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Joseph Jacobs – Illumination

Joseph Jacobs is a musician/hiphop producer out of Buffalo,NY. The name doesn’t ring a bell and this is his second release and I must add a solid one for that matter. The ability to compose spaced out piano pieces over pounding drums gives this project a somewhat new vibe. The beats don’t sound repetitive but there is an underlining theme that string the tracks all together. I particularly like the way he kicked it off with the uber bright sounding ‘Hello & Welcome’ which leads into the sombre/mellow smooth flowing title track. I must reiterate his piano pieces are..

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Funky DL : Jazzmatic: Funky DL Remixes Nas (U.K.)

If you are familiar with the UK hip-hop scene the name should ring a bell, and if not you should also check out previous posts to introduce yourself to the legendary Funky DL.  On this effort, he goes into full time producer mode and matches classic Nas verses against swinging jazzy backdrops. This is far from some slap  a sample and drum type stuff as each song is specially crafted to fit the subject matter, from the cinematic sounds on ‘Rewind’ to the emotive vibe on ‘One Love’.

I can definitely guarantee the replay value of this project, a..

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B.east – Dat Jazz

B.east is an up and coming producer from Washington DC and here is his latest offering Dat Jazz, a fourteen track instrumental tape. On his bio he says he just started beat making about two years ago, so baring that in mind these beats are far from weak as he brings jazzy, spaced out, atmospheric vibes. Personally I dig this, and I hope y’all do too.

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Charmingly Ghetto – School Daze feat. Brionne Wright

If ever you want to summon the aura of soft focus, Parisian noire, or mellow vibes on sophisticated nights, then you don’t need to look much further than Charmingly Ghetto’s ‘School Daze’. The Boston MC is making impressions in the world of the underground, no doubt about that, and on this he steps his game up another level by recruiting live instrumentation and production with the help of musical engineer Zach Capner. Charmingly Ghetto takes us through the story of romance along with Brionne Wright, who’s voice opens up the lyrics, and this is the first of a joint project..

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The Cancel – Collaboration {Ukraine}

J described the opening track to this EP as a blessing and really that applies to the all three. Ukrainian production duo The Cancel hook up with Lorisoul, Linoskiii and some more local sounds with the Ukrainian Kickit crew in this, Collaboration. From track 1 where the melodic muted trumpet snaps into the funkiest double bass lick, you know The Cancel are just bringing the niceness that has given them their reputation. Hopefully this means more exposure in the US and elsewhere; it’d be real cool to have a Ukrainian represent in underground Hip Hop.

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Broke x phedee – 36mm

A dope track from Hip Hop wizard Broke and beatsmith phedee. The WIB readership should all be familiar with Broke by now – a man who only knows how to drop jewels and gems, and in December dropped a crazy album with producer Repeat Pattern on Cascade Records – and he supplies the vocals to phedee’s choppy, stabbed, crackly piano. phedee was part of the AstralBasement collective drop Word Is Bond presented a few weeks back, so you know he’s going to be on point!

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Karamel Kel – Heavenly Dream

I am not usually a fan of sentimental Hip Hop. I think it’s too easy to come across as pretentious, but maybe that’s just me. However, in Karamel Kel’s album Heavenly Dream he hits the spot perfectly; washy drums and melodic harmonies, topped off with rich bass for that extra texture. It is his first LP for Roots Of Society Records, and judging from this compilation and their releases, they are definitely one to keep tabs on.

Download this album for free after the jump, and have a look at previous Karamel Kel mentions.

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