Sophisticated- Declaration EP (Chopped & Screwed) by Angel Beats
New York producer Angel Beats, who played a significant role in the audio engineering behind Washington, DC’s Sophisticated's Declaration EP, places his finishing touches by swapping styles and chopping and screwing the entire experience. Stay tuned to B2P via Twitter and Instagram for info about his upcoming album MANIFESTO, coming in 2014.
Low Leaf - “As One”
Live @ Cosmic Zoo Studios
Be sure to check out Low Leaf’s podcast interview where she discusses her upbringing, spirituality, musicianship and more HERE
Johnny Got A Lighter - Johnny Got A Lighter
Based in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles county, Johnny Got A Lighter started off as a purely instrumental band with roots in the ska, reggae, blues and alternative rock genres. Their technical skill was apparent with their first few gigs, but the band’s true and original sound was formed with the arrival of lead singer/songwriter Rhiana Lewis. Now functioning as a band with vocals, Rhiana’s powerful voice and sensibilities (reminiscent of a Californian Amy Winehouse) took things to another level. On their self-titled debut LP, JGAL brings the feel of a Los Angeles summer soundtrack illustrated by Lewis’ lyrics of rebellion, individualism, the everyday struggle, love and escapism. Sonically, the record has recurring themes of high energy with a subtle chill. Very California. The sound never comes off as redundant and has just the right amounts of peaks and valleys to keep the listening experience fresh on every track.
Sophisticated- Declaration EP
Coming off his last release #NoVacancy in early November, Sophisticated is back with a new set of lyrical gems. His brief hiatus from social media led to a 4 track Declaration that the throne is no longer vacant. Declaration EP comes with support from audio engineer Angel M, feature from Dizzy Gordo and production by Fortunes, One Track Minded and Subdaio. Be on the lookout for the new album MANIFESTO, set to drop in 2014.
Cosmic Compositions - Avant Series Vol. 3 [Sun Ra]
*Philippines Typhoon Relief
New Zealand label Cosmic Compositions continue their collection of dedication albums to influential musical figures with Avant Series Vol. 3 [Sun Ra]. The focus of this tribute is Sun Ra, one of the most boundary-breaking and highly philosophical creatives of the past century whose large body of work developed Afrofuturism and evolved the realm of Jazz. This compilation includes contributions from today’s Sun Ra-influenced artists such as Stainless Steele, AshtreJenkins, N.O.M.A.D, Eli Colburn, 10th Letter, Zeroh and Low Leaf. 100% of the funds collected from this album will go towards Typhoon Haiyan relief in the Philippines.
GRZD Presents: Trapped in the Whop
If you are in the DC area tomorrow, you’ve got to check out check out one of the biggest assemblies of underground talent this area has to offer. Trapped In the Whop has a wide variety of talent, and many of the most talented collectives in the DMV will be represented. Goth Money, 3rdiiiUth, Kool Klux Klan, OSP and Backwards Society, as well as many others will all be attendance, and for only $5 you are sure to get your money’s worth.
TKM500- The Forgotten
DMV artist TKM500 (Thunderkick Master 500) unique mindset sets him apart from his competition. The young rappers quick delivery is a highlight of his. His sound screams that of an artist that demands respect more than one who is searching for fame like most of his peers. A nice balance of poetry and “trap rap” can be found in every song he produces. If your looking for songs you can relate to but a artist that can deliver the bars that hip hop needs then TKM500 is that dude.