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.
Skeme - “BANG!”
Los Angeles emcee Skeme relentlessly dismantles the beat on his new Futuristiks-produced single “BANG!” off his upcoming mixtape titled Ingleworld. Perfect high energy anthem for doing yoga with the nina.
Kenny Segal - Kenstrumentalz Vol. 1
Kenny Segal, known for his critically acclaimed work with Los Angeles collective Project Blowed releases a new instrumental album. Jazzy and mellow sample flips are abundant. Highly recommended for the next time you need to chill out.
Curbside Jones - Tokyo College Dropout
Austin, TX artist Curbside Jones makes an homage to the classic sex-comedy manga/anime series Golden Boy with his latest in a series of instrumental projects, Tokyo College Dropout. Deviating from his usual big and booming style of production, Curbside really lets the listener appreciate the soulful samples before smoothing them out and accentuating with the right drums and soundbytes from the anime. A must-listen for fans of Golden Boy and hip hop juxtaposition.
Jowin - “Please Save Mii” (prod. Plue Starfox)
First single off Jowin’s upcoming project titled Jowin Actually Has Friends is “Please Save Mii”, a very dance-ready track that involves Jowin reuniting with producer Plue Starfox. The two have previously collaborated on an entire project a couple of years back titled Luff, Jowin which showcased a distinct chemistry different from Plue’s other collaborative ventures. On this new track, Jowin talks about finding a safe haven in someone or a something while delivering a very throwback r&b hook over some seriously tropical production by Plue.
Evil Needle - Qualia
Qualia is simply a gorgeous instrumental album by French producer Evil Needle. This is his second release via Los Angeles-based label HW&W Recordings. While making you feel as if you’re floating down a waterfall in deep space, these beats also SLAP.
For some more insight, here is a definition of the word “qualia” from Wikipedia:
“Qualia” is a term used in philosophy to refer to individual instances of subjective, conscious experience. The term derives from a Latin word meaning for “what sort” or “what kind.” Examples of qualia are the pain of a headache, the taste of wine, or the perceived redness of an evening sky.
Mishka presents: Khalil Nova - 808s of Life
NYC streetwear brand Mishka recently put their stamp of approval on Atlantean artist Khalil Nova’s new album 808s of Life. Combining spaced-out melodies with droning trap drum programming, Nova applies his distinct vocal delivery and engineering that results in him sounding like he’s rapping inside of a vortex. While braggadocious, the music and the resulting presentation comes off as slightly meditative. This is definitely some NEW form of hip hop coming from the progressive side of the Atlanta soundscape.
Low Leaf - “smthng abt you”
Live in Belfast, Ireland
Equipped with a Paraguayan harp, Los Angeles creator(diy) Low Leaf performs the smooth love song “smthng abt you” off her latest release, Alchemizing Dawn EP during one of her recent European tour stops in Belfast, Ireland.
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.