A new album from Trebles and Blues just came out a week ago, so I thought it would be a good idea to highlight his previous album The Blue Note before posting From My Father. This truly is a special piece of music, from the jazzy samples to the percussion beats, it is outstanding. All the tracks are expertly crafted; clearly Trebles and Blues is no amateur producer. I seriously recommend this album for all music lovers with an appreciation for the synthesis of jazz and hip-hop; Trebles and Blues does it very, very well.
Radio Juicy’s latest release is a collaboration between Flofilz and Pawcut, and it is very juicy indeed. If you haven’t been following Radio Juicy then I strongly suggest you start doing that asap, because they are releasing some really good music. This heavily jazz-influenced beat tape is eargasmic; the two German beatmakers really did their digging, and found some jazz gems. There is a scattering of rapping on the album as well; “N.O.I.R.E.” was one of those tracks I particularly liked. For a free download you cannot go wrong.
Standouts on the album: “Koptis”, “Scientific”, “Halcyon”, “N.O.I.R.E.” and “Naima”.
jlasoul is a producer from Queens, and is now definitely someone I will be keeping my eye on. Departure is an instrumental journey through laid back, hip hop arrangements that focus on jazz and downtempo electronica. This is a really nice record, hip-hop and jazz samples galore.
Standouts on the album: “Tape Slangers and Record Pushers”, “Departure”, “Tide Pools” and “Some Untitled Daydream”.
Acid Rap is set to drop on 30 April, so in case you’ve been sleeping on this guy, check out Chance The Rapper’s very weird/cool video. His words on the concept of the album:
“There are a lot of different acid jazz sounds I’m playing with on there, too. There’s a lot of Jamiroquai, and all the influences for acid jazz, like disco and funk and soul, trying to put all of that into this new acid rap shit that I’m making. It sounds so damn good.”
Joey Bada$$ - Wendy N Becky (Feat. Chance The Rapper) (Prod. Thelonious Martin)
A chilled number featuring a nice collaboration of Joey Bada$$ and Chance The Rapper. Thelonious Martin sampled John Coltrane for the track. Free download on Soundcloud.
Quasimoto - Planned Attack
Madlib’s very cool alias Quasimoto is back with a new compilation. “Planned Attack” is the first track taken from Yessir Whatever, which will be released on June 18th via Stones Throw Records; it will contain 12 rare and previously unreleased tracks. Queue the excitement.
Wodoo Wolcan - Water Vein
This ridiculously chilled record is the mini collaboration between Youtaro and Wodoo Wolcan. Laid back hip-hop beats have never been so damn relaxing. Just whack on the first track and let it roll all the way through. The album is designed to create a relaxed atmosphere and put you in a chilled mood.
This album is straight up dope. Grip Grand pays tribute to one of his favourite artists: MF Doom. All raps and scratchings are taken from original MF DOOM acapellas, with Grip Grand providing the backing. It’s an extremely well produced and crafted album, and probably one of the best remix projects I have heard. A must listen for all you hip-hop heads.
Coleman Hawkinsset a precedent when he recorded “Body and Soul”in 1939, soloing for three minutes without playing a single note of the tune, gliding over the chord changes with such harmonic logic that he ended up inventing bebop. The album itself is just incredible, and must have a place in any serious jazz album. What a man, and what a saxophonist. He set the standard by which every other tenor man was measured. I’m just happy that on a Monday night, I can put this on with the click of a button, and drift away to Hawkins’ genius.
Standouts on the album: “Body and Soul”, “When Day is Done”, “Half Step Down Please”, and “I Love Paris”.