Remulak: Columbine Flowers

A beautiful offering from Remulak here, as he teases us with the lead single from his forthcoming album, Flourish. It’s somewhat of a departure from the instrumental hip hop that has quite rightfully done so well for the Village Live co-founder over the years, with this latest project striding down new avenues of live instrumentation. On Columbine Flowers, piano is the driving force as the track opens with some bold keys, before vocal samples float in and the beat breaks through. It’s a hell of an opening gambit for an album that looks set to be another jewel in Remulak’s crown. Streams of Columbine Flowers are available and I’ll have more news on the album soon.

Tom Caruana: Adaptatrap (Stream)

The latest album from Tom Caruana surfaced recently, one which sees him stepping away from the mash-up world and delving back into his straight up production. If you know Tom’s music, you will know that his execution is pretty much faultless every time he puts a record out and Adaptatrap is no exception. He is a producer who understands the virtues of striving for perfection, but without any of the negative attributes that come with constantly tweaking the idea until it loses its original appeal. As we know, thanks to earlier ventures like the excellent Son of Sam project, Tom is no stranger to implementing live instrumentation into his music and on Adaptatrap he is ably assisted by a variety of musicians, including his fellow band members from Son of Sam. The introduction of strings, horns, percussion and a harp, allows the album to spread its wings even further, with the latter in particular providing beautiful accompaniment to the lead single, Northern Lights. You can hear that track for yourself below, along with the rest of the album, with downloads and physicals available over on Bandcamp. Continue reading “Tom Caruana: Adaptatrap (Stream)”

Knxwledge: 1988 (Stream)

Another great record which saw its release on Friday, is the latest album from Knxwledge. The LA producer has been teasing us with little bursts of instrumental brilliance in the run up to the album’s release, with the full project harbouring a lot more gold within. 1988 is an instrumental album for the most part, save for a couple of sublime exceptions, including a new NxWorries joint as Anderson Paak jumps on board for itkanbe[so nice]. There is also vocal support on the closing track, with Knxwledge enlisting Durand Bernarr and Rose Gold for minding_my business. You can hear the album in full below, with physicals available via Stones Throw. Continue reading “Knxwledge: 1988 (Stream)”

cbakl: Songs to relax and drink Guinness to​.​.​. (Stream)

A fresh batch of instrumentals from across the sea, as Irish producer, cbakl, delivers his latest project. Seven sample-heavy and vocal-driven beats, which provide a nice break from the current loo roll frenzy. The EP is out now on fledgling label Off Licence Records and you can stream it in full below. Continue reading “cbakl: Songs to relax and drink Guinness to​.​.​. (Stream)”

Tom Caruana: Northern Lights

New music from Tom Caruana, as he readies us for his latest album which arrives this week. Northern Lights is the first sample we have heard from Adaptatrap, on which Tom takes a step away from the mash-ups, instead demonstrating his other production talents and his instrumentation skills, alongside various other musicians. On the lead single he is joined by Amy Turk on the harp. The video was made by Badj Wipple. Adaptatrap is out in full on 20 March.

Knxwledge: Don’t Be Afraid

Knxwledge returns with another insight into his forthcoming album, thanks to this new video which features two of the cuts. Don’t Be Afraid is up first, with a pretty heavy 90’s RnB feel thanks in part to the vocals he’s used, before it drifts into [bc] tm_s not promised, which stands as more of an interlude and is backed up by some nice souful keys. The album, 1988, is due for release on Stones Throw on 27 March. The video was made by Rhymezlikedimez.

Elaquent: Forever Is A Pretty Long Time (Stream)

It always seemed like a safe bet to say that the forthcoming album from Elaquent was going to be a winner, and now that it is out in the open, I am happy to confirm the Ontario producer has done it again. In a step away from the instrumental projects he’s blessed us with over the last couple of years, on Forever Is A Pretty Long Time we find Elaquent bringing in a number of artists to accompany him. Kicking off with the lead single, Guidelines, featuring fellow Mello resident, Oddisee, the album also features some great contributions from Chester Watson, Guilty Simpson, Cavalier and Blu. The vocal tracks are mixed in with a few instrumental joys, including one of the album’s highlights, Joloff, along with the stone cold flyness of the Blu assisted, Reminisce, and the G-Funk echoes of Lottery Check, which features Brainorchestra. The album can be heard in full below and you can find downloads over on Bandcamp. Continue reading “Elaquent: Forever Is A Pretty Long Time (Stream)”

Knxwledge: Learn / Howtokope

It’s been announced that Knxwledge has a new album en route and to coincide with the news, the Grammy award-winning producer has treated us to two singles from the project. 1988 is only the second album from Knxwledge since his official 2015 debut, Hud Dreems, despite having worked on a bevy of high-calibre projects in the meantime, including TPAB and NxWorries. The album is due for release on Stones Throw on 27 March and pre-orders for the vinyl edition are available now. Continue reading “Knxwledge: Learn / Howtokope”

Lewps Hekla: Rose Gold Ruger Pose (Video)

Check out the latest visual from Lewps Hekla, as he continues to build the hype for his new EP. Rose Gold Ruger Pose is the title track from the project, as Hekla kicks it off with some drums that would not have sounded out of place on Endtroducing, before bursting into a mini future funk heaven. The full EP is scheduled for release on 24 February, so stay tuned for more news on that nearer the time. Continue reading “Lewps Hekla: Rose Gold Ruger Pose (Video)”