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Beats Jazz

Darkhouse Family “The Offering” (First Word Records)

Cardiff-based duo Earl Jeffers & Don Leisure come together as Darkhouse Family, releasing their highly anticipated debut album on First Word Records titled “The Offering”. They joined the label back in 2016 and released “Solid Gold EP”, a rich and layered project combining elements of Hip Hop, Soul, and D’n’B. …

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Hip-Hop

Little Simz “Stillness In Wonderland”

‘Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality.’ Lewis Carroll, Alice In Wonderland. On Little Simz’ sophomore album ‘Stillness in Wonderland,’ the London emcee tackles themes of escapism, individuality, trust issues and loneliness in a world full of anger. The concept for this project derives from Lewis Carroll’s …

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Electronic

Future Classic: Books “Feel It In My Bones” (XVI Records)

Established in in 2012 by Joshua Byrne and Martin Love, XVI Records boast a diverse selection of dance music. The latest release is by West London producer Books, who, on his 3- track EP titled ‘Feel It In My Bones’ encompasses retro jazzy vibes with soulful samples and pulsating rhythms. …

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Beats Hip-Hop Modern Funk

Future Classic: Mndsgn “Body Wash”

I used to see Mndsgn as just another really talented producer who made dope beats. Following a few plays of Stones Throw released album ‘Body Wash’ it has become undeniable that he has reached a whole new level. ‘The underlying vibe of the new Mndsgn album is positive, with the core themes being about …

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Beats

Future Classic: The Gaslamp Killer “Instrumentalepathy”

My fascination with death has always stemmed from the imagination of an afterlife or the existence of an alternative form of energy. The complexity and emotionally demanding nature of such a subject has always made it difficult for me to talk about with other people. Music has become one of …

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Jazz

Future Classic: Ross McHenry “Child of Somebody”

Jazz is in a great place at the moment. With artists like Kamasi Washington and Robert Glasper gracing their talents over in the US, Ross McHenry is contributing to the culture on the other, other side of the pond… Australia. Known in Australia for his leadership in the afro-jazz band …

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Hip-Hop

Future Classic: Isaiah Rashad “The Sun’s Tirade”

Adding to the collection of classic TDE releases is “The Sun’s Tirade” the debut studio album by Tennessee rapper Isaiah Rashad. Since releasing his debut project, “Cilvia Demo EP,” Rashad has gone through depression, anxiety and isolation as well as dealing with xanax and alcohol addiction. Having nearly been dropped …

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Soul

Future Classic: Jimetta Rose “The Light Bearer”

It’s rare for a city to have such an iconic sound but the Los Angeles vibe of artist Jimetta Rose is unmistakable. Her second studio album, ‘The Light Bearer LP’ is produced by prolific and legendary producer Georgia Anne Muldrow. The duo create an incredibly smooth and funky sound, with beautiful …

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Hip-Hop Soul

Future Classic: Anderson .Paak “Malibu”

Many of the most discerning music heads have been calling the Anderson .Paak (who also goes by Breezy Lovejoy) the next big thing. It seems the time has arrived for him to truly cross over and get that much deserved mainstream recognition. 2014 saw the release of his first studio …

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20th Year Anniversary of Raekwon’s “Only Built For Cuban Linx”

My first proper introduction to Raekwon as a solo artist, believe it or not was from the samurai scene off “The Boondocks” (Season 1, Episode 4). “Guillotine (Swords)” was the track, and I was floored. This will probably be a dead giveaway that i’m pretty young and didn’t grow up …

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Hip-Hop

Future Classic: Nickolas Thee Ruin “Distant Implosions”

I discovered this dude on reddit.com/r/hiphopheads, under an unfortunate title: “A year ago yesterday, my 20 year old best friend died a natural death.” He had been working on a project titled “Distant Implosions” and I thought I would check it out, having no expectations from it. I was pleasantly …

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Hip-Hop

Future Classic: Kool Keith & L’Orange “Time? Astonishing!”

Taken from Martin Boev’s great MGNT site I wrote an article earlier this month about Kool Keith’s legacy- the way he was able to break common perceptions of rap as an art form. I described his style as eccentric, at times seeming like he’s talking through the beat, with no …

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