Zeroh - Bred: A Dedication
The always enigmatic Zeroh has suddenly dropped a 10-track project titled Bred: A Dedication. This first of many more projects to drop this year features collaborations with mndsgn, Jonwayne, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Jeremiah Jae, Ohbliv and more with Zeroh anchoring everything with his calm-yet-zany method of wordplay and scattered spurts of disjointed singing.
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.
Curbside Jones - The Cherry Blossom Effect: Trance(End) Edition
Austin, TX artist Curbside Jones re-releases his critically acclaimed album The Cherry Blossom Effect: Endless Dream Theory in a re-mastered Trance(End) Edition with new artwork, expansion songs and unreleased material with production from Curbside Jones, Corey Arnell, BeRight and new contributions from British producer Phill Blanks and Japanese producer Free Design. Each free download comes with a digital booklet, wallpaper and alternate artwork by Curbside Jones himself. Physical copies of the album are available in limited quantities and can be ordered via Curbside Jones’ bandcamp. This project is officially sponsored by Back2Pluto.com and ReUpSpot.com.
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.
Jowin - Project: Rebloom EP
Macon, GA artist Jowin gives a thorough representation of his journey so far as a musician with his iTunes debut release, Project: Rebloom EP. All sides of Jowin are covered here from the quirky yet socially aware (“Don’t Play Stupid”, “Cosplay Girl Rebloom”) to the individualistic (“Miiflower”, “Wallflower”) and community connector (“Weekend Cartunes”, “Hanami”). Highly recommended for lovers of progressive but nostalgic hip hop that will remind you of a mix of The Pharcyde and The Beastie Boys with a hint of New Jack Swing styles. Keep an eye out as Jowin continues his reboot of his media channel Weekend Cartunes and more advancements on his upcoming LP, Circumescent.
rMell - “My Type”
Grammy Family’s rMell utilizes a sample of Azealia Banks’ “Liquorice” for his latest cut “My Type”, which conceptually sounds more or less like a pseudo sequel of his ode to tumblr girls “Pixel Perfect” but more reality based. There’s a clever Pokemon reference about Cerulean City somewhere in there as well.
King Deluxe Records - Year Two
Celebrating it’s second year of operation, British Columbia, Canada indie label King Deluxe Records has compiled a free two-disc set of new original material from it’s roster along with remixes of their 2012 singles. With an emphasis on low end sounds, all artists on King Deluxe explore the genre known as “future dub”. Since every artist has to represent themselves to the fullest on a compilation, a majority of these tracks are bangers and some of the funkiest music I’ve heard in a minute.
Personal & UnkleLuc - The Wild EP + Art Book
Personal, one of the more refreshing artists making subtle waves in the urban/experimental market joined forces with his longtime collaborator, acclaimed Flordian underground filmmaker/visual artist UnkleLuc for their first official project, The Wild EP + Art Book. Like the project’s namesake, the music is as feral as the art presented in the book. It really does sound like wild animals running rampant in unconventional situations.
Stainless Steele - A Beautiful Rift In Time EP
Abstract yet fundamentally sound Pennsylvanian emcee Stainless Steele delivers A Beautiful Rift In Time, a simple and effective compilation of 6 tracks featuring production by Knxwledge, Gamera, Poptartpete, Jay Marvlis, Bueller and a vocal cameo by singer/songwriter Quiet Dawn. When it comes to consistently remarkable hip hop, Stainless is of the extremely seasoned and reliable caliber so please add this to your collection asap.