Hook lines like, “The time is passing. Theirs no time for bragging. And that’s word “, lyrically inks the love Queens rapper, Poetic WordPlay, senses for the urban adversities we tap into on his new mixtape Dear Summer. Meeting WordPlay for the first time alongside Maryland rapper/producer, Mix3d, reminded me that true hip hop is just a letter away. WordPlay’s style hints Hova’ influence with a story more modern; he lyrically reads his 13 pages to summer, something like a past pass, hinting that future will take hold and shine brighter than ever before. Support the elegance and urbanest of this tape by heading to WordPlay’s site or by streaming it below via Soundcloud.
This world is very small and even smaller in the music realm. I remember meeting Terra Kati back in August when I was covering The Brooklyn Renaissance festival, 5 weeks later I stumble onto her debut project Earth Music. The production on the project is very spacey and experimental and initially I questioned why the project wasn’t called Celestial Music. Then it hit me when I heard Terra’s vocals weaving in and out of the empty spaces in the track that her voices was the reason this was truly Earth Music. For her debut project I am satisfied, but I must admit I would love to hear of her voice. Feel free to check out “Earth Music” below and listen my to favorite track “Sunbathing on The Moon”.
Since we started Museache, it has become more clear how different art fields aren’t as separate as you think they are. More artists are being inspired by things outside of the realm that they exist in artistically. In this case, painter and visual artist, Khari pulls inspiration from music, anime, and a few respected creatives. It has been a minute since I’ve covered an artist with Khari’s skill set, so learn a little about him in short our interview/gallery below.
First off happy belated birthday to Nemo Achida who dropped his new visuals “Come Alive” as a present to himself. The spaced out animations blends perfectly with the Pinky Liberachi beat that has a melodic appeal. Come Alive is taken from Nemo’s Side B EP which dropped earlier this year. Nemo is also signed to 88 keys imprint, so you know his production and lyrics will constantly critique until he creates something close to perfection.
Awa Maru is an interesting title choice for Peter $un new EP that features a 2 year collection of old and remastered tracks. The EP gets it’s title from a Japanese ocean liner that was used in World War II and eventually sank. I’m not sure exactly what the title has to do with 6 track EP, but it forces you to pay attention more to Peter $un’s flow and lyrics. Awa Maru also takes “Django” and “Drunk In Vegas II”, two my favorite tracks, from Don Heru mixtape that was dropped earlier this year. The EP is a great project for those who are now tuning into the Richmond, VA rapper. If you haven’t already go check Don Heru and his other releases from the year here. Listen to Awa Maru: Side A below.
A little while back I posted about Rutgers’ Red Oak Lane, a band that I believe should be on everyone’s radar. Chris Yacone, Red Oak’s lead singer shows the versatility of his voice on song “That’s Love”. With nothing but a loop station, Chris crafts a melodic track with not but his voice. He even one-takes the self recorded video above that matches the vibes of the song. If this is what Chris sounds like than I can’t wait to hear more of Red Oak Lane. Press play above to see what I’m talking about and keep an eye out for more material from Red Oak Lane.
Here we have a lovely indie rock band hailing from The Netherlands, called Mr. Bukit. The band consists of four members and man oh man they can write a really catchy song. Their soundscape is quite grand and they hit you with some really unexpected lyrics in the mist of their light hearted wave. “Why am i always drunk” is one to remember! Check out both singles under the jump and keep an eye out for Mr. Bukit in the future.
*For those missing out in the Netherlands, they recently hosted a party in the Metropool featuring these two singles.*
After countless singles and visuals along with an awesome interview featuring Hempstead’s rhymesayer, we finally get to listen to his long-awaited project. Mind, Body, and Soul really showcases that real 90s Golden Era sound, but Grandmilly adds such raw and grungy texture which suits his style very well. Much respect to Chris X for crafting this dope artwork.
