Were you thinking that there can’t possibly be more unheard Dilla beats out there? Well, you would be wrong. The newest batch comes from Mahogani Music and it is a fantastic collection of twenty (yah, twenty!) rare Jay Dee beats that picks right up where the label’s “Dillatroit” release from last year left off. “Lost Tapes, Reels & More” is a beat-head’s dream and fan’s of Dilla know what to expect (check the three minute track below featuring bits and pieces from the album). Not a surprise that this is a super-limited 2LP set, so if you want to cop one you will need to act quick.
Noah Vinson is an up-and-coming emcee out of the Bronx who has released the track Y.G.A., which will appear on his upcoming “Young & Proud” mixtape due out later this year. The song features a great 1970′s-sounding soul sample which matches up perfectly with Vinson’s smooth flow. Y.G.A. stands for Young, Gifted & Authentic – and so far he is representing that in full. Listen and download below.
The Child of Lov is a singer/songwriter/producer from Amsterdam who made quite the splash in the blogosphere last year and who has now released his full-length self-titled debut album. The sound is a unique blend of psychedelia and funk and is definitely unique – not many newcomers can get both Damon Albarn, DOOM and Thundercat to guest on their first record. As far as the DOOM track goes, it is a weird and wild ride, check it below and head over to Double Six Records to order the album in a couple different formats.
Hannibal Stax has teamed up with GOF fave Marco Polo for the collaborative project “Seize The Day”. Stax was discovered by none other than DJ Premier and actually appeared on a couple of Gangstarr tracks and while he has been making his way through the NYC hip-hop underground this is actually his solo debut. Give the nice Warrior Drumz a listen below and head over to Soulspazm to grab the album.
Yo Dot is an MC from Milwaukee who has just dropped the track SPM Freestyle 1, which will be the first in a series leading up to the release of his full-length “Sherman Park Memoirs” in June. Dude definitely has skills and has us very intrigued for the album. Listen/Download below and then watch the nice Spaz Gordon produced video here.
The soul/funk-revival scene has grown quite a bit since Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings jump-started it nearly a decade ago and yet in many ways they are still the standard-bearers for the movement. Now they are back in the fold with Retreat!, the first cut off their upcoming album “Give The People What They Want” (due out in August). It is exactly what you love about Jones and the group – biting lyrics and music that sends you back to the heyday of labels like Stax, Bell, Atlantic and Hi Records. Giving the people what they want indeed.
Well, I can honestly say that I never thought Animal Collective would show up on GOF and yet here we are with a a remix of the group’s New Town Burnout by hip-hop collective Shabazz Palaces. The track will appear on the “Monkey Been to Burn Town” EP out later this month featuring remixes off their most recent album “Centipede Hz”. Animal Collective are an acquired taste for sure, but their fans are about as passionate as music fans get these days. Check out New Town Burnout below and pre-order a copy of the remix EP here. And if you’re not familiar with the awesomeness that is Shabazz Palaces check out one of their killer tracks here.
Dandy Teru is a French producer who recently signed to Ubiquity Records and has just released his debut album “Adventures” on the label. An instrumental hip-hop album with excellent guest vocalists and rappers, this is one of those records that only grows stronger with each listen. This is music that is equally at home on a late-night with your partner as it is on the playlist at your next gathering. Great beats, lots of vintage-sounding keyboards and outstanding production make for a listen that truly lives up to it’s name. To top it all off, at the end of the record are some sweet remixes by Tall Black Guy, Belgian production duo Monkey Robot and Teru’s partner-in-crime Quiet Dawn. Listen below and then head over to Ubiquity to order up a copy.