jeudi 25 août 2016

Gershwin BLX - Nocturnal Ron Presents Gershwin 12''

This one is the first piece of vinyl by LA crew Bassline Xcursionists aka Gershwin BLX. I must admit I don't know much about the producer Nocturnal Ron, not even which year he released this. It seemed to be complete auto-production. 
It's a pretty solid 4-track 12'', with "Rhymes / Riddles" being the highlight with it's infectious beat and chorus.

If you like it you should check BLX's first album, originally a cassette-only release (95-97 era) but put as a free download on their Bandcamp.

As far as BLX's solo joints I also own two 12"s by Omni that I really like and might put them out there one of these days. 
I also recently checked on Malkovich's other projects and really liked his Skeletons album (free DL as well) among others. 

Mike N 88.9 KXLU / Chicken
Rhymes / Riddles
Magic Rhyming Man
Mike N 88.9 KXLU / Chicken (Instrumental)
Rhymes / Riddles (Instrumental)
Magic Rhyming Man (Instrumental)
Control (Instrumental)

lundi 22 août 2016

Forest Fires Collective - Fresh Air EP

The Forest Fires Collective is another short-lived crew from the Bay. 
Originally formed around the duo The Latter (beatmakers/ MCs Edison Victrola aka Eddie Vic and Feller Quentin aka Smif Carnivorous -known these days as Tim Cohen from the Fresh & Onlys and various others indie rock bands). Add to this MC's Mad Squirrel (which met Smif from working at Amoeba) and Prego w/Zest (ex Just One) and two "ghost members", Dr Lester and a guy named Simile. 
Allegedly the name FFC was inspired by Mad Squirrel's own pseudo and from that they build that whole concept of rapping about nature, animals, etc. (more backstory on M.S.'s book Hip Hop Underground: The Integrity and Ethics of Racial Identification you can find large extracts on the web).

They released 2 cd albums (self titled, 2001 and You Can't See, 2002) and two vinyl EP's collecting tracks from the cd's plus some unreleased cuts in some case.

Fresh Air is the second vinyl and last of their collective release. 11 tracks including 4 instros. 3 tracks are from their first cd (I'm looking for a rip of that btw, holla at me!), 2 from You Can't See.

Musically expect some solid productions, fast rap, light themes and adventurous posse cuts. Probably not for everyone but dope in my book.

Chillin' With A Capon
Super Raps
Sim's Bloodlust
Unemployed Workaholic
Go Find The Blaze
Kaiser's Right Wing (Instrumental)
Super Raps (Instrumental)
Unemployed Workaholic (Instrumental)
In My Zone (Instrumental)
Witness Protection

samedi 20 août 2016

Disflex.6 - Featuring Sunset Leagues EP

This is the first piece of wax from the Sunset Leagues collective (from SF I think). It was released in 2000 and features the various members of the crew: D6 (Lazerus Jackson + Jason The Argonaut), PBS (Laz Jack + Mercury), Scratch Paper (Ehnertia + DJ Capsize) and producer who offers 3 instrumentals. It's a good one and it's rather easy to spot.
This is a rip from my own copy. Enjoy.

DISFLEX.6 - Natural Selection
SCRATCH PAPER - Armour And Disguises
PBS - Shots
ELON.IS - My World Your World
DISFLEX.6 - Natural Selection (instrumental)
SCRATCH PAPER - Armour And Disguises (Instrumental)
PBS - Shots (Instrumental)
ELON.IS - Josh (Instrumental)
ELON.IS - Infest (Instrumental)

mercredi 27 juillet 2016

Lab Waste - Monochrome World + Tour Mix-CD

This one is a tour-only cd-r from Lab Waste's 2008 Crev Or Die Tour. The tour was something like 8 shows in France (plus one in Netherlands I think).
Lab Waste was the super duo formed by 2 influential figures of the westcoast underground: Subtitle (aka Giovanni Marks, Westcoast Workforce and Shifters affiliate, released dope super lo-fi albums - some on GSL, giant and super-fast talker) and Thavius Beck (aka Adlib, Global Phlowtations, released dope instrumental albums on Mush, worked with Saul Williams and Trent Reznor, more the quiet type).

Their first album Zwarte Achtegrond (2005) is an underrated classic of rap & electronica blend (to put it in context it was the era "glitch rap" was the hip thing for the average rap fan.. so it was right on point and put them on some slight more media exposure despite a relatively unknown label). 

Some tracks on this album where supposed to be featured on their next album, and it's still weird to think labels like Big Dada or Lex passed and prefered to bet on stuff like Jneiro Jarel or Spank Rock. Anyways... This is a collection of those unreleased tracks and remixes.
There's also a mix Subtitle did for the iHeartComix blog at the end, plus! I added another 24 minutes long continuous mix Lab Waste were selling as another merch cd on this very tour (it was another item with no title or artwork).

