Lojii & Swarvy | Due Rent

„Due Rent“ is a collaborative double album by solo artists Lojii & Swarvy. Written and recorded in the summer of 2016 in L.A. by the two Philadelphian transplants. Lojii says „this tape is a score to being a broke nxgga in AmeriKKKa (emphasis on the KKK) – full of dreams and hustlin‘ to make ‚em happen, but dealing with the everyday pressures of making ends meet. A.K.A trying to pay rent.“ Raps by Lojii, beats and all instruments by Swarvy. Mastered by Brad Fischer, executive producer Kenny (Fresh Selects).

Available on Bandcamp – Stream below.

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Madlib | Bad Neighbor Instrumentals

Bang Ya Head Entertainment is gearing up to release the Instrumentals to the critically acclaimed Bad Neighbor LP by MED and Blu. All beats produced by Madlib. 15 banging instrumentals and 3 bonus beats for your enjoyment. Everything Madlib creates is innovating but the production on Bad Neighbor LP is timeless. Also listen to the unreleased track „The Turn Up“ featuring Oh-No below.

Available on Bandcamp

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Bastien Keb | 22​.​02​.​85

22.02.85′ is the new album from Bastien Keb. Initially conceived as a concept album about a stripper lost in the city (like a straight-to-video follow up to Showgirls), ‚22.02.85‘ has a distinctly nocturnal edge to it. The city at night, lost in a crowd, abandoned petrol stations, empty kebab shops, broken florescent lights. Like a half-forgotten dream, familiar yet unnerving. He says all the songs are all about girls apart from two about a big lug. You may catch a phrase here and there but the context is all in the feel: „There’s a melancholy edge, but I don’t wanna depress people. Sad but hopeful? If that’s possible.“

A guitarist first and foremost, Keb also plays trumpet, bass, drums, piano, flute and more – many borrowed donated or found instruments. Layering and pitching his voice to imaginative effect, you might feel an influence of Bon Iver or Jai Paul but in truth it’s more indebted to The Impressions or The Delfonics. Keb makes a living writing music for TV and film and you’ll hear hints of cinematic direction throughout. The soundtracks of Isaac Hayes taped from Madlib’s second hand SP-303 for a re-scored Twin Peaks. Recorded by himself in Leamington and Hackney he discloses – „I don’t really mic shit up proper, so I gotta go lo-fi. Warm, fuzzy, dirty and honest; an antidote to over-production and over-analysis.“

Released March 3, 2017 –  Available on Bandcamp.

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Karriem Riggins | Headnod Suite

For „Headnod Suite“, Karriem Riggins second album on Stones Throw Records, he expertly builds on his credentials with 29 tracks of pure hip-hop. Each track deftly crafted with swing that only a drummer would know. Swing is the weapon. And there’s always a message, be it verbal or instrumental. “Headnod Suite is a concept of several rhythmic ideas fused together,” Riggins says. “I wanted to explore the power of interludes and marrying different styles and harmony together.”

Common makes a reciprocal vocal appearance on the track “Yes Yes Y’all,” which gives way to literal grunts from James Brown and the 1-2 shot of “Trombone Love” and the 16-bit funk “Crystal Stairs.” If 2012’s Alone Together was right at the intersection of hip-hop and jazz, Riggins’ current path is less the jazz found in his family and career lineage, and more the hip-hop culture he found on his own.

Album out now – available on Bandcamp. Stream below.

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Jonwayne | Rap Album Two

After an intense period in his life, Jonwayne renewed his inspiration in music. He now released „Rap Album Two“, which is the sequel to 2013 „Rap Album One“ album (Out on Stones Throw Records). The album is now out on Authors Recording and available at Bandcamp. – Stream the full album after the jump after the jump »

Check out Jonwayne’s tourdates in 2017.

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