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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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V/A – The Secret Garden

I love a good compilation – there’s no better way to spread a variety of music and artists. And this one here is right up there with the best of them. A must-have free download

Compiled by DLoaw, this compilation sits at twenty two tracks deep, enough to introduce you to a whole host of dope artists. Focusing on Hip Hop instrumentals, it features two tracks from my Top 10 of 2012 (so no wonder I love it!), and those involved include L’Orange, Tor, HashFinger and Mononome. DLoaw clearly has some delightful taste, and although I’m still not..

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Bakoda – Kids Never Grow Up (Germany)

Bakoda a.k.a Evan Awake specialises in these heartwarming instrumentals, and Kids Never Grow Up is no exception. It’s always quite refreshing, I think, to hear an instrumental and draw an emotion from it (as opposed to feeling a groove I guess), and from this, man I felt so nostalgic. Unfortunately, as much as I hate to say it kids do in fact have to grow up, so I gotta return to job searching, but hey I hope this takes you back to your teens if only for a second.

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MYK & Shirosky – Adaptation (South Korea)

A very nice free release from Cult Classic Records. Shirosky claims to be the first female South Korean producer, and while that’s a little outlandish (surely some other female has produced Hip-Hop in South Korea) there’s no doubting she’s got some made nice skills. Melodic, intelligently crafted beats are joined by MYK’s rhymes, who was born in the US but moved out to South Korea himself, hooking up with Shirosky to make this nice music.

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