mp3: Hanz – Count

Hanz may finally be starting to gain the attention and fan base he deserves but that doesn’t mean his music is going to become any more accessible or traditional.  His newest single, “Count” is easily one of the most minimal tracks he’s put out in a while.  Similarly to his last release “War Fiction”, there is a militaristic quality to the strict and forward driving rhythm of “Count”.  Emerging from a dissonant and dreamy first minute, the driving loop of “Count” marches forward at a soft, quiet and gorgeous pace.  Repeat listens allow the small gems of lush sound emerge from the seemingly barren landscape of “Count”.  It’s amazing how good Hanz has become at his singular yet constantly surprising sound.  Watch out for Hanz’s upcoming Reducer.

-PK

Eat Your Beaties: Vol. 38

We know, it’s been a while.  Hopefully you were all enjoying the sun too much to be on your computers anyway. Lol jk, I hate the sun because it makes it so that I have to come up with excuses to spend all day inside on my computer instead of getting tan or whatever with the cool bros.  Anyway, it’s been a while so we’re just gonna give you a jumbo sized beaties volume to make it up to you all.  Yup.  This volume is 8 beaties deep.  #rare.  Enjoy the vibes from Lil Netzero, Drip-133, ghostwerk, sabata, F. King Taisho, cight, wu-lu and andrew michael.

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mp3: questionz – bunchofshit

“bunchofshit” is exactly what is sounds like minus any negative associations of the word shit.  This is the kinda “hey, bros that weed is totally the shit” type of shit.  Feel me?  Basically, “bunchofshit” isn’t really just one song.  It’s four songs, or at least movements, packaged into a gorgeous and cohesive 5-minutes of beaties bliss.  questionz had honestly fallen off my radar a bit but “bunchofshit” is exactly the kinda shit I needed to remind me why we got so hyped (whatever happened to old.dez anyway?) on him in the first place.  Please keep shitting my dude.

-PK

EP: UGLY FRANK – BOBBY HILL

Ever since I first heard Ugly Frank on Khris P‘s song “Casino Royale” I was impressed with his flow and immediately wanted to hear more.  Since then Ugly Frank has continued to develop as part of ILLFIGHTYOU and now with BOBBY HILL Frank is definitely at the top of his game.  Throughout the EP Frank tears through every track without ever sounding like he’s slowing down while trying out any flow he wants to and out-doing any rapper who’s tried it before him.  As much as this EP is a victory for Ugly Frank, its just as much of a victory for Kream Team who produced every song on it.  Kream Team have always had a quirky and distinctive sound, but their production has always sounded a little bit held back until now.  On BOBBY HILL, every beat shines through clearer than ever and makes Kream Teams’ spacey synths and odd samples sound as equally huge as Frank’s personality.  Every song on this EP is worth listening too but you can stream two of my favorites below and the whole EP after the jump.

-TC


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Eat Your Beaties: Vol. 37

Happy spring guys.  It’s time to start refusing to wear shorts, rolling our pants above our ankles, riding our fixie bikes to work and wish we didn’t burn after spending 5 seconds in direct sunlight.  It’s ok though, if you’d rather just stay inside and hide from all the fun and sun we have some beaties for you to enjoy.  This batch brings some rice on rims from ethernt, Signature Sweaters with the Pimp C sampling “$yrup (Caught Drippin)”, MilkBeats123 with a holy conflict, Flau with those emotions to soundtrack your walk through blossoming trees, and the loop master with a siren blast. Eat em.

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EP: Nvthlss – My paris / Lifetime vol 2

Of all the artists we’ve featured on The Up-Turn there are probably none that we’ve posted about of been following for longer than parisian producer Nvthlss.  As a result I was starting to worry that I’d run out of things to write about him and consequently that his frequent releases were starting to blur together.  Then my jaw dropped while listening to “A l’est de la gare” and stayed dropped for the remainder of his newest My paris.EP.  With a quick seven tracks all titled in french, My paris.EP reminds me of all that reasons I got so excited about Nvthlss in the first place.  It’s a gorgeous listen that should make anyone want to visit the Paris Nvthlss has been so inspired by.  Although the US is the hip-hop Mecca, it’s nice to here Nvthlss turn towards his own culture to find inspiration and My paris.EP demonstrates just how unique his sound can be.  The thirteen track Lifetime vol 2, continues his lifetime series with jazz-infused beatie goodness.  Although I don’t think it achieves the same consistent greatness and My paris, Lifetime vol 2 is more proof of just how dedicated he is to his craft.  After a few years I’m finally starting to understand that Nvthlss isn’t driven by a desire to achieve fame but out of a need to express himself through music.

-PK

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Eat Your Beaties: Vol. 36

It’s beaties, bitch.  For those of us too hip for the new Schoolboy Q album, too into the internet for Real Estate and generally uninterested in anything the hooligans over at p4k are listening to, we got a crop of music that we can promise will never be played at a party.  Just how we like it.  This volume of beaties is brought to you in part by Yung Crock and his fish tank, bine with his chemical drugs, Wopak with a jam that could theoretically one day maaaybe be played in a club, Richie Quake with some casual vibes and BWWWOYS with that post-internet wave shit.  Enjoy.

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