knowsum | hyasynthus


The Hi-Hat Club returns with Volume 7 of the Melting Pot Music producer series. The new record „Hyasynthus“, will be delivered by the 22 year old german producer Knowsum. Released November 27th, available at Bandcamp and HHV.

„Fast forward to 2015, an instrumental hip-hop record is not so special anymore. Everybody and their mother is doing beats now – from boom- bap to future beats to whatever. The scene has never been more vibrant and great records are dropping left, right and center.“

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va | label love vol. 7


The seventh installment of Label Love is available. Presented by veteran electronic soul label Tru Thoughts, and carefully curated by the imprint’s US label manager Jasmine De La Paz, „Label Love Vol. 7“ showcases 16 free tracks from nine labels around the world. 

Volume 7 presents music from Erased Tapes, Five Easy Pieces, Finders Keepers, Soundway Records, Strut Records, Tru Thoughts, World Circuit, ZZK Records, and !K7. This rare selection brings cuts from Sun Ra Quartet, Jane Weaver, Quantic Presents The Western Transient, Rival Consoles and Flako, to name a few.

Free download at bandcamp.

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reginald omas mamode IV | we are the universe


Reginald Omas Mamode IV beatmaker from London returns with his new EP ‘We Are The Universe’ on the record label Five Easy Pieces. The lead track „In This Case (Get Over Yourself)“ premiered on Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Show – you can listen to that track and to „Can You Dig It“ below.

» Reginald Omas Mamode IV is a man of simple pleasures: soul sounds, peoples and stories, brothers, friends and family. It’s a philosophy that rubs off on his music, not just in his lyrics but in his production techniques that is notable by its lack of computers. « – Gilles Peterson

Reginald Omas Mamode IV  – ‘We Are The Universe’ EP is out 20th November on Five Easy Pieces. Pre-order from Bandcamp.

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j dilla | dillatronic


The late, great J Dilla is rightly celebrated as one of the greatest hip-hop producers of all time, in part because his ear for music was so diverse and expansive. From the smooth, soulful soundbeds he laid down for A Tribe Called Quest, Slum Village, The Pharcyde, Common, The Roots, and D’Angelo to the hard-edged, synth-heavy tracks he crafted for Busta Rhymes, Jaylib, Oh No, and Phat Kat, Jay Dee’s music continued to grow and evolve throughout his brief time on this planet. 

Now, a fresh batch of those creations will be made available to the world for the first time, in the form of the latest official J Dilla release, „Dillatronic“. Presented by Ma Dukes and compiled by DJs Alien Villainz, „Dillatronic“ contains 41 rare instrumentals that showcase Dilla’s undeniable electronic influences. J Dilla’s music was impacted by the diverse musical history of Detroit – the birthplace of Techno and one of the most important cities in the history of electronic music.

Stream the entire LP after the jump – Pre-Order on
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med, blu & madlib | bad neighbor


MF DOOM, Aloe Blacc, Hodgy Beats, Anderson Paak, Mayer Hawthorne and Dam-Funk join MED and Blu over 100% Madlib beats.

A couple years ago Blu got a few Madlib instrumentals and put together a few demos. The rough collection became the foundation of what would become „Bad Neighbor„. MED, a longtime collaborator of Madlib, put the pieces together, bringing together an impressive group of MCs and vocalists to complete the album.

Listen and see the full tracklist after the jump.
Released on October 30th, pre-order on Rappcats or iTunes.

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michael christmas | what a weird day


Boston rapper Michael Christmas dropped his „much-fun Is This Art!“ last year, he now announces his debut album. „What A Weird Day“ dropps on October 23rd featuring homies like Mac Miller, Logic, D.R.A.M and more. „What A Weird Day is about the epic and drastic change in my life since Is This Art?,“ – Michael Christmas

Pre-order „What A Weird Day“ on iTunes now. Stream the first tracks „Who“ and “Are You Around?” featuring Polyester The Saint“ after the jump.

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hubert daviz | framework


After the identically named EP back in November 2014, producer Hubert Daviz offers his new LP for free. You can download the album until the official vinyl release date on October 16th. „Framework“ is created between 2011 and 2015, cuts on Track C01 and C03 by Hulk Hodn. Mastering by Romeo Jesus at DMDK Studio Köln-Süd.

Released 16th October. Digital on Bandcamp, vinyl available at

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roots manuva | bleeds


Roots Manuva is back with a dazzling new album, „Bleeds“. Past collaborations with everyone from Gorillaz to the Maccabees to Leftfield to Coldcut to the Cinematic Orchestra, Rodney Smith’s influence can be heard right across the musical landscape. Now, with his sixth studio album, he has made his most concise and focussed record to date, his most emotionally affecting and powerful release since his breakthrough, „Run Come Save Me“.

Drawing upon production assistance from young British producer, Fred, together with musical heavyweights Four Tet, Adrian Sherwood and Switch’s new production team, „With You“, the title of the record is, in the man’s own words, an “egocentric jest of daring to do things in the tradition of Jesus: I’m ready to bleed for the artform.” It is, of course, also a reference to the way in which genres, in the sonic world of Roots Manuva, have a tendency to bleed into one another, so that hip hop, reggae, techno, funk, neo-classical, all blend together to create “liquid soul, the blood, the bleeds that paint infinite sacred wonders in our dreams and unfold in our day-to-day.”

Released October 10th, pre-Order via Ninja Tune. Listen after the jump.

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illa j


From deep musical origins in Detroit, rapper/singer/songwriter Illa J has been slowly navigating his way through the oft-turbulent waters of Hip-Hop since the tender age of 13, when the young John Yancey aka Illa J wrote his first rhyme alongside his brother, the late great J Dilla. After his brother’s passing in ‘06, he began teaching himself piano, bass and taking vocal lessons while finding himself touring the world and recording a slew of Dilla-related projects, notably being an active member of Slum Village until 2014. His first solo album, ’08s „Yancey Boys“ and the Frank Nitt 2013 collaborative album „Sunset BLVD“ were both released on seminal label Delicious Vinyl. Feeling the need for a change creatively as well as geographically, in 2012 John moved to the future music hotbed that is Montreal ultimately making the connection with Canadian producers Nick Wisdom & AstroLogical aka Potatohead People. The success of their initial collaborations inspired the team to dive into the studio and embark on Illa J’s new self-titled solo album, and present an entirely fresh sound of his own.

Released October 2nd, pre-order online. Listen after the jump.

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strangers of necessity | tangerine avenue


Radio Juicy is proud to present a brand new cassette tape release to mark the one year anniversary of this collaboration project between CoryAyo & Fooch The MC known as Strangers of Necessity.

CoryAyo has his solo debut instrumental LP coming up on Radio Juicy and we thought this album was a perfect introduction to the producer’s world. Strangers Of Necessity consist of young upcoming producer, CoryAyo from Iowa City,IA, and veteran rhyme sayer, Fooch the MC, from Chicago,IL. Their sound is best descibed as a fresh take on that golden era of hip-hop, blending tasteful jazz and soul samples, crisp snares, boomy kicks on wonky patterns with a soulful delivery, dense schemes and potent punch-lines that hit peaks before unseen.

Out now on Radio Juicy, available for free on Bandcamp.

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