Everywhere Anywhere
Duran Roberto Demo
I Don't Go Out
System Of A Down Ass Nickel
Mega Attitude
People Talk About Us
Secret Elemental Block 03
Stuntman Drugs
Megadditude (Sebastien Casino Remix)
Show Dance Mix (For iHeartComix)

+ Bonus Tour Mix-CD

lundi 18 juillet 2016

Netherworlds - Pals

...Talking about LL classics.. even though only Murs of the 3 MCs is an official member of that crew, that album would be ranked #1 in my opinion. Weirdly enough, it was released on Chicago's label Galapagos 4 in 2000 ('weirdly' cause it sounds so westcoast and different from the rest of the G4 releases).
As a matter of fact, year after year there's not a summer when I don't find myself playing Pals at least once (but usually a couple more time). There's a special kind of vibe in this album. First of all Anacron's productions are at his all time best, it's not a short album but there's nothing to throw away, even the skits. Then, there's a real alchemy between the MC's (the third one being Himself), and they complement each other perfectly. Lots of nice punchlines, lots of slept on hits... This is one for the ages.

"for all those that only trust the written word: this is dope. Dope in an universal kind if way, and even doper for those that enjoy the left coast mentality, blueprint and ways of doing things." - Urban Smarts

If you don't know, you need to check it immediately through Anacron's bandcamp:

The First Utterance
Uncommon (The Theme)
Fat Boys
Abandoned (No Love)
Friday Nite Special
Balls To The Wall
Cali (Souled Out)
A Love Ballad
Come Back Home
How Do You Like It
Lessons Learned
Green Daze
Netherworlds Dream (1997)
Lookmarkz  Rmx (Eyeballin') (2005)
One... Two... Three

lundi 11 juillet 2016

US Pros - Have You Seen Us?

This is a repost from Ghetto Tyylit's. 
US Pros were a Living Legends- related group composed by ex Log Cabin member Knows (aka Pooridge), Very (also in AfroClassics with Scarub) and Timsears which is not featured on this third and last album of the Pros.
I chose this one because it's by far the most solid of the 3 and in a general way, US Pros are pretty underrated and their releases difficult to find. 
Emceeing is on point all the way through with a few nice cameos. Productions are a great surprise: very diverse stylistically,  and original without falling into "weird to be weird" traps... There's some true bangers on it too ('Ch'ps' for instance, but there's more), some more minimal ones, but it sounds right almost every time.
More ex-members of Log Cabin are featured on the production credits, like Sahga or Magi (aka Tom Slick), which left us wondering were are all the other dope post-Log Cabin projects? Do they even exist? Can we have some more?

It truly deserve a place next to the handful of LL classics although it didn't have half the exposure it deserved. 

Who? Intro
US... Love / Hate
As If We Never Left
Name Game
Movement ft. Pariah
Da Whoomp
Larry Elder
Ch'ps ft. Sahga
Future Of Music
Keep On Continue
Have You Seen Us? ft. Scarub & Voice Watson
Have Fun
Ohhh Yeaahh (Outro)
Bonus Track

vendredi 1 juillet 2016

DJ Feadz - Stagnation Reversed 2

Back when paper rap magazine was still a thing in France, you could mailorder in each number the latest cassette mixtapes from the local DJs. I copped a few this way but here's one I really wanted and missed at that time (2002). 
It featured a promising tracklist (a good blend of new-york and westcoast indie rap plus some more obscure electro/breakbeat stuff), a nice abstract artwork reminiscent of Mo'Wax (at least it seemed to me at the time - and by the way most of the usual mixtape artworks were so ugly and generic that things like these couldn't go unnoticed) and a solid DJ (Feadz, who I only knew was closely related to Mr Oizo -which I loved). No need to say, I was sold way before even listening a second of it.

Thanks to the internet it resurfaced on various blogs a few years ago (last time I checked it was on a couple of soundclound accounts as well). So here you go.

And yes, it was all that was expected: well mixed, some adventurous blends (Oizo vs APC or Kool Keith), a good balance of uptempo tracks and some more weird electro-oriented productions.. no big discoveries but a good, solid mixtape overall.

Face A

DJ Feadz - Intro
Mr. Oizo Vs. Beans
Sensational - Livin' It Up
Brainsick - Playin' For Keeps
Brainsick - It's My Thing
EPMD - Get Off The Bandwagon
Quasimoto - Come On Feet
Zion I ft. Planet Asia - Critical (Madlib Remix)
Declaime - Wicked Ways
D-Shade - Full Contact
J-Zone - S-H-I-D
Third Sight - Rhymes Like A Scientist
Mr. Oizo - Electro Shit Non Stop

Face B

Mr. Oizo Vs. Kool Keith
Divine Styler - Satan Dynasty Killer
Company Flow - Friend Versus Friend
G.I.T.  ft. Street Preachers - The Warning
Anti-Pop Consortium ft. L.I.F.E. & Pharoahe Monch - What Am I?
Scotty Hard ft. Sensational - Pockets Fat
Alexanders Dark Band - Greedy Cow Boy
Kool G. Rap - Verse
The Infesticons - Quarterback Theme
Murs - Murs FM
Company Flow - Infokill
Alexanders Dark Band - EH° 400
Mr. Oizo - Electro Shit Non Stop
Gang Starr - Brooklyn