Jazz Spastiks : Move

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Edinburgh isn’t the first place you’d look for new music that has that classic Hip Hop sound; but this production duo from the Scottish capital have captured that golden era tone perfectly with two dope cuts off their latest album The Product. After self-releasing the LP digitally and on CD, this month sees the DJs linking with UK vinyl heads Dusty Platter to release the ill new 7″ single Move. The A side features legendary Polyrhythm Addicts MC Apani B Fly; and finds her cool flows floating on mellow double bass lines on a structurally flawless song. With chorus cuts that assert the crew’s traditional tastes, and verses that deliver witty wordplay untainted by negativity; the title track is exactly the kind of laid-back lyricism that keeps Hip Hop’s original vibe alive.

The B side features one-time Swollen Members MC Moka Only, who’s constant presence in in the Canadian scene over the last decade has brought him deserved recognition as a producer and emcee. On Frequency his rhymes lean on expertly assembled flute chops with an ease you’d expect from his seasoned stature; and as the producers prove their ability with another immaculate instrumental, their tasteful choice of chorus sample makes the single’s flipside as essential as the main cut. As if two first-rate tunes wasn’t enough, they’ve also included the instrumental Tape Deck, with a heavier, boom-bap steez to round off this indispensable wax. If you’re looking to switch up the whiny, nasal, rap aggression pumped into your ears daily with something cleansing; and are feelin the intelligent eccentricity of Del, coupled with the cool rhythmical flows of Lone Catalysts, this one’s for you.

Dusty Platter are pressing 300 copies, with a Shipping date around the 23rd of June.

Pre-order the single here, and check out the rest of the album here.

5/5

Peace.

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Daryl Donald : Kept

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If you’re as into chilled instrumentals as much as I am you need to get Kept asap. This 21 year old Scottish producer takes vibrant percussion, warm, glowing samples and aggy rap lines then gently heats them until they form a smooth, smokey blend of instrumentals that coats your ears in a soothing glow. He’s come along way from looping drums over old soul on a demo of Fruity Loops at the age of fifteen; now incorporating Akai’s MPD controller into his workflow as he finds his own style, with an outlook aligned with ‘it’s not what you use, but how you use it‘. Planets evolves throughout it’s short incarnation, propelled by the percussive pulse of it’s wooden clicks that lead into the short chops on Science; with the producer creating a calmness that envelops your headspace. On Aura he loops a lumbering drum beak over mellow piano chords and adds some synth lines to lift the song’s  middle section; whereas Softly sees him taking a more reserved approach to sampling; riffing off one clean, layered loop off crisp drum sounds. Human Condition begins with a thought-provoking sample; before clicks and claps linger over rap lines, punctuated by an occasional use of Charlie Sloth’s favourite Run DMC sample.

The clean snares and laidback hi-hats that drive Rain add an urgency to the emotive piano samples; before the EP closes with a more upbeat groove as Gato‘s smooth sax resonates through a kick-heavy mix that stays a short while before fading out and leaving you wanting more. His sequencing throughout is excellent, the songs are brief and catchy with crystal clear loops and drums that punch; and his use of vocal samples is minimal, but lend Kept that Hip Hop edge. With his range of influence constantly expanding; Daryl’s music has the capacity to grow into any style he pursues, and is sure to provide many more serene listening experiences as his particular brand of chilled instrumentals finds it’s voice.

Keep an eye on his soundcloud for more beats being added regularly; and get Kept for free, here.

4/5

Peace.