Posts Tagged ‘Hip Hop’

Rad Sauce!

August 25, 2010

Rad Sauce is a great website dedicated to experimental beats, great mixes and up to date general music culture. Created by Grant Thomas, a Perth local living in the UK- he is a regular records scavenger and an amazing DJ (formerly known as DJ Jeeves). He knows his music well, has great style and is way friendly! Some of my personal favourite mixes he’s made are great chilled out dubstep.

Rad Sauce is a blog dedicated to “saucing” experimental, wonky and bassline driven beats including but definitely not limited to Dubstep, Hip Hop, Trip Hop, Wonky, Future Beat, Glitch Hop, Step-no, 2 Step, Garage, Grime, Techno, IDM and everything in between. Updated weekly with the latest tracks, albums, club nights and general music culture.

A highly recommended website to bookmark and check regularly!

Link:
Rad Sauce

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Dub Fx

March 29, 2010

Dub Fx (Benjamin Stanford) started off being a street performer in St Kilda, Melbourne making music using only his beatboxing, vocals and loop effect pedals. As seen in the video below- the result is an amazing reggae/hip hop/dubstep style music that’s easy going to listen and dance to. Listening to the end result first, I personally didn’t think much of it until my friend showed me the making behind the product.

The entire process is just plain awesome.

Since starting out, he’s moved over to England to perform on the streets and through social networking and word of mouth- he’s shot up into popularity almost instantenously. He’s now performed all over the world with his good friend Flower Fairy who does some vocals on his tracks. He’s come out with an album, “Everythinks a Ripple” that was released in January this year (2010). Just watch the clip and I’m sure you’d want to check out the album.

Links:
Dub Fx Official Site
Dub Fx MySpace
Dub Fx Facebook

Digital Mind

July 3, 2009

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These talented 16 year old Perthians have come up with their own successful DJ company type thing. If you’re ever after decent party music- just contact these guys!! They have good dance-able song choices, smooth skills and and easy-going personalities =oD

How did you come up with the name?
There’s no big story behind it really. We just knew it had to be simple, represent what music we play & our style as well as being easy to remember. I just came about by playing around with words until Digital Mind was finally born!

Tell me a little about yourselves:
Well, Absolute’s real name is Simon Willsher, he’s 16 & born and bred in Melbourne. After that he moved around the globe, even living up in Canada, before settling down in Perth in 1998. Equipt’s real name is Jack Burton, he’s 16 as well and was born in Perth and has lived here ever since. We both used to go to the same primary school, but back then we didn’t know each other. It wasn’t until we hit high school that we met and started making music, influenced by hip hop, graffiti and the local happening’s.

What did you guys do before the group started?
About 10 months ago, Absolute was already playing gigs, and just getting Equipt into DJing. We both started off heading down the ‘battle dj’ kinda of path. We still cut & beat juggle from time to time and those skills really helped with the mixing and party side of Djing.

–Random questions–
What song have you been listening to most in the past few weeks?
To name just one would be impossible! We listen to TONNES of tracks every week. Just to name a few;

Tear The Club Up – Tittsworth
Infinity 2008 (Klaas Remix) – Guru Josh Project
Day ‘N’ Nite (Crookers Remix) – Kid Cudi
Bounce – MSTRKRFT (Feat. N.O.R.E)

What one materialistic thing can you not live without?
The MacBook 🙂

What important lesson have you learnt from being in a group?
Teamwork is king.

Does being in a music group help in picking up girls/boys?
It definitely does.

Has anything crazy or embarrassing ever happened during a set?
Hmmm… to name just one?? aha.. Well with everything these days in music being digital, there’s bound to always be some technical glitches. One party we played at, we we’re mixing two songs, and all of the sudden, the music cuts and this crazyily high pitched noise comes out of nowhere! It almost blew the speakers and definately left some people with their ears ringing. Luckily it stopped after a few seconds and the show went on.

