Holland Scarth – Mclean Deluxe [Album]

There’s something to this funky introduction to Cincinnati producer Holland Scarth. The album is a collaboration with rapper Devin Burgess. McLean Deluxe is a slow drawling jam session of seemingly re-purposed ’80s-era soundscapes. The nine tracks feature an array of heavily reverberated snares, spacey pads and syrupy vocals. Definitely worth a listen. Continue reading Holland Scarth – Mclean Deluxe [Album]

Listen to YK’s Driving New Track “AQUARIUS”

“AQUARIUS” is a new sample heavy jam from young British producer YK. The spastic two-minute track plays out like a sped-up train ride–stuttering at stops along the way and then running at an incredible pace when it gets moving. The Brit typically crafts upbeat, dub sounds with a keen ear for adding percussive elements and manipulating vocal samples. “AQUARIUS” will appeal to folks who listen … Continue reading Listen to YK’s Driving New Track “AQUARIUS”

Ziga Murko – “mr. Morti (himself)”

Practically anyone can make something complicated. It just took me 15+ steps to finish making this grilled cheese sandwich. (Which was delicious.) But, to make something complicated simple, that’s what separates good artists from great ones. Ziga Murko, a Slovenian “trombonist, composer, producer,” does this with his chill, organic beat “mr.Morti (himself).” [via] The track dips its feet in trip-hop, Nightmares On Wax territory, but … Continue reading Ziga Murko – “mr. Morti (himself)”

MR•CARMACK – “insomnity (again)”

By: Belinda Cai Honolulu’s MR•CARMACK is a true master of trap, a genre emerging from Southern hip-hop that features 808 drum machines, screwed samples, synthesizers, strings and an assortment of effects. “insomnity (again)” exhibits all of the most recognizable components of trap, with an experimental and unearthly edge. “insomnity (again)” and MR•CARMACK’s other tracks are ideal to both dance to or chill out to, depending … Continue reading MR•CARMACK – “insomnity (again)”

Kenja – “Tryna See” [Free DL]

By: Belinda Cai Kenja is SoCal fresh, producing music that is reminiscent of an evening drive down Pacific Coast Highway—peaceful and chill yet exhilarating. The drive then turns into a night out in downtown Los Angeles full of blurry lights, colorful glimpses and good vibes. It is pure electronica at its finest, interlacing addicting beats with ambient samples. The free download, “Tryna See” is a … Continue reading Kenja – “Tryna See” [Free DL]

WINTER WINDS vol. 1 (Compilation by SVNSET WAVES)

Today, Dec. 28th 2013, isn’t just another maddeningly slow day after the holidays and before the new year is upon us. It’s the day Texas-based blog SVNSET WΛVES drops their final seasonally-themed compilation tape of 2013. The 15-track collection features original joints from young, talented producers wwebss, TWOS, XED, Kruisemode, Fluss (to name a few) and several other beatmakers who tap into hip-hop, bass and … Continue reading WINTER WINDS vol. 1 (Compilation by SVNSET WAVES)

Sampha – “Too Much” (Soft Glas Remix)

By: Belinda Cai UK electro singer-songwriter Sampha may be best known for his collaborative works with artists Drake and SBTRKT, but he’s also making waves as a standalone musician. “Too Much” is a soulful piano-driven tune with soft, tender crooning. It may be slow and poignant, but it’s powerful in its vocal prowess and moving melody. Soft Glas takes this heartfelt R&B original and gives … Continue reading Sampha – “Too Much” (Soft Glas Remix)

Izzy Bizu – “White Tiger” (Stikz Remix) [FREE DL]

Earlier this year 19 year-old Brit Izzy Bizu put out an infectious (as in catchy, not achoo catchy) track entitled, “White Tiger”. It’s simply her vocals (some gorgeous vocals) paired with an upbeat, stomping piano beat. It’s on the same level as Sampha’s “Indecision” as far as tear jerkingly beautiful tracks are concerned. Austrian producer Stikz must agree with me. He says, “lovely tune by izzy … Continue reading Izzy Bizu – “White Tiger” (Stikz Remix) [FREE DL]

Paddy Fred – “Laminate” Feat. LP

Paddy Fred is a producer who makes some beautiful soulful electronic music. And, he’s a cool guy. He’s from New Zealand, a country known for its gorgeous landscapes…sprawling mountain areas, low hanging clouds and lush vegetation. “Laminate”, a single from his latest EP Laminate, sounds like he’s preserving/laminating that image into a 3-minute soundwave. The Kiwi producer teams up with Lisa Preston and it’s a journey to … Continue reading Paddy Fred – “Laminate” Feat. LP