J Dilla Hip-Hop Collection Donated to National Museum of African American History and Culture

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture announces the donation of significant artefacts from the family of award-winning hip-hop artist and producer, James “J Dilla” Yancey. The items will be part of the museum’s growing arts and … Continue reading J Dilla Hip-Hop Collection Donated to National Museum of African American History and Culture

7’6: Organic Synthesis

7’6 presents debut album Organic Synthesis, a body of work which breathes new life into hip hop as we know it. Citing acts such as J Dilla, Bonobo, Flying Lotus, Hermitude, and Rudimental as his inspirations. 7‘6 prides himself on having an eclectic and unique sound selection spanning across genres. What sets a 7’6 release apart is his ability to set the scene via soundscape. A dexterous musician, 7’6 has composed the album so that each instrument tells its own story to form a cohesive whole. Having either produced for or recorded many recognized artists previously, 7’6 felt that it was … Continue reading 7’6: Organic Synthesis

Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton – This Is Stones Throw Records: Sydney Screening

For the first time in Sydney, local audiences can now see Jeff Broadway’s 2013 documentary about forward-thinking hip hop label, Stones Throw and hear/see the full story from label co-founder Peanut Butter Wolf as he takes viewers on a journey from forming the label with Charizma, through flagship acts like Madlib and J Dilla to present day successes such as Mayer Hawthorne. With a soundtrack by Madlib, this full-length feature film draws on over 100 hours of footage from filmmaker Jeff Broadway, live concert footage, never-before-seen archival material, inner-circle home video/photographs, and in-depth interviews with the folks who put Stones … Continue reading Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton – This Is Stones Throw Records: Sydney Screening

Letters To The Sun – Coin x Akouo

Originating from two of the most musically isolated parts of Australia, Perth rapper Coin (of The Stoops / Coin & Taku) and Tasmanian DJ/producer Akouo (Javs & Akouo) have been quietly building a cache of sounds that blend neo-soul, backpack rap and eclectic rhythms. The duo draw inspiration from a range of influences, from hip hop producers such as J Dilla, Pete Rock, Hitek, Exile and 20Syl to neo-soul figures like Amp Fiddler, Erykah Badu and Common. As a member of The Stoops, Coin collaborated with producer J Squared (Illy / Beathedz / Spit Syndicate) on their album Stoop Squared. It was soon followed up his album Home, a collaboration with future beats producer Taku (Raashan Ahmad/Miles Bonny). Coin’s work on The … Continue reading Letters To The Sun – Coin x Akouo

Letters To The Sun – Appetizers

Originating from two of the most musically isolated parts of Australia, Perth rapper Coin (of The Stoops / Coin & Taku) and Tasmanian DJ/producer Akouo (Javs & Akouo) have been quietly building a cache of sounds that blend neo-soul, backpack rap and eclectic rhythms. The duo draw inspiration from a range of influences, from hip hop producers such as J Dilla, Pete Rock, Hitek, Exile and 20Syl to neo-soul figures like Amp Fiddler, Erykah Badu and Common. As a member of The Stoops, Coin collaborated with producer J Squared (Illy / Beathedz / Spit Syndicate) on their album Stoop Squared. It … Continue reading Letters To The Sun – Appetizers

Katalyst – Ready To Drop feat. Kween G

Producing since the mid nineties, Sydney based Ashley Anderson initially recorded under the moniker of Moonrock with the late Illpickl, releasing a self titled album in early ’98 to critical acclaim, and went on to contribute tracks to the internationally renowned Cafe Del Mar. Katalyst, he had his first solo release with a track on the internationally respected, Dope on Plastic compilation. May 2002 saw the release of the Katalyst’s debut album Manipulating Agent. The first release for Invada Records, this well crafted album received remarkable acclaim. Initially Triple J album of the week, the album went on to earn … Continue reading Katalyst – Ready To Drop feat. Kween G