I was sitting down recently and I decided that I want to start a series where I talk about albums, tracks, or instances that sparked my interest in a particular discipline or genre.Read More
Lansing’s John Beltran is an electronic musician hailing from Lansing, Michigan. For the better part of two decades, John has been releasing tracks tinged with deep ambient and balearic influences that have all melted together to give him a futuristic, but earthy sound. He began to elevate to prominence after his debut album Earth and Nightfall garnered attention and praise in the Detroit Techno scene.Read More
With his A.Muse brand, Jason wants to connect, inspire, and motivate artists who are passionate and dedicated to their crafts, not unlike what I aim to do here at Inside the Rift. Jason has been working tirelessly to get the label running and as a result of this, the Calfornia based label has begun releasing what is sure to be the first of many musical projects.Read More
Overall, Eaze has proven once again that he embodies the traditional sound and grittiness of good ol’ fashioned New York productions. It is extremely refreshing to hear an artist from our generation pay homage to the old school sounds and cadences of the Golden Era.Read More
Solomon Vaughn (also known as Boonie Mayfield and Boon Doc) is a musician hailing from Colorado Springs that helped pave the way for artists in the early days of the online production scene. While known for his productions, Solomon is far from "just" anything and has proven himself to be an extremely capable emcee, dancer, and artist.Read More
Producer and DJ Phil Mison (also known as Cantoma) is a renown figure in the underground lounge and Ibiza scenes thanks to his beautifully produced tracks and expansive mixes.
His releases have been met with universal acclaim and his self-titled album, Cantoma is typically touted as one of the greatest chill-out projects of all time. Despite his success in the Ibiza scene, running his own label (Highwood Recordings), and participating in other endeavors, the Londoner still enjoys time with friends and a nice cup of tea.Read More
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