Author: Craig Monts

ScienZe – Good Food

We live in the era of quick turnover. Monstrous corporations create and peddle low quality products that inevitably result in poor health and premature death of those consuming. Ignorance has been a painful bliss that countless have enjoyed for decades. But, a shift in consciousness is due. With it a shift in requirements. With that…

The Lytics – Friction

I have been into Winnipeg’s rap outfit since their infectious jam, „They Said“ which dropped a few years back. The five-piece crew have been busy with a fresh EP on the horizon and these visuals (shot in Tokyo) for their single entitled „Friction“. Check the Avery Stedman directed 4 minute video to see the chaps…

Meyhem Lauren – Badmon Ting

I have been lucky enough to visit „the Island“ a number of times. Each visit more enjoyable and touching than the last. I can say that Mayhem Lauren‚s visuals for his most recent single „Badmon Ting“ absolutely captures the energy and vibes that seem to literally vibrate from the influential & idyllic island. White rum,…

Miles Davis, Robert Glasper & Bilal – Ghetto Walkin‘

Ghetto Walkin‘ comes from the forthcoming „Everything Is Beautiful“ project. A collection of Miles Davis‘ masters & out takes recorded during the composer’s time at Columbia Records reworked by a selection of contemporary artists. Robert Glasper reinterprets the jazz legends original track for „Ghetto Walkin’“ with impressive results. A unique meeting of jazz greats with…

Epidemic – 4 Dimensions on a Paper

The forth project from Epidemic is a jazzy delight. Rich „sonic landscapes and emotions“ delicately layered over 18 weighty tracks. Recorded in four sections over four seasons. Beginning with an upbeat playful sound then flowing into melancholic-vibes of winter. The majority of production comes from The Loop.Holes (Norway). A quality release which aims to provide…

2LATE – LOOSE

One love to Texas! Did you know that its bigger than France? Anyone that’s visited the lone star state, knows that everything is bigger in Texas. Hamburgers the size of your head etc. Austin based label; ALWAYS PROPER present beat-smith; 2LATE for your listening pleasure. He released his 5-track project entitled: „Loose“ a few weeks…

Oddisee – Alwasta EP

Never one to rest on his musical laurels, the brother Oddisee keeps treading his ever-evolving path of sonic goodness! Creating a cosy habitat where sweet-soul music meets hip hop in a marriage with pleasing results. I’m always keen to hear what the Sudanese­-American artist has to say. Predictably, both production and bars are on point…

Jungle Brown – Flight 314

MoSik, Ric*, MaEar and Tony Bones bring that throw-back sound that’s sure to spark the much-coveted mainstream attention so many artists crave. Unlike the madding crowd these chaps make that pure, unadulterated hip hop. The outfit’s Flight 314 release effortlessly flips between Native Tongues-style, lighthearted, wordplay-driven rap fodder to deeper, reflective, modern trife-life tales. Sickly-smooth…

Melodiesinfonie – Be Thankful LP

Melodiesinfonie‚s Be Thankful LP is the second release from the Swiss producer. Choosing to walk down the well-trodden „Dilla-esque“ path, Melodiesinfonie’s beats are rich and jazzy (much like the aforementioned late/great) with spiritual vibes flowing freely. Musical appearances come in the form of Miles Bonny, Djemeia (her „Peaceyea“ track is a personal favourite of mine),…

Them That Do – Them That Do…

Philly-based Them That do (emcees; Phat Hentoff, Jasper Brown, and Chuck Daily + beat-maker/producer Small Professor) pride themselves in the age-old tradition of coming together to produce quality art. The jazzy breaks and samples which have been painstakingly chopped & fused together to create this incredibly coherent and enjoyable body of work, worthy of your…