I don’t know if I have slept on a group more than Abstract Orchestra! The UK hiphop big band out of Leeds gives hiphop a new dimension with their live performance and live instrumentation. The group just dropped a new album which pays homage to the late great J Dilla. Abstract Orchestra’s J Dilla renditions are some of the best I have heard, they are able to play the classic sounds at the same time creating their own layered sounds. Jay Dee would approve of Abstract Orchestra, go cop the album!
The illustrious Soul Square crew out of France just dropped a new EP, Hidden Truths, and it is a real heater. They linked up with the smooth beatsmith Racecar to provide the dope rhymes over their classic jazzy sound. Soul Square never ceases to amaze me with their dope arrangements and a fluid sound. Go cop this EP!!
It has been a long minute since I last posted, but the sun is out, the warming temperatures, got me inspired to post. The Hot 8 Brass Band, out of New Orleans, dropped a new album On The Spot and it has some real heat. The group creates some magic combining Funk, Big Easy Jazz, and some Hip-Hop. If you are a sucker for the horns like me, this album is going to be your summer BBQ soundtrack. Go Cop this album!
France has always been a hotbed for dope jazzy hip-hop, from early Oxmo Puccino to Hocus Pocus. The French beatmakers have taken Boom Bap to another level. I feel that North American hip-hop is moving away from the Golden Era sound and that has left a void for the European beatsmiths to put their own touches on the distinctive sound. Dee La Kream out of Paris, France just dropped his first album, The Way of Life and it is a heater. The album just oozes boom bap and smooth jazz samples over dope drum arrangements which create these silky dreamy soundscapes. Dee La Kream was able to recruit an illustrious roster to feature on the album which includes the Gift of Gab, Georgia Anne Muldrow, and many more. Go Cop this album!!!
What a surprise! Onra, the illustrious beatmaker, dropped the final installment of his fantastic trilogy Chinoiseries. He samples and chops some old asian records he has collected throughout his travels to create some dope hip-hop beats. He hasn’t skipped a beat since the last release, and #3 is looking to be his best yet. Highly recommended!
Jakarta Records is ready to drop a gem of an album on March 6th, Ill Camille, the LA native and dope female emcee, will release her first album Heirloom. Ill Camille just brings smooth lyrical skills with quick deliveries, dope lyrics, over some jazzy productions. Heirloom is full of guest appearances from SIR, Iman Omari, to Georgia Anne. This album is highly recommended and will be bumpin in my car for a while.
We may be in the depth of winter but the music is still flowing and bringing warm vibes to your soul. The latest heat comes from beat maker Mz Boom Bap out of Porto, Portugal. I first heard the beatmaker on Ryler Smith’s Alleviation EP, he continues where he left off bringing those Golden Era sounds to our ears. The Rawness EP is filled with dope horn samples, intricate drum patterns, and dope emcees leaving you wanting more. Highly Recommended!