Madvillainy, from 2004, marked a seminal release in the career of producer and L.A. indie hip-hop darling Madlib. Four years on, Stones Throw has reissued, repackaged, and remixed the album (okay, technically Madlib did the remixes himself), and wrapped it all in a mysterious box that's only available via the label's site. And while we could go on and on (and on and on and on) about how much we love the multi-genre-influenced, crisp-as-a-whip beats, Madlib's music has always spoken for itself. So just hit download now.
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Last time we heard from the Trouble & Bass crew, they were making a left turn and pushing the gentle, melodic strains of Little Jinder, proving there was more to the New York-based collective than dirty bass bangers. Well that's all fine and good, but few bomb the dancefloors the way this group does, and they've returned to dropping heavy hitting tracks with a cut from Mikix the Cat. Suffice to say, your speakers will rumble with this one, which is off the Freeze EP, set for release on September 16.
A recent find of ours on the music discovery crapshoot that is MySpace, Harrison Blakoldman crafts his own brand of electro-soaked hip-hop beats meant for those tuned into the exciting wave of forward-thinking boom-bap. The Paris-based beatsmith, who tells us he is "59 years young," is a somewhat mysterious character, offering no real photos or information on his website. Instead, he lets the music speak for itself. On “Full Speed,” Harrison delivers some Dabrye-esque appregiated synth lines alongside swing-heavy drum programming that could easily be enjoyed in the headphones or the whip.
Marking his first solo record since 2003's highly acclaimed Muted, Brendon Whitney (a.k.a. Alias), who recently relocated from the bay back to his original stomping grounds of Portland, Maine, has returned with another album of lush beatscapes and melodic compositions. With the exception of collaborative tracks with Why? frontman Yoni Wolf and The One AM Radio, Resurgam–Latin for "I Shall Rise Again"–is a primarily instrumental affair, and even sees the seasoned anticon. mainstay stepping into ambient territory on a couple tracks. That’s not to say he's abandoned his love for the drum machine one bit, and as heard on "Justamachine," his skills have only grown with time. Photo by Suzy Poling.
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RQM's a name we're all familiar with at this point. The Barcelona-based producer has been involved with The Tape, Al Haca, and Jahcoozi over the years, but Miss Pacman marks his first solo single. The turntable-friendly track has already won the love of The Glimmers, Larry Tee, Switch, Sinden, Edu K, and a gaggle of other DJs all praising the song's wobbly basslines and electro riffs. Here, Oliver $ gives the original cut the remix treatment. For more RQM, check XLR8R's latest podcast, curated by Exploited Records boss Shir Khan.
Poised to make a tsunami-sized splash of excitement in the rap world, Georgia-born MC Terry Davis (a.k.a. Izza Kizza) spits refreshingly crisp, rapid-fire bullets reminiscent of southern-rap greats like Outkast or Goodie Mob, with an extra serving of eclectic energy that sets him apart from most. Kizza, who's rumored to be Timbaland's new secret weapon, just dropped his new mixtape Kizzaland (mixed by Fool's Gold's very own Nick Catchdubs), which should hold the hungry fans over until his forthcoming EP Mr. Next Year hits.
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