Straight from his heart, jazz pianist, electronic madman, genre-defying persona, Byron the Aquarius is consistently making some of the highest karat underground music available out there. His debut album, Astral Travelling, through Oslo-based Mutual Intentions, has his unmistakable sonic trademark.
Jakarta Records is one of the prominent independent record labels in Europe. Based in Berlin/Cologne, Germany, they’ve been responsible for the release of countless breakthrough acts since 2005. Rooted in Hip Hop, Neo Soul, R&B genres their output has been influencing a generation that breathes music outside the mainstream lights.
Jeen Bassa presents us a beat tape-style album, Cassava Pone - as eclectic as the influences roaming inside the producer’s mind. Courtesy of 22a, the project came out last week, with his signature head nodding and woozy productions .
There was too much music being released by the highest karat underground artists and labels, so hard choices had to be made. Selecting fifty plus tracks, in a month like this one, is an invitation for everyone reading to go deeper.
A constant work-in-progress, Anti-Lilly’s personal experiences are reflected on his lyrics, perfectly complemented by one of the smoothest producers in the hip hop game right now, Phoniks. That’s The World is the duo’s third installment.
Following the fantastic Escapism, released last year, Spaze Windu is back with another brilliant project - Opaque. With his first release on Am Apparat Records, the Bremen based beatsmith showcases his versatility again.
June breezes through the rhythms of jazz, electronic, instrumental hip hop and music from the world. There’s always that impending feeling of discovery every day that makes us move deeper into genres, movements, artists.
Making justice to his prolific creativity, Mndsgn (a.k.a. Ringo Ancheta) doesn’t let juicy beats die on his hard drive. Ahead of his next studio album, the concept of Snax was born - Snax (one ‘x’) was a tape of remixes, self-released last year & Snaxx (two ‘x’s) is more of a beat-heavy laidback monster.
Deeply inspired by the UK jazz and hip hop scene, deeply insipired by the frenetic rhythmic of London, FloFilz’s third alum for Melting Pot Music follows the fundamental spirit of Metronom and Cenário. Transit translates the current London vibe, portrayed by the producer’s very own style and touch.
Joining the Berlin-based Jakarta Records, Freddie Joachim released Beyond The Sea of Trees, his latest album, delivering 16 jazzy hip hop instrumentals including collaborations with Elijah Fox, Natalie Oliveri and FloFilz. Everything is smooth, polished, chilled. A work of an experienced master
Following the surprising Midnight Movie EP, Shunaji presents her new project: Blue Melon. Intentionally presenting a self-reflective body of work. she expands her music production skills incorporating live instrumentation.
Bound to make waves on the hip hop scene, Ilitamin G came out today. Fusing the craft of Illiterate and Vitamin G, this underground project is released by one of the best hip hop houses in the UK: Yogocop Records.
The Bakery, from Montreal producer Atamone and M.C., vocalist and beat maker Illa J, is a fruitful collaborative project. With an audible nod to classic hip hop production, Atamone grabs inspiration from soulful foundations, while Illa J brings his already unmistakable verbal icing.
For My Sanity is a project that is strongly rooted in 14KT’s spiritual practice, his flow of creativity, free from being tied down by bars, patterns, scenes, and sequences. The intention behind the LP is stated throughout the 12 tracks, blending elements of hip hop, soul, r&b and latin music in a, primarily, jazz record.
Continuing the incredible amount of brilliant releases from March, this month’s playlist carries on a eclectic note. Our favorite songs from every artist that we showcased during April are included, making this playlist another personal journey through what we’ve been into.
C.Tappin has come to our attention in September of last year, collaborating in the mesmerizing Uhuru album with Summers Sons duo (Turt and Slim.). As a pianist/singer, based in South-London, he is leading for the first time a project of his own.
Last friday, belgian producer ShunGu presented his new project: A Black Market Album. Once again, he seems ahead of his time, creating from the dungeons of his creativity. Underground, dreamy, weird, fantastic.
A reference in the modern beatmaking scene, hailing their light from France towards the entire world, La Fine Equipe - the joint project of Blanka, oOgo, Chomsky and Mr. Gib - steps forward into the craft of its members to release the impressive 5th Season LP.
Awon, one of the best underground MC’s floating from the US, drops his new album called Soulapowa, through Don’t Sleep Records.A deeply personal record, with Phoniks (his usual partner-in-crime) productions very present. Awon looks inwards. Emotions, thoughts and feelings, result of the experiences lived in the past years.
March is typically a month, in which, an overwhelming amount of great music is released. As the great work of independent artists and labels further spans worldwide, it is truly remarkable the amount of original, creative and groovy inputs we are constantly receiving at o sótão.
Shafiq Husayn sonic identity has always consisted on importing sounds and genres into his pothole of creative madness, always rooting back to the hip hop beats‐and‐rhymes basis. The Loop is the new LP by this LA-based polymath - an epic project which saw its inception in 2012.
Syrup, B. Cool-Aid’s new seven-track EP, is one of the finest and smoothest hip hop records of the year so far. Following BRWN, released in 2017, Ahwlee (on the beats) and Pink Siifu (on the lyrics) partnered once again to create a cohesive record, that manages to feel expansive despite its brief runtime.
One year has passed since Biig Piig released her debut Big Fan Of The Sesh Vol. 1, with honest stories being directly translated from the artist’s mind to music. The new 4-track EP, A World Without Snooze Vol. 2, is another touching piece.
Pinty has risen to considerable prominence within the South London musical community. City Limits refers, in its sonic signature, to the unstoppable London movement of creativity, traversing hip hop, house, UKG, jazz and darker electronic sounds with ease.
February was rich in anthems that we will hear far beyond this month. We composed a playlist of 50 tracks to summarize the best ingredients we were able to use on this special cocktail. Eclectic as always: jazz, electronic, hip hop and soul music from all over the world.
Still is the most definitive Clear Soul Forces release yet. Building a reputation around the Detroit scene for a few years now, the quartet had their breakthrough in 2012 with Detroit Revolution(s). Their new projecteschews trends and instead provides timeless, straight-up dope hip hop.
The works on Te’Amir Sweeney’s & Professor H’s Circle began in early 2016, as they visualized the project while sitting and listening to beats. They dreamed of bringing together a community of musicians working towards a common goal – a live hip hop album that reflected the cultural fabric of the city of L.A.
The long-awaited follow up to Hello, the first collaborative effort by the duo Glad2Mecha (the MC) and Ill Treats (the producer) arrived last week. The Return sounds like a backstreet from New York, with its jazzy vibes and bold real words.