mp3: Jalal Salaam – Phasin’ Out (ft. uhlife)

“Phasin’ Out” has Jalal Salaam firing on all cylinders.  Even across his two already impressive mixtapes, Salaam has never sounded this in control of the mic.  Over a minimal and moody beat courtesy of LayerFace, Salaam commands the steady ebb and flow of his verse before passing it over to the ever open minded uhlife.  Both rappers deliver what we’ve come to expect, Salaam delivering “flip an opponent like an exponent” and uhlife opening with “the universe is growing / supernovas exploding”, while pushing past their past efforts with refined and effortless wordplay.  I’m gittin’ square routed and you’re just gittin’ turnt.

-PK

EP: Slam Skillet – Ecotone

It’s been a little while since we’ve heard a new release from Slam Skillet but his new EP Ecotone gives us plenty for the wait.  For me, Slam Skillet has always been an expert at crafting amazing sounds and Ecotone is no exception.  Opener “Sable” may be one of the prettiest non-ambient pieces of electronic music you’ve ever heard.  Even when he moves into darker alleys on “Rusine”, his tracks never veer away from sounding clean and incredibly well constructed.  Although Slam Skillet keeps his tracks sounding mechanical instead of organic, that doesn’t mean he drains his productions of fun.  While not straightforwardly danceable, tracks like “Sambar” and “Auroch” demonstrate that he knows a lot more about how to make people grove than he may initially let on.  The later half of “Sambar” especially sounds like the soundtrack to some ultra hip rooftop party (which will probably be thrown by The Up-Turn) ten years from now.

-PK

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mp3: Jalal Salaam – Time Will Tell (ft. uhlife)

It’s always awesome when two artists we’ve praised on our website come together on a track and it’s obviously even better when they work together as seamlessly as Jalal Salaam and uhlife do.  If you’re unfamiliar with either of these two artists, “Time Will Tell” does a pretty good job catching you up on what you need to know.  Jalal Salaam and uhlife are forward looking dudes who are just as interested in questions know when will ever be able to answer as they are about sharing their stories and thoughts.  Salaam also shows off some serious producing chops having made the minimal and menacing beat on “Time Will Tell”.

-PK

EP: ewonee – UN▲TY

ewonee’s music has always sounded nice but something about this new EP just sounds super nice on headphones.  More so than his previous tranquil EP, UN▲TY manages to pack warm, hip-hoppy, jazzy, liquidy audio goodness into bite-sized packaging that defines a sonic palette uniquely ewonee’s.  ewonee seems fascinated in jazz for it’s warm textures and dynamism just as much as he is in it’s rhythms and flows.  Just listen.

-PK

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mp3: Jalal Salaam – Synergy (Remix)

jay salaamAs if the stunning debut Mathematics wasn’t enough, Jalal Salaam has decided to put out a remixed version of the tape.  Originally produced by Scanz, “Synergy” was an easy highlight on Mathematics with every line sounding like a statement of purpose from the SUNY Purchase based (yeah another SUNY student) rapper.  Producing his own remix, Salaam gives his verse a little more space with more room to air out.  The new beat is a gorgeous piece of boom-bap that doesn’t overstate Salaam’s intoxicating flows.  Although it honestly sounds like a weird concept to remix a rap tape, I couldn’t be more excited for more Mathematics.

-PK

mp3: ENxVE – Davice (ft. Silver Kingfisher)

ENxVE is another face in the huge community of talented young artists currently studying at SUNY Purchase who first caught our attention for a great verse over a Yung Gutted beat.  On his Heliotherapy mixtape, ENxVe establishes himself as a technically-minded rapper which the charisma to have two personalities.  The only features on the album go to Silver Kingfisher which is just a name for the more off-the-cuff and manic ENxVE.  On “Davice” the two personalities go in over a boom-bap styled beat from Chef Gold and provide enough reason why ENxVE is another name to watch.

-PK

Enjoy it While it’s Fresh: Jalal Salaam

Jamal Smith a.k.a Poptart Pete doesn’t give his beats out to just anyone, so I was definitely expecting something great when I saw that Smith lent one of his beats to Jalal Salaam.  Their collaboration “Nocturnal” didn’t instantly jump out at me as jaw dropping, however, it definitely had me interested so I decided to check out Jalal Salaam’s debut mixtape Mathematics.  Like “Nocturnal”, Mathematics took a few listens to sink in and I can honestly say that after having spent a good amount of time with this release that it’s one of my favorite hip-hop releases of the year.  Jalal Salaam’s world in Mathematics is steeped in psychedelic cosmology, comic books and afrofuturism.  He’s definitely on the same vibes as some of our other favorites like uhlife and Shabazz Palaces.  Stream my favorite two tracks from Mathematics below and the entire release after the jump.

-PK

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