Freddie Joachim – ‘Serenade’

Instrumental Hip-Hop producer Freddie Joachim breezes his way into our lives with sublime new single ‘Serenade’.

‘Serenade’ is the second single lifted from the upcoming LP Beyond The Sea of Trees, penned for release via Jakarta Records before the end of May 2019

‘Serenade’ marks Joachim out as a beat maker supreme. Dusty hip hop drums, rich jazzy chords and lush flecks of guitar breezily coalesce for an easy on the ear, slice of fresh and soulful instrumental hip hop. ‘Serenade’ is filled with charm, warmth and mellow vibes, it meanders with flowing sense of freedom and aloof escapism. All in all, it is a lush, elegant and utterly hypnotising single.

Tune into ‘Serenade’ below:

Diabolic & Vanderslice – ‘Think of That’

Emcee Diabolic and producer Vanderslice have joined forces for a new album called Collusion, which was released over the weekend on April 13, coinciding with Record Store Day.

Leading the charge to the shelves, the duo shared new single ‘Think Of That’ as a little taste of what’s ahead, and the pair have come out swinging. ‘Think Of That’ provides a strong dose of hard-hitting hip hop with tough bars over a mellow backdrop comprised of a rugged riff and haunting vocal sample. Propelled forward by hard beats, Diabolic goes on a verbal rampage clearing all in his path and the chemistry between these two artists is clear for all to see. The combined forces of sharp lyricism and neck snapping production; is compelling and radiates an aura of threat and danger.

You can listen to ‘Think of That’ below and make sure and keep an eye out for the album too.

The Urban Renewal Project – ‘Shake Those Hips’

The Urban Renewal Project is a sixteen-piece hip-hop collective (yes, sixteen!) based in Los Angeles.

Their sound can be loosely defined as hip-hop, but in reality their sound seamlessly blurs the boundaries between soul, funk, jazz, and hip-hop – utilising the old adage of power in numbers, they boast a big band horn section, singers and three MCs among their ranks. And like that, strutting its funky wares is new single ‘Shake Those Hips’, offering us an opportunity to fully realise the complete, irresistible power of the ensemble’s vibrant sound.

This is slick, grooving and funky slice of infectious hip hop; ‘Shake Those Hips’ is insanely catchy, extremely addictive and pretty brilliant. It is a syrupy brew; big, brassy and funk-fuelled hip-hop. Swaggering along with an irresistible groove, huge blasts of brass, infectious bars from three MCs and more horns than a randy goat – we’re treated to a fun-filled barrel-roll through positive vibes just begging to be danced to.

This is one of the most thrilling singes of 2019 thus far and one sure to leave an indelible mark on your soul.

‘Shake Those Hips’ is the lead single from their forthcoming EP titled Love Glory Duty Death, expected later in 2019. Listen to the single below:

Hugo Monster – ‘Can’t Believe In Miracles’

Hugo Monster is a rapper and hip hop artist from the San Francisco Bay Area.

Now, while he has been serving up hip hop tunes for a few years across the water, with a slew or releases to his name, new single ‘Can’t Believe In Miracles’ is our first encounter. Not only is it a fine opening introduction, but ‘Can’t Believe In Miracles’ marks Hugo Monster as a master for crafting classy, breezy and elegant hip hop tunes. A hazy glow sprouts from an irresistible soft wave of hypnotising jazzy vibes and warm, crackling beats, shimmering like a heat haze of scorching summer’s day. This beguiling, washed-out textured haze of dreaminess shifts seductively, slowly undulating and providing a perfect backdrop for Hugo Monster’s authoritative but laid-back brogue, and devilishly silky lyrical flow. Laid-back and grooving, it is irresistible and distinctive, and you will be powerless to resist nodding along to.

Check out ‘Can’t Believe In Miracles’ below:

Just Geo – ‘Stick To My Guns’

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London Producer & DJ Just Geo has joined forces with fellow Londoner, rapper and songwriter, Warrs McFreeman for latest single ‘Stick To My Guns’.

With Just Geo drawing influences from a broad array of sounds, from old school Garage to retro video game soundtracks and Warrs McFreeman noted for a willingness to explore and experiment, while maintaining a distinctive Grime influenced sound – ‘Stick To My Guns’ is a perfectly paired union. Gritty yet melodic, ‘Stick To My Guns’ struts alone a flurry of tough, taught quickfire beats interspersed with samples and siren blasts. Its tempo is matched by on point vocals from McFreeman; slick wordplay served with a rat-a-tat-tat energy and delivered with precision. Gritty, edgy and taught, yet melodic Grime that is passionate, perfectly packaged and delivered.

Listen to ‘Stick To My Guns’ below:

YTK – ‘Slackface’

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Following a slew of slick singles, Baltimore-based hip hop artist YTK, released his debut EP Berea last week.

