New Video: ZotheJerk & Frost Gamble "Axe Somebody"

New Video: ZotheJerk & Frost Gamble "Axe Somebody"

Official music video by Detroit rapper ZotheJerk and Winnipeg based producer Frost Gamble. Shot & directed by Bo.

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Interview With Rapper Zothejerk and Producer Frost Gamble, Get Black Beach, May 26th.

Interview With Rapper Zothejerk and Producer Frost Gamble, Get Black Beach, May 26th.

Detroit's ZotheJerk and New York's Frost Gamble have come together to create Black Beach, a probing of America's systemic social issues through adept lyricism and high-end production. Both parties have years of hip hop experience under their respective belts and have used this acquisition as a means to explore some poignant issues plaguing contemporary Western society.

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Interview With Electronic Composer, Solar Fields.

Interview With Electronic Composer, Solar Fields.

Magnus Birgersson (producing under the Solar Fields moniker for almost two decades now) has become a veteran and heavy-hitter in the underground electronic scene. Many of his releases are firmly situated in between Europe’s busy brand of glitchtronica and expansive ambient soundscapes a la Stellardrone

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Prox Recommends... Ambient Music: Albums I Love and So Will You.

Prox Recommends... Ambient Music: Albums I Love and So Will You.

Lately i've been listening to a copious amount of ambient music so i've decided to share some of my favorite albums from the genre with you. As with my DnB article, these are in no particular order and I am more than likely missing some as I am constantly discovering new albums and artists. However these are some albums that have had a lasting impact on me.

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New Release: Alpha Wave Movement - Cerulean Skies.

New Release: Alpha Wave Movement - Cerulean Skies.

Synthesist Greg Kyryluk (Alpha Wave Movement/Within Reason) releases Cerulean Skies an introspective ambient project. This is another entry into Greg's outstanding and storied catalogue of Berlin School inspired electronica.

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New Video: L.A.Z - Celestial Vibes (No Paperwork E.P)

New Video: L.A.Z - Celestial Vibes (No Paperwork E.P)

L.A.Z of Clear Soul Forces releases the first video for his upcoming No Paperwork E.P.

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Interview With David Teie, Composer and Creator of Music for Cats.

Interview With David Teie, Composer and Creator of Music for Cats.

Cellist and composer David Teie has been sparking conversation since the announcement of his project Music for Cats. By creating what has been dubbed species-specific music, David has composed ambient-esque tracks targeted towards cats in an attempt to provide enrichment to our feline friends. Using his knowledge of music theory and composition coupled with research data acquired from the University of Wisconsin's Charles Snowdon, David has successfully incorporated feline vocalizations and pitches into this project to create his own genre.

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Album Review: Locations: USA

Album Review: Locations: USA

Like the other projects in the long running series, Locations: USA offers a consistent listening experience and doesn’t disappoint. It is a definite must have for fans of sample-based, traditional hip hop productions.

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Interview With Rapper Noveliss of Clear Soul Forces.

Interview With Rapper Noveliss of Clear Soul Forces.

Noveliss seamlessly blends references to Anime, Film, and Professional Wrestling (one of his favorite pastimes) into his rhyme schemes setting him apart from many other contemporary rappers. After his phenomenal solo EPs, he along with the other members of CSF are obtaining the recognition they all deserve.

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Five Tracks That Sparked My Interest In Drum & Bass.

Five Tracks That Sparked My Interest In Drum & Bass.

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.

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Interview With Electronic Musician, John Beltran.

Interview With Electronic Musician, John Beltran.

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.

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Interview With DJ and Label Owner, Jason Battle (Chocolate Buddha)

Interview With DJ and Label Owner, Jason Battle (Chocolate Buddha)

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.

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Album Review: DJ Ezasscul "Analog Consumption".

Album Review: DJ Ezasscul "Analog Consumption".

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.

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Interview With Musician and Filmmaker, Solomon Vaughn.

Interview With Musician and Filmmaker, Solomon Vaughn.

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. 

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Interview With Musician, Phil Mison (Cantoma)

Interview With Musician, Phil Mison (Cantoma)

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.

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Interview With Hip-Hop Duo, PENPALS.

Interview With Hip-Hop Duo, PENPALS.

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.

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Interview With Rapper L.A.Z of Clear Soul Forces.

Interview With Rapper L.A.Z of Clear Soul Forces.

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.

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Interview With Artist and Musician, Nobody Famous.

Interview With Artist and Musician, Nobody Famous.

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. 

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Interview With DJ and Producer, Monte La Rue.

Interview With DJ and Producer, Monte La Rue.

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. 

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Interview With Electronic Producer, Lone.

Interview With Electronic Producer, Lone.

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.

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