Bringing prime cuts and street-inspired style to the table, Portland based Saltfeend is a multifaceted producer with a knack for all things head-nod. Expanding upon his quickly growing catalog, his newest release is a collection of dusty boom-bap sonatas; the Balboa EP brings a detail-oriented approach to Lo-Fi soundscapes, delivering a refreshing interpretation of mind-swelling hip-hop.
“See hip-hop is not just one thing. As long as it feel good and it hits you in the heart, and you can feel what the person’s saying in that type of way, then that’s hip-hop.” So says Nasir Jones aka Nas, as sampled by Sweeps in the Boston-based producer’s latest single “not just one thing”. Sweeps hits on a special sound in his latest tune, a cerebral take on hip-hop.
Travel to Denver, Colorado to the small basement studio run by upstart label Color Red and you’ll find guitarist Brant Williams and his four-piece ensemble ManyColors recording sparse, low-slung hip-hop grooves direct-to-tape. Their first single “Bangs” used jazz modalities to riff over stuttering beats, and with their second song “Gladys” the group does the same but with more chemistry and confidence.
‘Eastern Beats’ features only the finest instrumentals evocative of the East. This includes both music made by producers from across Asia, and music made elsewhere that through certain samples, scales, and motifs conjures images of skinny side streets, mountain shrines and verdant gardens. Move through sounds from pioneers Nujabes and Uyama Hiroto, multi-instrumentalists Kazumi Kaneda and ØDYSSEE, lo-fi producers bsd.u and jinsang, and much more. We add music periodically so stay chooned.