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Rook Milo Truancy Volume 96 Mix

I actually remember Ryan Hemsworth tweeting about Rook Milo a while back, but I never followed up. Good thing Truants did. Fans of Ryan, Suicideyear and their, what I like to call ‘trap lullabies’ (sidenote: this was before trap turned terrible and refers mostly to drum patterns and that distinct hi-hat samples), will rejoice in the Canadian producer’s dramatic take on this emerging trend.

Rook Milo’s dramatic ethos of stylistic slowed and throwed reworks amongst a scattering of unreleased gems (see: Ryan Hemsworth – Hurt Me (with Katie Gately) and Rook Milo – Sleepers) explored on this mix is well worth a listen from start to finish. 

Tracklist:

Luxsi Young Intro
Rook Milo – Truants Intro
Jeremih – Fuck U All The Time (Acapella)
Rook Milo – rejected beat for Tinashe Unreleased
Arca – 2 Blunted (Slow + Chopped)
Mathbonus – my brain is melting out of my ears and into tomorrow
custom milo synth bells mixed for good measure
Brenmar – Medusa (Falcons Remix) (Slowed) Unreleased
Rook Milo – Outland
Josh Diamond – OG BOBBY JOHNSON REMIX
Nas – Made You Look (Sangnoir Remix) Unreleased
Ryan Hemsworth – Hurt Me (with Katie Gately) Unreleased
Schoolboy Q – Studio (Promnite Edition)
t.a.T.u – Not Gonna Get Us (Purple Remix)
Ice Underlord – DON’T WASTE MY TIME
Rook Milo – Sleepers Unreleased
Waka Flocka Flame – Word to the Wise
King Louie – Val Venis (Acapella)
Rook Milo – Methadone Unreleased
Lil Durk – Dis Ain’t What U Want
Big Sean – 1st Quarter
Nell – Bust Ya Head Open (Feat. T-Rone, Big Bo & Denzel Curry)
Koopsta Knicca – Whatcha Gonna Do
Ty Dolla $ign – Still Sippin (Feat. Kirko Bangz)
Little Pain – Tommy Strawn
PartyNextDoor – Wild Bitches
Travi$ Scott – Don’t Play (Feat. Big Sean)
Luxsi Young Outro
Darko Boy – Bloodsport

ALL I NEED IS ONE: TREE

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Tree
Hip Hop’s Savior of Soul
Reggie’s Record Breakers, South State Street, Chicago
Photos By Winston Blake

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Why we love him:

He makes melodies out of raspy chuckles and just audible-enough lyrics. Whiskey-soaked verses are sopped up with gospel-fused soul samples twice removed. We’re all family here. Carefully weaving a rich history into his music, Tree tells a tale that’s much grander than one would expect. The story of American soul, and it’s evolution to present day. A story every music fan should be familiar.

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Perched in the dank stairwell of the historic South State Street record store and music venue, surrounded by exposed brick, masking taped posters, and stacks and stacks of old vinyl, Tree tells us the one thing he can’t live without, his soul records.

“Growing up, my father didn’t care for music being played on the radio, and even lesser about this new boom bam bop called hip hop. So he’d ride around with tapes playing Sly and the Family Stone, The Temptations, James Brown and stuff like that, just soul music.”

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Creating a style all his own— one that incorporates billowy, head-bob worthy beats with and southern hi-hats and snippets from music’s rich historical roots— it’s safe to say, Tree is one of the most inventive producers in the game.

“When I started making beats, I didn’t really care for what was being made popular, especially sample-based music. I’d hear it and knew it could be done better and differently. I worked really hard to perfect my craft and create a new sound combining soul samples and southern trap with a bluesy tale/heartfelt account to create #soultrap.”

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All I Need is  One:

All I need is a soul record. That perfect soul sample. I gained notoriety with music writers and bloggers when I introduced my signature sound #soultrap, so for me, soul music is everything.

Aretha Franklin’s “Ain’t No Way” is the one. This joint is one of the songs you could hear around the house in my younger years while my mother was cooking or cleaning. I remember vividly this song being sung by my mom and aunts as they hung out in the living room at my grandma’s house after a family dinner, or what have you. After a few glasses of wine and beer, the family room turned into a Soul Train line where we’d all “step” (a form of dance invented in Chicago, mostly used by the older folks who loved dusties and soulful music) and sing oldies using brushes or what ever was handy as prop microphones, really just having a good time as a family.

The first of Tree’s upcoming Soultrap EP series, #TREESWAG a collaborative EP with Chris Crack, is out today.

