Sunday, November 30, 2008

AFTA 1 - Aftathoughts Vol 1

AFTA 1 - Aftathoughts Vol 1 (Circulations Japan) Comentários: California’s Manuel Moran, aka Afta-1, makes the kind of hip-hop beats that don’t need the slightest bit of vocals to draw listeners in. That’s because Afta-1 is a true production artist, the kind who looks at instrumental hip-hop beats in the same way that a classical musician looks at his symphony. On AFTATHOUGHTS Vol. 1, Afta-1 isn’t interested in simply creating loops for a rapper to chime in on. He wants to tell a story though music alone. AFTATHOUGHTS Vol. 1 is a beautiful amalgamation of blunted hip-hop beats, world music textures, and electronic effects. The tracks vary from bass heavy head nodders like album opener “Quest” and percussion-laden “Honey Dip” to more downtempo psychedelic fare like “Pluto Moon.” Taken as a whole the album works as a complete album, seamlessly swimming through several different vibes. But even the tracks themselves are complete journeys, utilizing different sonic themes and suites to tell a story. Blissed out, intricately layered, and truly compelling, Afta-1 is a producer to look out for. in nusoul [Para Ouvir/Samples]

Thursday, November 27, 2008

ONRA - 7x7

ONRA - 7x7 ( All City Ireland) Comentários: The awesome Allcity 7" series brings itself to a close with this brilliant installment from french beat maker Onra laying down two tracks of typically esoteric yet devastating club joints. Onra is probably best known for his instrumental travelogue 'Chinioseries' last year for Favourite recordings, a masterful trip into the art of keen eared sampling with a heavy lean on South Asian and Vietnamese music. Crafted for the A-side, 'My Comet' is a neat nugget of scuzzy instro grindbeats with a psychy wooze that has been shot through the best tracks from this series. But our favourite has to be 'Shhhhhhh' on the flip, craftily utilising the same sample as the first Thriller 12" and almost acting as an another alternative edit to one of our favourite tracks of the year, by applying head swimming FX to a double dope and as yet unknown electro soul sample, saving some extra funked synth noodling for this version to make it worth your while. We've no idea what Allcity are up to next, but if it's half as good as this series, we'll be well on top of it. Tip! in boomkat [Para Ouvir/Samples]

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

EPPS, Stacy - The Awakening

EPPS, Stacy - The Awakening (Japanubia) Comentários: Best known for lending her soulful vocals to artists like MF Doom, Madlib, Oh No, and John Robinson, singer/emcee Stacy Epps steps out on her own with the full-length debut "The Awakening" Short and sweet, this 11-track long player features production and guest appearances from Flying Lotus, Muhsinah, Nick Speed, S1, Apex, Bilal Salaam, and Finale. Even with these notable producers and guest artists, she shines best on the lead single, "Floatin." Check! in rushhour [Para Ouvir/Samples]

Friday, November 07, 2008

PV HIFANA - Fresh Push Breakin'

HIFANA are breakbeats duo KEIZOmachine! & JUICY since 1998. HIFANA have always been known for original and creative live performance, during which they cut beats with realtime sampler (MPC) and incorporating scratch and percussion, without using programmed sequences. On the other hand, in their tracks on CDs and records, they heavily use programmed sounds and sequences to make HIFANA sounds. Their first full album "FRESH PUSH BREAKIN'" was released on November 19th, 2003 and created a buzz in music reviews. Their music video "FATBROS", which is included in this album, won the Best CG / Animation Video Awards in the SPACE SHOWER TV MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS 04. And in July 0f 2005, HIFANA has released their 2nd full Album "Channel H"(CD+DVD) which includes 15 songs and 13 music videos. Music video "WAMONO" won Japan Media Arts Festival's Excellence Prize. Then HIFANA and Space Shower TV released a DVD called "ZAMURAI TV" together which was a special TV program include performances of Japan's most talented artists such as like HIFANA / GAGLE / AFRA / TUCKER / Leyona and etc.. One of HIFANA's characteristic is a wide range of activities as artists. Their visual products have also received various awards internationally. HIFANA's own label "Nampooh" has released battle breaks vinyl series "SOUND TOUCHABLE" and hold parties "ZAMURAI". Their web-site and artworks are also directed and made by themselves. For more info, check HIFANA's web-site >>>>>>>>WWW.HIFANA.COM

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

CRO MAGNON - Mellow Out & Acoustic EP 1 & 2

As the Cro-Magnon sound gets progressively more heavily textured and atmospheric on their successive and still stellar LPs, the trio scales it back a bit for the Mellow Out & Acoustic -- a groovy batch of jazz funk covers and originals! The vibe is actually often electric, cut from cloth of the cosmos, with tight rhythms -- the mellowness is more in the easygoing mood. And speaking of mood, the Cro-Magnon crew covers two tracks by Moodymann -- "Black Mahogani" and "Technologystolemyvinyle" -- plus a keyboard lounge take on the Jackson 5's "Never Can Say Goodbye", a similarly easy grooving take on the Roy Ayers classic "Mystic Voyage", the originals "Silent Wave", "Beyond The Summer" and "After All That" -- plus "Mysterious Vibes" and "Love Bite". 10 tracks in all. © 1996-2008, Dusty Groove America, Inc. [Para Ouvir/Samples1] [Para Ouvir/Samples2]