ABGOHARD follows up with the second chapter of his YRN saga in which he continues to tell the story this raw and legendary character he embodies. He also continues to excel in creating a different world especially with the production that tells a story within itself. It’s got some real dank trap tracks as well his teasing and short hip hop tracks that make the compilation easy to listen to. I’m adding this one up there along with his classic EP, Cerulean City, that still goes in yo.
It’s a movement and this version of the song proves so! When French artist, Ornette vocals, ” I can see that the trees are calling back the leaves”, at a slightly higher tempo in, “Crazy (537 Blaq Soul Edit) “, created by house DJ Les Carbonell, I can’t help but sense a moment and movement of Spring time breeze in the evening of Summertime heat. Just let that sink in.
I’ve had the very humbling experience of meeting Les, a Bronx resident and headliner Disc-jockey for the up & coming Deep House Music movement venture, 5ifty5ive, symbolic for the apartment number where it all began in Washington Heights, about a year ago at Pacha in NYC. Being around 5ifty5ive when this record spins is something like a home-coded experience, meaning, a freedom session for your heart, mind, and soul, allowing your body to live within the deepness of deep house. NO GASS, it’s that deep! You can’t help but twirl, spin, and two-step to the Afro-Latina-Carrib-NYic-Chitownic drum vibrations.
This record will blow your breath away (literally)! You’ll see what I mean when you press play:
Also check out The Official YouTube Video of the record !
[Original version of record: "Crazy"- Ornette(Noze Remix) _ Discograph Label 2012].
Although, L’Orange and Blu aren’t underground artists, they aren’t your typical everyday mainstream artists either. Whenever Blu and producer L’Orange get together, it’s like a perfect harmony. Their first track “Alone” is still one of my favorite tracks to this date and “Need You” is a close second. This one is off L’Orange most recent album The Orchid Days and it finds two lovers in a post-apocalyptic Adam Eve type love story. The video does a wonderful job juxtaposing beauty and melancholy with cinematic visuals. Give it a watch above and make sure you check out L’Orange The Orchid Days. *By the way more art is coming soon. Just wait on it*
CRASHprez once again hits us with another thoughtful track leading up to his upcoming project, “more perfect”, in which he leaves a note in honor of the young black men who have been murdered by police forces due to injustice. He explores the darkness and the fear of dark skin being a target in today’s society as he touches on the recent executions that have taken place in Ferguson (Michael Brown), Staten Island (Eric Garner), St. Louis (Kajieme Powell), and more. prez also premiered this single on the 28th of August which is the anniversary of Emmitt Till’s lynching in 1955.
Alex Jackson is the artist who crafted this symbolic artwork. “more perfect” shall be released towards the end of this year.
I remember listening to this album the same time last year as the summer came to an end. The Ventura, CA native has tons to offer when it comes to delivering catchy melodies while he exudes coolness and vocal projection that’s really enjoyable to listen to. It’s definitely one of the cool albums that have been released low key of last year and it certainly needs to brought back to life for those who haven’t heard this yet. I just want people to know, you know?
Organic Geniuses’, Mike Melinoe, releases a new track “Hold My Dust” as he preps the release of his forthcoming album PropeR Element$. “Hold My Dust” starts off with a sample that repeats itself throughout the track as it builds into piano, hip-hop beat that sounds like something out of Blu’s library. Vintage Tux handles the production on the track and everything seemed to be perfect until I got til the chorus. Mike Melinoe let’s his listeners know that if “they aren’t fucking with it” they can hold his nuts, which just seems a little out-of-place based on the feeling the beat evokes. All in all it is still a great output from Mike Melinoe and the Organic Geniuses collective.
Tabi Bonney new track “La La” reminds me a lot of early sounds of Will.I.am and Pharrell during his NERD days. Tabi was born in Togo, but now resides in DC/LA so, there are hints of the border-less go-go energy throughout his music. Tabi even throws in some French in the mix to give the track a foreign club appeal, making it ready make for parties and club scenes. Tabi Bonney knows how to craft music that is geared towards energy and has even opened for a few well known names in the industry. Check out “La La” below.