Evidence: Cats & Dogs

Evidence - Cats & Dogs

New Rhymesayers joint kicks a fresh look toward older artists.

J Boogie’s Dubtronic Science: Under Cover

JBoogie - Undercover

Heavy Drops with a stimulating mix of live/digital sounds and club chants.

Bio Ritmo: La Verdad

Bio Ritmo - La Verdad

A contemporary salsa band makes beats for the sunrise.

JNatural: Love Is On Hiatus

JNatural - Love Is On Hiatus

Something smooth from a dope female MC/singer.

Chili Most: Chili Most

Chili Most

Chili Most’s lyrics are extremely political and socially inspired.

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