Archive for the 'Instrumental' Category

18
Feb
10

Sound Table 2/18/10 – Meth Ghost Rae, Jake One (Minus Freeway), Rob Swift, DJ Babu & More

Wu-Massacre

Haven’t done a Sound Table in a minute, but you know the deal. Get ’em while they’re hot!

Download: Meth, Ghost & Rae – Our Dreams (Right Click – Save As) | Purchase: Pre-Order Meth, Ghost & Rae’s upcoming album Wu Massacre.. Get a sneak peak at HHIR. Drops March 30th!

Download: Freeway & Jake One – Stimulus Package (Instrumentals) (MegaUpload) | Purchase:  Freeway & Jake One – Stimulus Package

Download: DJ Babu – The Beat Tape Vol 2 | Purchase: DJ Babu – The Beat Tape Vol 2

Download: Rob Swift – “The Architect” | PurchaseRob Swift – The Architect

Download: Mainframe – e.q.e.p.

Download: Full Crate & Mar – Conversations With Her EP

Watch, Laugh, Rewind:

 

“I Am A Motherfucker”.. For the win!

16
Feb
10

DJ King Flow & DJ PLK To Drop An Instrumental Album Every 2 Weeks

Tasty Beatz Vol 2

Two French DJ’s/producers have their sights set on a seemingly arduous task – to drop approximately 23 albums by the end of the year.

Insanity? High expectations? An impossibilityMaybe, but King Flow & PLK along with their label Universal Indie Records are planning to drop an instrumental album every 2 weeks in 2010 for what could be an epic effort if they rise to the occasion.

The 16- and 17-year olds, respectively, cut the first in their new series dubbed Tasty Beatz Vol 2 (where’s Vol 1 at? Hmmm..) this weekend, available for a recession-friendly free.99. Though I was skeptical before I listened, these young’ns are pretty decent behind the boards as they craft some soulful, quality jazz-hop.

I’m intrigued to see how they progress with this concept, so I’ll be keeping an eye on my inbox each and every fortnight (yes, it’s a word Einstein). I’ll be sure to share, so please feel free to leave some feedback on how you feel about these jawns.

Check the link below to download. Big thanks to Jenny at Universal Indie for the heads up, Enjoy!

Download: DJ King Flow & DJ PLK – Tasty Beatz Vol 2

04
Feb
10

Get Ready For (a) Massive Attack..

Massive Attack

As the trip-hop pioneers will be unveiling their 5th album Heligoland next week, the world prepares their ears for another Massive Attack of audio goodness.

It’s been seven long years since Robert “3D” Del Naja & Grant “Daddy G” Marshall released their most recent studio project 100th Window. After touring, film soundtrack appearances and a series of charity events, the UK duo will finally bless us with yet another electronic opus.

Heligoland features vocals from long-time collaborator Horace Andy in addition to Tunde Adebimpe (TV on the Radio), Martina Topley-Bird (Tricky), and Guy Garvey (Elbow) among others, over thumping drums and lush, electro-hop symphonies.

Fans can pre-order Massive Attack’s new album on Amazon, and catch a preview by either downloading their recent podcast with BBC 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq or the bolded tracks below. Prepare yourselves, Enjoy!

Heligoland

Pre-Order on Amazon: Massive Attack – Heligoland [MP3 Download]

Download: BBC 6 Music – 2/1/10 Massive Attack Podcast with Steve Lamacq (Right click – Save As) [Update: Unavailable outside the UK. Sorry y’all.]

Track List (Preview Bolded Tracks):

1. Pray for Rain (feat. Tunde Adebimpe) 6:44
2. Babel (feat. Martina Topley-Bird) 5:19
3. Splitting The Atom (feat. Horace Andy) 5:16
4. Girl I Love You (feat. Horace Andy) 5:26
5. Psyche (feat. Martina Topley-Bird) 3:24
6. Flat of the Blade (feat. Guy Garvey) 5:30
7. Paradise Circus (feat. Hope Sandoval) 4:57
8. Rush Minute 4:51
9. Saturday Come Slow (feat. Damon Albarn) 3:43
10. Atlas Air 7:48

22
Jan
10

Oddisee – Odd Winter (Instrumental FreEP)

Odd Winter

Now here’s something to cure the Winter blues.

If you dug Capital City’s Oddisee’s seasonal instrumental offerings that dropped last year, you’ll feel his newest Odd Winter jawn too:

Oddisee’s back with another Put Me On It exclusive, the third installment in his season-themed series, Odd Winter. Not slowing down after his string of releases in 2009, he’s also preparing to release his new instrumental album Traveling Man on Mello Music. Traveling Man will be available for purchase as a digital release January 26th and vinyl & limited edition slimlines February 23rd.

Hit up the Diamond District rep’s Bandcamp link below for a free download, Enjoy!

