Unless you’ve been under a rock or livin’ in a cave devoid of any internet or WiFi access you’d know that this year has been rife with instrumental & producer based projects. The thing that makes this year particularly crazy is the quality of said projects. I was on the phone with Eric the week before he called me & told me about the internet radio show and we both discussed how our iPods were LOADED with ridiculous new instrumental & producer based projects via Bandcamp, All City, Alpha Pup, Melting Pot Music, Warp, Brainfeeder, Hyperdub, Fat City, Tokyo Dawn, Ninja Tune, Eglo, Mello Music Group, Stones Throw & other labels.
Last year, the amount of free albums was staggering but it was the overall number of ones that were Top 50 albums of the year quality that was surprising. This year has far and away been dominated by producer albums & instrumental projects all the way through May and it won’t be until June when a gang of albums drop that the momentum will even be slowed. Here’s a partial list featuring some of the standout producer based & instrumental projects of 2010 so far:
Illum Sphere “Long Live The Plan”, Aspect 1 “Vibe Over”, Dibiase & P.U.D.G.E “L.A. Series #1″, Erik L & Illingsworth “Northern Connection”, K-Murdock “Piano-Rama”, Oddisee “Traveling Man”, Statik Selektah “The Pre Game EP” & “100 Proof (The Hangover)”, RJD2 “The Colossus”, Freeway & Jake One “The Stimulus Package”, DJ Babu “The Beat Tape Vol. 2″, Daedelus “Righteous Fist Of Harmony EP”, Mr. Dibiase “Cakeology EP”, Dexter “The Hi-Hat Club Vol. 3: The Jazz Files”, Erik L & Illingsworth “Northern Connection”, Eric Lau “Kilawatt EP”, M-Phazes “Good Gracious”, Bonobo “Black Sands”, Free The Robots “Ctrl Atl Delete”, Take & Matthewdavid “L.A. Series #2″, Breakage “Foundation”, Devonwho “Keepthafunkalive EP” (cont)
Ikonika “Contact, Love, Want, Have”, Marco Polo & Ruste Juxx “The Exxecution”, Teebs & Jackhigh “The Tropics EP”, Trek Life & J. Bizness “Rhymes Within Reason”, Alex B “Moments”, Erik L “The Soularp Suite”, Guilty Simpson & Madlib “OJ Simpson”, Knxwledge “Klouds”, Jansport J “MoveMeants”, Fat City “Producer No. 2″, Damu The Fudgemunk “How It Should Sound Vols. 1 & 2″, Jneiro Jarel “Android Love Mayhem EP”, Ras G & The Afrikan Space Program & Samiyam “L.A. Series #3″, Take “Only Mountain”, TRUTHLiVE (& Jake One) “Patience”, Onra “Long Distance EP, Berry Weight “Music For Imaginary Movies”, Clutchy Hopkins “The Story Teller”, Grooveman Spot “Change Situations”, Suff Daddy “The Gin Diaries”, Tokimonsta “Cosmic Intoxication EP”, Slopfunkdust “Beat Fanatic Vol. 1; Smoker’s Choice”, Ayatollah “The Quixotic”, Dimlite “Prismic Tops” & Flying Lotus “Cosmogramma”
Mind you, this list doesn’t include a gang of 12′s, EP’s & Bandcamp projects due to the fact they’re SO MANY ill ones out right now. I’ve been playing P.U.D.G.E’s “Don’t Touch My Drumset”, Nameless’ “Be(ats) Original Vol. 2″, Soulful’s “The Mellow Life”& Leonard Dstroy’s “Higher Vibrations” projects as well alongside Houseshoes & Jordan Rockswell’s “L.A. Series #4″, Onra’s “Long Distance LP” & Apollo Brown’s “The Reset” (both due 5.25). People ask me why I always have headphones on. Well, this is why goddamn it! This is why we won’t have any shortage of heat to play on “Bloggerhouse presents Scrunchface Sundays“. Look for the producers showcase show where we play the illest beats from 7-9 PM EST every Sunday night.
If you still think that 2010 isn’t the year of the producer you might change your mind when June hits & you’ve heard jawns like Reef The Lost Cauze vs. Guns-N-Butter “Fight Music” & Eternia & MoSS “At Last” blasting out of iPods, Zunes *cough!* & cars near you. There might be a possibility that you, the Bloggerhouse reader, weren’t even aware that this was all happening (I even spared you by not listing all of Georgia Anne Muldrow & Madlib’s projects because I care). That’s what we’re here for. Oh yeah, Black Milk will drop THREE albums this year. That is all.