dimanche 31 janvier 2016

Usephasan - Scienc Esquizit



Let's continue with some more obscure westcoast stuff.
I first heard of Usephasan with his title Hit Or U Miss on Waxexpress' compilation Projet Chaos (quite a landmark comp for the french heads who were into underground rap in the early naughties). Although it's the opening track of this 2003 album,  I must say it's not the most standout one and the rest of the album sound quite different from this very track, less straight-forward and repetitive, more abstract-ey, kind of like (-I love hasardous comparisons-) Labtekwon's sound for example.

Usephasan is making a good portion of the beats under it's other moniker Autolect (he's also known as Bil Basmala these days) and the guy got skills. Eclipse 427 is also producing a great track, Kh:Iman.cip.8.tor.

He's still involved in different project these days, including his FKO Audio and PER labels on which he releases his latest music. He also had an interesting group with Fanatik called Mononauts. 

For the vinyl lovers a 12'' from this album exist and is selling quite cheap on discogs.





Intro: Giant Steps
HOM (Hit Or U Miss)
Ill Lov Mood ft. Marlo
Suspended Animation
No Planned Escape
On The Run
Optimus Optical
Ah Yeah
Req'n Is
On The Mic
BadAs Brothers
Set2ooh
Kh:Iman.cip.8.tor
Periodic Tables
Fore The Lov
Jaz Lu
When Dogs Attack
All Men
Lib Letters

dimanche 17 janvier 2016

Pseudzero - Manitoba Days (A Peanuts & Corn Megamix)


A megamix inspired by the recent article about Canadian Prairie rap read on RBMA (and written by Cadence Weapon). Free DL, feedback appreciated.. Enjoy.





DJ MOVES & BIRDAPRES - In My Life
PIPI SKID - My Two Dads
PARK-LIKE SETTING - Overrated
JOHN SMITH - Walk On By
GRUF THE DRUID - The Owl
HIP-HOP WIENERS - You Smell Awful
FARM FRESH - Space Pt.III
MOOD RUFF - Braggin' & Boastin'
PARK-LIKE SETTING - Signed Yet?
FARM FRESH - Hugs & Kisses
PIPI SKID - Funny Farm
MCENROE & BIRDAPRES - Supposed
FARM FRESH - Downtown
Farm Fresh on Manitoba Midday (1993)
JOHN SMITH - Intro
MCENROE & BIRDAPRES - 5000 Watts
FARM FRESH - Fresh As That
BIRDAPRES ft. JAYKIN & WERDONER - Scratch Chorus
MCENROE ft. JOHN SMITH - Same Old Faces
PARK-LIKE SETTING - Personal Development I
HIP HOP WIENERS ft. MCENROE - Suge Knight
JOHN SMITH ft. JOSH MARTINEZ - I'm Rollerblading!
YY ft. MCENROE - Dumb It Down
MCENROE - Wandering Eye
JOHN SMITH - Money Out
PARK-LIKE SETTING - By My Lonesome

samedi 2 janvier 2016

Sub Contents - S/T EP



This is the first EP released on cassette only by Dave Dub and Persevere as Sub Contents in 1996.
If you're familiar with underground hip hop from San Jose you know what to expect, rather minimal and dark beats laced by an -already- excellent Fanatik and 2 MCs -already- very much on point.
It's curious none of those tracks (except for the great "Deep Sleep") made it on CD or vinyl since most of them are as good as the ones on Notes From The Cliff, the first 'official' album, or the couple of 12''s that ensued. I'd even says "Exposin Zones" or "Parinoid"or are much better than "Tables Turn" or "Death Becomes Her", but I guess it's a matter of taste. 
Anyway, the point is: we need this on wax. Please.



Lifestyles Of A Lyricist
Dark Daze
Underbomber Theories Pt.2
Exposin Zones
Deep Sleep
Parinoid
Sub Level Abyss
No Coast (Outro)


mardi 15 décembre 2015

Foscil & Specs One - Discuss The Benefits Of Said Collaboration EP

Back with this EP that's already 10 years old although I discovered it recently.
It's a 100% northwest collaboration, all artists being from Seattle: on one hand Specs One, the MC, on the other hand a live band called Foscil. Bands playing instrumental hip hop is not usually my cup of tea, but I must say their sound is pretty slick, and they avoid the usual traps of such bands' music.
For example "Crunch Day" is based on a nice sample flipped a la J-Zone.
Give it a try, it's a pleasant surprise and the vinyl is pretty easy to get your hands on at a cheap price.



Daily Bars
More Boogie (Instrumental)
Launch Of Flotator (Instrumental)
Crunch Day
My Words (Instrumental)
Seven to Sea
Seven To Sea (Instrumental)

mardi 24 novembre 2015

DJ Fuse One - Metamorphosis


This mix-cd is on my top 10 favourite rap mixtapes ever. 
It was release in 2002 and it's a perfect example of what a mixtape should be: great selection (here rap but also fine breaks), technical skills, some playful cut-ups (the bit about DJ Shadow's samples starting track 11 is simply classic) and a cohesive feel. 
Everything here was meticulously cooked and arranged, and, like some of the Buddy Peace mixes, it pushes the 'mixtape game' to a delicious level of rap nerdery (still, even if you don't get everything at first hear, you can still enjoy it).
Listen and enjoy. And if you liked it, cope his second one, "Irregular I", released on Epitome Of Fresh.



33 Untitled tracks.

vendredi 6 novembre 2015

Private School - Penrose EP




I always loved SF's Private School. Their minimalist sound is somewhat miraculous to me. They're like 180 degrees from the current hype type rap and thank god, they couldn't care less and keep on developping their quiet, soft spoken style years after years. 
If you're not familiar with their previous albums and enjoy their new free EP Penrose like I did, please check them you'll be rewarded. They got plenty of solo and side projects as well.
Long live the Private School.



Shere
Impossible Squares
Do Unto
Situated
Drowned Expectations
Residence

mercredi 28 octobre 2015

Howard Lloyd - The Quickie EP


It's been a long time since we offered something from the east coast. 
I chose this rather confidential EP because I just recently bought a copy of the vinyl version.
It's from 2006 (precisely the year when lots of "indie rap heads" started to get bored of the scene, and probably rightly so) and it's pretty decent. There's 2 tracks I particularly like, -and by that I mean 'I particularly like the beat': "U Don't Want It" and "Throwbacks".
This last one is only on the vinyl version though. The link I offer got the full CD version tracks plus that bonus vinyl track.





Getting Started
U Don't Want It
Who Stole My Soul?
Every Word
We Did It
Time Bomb
Funny Thing
Throwbacks (Bonus, Vinyl Only)