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.
Mega Ran, aka Random, has been at the forefront of video game-inspired hip hop for several years now. With his latest project, he teams up New Jersey emcee to create a new tale featuring two of the most iconic video game figures. Mega Ran, of course, takes on Mega Man, and Mr. Wilson assumes the voice of Sonic the Hedgehog. The result is Blur Bomber.
K.Raydio is a talented vocalist from Minneapolis whose past work includes a pair of EPs produced by Denver's (formerly Madison's) Man Mantis. Psymun is a young producer also from the Twin Cities who is very quickly establishing himself as a strong artist amongst a scene that is loaded with talent. The two have paired together to give us a late-in-the-year surprise that should not be overlooked.
Amin Payne and Ben Bada Boom are two producers from different parts of the world. Payne resides in Melbourne, Australia, after growing up in Auckland, New Zealand, and Boom is from Hamburg, Germany. The two have never met in person, but made this album in collaboration over the Internet after being connected through various channels due complimentary creative visions for their music. The result of this back-and-forth creative process is this fantastic EP, Collision.
Hip Hop’s origin story has been told several times, and told well, but it hasn’t been told yet in the form presented in Hip Hop Family Tree. Ed Piskor has taken a unique angle to relating hip hop history by combining it with his love of comics, giving us a great first volume of an illustrated account of hip hop’s early days in New York, covering its origins in the 1970s through 1981.
Work Hard is the collaboration between two veterans of the Toronto hip hop scene, emcee King Jus and producer Fresh Kils. As you might expect from these two, this is a no frills, straight up hip hop EP that delivers six solid songs, and then they’re out.
You might know Ann Arbor emcee Jamall Bufford as a member of Athletic Mic League, but it’s been quite a while since the group recorded together. Bufford made his debut as a solo artist in 2007 and has been producing at a steady rate since then. He now comes back with his third solo album, Victim of a Modern Age.
It’s been four years since the last album from New York emcee Cage, but it’s been eleven years since Cage worked with Eastern Conference Records. He recently buried the hatchet with label owner and one-time collaborator DJ Mighty Mi, who has come back on to produce the majority of Kill the Architect. In a lot of ways, this all signals a return to form for Cage, whose last album, Depart From Me, was made in heavy collaboration with ex-Hatebreed guitarist Sean Martin, and featured a NIN-influenced sound.