13 Jun

Ceiling Demons – March Forward

I haven't posted for a while. Things have been a bit manic. And this means that it has taken a while to getting round to post up todays track. I told Aapie a while ago i would like to and then promptly went AWOL.   Anyway, as Moloko once said, the time is now and its a truly lovely track from one of the bands we have probably covered the most on this blog, Ceiling...

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09 May

Time Machine – Night Lights

I haven't bought any hip hop in ages and that makes me sad. Because i really do like hip hop. I also really like Bandcamp. And what i really like about Bandcamp are their mail outs and summaries. A while back they sent out a summary of the best recent hip hop releases and there was some great stuff on there. I really recommend you sign up if you haven't.   One of the releases on the list was...

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21 Apr

DJ Shadow – Systematic Feat. Nas

It's always a worry when two of your all time heroes team up. On paper it's a wonderful thing, but in reality it's often the case the magnificence of the idea is far better than the actual output. So I was a little nervous when I saw DJ shadow and Nas had collaborated on a track.    Thankfully it's a bloody awesome slice of pounding Classic Era style (hold that thought) hip Hop in which...

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03 Feb

The Handroidz – Vanguard

To coin one of Fourbearjrs favourite phrases, tonight is going to be a quick one, and i'm just going to opt for a track that has long long been a favourite of mine, The Handroidz – Vanguard. Vanguard as a track is one of those occasion where so many elements from different genres come together and it came at a time when the slo-motion electronica/deep house sound was still in it's embryonic stage. Down around the 94bpm range it's...

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01 Feb

Ice Cube – Endangered Species (Tales from the Darkside)

Ok, so I'm going to keep with the theme Fourbearsjr started yesterday and go for a track that is as apt today as it was when it first came out, all the way back in 1990, Ice Cube –  Endangered Species (Tales from the Darkside).   The whole album is absolutely amazing, to this day it sounds as fresh as back then. The day I heard it it had the exact same impact on me as Straight...

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14 Dec

Lupe Fiasco – I Gotcha

Yesterday I was reading that Lupe Fiasco is going to retire from music due to some grief he got for making anti-Semitic  remarks on one of his tracks. Can't say I know much about the context. Whatever the case, it made me think back to todays track.   Before I left for work this morning I downloaded I gotcha and then played it pretty much full blast all the way to work. It still sounds...

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16 Nov

Rhymefest – One Hand Pushup

I think we’ve been running this blog for about 5 years now and I don't think we've ever featured Rhymefest, which is frankly quite incredible, considering how bloody good he is.I went for One Hand Push because it's not that well known up but could have gone for any number of tracks by Mr Che Smith. Grammy winning Mr Smith i should add.    Rhymefest is probably best known for writing Kanye's wicked "Jesus Walk's" and...

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22 Sep

Slipmat Brothers & Penpals – Grade A

As I said before, we have been getting sent some great stuff and tonight is more of the same. I have been checking out the album today's track is from (Made for the underground) as I cruise to work. It's a really nice temp in Malta at the moment and this is perfect stuff to stick the sunglasses on and nod your head to (while looking weird and middle aged).   Slipmat Brothers hail from...

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31 Aug

Marco Polo – Nostalgia feat Masta Ace

Bit of a self indulgent post as yesterday my vinyl collection was finally unpacked and I happily sorted through finding many a track i'd almost forgotten I'd bought. After a couple of hours of reliving my past I decided I HAD to dig into some hip hop and settled on this classic by Marco Polo – Nostalgia feat Masta Ace.   There are two things that are key in this track, the first is Polo's insanely brilliant Golden...

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29 Jul

Imagined Herbal Flows – Evolve

Instrumental Hip Hop gets a bad rep in this day and age, Trip Hop seems to be a dirty word but it's a genre I still love and admire very much. In my opinion it’s also one of the hardest genres of music to make well. Keeping a down tempo track flowing and interesting with no vocal hook etc.. is, uhm, difficult.   In setting out and listening to Wednesdays post I stumbled across a track I'd not...

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