East London’s most versatile grime lord is Born Blessed.
Watching Durrty Goodz freestyle is a hypnotic experience. He’s angry, he’s funny, he’s nice, he’s happy, he’s scary, he’s rapping double-time, he’s rapping half-time, he’s ragga chatting, he’s barely breathing, he’s referencing Boogie Down Productions and Cam’ron, and even after three minutes of perfectly on-beat fire rhymes, he’s still fixing the camera with a hypnotic, Hulk Hogan crazy-eye stare that is pure focus. Read more »
Every day this month we're rolling out a new feature on XLR8R's Labels We Love of 2009. Whether it's the eye-catching aesthetics of Type or the model-for-the-future approach of Interdependent Media, these cut-making selections of the best in underground electronic, indie, hip-hop, and experimental imprints punch way above their weight. Feast your eyes on the features and then download many of the labels' related podcasts here. Read more »
Our recently featured, beat-makin' space cadet, Ras G, has crafted another nugget of other-worldly tunes on his latest EP, Destination There. Listeners can expect five more tracks of the crazy character's instrumental hip-hop, made with liberal amounts of wonky bass and space noise, via Ramp on September 21. The release's tracklist is below.
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It's that time of year again, folks: the Kompakt gang is back at it with yet another trophy to add to its shiny collection of Total compilations, and this year's contribution of hits from The Field, Thomas/Mayer, Nicolas Stefanis, and more is looking to be the stand-out in the set. Read more »
Instrumental hip-hop wizard RJD2 has announced the birth of a new label called RJ's Electrical Connections, and to celebrate, he's re-issuing his first three releases, including his break-out album Dead Ringer. As if that weren't enough reason to get happy, the Philadelphian is also releasing some of his b-sides and rarities digitally, and putting out a massive vinyl-only boxed-set retrospective called RJD2: 2002-2010. Read more »
- October 15: Amsterdam Dance Event with Four Tet, DJ Koze, Jon Hopkins, Karenn, Ben UFO, Floating Points, MCDE, Talaboman, and More
- October 20: MUTEK.MX with Andy Stott, The Bug, Roman Flügel, Objekt, Laurel Halo, Oneohtrix Point Never, and More
- November 5: Club to Club with Caribou, SBTRKT, Recondite, Marcel Dettmann, Clark, Vessel, Luke Vibert, Jacques Greene, and More
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