Warning: Listening to this song will lead to multiple listens (in a row).
Mo Kolours is a half-Mauritian, half-English producer, singer and percussionist. HIs latest self titled album is set to drop on March 23rd (put that date in your diary now). Raised on the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Lee Perry and A Tribe Called Quest, his music interestingly still retains an ever present homage to his Indian Ocean roots. Recognising Mo’s singular voice Gilles Peterson invited him to Maida Vale Studios to record a live session for the BBC before his first EP had even hit the shelves.
I am personally anticipating his new album more than any other pending release. In the meantime I’ll have to listen to “Mike Black” over and over again.
Jungle Fire - Comencemos (Whiskey Barons Rework)
Looking for some positive vibes? Look no further! Give this body-moving afro-beats tune a listen. Its a re-work by Whiskey Barons, and its bound to put you in a good mood. I seriously dig this vibe.
Klaus Layer - Come Back (Feat. Blu and Scienze)
Another track featuring Blu (I’m not doing this on purpose, he’s just a very good rapper) comes from Klaus Layer’s latest album The Adventures of Captain Crook. If you like your boom bap layered with soul/jazz samples then this one’s for you.
Sunset Black - Full House
Daoud Anthony joins with Oakland rapper Seanzy to bring us this very dope album. With a definite funk flavour, the album exudes good vibes. What’s better than a free album? A really good free album.
Give it a listen.
Yancey Boys - Quicksand (Feat. Common)
Illa J and Frank Nitt make up the Yancey Boys, and “Quicksand” is the first single from their new LP, which is an album full of tracks produced by Dilla. Common features on the single, and its a nicely executed track. We’ll be hoping the rest of Sunset Blvd continues in the same vein.
Blu - The Clean Hand (Twit One Remix)
Twit One excels with creating smooth jazzy numbers. This remix of a Pete Rock beat is relaxed a few notches, making it the perfect accompaniment to an early morning coffee. The German beatmaker who makes up one half of Flatpocketdoes a stellar job; remixing a Pete Rock number ain’t no mean feat.
Sinitus Tempo - Blue Alley Waltz
Animator Ben Luce has teamed up with Sinitus Tempo to deliver this neurosis inducing video in anticipation of the producer’s upcoming album The Final Odyssey. ’Blue Alley Waltz’ is definitely more experimental than what we’re accustomed to hearing from Sinitus, but it certainly catches the ears, and in combination with the video ensnares the mind; leaving an audiovisual experience that isn’t all that common. Tempo’s new album looks like its going to be very interesting indeed.
Mecca:83 x Kan Sano x Maximoe - Amber Glow
Night Swimmers is a label based in Frankfurt, and clearly have some very talented producers on their roster. The label just dropped two albums simultaneously The Dusty and The Glitchy; both have a distinct and differing flavour to them. The former is all about the downtempo, and instrumental hip-hop beats, with a heavy emphasis on the jazz sampling; that dusty feeling is quite literal. Whereas The Glitchy unsurprisingly features spaced out future beats. Both are great free downloadable albums; I will definitely be keeping my eyes peeled for future releases.
Haruka Nakamura - Lamp (Feat. Nujabes)
Nakamuraof Hydeout Productions has just released Melodica, and it’s an exquisite new addition to his existing musical works.The album features the usual suspects: Cise Starr, Pase Rock, Substantial, Uyama Hiroto, Shing02 and many more. Having been a fan of Haruka for a long time, I was excited to hear a couple of tracks that featured some work by Nujabes. ‘Lamp’ is a beautiful composition, it has that Nujabes quality that just lifts you up. The video accompanies perfectly, it shows Haruka Nakamura in Nujabes’ studio and the two also at the seashore together.If you need a boost today give ‘Lamp’ a listen.
СЧБОΓG ΣΘΣ - ∇
My leave of absence is over; after finding inner peace I am back to share my musical passion. This album is a beat tape battle between Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes, old-school Asian pop and RZA-esque sounding beats populate the mix tape. Easily worth a dollar.
Standouts on the album: Ninja Halls of Death, Arashikage Clan, ∇, Boxin’ & Fightin’.