Whoa!!! March 20 can’t come any quicker. The illustrious beatmaker Medline will be dropping his new tribute album A Quest Called Tribe and the first few singles are bangers. Medline has made a career of recreating and transforming classic hip-hop tracks in these new modern fused songs. He adds this layered approach to each song which gives the track a more complicated rhythm and arrangement. However, Medline never loses the original song in the productions. The listener can always hear the original orchestration. Go cop this album in March, and make sure you check out Medline.
Christmas is coming early this year, Nov 2nd exactly!! The dope all-star hip-hop band Abstract Orchestra will be dropping their second length full-length album Madvillain that day. Following their debut album, which was an ode to J Dilla, Abstract Orchestra commemorates the influential collaboration of Madlib and MF Doom and the album Madvillainy. The first single Fancy Clown dropped a couple of days ago, and from just listening to it, I had to pre-ordered the vinyl. The production and arrangements create another layer for you to explore while always staying true to the original. Madlib and MF Doom would definitely approve, go cop this album!!
Let’s get back to the jazziness and the hip-hop! I am pumped to introduce the next group, the trio consists of Summer Sons and C Tappin. Summer Sons are a brotherly group out of Bristol via London with Turt on the lyrics and Slim on the beats. C Tappin is a multi-talented pianist and lyricist provided support to the brothers. The group’s debut album Uhuru, which was inspired by the people and places of Tanzania, is probably one of the smoothest jazz hop albums I have listened to in the last few years. I listened to the album on repeat for two days straight!! The rhymes just float effortlessly over the fluid jazz samples. Go cop this album!
Check out their EP Undertones
Almost 3 years and a half and the underground group DJM Trio will be releasing their second album Cave Art II, which continues where they left off in December 2014. Their signature sound of fusing hip-hop and jazz continues, their first single is a cover of Solange’s Cranes In The Sky. You can’t characterize the album as either a hip-hop album or jazz one. There will be times when you are listening and you hear the improvisations and layering of a classic jazz thing then all of sudden the boom bap sound drops. I love their sound, go cop this album on April 20, 2018!!
It has been a real long minute since the last post, but no need to delay and let’s get to the music! Sly5thAve, out of Brooklyn, just dropped his new album The Invisible Man which is an orchestral tribute to Dr. Dre. Sly5thAve’s release is probably the freshest album I have heard this year. While there have been lost of tribute albums dropping this year, The Invisible Man is unique in that it includes different elements from the classical orchestra sound, jazz rhythms, and the vocals on the tracks are on point. Sly5thAve arranges all these various sounds flawlessly while still staying true to the original. Don’t sleep and go cop this album!
We are at the end of summer and slowly transitioning to fall, the leaves are changing colour and the temperature is dropping. The illustrious L’Orange just dropped the first single off his new full-length album The Ordinary Man. L’Orange continues with his signature chopped up jazz samples and fantastic arrangements. The Ordinary Man album features some big names such as Oddisee, Del The Funky Homosapien, and many more. I can’t wait to hear the whole album on Oct 27, 2017. Highly Recommended!
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!