From what we’ve heard, if you live in L.A. and follow the Hip-Hop beat scene even just a smidge then you will have, at some point, witnessed an Anthony Valadez DJ set. The L.A. based Hip-Hop DJ/producer has residencies at some of the best clubs in and around California, not to mention a regular slot at Santa Monica’s famed KCRW terrestrial radio. In 2009 he released his first full-length EP, Audio / Visual : Sounds Inspired by all Things Visual, which brought an enigmatic fusion of sample-based and live experimental Hip-Hop to our ears, rich in texture and injected with a generous dose of soulful goodness. He’s now teamed up with the amazing label Plug Research to release his second LP Just Visiting, a vibrant collection of sparkling beats and delicate melodies with collaborations from the likes of Mar (of Full Crate and Mar), Anna Wise (of Sonnymoon) and Def Sound. You can stream the whole album at the bottom of this page, and check out our favourite tracks off the album with accompanying [brand new] visuals below.
This year, Adult Swim and Kia have teamed up to release a bunch of exclusive and free tracks as part of their Singles Program. It’s now in its third year and release number six today has particularly caught our eye. It teams up Brainfeeder boss and beatmaker extraordinaire, Flying Lotus, with enigmatic Odd Future MC Earl Sweatshirt.
If Cannabis were ever to have a global ambassador, Snoop Dogg’s claim for the position is as good as anyone’s. Now he’s gone one step further and launched a Reggae side-project called Snoop Lion, producers by Major Lazer. La La La is the first track and was released in the last few days.
Utrecht’s first track APC has been getting a lot of love on the net recently…
Alt-J’s debut album An Awesome Wave is hands down one of our favourites this year. If you’re still yet to hear it, head straight for our review here, after reading this. It’s not just us who like it; they’ve been getting some serious love all over the interweb. So it’s not surprising the first official remix from the album is courtesy of some very credible players.
This weekend Stamp The Wax attended the Eastern European music festival Exit, situated in Novi Sad, Serbia. Every year over 20,000 music lovers descend upon the magical Petrovaradin Fortress that overlooks the river Danube to experience some of the most diverse and cutting-edge music the world has to offer.
To give you a bit of context, the festival began in 2000 as a student protest against the Milošević regime and is still a relatively non-corporate event, with cheap food and drink. This fact, along with Serbian hospitality and amazing music has helped Exit Festival become one of the best European music festivals, being visited by 60 million people in more than 60 countries worldwide and amongst the top 10 world festival destinations.
A few months ago we brought you the first demo from The xx after their Mercury winning debut album. Since then, they’ve been touring and a number of videos have emerged of new songs from the shows. Just moments ago however, the first official release has surfaced.
Malaysian singer Yuna first came to our attention with her enchanting debut single Live Your Life but fear not, it’s nothing like the T.I track of the same name. Having such a heavyweight producing the track in Pharrell Williams naturally did her publicity no harm, but from her latest offering, it seems that initial success was no one-off.
Detroit-infused grooves on new Helsinki label Cold Blow.
Rhodes and acid from the Rhythm Section regular, debuting on Local Talk.
Music for an Indian summer, out on Antinote.
Afro-influenced spiritual house from the Bari school of jazz.
Beats, funk and nasty from the multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and producer.
Jazz leaning electronic elegance from the serial collaborator and esteemed drummer.
One half of Africaine 808 and digger of polyrhythms all around the world.
Alternative sounds from around the world from the Glasgow six-piece.
2010 LA late-night woozy beats and Norwegian organic ambience.
The Ectomorph founder presents a collection of rare Detroit music that helped make techno.
Multi Culti head honcho Dreems shares a 100% original material mix for the first in our Self-Portrait series.
The Godson of Detroit and one quarter of 3 Chairs.
Funk, soul, rhythm n blues, biscuits and coffee make up this gorgeous mix and delightful city guide.
Audio-Visual artist and founder of Kuwait Rising curates a unique Kuwait city guide.
Rising figure in India’s underground scene, Karleekarma presents Mumbai with a magical mix.