As 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.
Pro-tip for getting featured on our website, go to SUNY Purchase. The amount of talented musicians and bands studying together at SUNY is pretty astounding and I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t pay a little more attention to emails from artists you say they’re attending. RIchie Quake is a producer who bros around with the dudes of Makoshine and has his own brand of beats worthy of attention. Quake’s production leans towards the slower, dronier and more introspective side of hip-hop and fellow SUNY student ENxVE hops on one of the tracks with my of my favorite verses of his yet. The EP is only four tracks long but Quake manages to carve his own exciting niche in the beaties world through the listen. Stream my favorite tracks below and the rest of the EP after the jump.
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.
So Brooklyn/Purchase, NY producer Lord RAJA just announced that he has signed to Ghostly International, alongside the likes of Gold Panda and Matthew Dear, and I can’t say I’m surprised at all. If you have been following RAJA at all over the past few years, you know that he has been ridiculously talented and the fact that he’s only getting signed now is what is surprising. RAJA has been periodically putting tracks up on his soundcloud page before taking them down soon after for the past year, and now with this announcement has finally graced us with a debut EP. Rubies is sure not to disappoint any of RAJA’s previous fans, and most likely gain a lot of new ones. It’s easy to compare his style on this EP to other producers around Soundcloud and on labels such as Brainfeeder, but this EP sounds much more thought out than most of that. Even though this will be a lot of people’s first introductions to his music, on Rubies, RAJA sounds completely comfortable and incredibly experienced, morphing aesthetics from too many genres to name into one cohesive sound that is completely his own. Stream one of my favorite songs off of the EP below, then link to download the whole thing under that, and then hit the jump to stream the whole thing- in that order.
I was first introduced to LVL UP a couple of months ago with their incredible “Nightshade” video, and have been listening to their Space Brothers EP ever since. The SUNY Purchase band takes a heavier approach to the strong influence of 90′s bands such as Built To Spill and Weezer that has been getting more popular lately, and I can’t get enough of it. After a few singles, they have finally put their new 7″ which will be released in a couple of days on Double Double Whammy up for full stream, and so far it is definitely living up to my anticipation. LVL UP once again have combined very strong songwriting with awesome energy and a DIY aesthetic that works perfectly. The 7″ packs 6 short songs into an awesome 10 minutes that show the bands extremely high potential. You can stream one of my favorite tracks off of it below, and the whole thing after the jump, then make sure to buy it on April 6th.
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.
It’s been awhile since uhlife flew onto our radar with the stunning “pruse” and honestly “rituals” doesn’t do much more than continue to make it harder to wait for new material. At just over a minute and a half, uhlife doesn’t actually get that many lines in over the shape shifting beat from the ever prolific RAJA, however, he isn’t just passing the time casually either. Just like on “pruse”, uhlife conveys a confidence and personality on “rituals” that makes it impossible not to believe his peak climbing boasts. uhlife has a new tape coming soon, “rituals” reminds us why we should all be excited.