The Producers Behind World’s Fair’s Bastards Of The Party
World’s Fair’s debut album Bastards Of The Party not only unites six unique MCs, it also shines a light on the next class of producers to keep an eye on. The emerging group of rap brethren, united by their East Coast geography overlap in many ways. One common denominator is a short list of producers making beats for just about everyone. Black Noi$e, SPVCE, Thelonious Martinand Chuk LeGarcon have been lending their unique production styles to many of hip hop’s rising stars, from Chance The Rapper and Vic Mensa, to Joey Bada$$, Bodega Bamz and Kool A.D. Thanks to this crop of fresh blood, the New York scene has been infused with a hot futuristic boom bap sound. 
With their production making up more than half of BOTP, Black Noi$e and SPVCE are the names behind some of this fall’s illest jams.

Touching on his creative process for Bastards Of The Party, Rob Mansel aka Black Noi$e explains, “I tried to create things that had a lot of different elements to them, as well as a sense of nostalgia.”
When it comes to influences Black Noi$e cites everything from Jimmy Hendricks to Bok Bok of the techno label Nightslugs, and you can hear it in his music. On “Get Out” he melds a variety of genres not traditionally associated with hip hop. “I tried to use sounds that I was into at the moment, and footwork is a genre I am in love with. I’m glad they chose that beat.”

When it comes to New Jersey’s SPVCE, he’s already got a beat in mind before he even begins producing, stating, “Most of the time, I start with specific sounds that catch me or get inspired by something I’m hearing, then build a beat off it.”
For the album’s title track, “B.O.T.P.”, SPVCE delved into his bag of tricks to create an instant party anthem. Breaking down the track’s many components, SPVCE said, “I took a simple sample and slowed it down, which added a heavy low end and groggy effect. I then added multiple effects on the hi-hats, and threw a higher pitch synth for the high end of the beat. For the hook, I slowed the whole beat down and it added a great transition.”
Claiming this album was truly a collaborative effort, the producers attribute their stunner beats to World’s Fair’s originality and creative vision for the album, and of course, those killer hooks!
It’s a beautiful thing too when producers and rappers come together to create a body of work, and in the case of Bastards Of The Party, World’s Fair, Black Noi$e and SPVCE did more than come together, they conquered. 
Bastards Of The Party Tracklist:
1. Pre-Game Produced by Northern Lights2. ’96 Knicks Produced by Black Noi$e3. Heathrow (Children Of The Night) Produced by Thelonious Martin4. Sammy Sosa (Jeff Donna, Cody B. Ware, Nasty Nigel & Remy Banks) Produced by Black Noi$e5. Get Out (Prince SAMO, Nasty Nigel & Remy Banks) Produced by Black Noi$e6. Nem Diggas Produced by Jansport J7. V.S.O.P. (Cody B. Ware, Prince SAMO, Remy Banks, Nasty Nigel & Lansky Jones Produced by Nick Catchdubs8. BLISSKISS (DJ Thoth) Produced by Chuk LeGarcon9. Wave Ride (Cody B. Ware, Nasty Nigel & Prince SAMO) Produced by Black Noi$e10. B.O.T.P (Nasty Nigel, Prince SAMO, Cody B. Ware & Jeff Donna) Produced by SPVCE11. Your Girls Here PT. II (Cody B. Ware, Jeff Donna, Remy Banks & Prince SAMO) Produced by SPVCE12. Rear View (Remy Banks, Lansky Jones & Cody B. Ware) Produced by Black Noi$e13. Blacklisted Produced by Black Noi$e & SPVCE
Download Bastards Of The Party for free from Fool’s Gold.

The Producers Behind World’s Fair’s Bastards Of The Party

World’s Fair’s debut album Bastards Of The Party not only unites six unique MCs, it also shines a light on the next class of producers to keep an eye on. The emerging group of rap brethren, united by their East Coast geography overlap in many ways. One common denominator is a short list of producers making beats for just about everyone. Black Noi$eSPVCEThelonious Martinand Chuk LeGarcon have been lending their unique production styles to many of hip hop’s rising stars, from Chance The Rapper and Vic Mensa, to Joey Bada$$, Bodega Bamz and Kool A.D. Thanks to this crop of fresh blood, the New York scene has been infused with a hot futuristic boom bap sound. 

With their production making up more than half of BOTP, Black Noi$e and SPVCE are the names behind some of this fall’s illest jams.

Touching on his creative process for Bastards Of The Party, Rob Mansel aka Black Noi$e explains, “I tried to create things that had a lot of different elements to them, as well as a sense of nostalgia.”

When it comes to influences Black Noi$e cites everything from Jimmy Hendricks to Bok Bok of the techno label Nightslugs, and you can hear it in his music. On “Get Out” he melds a variety of genres not traditionally associated with hip hop. “I tried to use sounds that I was into at the moment, and footwork is a genre I am in love with. I’m glad they chose that beat.”

When it comes to New Jersey’s SPVCE, he’s already got a beat in mind before he even begins producing, stating, “Most of the time, I start with specific sounds that catch me or get inspired by something I’m hearing, then build a beat off it.”

