It feels like I’ve only been posting things coming through Mello Music Group this week (not that I’m even remotely complaining), but what else can I do when they just keep on delivering? The new signee opens his EP with Smile, using production from his now labelmate Oddisee that Red Pill‘s been sitting on for 5 years. Learning To Punch rounds out with Apollo Brown and Duke Westlake behind the boards on one track each. Everyone brings their own on this project and if you aren’t already following everything Red Pill and Mello Music Group, then sort yourself out. Enjoy.
Mello Music Group is one of those labels where you can pre-order an album from an artist you’ve never heard (something I’ve actually done) and feel pretty safe that the project that swings your way will be some dope hip hop, filled to the brim with soul and passion. So the upcoming compilation album is certain to be nothing less that perfect. Check the tracklist on bandcamp. This will not be one to miss. Persona. March 10. Enjoy.
But there’s ultimately no need to do the track-by-track breakdown. This is an anthology in the most traditional well-curated sense. Turn here if you want to find the best hip-hop artists of their generation in raw and unfiltered form. The bars are brimstone; the beats force your neck to swivel. Through all the discontent, rays of hope begin to emerge. If you remember the feeling you got when you first heard Soundbombing, stop searching. The slang has changed, the style remains indelible, the latest personas have emerged. The new sound is here. – Mello Music Group
It seems that Cult Classic Records can do no wrong, and while this is the first project I’ve heard from RunC.T., I’d wager that the same applies. Baroque is jazz hop at its finest; laid back and full of soul. The 21 year old producer coming out of Houston has a fair amount a music out already, so once I get my fill of Baroque I’m heading over to his bandcamp to soak it all in (I recommend you do the same). Enjoy.
The aptly named Modes Of Chill was King I Divine‘s gift to the world on his own birthday. As I warned all of you earlier you’ll be getting a fair amount of excellent instrumental music, because that’s what I can study to, so that’s what we’ve got here (aside from a few features, from Noah Bility, JohnNY U, LD Henriquez and frequent collaborator ScienZe). On the album King I searches through his influences of jazz, soul and hip hop to bring to you his Modes Of Chill. Enjoy.
I’ve gone back to a pretty intense uni schedule so I’d expect a fair amount of my study music popping up here, which is hopefully something you won’t mind at all given that it includes things like like Esbe‘s latest, Bloomsday. Experimental instrumental hip hop with elements of ambient, jazz, soul, lounge and electronic music, all effortlessly combined with a healthy sprinkle of sampling, is probably the best way to describe the music that you’ll find below. It’s definitely worth lending an ear to. Grab it through Cult Classic Records or his own bandcamp. Enjoy.
Still trying to catch up on the releases from 2014 and apparently there’s still a lot of deserving material not yet on these pages. So that’s how you’ve ended up hearing Jack Garratt on this Sunday afternoon. Jack is a multi-instrumentalist and producer who happens to have a hypnotising voice (his live shows are not to be missed as he seamlessly incorporates all three aspects himself). The Love You’re Given is the latest single and I’ve also attached Worry, from his 2014 debut EP (and the accompanying remix EP). Stream everything he’s put out on Spotify and grab a download on iTunes. Enjoy.
As I make my return from travelling and a brief hiatus from all things music related D’Angelo makes an amazing return with his first album in 14 years. Black Messiah is the follow up to 2000’s critically acclaimed Voodoo and you can stream the entirety of the album, created with his band The Vanguard, on Spotify (or pick it up on iTunes) now. But if you still need convincing give Sugah Daddy a listen below. Enjoy.