Ahwlee – chillist. [Beat Tape]

Ahwlee, California-based producer, is an artist I have fun covering on Marinate. His past two releases have been chilled out hip-hop beats that marinate in thick Roland chords. It’s something of a trademark of his—to turn down the speed of boom-bap, produce a leisurely pace and dim the lights. There’s bedroom music and then there’s bedroom music. “Cuddles” samples Kem’s “I Can’t Stop Loving You,”  just … Continue reading Ahwlee – chillist. [Beat Tape]

Ahwlee – Hi. [Album]

It wasn’t long ago that Ahwlee released a beat tape that my girlfriend said, “Would sound better without clothes on.” I agreed. So, since then I’ve become a fairly big fan of the California glitch-hop producer. When Hi. starts it cracks on. Its two left-footed snares stumble into earshot and a skillfully chopped ‘n screwed sample whines in the foreground. From there he samples the … Continue reading Ahwlee – Hi. [Album]

Ahwlee – Sweetkisses [EP]

Ahwlee brings that lipstick on the collar, sweet perfume smell to a beat tape like Barry White brings sensuality to the bedroom. Get some! With snapping snares, sustained piano chords and trance-like loops he cools hip-hop beats way down. “Candles” has some sparse leads, back-and-forth pads and all that is chill musak. It’s five bucks to cop the seven track release, but it’ll get you … Continue reading Ahwlee – Sweetkisses [EP]