For the album’s title track, “B.O.T.P.”, SPVCE delved into his bag of tricks to create an instant party anthem. Breaking down the track’s many components, SPVCE said, “I took a simple sample and slowed it down, which added a heavy low end and groggy effect. I then added multiple effects on the hi-hats, and threw a higher pitch synth for the high end of the beat. For the hook, I slowed the whole beat down and it added a great transition.”

Claiming this album was truly a collaborative effort, the producers attribute their stunner beats to World’s Fair’s originality and creative vision for the album, and of course, those killer hooks!

It’s a beautiful thing too when producers and rappers come together to create a body of work, and in the case of Bastards Of The Party, World’s Fair, Black Noi$e and SPVCE did more than come together, they conquered. 

Bastards Of The Party Tracklist:

1. Pre-Game Produced by Northern Lights
2. ’96 Knicks Produced by Black Noi$e
3. Heathrow (Children Of The Night) Produced by Thelonious Martin
4. Sammy Sosa (Jeff Donna, Cody B. Ware, Nasty Nigel & Remy Banks) Produced by Black Noi$e
5. Get Out (Prince SAMO, Nasty Nigel & Remy Banks) Produced by Black Noi$e
6. Nem Diggas Produced by Jansport J
7. V.S.O.P. (Cody B. Ware, Prince SAMO, Remy Banks, Nasty Nigel & Lansky Jones Produced by Nick Catchdubs
8. BLISSKISS (DJ Thoth) Produced by Chuk LeGarcon
9. Wave Ride (Cody B. Ware, Nasty Nigel & Prince SAMO) Produced by Black Noi$e
10. B.O.T.P (Nasty Nigel, Prince SAMO, Cody B. Ware & Jeff Donna) Produced by SPVCE
11. Your Girls Here PT. II (Cody B. Ware, Jeff Donna, Remy Banks & Prince SAMO) Produced by SPVCE
12. Rear View (Remy Banks, Lansky Jones & Cody B. Ware) Produced by Black Noi$e
13. Blacklisted Produced by Black Noi$e & SPVCE

Download Bastards Of The Party for free from Fool’s Gold.

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.

en2ak Ego Surf w/Spisek Jednego

This is dope. Lot’s of interesting beats coming out of Eastern Europe. Definitely keep an eye on Polish producer, en2ak.

Get ‘Ego Surf’ for free from en2ak’s Bandcamp.

Sketchbook with KUTMAH: The Jeremiah Jae Edition

A solid hour of Kutmah’s favorite Jeremiah Jae cuts on his weekly radio show, Sketchbook on NTS Radio. Super dope. 

While you’re listening, take the time to read this fantastic feature Resident Advisor did on Jeremiah Jae last year.

Also, about half of the tracks on Captain Murphy’s Duality Mixtape that dropped last night were produced by Jeremiah Jae, be sure to snag that as well.

You’re welcome.

813 Spaces

"Jazztrap soul" is a perfect description. This is the track they left off of the DRIVE soundtrack cuz it was too raw. That jazz curveball, plus this oddly Three 6 Mafia vibe really threw their game off. Can’t fuck with Moscow. 

Pitchfork’s Finn Cohen wrote an article about all these emerging producers in Russia. I’ve probably written about most of them on the list. There’s a lil’ bitty on 813, check it out HERE.

(p.s. It wouldn’t be trap without the ubiquitous stutter Finn.)

Lapalux Quartz + Strangling You With The Chord

I was (extremely) lucky enough to get to walk the affable streets of London while listening to Lapalux’s new EP, Some Other Time, before it’s release date a few weeks ago. Of course this was all after spending my first night in London on a tour through underground stations, city streets, music venues, and pubs with Lapalux himself. Not a bad way to spend your first night in the UK. Since I didn’t have a chance to do a proper write-up of this release, I thought I share my favorite tracks and a few thoughts on Some Other Time.

Lapalux is one of the few artists that’s managed to escape the dreaded second album not holding up to expectations set by the first conumdrum. Instead, Lapalux manages to pull you even deeper into his world, a softer, more intimate side of his world on his second release for LA’s Brainfeeder. Though only an EP, the five tracks on Some Other Time could be on repeat for days, gently melting into the folds of your brain and making a permanent home there. So I guess I’ll have another…

These beautiful, amorphous glinting, synth-filled colors, rickety, crackling shapes and across the spectrum sounds from droned vocal samples to deep funk-hop grooves, scattered with layered instrumental arrangements all floating around each other, like a mobile hanging over a child’s crib. It’s all so delicate, like he used the finest of needles to prick each sound from a sea of twinkling possibilities.

Lapalux has crafted a recognizable sound, while evolving his depth of understanding and growing as an artist. I asked Stu what a 12 year old Lapalux would think of his music, and he said, “I don’t think he would get it. I didn’t know what good music was at that age.” I can appreciate that. In awe of Some Other Place and the opportunity to get to watch an artist evolve with such grace. 

