Plug Research's multi-instrumentalist Samamidon loves folk as much as he does quasi-G Funk keyboards, floating pianos, and soft vocals, all of which he uses in his own work. Here, Sam gives us his top 10 albums of the last 10 years, proving his musical tastes are as much a mixed bag as the tracks on his new album, But This Chicken Proved Falsehearted (Plug Research).Read more »
Despite some notable work with fellow Detroit native J Dilla (the two collaborated as First Down in the mid- '90s), Ronnie Cash (a.k.a. Phat Kat) has spent several trying years attempting to make music amid complicated record company politics. Finally, it seems, he is reaping some rewards for his persistence. Carte Blanche, his second full-length effort, finds Cash on Look Records, a label that embraces his vision and gives him the chance to develop his futuristic take on hip-hop in a welcoming environment.Read more »
There's one thing certain about Quannum's most hyperactive showman Pigeon John–he's always worth trekking to the venue to watch perform. Last year's Summertime Pool Party–which featured appearances from RJD2, Rhettmatic, and J Live–was a small taste of what the L.A.-based MC is capable of on the mic, and anyone who has been to a P.J. show knows his soul-infused hip-hop and spastic moves on stage only add to his artistic appeal.Read more »
In the midst of “philosophical” differences with record label Atlantic, Pat Douthit (a.k.a. 9th Wonder), has announced his departure from hip-hop trio Little Brother, in a decision apparently meant to ensure that other members of the group can pursue individual careers.
Afrobeat collective Antibalas recently left their homebase in Brooklyn to record their latest full-length. Thanks to a collaboration with producer and Tortoise member John McEntire, Security takes a slightly darker turn than previous efforts, though fans of the band's horn-driven, Fela Kuti-inspired sound will still find plenty to enjoy about the new album.
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