distilled refraction…

distilled refraction…

Madlib x Juxtapoz #163 (Aug.2014) 

Madlib cover story illustrated by Jason Jagel. This issue also features an interview with Madlib art director & Rappcats crew Jeff Jank.

Madlib x Juxtapoz #163 (Aug.2014)

Madlib cover story illustrated by Jason Jagel. This issue also features an interview with Madlib art director & Rappcats crew Jeff Jank.

o v e r s i g h t

-tim tim

o v e r s i g h t

-tim tim

道德经

San Diego based Progressive, fusion, instrumental, math rock, post rock (whatever you want to call them) band Chon released their 'Woohoo!' EP March 18th, 2014 Independently. And I can’t believe these guys aren’t that huge, and I can’t believe i’ve slept on them… They released their first Ep 'Newborn Sun' in 2013 but had demos floating around the interwebz in 2008. This ep showcases their guitarists chops albeit reminiscent of Dance Gavin Dance, and The Fall Of Troy, and Tera Melos present innovative and distinct riffage… However, let us not forget drums and bass and how they are done so well it sounds easy (but it’s not easy), there is no question of skill from this band. Upon discovering Chon I instantly added them into the daily rotation and will definitely try to catch one of their shows in the future fersure. Oh yea and according to an reddit AMA an upcoming project in 2014 may include more tracks with vocals.

Q. Do you plan on having Drew sing on other songs besides Ecco?….:
A. We’re gonna write some more tunes with vox 4sho 2014
-Chon

If you like some of the bands mentioned earlier you need to check these dudes out.
Tracklist/ Album Cover:
   Super Potion
   Knot
   Ecco
   Sketch
   Dust
   Suda
fav tracks=  Suda, Knot, Sketch…but they’re all dope songs!
-tim tim

San Diego based Progressive, fusion, instrumental, math rock, post rock (whatever you want to call them) band Chon released their 'Woohoo!' EP March 18th, 2014 Independently. And I can’t believe these guys aren’t that huge, and I can’t believe i’ve slept on them… They released their first Ep 'Newborn Sun' in 2013 but had demos floating around the interwebz in 2008. This ep showcases their guitarists chops albeit reminiscent of Dance Gavin Dance, and The Fall Of Troy, and Tera Melos present innovative and distinct riffage… However, let us not forget drums and bass and how they are done so well it sounds easy (but it’s not easy), there is no question of skill from this band. Upon discovering Chon I instantly added them into the daily rotation and will definitely try to catch one of their shows in the future fersure. Oh yea and according to an reddit AMA an upcoming project in 2014 may include more tracks with vocals.

Q. Do you plan on having Drew sing on other songs besides Ecco?….:

A. We’re gonna write some more tunes with vox 4sho 2014

-Chon

If you like some of the bands mentioned earlier you need to check these dudes out.

Tracklist/ Album Cover:

  1.    Super Potion
  2.    Knot
  3.    Ecco
  4.    Sketch
  5.    Dust
  6.    Suda

fav tracks=  Suda, Knot, Sketch…but they’re all dope songs!

-tim tim

V o g u e J a p a n J u l y 2 0 1 4  

V o g u e J a p a n J u l y 2 0 1 4  

'overwatching'

-tim tim

'overwatching'

-tim tim

Freddie Gibbs x Madlib ‘Cocaine Piñata’ released March 18th, 2014 via Stones Throw. This album has rhymes handled by Gibbs and production by Madlib. The lyrics talk about Gibbs’ experiences from the dope game and the gangster lifestyle. The production is really soulful, choppy (in a good way), and hypnotizing. Also Madlib kindly released the instrumentals too. The features are Danny Brown, Scarface, Ab-Soul, Earl Sweatshirt and many more. I really enjoyed this album and not just because i’m a beat junkie but because ever since I heard Gibbs’ music I was a fan because his authenticity in his subject matter just like Danny Brown in so many words he’s was really about that life whilst so many others fake it… Not much else I can say about this one except that if you like Gangster -esque hip hop and dope beats you need to cop this album.   
Tracklist/ Album Cover:
Supplier
Scarface
Deeper
High, feat. Danny Brown
Harold’s
Bomb, feat. Raekwon
Shitsville
Thuggin’
Real
Uno
Robes, feat. Domo Genesis & Earl Sweatshirt
Broken, feat. Scarface
Lakers, feat. Ab-Soul & Polyester the Saintx
Knicks
Shame, feat. BJ the Chicago Kid
Watts, feat. Big Time Watts
Piñata, feat. Domo Genesis, G-Wiz, Casey Veggies, Sulaiman, Meechy Darko & Mac Miller
fav tracks: Deeper, Harold’s, Bomb, Thuggin’, Uno, Robes, Broken

Freddie Gibbs x Madlib Cocaine Piñata’ released March 18th, 2014 via Stones Throw. This album has rhymes handled by Gibbs and production by Madlib. The lyrics talk about Gibbs’ experiences from the dope game and the gangster lifestyle. The production is really soulful, choppy (in a good way), and hypnotizing. Also Madlib kindly released the instrumentals too. The features are Danny Brown, Scarface, Ab-Soul, Earl Sweatshirt and many more. I really enjoyed this album and not just because i’m a beat junkie but because ever since I heard Gibbs’ music I was a fan because his authenticity in his subject matter just like Danny Brown in so many words he’s was really about that life whilst so many others fake it… Not much else I can say about this one except that if you like Gangster -esque hip hop and dope beats you need to cop this album.   

