In that almost eerie way that only Japan knows how, here we have an album by okadada that treads that delightful mix of hip-hop beats and future funk disco. I don’t have a car nor do I ever plan on owning one, but I would probably bump this while driving around a city at night if that were ever a situation I found myself in. Oh hypotheticals…
Happy Monday everyone!
Completely unclear why this isn’t available from ???’s Bandcamp, but it doesn’t really matter, these 2 30 minute mixes are incredible no matter how they’re delivered. Side A is more delicious dub from a man with an already proven record for it and side B contains some bass-heavy hip-hop inspired beats.
p.s. if anyone knows the actual name for this release, please let me know so I can correct it!
Hailing from the Netherlands, FilosofischeStilte (which I’m told means “Philosophical Silence”) makes a delicious blend of crunchy bass, squeaky synths and crunk rhythms. Enjoy it with your morning party, wherever you may be.
DO NOT: miss the Niño remix of KFC Hotwings.
It’s quite often that I discover an artist or label’s back catalog in the wake of a more popular release, The Ronin on Neosonic is one of those moments. A collection of wandering tracks, excellent, but never quite fitting on any of the other releases of the label up to this point. Sensible beats, excellent lyricism and minimalist turntablism make this a stand-out for me.
bonus: don’t miss Neosonic’s Hero Muzik Vol. 1, a hip-hop arrangement of beats from the sounds of Final Fantasy VI
I’ll be honest, aside from the timely lovesong to COLLEGE, I wasn’t a fan of Asher Roth’s freshman studio album. Pabst & Jazz is a mixtape (the distinction is odd, but significant) and while I think it has thematic down tighter than Asleep in the Bread Aisle (listen to it here, if you want), it was released for free, doing that crazy cool Soundcloud thing that the Beastie Boys did for their latest album preview. Don’t miss the loop on “Common Knowledge”!
Shag - Flyrule (Bandcamp link)
As the artist asks his audience, it’s important to consider this album without the context of Ocarina of Rhyme. Where OoR was the combination of that rap game and that Zelda game, Flyrule (ok, the name isn’t the strongest) is a re-appropriating of the beats and sounds of Ocarina of Time into the hip-hop millieu. No Clipse, no Dre, no Snoop, just beats. The result is a spectacular, RJD2-esque rearrangement of a soundtrack near and dear to a lot of hearts.
p.s. it should come to no one’s surprise that my favorite track is the Gerudo Valley arrangement