1. "exit,us." - Sene

    Posted by Justin Boland on Sep 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

    Sene’s entire catalog is worth checking out, but this…this is something special. Built over a bed of live classical instrumentation and clocking in at over ten minutes, adjectives like “experimental” or “ambitious” don’t really do this song justice. The writing and delivery are tightly wound, spanning human history and blurring the line between the personal and the Universal. This is a flawless gem.

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  2. "Half Measures" - Armand Hammer

    Posted by Justin Boland on Sep 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

    Euclid and Billy Woods are Armand Hammer

    Backwoodz Studios keeps it moving. This latest release is one of the most interesting MC combinations of the year: Euclid, the minimalist poet, and Billy Woods, one of New York’s most densely lyrical rappers. The beats are even more impressive, drawing off NY underground veterans like Blockhead and fresh new producers like Steel Tipped Dove. They also had the good sense to feature Curly Castro on two songs: clearly, this is top shelf product. Get some.

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  3. "Splendid" - PremRock & Talpas

    Posted by Justin Boland on Sep 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

    One big advantage of regularly touring Europe is that you get access to all kinds of local talent that the United States is sleeping on. A prime example would be Talpas, an MPC-worshipping producer from the Czech Republic. This collaboration with New York emcee PremRock is a damn tasty slice of boom bap.

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  4. "Mark's Wild Years" - PremRock

    Posted by Justin Boland on Sep 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

    Not too many rappers in this crazy world are dedicating albums to the legacy of Tom Waits. PremRock’s latest project manages to balance between sprawling and cohesive, painting a dozen memorable stories over productions from Willie Green, Steel Tipped Dove and Zilla Rocca. As Dr. Quandary put it: “This album is amazing. That is all.”

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  5. "Freedom" - MaG

    Posted by Justin Boland on Sep 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

    This was released in January, but I still come back to it often. MaG is an artist who has grown a lot over the past few years — and where he’s at now is honest, compelling and pretty damn funky, too. He’s got intricate bars, an adventurous flow and a hell of a lot to say. Freedom is highly recommended.

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  6. "Girls, Nachos" - ShowYouSuck

    Posted by Justin Boland on Sep 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

    Chicago’s ShowYouSuck is one of my favorite rappers these days and this video is pure DMT. A lot of press coverage treats this cat like a goofy joke but this is dead-serious trap surrealism. (Or something.) Director Aaron Perkins Jr has created a gleefully unhinged piece of work here.

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  7. "Secret Garden 2" - DLoaw & Co.

    Posted by Justin Boland on Sep 09, 2013 | 0 Comments

    DLoaw & Co. are a trio of “sound diggers” from France, Belgium and Greece…and these folks have superb taste. Secret Garden 2 is a rare treat of a compliation, diverse but cohesive, featuring quality instrumental hip hop from genre heavyweights like Dirty Art Club, Mononome & Jon Kennedy. (You might also find a tasty composition from Dr. Quandary in the mix, too.)

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  8. Daimyo & Friends

    Posted by Justin Boland on Sep 08, 2013 | 0 Comments

    It makes sense that the first LP from Daimyo would be 30 tracks long. A multi-instrumentalist, composer type who linked up with World Around when he was 15 years old, his interests are too wide-ranging and ambitious for a normal sized album.

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  9. "Breakup Music" - Humpasaur Jones

    Posted by Justin Boland on Sep 03, 2013 | 0 Comments

    Sure, I’m posting this to Audible Hype my own shit, but i can at least give an honest account of how this project got created. This is a six track EP that took four or five years to make, depending on your religious beliefs about the moment of conception. I have procrastinated, over-thought and second-guessed this beautiful nightmare for way too long and it feels great to have it done.

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