It won’t be fair not to show love to the cats that work behind the boards. Cats whose soundscapes help push hip-hop to loft heights. So in the same vein, this weekly list sheds light on budding and even established producers who continue to push the envelope for the culture. So sit back relax and get familiar with these producers.
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MADS MODAL – CLOUDS
UK instrumental hip hop producer, MADS MODAL, presents “Clouds” – a tongue-in-cheek, lo-fi beat with warped guitars, twisted organ, crisp hats, and healthy dose of sub-bass. Taken from his new 15 track album, “Dimensions”, Mads is breaking-into the increasingly popular lo-fi hip hop genre, having released a string of smaller EPs over the past few years.
Dro Cup – self-titled
Producer Dro Cup, also known as Al D, wanted to keep the vibes high when producing “self-titled”, using only the most lively soul samples to craft a nostalgia inducing track full of joy. The track name comes from the choir sample, chopped up to say “Al D!”
brokebwoy – once in a lifetime
“once in a lifetime” is an instrumental taken from Brokebwoy‘s latest offering, bloomin’, which was made at a time when he thought he was losing his creative touch as he had not made music for a while. When brokebwoy finally decided to try and make music again, this was the result!
Ellis H. – Slaughter House (Remastered).
Ellis H. has a wide variety of influences ranging from Wax Tailor, Nujabes, to The Avalanches. His newest effort titled “Slaughter House” is a slight homage to those acts that influenced his production style.
riverkid – sun moment.
Riverkid is a beatmaker and radio host from Sydney Australia. He gifts us with a smooth, nostalgia filled record titled “Sun Moment”. The record is a potpourri of emotions stemming from the dreamy sounds the producer chopped and layered for our listening pleasure.
The video was shot on iphone driving to the airport at dawn, from my sister’s small town through the fields and bush of north east Tasmania. I made this song chopping the beautiful sounds that I find on records that no one else wants, in the charity shops in small towns and quiet suburbs.
“Sun Moment” is taken from his latest beat tape ‘beat trip’
Lost Son – Summer Rain
Lost Son wraps up this week’s list with a smooth bouncy track titled “Summer Rain”off his new beattape, “Flying Colors”.
The project is based on soulful samples, smooth melodies and intense drums. In “Summer Rain”, I tried to blend the fine jazz and soul elements of the original track I sampled, with what we would call boom bap drums. Fun fact: the days after the release of the tape, it rained heavily for many days and nights. Summer rain.”
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