“A Milli” came out in 2008, well before I was ready to embrace Lil Wayne. During 2008 I became enamored with bands like Vampire Weekend and Fleet Foxes and the mainstream status of “A Milli” placed it miles away from anything I considered to be “good”. Luckily, future-trap wunderkind Suicideyear has allowed me to listen to “A Milli” with fresh ears. It’s cool.
I don’t know what’s different about the air or water over there in Paris but all the producers are on the same wave. Following in the footsteps of NVTHLSS, Dream Koala and Myth Syzer, 1963 is a Parisian producer who makes hip-hop minded beats with heavy doses of atmosphere. 1963 shows his sound off in spades with his remix of Justice’s much beloved “We Are Your Friends”. While the original is still the definitive dance floor anthem, 1963 spaces things out with some sounds and vibes that are just damn pretty. I have a weakness to pretty things. I’m just a man blogger.
Throughout his still young career, Nvthlss has demonstrated an incredible talent for breathing new life into tired sounds and musical ideas. Whether it’s working with golden age styled boom-bap, remixing Danny Brown or even some classic Illmatic Nas on this new tape, Nvthlss has never stumbled sounding fresh, exciting and distinctive. Breaking away from the numerically named EPs that he’s stuck to in the past, Nvthlss has put out easily his most fully realized product to date with the Always may.EP. The EP is a blend of remixes and originals that expand upon the producer’s parisian sound with fantastic results. The aforementioned Nas remix “The world is ours” places the rapper in a sound collage of manipulated and distorted vinyl scratches alongside cascading piano lines. Even Drake can’t help but sound great with the magical touch of Nvthlss. Nvthlss has always been one of my favorite producers to watch and listen to grow and with Always may.EP he’s become one of my favorite producers.
It’s really only a matter of time before Lord Raja blows up and gets signed by either Brain Feeder or Stones Throw (both of which he has connectionswith) and blesses the world with his righteous vibe. For now, Raja is just doing him which includes putting out this Charlie and the Chocolate Factory inspired remix of Captain Murphy’s “Mighty Morphin Foreskin”. Straight whimsical.
Sunny a.k.a. DJ Sooneek a.k.a. Sunik Kim a.k.a. Beat Culture (you already know) is working on a lot of good things that will soon come to bless your ears with next level sounds and ideas. In the mean time, Sunik has put out this gem of a dedication towards everyone’s favorite first lady Beyonce to help make the wait more bearable.
OSØ has already proven himself as an incredibly talented producer when it comes to remixing some of our favoritehip-hoptracks and shows no intention of slowing down. Taking on more material from Danny’s infinitely remixedXXX mixtape, OSØ mellows out the drum banging beat of “Radio Song” and takes Brown into heady space territory. The result is the kind of beat that Danny has never really spat over before and OSØ makes it all the more apparent that Danny probably should. It’s been a few years and producers keep finding reasons to return to XXX, let’s hope Old as the same appeal.
Although he’s slowed down his prolific rate of beaties production a bit since dropping EP8, French producer Nvthlss has just decided to drop a new remix EP dedicated to everyone’s favorite Detroit rapper Danny Brown. Although XXX is coming on being two years old, it’s impact can still be felt in hip-hop and Nvthlss has decided to sprinkle some of his musical magic over some of those tracks. On Danny, Nvthlss take Brown’s vocal far away from the trap leanings of XXX with the dusty drums, oddball samples and mellow synths that define Nvthlss’ production style. Like most of Nvthlss’ releases, Danny is a short listen that will have you continually hitting the replay button. Stream my favorite two tracks below and the entire EP after the jump.