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!!
Female emcees have always to had to try twice as hard to establish themselves in the hiphop game. Many of them had to make a decision to fit in a particular stereotype. They could be a rough and hardcore, in your face rapper or an over provocative and hyper sexy emcee. But the new generation of young female emcees are breaking down these roles. MC Little Simz is based out of the UK and what is astonishing is that she is only 19 years old. Hearing her for the first time, I couldn’t believe how smooth her flow was, it was like she has been practicing since birth. She released a mixtape in February which I recommend you download below.Last week, she covered Kendrick Lamar’s Sing About Me and it is on heavy rotation. Cop the treats below!
Mr. Moods keeps releasing dope material, Late Night Jazz for Baby Makers is his newest release. The album pays respect to the innovators, carefully incorporating subtle jazz samples while adding his distinct hip hop sound. The title says it all, invite your girl over for the night and play this album. You and your girl may get a surprise in a couple of weeks!
The Brooklyn production duo The Stuyvesants have just dropped their newest beat tape Refined. I can’t figure out why these cats aren’t getting the attention and credit they deserve. They are consistently putting out smooth soul sampled instrumentals that gets your head bobbin. Don’t sleep, Refined is a free download!
In April, Spanish beat smiths Cookin Soul collaborated with Dutch femcee Melodee to release the LP My Tape Deck on the Jakarta Records imprint. MC Melodee delivers her signature smooth flow over some classic boom bap production. The single Think Twice flips Donald Byrd’s classic song to create a smooth delivery of modern jazzy hip hop. They have just released the visuals for the single Think Twice, the video is filmed in Curacao which pays respect to her Caribbean roots. I hope to see more releases from this collaboration. Check it out!
Polish duo Dj Czarny and Tas dropped their new album Passion.Music.Hiphop in early May. The talented pair incorporate turntablism and tight scratching into their jazzy boom bap style. The album flows quite well, creating a mellow vibe that gets you head nodding throughout. They get the likes of Raashan Ahmad, Kohndo, and Muneshine to drop a few rhymes, it creates another dope dimension to the album. Highly Recommended!
Mr. Moods’s new jazz interpretation album Jazz Reinvented is a dope combination of classic jazz, downtempo, with some bangin hip hop production. The whole album has this chilled out mellow vibe, layered with some great jazz samples. This is a late night album, it should be listened to while smoking a bunch cigarettes, contemplating the night.