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Instrumental Hip Hop

Prince Jonez has asserted his authenticity through his tribally entrancing instrumental mix ‘Planet Balloonz’.

Singer-songwriter and producer, Prince Jonez has released his debut album, Lovechild of XII Eraz, delve in and you’ll see how intense and atmospheric instrumental hip hop can be when left in the hands of an artist committed to ensuring that synapses fire at the request of their experimental trip hop.

Sunny staccato rhythms gently coalesce with tribal drum rolls and glitchy beats that weave a little trip-hop into the mix as it steadily gains momentum and picks up discordant alt-rock nuances along the way.

What Porcupine Tree is to alt-rock, Prince Jonez is to hip hop. They may be fresh from their inception, but the Chicago-based artist already exhibits an enviable ability to construct all-consuming aural experiences.

You can check out Prince Jonez’s instrumental mix for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Succumb to the serenity in TRL Beats & Instrumentals’ smooth hip hop single ‘Goodbye’

UK-based artist and producer, TRL Beats & Instrumentals, is here to say ‘Goodbye’ with their hypnotically smooth hip hop single pulled from their latest album ‘Life in Colour: The Beattape Vol.2’.

The gentle mellifluous layers, constructed with warm and radiantly light tones, ease you into the soundscape which features ethereal female vocals and boasts a dreamy intimate feel. The vocals drift into the mix in sporadic increments around the steady beats that you’ll want to repeatedly revisit.

You can allow your synapses to succumb to the sweetness in Goodbye by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Hervé Claude has released their exotically inviting instrumental soul single “Freeze”

Hervé Claude didn’t need lyrics or vocals to infuse plenty of soul into their exotically inviting soundscape “Freeze” which can be found on their dreamy 2020 album “Saturday Morning

The hazy single plays with ambient EDM and instrumental Hip Hop textures to keep you guessing where the seamlessly mellifluous progressions are going to take you next. Spoiler: if you surrender to their tranquilly resolving vibes, you’ll be guided into a zen state of mind where it’s possible to forget the chaos of the external world and become one with this sublime feat of soulful ambience.

If you could use some aural catharsis, Hervé Claude’s 2020 album has you covered.

You can check out Hervé Claude’s single Freeze along with the rest of the album by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Hip Hop Producer Drilltime Zani Has Taken the Scene by Rhythmic Storm with Their Standout Mix “Mop Stickz”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4oqdKKDXoxM

Hip Hop producer Drilltime Zani has proven to be a rhythmic force to be reckoned with in recent years. With multiple viral hits under their belt such as Mop Stickz which have racked up over 2 million streams on YouTube alone since its release in 2019, it’s hard not to pay attention to their virtuoso style.

With Mop Stickz, Drilltime Zani took Lud Foe’s iconic style and crafted a cinematically immersive, atmospherically ambient track which has no need for Rap bars to express the energy and emotion which oozes from the masterful almost Neo-Classic progressions.

It’s all too easy to expect big things to come from the Florida, US-based artist in the future.

You can check out Mop Stickz along with Drilltime Zani’s other beats for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Kenta Insense – Turntable: Blissfully Sun-Soaked Jazz-Infused Instrumental Hip Hop

https://soundcloud.com/kentainsense/turntable

For many, Summer 2020 may feel cancelled. Yet, as long as we have blissfully sun-soaked vibing mixes such as Kenta Insense’s recently released single “Turntable”, it’s impossible to feel totally pessimistic about the season.

The Brooklyn-based DJ and producer prepared an indulgent cocktail of transcendence with Turntable. There’s a vitality amidst the ambience of the soundscape and effortless ease within the structure of the naturally flowing mix which you will definitely want to add to your playlists to get a repeat dose of tranquillity.

You can check out Kenta Insense’s latest single Turntable along with their other recent releases for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

LA Alt Indie duo Tricks have made their debut with the genre-crumbling EP “The Epic Preview”

Up and coming LA Alt Indie Electronica duo Tricks have made their dreamily entrancing debut with the EP “The Epic Preview”. Given the title of the EP and the resonant magnetism which the release contains, we’re already excited to hear what will follow.