Lapalux’s Some Other Place is out now via Brainfeeder. Buy it. 

p.s. That chick on the cover is 14. I know, that’s what I said. 

GITNB’s Acts To Catch at CMJ 2012: Ryan Hemsworth
I somehow convinced Ryan Hemsworth to play CMJ, and couldn’t be more pumped to catch his live set. To celebrate, Ryan did a ‘Two Truths and a Lie’ for Yours Truly today. Check out what I had to say about him + guess Ryan’s lie to get on the guestlist for Yours Truly/GvsB’s CMJ party on Thursday and see him live.

Deep in trap music’s hard shelled cocoon characterized by dog barks, Jock Jams samples, and scattered hi-hats galore, one beatsmith has been tinkering away in an attempt to break loose. There’s no denying music comes in waves, and with each wave/bubble there is a point where that bubble eventually bursts. What’s left over is mostly drippy residue of something that once seemed so right. Instead of hiding behind fleeting trends and hits made by others, he takes snippets of just recognizable enough shouts, clicks and claps and weaves them through an undeniable set of production skills, bringing those elements to life, and making them a part of his song…These playful rips turned textural elements are then meticulously layered atop his own influx of beats that even stripped bare, could hold their own in a bob your head contest. This lone wolf, this phoenix flirting with clouds, is Ryan Hemsworth, who was kind enough to play “Two Truths and A Lie” with yours truly, and grace the stage this Thursday at 285 Kent in Brooklyn for the YTGVB CMJ shindig.

Two Truths & A Lie:
1. For my 13th birthday I asked for Mystic Stylez by Three 6 Mafia and instead my mom bought me The Platinum Album by Vengaboys.
2. When I was younger I would ride my Razor scooter around my neighborhood wearing a cloud tie dye tank top, basketball shorts and Allen Iverson Answer V sneakers.
3. I was once hit in the groin with an indian rubber ball in gym class and threw up Zoodles.
If you are in NYC next week, go see Ryan Hemsworth.

GITNB’s Acts To Catch at CMJ 2012: Ryan Hemsworth

I somehow convinced Ryan Hemsworth to play CMJ, and couldn’t be more pumped to catch his live set. To celebrate, Ryan did a ‘Two Truths and a Lie’ for Yours Truly today. Check out what I had to say about him + guess Ryan’s lie to get on the guestlist for Yours Truly/GvsB’s CMJ party on Thursday and see him live.

Deep in trap music’s hard shelled cocoon characterized by dog barks, Jock Jams samples, and scattered hi-hats galore, one beatsmith has been tinkering away in an attempt to break loose. There’s no denying music comes in waves, and with each wave/bubble there is a point where that bubble eventually bursts. What’s left over is mostly drippy residue of something that once seemed so right. Instead of hiding behind fleeting trends and hits made by others, he takes snippets of just recognizable enough shouts, clicks and claps and weaves them through an undeniable set of production skills, bringing those elements to life, and making them a part of his song…These playful rips turned textural elements are then meticulously layered atop his own influx of beats that even stripped bare, could hold their own in a bob your head contest. This lone wolf, this phoenix flirting with clouds, is Ryan Hemsworth, who was kind enough to play “Two Truths and A Lie” with yours truly, and grace the stage this Thursday at 285 Kent in Brooklyn for the YTGVB CMJ shindig.

Two Truths & A Lie:

1. For my 13th birthday I asked for Mystic Stylez by Three 6 Mafia and instead my mom bought me The Platinum Album by Vengaboys.

2. When I was younger I would ride my Razor scooter around my neighborhood wearing a cloud tie dye tank top, basketball shorts and Allen Iverson Answer V sneakers.

3. I was once hit in the groin with an indian rubber ball in gym class and threw up Zoodles.

If you are in NYC next week, go see Ryan Hemsworth.

Yuna Lullabies (Jim-e Stack Remix)

GITNB’s Acts To Catch at CMJ 2012: Jim-e Stack

I have been listening and talking about Jim-e Stack a lot lately. Since I’ve been in Europe, labels, bloggers, talent agencies, etc have been asking me what’s good in the states, and every time, I end up mentioning Jim-e Stack. He’s been great at not releasing too much material, and at the same time creating a signature sound with the few tracks that have gone live. In 2012, quality control is so crucial and a smart move on the part of any new artist looking to make waves. 

'Hefty bubble waves' and a playful vibe a'la Thomas the Tank Engine, is the best way I can describe Jim-e Stacks' signature sound. The use of synthetic percussion notes, high pitched drums and a humming bassline characterize his tracks no matter the tempo. I'm such a fan. 

If you are in NYC next week, go see Jim-e Stack.