Lapalux ft. Busdriver - “Forlorn”
British producer Lapalux of Brainfeeder lets Los Angeles/Project Blowed legend Busdriver catch all kinds of wreck on “Forlorn”. Bus always seems to find the craziest ways to flow on the off-beats and take tracks to the next level. Lapalux’s debut LP Nostalchic drops in March via Brainfeeder.
N.O.M.A.D - P E A C E F U L / P L A N E T
After an epic tear of EP releases last year, Fort Worth, TX producer N.O.M.A.D illustrates the sounds he hears in the world created in his mind while in a dream-state on his first album offering of 2013, P E A C E F U L / P L A N E T. As serene as the album title sounds, the tracks fluctuate in range from lush to chaotic in an instant, creating an unpredictable atmosphere only accomplished by N.O.M.A.D’s keen ear for left-field sources of sound. Close your eyes and get lost during your listening experience.
Hobbes - Hobbes EP
Baltimore, MD emcee Hobbes delivers the essential ingredients of dope bars over dope beats with a modern yet nostalgic soundscape on his new self titled EP featuring the talents of fellow DMV artists Dexter Fizz, OG Dutchmaster, Noraa Ruffin and more. One notable quality of this EP is Hobbes’ ability to effortlessly transition from trap beats to breakbeats with his slightly twangy multi-syllabic delivery. Definitely a must listen for rap traditionalists and supporters of the current wave.
Best Of 2012:
John Frusciante - PBX Funicular Intaglio Zone
Red Hot Chili Pepper’s John Frusciante ventured into the solo realm once again in 2012 with the heavily experimental PBX Funicular Intaglio Zone. If you thought RHCP broke boundaries, check out how Frusciante works the RHCP aesthetic into abstract realms of trip hop, funk, grunge, blues and drum’n’bass. Leave it to an unexpected yet legendary musician to be able to bring the bboys, hipsters and beat heads together.