Sebb Aston – Dirty Chillout Loops from the Crates

Grit, vinyl crackles, and bit crushed sounds. It’s vintage OD Music We Love this week…

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Another Dimension – Jellyfish Recordings

We love a good label compilation.

 This collection from Jellyfish Recordings revolves around dusty, head nodding hip hop influenced beats

There’s always a thread that ties the tracks together, and it’s interesting to take the tracks in and figure out what that thread is. This collection from Jellyfish Recordings revolves around dusty, head nodding hip hop influenced beats, but beyond that there’s a diverse arrangement of the playful – Wunderkut’s Arches and Axiom’s Seventimental spring to mind, the spacey –  Blocktreat’s Aloe Kitty Mau Mau and Galaxaburn’s Rod DeVoe amongst others, the exotic – Geewut’s Sunset, Headspace’s It’s Coming Together, and a whole lot more to boot. What’s more, the majority of the proceeds from the release will also go to a youth organisation local to the label. One good deed deserves another…

Simiah - Purple Dreams

Simiah – Purple Dreams

Time for some instrumental hip hop. Full of dusty breaks, tape noise, head nodding beats and occasional, yet expert, cuts, Purple Dreams is a superb free album. Get it.

Full of dusty breaks, tape noise, head nodding beats

Excuse the brevity in this Friday’s music post, but the Oh Drat studio is on the move this weekend and there’s a lot of work to do! Have a good weekend all!

 

Floex - Zorya

Floex – Zorya

We really like this one. A combination of poignant, noisy recordings of acoustic instruments meshed with eloquent, mood driving electronica, Zorya has a sophisticated air granted by the quality of both the recording and the compositional finesse it possesses.

Zorya has a sophisticated air

The percussion-less tracks, like Mecholup, are truly enthralling, whilst the rhythm led pieces generate energy between the the sways. Following the link through to Floex’s Bandcamp also reveals a CD and LP version available for pre-order – something we’re always impressed by.

Boonie Mayfield - Black Koolaid

Boonie Mayfield – Black Koolaid

Soul is a term that a lot of producers seem keen to have associated with their music – browse any repository’s soul section and you’ll find a glut of music that… well, isn’t soul.

When Boonie Mayfield calls himself a Hip Hop and Soul producer he means it in the truest sense

We’re not purists per se, but I do think it’s a bit of a stretch to call hip hop beats with soul samples soul. When Boonie Mayfield calls himself a Hip Hop and Soul producer however, he means it in the truest sense of the word. Black Koolaid features 23 cuts, three of which sound like they’ve been pulled straight off old Buddha and Stax instrumental sessions. For my money they’re actually the strongest points of the LP, but that’s not to discount the other 20, which are slices of neck snapping prowess with a definitely Detroit sounding bent. Filtered chords, rimshots and fingersnaps are the order of the day, but there’s enough variation to ensure things stay interesting throughout and with Black Koolaid’s pay-what-you-like price tag, there’s very little reason not to give this a chance to woo you.

Available directly from booniemayfield.com, take a look at a video performance from the launch party below – and we’ll have an exclusive interview with Boonie on Oh Drat next week, so stay tuned!

Drums & Ammo Vol 1

Drums & Ammo Vol 1

There are two inherent dangers to creating a ‘beat tape’; the format of the collection itself changes the context of the music into something that feels a lot more disposable and less ‘finished’, and what would otherwise be individual sounding tracks run the risk of exhausting the listener to the producer’s hallmarks.

each track plays out with a brevity that ensures your fingers will be more more closely aligned with the rewind button than fast forward

In Drums & Ammo Vol 1, at least one of the problems is avoided by the fact that the project is not a single entity but a team; Ammbush, 6Fingers, REL and Al Jieh have an equal stake in the 30 track LP, each of whose tracks have a different style, and each track playing out with a brevity that ensures your fingers will be more more closely aligned with the rewind button than the fast forward one. Collaborations with Keak Da Sneak, Del the Funky Homosapien, Exile and more hint at the calibre of the talent on offer, and for a free download it’s a no brainer of a download for instrumental hip hop fans.

A.Daase - Slept On

A.Daase – Slept On

Slept On is a new free LP from Madison WI based producter Austin Daase. Some tracks, like the beautiful Next Level, have that important quality errant from many instrumental tracks – the feeling that the song is ‘singing’ to you; it’s impressive when that intangible narrative emerges from simple arrangement and structuring, and it’s something that A.Daase succeeds with often.

it’s impressive when that intangible narrative emerges from simple arrangement and structuring

On the strongest tracks, such as Rebirth, A.Daase manages to steep the spacey electronica sounds, which seem to be very much the sound set du jour, with a brooding, soul filled quality, courtesy of piano and guitar licks that hide inside the thump of the electronic mainframe.

A thorn in the LP’s side, some fairly drastic compression techniques mean the tracks are sometimes lacking in any dynamics, going beyond creative application and becoming slightly disorientating.

In general, though, Slept On is strong effort, and adopting the new music model of providing whole albums for free is both a brave and admirable step for a producer to take. Have a listen…

Orelha Negra - M.I.R.I.A.M.

Orelha Negra – M.I.R.I.A.M.

The old pearl of wisdom ‘two heads are better than one’ is often ignored in electronic music production. There are obvious high profile exceptions to the rule, but in general it seems that the ability to be a one man band afforded by electronic music means that artists tend to work solo on their music.

The phrase ‘two heads are better than one’ is often ignored in electronic music production

That Portugese outfit Orelha Negra is a group, then, with different members contributing their strengths to the songs, is something of a rarity. Members Cruz, Ferrano, Gomes Prodigy, Mira Professional, and Rebelo Jazz Bass put their hands to scratches, drums, keyboards, sampler, and guitar, respectively, creating recordings that could physically be created by a single pair of hands; the important thing, though, is that they are not created by a single mind. Collectively, their individual experiences, influences, and strengths make the group as good as it is.

This track, M.I.R.I.A.M., is sultry soul and smooth jazz cut up and draped over funky drums, with sparing use of scratching to season the track. A collaboration with visual artist Vhils for the video showcases his individual technique perfectly; the explosion of the word love and ensuing fallout is a terrific metaphor…

 

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Overdoze Recordings – Earth Root

Earth Root is a new instrumental tape from Overdoze Recordings. Whilst most beat tapes spread their material thinner than the last of the butter, Earth Root squashes 14 tracks into 10 minutes.

like an album crushed, jammed, and squeezed down to its very essence; the effect is mainlined hip hop

The resulting 610 seconds sounds less like a beat tape, more like an album crushed, jammed, and squeezed down to its very essence; the effect is mainlined hip hop. and it’s extremely addictive.
Sounding as though influenced by psych and underground LA beats, there’s a whiff of Special Herbs about the short and sweet tape, and I’ve a feeling it will immediately get a second rotation…

You can also catch up with the guys at Overdoze Recordings on their blog The Green Vault, where they post sounds and images…

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