Music x Vibes = JoLeon Davenue. So reads his Facebook page, so if you add a bit of Jazz and Hip-Hop into the mix it should give you a pretty good idea of what to expect.
Japanese beatmaker Mabanua has his fingers dipped into a number of projects (including Green Butter and Ovall) but on his own his work is just as fine. On Mystery, the jazzy piano beat and sweet tones of Nicholas Ryan Grant go really nicely together, prefect for this fine weather (in the UK anyway) on a Sunday afternoon.
Californian MC Pheo has been on the scene since the 2009 release of Word to Your Blogger, but he first caught our eye with his outstanding collaberation with Soulection Radio and UTB Life$tyle.
Golden Down is a three-day boutique festival launching this year with an absolutely stella line-up including Four Tet, Ghostpoet, Mount Kimbie, Lee Scratch Perry and Roots Manuva. Tickets just £90 + bf. See inside for more details.
Robert Luis has been co-running Brighton’s brilliant Tru Thoughts label for over ten years. He might have a good eye for talent, but judging by this re-edit of a Wiley track we came across recently, he’s also a pretty mean producer, as Nirobi.
East Anglian rapper Booda French (a.k.a. Don’t Flop battle rapper Truth) has recently released this video to accompany the audio for his track ’61 Grace’, off his upcoming E.P. ‘Ventolin’. Set on his home turf of Ipswich, the video follows Mr French round as he raps (and sings) about his rainy hometown. The beat is spilling over with pure soul, courtesy of producer J57 (part of The Brown Bag Allstars collective), whilst visuals come from the Don’t Flop/Be Established camp. Big up this new fresh talent.
Eric Lau has worked with a range of range of respected and up-and-coming names in Hip-Hop, RnB and Electronic (Guilty Simpson, Fatima, Floating Points, Szjerdene), making him one of the go-to producers at the minute. This one is a pretty special release made for Record Store Day last Saturday…
After the interview and freestyle sneak peek comes the whole shebang…
Although in the last 5 years UK Hip-Hop has been commercially superseded…
We haven’t heard much from L.A. hustler Schoolboy Q since the release of his second album Habits and Contradictions at the start of this year – so it makes for perfect timing having Vate Magazine put out this mini-documentary a couple of days ago, following the young hip-hop artist and his crew through New York City. Fresh.