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.
Stan Forebee is a Berlin-based producer who first came to our attention last summer when he made his debut for Digi Crates with a LP called Jazz Sessions. Just about one year later, and we get to check in on him with another instrumental EP to see where his music is headed.
Blockhead is a producer best known for his work with Aesop Rock, along with a stellar series of instrumental releases on Ninja Tune. The New York artist has proven himself over the years as an inventive producer with a knack for incorporating psychedelic elements into his music. MarQ Spekt is a little less well known. The Philly emcee has previously worked with the likes of Kno, but hadn’t made much of a mark up to this point.
K.U.T. is a producer from Jersey who has been working behind the scenes and as part of a few different groups over the past few years. Now he’s ready to establish himself as a solo artist with his first release, a five-song EP called The Beat Theory.
SIFU HOTMAN started off as a little one-off project last year, with the trio of emcees Dem Atlas, Guante, and producer Rube teaming up to record a three-song suite. That went so well, though, the three decided they weren’t done, and the Twin Cities artists have come back with this EP, further developing their sound.
It’s been a little bit since we last heard from the Swiss label Feelin’ Music. They’re back after a little hiatus though, with a short release from the Swiss-born, Berlin-based S. Fidelity. The 22-year-old makes his debut with Five to Nine.
It’s been three years now since Doomtree emcee dropped his outstanding sophomore album, Bad Time Zoo. It was an album so good, Scratched Vinyl named it the Best Album of 2011. So it’s with great anticipation and excitement that we listen to his new EP, Field Notes.
The beautiful thing about the age we live in today is that it’s so much easier to people to connect to each other, and to get your music heard, even if you grow up in a tiny town. Doze grew up in a town of about 400, and now lives in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, not an area well-known for its hip hop. However, he got into the music as a young man, started hosting a radio show, and started producing his own beats.
Souls of Mischief are of course the project consisting of the four Hieroglyphics emcees A-Plus, Opio, Phesto, and Tajai. They are best known and heralded amongst hip hop fans for their 1993 album, ’93 til Infinity, largely considered a classic. While they remained active as solo artists and as part of Hieroglyphics, Souls of Mischief remained dormant for majority of the 2000s, only to surface in 2009 to release the disappointing Montezuma’s Revenge. Now they’ve come back once more, this time pairing up with L.A. producer Adrian Younge.
Uncommon Nasa’s been a busy dude. After releasing his excellent solo album, The Land Of The Way It Is, last August, touring, and producing and releasing Duke01’s Steroid Stereo, he’s back with another solo album. New York Telephone is a special album, in that it’s a deep reflection on New York, where Uncommon Nasa was born and raised and has built his career.