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Chilean export José Antonio "Toto" Bravo found acclaim as one-half of the Bitman and Roban duo, which combined Latin flavors with funk and hip-hop for several years. Bravo's solo work as DJ Bitman comes in the form of the recently-released Latin Bitman album, which explores a smoother, more acoustic side of multilingual hip-hop and its many sub-genres.
Definitive Jux's newest addition to its ever-growing arsenal of street-saavy Caucasian rappers comes in the form of Brooklyn-based duo Junk Science. These beer-loving hip-hop heads' sophomore album, Gran'Dad's Nerve Tonic, is witty, soulful, and still gangster enough to keep up with labelmate Cage. This Daedelus remix can also be found on limited-edition 7” vinyl.
For those who can't wait to hear the forthcoming EP from Yoni Wolf's WHY? project, catch the title-track from the release a couple weeks in advance. "The Hollows" boasts slow, brooding guitars and lyrics with a subtly angst-ridden feel. We love pop that's got an edge of impending doom. Photo of Sarah Cass.
South London's Roots Manuva has had a stronghold on the dub-meets-hip-hop realm for the better part of the last decade–collaborating with everyone from Gorillaz to The Cinematic Orchestra, in addition to recording for labels as diverse as Ninja Tune, 23 Skidoo's Ronin imprint, and of course, Big Dada. "Witness (1 Hope)," taken from the Big Dada compilation Well Deep: 10 Years of Big Dada Recordings, is a taste of just how impacting Roots has been in many facets of urban music.
Luke Morris may be the only member of Secret Owl Society, but this young Louisiana-based producer has enough experience with experimental IDM to form his own cult. Like a true graduate from the school of Morr Music, Morris uses muted vocals, textural synth bleeps, and a touch of hypnotic trance to work his magic. Look out for this Southern underdog.
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