Download: Oddisee – Odd Winter (Instrumental FreEP)

20
Jan
10

Expanding Horizons: Emancipator – Safe in the Steep Cliffs

Emancipator

As far as I’m concerned, and I’ve said this countless times before, there are only two types of musicgood and badEmancipator falls in the former category.

I first heard of the Portland, Oregon producer/multi-instrumentalist last year when I stumbled upon his 2008 opus Soon It Will Be Cold Enough. You know that feeling when you’ve found something you know you’ll treasure for a while? Yup, that one. You could only imagine how I felt when I saw that his new album Safe in the Steep Cliffs dropped yesterday.

If freshly layered, organic soundscapes are your thing (how could they not be?), then you’ve come to the right place. Incorporating a variety of instruments including trumpets, violins, guitars, clarinets and even mandolins to develop a truly unique style, his albums possess a natural dynamic as they flow swiftly from track to track like a river snaking down a mountainside (or something like that, you get the point!).

I’ve featured some previews below, my select choices of what I believe to be his best work. I respect any producer that can flip Mobb Deep and Sigur Ros on the same jawn, and make it dope. You can purchase both albums by clicking the links or covers. The man himself describes his latest project:

Safe In The Steep Cliffs represents the tightest, most unique, most organic beats I’ve made in the last three years. This album has a new palette of sounds and samples from around the world, including more original recordings (guitar/violin/mandolin/banjo) and new guest artists including Japanese jazz musician Uyama Hiroto. It’s ominous and overgrown, dense and ethereal. And epic. Always epic.

Emancipator will be touring parts of the U.S. starting February to promote his new album. Check out the previews below and visit EmancipatorMusic.com if you like what you hear. Support the only type of music that matters – good. Vibe to this and leave feedback if you get a chance after you listen, Enjoy!

Preview Tracks:

“Shook (Sigur Deep)” – Samples Mobb Deep & Sigur Ros

Live Set at Trinumeral

“Crosses (Jose Gonzalez Remix)” – Samples Missy Elliot

Purchase:

Safe in the Steep Cliffs

Safe in the Steep Cliffs (2010)

Tracklist With Previews:

1. Greenland
2. Black Lake
3. Jet Stream
4. Kamakura
5. All Through The Night
6. Old Devil
7. Nevergreen
8. Ares
9. Rattlesnakes
10. Bury Them Bones
11. Vines
12. Hill Sighed
13. Siren
14. Safe In The Steep Cliffs

Soon It Will Be Cold Enough

Soon It Will Be Cold Enough (2008)

Tracklist With Previews:

1. Lionheart
2. Wolf Drawn
3. When I Go (feat. Thao Nguyen)
4. With Rainy Eyes
5. The Darkest Evening Of The Year
6. Eve
7. Smoke Signals
8. Periscope Up
9. First Snow
10. Good Knight
11. Soon It Will Be Cold Enough To Build Fires
12. Anthem

Upcoming Tour Dates:

Feb 2 Crown Hall  – Mendocino, CA w/ Bassnectar
Feb 3 Arcata Theatre – Arcata, CA w/ Bassnectar
Feb 4 McDonald Theatre – Eugene, OR w/ Bassnectar
Feb 5 Roseland Theater – Portland, OR w/ Bassnectar
Feb 6 Showbox SoDo – Seattle, WA w/ Bassnectar.
Feb 22   Wilma Theater – Missoula, Montana w/ STS9
Feb 25   The Depot – Salt Lake City, Utah w/ STS9
Feb 26   House of Blues – Las Vegas, Nevada w/ STS9
Feb 27   Marquee Theatre  – Tempe, Arizona w/ STS9
Feb 28   Rialto Theater – Tucson, Arizona w/ STS9
Mar 3     New Earth Music Hall – Athens, GA
Mar 4     90 Proof – Knoxville, TN
Mar 5     412 Market – Chattanooga, TN
Mar 6     12th & Porter – Nashville, TN
Mar 7     Kentucky Downs – Franklin, KY
Mar 19 Kinetic Playground – Chicago, IL
Mar 20 The Loft – Minneapolis, MN
Mar 27 – Harper’s Ferry – Boston, MA

14
Jan
10

DJ Shadow – Freeform, All-Vinyl DJ Set – October 31, 2009 in Los Angeles

DJ Shadow

Well, I’ll be damned.

I haven’t seen this mix by the everlasting Joshua “DJ Shadow” Davis, a personal favorite of mine, posted anywhere besides my local torrent community. So it’s only right I share this special live mix with everyone.

Shadow spun this particular blend of musical beauty last Halloween night at LA’s Legendary Park Plaza for KCRW’s Masquerade Ball. He rocked his now famous sampling technique amid pinpoint scratching and nifty mixing for his set, which clocked in at a little under two hours.

Oh, did I mention he played Serato-free? To you newjacks out there, this means he lugged crate upon crate busting at the seams with vinyl (gasp!) to represent with two turntables and a sampler like few can these days, for the true school.

