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!!
Before even a full release, the group The Jazz Knuckles have already ceased to exist. The group consists of two emcees and one producer, Juju Rogers and Eloquent handle the vocal duties, while the production is handled by Ill Will. The group internal issues prevented the self-titled album from being released, which is a huge shame! This album has it all, dope jazz samples, great vocals which are in German and English. If you can cop the demo album, it is a keeper.
I hate to say it but if your production caters to the golden era sound, you almost gain this instant credibility and recognition. It is like you have this refined and elevated ear that the heads appreciate. The german beatmaker Je$u$ has this signature sound golden era style but he doesn’t need the instant recognition. Once your hear his production, you realize this guy is the real deal. Je$u$’s remixes are on point, it sounds so natural that you think the artist was present in the studio with him. One of my favorite remixes of his is Afu Ra’s Whirlwind Thru Cities, the mellow beat has pure jazziness exuding out. Check out his beat tapes as well, highly recommended!