Damu The Fudgemunk feat Raw Poetic – Prosper
Sounding like a cross between Buckwild and K-Def beatwise, this is one of the best I’ve heard come from the Washington DC Damu The Fudgemunk ever, and that is saying a lot. Coupled some familiar sounds, it just makes those sounds that much better in Damu’s elicit mix of boom-bap and smooth jams. I was really at a loss for words when I first heard this and after a couple weeks of jamming “Prosper”, it’s gotta go under one of my favorite beats of the year. Blessing this wondrous beat is Raw Poetic, who many of you will no doubt know is the MC for Panacea. Dude does a great job handling the beat, giving it the right sound, tone and delivery. This is featured on the Kilawatt Vol 1. Project, a vinyl only import that you can pick up now. Or if you are not down for the vinyl, iTunes has it as well. Easily one of the top songs of the year.
I’m not able to share the track, but here is a dope little video of Damu banging out the instrumental at a BBQ not too long ago…
Mayor Hawthorne – Maybe So, Maybe No
I know Mayer Hawthorne’s “A Strange Arrangement” has been out for awhile now and I’ve been playing it religiously since I first ran into it, but for some reason “Maybe So, Maybe No” really struck a chord with me this past week. Coming with a sound that I’ve fooled many people with in thinking it’s from the 60′s, Mayer brings a soulful sound to the table that captures the essence of that time period. I’m not really on the up and up on what is released as a single and what it isn’t, but I’m assuming since this has it’s own video, it is a single. That’s a good choice as it’s one of the more accessible joints on the album.
Substantial & Burns - It’s Showtime
Being the fun of muddled sounding, booming bass, “It’s Showtime” from Substantial quickly grabbed my attention. Possessing one of the nastier 808 sounding bass drops I’ve heard in a while, the track would be a great bass test for those cars that go “Boom”. I’ve always liked Substantial, but he made a big fan out of me after seeing open for Cunninlynguists last year and of course his “Sacrifice” album was one that will stick out for me amid the glut of albums over the past few years. I’m not familiar with this Burns cat, but he knows how to drop the bass, but not only that, the rest of the beat is slamming as well.
Clavius Crates feat Silas Green - Classically Trained
Whoa, where the hell did this come from? Every now and then, I get a video and/or song that makes me drop what I’m doing and just stop and listen. That’s what happened when I started playing the video for Clavius Crates’ “Classically Trained”. I’m kind of a sucka for that “Paparazzi” (Xzibit song) sound, that classical music samples and ish. Then you throw that over the top of the drums from Zeppelin’s “When The Levee Breaks” and yourself a banging track. Clavius Crates and his cohort, Silas Green are from the group Tree City, who had a nice little project over Black Milk instrumentals. Where are they from you ask? Ann Arbor, which is basically Detroit, which means that Detroit is STILL that place right now. Amazing.
I’m a sucka for a good rock sample, especially if it makes a track that much harder. That’s the case for the new joint from the duo, Dez & Nobs, has they bring a hard edged guitar sample that make you want to smack the nearest conservative redneck upside the head with a haymaker. They both do their thing with Nobs handling the beat and we all know how I feel about that now, and Dez handles to rhymes. He doesn’t back off, often challenging the track like a stare down in the bar after midnight. He has some rhymes in there that will surely become ingrained in the subconscious for inappropriate bouts of rhyming out loud in public, frightening old ladies. The chorus is just as catchy, although you only hear the songs title subject, “Kat Von D” (?) once at the very end, so no sure the connection, but who cares? It’s dope!