It’s a Doc Syntax mixtape, how much more needs saying? (Click image for more)
There are plenty of good producers floating around out there, throw a metaphorical brick around these parts and you’re almost guaranteed to hear it bouncing catchily off of an instrumental album which at the very least is decent. Mr Loop, however, is amongst the best and not just because his sampled style genuinely rings out as smart, intricate and interesting regardless of the lyrics laid over them.
The reason why there’s been a streak of top end releases like The Bury All, Music from the Tannhauser Gate and The Crow isn’t just that Mr Loop’s good at what he does, although that certainly helps, it’s that unlike a whole army of aspiring producers out on the fringes, he actually finds and works with the right people. All the usual complaints about the artistry of the production being mired in cheap, lazy or clichéd flows are silenced when it comes to Mr Loop. Even where I’ve been less than stunned by the vocal contributions, as was the case on The Crow with the Kojak Brothers there’s still an awareness coming up from the beat of what works for the rapper and what doesn’t. Continue reading “Mr Loop & Mark from the Zoo : ZooLoop”
Futura, from the Phonographique netlabel, is a short album of immaculately polished Hip Hop/Trip Hop beats which benefit from a surplus of well honed cool and which fall down in missing a trick by being just that bit too smooth. Continue reading “Ryan Stinson : Futura”
It takes a fair bit of distance between listening and writing to say anything at all about this début solo LP from the veteran Mistah Bohze. Up close it’s a gloriously chaotic array of beats, samples and lyricism, which for intelligently designed eclecticism can properly be said to be comparable to the more free form end of Jazz. In fact you can run the full gamut of original and creatively adventurous genres in the search for a decent way to describe this album and at the end you’re unlikely to have said anything which really explains it. Which makes it a bit of a pain in the arse to write any coherent reviews of to be honest, but it’s one of those good problems to have given how good Blastoid McGonagle actually is. Continue reading “mISTAh bOhzE : bLASToid mcgONagle”
Undoubtedly my most eagerly awaited album of 2012, now that I half believe it actually will come out in 2012, and follow up to one of the best Alt-Hip Hop albums of all time ‘Deltron Event II’ has finally been confirmed for a July 21st release. Or May, according to another rumour but as the July date came straight from Kid Koala that’s probably the one to go with. Although given this album’s status as Hip Hop’s Duke Nukem Forever/Chinese Democracy (only in development terms that is, I’m assuming it won’t be shit and/or have Axl Rose on it) I won’t take anything as a certainty until I’ve got it blasting out of some speakers.
A couple of rough demos were released about a year back, in amongst hints that it’d be a 2011 release, unpolished as they are I took them as a positive contact (seewhatididthere!?!) from the Deltron team. If nothing else they at least dispelled some inherent paranoia about what would emerge after 12 years (!) with Del, The Automator and Kid Koala away from their collective Deltron persona.