Category Archives: Hip Hop

Com Truise – Slow Peels

I don’t know much about Com Truise except that he hails from New Jersey, has a clever performance name, has a day job as an Art Director and he makes amazing beats under a few different monikers such as Sarin Sunday among others. I stumbled across him on the interweb not so long ago and I’m really thankful I did. His music has been on constant rotation since and it will form a big part of my upcoming summer soundtrack. For those looking for comparisons or references his music sits somewhere in between the blissed out sounds of Washed Out and some of the more structured beat stuff coming out of LA. Think Flying Lotus but less experimental. This is not to say Com Truise is not doing his own thing, I for one think this stuff is highly original and a refreshing take on the glitched out beat movement that is bubbling away in different corners of the world. For those of you that enjoy this track check out the Cyanide Sisters EP available for free download from his website. While you’re there check out some of his amazing mixtape as well.

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Julien Dyne feat Mara TK – Layer

NZ got that good stuff! Beat head Julien Dyne collaborates with vocalist Mara TK from Electric Wire Hustle to create a track brimming with funkyness and soulfulness. At present there’s a surge of amazing music coming from this part of the world and these two are certainly leading the charge with their respective projects and in joining together the vibe is strengthened tenfold. This is killer and if you haven’t done so already I suggest seeking out both Julien Dyne’s and Electric Wire Hustle’s albums on the double.

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Tornado Wallace – Paddlin

Hailing from Melbourne town Tornado Wallace aka Lewie Day is currently generating a lot of buzz with people in the know across the disco and house game. From DJ’s, Label Heads, and punters his productions of late are positioning him as of one the guys to watch closely as everything he is putting out is gold. Admittedly he isn’t breaking new ground with a sound that’s been around for years now but the old saying “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’ is certainly applicable when it comes to his music, and trust me this is not a bad thing. ‘Paddlin’ released on Jimpster’s ‘Delusions of Grandeur’ imprint sees him work a slow burning house groove into deep soul territory with a level of restraint that only adds to the overall groove, locking you in and sweeping you away to a level of nostalgic bliss. I’m thoroughly enjoying this at the moment and those disco/house heads out there surely will too. Look it up.

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Onra – High Hopes ft. Reggie B

ONRA – High Hopes ft. Reggie B

Whoah! Where did this one come from? Onra absolutely slays it with this bomb of a track. Some of you may associate him with the downtempo hip hop inspired beats of ‘The Big Payback’ and ‘Chinoiseries’ but this current musical direction is where he flexes his skills to the maximum. This is the latest single of the forthcoming album ‘Long Distance’ and if any indication of the sound of the long player then I’m all in. A song for lovers, singles, beat heads, disco peeps and anybody else that likes feel good inspired music. Seek this one out!

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Flying Lotus – Massage Situation

Flying Lotus – Massage Situation

With the release of Fly Lo’s album Cosmogramma I thought I would take it back a notch and post an older track that straight kills it as far as beats related music goes. This man is on a whole different level musically and I would argue that there aren’t too many people who are as forward thinking or futuristic in their musical approach as him. Stylistically not for everyone but I think we can all find something in this music that we dig. Pop one, spark one or do whatever you need to do to get loose, all the while making sure you enjoy it.

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GURU – Tribute

RIP GURU AKA KEITH ELAM (July 17, 1966 – April 19, 2010)

I know everybody is paying tribute to the late great GURU but it wouldn’t be right not to post a selection of songs from the man who has had a serious impact on me musically. With such a strong and varied musical output it’s hard to choose songs to accurately document his career, with this in mind I posted a small selection. We all have our favourites and that was one of the best things about GURU, there was something for everyone. Rest in peace and thankyou for what you gave the world in such a short period of time. Just lay back and feel the music….

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Electric Wire Hustle – Perception

Electric Wire Hustle – Perception

What a trio! Hailing from the land of the long white cloud. EWH bring that raw soul with a hip hop edge. Mara TK has a voice that is buttery smooth, the beat bangs with just enough punch and most hip hop lovers will recognise that cheeky sample. This is straight up soul and I’d expect nothing less from our friends across the ditch. More? Yes PLEASE!

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