Tracklist/ Album Cover:

  1. Supplier
  2. Scarface
  3. Deeper
  4. High, feat. Danny Brown
  5. Harold’s
  6. Bomb, feat. Raekwon
  7. Shitsville
  8. Thuggin’
  9. Real
  10. Uno
  11. Robes, feat. Domo Genesis & Earl Sweatshirt
  12. Broken, feat. Scarface
  13. Lakers, feat. Ab-Soul & Polyester the Saintx
  14. Knicks
  15. Shame, feat. BJ the Chicago Kid
  16. Watts, feat. Big Time Watts
  17. Piñata, feat. Domo Genesis, G-Wiz, Casey Veggies, Sulaiman, Meechy Darko & Mac Miller

fav tracks: Deeper, Harold’s, Bomb, Thuggin’, Uno, Robes, Broken

Blu x Bombay ‘Good To Be Home’ is the ninth official Album by Los Angeles emcee Blu with production exclusively handled by Bombay and the Artwork by Joseph Martinez. The album was released on May 20th, 2014 via Nature Sounds. On this album his lyrics talk about coming-up in the music industry, cars, girls/relationships, and his experiences of living/ growing up in Los Angeles. The production similarly has a west coast style with the samples, which creates a nice cohesiveness to the westcoast themes within the lyrics. There is features from Evidence, Alchemist, Prodigy, Thurz, Co$$, Oh No, Fashawn and more! All the features were on point and compliment the songs well imo. Over the years Blu has developed a more lofi-ish sound w/ beats and recordings and Bombay’s production style really compliments that aspect of Blu. I really dug this album and it’ll def be on repeat for a minute. If you’re unfamiliar with Blu and like hip hop I suggest you check out his entire catalogue foreal. He’s easily one of my favorite emcees.  
Tracklist/ Album Cover:
DISC 1:

Home
The Return
Back Home Again
Boyz N The Hood f. Fashawn, Like & BeYoung (of Pac Div)
Whip Creme (Part One) f. Definite, Big Dame, Co$$ & Swt Pea
The West
The 50z
The LA f. Secret Service Agents
Summer Time f. Bombay & Arima Ederra
The Summer / Angel Dust f. LMNO and 2Mex (of The Visionaries) & Imani (of The Pharcyde)
DISC 2:

Rap Dope
Dre Day
Red & Gold f. Prodigy, Mitchy Slick & Phil Da Agony
Child Support
Well Fare f. Thurz & Casey Veggies
He Man
Brown Sugar f. MED & Oh No
Bobby Brown f. Clutch, Mic Holden & Definite
Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop f. Alchemist, Evidence, Tristate, Planet Asia, Donel Smokes, Chace Infinite & Krondon
The West (Part Two)
fav tracks: The Return, Whip Creme, The West, Brown Sugar, and Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop 

Blu x Bombay ‘Good To Be Home’ is the ninth official Album by Los Angeles emcee Blu with production exclusively handled by Bombay and the Artwork by Joseph Martinez. The album was released on May 20th, 2014 via Nature Sounds. On this album his lyrics talk about coming-up in the music industry, cars, girls/relationships, and his experiences of living/ growing up in Los Angeles. The production similarly has a west coast style with the samples, which creates a nice cohesiveness to the westcoast themes within the lyrics. There is features from Evidence, Alchemist, Prodigy, Thurz, Co$$, Oh No, Fashawn and more! All the features were on point and compliment the songs well imo. Over the years Blu has developed a more lofi-ish sound w/ beats and recordings and Bombay’s production style really compliments that aspect of Blu. I really dug this album and it’ll def be on repeat for a minute. If you’re unfamiliar with Blu and like hip hop I suggest you check out his entire catalogue foreal. He’s easily one of my favorite emcees.  

Tracklist/ Album Cover:

DISC 1:

  1. Home
  2. The Return
  3. Back Home Again
  4. Boyz N The Hood f. Fashawn, Like & BeYoung (of Pac Div)
  5. Whip Creme (Part One) f. Definite, Big Dame, Co$$ & Swt Pea
  6. The West
  7. The 50z
  8. The LA f. Secret Service Agents
  9. Summer Time f. Bombay & Arima Ederra
  10. The Summer / Angel Dust f. LMNO and 2Mex (of The Visionaries) & Imani (of The Pharcyde)

DISC 2:

  1. Rap Dope
  2. Dre Day
  3. Red & Gold f. Prodigy, Mitchy Slick & Phil Da Agony
  4. Child Support
  5. Well Fare f. Thurz & Casey Veggies
  6. He Man
  7. Brown Sugar f. MED & Oh No
  8. Bobby Brown f. Clutch, Mic Holden & Definite
  9. Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop f. Alchemist, Evidence, Tristate, Planet Asia, Donel Smokes, Chace Infinite & Krondon
  10. The West (Part Two)

fav tracks: The Return, Whip Creme, The West, Brown Sugar, and Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop 

SEVDALIZA, is a vocalist/producer/MC based in Holland.

She reminds me of Jai Paul on this track, but either way i’m definitely a fan now. Can’t wait to hear her future work.