Golden Era Mixtape

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My fellow readers know that I love golden era hip hop from the juicy times of the early nineties. Phat rolling beats, warm analog feel, organic, soulful samples. Laid back music to cruise the city, chill at the barbecue and open your windows on a summer day. English dj and producer Krafty Kuts now put together a selection of his favorites that influenced him and you can feel the passion and his excitement for this important time for rap, hip hop and music in general. Exquisitely mixed, you want to turn up your speakers and put them next to the open window, so the whole block can nod their heads.
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Chefket ist der neue Max Herre

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Ich hoffe, dieser Junge wird richtig groß. Richtig guter Rap, richtig gute Musik, vielfältig, poppig, soulig, super produziert und ein guter Sänger ist er auch. Seine Texte sind nachdenklich, reflektiert, lyrisch, und hab ich gesagt, dass er richtig gut rappen kann? Dieser Mann nimmt mich mit auf seine Gedankenreisen und Geschichten übers Erwachsen werden, Identität, Waffenexporte und Zukunftspläne. Ein fantastisches Debut, u.a. mit Marteria, Samy Deluxe, Motrip und Tua. Read more →

Underachievers

New favorite hip hop crew: the Underachievers. They are young but their sound is somewhat timeless. A little Golden Era, a little conscious school, some reduced modern effects. Very laid back, very lyrical, very simple but very compelling. I’ve been listening to their mixtape “Indigoism” several times and it’s become a good friend, like someone you know well but always hope to find out more about. Read more →

Kensaye, a French producer in London

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I get a lot of music submissions for this blog and often I know from the way the mail is written that I am not going to be interested. This case was different. The mail was personal and concise and by the producer himself. His name is Kensaye and he writes: “My name is Kensaye, I am a French producer based in London, UK. I focus on soul/hip-hop/electro/chill music and I release material from time to time. I’m unsigned and independent.” Read more →