Hi, I'm Andriana, but my friends call me Dre. Just a fan, with an ear for what's good. Coming up in tha game just in time to get old and die.

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PREMIERE: Psymun Eating Disorder (Ackryte Remix)

They say Minnesota is all rhymes… as it turns out, that may be only half true. As of late, MN has been kicking up dust (or snow rather) with a handful of new singers and rappers like Allan Kingdom, Chester Watson, and of course Spooky Black. And behind those great sets of pipes are some seriously fresh beats. Many of which come courtesy of Minneapolis producer Psymun.

The 21-year-old beatmaker recently released his Pink Label EP, which features the best of the Twin Cities’ new class of musical suspects dropping verses over his signature jazzy syrup-cloud sound.

Today, Mass Appeal is proud to present the first remix stemming from Pink Label. Fellow Minneapolis producer Ackryte has blessed us with a spacey rework of the single “Eating Disorder.” On the rework, the HW&W producer throws a layer of silky goodness over the fuzzy two-minute number consisting of rickety clicks and jazzy exhales. He then turns up the bass and flares up the synths, while adding plenty of subtle flips and switches to keep you paying attention.

If you’re digging these funky beats as much as we are, be sure to be on the lookout for Ackryte’s forthcoming 8-song EP, Fly Opus, and plenty more remixes off Psymun’s Pink Label EP.

Jon Phonics Feat. It’sNate FX WITH THE LIFE (Video)

This video is one of the best things I have seen this year. I wrote about Jon Phonics Rugers release for Best Fit, and can’t emphasize enough how crucial I believe these two players are to the game. Here’s what I had to say:

This week, UK beat producer Jon Phonics released his limited edition RUGERS cassette release on Bleep.comOf course the50 run, purple tape cassettes are already sold out, but trust us, the download is still worth your effort (and money).

Thick syrupy beats glide through deep space effects, while heavy, funk-tinged insturments and odd ball samples round out Jon Phonics sound. Get involved with the producer’s exploritorium of breaks and beats, showcasing the various depths of underground hip hop’s current beatmaker scene.

Be sure to get the digital DL version of Jon Phonics RUGERS release from Bleep

p.s. Sorry/not sorry if you are reading this early on a Sunday morning. So much FX WITH so early, but FX IT.

The Producer Puzzle: A Q&A with Shag

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Ben Garside, the young beatmaker of those jazz-splashed, hip hop & soul creations I’ve been returning to all year long, just dropped his last tape of the year, 1992, and as always, I’m intrigued.What fascinates me about Ben’s tracks is his ability it reinvent, and in the process revive an interest in sounds. Stitched together sentiments from preceding golden eras melt through endless summer days spent playing video games in your parent’s basement, and yet it feels more like the present than ever. Melding the past into the future grooves of tomorrow has never sounded sweeter.

With any artist I’m digging, I always want the back story and almost insist on knowing more. I reached out to Ben after he dropped his Beats About People tape in June, and what came of our emails and gchats I’ve turned into a pieced together puzzle of an interview about the 20 year old producer-to-watch, known as Shag. Check it out below, (and wish him a happy belated Birthday while you’re at it).

What are your favorite sounds to sample?

I really try to sample as many things as possible. Soul is a good staple sound, but I try to find stuff that hasn’t been done to death. I’m also really into Jazz, but sometimes I prefer listening over sampling because the time signatures can be kinda tough to work with. I like to sample Video Games too because I’m a huge nerd. Lately I’ve been experimenting with a lot of different stuff.

What/How did you feel when you listened to Beats About People when it was done?

I felt hungry for more to be honest. This isn’t one of my favorite albums, though I like the way it came out a lot. Some of the “people” the songs are about are kind of weird to think about so it’s actually sort of a bittersweet release.

Where does the jazz and soul influence in your music come from?

Honestly, I have no idea. Neither of my parents really listened to Jazz or Soul around me when I was small. They were 70’s teenagers, so I grew up around a lot of folk music and psych rock. I guess I just WANTED to have the soul influence and kind of forced it upon myself. No explanation honestly.

If you had to describe your music as a food or dish, what would you pick and why?

Chop Suey. It’s pieces of anything and everything thrown into one big pot and shaken around until edible… er listenable.

Love your track, ‘Sexy Ways’ on the Potholes Compilation. It’s different from your older tunes. Is that the direction you are looking to head with your next release?

I’m really trying to kind of showcase everything I can do on my next EP. Like 2 tracks from each style I think I have if that makes sense. Some non-sampled beats, some sampled stuff, soul, jazz, etc. A few bassier, heavy tracks. Just want to include everything. I’m gonna be spending quite a bit of time on it.

Vinyl?

I love Vinyl. Vinyl’s cool. I think I’m gonna go to the record store today actually. I have a small collection going right now; maybe ~150 records, but I’d like to have walls full someday. It’s such a wealth of information. Seriously each record is like a page in a history book to me. It’s awesome to go back and see what the standards in music were 30 years ago; or to hear that problems people have in their everyday personal lives are the same and are just crooned differently over the tracks. It’s amazing to me.

