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Future Classic: Homeboy Sandman “Subject: Matter”
Future Classics
Hip-Hop

Future Classic: Homeboy Sandman “Subject: Matter” (EP)

One of the labels best ever at picking up underground talent, Stones Throw Records (Madlib, Peanut Butter Wolf, J-Dilla, James Pants, Jonwayne, Dam Funk, Oh No,…) do it again and sign Homeboy Sandman (one of my favorite indie american MC’s). Listening to the homeboy’s third album, The Good Sun, it’s …

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Future Classic: Sina “From Love To Dust”
Future Classics
Beats

Future Classic: Sina “From Love To Dust”

In the aftermath of the MIMS 24 Hours of Vinyl event, it hit me; I like Sina‘s From Love To Dust for the same reason I like Burial‘s music. They are both rich in textures and the vibes on those recordings are both haunting and cinematic. There is also some …

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Future Classic: C2C “Down the Road EP”
Future Classics
Beats

Future Classic: C2C “Down the Road EP”

For a week now, I’ve been listening non-stop to the new C2C EP and I don’t really know why. It’s not that I don’t like the concept of groups made up of scratch DJs (the other scratch group from France, Birdy Nam Nam comes to mind) but mastery of an …

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Future Classic: Cyne “Wasteland Vol. 1″
Future Classics
Beats Hip-Hop

Future Classic: Cyne “Wasteland Vol. 1”

When I worked at CHYZ, a radio station in Quebec City, I was doing research and discovering new stuff all the time. It’s at that time when I opened up to so much amazing indie rap. Interesting folks like the Fake Four Inc. label but also a group from Florida …

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Future Classic: Big Pauper “Beyond My Means”
Future Classics
Beats

Future Classic: Big Pauper “Beyond My Means”

Big Pauper (or Panzah Zandah) is a beatmaker and visual arist from Portland. He did a great mashup album back in 2010 withtracks from Beck called “Aphids on Lettuce”. He’s always been a part of the independant hiphop scene in part because of his involvement with his label called Token Recluse. His …

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Future Classic: Nameless “16-Bit: Bonus Stages”
Future Classics
Beats

Future Classic: Nameless “16-Bit: Bonus Stages”

I stumbled up Nameless‘ music when I was doing my instrumental radio show back in 2009. He’s a beatmaker from Detroit so expect the rawness typical to the Motor City. He released a lot of beat tapes; some more soul, some more boom bap. And he did one sampling video game …

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Future Classic: Memorecks “Downtime”
Future Classics
Beats

Future Classic: Memorecks “Downtime”

Memorecks is a beatmaker from Toronto with a name reminescent of a company of that certain audio medium not in use anymore (you know those 99c tapes). It’s not to say the self-proclaimed MPC astronaut is oudated. I discovered all this because the man was one of the final four …

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Future Classics
Beats

Future Classic: Lorn & Dolor “Drugs”

This EP by american electronic musician (via Milwaukee, Wisconsin) Lorn and Dolor is really mysterious. Lorn had been signed to Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder imprint but now is on Ninja Tune. Kind of a change of pace but then again not really because Brainfeeder is distributed by Ninja Tune now… If you know about the impressive …

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Future Classic: Moka Only “Martian Xmas 2011″
Future Classics
Hip-Hop

Future Classic: Moka Only “Martian Xmas 2011”

I’m a big Moka Only fan. Every year, the prolific rapper from Vancouver, BC (that’s in Canada by the way. heheh) makes a little free christmas album around december. It’s a gift for his fans. Don’t expect him to surpass himself or to try new things here, it’s not the …

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Future Classic: Morti Viventear “Tweaked Pins”
Future Classics
Beats

Future Classic: Morti Viventear “Tweaked Pins”

You may have read my love for Twin Peaks on my personal blog and it’s no secret that I love beats too. So beats made with the sounds and samples from Twin Peaks sounds like a really interesting project to me! I’m only sad that I didn’t have the idea …

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Creative License: The Law and Culture of Digital Sampling
Music Tech & Art

Creative License: The Law and Culture of Digital Sampling

(by Kembrew McLeod and Peter DiCola) Giving anything music related to a music lover is a pretty perilous adventure. You risk either giving that person something he or she doesn’t like or simply giving something that this music lover already has. But fear not because I got a great idea …

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Future Classic: Doomtree “No Kings”
Future Classics
Hip-Hop

Future Classic: Doomtree “No Kings”

I like Doomtree because they’re doing their own thing. But let’s describe just a little bit what they are for those who don’t know them. Doomtree are a DIY hiphop collective from Minneapolis, Minnesota formed of seven members (the most well known being P.O.S.). Most music press describe them as …

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