Have a listen to the type of stuff they play and if it’s exactly what you’re after- all their details are available on MySpace.
Keep a look out for these guys- I’ll be putting up a mix from them in the near future! But for the meantime you can stream “Everybody’s Infinity” from their MySpace site.

Links:
Digital Mind MySpace
Email- digitalmindperth@gmail.com

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Spank Rock

June 28, 2009

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This post has been written by the lovely Leroy aka. Justin Smith (Check Hot Generation’s MySpace for his profile)- cuz I was too lazy to write it =oD

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Spank Rock is a group from Philadelphia, consisting primarily of MC Spankrock (Naeem Juwan) and a host of other collabs, with affilliations to the Baltimore Bass Connection (BBC). Their music is in line with the Baltimore style mash of hip-hop and electronica sounds. Spank Rock’s 2006 debut YoYoYoYoYo has traces of 8-bit which isn’t usually sounds associated with hiphop.

Benny Blanco’s D.A.N.C.E mashes Justice’s electo/dance/pop anthem with Mos’ Def and Spank Rock (his 2007 EP ‘bangers and cash’ is actually a collaboration with blanco)
I’m personally a bit of an electrohead, and have lately been starting to get into my hiphop- So this has been a pretty cool progression. If you like your Hip Hop, Baltimore or Electro, Spank Rock is a winner, or at the least an interesting listen.

Remixes/Collabs:
“Back it Up” in Ed Banger Rec 3 by Feadz 2008
“D.A.N.C.E.” by Justice (Benny Blanco mix feat. Spank Rock & Mos Def) 2007
“Keep My Composure” from Brotherhood by The Chemical Brothers (2008)
“Shove It” from Santogold by Santogold (2008)
“Ultraviolence” (Remix featuring Spank Rock) by Heartsrevolution (2009)
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Spank Rock’s 2006 album ‘YoYoYoYoYo’ proved to be very popular in the underground Baltimore scene in the US and caught more music listener’s attention as the famous Ed Banger Records worked it into Vol. 3 with “Back It Up”. They also have a second album released in 2007 – Benny Blanco & Spank Rock Present: “Bangers and Cash”
I’ve put up links to “Back It Up” as well as the “D.A.N.C.E Remix” which I HIHGLY suggest you take a look at as you will not be disappointedd! mmkay?!

Links:
Spank Rock MySpace
Spank Rock Facebook (Yes – The time has come to put up facebook links as myspace is dying)

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Bubbz

May 15, 2009

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Bubbz aka Chief feat. Sparks – Be Easy

Bubbz is a hip-hop, electro experimental kinda artist. His stuff is catchy as hell and you might end up bopping your head to his clever beats! Check out his blog if you like this music scene- he’s always posting up new music, events and his thoughts on them and it’s crazy interesting.

Links:
Bubbz MySpace
Bubbz Blog

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Tyga

February 9, 2009

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Michael Stevenson aka. Tyga is an artist who creates rnb/pop/hip hop/rap music. He was always interested in music and his music career began with help from Gym Class Heroes Travis after he gave Travis his mixtape. After a while he became a toured with Gym Class Heroes to watch them perform and evnetually got signed up to Bat Squad Records. He featured in Lil Wayne’s most recent album. His own album “No Introduction” will be released in a few months and you guys should defs look out for “Coconut Juice” which will probably be constantly played at Cite in Carousel once I get my hands on it. The album is going to feature productions from Patrick Stump and Stress. Being the close group those guys are, check out the video clips and look out for cameo appearances from Pete Wentz, Travis McCoy and Lil Wayne.

This is his explanation behind the meaning of the title “Coconut Juice” – “I don’t drink alcohol, so at parties I would just walk around with a cup mixed with whatever else I could find. When people asked what I was sipping on I would say ‘coconut juice’ because it sounded funny. So I made a song about it.”

