Some big news of the week is that Yo Majesty's Shunda K. and Domino Records have parted ways. Even bigger news is that Shunda is simply soldiering on and releasing 42 tracks via two mixtapes. "Domino didn't move quickly enough for me," she said in a recent press release. Thus, the self-released? Best Eva Written and Kollaborations mixtapes are currently streaming at her site. Here's her perspective, via a track off the former.
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Crazy club music all day long would drive us insane, which is why producers like Minus 8 are sometimes a welcome breath of fresh (and slower-paced) air. The Zurich-based DJ, producer, and radio-show host just released Slow Motion, a straightforward downtempo affair that's rooted in funky jazz, hip-hop, and Latin flavor. Here's proof that the occasional chill-out session doesn't necessarily make you old and boring.
One of Highpoint Lowlife's latest releases comes courtesy of Alastair Jackson, otherwise known as Gravious. Under the guise, Jackson makes some very fresh, forward-thinking dubstep influenced as much by Aphex Twin as it is by Digital Mystikz, and his Futurist EP has been making the blogwaves of late. Check this wobbly dub-tech number off the release.
Queensbridge MC Blaq Poet went bi-costal with this remix (the original of which appears on The Blaqprint) when he enlisted L.A.-based rhyme slingers MC Eiht and Young Malay to contribute. The latter two rap some brand new verses for the track, while the beats, courtesy of DJ Premiere, remain firmly intact. The Blaqprint will drop June 30 on Year Round.
Producer and founder of the famed Turntables on the Hudson party Nickodemus releases his second solo album, Sun Children today, on which he fuses house, hip-hop, funk, and, here, some sitar-drenched influences from the East.
Finnish DJ/production/remix collective Top Billin showed its versatile tastes last year, with a mix that rounded up tracks by everyone from Jesse Rose to Sharkslayer. The crew is soon to roll out Tales from Top Billin Vol. 3, the third and final episode in this particular trilogy, and another fine collection of original tracks and remixes, including this take on Scottie B's B-more club sound. Grab the full release here.
One lone producer from New Jersey recently joined his two personalities—Memory Cassette and Weird Tapes—to form Memory Tapes. If this track is anything to go by, the result is rather impressive. The melodic, haunted, and somewhat paranoid track "Bicycle," an amalgamation of guitar chords, synth-laden basslines, cowbells, choruses, and a host of other sounds, is the first single off the forthcoming Memory Tapes album.
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