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Madlib – Piñata Beats (Album Review)

When the Madlib-produced Freddie Gibbs debut Piñata came out a couple of months ago, critics began levelling heavy praise at it with the fervour of a birthday kid swinging his bat in a sugar-rage for more confectionery innards to gorge on. I didn’t feel so strongly about it. Gibbs’ flow was nice enough, and there’s a good chance that some lyrical joo-elz were in there, but I didn’t stick with it for one reason or another. Had the feral Danny Brown or Raekwon been the rap protagonist, things would surely have been different.

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Mura Masa – Miss You

‘Miss You’ is an off-worldly, soulful joint laced by producer Mura Masa. Utilizing vocal chops, lush warm keys and smooth percussions, he creates something emotionally powerful. The layering is superb and soulful, but has some type of oriental feel to it as well.

‘Miss You’ is taken from the forthcoming compilation Summer In Jakarta.

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Soulpete – Soul Raw (Free Download from 25th July – 26th July)

Polish producer “Soulpete” new album “Soul Raw” collaborates with so many good MCs, such as Smif N Wessun, Oddisee, Blu, Guilty Simpson, Hezekiah, Ozay Moore, Supastition and many more. This album will be free for a limited time from Friday (25th July) to Saturday (26th July). If you get the digital version, don’t forget to cop the physical copy! Support Real Music!

Soul Raw by Soulpete

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FloFilz – Shawbreak (Germany)

German producer FloFilz kicks off with ‘Shawbreak’, one of three singles from the upcoming Jakarta Records Summer In Jakarta project. FloFilz keeps it simple and engaging with this vintage style horns and drums.

Get with the program

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MURO – XXX-Large Pt.2 (HISANOVA Remix)

I’ve got a huge amount of appreciation for the Japanese underground hip-hop scene, the way they have taken the jazzy sound and embellished it with a sense of nostalgia whilst being incredibly forward thinking, and Tokyo’s HISANOVA is the latest name to add to the increasing list of names to look out for. He remixes MURO’s ‘XXX-Large Pt.2′, a 7″ from 1997 I think, spraying a crisp snare and snazzy sax lick over the beat. Enjoy.

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Raw Poetic & Kev Brown – Concentrated Maneuvers (EP Review)

When it comes to hip-hop history, Washington is often overlooked, rarely receiving a mention in comparison to the likes of New York, California and the South. And yet despite the cities low-key profile, it has delivered a number of hidden gems, with albums from the likes of Oddisee, Asheru and Panacea springing to mind. Kev Brown is one of the city’s best underground producers having worked on projects with LMNO and more recently MindsOne. Kev’s production tends to be soulful and stripped down to produce an organic sound.

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Ahwlee – ATM.

Ahwlee drops some warm, chill summer beats as part of ATM. He labels it ‘easy listening’, and it definitely is. Just a series of bumps to lay back and nod your head to. Vibe out.

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