PENPALS is a hip-hop duo out of New York that is paying homage to the old school sounds and flavors. The group (consisting of Cynic the Apache and MC Rapswell) has done an admirable job of reviving the classic sound of sample based, boom bap hip hop.Read More
Rapper L.A.Z is member of the acclaimed Detroit hip hop collective, Clear Soul Forces.
With their blistering delivery, socially conscious topics, and admiration of popular culture, the group has done an admirable job of representing the thriving Detroit underground. The quartet (consisting of L.A.Z, Noveliss, E-Fav, and Ilajide) has parlayed their impressive range and harmony into a unique sound and dedicated fanbase.Read More
Reggie Perry Jr. is a multitalented artist (choosing graphic design, photography, and music production as his mediums of choice) working under the moniker of Nobody Famous for sometime now. I discovered the virtuoso on Instagram and was quickly captivated by a snippet of music that he posted. After more research, I discovered that he is also the mastermind behind the "Creative Masters Podcast" where he interviews successful independent personalities.Read More
Producing and DJing under several monikers (and securing residencies in some of Amsterdam’s top clubs) , Monte has picked up on the flavors of the global music scene and incorporated them into his distinctive brand of exotica. His extensive knowledge of music has aided him in producing such a prolific catalogue of mixes, albums, and compilations.Read More
England's Matt Cutler has infected the musical strata with his varied and intricate productions. After receiving critical success for his first album "Lemurian" ( a love-letter to the old school boom-bap Hip Hop patterns of old infused with his own personal flare), Matt has solidified himself as a methodical, but unpredictable musician; Two traits that have helped him elevate above many of his peers in an ever growing sea of electronic releases.Read More
Producer James Braddell (famous for working under his Funki Porcini moniker) is an aficionado of downtempo and sample-based trip hop. Involved with the now legendary independent label Ninja Tune during it’s earlier days as a member of 9 Lazy 9, James has developed a dedicated following with his distinctive noir flavored music. His first album “Hed Phone Sex” is a bonafide classic and any fan of trippy, left-field samples will more than likely have it in their collection.Read More
England’s Steve Miller has been heralded as one of the top downtempo producers in the world after a releasing a string of top-tier albums since the inception of his Afterlife project. Once a staple in the Ibiza DJing scene, Steve has coupled his love for balearic textures and soundscapes with silky smooth synth-work to secure outstanding collaborations with artists, young and old.
His latest album “Ten Thousand Things” showcases (in full effect) the directions that Steve can take with his productions and introduces a new and refreshing project into an already illustrious catalog.Read More
Icaros, like much of his catalogue, tries to replicate and depict the mystical concepts and disciplines that are interwoven into practices like Shamanism and Buddhism. The album itself is a stellar blend of what we've come to know and love from the virtuoso (furious breakbeats, deep bass, and swirling synth layers) but with a touch of experimental flavor in certain spots.Read More
Brooklyn’s Ricky Lascaze (now operating under the moniker of Eaze) is a producer and lyricist who strives to keep the classic Hip Hop sound alive and well with his eclectic beats and gritty flavor. First emerging on Digi Crates Records as DJ Ezasscul, Eaze has since elevated his style and transmuted some of his creative potential into Emceeing as well.Read More
Pennsylvania's P.SUS has been producing a variety of electronica for years now and has continued to modify and evolve his craft. Surrounded by music in suburban Pittsburgh at a young age, P.SUS was able to experiment with music technology and begin to test the waters with some early productions. I've been following him for quite some time now and it has been interesting to see his style shift from chill, hip-hop inspired electronica, into more Asiatic 8 and 16 Bit stylings.Read More
Florida’s Greg Kyryluk has been producing stellar dub and psychedelic ambient music under monikers like Alpha Wave Movement, Within Reason, and Open Canvas for over two decades now. Emerging with the “Berlin School” (a collection of producers who created the backbone for what we now classify as ambient electronica during the 70s and 80s) Greg has found an audience byinterpreting and transforming the classic sound this genre is known for decades.Read More
Floyd Cheung is a Hip Hop producer currently living in Hong Kong and has made a name for himself with his soul driven, sample based productions. In the underground circuit, Floyd managed to secure a spot on TallBlackGuy’s esteemed “Tempo Dreams” series (which is how I was introduced to him) and the track “Based Jam” for a then up and coming Lil B (the Bay Area’s own left-field, abstract lyricist).
