Funimation is the latest beat tape from producer Sinitus Tempo. The 14 track instrumental project pays homage to the TV and film production company with ethereal, soulful,jazzy backdrops that would have you nodding your head at every turn. I love how he implements several elements into his production style, layered sounds, vintage drums and obscure chopped samples makes Funimation a sight to behold or listen to in this case.

Say no more, hit the play button and get with the program right away.


“Once a man is taught to fish, he can eat for a lifetime.” This quote, with its insight on learning how to prosper, was principle in the roots of Sinitus Tempo; who at an early age saw the intellectual fruit of underground hip-hop in his older brother. Now with 10 years of crafted production in his strongbox, the self-professed “King of Inflected Pitch” is taking antique sounds and sculpting them into jewels for future hits.

Announced as Nathan Peters on March 1st, 1989, the youth of this producer was cultivated by the sounds of Madlib, Oh No, MF Doom, DJ Premier, Just Blaze and Pete Rock. The adoration of his older brother’s skill of writing music pushed the much-younger Sinitus Tempo to match the words with a touch of sound. Under the technique of “looping and adding” which allowed him to sample a record and use it repetitiously with added drum effects, was the manner in which Tempo enhanced his style—until he heard production by 9th Wonder and Khrysis of the Justus League squad. Another gem was added to his toolbox of knowledge and from there, he set forth on a journey of mastering the art of reinventing classics. Through this understanding of manipulating the pitch of old tunes, an intrigued Sinitus Tempo developed a style of his own, building a more pronounced sound that have many awaiting his signet of ability to stamp their music.

Loyal, but tight-nit is the persona of Sinitus Tempo. Working alongside childhood friend and producer Doc Battle, Tempo also manages a green, yet dynamic artist named Obii Say, making him both dually active in the business and artistic side of his production. His confidence is encouraged by a strong history of collaborations with artists such as Azizi Gibson (BrainFeeder), UptownXo (Diamond District), Add-2 (seen on MTV, Jamla Records) and MED (Stones Throw) as well as a long list of production work for hip-hop acts from all over the world, ranging from names like Substantial to legendary composer Jun Chikuma (who resides in Japan).

The seeker of vintage vinyl keeps his future motives in front of him, making plans to collaborate with the likes of Flying Lotus, Alice Russell, Common, Kendrick Lamar, and many other artists. In just a year, Sinitus has made a serious name in the anime community with the release of four highly-praised tributes to Claymore, Samurai Champloo, Cowboy Bebop, and Soul Eater. He has since put out more anime tribute most notably Kill la Kill EP. Just from looking at the determination of Sinitus Tempo’s aim at being one of the top producers of the hip-hop/nujazz/electronic realm makes the status of his upcoming projects look like an imminent win from the start.

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