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.
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.
Plue Starfox - “A D A Wong”
Acclaimed New Orleans producer Plue Starfox makes his debut as a rapper with a new self-produced track, “A D A Wong”. While it might sound like an easy feat to some, it is very rare to hear producers harness their own individual voices since they work with so many others, but Plue accomplishes this almost effortlessly with a clear understanding of his ethereal style of production. His raps sound like his beats, as weird as that sounds. Anime references are all over this joint, but where most Anime-influenced rappers use this approach to very corny results, Plue and his menacing vocal presence take this to another level, much in the same vein of Miami Anime-influenced rapper Robb Bank$ but more overwhelming. Looking forward to hearing Plue’s progression as an emcee.
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.
dirtybird b. - so much EP
Humboldt, CA producer dirtybird b. dives into a wide range of vibes with his latest project, so much EP. I can’t even directly point out how this regionally fits anywhere. There are some far eastern melodies scattered throughout with some heavy funk style synths and breakbeats. A very distinct sound and if you love synths, peep this project and take notes. so much EP is available for a name your price value.
Sir E.U - “THE THIRD ONE”
prod. Kisai The Spooniest Bard
dir. Helena Banks
Last time we got “THE FIFTH ONE” with Cal Rips; this week we get Sir E.U going solo dolo on new single and music video “THE THIRD ONE” off his upcoming album FXCK2. Producer Kisai The Spooniest Bard provides an extremely punchy beat that has more cut up keys than the traps of trapsylvania for E.U to lace with an equally choppy extended verse. Filmmaker Helena Banks also does some serious cutting on the editing for the video. This is basically the scene from Dragonball Z when Future Trunks cuts cyborg Frieza into a billion pieces in hip hop form. FXCK2 drops late March.
Plue Starfox - F R O Z E N T E A R S of The Lost Moon Village
On Plue Starfox’s latest EP, F R O Z E N T E A R S of The Lost Moon Village, the New Orleans producer makes what sounds like the soundtrack to a story about the downfall of an outer space civilization. The story is told in the most indirect and unrelated way possible through vocal contributions from Dallas, TX artist Kissed Killed, Canadian vocalist Muzzy Legault and even a posthumous cameo by the late great DMV emcee Avionadramida, resulting in the bulk of the tale left to be illustrated through the moods and textures of Plue’s instrumentals. Despite this, each of the featured artists contribute great performances. This is by far Plue’s darkest project yet. You can feel the vast emptiness of space in each track whether it be through the ambient jazz samples, scattered bass hits or lo-fi editing and it’ll definitely leave you feeling suspended. As always, keep an eye out for more Plue Starfox production coming soon through track placements and more sudden instrumental album releases like this one.
Jowin - “Wallflower”
dir. Antoine Rucker
Macon, GA artist Jowin reboots his Weekend Cartunes YouTube channel with a new music video for the single “Wallflower” off his upcoming album Project: Rebloom OST. “Wallflower“‘s music video retains the oxymoron message of the track (a danceable theme song for wallflowers) and adds in sequences of intense motion graphics effects by visual artist Tommy Merkava. Project: Rebloom OST should be out some time this weekend.
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.
Tia Nomore - 13th Grade
Colorful Oakland emcee Tia Nomore starts off the new year with her debut album 13th Grade featuring production by Mustardseed, Plue Starfox, rMell, Kisai The Spooniest Bard, Jonathan Lowell and Brandon Heat with a couple of cameo verses by Kool Klux Klan’s own Sir E.U. Prepare yourself for some adorable gangster raps over smooth and minimalist soundscapes. Tell me who else could throw you to the sharks while possessing Hello Kitty bed sheets?