Afrobeta: Under the Streets

Afrobeta - Under the Streets

I hadn’t heard of Afrobeta before this but they can include me as part of their fan base after listening to this album. For the most part this cd is pretty dope. It is extremely electronic with a strong club feel to it. A lot of the songs share similar beat structures but each has its own unique flare to accompany it. The lead singer has a alright voice that serves as a decent accent to the production. Overall it is a good listen. “Do You Party”, “Land of Lost Lovers”, “Pistol Whip” are my favorites. The last three songs in my opinion sorta fell off. Reviewed by Mark Rogers RIYL: basic tronic beats Rec:…

Mocean Worker: Candygram for Mowo

Mocean Worker - Candygram for Mowo

Horn-heavy gospel beats that smoothly soothe.

DJ Shadow: The Less You Know, The Better

DJ Shadow - The Less You Know, The Better

The 20+ year veteran releases new material on the Verve label.

Gangstagrass: Lightning On The Strings, Thunder On The Mic

Gangstagrass

This group of musicians from New York City combines bluegrass and hip-hop/rap into their new genre.  The beats for every track consists of guitars, banjo, resonator guitar, fiddle, bass, and turntables.  To be honest it took a while for me to get used to since it is sooo country.  Nonetheless, the rhyming is not top shelf but pretty solid.  Wouldn’t recommending playing this music during nighttime but it can pass for morning rotations. Reviewed by Kevin Fan RIYL: Acoustic Limp Bizkit? haha not really Rec:  All FCC Warning: None Label: Rench Audio Release Date: 9/29/2011

Natacha Atlas: Mounqaliba Rising – The Remixes

Natacha Atlas - Mounqaliba Rising

Natacha is a Belgian singer known her fusion of Arabic and Western electronic music, particularly hip-hop.  One can say this remix CD is a combination of upbeat, funk, and world music with a heavy Middle Eastern and Indian influence.  The beats don’t punch hard enough for you to break your neck, but the mix Natacha’s whimsical vocals with heavy synthesizers along with strings, world instruments, and the punchy kick and snares will definitely keep your head bobbing while you lounge.  This is perfect for a Beatlovers, Funk, or Chai-Time rotation. Reviewed by Kevin Fan Rec: All, 7, 4, 1, 8 and 12(more chill), 11 FCC Warning:  None Label: Six Degrees Records Release Date: 9/29/2011

Sleaze: Arkitectoniks

Sleaze - Arkitectoniks

From the UK with 4 EPs, 2 albums and a mixtape on his rap sheet, Sleaze masters this album. It’s Arkitectoniks, released by his own Greasy Vinyl label. It features his distinctive drawled-slang style along with his bookworm vocabulary and his golden era sensibility.  His articulate rhymes may be a little hard to understand because of his accent, but the beats on this CD will definitely grab your attention.  One can easily recognize the influence of DJ Premier, 9th Wonder, and Pete Rock.  The interludes between songs also have Madlib’s funk vibe.  All tracks are layered with vintage kick and snares and are perfect for Breakfast for Beatlovers and hip-hop rotation. Reviewed by Kevin Fan…

Modern Condition: The New Reality

Modern Condtion: The New Reality

This album has a very alternative feel; a lot of guitar and steady percussion.

Apparat: The Devil’s Walk

Apparat: The Devil's Walk

Sascha Ring, better known as Apparat, is one of the few individuals to successfully shift artistic efforts back and forth between dance-style electronic to ambient. Previously a solo act, Apparat released his latest album, The Devil’s Walk,  as a four-piece- furnished with guitar, keyboard and drums. Sascha, as always, creates unique sounds and feelings to back his tracks, as well providing wispy vocals, reminiscent of Bono in the forefront. The album sets an eerie trance, and maintains a dream-like quality throughout its progression, that being said, Tracks 5, 8 and 9 are more up-stroke. Most of the tracks on the album are structured with build-ups, complications and occasionally bring-downs. While The Devil’s Walk still maintains…

Miguel Migs: Outside the Skyline

Outside the Skyline by Miguel Migs

Synth fills and melodies, heavy bass lines and a variety of vocal textures.

Painted Palm: Canopy EP

painted palms

Electronica with a side of delicious.