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Allen Poe – How Gardens Grow

How Gardens Grow is a 13-track project from emcee Allen Poe, and a refreshing one at that. Far from rapping for the sake of it, Allen Poe injects his personality into every track, from introspective lyrics (‘Shrines From Dust’, ‘Places’) to talking about love and relationships (‘Don’t Delay’, ‘Birds + Bees’). The project is laden with soulful gems which helps string the theme together, and the homie has a solid ear for dope beats that match his voice and the topic ast hand. The feeling I get from How Gardens Grow is one of emotional progression from the..

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PREMIERE: Dex Amora – Aura EP

‘Aura’ is quite a funny word; it can mean either vibes generated from something or, used metaphorically in terms of spirituality, a sheath emanating from an individual or object. Appropriately then Dex Amora drops his Aura EP, a seven-track endeavor packed full of vibes and personality premiered right here on Word Is Bond.

More info after the jump…

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Penumbra – Bahr Negasi (World Around Records)

World Around Records introduce another new name to their features in this week’s single with the producer Penumbra.  Dubbed an “East African funk explosion”, ‘Bahr Negasi’ is definitely ambulatory enough in it’s fanfare of exotic instrumentation and Arabian influences to please fans of the region’s traditional sound as well as Hip-Hop beat junkies, and if you tick both boxes, well this probably just made your week.

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INTERVIEW: WIB Meets FlamesYall (UK)

On this episode of our WIB meets Interview series, we connect with UK producer FlamesYall. The beatmaker got on our radar via a song he produced for Montreal based Australian emcee Cee. That’s some solid international networking right there.  As expected, we get to prick his brains on his favorite shows,  his favorite persons and of course a David Moyes story.

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Operation Mockingbird – Repeat prod. by Cheatcode

Cheatcode, the man behind Phantasmagoria, unveils his latest creation: a super group called Operation Mockingbird (check the info below for further details). I’m not privy to the identities of the individuals in this group besides Cheatcode himself, but needless to say, their debut single ‘Repeat’ packs a wallop. Intensity and creativity are the watchwords here.

Get the Audiomack version HERE.

Where do we draw the line in terms of free speech? It was not that long ago when our thoughts were largely subdued by those around us, or by the authorities, if our views were radically different..

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Kendrick Lamar – i

Kendrick Lamar follows up his single ‘i’ with the accompanying visuals. Kendrick, perhaps the most important MC on the planet right now, juxtaposes his monstrous charisma with a high-pitched delivery and some jolly dancing, but it all fits in with the ‘feel good’ theme he has going on here.

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Frost – Two Bar Loops (Germany)

I’m still trying to work out the secret to ‘the loop’. It is a whole lot harder than it might seem to find loops that don’t get blunted by their fundamental repetition, and it takes a certain ear to ascertain what grooves sound good to ears outside of the crate-digging archaeologists who first get caught up in them. Frost is one such person, and has released a huge tape of instrumentals full of those gorgeous, dusty loops on Radio Juicy. There are fully 26 of them, and you can download for free (and purchase the cassette) from Radio Juicy’s Bandcamp..

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