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Future Classics
Electronic

Future Classic: Machinedrum “Human Energy”

Machinedrum’s “Human Energy” makes me feel as if I am charging my soul via USB port, and it feels incredible. I really like how nowadays there is such thing as an “Internet Aesthetic”. With the emergence of tumblr, instagram, and a million other social media outlets, the internet has now …

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Future Classics
Beats Hip-Hop

Future Classic: Tay Sean “Leavings”

Seattle’s own Tay Sean takes hip-hop, dare we say music, to a whole new level with his latest release. Who knew rap music could bang so hard in a 7/8 time signature? Who is to say this is even “rap music” any longer? What is it? It’s something new, something …

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Future Classics
Beats

Future Classic: Dabrye “Lump Sum Slum Lord Remix”

Dabrye steps out of the shadows to release a remix of Mophono’s “Lump Sum Slum Lord”. Dabrye has been a favourite of mine for quite some time. Hailing from Ann Arbor, Michigan, the man keeps himself extremely hard to pin down, using a large number of styles and aliases. Most …

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Future Classics
Hip-Hop

Future Classic: People Under The Stairs “The Gettin’ Off Stage, Step 2 EP”

Like a fine wine, PUTS are only getting better with their latest EP. Thes-1 and Double K are always coming correct, holdin’ down the original boom-bap that we all know and love. I first discovered People Under The Stairs during a summer break in my early highschool days when life …

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Future Classics
Beats Electronic Hip-Hop

Future Classic: Fudge “Lady Parts”

Fudge is a collaboration between Bostonian emcee Michael Christmas and producer Prefuse 73. ‘Lady Parts’ is their debut album. Fudge came together during several sessions in the summer and fall of 2015 at Nick Hook’s Green Point studio. Prefuse 73 brought along a hard drive full of beats. Christmas wrote …

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Future Classics
Ambient Eclectic

Future Classic: Vinyl Williams “Brunei”

Vinyl Williams brings some stoney “transcendental pop” with his latest LP ‘Brunei’. I love a good album that you can throw on in any situation and listen to front to back, without having to worry about “that one song” that you most likely will have to skip. Brunei, for me, …

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Future Classics
Beats Eclectic

Future Classic: Dim Grimm “Perlissop EP”

Dim Grimm (fka Dimlite) is back to the universe with his newest EP. Dimitri Grimm is the hardest man to pin down in any sense of the term. His sounds and styles are so evenly disparate as they are tightly-woven, so equally beautiful as they are destructive. Hailing from Switzerland, …

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Future Classics
Beats Hip-Hop

Future Classic: ILLingsworth “RINO”

ILLingsworth’s output definitely falls into the ‘prolific’ category. Born and raised in Detroit, ILLingsworth has been carving a name for himself in the on-and-offline beat scene for the past few years now. He has been able to maintain a consistent fuzzy and warped style of hip hop instrumental music which combines the …

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Future Classics
Beats

Future Classic: Pablo Queu “The Soul Chapter EP”

This is Pablo Queu’s second official EP, featuring original beats that combine soul and electronic elements, among with jazz, hiphop and blues guitar. The Soul Chapter EP is beautifully cooled out. While still maintaining a tasteful flavour of a bedroom recording, it is able to reach down and pull on …

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Future Classics
Hip-Hop

Future Classic: Big Hongry “Let The Smoke Out EP”

Big Hongry teams up with producer Pas Doo to create this Detroit hip-hop inspired EP “Let The Smoke Out”. Personally, I have never heard of Big Hongry until now, but honestly I have no idea why. This man has bars! Within seven tracks, two of which are interludes, Hongry is …

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Future Classics
Beats Hip-Hop

Future Classic: Kenny Keys “Everything Must Change”

Chicago’s master beat-smith Kenny Keys, known for his work on Eulorhythmics, Beyond Luck, Lyric District and Face Melt, is back and strong with this fresh album release in collaboration with Radio Juicy. In his new release, Kenny Keys seamlessly weaves dusty record chops of both recognizable and rare samples in …

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