Here is a free download which I really suggest you give a listen to, plenty of songs! Like lots and lots of it.
Clinton Sparks Presents: Tyga (Free Download)

Links:
Tyga MySpace
Tyga Official

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Ludachrist

January 10, 2009

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This here is a one super-amazing-psycho-frickin-awesome mix. It’s full of all the different types of music you could possible imagine from ACDC, Doest it offend you yeah? and Daft Punk to the sickest Rappers past and present. Plus it’s totally uncensored. You must download this even if you think you wont enjoy it- cuz you will.

Ludachrist consists of Knick of Evol Intent (Los Angeles) and Dr. Ray Boardman M.D. aka Ewun (Rochester, NY). Bangfest is the beginning of their collaborative work and it is of the highest quality you could possible imagine. Each song flows into the other so seamlessly and there is never a beat out of place!

CLICK HERE NOW!

Links:
Ludachrist Biography
Ludachrist Official Site
Ludachrist MySpace

Dope Couture

November 16, 2008

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The name says it all! These clothes are bold and bright without going over the top on the colour. Plus the designs are not as tacky as it tends to be with statement tees because the art on these shirts are tastefully creative. On their online shop they have tees for men and women as well as some skateboard decks and stickers! Shirts are cheap too only $29US (compared to most tees from the us).

Enjoy!

Links:
Dope Couture Site
Dope Couture Online Shop

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Lady Citizen

July 4, 2008

Lady Citizen’s sound is so different- lots of skill and talent is put into the songs that combine so many different sounds and beats. The blending is almost flawless without any two sounds or beats clashing each other so that it sounds 100% professional- especially in my favourites “Another Day Heaven” & “2am Radio”.

This is what Lady Citizen has to say about the music created:
“Lady Citizen’s concept is “machine soul”, “electro shoegaze beats” & “electro based next level Hip hop, Breaks & Jazz”.The sound incorporates a lot of different music styles (Rock, Hip Hop, Funk, Soul, Techno, Jazz etc). “

What did you do before the starting?
When i started make making music, I was working as a kitchen hand in Melbourne in 2005.

How did you start out/ was it hard?
I made a lot of demos and i uploaded to my myspace.

Any big plans for the near future?
My new EP”2am radio EP” is coming soon on Nashiville Noir records(U.S.A) It will be available from the itunes store & other online outlets.

–Random questions–
What song have you been listening to most in the past few weeks?
Well, my current fave song is “Electric Feel/MGMT” & “Hearts on fire/Cut Copy”

What one materialistic thing can you not live without?
Definitely my Macbook!! It is essential for my music.

Do you have a secret name for your favourite inanimate object?
Yes, my laptop’s name is sickboy, coz it makes me a computer addict.

Does being in a band help in picking up girls/boys?
Not really.

Has anything crazy or embarrassing ever happened during a live gig?
A few month ago, I got really drunk & totally messed up my DJ set!

If you love electro instrumental quirky music minus the vocals- give Lady Citizen a listen! There are a variety of songs, some have beats that’s like an electro version of Hip Hop while others have a more chilled out vibe that’s like an electro version of soul.

Links:
Lady Citizen MySpace
Lady Citizen Official

Snob Scrilla

March 30, 2008

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Snob Scrilla is a really cool guy that plays hip hop/electro music with a mix of indie rock- turns out to be a great combo. After listening to a few of his songs, I felt like seeing him live would be something awesome! Not only does he get the musical combinations right, his singing/rapping and lyrics are funny and interesting, you might catch yourself singing along after a while.
His interview shows his personality off more- you’ll find he’s as fun and lively as his music is.

How did you come up with the name?
Snob Scrilla actually came about when I was conceptualizing the project. See in the Bay Area in Northern Cali the term scrilla means cash. And with this project I wanted to complete throw out what would be the “viable market” product and just do what ever the hell I felt like doing in the lab. Hence I was gonna snob the cash and stick to my creative vision. Snob Scrilla…

Tell me a little about yourself?
My names Sean, I’m 24, raised in Cali and now residing in Sydney. I enjoy watching the sunset and long walks on the beach collecting shells.

