The first edition of the Gem Drops compilation appeared in 2011, an extension of the Portland-based Dropping Gems crew, who tapped an impressive network of beat savvy friends and cohorts to contribute to the digital compilation. Three years on, the North West collective is set to drop the fourth edition of its annual comp, next week offering exclusive new tracks from The Range, Pixelord, Natasha Kmeto, Anenon, Marley Carroll, Devonwho, and others.
Though beats are at the core of Gem Drops Four, they come in quite a diverse array across the record's 21 tracks. Seattle's DJAO and LA producer Anenon start the affair off in more reflective territory, Devonwho offers some off-kilter G-funk, Marley Carroll focuses on lattice-like melodies, and The Range and Pixelord deliver works from the more glowing ends of the beat spectrum; the rest of the collection's contributions fall just about everywhere in between.
Available in both cassette and digital form beginning July 29, the entire Gem Drops Four compilation is streaming below exclusively via XLR8R.