Jahshua Smith x Stewrat – The Final Season [Album]

A while ago Jahshua Smith, emcee from Detroit, hit me up about his upcoming album, that would become The Final Season. He said,  I’m from Detroit and I’ve known Ryan (Stewrat) for years. He’s been my personal producer for a while now, and this next project is the first time I’ll be able to do a whole LP with solely his production… And…I never replied because … Continue reading Jahshua Smith x Stewrat – The Final Season [Album]

MM // Lunch Menu (3/27/2012)

Nefarious! – Somethin’ … … … … $59 A beautifully lush, ambient hip-hop joint topped with cloud-like pads and electro horns.   Gloam – Mirage151 … … … … … . $39 Light, sunny beach, sample driven, tasty Roland licks, hip-hop beat with a laid back disposition. StewRat – Bright Side … … … …  $63 Guitar riff laden boombap, chopped piano and shakers for extreme … Continue reading MM // Lunch Menu (3/27/2012)

MM // Lunch Menu (3/27/2012)

Nefarious! – Somethin’ … … … … $59 A beautifully lush, ambient hip-hop joint topped with cloud-like pads and electro horns.   Gloam – Mirage151 … … … … … . $39 Light, sunny beach, sample driven, tasty Roland licks, hip-hop beat with a laid back disposition. StewRat – Bright Side … … … …  $63 Guitar riff laden boombap, chopped piano and shakers for extreme … Continue reading MM // Lunch Menu (3/27/2012)

StewRat – Real [Album]

“Trust me / I’m as live as it gets,” is both a (Royce Da 5’9″) vocal sample used in “Fort” and the best way to describeStewRat’s trademark sound. His chops, drops, jazzy guitar samples to his dusty, crate dug, ’60s, ’70s soul record reincarnation is certainly “as live as it gets.” Marinate loves us some StewRat. So, two releases in March, a Marinate Mix and several Soundcloud … Continue reading StewRat – Real [Album]

StewRat – Comfort [Album]

“Love, Live, Life, Proceed, Progress,” describes StewRat‘s Comfort as perfectly as possible. It’s also the first sample on “LLLPP” and the thematic arc for the project. The album’s fifteen tracks are minimalistically titled beats, (i.e., “Cash”, “Honey”, “News”,) that are reminiscent of some found shopping list. Boom bap lovers and hip-hop heads will enjoy this release. Continue reading StewRat – Comfort [Album]

StewRat // Marinate Mix Mike Slott – My Lightbridge Madvillain – Rhinestone Cowboy (instrumental) Evidence – Chase the Clouds Away (prod. by Alchemist) N*E*R*D interlude and N*E*R*D – Run To the Sun Hystereo – Interweb Sievert – Be Pleasant Fakebeat – Your Wish (is my command) Angelo Tinsley – Get Down With Me Nite Jewel – Am I Real? 9th Wonder – Hi Dazzle 9th Wonder – Excerpt from the Leaky Beat Vault Median – How … Continue reading

StewRat – “WΛVΞ” & “Frozen” [Free DL]

StewRat constantly shifts his style. The Ohio producer can create lush, electronic, trap leaning, music experiences to Dilla inspired boom bap (and it’s always polished). So, “WΛVΞ” is kind of like the former. It extends past the first earthquake of sound with aftershocks doing most the damage. There are big time delays, several plates (layers) shifting and heavy cracks from the snare drum. And, the … Continue reading StewRat – “WΛVΞ” & “Frozen” [Free DL]

StewRat – “WΛVΞ” & “Frozen” [Free DL]

StewRat constantly shifts his style. The Ohio producer can create lush, electronic, trap leaning, music experiences to Dilla inspired boom bap (and it’s always polished). So, “WΛVΞ” is kind of like the former. It extends past the first earthquake of sound with aftershocks doing most the damage. There are big time delays, several plates (layers) shifting and heavy cracks from the snare drum. And, the … Continue reading StewRat – “WΛVΞ” & “Frozen” [Free DL]

CL Sosa – And Then Everything Turned Grey

      Would you like a solid album? Maybe something full of whiskey slick-rhymes with a blunt smoke curling production value? And Then Everything Turned Grey, is what you’ll want. CL Sosa, a.k.a. Carlos Gonzalez, seems like someone you’d invite to your tamale parties so you can sneak a few puffs on a joint while the corn husks soak. On “Come and Go” he says, … Continue reading CL Sosa – And Then Everything Turned Grey

StewRat – HeadLights

StewRat, producer from Springfield, Ohio, isn’t J Dilla or Flying Lotus or 9th Wonder. Though, he sure sounds like them.  And, HeadLights isn’t so much an album as it is a sample platter. In “Never Last” he takes lines from Bobby Caldwell’s “Down for the Third Time”. Then he recreates Linda Perhacs’ obscure, oddball track, “Hey, Who Really Cares?” into “Changes” a slow, sweet, guitar splash production. He’s taking a … Continue reading StewRat – HeadLights