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!!!
I apologize for the delay between posts, my bad, but let’s get to the music! Petijee on the Humble Grooves imprint just dropped a new full-length album Soul Paper Scissors, and it is dope! The Slovakian beatmaker layers and arranges some dope jazz samples over some great piano. One of the guest features includes the soul man Miles Bonny, and that track is fire! Go get this album!
It has been a quick minute since the last post, but the music is still streaming quickly and I am feeling it. October is going to be a good month, CM Jones’ new album M O T I O N S is dropping on October 15th on the Munchie Records Imprint. He released one single and a sampler track of the album, it sounds fantastic! It is a melange of different sounds and layers that ooze out smoothness. Don’t just take it for me, go listen to it below!
It is a golden era in German hip-hop production! North America is focused on moving away from the Golden Era sound that heavily samples classic jazz and soul records, Germany and Europe are embracing it. The German record imprint Melting Pot Music has a roster of some dope emcees and producers, one of their up and coming producers, is the illustrious Flofilz. He just dropped his newest album Cenário, and it is dope. If you love jazz and hip-hop, cop this album. It is more refined, with some more intricate arrangements than his previous release Metronom. Don’t wait!!