I almost just made a joke about an EP being on rEPeat, which would look good on a shirt maybe, so I’m back on my scheming bullshit. You know who else is back? Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire (Mr. MFN eXquire for the PG version). Today he released his Brainiac EP and after a quick listen, it’s dirty. Mr. eXquire’s lyrics are personal and as he points out in the first track, necessarily depressing from time to time. A lot of talk about bitches, which I don’t really relate to on account of I’ve forgotten how to love, but the production on this project is truly fantastic. Featuring the stylings of Parallel Thought, Canya Reial, The Alchemist, CONSTROBUZ, and BoweryBeats, each track has a unique feeling to it. “Bebop and Rocksteady” features Meyhem Lauren, who glides well over the smooth beat.
In a perfect follow-up to The Mountain Will Fall, DJ Shadow has released a new EP entitled The Mountain Has Fallen. The EP released on Thursday, July 6, under Mass Appeal Records and includes some strong features. These are names you may have heard before, such as Nas, Danny Brown, and Steven Price. At just four tracks, it’s really worth a listen. I’ve always appreciated short EPs when I have a lot I need to listen to. It’s a quick play-through and there might be bangers present. In terms of sound, it’s a solid surprise EP if you ask me.
DJ Shadow is also out of the office for his 2017 The Mountain Will Fall Tour. I saw him last year in D.C., and it was a pretty good time aside from this guy who blitzed the front of the crowd when he heard the beginning of “Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt.” That one’s a real crowd pleaser, but I’m glad he played his newer stuff and we can continue to watch him experiment. The new EP is below, and a list of tour dates below that. You can purchase tickets here.
Jul 6 – Festival d’ete de Quebec – Quebec, Canada
Jul 7 – Danforth Music Hall – Toronto, Ontario
Jul 8 – Park West – Chicago, IL
Jul 10 – Madrid Theatre – Kansas City, MO
Jul 11 – Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO
Jul 12 – The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
Jul 14 – Neptune Theatre – Seattle, WA
Jul 15 – Roseland Theater – Portland, OR
Jul 16 – The UC Theatre – Berkeley, CA
Jul 18 – House of Blues Anaheim – Anaheim, CA
Jul 19 – Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ
Jul 21 – Emo’s – Austin, TX
Jul 22 – House of Blues Dallas – Dallas, TX
Jul 23 – House of Blues Houston – Houston, TX
Jul 24 – New Daisy Theatre – Memphis, TN
Jul 25 – Mercury Ballroom – Louisville, KY
Jul 27 – House of Blues Boston – Boston, MA
Jul 28 – Randall’s Island Park / Panorama Festival – New York, NY
Jul 30 – Jefferson Theater – Charlottesville, VA
Jul 31 – Orange Peel – Asheville, NC
Aug 1 – Center Stage – Atlanta, GA
Aug 2 – The Mill & Mine – Knoxville, TN
Aug 4 – Marathon Music Works – Nashville, TN
Aug 11 – Sziget Music Festival – Budapest, Hungary
Aug 13 – Fistral Beach and Watergate Bay – Newquay, UK
Aug 15 – Concorde 2 – Brighton, UK
Aug 16 – Concorde 2 – Brighton, UK
Aug 18 – Le Fort de Saint Pere – St Pere, France
Sep 6 – Fort Punta Christo – Pula, Croatia
Sep 9 – Bestival – Lulworth, United Kingdom
Sep 14 – Rockefeller Music Hall – Oslo, Norway
Sep 17 – Festsaal Kreuzberg – Berlin, Germany
Sep 18 – Technikum – Munich, Germany
Sep 20 – Roxy – Prague, Czech Republic
Sep 21 – W.U.K. – Vienna, Austria
Sep 22 – Alte Feuerwache – Mannheim, Germany
Sep 25 – De Roma – Antwerp, Netherlands
Sep 26 – Paradiso – Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sep 28 – O2 Academy – Oxford, UK
Sep 30 – O2 Institute – Birmingham, UK
Oct 1 – O2 Academy Leeds – Leeds, UK
Oct 3 – O2 ABC – Glasgow, United Kingdom
Oct 5 – Albert Hall – Manchester, United Kingdom
Oct 6 – O2 Academy Bristol – Bristol, United Kingdom
Oct 7 – Roundhouse – London, United Kingdom
Veteran producer Rob Viktum has produced for some of your favorite artists. From Brother Ali to the collaboration EP between Rob and Don Will called “Aight New Drink”. But what happens when you take all the work you’ve done and the artists you’ve worked with and bring them on your project? Enter “Shoot the Messenger” a genuine return to the producer album. Produced entirely by Rob Viktum himself we get 15 tracks of raw, grimy hip-hop featuring a slew of names. Blueprint, Krum, Copywrite and even Brother Ali drops a verse.
This isn’t a project you want to sleep on, we actually premiered the title track right HERE. Below you can peep the entire stream and keep it locked here because we’ll be interviewing Rob Viktum and reviewing “Shoot the Messenger” soon.
Del The Funky Homosapien’s been in the mood to drop a bit of a surprise, and earlier this week he did just that by releasing his new 11 track LP, “Iller Than Most”, entirely for FREE and without any prior notice via his Soundcloud.
On the back of Deltron 3030’s artistic release last year, “Event II“, Del’s new album is described by the man himself as “futuristic and fun- but still on some Hiphop shit“. All production on the album is handled by Del himself, too. Definitely a great start for Hip Hop in 2014.
The album stream is available below and you can download it for FREE via his Soundcloud. Check it out.
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Hopsin’s album leaking did not stop the MC in his tracks. Instead he let the album loose on his youtube channel for free streaming. Check out the album below.
After a few releases here and there, Flying Lotus’s Until The Quiet Comes is almost here. Today he releases a full preview of the album over at NPR. This is one that has been on my list lately so I am anxious to hear how it sounds personally. Check out the tracklist and click the link below to give it a listen.
1. All In
2. Getting There (ft. Niki Randa)
3. Until the Colours Come
5. Tiny Tortures
6. All the Secrets
7. Sultans Request.
8. Putty Boy Strut
9. See Thru to U (ft. Erykah Badu)
10. Until the Quiet Comes
11. DMT Song (ft. Thundercat)
12. The Nightcaller
13. Only if You Wanna
14. Electric Candyman (ft. Thom Yorke)
15. Hunger (ft. Niki Randa)
16. Phantasm (ft. Laura Darlington)
17. me Yesterday//Corded
18. Dream to Me
Head over to NPR for a stream of Miquel’s album “Kaleidoscope Dream”.
Stream: Miguel – Kaleidoscope Dream
Reks will release his second album this year with producer Numonics. Here is a stream of the project with features from Jon Connor, Brown Bag Allstars’s Koncept and Krondon. Premmiered by Hip Hop DX.