Each of the 7 tracks on the EP offers plenty of affable aural indulgence. Yet, the best introduction to Tricks’ urbanely nuanced production style is “2squares”. With the Mike Patton-levels of sublime experimental ingenuity, you’ll be transfixed to the ever-evolving progressions which flirt with downtempo Hip Hop, Indie and Soul. Each progression and shift in tone is as seamless as the last in this medley of grooving which follows just the right tempo for the track to be as cathartic as it is captivating.

You can check out 2squares along with the rest of Tricks’ debut EP for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

To keep up to date with new releases, follow Tricks via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Stefan – The Surface (Radio Edit): Obscurely Progressive Electronica

The feat of aural insanity which breaking Alt Electronica artist Stefan offers through their standout track “The Surface” is not to be missed. Especially for fans of darkly obscure progressive Electronica.

What starts off as a laid-back Instrumental EDM Hip Hop soundscape seamlessly morphs into a high-octane Trance hit complete with plenty of pulsating energy.

I’ve listened to my fair share of experimental electronica. And it’s safe to say that Stefan is offering peerlessly distinctive mixes. Their devilish ability to hook you into a mix which will never allow you to guess what’s coming is all too refreshing. And it’s all the more reason to place The Surface on your playlists so you can give it the repeat attention it will demand once you’ve heard it.

You can check out the radio edit of Stefan’s latest track for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Casey McGrath – Fiddle Rabbit (A Four-Stringed Tribute to Eminem)

Any fans of the aural alchemy which 2cellos can weave will definitely want to turn their attention to the latest piece to be released by classically-trained violinist Casey McGrath.

“Fiddle Rabbit (A Four-Stringed Tribute to Eminem)” revives one of the most iconic Hip Hop melodies of recent decades. You’ll still be able to hear the smacks of the 808s with Casey McGrath’s delicate yet tensile notes quivering atop of them.  Yet, Casey McGrath laced the soundscape with her own distinction. Instead of the fraught momentum pouring from the Rap bars, you’ll hear a frenzied violin which is more than efficacious at evoking emotion as the urgency of the note progressions resonate.

It’s rare that you’ll hear a fraction of Casey McGrath’s talent on the airwaves. Classical music may not be the most accessible of genres. But it’s tracks such as Fiddle Rabbit which have the power to change just that.

You can check out Casey McGrath’s fitting ode to the Rap legend for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Oda Kauffman – Chun Li Type Beat: Ambiently Immersive Instrumental Hip Hop

https://soundcloud.com/odakauffman/chun-li-type-beat

The ingenuity in Hip Hop artist and producer Oda Kauffman’s mix “Chun Li Type Beat” doesn’t wait around before revealing itself.

The Canadian artist drops a new beat every day. Even if you don’t appreciate their immersive production style (you will), you should definitely find adoration in their unrelenting motivation to put out beats which are made to sink into and appreciate the rhythmically dynamic catharsis.

Even though there’s plenty of conviction behind the Trap style beats in Chun Li Type Beat, there’s also a trippy amount of ambient wavy reverb which makes the mix impossibly easy to slip into.

It’s only a matter of time before Oda Kauffman gets the recognition they deserve.

You can check out Chun Li Type Beat for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Ottzdigga – WVSND: Bass-Driven Instrumental Trap

While there’s a slight risk of aurally-induced brain trauma if you press play on Ottzdigga’s wavy mix WVSND at full volume, the instrumental bass-heavy trap single comes highly recommended.

No part of WVSND resonates as harsh or discordant – no matter how much reverberance the soundscape throws at you thanks to the smooth spacey polish of the production.

It may only be a short and sweet mix. But the entire duration offers potent amounts of escapism as you lose yourself in the deft creation of Ottzdigga’s ingenuity. WVSND is proof that Trap mixes don’t always need lyrics to deliver the emotive blows. They’re surplus to the requirement if the beats can offer that much immersive catharsis.

You can check out Ottzdigga’s mix WVSND for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast