With economic crisis, racial tensions and terrorism as some of the many concerns plaguing society today, 2 Hungry Bros have chosen to side with optimism. Ben Boogz of 2HB presents a vinyl mix of originals that so many of your favorite hip-hop songs are sampled from. Boogz hopes that these selected 45s will catch the attention of good sound explorers and experimenters of the now generation.
Currently, 2HB’s other half, Deep, is releasing creative soundscapes with the release of his solo debut beat album on Hipnott Records, “What You Leave Behind”. The project, “What You Leave Behind” is set to be released on cd, digital and cassette formats on December 11th. It will also be available for preorder on Bandcamp. Currently on Hipnott Records is 2HB’s the instrumental beat tape, “The Munchies”.
As a result of the overwhelming amount of music flooding the Internet, Run P. took it upon himself to revisit the tried and true as well as overlooked gems from the last couple of years. With songs/remixes from the likes of MoonBoots, Jai Paul, and J-Louis, this installation of the OHM DJ Series is definitely an eerily familiar breathe of fresh air.
Currently Run P. is trying his hands at his own original production/remixes/refixes which can be heard here. You can also catch him livening up the downtown scene every Friday at Tropical128 located at 128 Elizabeth Street, NYC.
In this competitive world, bloggers try to be first in line to post a review of the latest album release. After a couple of listens, they have formed a well-written opinion of a project that may have taken the artist months to put together. When cooking, it is best to let the meat marinate in the seasoning possibly over night to absorb the most flavor. That was the case for me with Taylor McFerrin’s 2014 release, Early Riser, which at the time of this post is almost a year old.
Since discovering this album late last year, it has permeated every aspect of my life. The meticulously produced project has depth in every arrangement. Just like McFerrin’s pensive demeanor, he fills every moment of each track with meaning that unfolds like the layers of a rose. With each listen, there’s a new melody to discover. The songs are so masterfully done that to pick a favorite is as definite as a ball volleyed; you can’t just choose one. Notable guest appearances such as his father, Bobby McFerrin, Robert Glasper and Emily King is the dessert wine to McFerrin’s chocolate cake called Early Riser. The guest appearances don’t overpower but rather compliment the music.
There’s much to be said about a project that can get regular rotation in an environment where the “newness” and “appeal” of projects have little to no shelf life. This era of the highly disposable seem to have no effect on McFerrin’s latest collective piece of work. Early Riser is a great addition to any serious music lover’s collection.