VIDEO: Ar-AB featuring Dark Lo – Blow 3

December 19th, 2014
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Start the day with some of that goonie gang shit from Philly.
 
DOWNLOAD IT HERE
 

Archibald SLIM & Tyler Major – NWO EP

December 18th, 2014
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Something like a counterpoint to my earlier post of the ‘On It’ remix, which was representative of the more outre side of Awful Records’ output. This EP shows off the other side of their catalog, which displays their considerable (and underrated) abilities in making very good straightforward indy rap. So here you have Archibald SLIM and Tyler Major and a few other members of Awful and NRK doing a brief clinic on how you don’t always have to be ‘weird’ or trappin hard to make good rap without a deal in 2014. Which incidentally is also evident from Archie’s previous projects and some other pieces of Awful’s diverse discography as well.
 
Granted, there are other rappers making music in this mode and doing it well. But not many of them get as much face time from the cool kids as the Awful crew does, and it’s kinda dope that the internet’s obsession du jour also has plenty of material that could please your average traditionalist. THAT doesn’t happen very often.
 

Dr. Greg Shaw Ft Velisa Woods – Lifestyles (Rich Gang Saxophone Cover)

December 18th, 2014
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This is a Jazz Cover of a Great Song that is meant to help smooth out your day.

 
Amen, it worked.
 
Smooth jazz covers of rap songs are really where it’s at, fuck you if you don’t agree and see HERE for additional proof. I’ve listened to this about 40 times today now, still didn’t get old.
 
You can download this via Dr Greg Shaw‘s Reverbnation page. S/o to digger extraordinaire ANU for the find and Moneyworth for the mix linked above.
 

Young L – A.K. Feat. Slug Christ & Stalin Majesty (Produced by Young L)

December 18th, 2014
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Young L reworks one of the best Awful Records tracks of the year with tremendous results.
 

VIDEO: Cities Aviv – Worlds Of Pressure

December 17th, 2014
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The song is from last years Come To Life, which had some jams. Hopefully Cities is working on new material.
 

The Bug vs Earth – Boa/Cold

December 17th, 2014
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Yup, that Bug and that Earth, I’m surprised this wasn’t more publicized. I’ll admit that I expected something slightly more teeth and bong rattling from this pairing, but I’m not mad at the results on hand either. It’s 13 minutes of fine dubby sludge that generally nails the dark mood and texture it’s aspiring too.
 
Originally released on vinyl for record store day, now in digital form via itunes.
 

VIDEO: The Jack Moves – Doublin’ Down

December 15th, 2014
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Really glad to hear something new from these guys. They released one great single a few years ago and then disappeared until popping up this morning via this video and an album announcement on Wax Poetics Records (great fit for them). Very much looking forward to whatever they release over there, I could use some good new soul music in my life.
 

GMane – Wood Wheels Turning / Kristmas – Dodgin Bulletz

December 15th, 2014
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Some new stuff from a couple of our long-absent favorites from Alabama. GMane’s track (above) is from the upcoming album he recorded while in Europe. Kristmas’ track (below) looks to be a loosie dug out of Codie G’s surely extensive archives.
 

 

Rustie – He Hate Me Feat. Gorgeous Children (Chopped & Screwed by Mike 5000 Watts)

December 2nd, 2014
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Rustie is giving out the Swisha House Remix version of his Green Language EP on twitter, here is one of the tracks from it featuring Gorgeous Children.
 

 

The Guys – Change Ft. Kanesha Holliday

November 25th, 2014
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Today isn’t the kind of day where I feel particularly inclined to post, but The Guys consistently make music that is very resonant with the events in Ferguson and the modern socio-political climate in general. So something topical from them feels appropriate.