Hubert Daviz is one of the main names in the european instrumental hip hop scene. The Cologne-based beatsmith returns with a short four-track EP called Teñido released by Sichtexot, providing us, once again, with a soundtrack to escape to.
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 .
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.
Daybreaks is another ace record from the Norwegian artist, composed by 17 tracks that make more sense when played together. From the first song, Ole’s trademark approach, based in high quality jazz and soul samples, sets a familiar scenario that we can only trace back to his other creations.
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.
The Lille-based Beatbliotek label has been releasing consistently generous releases since its inception last year. Under their stamp, the Belarusian Awlnight and the Taiwanese FarragoL join forces to deliver a collaborative project, connecting over worlds of distance: Splash Brothers.
Dreams From The Shore is the new cooperative album of two amazing rising producers: Psalm Trees and Moose Dawa. From each other’s shores, each entrenched in their own cultures, history and ideals, this pair of beatmakers connected over a mutual friend during the first touch of spring.
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
In 2018, Andy Baxter introduced his experimental solo/collaborative project Robohands, with the acclaimed debut LP Green, through Village Live Records. Released today, Dusk, is a brilliant follow up. The bandleader (and main soloist) takes charge of all instruments with gliding ease
With a hugely prolific output of over fifty releases, collaborations, and an entry on Fat Beat’s prestigious Baker’s Dozen series, Ohbliv’s latest release drinks from an eclectic choice of samples that are chopped and mastered right into his own art of beatmaking.
Don Leisure, best known as 50% of Darkhouse Family, laces us with an all-new 17-track album of beats - Halal Cool J, courtesy of First Word Records. Following on the single released earlier this year, the full album fuses western sounds with fuzzed-out traditional instruments and themes.
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.
The Swiss producer built a reputation of his own. His third album, A Journey To You, is about to drop on Jakarta Records - an incredibly smooth 12-track project that takes Melodiesinfonie art to another level.
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.
Dolphi is a small instrumental EP with four dope, mellow beats from Wun Two, on his unmistakable style. For this short film, he invites Knowsum and features a few saxophone snippets by Anthony Drawn. Courtesy of Sichtexot.
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.
Minus & MRDolly came to our radar with Man With A Plan, released last year through Kids Alone Records. Wrapping together polished instrumentals and mesmerizing choices of samples, that project is now expanded on a 11-track album called The Outtakes.
Emapea, the renowned Polish beatmaker, burst upon the scene with multiple compilation appearances on Cold Busted. Released in early 2018, Zoning Out Volume 1 is a soundtrack for chilling and travelling in the deepest of thoughts. The anticipated new installment of the series was released last week: Zoning Out Volume 2.
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.
Following on from 2013's acclaimed La Beat Tape, the Parisian duo Souleance return for 2019 with French Cassette, released by First Word Records, and composed by 27 tracks that play like they were part of each other, part of a superior piece of musical knowledge and groove.
Scrambled Eggs is Remulak’s newest collection of jazzy instrumental hip hop. Going through a recently found old hard drive, that was stored and collecting dust, the talented producer rediscovered some of his early works made back in 2001-2003, reworking them to shape another smooth release.
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.
The Phantom Ensemble was formed in Bristol, England and consists of 3 members; Simiah - on MPC - leads their ideological approach while Dan Somers - on keys - and Craig Crofton - on tenor & soprano sax - give a sublime instrumental texture to it.
January went by like a dream with an eclectic soundtrack, suited for different parts of this month’s plot. The BPM’s changed through 50 tracks and with them the vibes flowed up and down in a frenzy way. Just like those escalators in the picture, full of people, crossing Hong Kong, a world away from here.