Now contributing to the Hong Kong Hip Hop scene as one of the resident producers for Wildstyle Records and collaborating with many other artists (like Shanghai's Svbkvlt) I had the opportunity to speak to him and learn more about his roots, inspirations, and the Chinese Hip Hop community.Read More
California’s Robert Rich has become inextricably linked to the rise of the ambient movement of the late 70s and 80s due to his marvelous ear for grounded, yet complex compositions. When juxtaposed against the “Berlin School”, a group of producers releasing synthesizer heavy sci-fi ambient, his work has a much more nomadic and terra driven flavor.Read More
London’s Paul Hardcastle is one of the progenitors of synthesizer based dance and electro-house and can be directly linked to it’s smooth transition into the mainstream musical strata. Inspired by bands like Hawkwind, Pink Floyd, and Black Sabbath, Paul began to commit himself to music and produce some of the earliest crossover electronica hits.The smash hits “19” (an anti-war anthem featuring chopped voiceover from Peter Thomas repeating the titular number) and “Rainforest” (a groovy atmospheric wonder) made Paul a household name in the 1980s and the inspiration for an entire generation for aspiring musicians.Read More
Scotland's Alan Cowie has been releasing deep, atmospheric Drum & Bass under the name of LM1 for years now on his label, Offworld Recordings. With a sound blurring the lines between old school Jungle and the more liquid contemporary stylings, LM1 has managed to put together an outstanding operation over at Offworld and as such, managed to amass some outstanding talent.
Offworld's eerie and often paranormal leanings (through the artwork, atmosphere, and titles) gives them a distinct edge that has, without question, set their releases apart from many other labels releasing today. With Alan's vision, dedication, and sheer talent at the helm of the project, it is no wonder that it has become one of the most popular underground Drum & Bass labels around and will continue to be so for the foreseeable future.
I spoke with LM1 to learn more about his past, ideals, and what is in store for us down the line.Read More
The Jazz Spastiks (Also known as The Slipmat Brothers) are a Hip Hop duo from Scotland who are contributing to the thriving underground Hip Hop community with their fat, jazzy productions. With an ear for dusty, sample-based compositions, the team (consisting of members Coconut Delight and Mr. Manyana) has effectively paid homage to the era that, to them, exemplifies the quintessential sound of Hip Hop.Read More
Kevin McInnis (or perhaps better known by his production moniker, Lessov) has been churning out fantastic Progressive House tracks in recent years by way of his impressive atmosphere, wonderful melodies, and mature percussion segments.
After being deeply inspired by the legendary band, Nirvana, and their frontman Kurt Cobain in High School, Kevin picked up the guitar and eventually, found himself producing tracks. He discovered an interest in Electronic music by way of acts like Daft Punk, Mango, Armin van Buuren, and Tiesto and has since allowed his curiosity and passion for music blossom into what it is today.
While the young virtuoso has yet to release an LP, he has consistently produced quality EPs that showcase his incredible abilities and natural ear for atmosphere. The track "Oppalarum" on "Life Force EP" does a superb job of encapsulating Kevin's magnificent talents and definitely should not be missed.
I had the opportunity to speak with him and get a bit of insight into what motivates him to createRead More
Dday One (Born Udeze Ukwuoma) is a producer, turntablist, and owner of The Content (L)abel, an independent brand focused on quality and artistic solidarity.
With a unique acoustic sound as a result of minimal compression and organic elements, the Los Angeleno has elevated and distinguished himself within the thriving underground Hip Hop community. His prolific knowledge of vinyl can be heard throughout his vivid sample selection that from around the globe and transcending any one particular genre. His acumen is constantly on display and as a result, he possesses a catalogue that has garnered much acclaim over the years.Read More
England's Toby George Martin (or T.G.M) is quickly making a name for himself in the underground Drum & Bass circuit by way of his stellar productions. Layered pads coupled with heavy breaks and gritty bass round out the sound of the Bournemouth product.
His work has not gone unnoticed as his Divinity & Searching EPs have been signed to Omni Music and Monochrome Recordings respectively. Despite his age, Toby has a very mature sound that harkens back to the days of old. Now living in California, T.G.M continues to evolve his sound and artistic flare.Read More
Jeff Fletcher is an electronic producer operating out of Los Angeles, California that is putting out some impressive, intelligent Drum & Bass for many of the notable indie labels under the moniker of Outsource. While initially interested in Hip-Hop, he found himself immersed in Drum & Bass after listening to some of the "Golden Era Greats" like Photek, LTJ Bukem, and Goldie.
Outsource has been privileged enough to produce for Video Games, Television, and Documentaries. A prolific and highly skilled DJ frequently providing mixes for Podcasts and Live Sets, he has been able to secure a spot amongst the heavy hitters of underground Drum & Bass with his brand of cerebral jungle.Read More