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Exile "Dawn of Nothing"

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It's been over a year since Ireland's West Coast-loving All-City imprint kicked off its series of 10 collaborative 10" records from producers rooted in the highly influential beat scene of Los Angeles. Those releases brought us exclusive tracks from the likes of Matthewdavid, Dibiase, Tokimonsta, Dâm-Funk, Teebs, and many others, and for the final installment, we get a handful of fresh experimental hip-hop productions from Free the Robots and Exile. The latter of those beatsmiths is responsible for four of the seven tracks on LA Series #10 (pictured above), with "Dawn of Nothing" closing out his side of the record. It's a spacious production that relies heavily on a bear-bones rhythm, a few untethered melodic samples, an unthreatening element of spookiness, and a whole lot of dusty vinyl crackling. Comparisons to Flying Lotus may seem redundant at this point, but we can't help but think of some of our favorite quieter moments from his game-changing Los Angeles LP while nodding our heads to Exile's two-minute beat suite.

Dawn of the Nothing

Dawn of the Nothing