NegroSaki & Dave Universal - Saki x Universal
Tampa, FL producer extraordinare NegroSaki collaborates with his fellow producer and brother Dave Universal over the course of 8 ethereal neck-snapping instrumentals on their new album Saki x Universal. Mixing NegroSaki’s soulful sample chopping sensibilities with Dave Universal’s very electronica/Southern-influenced sound results in an aesthetic that can captivate multiple audiences. The combination just works.
7VN Bunch Records x Back2Pluto.com present:
SUNDAY NIGHT MIXER MONDAY MORNING HANGOVER
Live At Moca DC
1054 31st St. NW, Washington DC [8pm -12pm]
$10 for Men, $5 for ladies (ladies $2 before 8pm)
featuring performances by:
Marlow & Strumma
Hosted by King Hippo aka Sir E.U
Buffalo Black - Buffalo Black LP
Texas emcee Buffalo Black combines just the right amount of energy, awareness, technical skill and sonic cohesion for his new self titled LP. The beats, made by various producers such as the Midnight Kids N.O.M.A.D, SamuraiMugen and more, all have a dark tinge that increases the intensity of Black’s delivery; creating a brand of intelligent fight music. The aesthetic is even applied to subjects such as sex on the very abrasive “Just Breathe”. Things get toned down towards the end to create a more insular experience that balances out the ferocity. A very well-rounded release.
Alias: The Architect - Steady Rock
Drawing influences from the worlds of 8-bit, Reggae, Soul and more, Southern California producer and multi-instrumentalist Alias: The Architect composes beats with every ingredient made completely from scratch on his free debut LP, Steady Rock. You’d swear these tracks all used samples, but everything (except the obvious recordings) down to the 8-bit and the singing is organic. Stay tuned for much more new music from Alias.
SLik d - “Compassion”
Released this past Earth Day, Las Vegas/Los Angeles artist SLik d provides quite the anthem for environmental awareness and positivity with his new track “Compassion” which is laced with a dreamy beat by F.A.M.E. Sing along and throw your biodegradable/organic lighters up.
Akoko & SIR E.U - “Thee Hipókolypse”
prod. Plue Starfox
dir. Jay Dexter
Washington D.C. duo Akoko link with fellow D.C emcee Sir E.U to unleash ”Thee Hipókolypse”. The girls go in with the breath controlled double-time flows while E.U fires off smooth bars over some of the bounciest Plue Starfox production ever. The three lyricists execute an overall amazing and well-balanced song from top to bottom. Stay tuned for Akoko and Sir E.U’s upcoming albums CAT•A•RAPS and FXCK 2, respectively.
KoolQuise - “PlayLi$t”
prod. Nu Vintage
Texan emcee KoolQuise brings a mellowed out vibe on his new Nu Vintage-produced single “PlayLi$t”. The concept of the track addresses Quise’s mission and also sums up what I try to accomplish with music curation as well: we’re all just trying to make a playlist. Stay tuned for KoolQuise’s upcoming $mall Time Lo$er (The Dream Theory) EP and check him out on the track “Pink (Act II)” off Curbside Jones’ The Cherry Blossom Effect: Trance(End) Edition.
Foci - The Achievement Gap
After many years of performing on stages from Los Angeles and Atlanta to New York while also maintaining and cultivating musicians from his city, Pasadena, CA emcee Foci has finally released his debut album, The Achievement Gap. While topics of the current state of Hip Hop, companionship and community are addressed, the core of the album is Foci illustrating very personal stories about his experiences as a former teacher in a very questionable American education system that also ultimately played a part in the murder of his best friend. Coming from a time where originality and honesty mattered in music, Foci never compromises his unique style of rhyming and maintains a strong foundation with soulful production by Diverse, Jansport J, and more. The issues discussed in The Achievement Gap successfully marry Foci’s two worlds of music and education and, despite being laid off for speaking against the ills of the system, allows him to continue to educate the masses in a more universal medium.
Doc ILLingsworth - Train Runner EP
Cop Detroit artist Doc ILLingsworth’s new instrumental EP Train Runner and together, you can help him run the train he needs to get to SXSW this year. lol. All jokes aside, ILLingsworth does have a gig booked for SXSW but he needs some monetary assistance to actually get to Austin, TX. This very funked-out EP has 9 tracks of absolute bangers as a result of ILLingsworth stepping outside of his comfort zone as a producer. Support a true DIY musician by purchasing this EP.
Update: Supporters have managed to cover ILLingsworth’s travel fees. Good work, folks.