Gangrene, the duo of Oh No and The Alchemist, have released Reversals, the second single off their forthcoming album. You Disgust Me, featuring Action Bronson, Your Old Droog, Fashawn and more, is slated for release on August 14, via Mass Appeal Records.
Anyone fortunate enough to catch DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist on their “Renegades of Rhythm” tour last year took in a piece of Hip-Hop history. Using vinyl records pulled straight from the personal collection of Afrika Bambaataa, Shadow and Chemist wove together a brilliant 100 minute set that took listeners through a time warp to the very beginnings of sampling, turntablism and break beats. Now, a piece of that brilliance has been preserved for posterity, thanks to a high-quality, pro-shot video of one of the duo’s performances. Filmed in Oakland, California and produced by Pillage Roadshow, the video gives us a first-hand look at just how intricate and all-out funky these shows really were. It’s really a thing of beauty to watch DJ Shadow and Chemist at work–like four hands and two brains perfectly in sync for the same funky goal–the further exploration of planet rock.
It’s a Midwestern affair on Verbal Kent (of Ugly Heroes) and Freddie Gibbs new duo single “Suitcase Switch,” which features the Chicago and Gary MCs each taking a turn over a smooth, lush beat produced by the prolific beatmaker Apollo Brown. Kent takes first honors, spitting fire over quivering hammond organs and thumping drums, as if he’s standing at the church pulpit, paying homage to the God Apollo. And then, of course, Gibbs. The slack tempo gives Gibbs ample space to weave fresh rhythms as he warns against dope men, shotguns and murders that can’t be undone. “Suitcase Switch” is the lead single off of Verbal Kent’s upcoming LP Anesthesia, which drops September 11th on Mello Music Group. Pre-order it on iTunes today and listen to him and Gibbs let loose above.
With the first Single from her “Fantasy” EP TIffany Gouché delivers a contemporary street exhibition to accompany the EP’s lead-off record. “The free form ‘Fantasy’ depicted in this non-fiction piece leaves much to the imagination as Tiffany envisions a world where generosity, gratitude, deep connection and selflessness, all elements of unconditional Love, reigns supreme… The short film (directed by Calmatic) also serves as an ode to the city of Los Angeles and specifically the Leimert Park district with its rich cultural history and often misrepresented beauty within.” “Fantasy” produced by MNDSGN, is now available on iTunes.
Sasha Marie might not be the most famous or high profile member of the Soulection clique, but her work is in every way first-class. Her new “Airplane Mode” mixtape is a tribute to tuning out from the world and reconnecting with yourself, your surroundings and the music that feels best. She had this to say about it:
“Airplane Mode is what you want to listen to when you feel the need to disconnect and focus on self. Music inspires me; it gives me the ability to create, to dream, to focus and to relax. I like to get lost in the music I love without interruption from everything else that is going on. I’ve compiled a list of songs that do that for me and I’ve mixed them together. This mix is for the Artist, the musician, the student, the traveler and anyone else who just wants to get away for a moment.”
DJ Spintelect took over Ice Cream Sundays and absolutely did his thing, dropping gems from all over the music map. Ja Rule, Cam’ron, Alicia Keys, The Lox, Usher and more. It’s all scratched together and sewn up with the utmost care. Put it on and for the love of all that’s good and groovy, keep moving to it.
Lexis of Music is My Sanctuary has once again come through with an excellent set. Picking out some of the not-so-obvious cuts that have dropped as of late, things move smoothly in this new set thanks to Onra, Knxwledge and more. At two hours and twenty minutes, it’s and extended trip through Lexis’s mindstate.
1. Pete Rock – I Wish
2. Knxwledge – 100bottles
3. Juju Rogers – Do It For (prod. Knowsum)
4. The Internet – Girl (feat. KAYTRANADA)
5. Onra ft. Mc Melodee – Love Tip
6. Knxwledge – Letuleave
7. TITLE – Memories
8. Dave B – The Way (Prod. Jake One)
9. Little Simz – Heart Said
10. Charlotte Dos Santos – Move On (I’ve Tried)
11. Letta Mbulu – Down by the river
12. Maitro – Fendi 86’
13. Rene & Angela – Wanna be close (Greymatter Edit)
14. DOOM vs Flamingosis
15. Benjamin – This Time (Shred One Edit)
16. Blowfly – Jimmy Can’t Dance (Patchworks Remix)
17. The Group NSI – Moin Epi Vou
16. Joe – Bobby McFerrin Edit
17. Busy Signal – Tamara (Swing Ting Smooth Mix)
18. Wizkid – Ojuelegba
19. E.L – Sista Araba
20. Jo Tongo – Piani
21. Unknown – Unknown
22. Niagara – Arruda
23. Nozinja – Vomaseve Hina
24. Jellphonic – Low Dancer (Inkswel Remix)
25. Scrimshire – Margie Moves Mountains
26. Liquideep – You, We, I (Karizma’s 4 Your Remix)
27. Louie Vega & Parliament – Ain’t That Funkin
28. Lafayette Afro Rock Band – Get Another Love The
29. The Unit – Through the Sky
30. Pittsburgh Track Authority – Unknown
31. MGun – Unknown (Triology Tapes Records)
32. Denzel Curry – Void
33. Dem Apples X Arbitrary Sax – Unknown
34. Spokes – Ritalin (E.M.M.A. remix)
35. Lil Silva – 606
36. Frisco – 123 (Produced by Swindle)
36. B-15 Project Featuring Lady Saw – Freak Break (Sovereign Vocal Remix)
37. Junior Delahaye – Love
38. Richard Dimples Fields – If It Ain’t One Thing It’s Another
39. Marva W. Taylor – Nothing I’d Rather Be (Than Your Weakness)
40. Alessia Cara – Here
41. Jean Grae – August 20th
Spanish groove soothsayers Cookin’ Soul have hears so keen, every mix they drop is like a graduate-level education in blended beats. For their newest set, CS kept things strictly 90s, firing off 46 minutes of material that skews toward the jazz-fueled fringes of Hip-Hop. Camp Lo, Dream Warriors, LL Cool J, Outkast and more are all on deck for this one. Listen to the mix above, and stay tuned for more from Cookin’ Soul.
Producer vesa. explores the softer side of a Piñata LP standout with a rework of Freddie Gibbs and Madlib‘s souled out single “Shame.” Swapping a classic sample for the lazy swing of a 90s r&b gem, vesa. mashes the original verses from Gibbs with XScape‘s “Who Can I Run To.” The peg-legged end product is a fun take on the original that enhances Gibbs’ too cool delivery. Check the track to listen to “Shame” (v e s a Edit).
Charting the long and wild career trajectory of the one and only Bilal, Rahdu’s new mix is a tour of the vocalist’s more obscure features and guest spots. From the songs released by Common, Chrisette Michele, Musiq Soulchild to the R&B troubadour’s own solo material, Rahdu has come up with a cross-section of the man’s wild, invigorating style and made it possible for even the most die-hard of fans to fall in love all over again.
While he continues work on his sophomore album, the Cleveland rapper delivers a surprise mixtape for fans called F*ck It. The project features 10 tracks, along with guest appearances from the likes of Bun B and Trae Tha Truth, as well as his EST 19XX crew. MGK’s sophomore LP, General Admission is due later this year.