Having achieved status of Beaties Master last year, Tuamie has earned the undying attention and love from The Up-Turn. Admittedly, it’s not very hard to continue loving what Tuamie does considering how good he is at what he does. Considering most of his compositions barely extend over 60 seconds, this 3 minute mix he put together with fellow Dirty Tapes member Uplift is a whole lot of new material. I have no idea how these two dudes manage to coat every second of this mix with so much magic but I guess I shouldn’t expect anything less from these dudes.
Tuamie is a beaties master. Wun Two is a beaties master. Together, they’re just two young guns out there doing cool things through the power of the internet. ! is an EP for beat lovers. It’s not an album designed around a concept or tied together by one radically different idea or sound. Instead, the music on ! sounds so instantly familiar and classic that I wouldn’t have been surprised if all of this material came from unreleased demos by fellow beat masters like Madlib or J Dilla. Considering the fact that Wun Two is from Germany and Tuamie is from Virginia, it’s awesome to hear how well they work together in creating a cohesive and flawless release.
Despite being the home state of Clipse, Virginia isn’t much of a hip-hop mecca. Thanks to creative geniuses like Tuamie and KVZE, however, VA is developing a scene of experimental minded hip-hop artists. Hailing from “not even the cool part” of Virginia, DooF at first seems to fall in line with all the other skateboarding crazed hip-hop youth that have taken over the blogosphere recently. Listening to his raps though, it’s clear DooF has already developed his own style that falls somewhere in between Wiki’s stream of conscious collage rap and Sidewalk Kal’s philosophical flow. Also the dude’s rocking the swaggiest lisp this side of the Mississippi.
At the beginning of the year, your 2012 Beatie Master Tuamie has decided to grace the world with a brand new beat tape. Placebo shows Tuamie sticking to what he does best; short, obscure samples, flipped with incredible finesse and looped for about 8 bars or so. The beats are as dusty as ever with gritty kicks, snares, and hi hats that sound straight out of 1994 and for the most part are more melodic than on Tuamie’s past projects. Tuamie’s vein of beatmaking, involving short beats that probably aren’t meant for rapping over, has not always been the most palatable or easy to get into, but Tuamie has stuck with it and is now getting more recognition than ever so commend that man for it. Stream my two favorite beats below and the whole tape after the jump.
We’ve made a lot of big changes through the last year. We switched over to self-hosting, designed a custom layout, interviewed a lot of cool people, listened to a lot of good music, and, most importantly, ate a lot of beaties. Inspired by the exploding beat scene that developed on soundcloud over the past year, we started putting out a collection of some of the best damn beaties out there regardless of the blood, sweat, and tears spilled to find them. We started the feature when we realized that it would take us longer to write about the tracks than it would take for someone to listen to them, however, we still managed to accumulate a collection of some especially noteworthy beaties. So we’ve decided to honor those special beaties with our first ever Eat Your Beaties Awards. Put on something nice and enjoy the ceremonies after the jump.
We could go (and have gone) on for a while about how soundcloud has changed the beat scene, however, the basic point is that there is an incredible amount of easily accessible artists making increasingly more experimental music that are all based around the website. Everyday we hear a lot of great beats that we dig, however, due to either laziness or lack of song length/progression we don’t have much more to say about the music than that it’s really good. So from now on we’ll be featuring the creme of the beat crop on Eat Your Beaties. We’re kicking off Vol. 1 with a 16-bit banger from Option Command, Yung Satan’s remix of Koen’s ’992′, a beat from Oakland based OSO, a collab from Poptart Pete and Tuamie and a fresh tune from Russian producer rbe. all after the jump.
Tuamie is probably my favorite hip-hop beat maker right now. Like all great beat makers should, Tuamie’s beats act as a filter able to separate good from bad rappers (this guy fell on the wrong side of the Tuamie filter). Tuamie’s latest tape, Water Loops, is filled with plenty of beats and soundscapes that make it clear: these beats are good enough to listen to on their own so if anyone is going to rap over them they have to deliver. Like the name suggests, Water Loops is full of loops that manage to worm their way into your brain and hit on all the sonic pleasure sensors. It’s nice.