What did you do before the music making started?
I’ve actually been making music my whole life, literally since I was in 4th or 5th grade. But I was also studying in Newcastle, which is why I initially came down here.

How did you start out/ was it hard?
Starting out was a serious grind actually. Initially just to get my name out i was working as an MC in clubs. i was broke as hell because at the time under my visa I couldn’t work and I was doing gigs for free just to get as many as possible. My girlfriend would drive me from newcastle all over the place to do these hole in wall nights where I wasn’t even getting paid, she was seriously the only way that I survived. Slowly my name and profile as an MC started to build and I got to the point where I was meeting the people I wanted to meet and performing in the places where I wanted to perform. that lasted for about three and a half years just making the contacts, networking, and tallying up favors with the right people. Then I connected with Audius and we locked ourselves in the lab for another 7 months crafting this project. Once that was done it was time to call on all those connects and favors to get it out there and heard and so far it seems like the long grind is paying off.

Any big plans for the near future?
The main focus at the moment is the live show. We are putting something really crazy together that I think is gonna blow people away. To me that’s the most exciting part of the process, the live show. I can’t wait to show you guys when we come out your way…

Random questions:
What song have you been listening to most in the past few weeks?
Man that’s a tough one because I’m listening to so much but I’ll give you three. I have been knocking Miami Horror’s remix of Faker’s “Heartattack”. Actually I have been knocking all of Miami’s stuff, he’s seriously the shit. I have been listening to “We Are Rockstars” by Does It Offend You Yeah. And I have been listening to Rock Steady in The Night by Digikid84…check these kids out they are on some throwback electro meets boogaloo steez and i love it…

What one materialistic thing can you not live without?
Wow how boring am I…my ipod…

Do you have a secret name for your favourite inanimate object?
No, but now I want to…thanks for that. Oh but I always wanted to get a dog so I could name it monkey cause i thought that would be kinda funny. Cause you would be all like “Monkey!!!” and this little dog would come running and how funny would that be? No? whatever…

Does being in the music making business help in picking up girls?
Yeah chicks dig it…but the music gives completely the wrong image. Girls think I’m all cool and stuff, then they hang with me and I’m like “let’s go bowling” or “let’s play guitar hero!!!”. I can only imagine the disappointment they must feel!!! hahaha… I need someone who understands my geekiness lol…

What’s the most embarassing thing that’s happened during a live gig?
Well this gig at Ruby Rabbit that was basically not a gig for me to be doing the first place. it was arts exhibition night called fashique…I was running hella late cause I was in a session with Jake from Something With Numbers who was vocaling this track on my album.Anyway we finally show up after the promoter has been calling my phone about 10 times, she’s pissed off cause we didn’t get to do soundcheck and we are screwing up the schedule of the night. Then when we hit the stage the music levels are all over the place and halfway through the first song the mic just decides to switch itself off. Then people start walking out and they all turn their backs on me cause i’m up there the music sound like crap and I’m basically screaming over the top to be heard cause the mic’s no working anymore. So I just went even harder nearly fell off the stage and broke my neck and basically amused myself acting like a madman. I think I still earned a couple fans that night though. Whatever…me and Jake had fun ha…

Has any crazy fans done anything weird?
There was one guy who asked me if I would appreciate him getting “snob scrilla” tattooed down the length of his arm. What do you say to that? Well I’m a jerk…so I say hell yes!!!!…we’ll see if he’s got new ink next time I see him lol!!!

Now for all you Sydney people out there- you’re lucky enough to have the chance to see Snob Scrilla live in two weeks (check out his myspace link for more details!). Plus a single will be out on iTunes at the end of April so keep an eye out for that!

Links:
Snob Scrilla Msypace

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