From spending his days with Egyptian Lover to hanging out in the West Coast hip-hop scene and working with N.W.A., Arabian Prince was constantly merging the worlds of rap and electro. Born Mik Lezan, he released his first solo album, Situation Hot, in 1985 and dropped records up through 1993 that explored this sound. Stones Throw, a label constantly digging up little pieces of hip-hop history, has compiled tracks from Lezan's discography and placed them on a single release entitled Innovative Life, and the crew just leaked this track to rev fans up for the collection's release, which is today. The disc will come packaged with a 20-page booklet documenting the rise and fall of the Los Angeles electro-rap scene, with previously unseen posters and photos. Throw this number on as a soundtrack to your reading. Innovative Life 01 Strange Life 02 Beatdabeat 03 It Ain't Tough 04 Take You Home 05 Lets Hit The Beach 06 Innovative Life 07 Innovator 08 Situation Hot 09 Panic Zone 10 Professor X Saga 11 Freak City 12 Simple Planet
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Robert Nelson's music is tough to keep pace with–in the best possible way. On Subroutines, his just-released full-length for Fourthcity, The Seattle-based producer who works under the alias eR DoN has crafted an album of original samples, like keyboards, field recordings, guitars, and soft percussion, then distorted these sounds so thoroughly you'd be hard pressed to match the new version with the original. Add to that a tempo that takes its cue from the erratic, ever-changing pace of a free jazz session, and you've got an album that will get the experimental electronic music lovers bouncing around like the tracks themselves. Subroutines 01 Havewards 02 Millions Mega 03 Combs 04 Why Candy Thumbs 05 Placemats are for Plastic 06 My Sense Forgets 07 True Pros Call Name Calling a Calling 08 Hot Lungs 09 Tomorrow is Not a Promise 10 Dow Jones Locker 11 Two Nelsons and a Detachable Face
Dub Gabriel has returned, and he's brought a boatload of artists with him this time. The forthcoming Anarchy & Alchemy, due out September 11, sees everyone from Michael Stipe to Dr. Israel making a guest appearance. The result of all this collaboration is a dancehall-meets-breaks-meets-hip-hop fest, with all sounds held firmly in place by heavy, rumbling basslines. "Chasing the Paper" features Brooklyn-based MC Jah Dan.
The last time we heard from The Pharcyde, they were being remixed by Echo Park's Philippians. Now, the hip-hop powerhouse gets a reworking by Hot Chip, for "Passin' Me By." The track is one of the many on Delicious Vinyl's recently released RMXXOLOGY compilation, which pairs contemporary dance artists with timeless hip-hop names. Here, the Britain-based five-piece outfit adds some dreamy synths, choruses, and organs to the original cut.
Synths, snares, and computer-generated mayhem. Such is the music on Don Rimini's Kick'n Run EP. The Paris-based producer's work has been labeled everything from "an education in the ghetto clubs" to "gutter rave at its best," and drawn the attention of Aaron LaCrate and Delicious Vinyl founder Rick Ross. "Nervous Breakdown" features screaming synths and jittery drum programming, and could quite possibly induce the state its name suggests. Photo by Bastien Lattanzi.
"To the People" marks the latest track from Opio's sophomore solo album, Vulture's Wisdom Volume 1. And while many members of the esteemed Hiero Impreium crew have, admirably, played with and changed their signature sound over the years, Opio's music much of what he recorded 15 years ago–in the best possible way. The golden era of hip-hop still informs his work, and the entire new album is a tribute to the art form. Lyrics-wise, the MC covers a range of topics familiar to his body of music, from politics to Clear Channel to mediocre MCs. Props for the Brian Austin Green mention in this track.
Pop-hop time. Rapper and Cali Agents member Planet Asia has teamed up with his longtime friend F.L.O. for this track, where the two spit rhymes back and forth while heavy rhythms and layered synths pound in the background. Planet Asia has often been associated with Golden Era hip-hop, and the old-school flavors show through here, darting between past and future the entire way.
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