Yeah, it’s been a rocky one for hip-hop lovers this year, lots of big names and affiliated noise, but little on the bone for those more attuned to solid lyricism. Cue the return of Chicago’s Joey Purp, who returns n good humor and wonderful form for ‘March 12th.’ There have been comparisons from various critics to that of early Kanye, and that resonates true in the conscious yet traditional approach he takes. There’s no word of a follow-up to that sacred iiiDrops mixtape, but we sure as hell hope this latest single is a sign of more frequent releases from the all-important Chicago rapper.
Jermaine Elliot is moving fast a furious with his soulful R&B prowess. ‘100 BAND$’ is a clean and genuine blend of slick beats and Elliot’s refined vocal chops, giving you plenty of inscentive to go and check out his full Send For Me album.
Let’s set the lay of the land here. Anderson .Paak is one of the most important American soul/urban exports of the past decade. Kaytranada, a staple part of the rise of the aforementioned talent and a frequent collaborator, continues to flip beats at the blink of an eyelid with maximal force. Together once again, this time via remix duties for Paak’s ever important ‘Bubblin’ single, Haiti’s finest dials back the beats to give both the Californian heavyweight and Busta’s complimentary vocal work a little more breathing room. Nothing trumps the original, but we sure aren’t pissed that Kay flipped the switch on this one.
The Lost Boys are pushing a bubbly blend of conteporary pop and sharp electronic attitude. ‘Good Night’ plays true to their feelgood flavours whilst spotlight the act’s ability to command an infectious topline along the way!
‘What You Done’ is a fine fusion of Element’s production prowess and the infectious chop work of Triple Fourr. As taken from the forthcoming Patience EP, Element is showing huge signs of becoming a consistent and curious beatmaker cut from the New York circuit.
Stockholm newcomer LIOHN disappeared from the spotlight for a minute, but after rallying some serious production energy on duties for Axwell, Ingrosso and Swedish House Mafia, the young contender returns to a sound truer to the material that marked his debut solo EP. On official remix duties for Lil Skies moment in the spotlight “Red Roses”, LIOHN leads with fierce beats and restrained synth work throughout, giving the track enough breathing room to stay true to the lyrical emphasis of ‘Red Roses’ whilst remind fans there’s still an untamed edge to LIOHN’s production finesse.
The beat work of Utrecht-based talent Feiertag has had many a tastemaker tuned in, from Sasha’s Last Night On Earth to Majestic Records. For Dutch collective Chullhop Music, the stick-swinging Dutchman blends easy-tempered grooves with a strategic sprinkle of bass and keys courtesy of ‘Sticks & Stones.’ At a time when love for the world of lo-fi hip-hop couldn’t be more palpably felt, Feiertag’s timing and execution remain seamless.