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Klaus Layer Restless Adventures

Klaus Layer – Restless Adventures (Album Review)

The politically forsaken and graffiti-tagged blocks of New York are often the prevalent images that come to mind when the harder-edged beats and rhymes of Hip-Hop hit our ears. Klaus Layer in particular has become acclaimed over recent years for drawing inspiration from, and harking back to, these gritty and tough strata of the genre’s [&hellip


Word Is Bond Meets Moteleola (Interview)

I first came across Moteleola via a joint collaboration he did with Madbloggers (featuring Lafayette Stokely ) and he has been popping on my radar ever since. This young fella from UK is currently prepping his full length project and it was a pleasure getting him to briefly shed some light into his background and then some. [&hellip


Word Is Bond Meets K-Def

In this edition of Word Is Bond Meets, We sit down with a seminal producer, K-Def. Who was behind groups like Monie Love, El da Sensei, Lords of the underground etc. In this brief but in depth tete-a-tete he gives us an insight into some of his technical skills, his experience with working with Diddy [&hellip

flying lotus

Flying Lotus – You’re Dead! (Album Review)

A concept album about death is as original as a Robert Smith haircut on a Goth kid or a hipster V-neck tee on Childish Gambino. But what’s unique about the Flying Lotus album You’re Dead!, which also has the Angeleno producer rapping as his alter ego Captain Murphy (for the first time outside of a [&hellip

Edo.G After All These Years

Edo.G – After All These Years (Album Review)

Musical careers can arc in unpredictable ways. New chapters can arise with seemingly no relevance whatsoever to the preceding ones. Listeners enjoying/enduring this past summer’s FIFA World Cup anthem probably had no idea that Aloe Blacc rhymed some fierce cerebral abstractionisms as one half of Emanon 15 years ago. Whoever the hell the demographic was [&hellip

K-Def Tape One Marley Marl

K-Def – Tape One (Album Review)

K-Def, a New Jersey native, spent a substantial amount of time in New York during the “Golden Era”, immersing himself with the culture, the clubs, and then hitting the records stores in both cities for sample fodder. The result was many of the beats featured on this cassette; his résumé to Marley Marl fused on a [&hellip


Mndsgn – Yawn Zen (Album Review)

Breatharian, the 2013 concept album from Los Angeles producer Mndsgn (pronounced “mind design”), a.k.a. Ringgo Ancheta, is as good as spacey instrumental hip-hop gets, with imaginatively produced soundscapes and crazy flips of Stefano Torossi’s ill 1974 instrumental “Running Fast” and the OutKast hit “B.O.B.,” which gets sped up to the point where Alvin and the [&hellip

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