one track with guest vocals.
It’s been a couple of years since we first heard from Chicago emcee Qwazaar and Jacksonville producer Batsauce. They released both an album and EP together in 2011, where it noitceable that these two artists had great chemistry together. 2014 finds them back at it, with this EP once again hinting at the greatness lurking around the corner.
There are many compilations that exist simply as collections of songs, whether they be label samplers or ‘best of’ albums. Every so often, though, we get a compilation that actually brings together some songs that marks a special moment in time and place, made up of completely original material. To begin 2014, the German label Jakarta Records has given us such a compilation in Sawtuha.
Cascade Records is a French label, but they’ve certainly done their part over the past few years to bring instrumental Japanese hip hop to the rest of the world. The latest such find for them is Linn Mori, a young beat maker from Tokyo. His beat tape and debut for Cascade is a beautiful and soulful collection of music.
Is 2013 over already? Where'd the time go? Well, that means it's time to wrap this thing up. 2013 was a great year for us here at Scratched Vinyl. We put on our first day show during SXSW in collaboration with Hip Hop Hooray, the wonderful show on 91.7 KOOP Austin that you should listen to every Sunday from 2-3 p.m. Once again, a few thanks are in order: Miss Manners, Dive Bar & Lounge, Stephanie Osan, and Andrew Hernandez all made the show come together.
If it’s December, then it’s time to get to one of independent’s time honored traditions – Moka Only’s yearly gift to his listeners, Martian XMAS. He’s brought some friends along for the ride this time, enlisting the help of Jon Rogers, Jeff Spec, Mr. Brady, and LMNO to bring his unique holiday hip hop to you.