This six track EP is led by single ‘Slackface’ and establishes YTK as a master of crafting classy, breezy and majestic hip hop tunes. ‘Slackface’s’ hazy glow sprouts from an irresistible soft wave of hypnotising synths, intertwining clever rhymes over festively jazzy beats. This beguiling, washed-out textured haze of dreaminess shifts seductively beneath, as subtle as shifting sands, providing a perfect backdrop from YTK laying down his nonchalant flow. Laid-back and chilled, YTK’s sound is irresistible and distinctive, and you can’t help nodding along to. Fill your boots!

Listen to ‘Slackface’ below and the entire EP, Berea is here too.

TPM – ‘Fuck RTÉ’

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TPM are brothers Charles & Andrew Hendy from Co Louth, who you may remember from previous singles ‘Eat That Curry’ and especially, ‘All The Boys on the Dole’.

The sibling duo are back with another masterclass of no-fucks-given hip-hop in the shape of ‘Fuck RTÉ’. On this occasion, it is the law, courts, national broadcaster RTÉ and the TV licence who are in receipt of their ire and firmly in their satirical cross-hairs. Backed by eerie, Beastie Boys-esque production, the pair’s signature humorous lyrics and slick wordplay combine perfectly with infectious beats and a punk attitude; they are, as they say themselves “the only MCs are saying Fuck The Law and Fuck RTÉ”. This is just superb, humorous no quarter given stuff of the Captain Moonlight and Jinx Lennon ilk, it should have you (like me) playing it on constant rotation for weeks.

Listen to ‘Fuck RTÉ’ below:

PS – As seen in Newbridge, these two brothers are serious merch sales people, you have been warned!

The Legion – ‘Joy’

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It is almost 25 years since Bronx-based rap trio The Legion – Molecules, Cee-Low The Diceman, and Chucky Smash – released their debut record Theme + Echo = Krill.

Since them, the trio have mostly preoccupied themselves with solo projects, various collaborations and put out a compilation of unreleased material, The Lost Tapes, in 2014. But a quarter of a century on from their debut, it is new album, Three The Bronx Way, that marks their return as a group proper, showcasing the timeless quality of their street-minded Boom bap. The new album is led by the aptly titled feel good banger ‘Joy’. It is a bright, breezy and bouncy tune that fuses a funky bass line with stabs of brass and ‘Cules joyful sample chop, a perfect and irresistible combination for the silky wordplay and rhymes to thrive and leave an indelible mark on your soul. This is an absolute gem of bright feelgood vibes – pure magic.

You can listen to ‘Joy’ below and if if that is too you liking, you listen to new record Three The Bronx Way – homage to the 1974 Blaxploitation classic, Three The Hard Way – here.

 

Fold – ‘Stronger Than the Evils’

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Over the past few years, Leeds-based Hip-Hop/Trip Hop outfit Fold have proven themselves a reliable source of incredible music.

Fold’s 2015 self-titled debut was magnificent, pitting an enviable creativity with a powerful social consciousness to craft something thoroughly powerful, unique and memorable – as was their 2017 EP Written In The Sky.

After a four-year wait, Fold have returned with news of the follow up to their eponymous debut which is penned for release on April 13. Two new singles will precede the album’s release and Fold have shared the first ‘Stronger Than the Evils’, a brilliant and powerful track with Nottingham based MC / beatboxing champion MotorMouF. Fold have always stress a socially-conscious message and that continues as they rail against the many political and social issues, or evils if you prefer, that the world faces today. ‘Stronger Than the Evils’ is a funky-edged hip-hop tune with a irresistible groove and rhythm, laced with ominous blasts of synths, vocal samples and the blistering wordplay and beatbox work from Motormouf. An incredible and irresistible track – roll on April 13 and the new album.

Take a listen to ‘Stronger Than the Evils’ below now:

Sal Dulu – ‘Xompulse’

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Following up on from a string of stellar singles last year – ‘Duluoz Dream’, ‘Antasma’ & ‘Tyko’ – Dublin-based producer Sal Dulu impresses yet again, returning with the atmospheric ‘Xompulse’.

‘Xompulse’ is a beautiful piano piece punctuated by the classical, jazz and ambient influences ever present in Sal Dulu’s work to date. It is elegant, calming and spacious as we’re lulled into a dreamy opening sequence floating along a graceful reverbed piano that twinkles, ushering a richer, warmer second half as the melody gently shifts to a brighter tone, shimmering like an early morning sunrise. ‘Xompulse’ offers a decidedly calmer side to Sal Dulu’s talent; it is an elegant, tranquil and atmospheric beauty.

You can listen to ‘Xompulse’ below now. The Dublin producer’s other work is available here too, and well worth some of your time.