Bonobo (nee Simon Green) has managed to carve his own place in the world of electronic music, moving from his roots in downtempo to a sound that is more contemporarily informed. He's always had a penchant for melancholy strings and rounded out basses. In the past he may have mixed these sounds with jazzy breaks, chopped ever so slightly, but The North Borders sees Green taking cues from the post dubstep world. The UK's recent 2 step garage resurgence seems to have made its mark on Green's programming, especially on "Emkay." He's also continued to explore the live instrumentation that was such a focus of Black Sands. However, where that album resolved in a closing statement that drew your focus to the instruments, The North Borders is content to keep things consistently mixed up. Vocals feature more prominently on this album as well. Erykah Baduguests on "Heaven For The Sinner," a track that would not be out of place on one of her own records. And "First Fires" gets Grey Reverend for some slightly Massive Attack influenced vibes. Despite all of the progressions you'll still recognize this as a Bonobo record. The skilled producer has managed to keep updating his technique while maintaining his sonic imprint.
Acclaimed Detroit-born producer/rapper Black Milk releases FEVER, a politically charged collection of genre-bending hip-hop, releasing via Mass Appeal Records digitally on February 23, 2018. The album features vocals from Dwele, Aaron "Ab" Abernathy, Sudie and contributions from all-star musicians Chris "Daddy" Dave, Daru Jones, Malik Hunter, Ian Fink and Sasha Kashperko.
CD package includes FEVER sticker, poster, and digital download upon purchase.
Vinyl package includes red and black marble 2XLP, FEVER sticker, poster, and digital download upon purchase.
Quasimoto is a side project of hip hop producer Madlib, from Oxnard, California. Quasimoto is composed of Madlib and his animated alter ego Lord Quas, known for his high pitched, comedic voice, which sounds as if he has inhaled helium. Lord Quas is an exaggerated caricature of a gangster rapper, with lyrical subjects frequently including references to violence and drug use, and he has been seen as a parody of the content of typical hip-hop music. Another notable characteristic of Quasimoto's sound is the interplay between Quas' voice and Madlib's voice. Quasimoto was conceived one day in the studio, when Madlib decided to rap to his own beats. Madlib did not like the sound of his voice (his friends in Oxnard call him 'Barry White' in reference to his deep voice) so he decided to slow his recorder down, rap slowly, then speed the recording back up to produce Lord Quas' distinctive high pitched sound.
Humble Pi sees alternative rapper and Berklee College of Music dropout, Edanand New York rapper, HomeboySandman team up for the first time. The much-anticipated collaboration will please fans of MF Doom, Madvillian,Mike Eagle, Guilty Simpson and Blu & Exile. In short, you know this is going to be good. LP on Stones Throw.