It’s basically Thanksgiving which means it’s Christmas season ho-ho-hos, so let’s give these beaties as presents to the world wrapped up neatly in our special Eat Your Beaties packaging. Celebrate the holidaze with a jazzy tune from poptart pete, some emotional emotions from LIL SAD, alien vibes from Bluestaeb, experimental goodness from Hominidæ and Tsaik and Majira and his waterfalls of piano-based prettiness. Unwrap ‘em after the jump.
Considering his more experimental turn in music making recently, I was unsure of whether Hanz would return to making the amazing hip-hop beats that Chris Villa struts over so well. It’s been a while, but the pope and Hanz are back working together and the result is the mature and fine tuned “Deaf Check 3″. While “Deaf Check 3″ is easily one of the most precisely orchestrated hip-hop beats Hanz has put together, it is anything but restrained. Instead, we find a calm, cool and collected Chris Villa threatening cops and riding through his city with the kind of laid back perspective of an elder statesman of hip-hop. It’s amazing hearing Chris Villa sound so confident and comfortable over the abstract beat and it only has me more excited than ever for the return of Hanz and Chris Villa working together.
If you’re at all familiar with the work of NVTHLSS, than F2i probably won’t be coming out of left field for you. If anything, NVTHLSS’ impressively sized catalog of beats and tapes are a demonstration of just how well an artist can define his own sound through constant recording, releasing and refining. F2i is not the solo material of NVTHLSS however, as the tape is the result of a collaboration with fellow french producer OVRDZ (no idea how to properly pronounce that name either sorry). Although the best I can do is speculate here, it does seem like OVRDZ has pushed NVTHLSS away from hip-hop influence and into deeper electronic territory. Although the percussion still hits mostly in the tune of boom-bap, none of these beats would provide stable ground for a rapper. Instead they are small meditations on warmth and repetition that revel in small moments of energy and inspiration.
If you don’t think abhi//dijon are the most exciting new artist emerging right now, you probably haven’t listened to their music yet. The duo have been sporadically releasing incredible singles since the beginning of the summer, and are now prepping to release their first EP. I don’t know if these two songs are from the upcoming EP, but they are absolutely stunning and possibly their best work to date. ”Experimental RnB” has been around for a while, but recently it has mostly just meant “RnB with way too much reverb on some shitty falsetto vocals”, but abhi//dijon’s music sounds much more thought out than that. The beats they put together perfectly meld past RnB ideas with new up-to-date styles and even though they are incredible, their songs don’t rely on them, with Dijon’s vocals still managing to sit front and center without ever sounding overdone. If you can’t already tell, I’m extremely excited about these guys and I’m sure this won’t be nearly the last we hear of them.
For the first time in a while we’ve experienced a beaties surplus and actually had to make some cuts to distill our list down to our favorite beaties of the past two weeks. Needless to say these beaties are tight these beaties are tiiiiiiight. On this volume we got dom$olo with those good time vibes, Organ Donor with some DJ Shadow reverence, Noah B showing his respects for Larry Bird, Lee taking us down to the warmer side of the hemisphere with some reggae, AceMo doing his thing and as an added treat we got DJ Smokey with our favorite Halloween Trick or Beatie.
A lot of genres have been doing a good job of feeling pretty stale to me lately, but fortunately, rap is not one of them. In the past few months there has been no shortage of awesome rappers bringing in fresh and fearless new sounds to the genre. Black Kray is the newest one of them. I’ve been listening through Kray’s soundcloud and youtube pages for a few days now and still can’t really pin him down to one sound at all. He’ll pop up on a feature on some other song and I won’t even realize its him at first. Even though this might sound like some sideways criticism, its not at all. With way too much music for me to handle being pushed into my face via the internet every day, everything kind of just pales into a bland mush of gray and 808′s, but Kray stands right in front making me guess what new thing I’m going to hear from him every time. Above almost mumbles through an entire track and it works perfectly, while in “30 Round Clip Kreayshawn” (video after the jump), he walks through some clichè rap scenery while laying down a slew of memorable lines over a simple beat. It’s hard to be enthusiastic about that many new artists these days, so I’m thankful for Black Kray doing whatever the fuck he wants. Listen/watch more after the jump.
DooF and KVZE have always sounded great together but they have never sounded this effortlessly brilliant. ”kwazars” isn’t so much a track that is meant to show off DooF’s rhymes or even KVZE’s impressive production style as much as it proves how well these two artists work together in creating a great sound. DooF could easily draw comparisons to MF DOOM or Earl on this track but he is content to me much less commanding then either of those two MCs. DooF allows his words to become submerged in the gorgeous synth-laden beat despite never wasting a bar. It invites you to listen again and again and maybe a bunch of times.