uppers / downers

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The German producer trio from cologne trio Betty Ford Boys, consisting of Suff Daddy, Brenk Sinatra and Dexter are about to release ‘Uppers / Downers’. The new 10″ is the first release since their 2013 album “Leaders Of The Brew School”. The trio dropped ‘So Fine’ for free which is the first of a few off of a limited edition 10″ being pressed up, available soon on Melting Pot Music during their “Retox Tour” in October and November.

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it’s better for you

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As one third of SA-RA Creative Partners Shafiq Husayn helped change the world, producing, writing and collaborating with a diverse cast of artists, from Common to Kanye, Jill Scott to J Dilla and Erykah Badu, the aspects of music that SA-RA helped reintroduce to Hip Hop and RnB can be heard today throughout the current musical climbate. Citing the influence of the greats like George Clinton, Prince, Herbie Hancock and Jimi Hendrix, Shafiq’s sky high level of quality and musicality is noted and admired all over the world. Featuring Anderson Paak (formerly know as Breezy Lovejoy) ‘It’s Better For You’ is the first song lifted from forthcoming album ‘The L∞P’, a project that includes collaborations with the likes of Hiatus Kayote, Thundercat, Miguel Atwood Ferguson, Fatima and many more.

Due for release early 2015. The Single is now available now on Bandcamp.

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favourite things | 9.14

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The monthly “favourite things“-soundcloud expedition no. 9.2014 is a three hour playlist. The collection contains 48 selected tracks, productions and songs by artists such as Moods, Esta, S. Fidelity, 14KT, Herr Styler, Chief, Sola Rosa, Blockhead, Scrimshire, Flying Lotus, Bonobo, Daisuke Tanabe, Vanilla, Black Milk, Mammal Hands and many more. Check out the latest selections and the bklyn music (almost) daily updated soundcloud page.

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the great year

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The Black Opera’s new album “The Great Year” drops tomorrow, on September 30th on Mello Music Group. Produced by Tall Black Guy, Waajeed, yU, Arjun Singh, Jansport J, Slot-A and The Black Opera. (Pre-)order now on Bandcamp. Stream the preview tracks/album after the jump.

” The new album’s influences musically are as diverse as they are aesthetically. From tribal rhythms to overdriven synths and from pulsing drums to intimate vocals, The Great Year’s sound is distinctly its own. Taking on a modern day palette, TBO has envisioned a new world, musically. With orchestration from creative minds like Tall Black Guy, Waajeed, yU and Arjun Singh, The Black Opera have assembled a team to help them communicate their message to the world.”

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sweet talk

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UK-based hip hop and electronic producer Vanilla issued his new beat-tape entitled “Sweet Talk”. After 2011′s ‘High Life‘ in 2011 and followed by ‘Soft Focus‘ in 2012 the new tape is the third and final instalment of his soul-inspired series. It features 27 soul-sampling instrumentals produced over the past two years. Available on Bandcamp.

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wayniac mondays

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Jonwayne dropped a few tracks during the last six mondays – he’s now working on his follow-up LP to ‘Rap Album One’. All tracks produced by Jonwayne, featuring vocals by Quelle Chris, Zeroh and Scoop Deville – artworks by Gangster Doodles. Get most of the tracks on Audiomack.

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hip hop after all

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After months of hard work and 2 years after his acclaimed “Paradise for all” album, GUTS is back with a new album, “Hip hop after all” For this new album, Guts decided to come back to his Hip Hop roots (he created the french rap Band Alliance Ethnik in the 90’s) and invited quality MCs and singers to join him in the studio. You can find on this album, some Hip Hop legend as Grand Puba, Masta Ace, Bob Power, Rah Digga some singers as Cody Chestnutt, Patrice and a batch of new talents as Leron Thomas, Lorine Chia, Quelle Chris & Denmark Vessey, Dillon Cooper.

Available on CD, LP Gatefold and digital on September 8th (Germany Sept 15th). Order via iTunes or dirtect on Heavenly Sweetness.

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chop shop 2

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Brenk Sinatra & Fid Mella, two of Europe’s finest beat makers will take you on a musical ride through Vienna’s mean streets of the 70′s and 80′s. It’s a musical journey which pays homage to Vienna’s notorious morbidity. ‘Chop Shop 2 – Singende Klingende Unterwelt’ is their new collaborations album, which combines selected musical treasures of the city’s past with the unique trademark sounds of Brenk and Mella.

Out now on Hector Macello, order direct or via Bandcamp.

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favourite things | 8.14

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Another month, another selection – ‘Favourite Things 8.14‘ is now ready for streaming.

It’s a monthly musically journey through our daily soundcloud expedition. The set for august is 2,5hrs long and holds 47 tracks. Featuring productions and songs by Thrupence, Shafiq Husayn, S. Fidelity, FloFilz, Diggs Duke, REdefinition, Kriswonto, Amin Payne & Ben Bada Boom, Suff Daddy, Flandy, Bilal, Jordan Rakei, Ka-Yu, Computer Jay & Orfeo, TUFO, Bonobo, iZem, Freddie Joachim, Tall Black Guy, Dexter, Jonwayne, Barney Artist, El Michels Affair, and many more. Check out the latest selections and tracks on our almost daily updated soundcloud page.

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secret garden 2

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‘Secret Garden 2′ is a free compilation series by DLoaw & Co., inspired by the volume one shape, they wish to keep the trip in the instrumental world going on. The 2013 released album contains 21 artists going from abstract Hip-Hop to Downtempo, providing a jazzy, sometimes dark, melancholic vibe. Still eclectism will be the word in this chapter, putting together different materials and musical arrangement!

Released 26 May 2013,  download on Bandcamp, ‘Volume One‘ is also still available online.

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