What artists are you listening to right now?

Well, right now specifically I’m listening to Nag Champa by Common.

Lately though…

Lot’s, lot’s, lot’s.

Glocca Morra, Azelia Banks, DibIa$e, New Nas, New Aesop Rock, Algernon Cadwallader, Deerhunter… I could go on for a while.

Finish this sentence: Music is..

Evolution. I’m starting to get older and it’s crazy to see how much music has changed with me. It makes me so excited to see what happens in the future.

Listen to everything on Shag’s Bandcamp, and then listen again. 2013 is lookin’ shiny.

Melodiesinfonie ithinkfrvr

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This week has made me want to throw my life against a wall. Listening to  has made me feel a lot better. Soulection finishing out 2012 like they in it to win it.

Get Melodiesinfonie’s Wohlklänge EP for free from Soulection’s Bandcamp.

Lionheart Infinite Vista

This track premiered on XLR8R, but they post something every 3.5 minutes, so I’m sure a lot of folks missed it. I just keep going back to it. ‘Infinite Vista’ couldn’t be a better title for a track that aches with a coruscating brightness that lights up even the darkest of moods. It’s video game samples, harmonic high notes and synth-spiked keys submerged in the deepest end of some thick murky waters. Uncovering Atlantis in the year 2500 + bird samples.

Lionheart | Soundcloud | Facebook

Kid Koala 8 bit Blues (Official Video)

YES. Needed this. One shot videos are the shit. Kid Koala with that grand entrance stroll, welcome back son…

Kid Koala’s album 12 bit Blues drops September 17th via Ninja Tune, pre-order HERE.

Check tha artwork below. Silly. “Amaze your friends with real sounds” …and I love it.

Kid Koala | Website | Facebook | Twitter

Potholes In My Blog Cosmic Island Compilation (My picks)
The day I tell you to stay tuned came within a few hours, and in the form of Potholes In My Blog’s latest compilation Cosmic Island. 16 exclusive tracks from some of Pothole’s favorite producers including; Tall Black Guy, Ryan Hemsworth, Ta-Ku, Lakim, Prof.LogiK, Shag, ChrisAre and more. I included my fave tracks from budding producers, Shag, Prof.Logik and Durkin. Their tunes have been doing things to me all year long. The entire comp is great. Get that weekend started off right… 
Shag - “Sexy Ways”
<a href=”http://potholesmusic.bandcamp.com/track/sexy-ways-2” data-mce-href=”http://potholesmusic.bandcamp.com/track/sexy-ways-2”>Sexy Ways by Shag</a>
Prof.Logik - “Like The Breeze”
<a href=”http://potholesmusic.bandcamp.com/track/like-the-breeze-2” data-mce-href=”http://potholesmusic.bandcamp.com/track/like-the-breeze-2”>Like The Breeze by Prof.Logik</a>
Durkin - “Max Cool”
<a href=”http://potholesmusic.bandcamp.com/track/max-cool-2” data-mce-href=”http://potholesmusic.bandcamp.com/track/max-cool-2”>Max Cool by Durkin</a>

Potholes In My Blog Cosmic Island Compilation (My picks)

The day I tell you to stay tuned came within a few hours, and in the form of Potholes In My Blog’s latest compilation Cosmic Island. 16 exclusive tracks from some of Pothole’s favorite producers including; Tall Black Guy, Ryan Hemsworth, Ta-Ku, Lakim, Prof.LogiK, Shag, ChrisAre and more. I included my fave tracks from budding producers, Shag, Prof.Logik and Durkin. Their tunes have been doing things to me all year long. The entire comp is great. Get that weekend started off right… 

Shag - “Sexy Ways”

Prof.Logik - “Like The Breeze”

Durkin - “Max Cool”

Shag What’s Bad About Feeling Good? + Distance

One of my favorite acts of 2012 no doubt. Such a fan of this kid. One of the most promising young beatmakers on the scene right now, and I’ll give you three reasons why:

1. Bob42jh has been repping him since day 1. Always trust Bob42jh.

2. He managed to take those original soul tracks the hip hop greats were sampling a decade ago, and reinvent them.  

3. Beats About People is fluttering flecks of gold glinted beats floating through the air in slow motion drifting through hip hop of yesteryear with a soul drenched ferocity, all the while, throbbing and twinkling perfectly in-sync as these sounds drift off into the ether. 

So much more coming up from Shag. This post is just a reminder to stay tuned…

Shag | Bandcamp | Facebook

Amin Payne Extraordinary Feat. K-SABA (on sax)

I like my beats like I like my women, big and luscious and overflowing with curves. Amin Payne for the win on this summer stunner.

This track is off Amin Payne’s forthcoming album ‘COSMIC DISFUNKTIONS’

Amin Payne | Soundcloud | Facebook