Review: Berlin's Afromaniac describes his music as being 'a colourful microcosm of diverse musical influences'. This is actually quite a good description because this producer's work really does invite the listener into a small, nuanced world constructed by the weaving of these disparate influences. Seasons is a compilation of tracks created at Sample Science, an event for beat makers & producers were willing participants get one sample each to contribute to the music. Here Afromaniac combined spontaneous radio and tape samples with MPC beats, resulting in these 14 cool 90s hip-hop style jams.
Review: A true meeting of styles and sounds, Miles Bonny's debut is a rich and rather beautiful mix of slo-soul, jazz and hip-hop, all wrapped around Miles' silky vocals. After the title-tune opening, where he boasts of his country roots in Kansas, Miles launches into a revamp of Raphael Saadiq's "Still Ray" (retitled here as "Still Miles"). Other covers include "Clap Clap" - a nu-jazz version of The Meters' "Handclapping Song", while the raw brass intro of "A Song For Miles" (a reworking of a Kermit the Frog song no less) is genuinely stunning. The Blue Note-styled cover art ain't too bad either - all round a truly classy debut.
Review: Melting Pot Music delivers volume three of their producer series with the super talented Dexter at the helm. The German producer follows Hulk Hodn & Twit One and Suff Daddy to lay down his take on the 2010 Beat Generation.
The Jazz Files is a journey in which Dexter takes a fresh look at the long standing connection between jazz and hip hop. Infusing distinct hip-hop beats and matching attitude with a jazz ethos, the album assumes a vintage feel but with a very modern twist. The tracks take their jazz influence not too much in sound, but rather in their freedom and artistry. Sounds are given an improvisational feel, crafted within a free thinking composition. The hip hop slant is one that oozes out of Dexter seemingly unconsciously. The twenty six year old DJ/producer/MC is part of the Wortsport collective from Heilbronn and has previously produced for the likes of Morlock Dilemma, Damion Davis, Jaques Shure, Audio 88 & Yassin and Retrogott. A self confessed fan of Madlib, Flylo and Oh-No who also listens to psychedelic and rock, Dexter has a broad palette which he delves into throughout the album. With countless samples and recordings, the album is a fun and entertaining exploration through Dexter's take on the combination of the two disciplines. There are even quotes from The Mighty Boosh in there, with Howard Moon's "Deep in the Juju" even becoming a track title.
True to the Hi Hat Club's bluebrint, Vol 3, The Jazz Files is not bound by a particular sound. Instead it is an expression of today's beat generation from one of its most talented producers who is given the artistic freedom to best represent it.
Review: Man like Dexter comes through with that head nod ish for Melting Pot, smartly revisiting some classic breaks but splaying them with bass heavy brilliance. "Gimme No More (Psycho Theme)" takes Busta at his word and does the flip mode, cutting those famed strings up brilliantly over a smart low end throb. Up next Bob James gets turned inside out, married to a Neptunes bump whilst the ever present crackle of vinyl gives proceedings a real charm. Finally a certain pint sized crooner from the Stones Throw imprint gets sprinkled with the Dexter dust. Get involved!
Review: Not to be confused with Klakson's electro-hero of the same name, this Dexter is an acclaimed 26 year-old producer with more of an interest in the jazzy side of things. A teaser for forthcoming album, "The Trip", "Pictures" reveals the producer's newfound 'psychedelic hip-hop' direction. It's a fusion that works extremely well especially in non-album tracks "Church" (West Coat 60s harmony rock) and "Shroom Travels" (disorientated hippy-hop).
Review: Having recently grabbed our attention with lead single "Pictures", this 26 year old producer now unveils his self-proclaimed 'psychedelic hip-hop' album aptly titled "The Trip". Aside from the single, there's a further 17 tracks on here brimming with strange sounds and ideas, from the Public Enemy-sampling "Once Again Back (Tune In)" to crackling 60s piano clips with hip-hop beats ("Psychedelic Club Scene") and the stoner DJ Shadow-isms of "Dexy Lovecraft" via hammonds and big beat ("Clouds of Zero"). Far out man!
Review: At last DJ Day and Miles Bonny's 2009 EP of Raphael Saadiq covers, "Instant Saadiq', is available in digital form. Featuring two tunes, this sees the collaborators pay homage to the RnB veteran in a way that still sounds fresh four years later. "Still Miles" is smooth and romantic with a smooth vocal and particularly squelchy synth, the same one which later duels with a trippy trumpet on the floaty "What's Life Like".
Review: Flatpocket are a duo from Cologne who are hoping that this here debut album (on the esteemed Melting Pot label) will help make those pockets that bit fatter. Boasting a mighty 19 tracks, Twit One and Lazy Jones explore a variety of influences all connected by some impressive hazy hip-hop beats. Highlights include the 60s soundtrackish "Flatpocket Theme", the swing-hop of "Nomoneynohoney", the jazzy, mellow Sunday vibes of "Sofortrente" and the retro bossa nova of "Redebedarf".