I’d much rather have been scoping pretty ladies to DJ Shadow’s tune’s then whatever lame dime-a-dozen DJ played where I was that night, but at least I can envision what it would have been like to be there thanks to whoever recorded this.

Shouts to the generous folks of ****.cd (what, you thought I’d give my secrets away? You crazy, homes) for seeding this torrent, Enjoy!

Download: DJ Shadow – Freeform, All-Vinyl DJ Set – October 31, 2009 in Los Angeles

08
Jan
10

New Video from RJD2’s The Colossus & Upcoming Tour Dates

Other than the slight weakness of the poppy The Third Hand, Ramble John “RJD2” Krohn has maintained a strong track record throughout his almost decade-long tenure.

I was thoroughly impressed by 2009’s Tin Foil Hat EP (earning spot #23 on my list of the Best Instrumental Albums of 2009), a swift restoration of the Ohio producer’s instrumental soundscapes introduced to the masses on ’02’s Dead Ringer and ’04’s Since We Last Spoke.

Hopefully, RJD2 sticks to his guns on his upcoming album The Colossus, coming soon on his recently-created RJ’s Electrical Connections label. Judging by the leaks, it should be a sweet return-to-form that fans like myself have been requesting for years.

He’s also created an iPhone app alongside Future Audio Workshop calledTouch Mix where fans can remix cuts and hear samples from the upcoming LP. One question though, where’s the love for us BlackBerry users, mayne?!

Anyways, check out his video up top for “Let There Be Horns” directed by Thom Glunt for a preview of what to expect. He’s going on tour beginning in Washington D.C. this weekend, so I’ve posted the dates below.

The Colossus drops Tuesday, January 19th. Shout to the man himself for the heads up. Support the artists, Enjoy!

 

The Colossus

Pre-Order: RJD2 – The Colossus [MP3 Download]

Tour Dates:
Sat. Jan. 9 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club #
Sun. Jan. 10 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle #
Mon. Jan. 11 – Charlotte, NC @ Visualite Theater #
Tue. Jan. 12 – Savannah, GA @ Live Wire #
Wed. Jan. 13 – Orlando, FL @ The Social #
Thu. Jan. 14 – Tampa, FL @ Crowbar #
Fri. Jan. 15 – Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder #
Sat. Jan. 16 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade #
Sun. Jan. 17 – Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree #
Mon. Jan. 18 – Chattanooga, TN @ Rhythm and Brews #
Tue. Jan. 19 – Knoxville, TN @ Valarium #
Wed. Jan. 20 – Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel #
Thu. Jan. 21 – Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theatre #
Fri. Jan. 22 – Morgantown, WV @ 123 Pleasant Street #
Fri. Feb. 5 – Newport, KY @ Southgate House #@
Sat. Feb. 6 – Columbus, OH @ Sully’s Music Diner #@
Sun. Feb. 7 – Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall #@
Mon. Feb. 8 – Nashville, TN @ Exit In #@
Tue. Feb. 9 – Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone Cafe #@
Wed. Feb. 10 – Oxford, MS @ The Lyric Oxford #@
Thu. Feb. 11 – New Orleans, LA @ Tipitinas #@
Fri. Feb. 12 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon #@
Sat. Feb. 13 – Austin, TX @ Emos #@
Sun. Feb. 14 – Denton, TX @ Hailey’s #@
Wed. Feb. 17 – Kansas City, MO @ The Record Bar #@
Thu. Feb. 18 – Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note #@
Fri. Feb. 19 – Grinnell, IA @ Grinnell College – Harris Center #@
Sat. Feb. 20 – Urbana, IL @  Canopy Club #@
Fri. Mar. 5 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church #&
Sat. Mar. 6 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg #&
Sun. Mar. 7 – New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom #& 
Mon. Mar. 8 – Boston, MA @ Paradise #& 
Tue. Mar. 9 – Providence, RI @ Jerky’s Music Hall #& 
Wed. Mar. 10 – Montreal, QC @ La TuLipe #& 
Thu. Mar. 11 – Toronto, ON @ The Mod Club #& 
Fri. Mar. 12 – Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick #& 
Sat. Mar. 13 – Chicago, IL @ Metro #&
Mon. Mar. 15 – Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club #& 
Tue. Mar. 16 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Theater #& 
Thu. Mar. 18 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop #&
Fri. Mar. 19 – Millvale, PA @ Mr. Small’s Theater #&
Fri. Apr. 2 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater #$
Sat. Apr. 3 – Durango, CO @ Strater Theatre #$
Sun. Apr. 4 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rhythm Room #$
Mon. Apr. 5 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah #$
Tue. Apr. 6 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre #$
Wed. Apr. 7 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent #$
Thu. Apr. 8 – Eureka, CA @ Red Fox Tavern #$
Fri. Apr. 9 – Portland, OR @ Dantes #$
Sat. Apr. 10 – Bellingham, WA @ The Nightlight Lounge #$
Sun. Apr. 11 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos #$
 
# w/ Happy Chichester
@ w/ Kenan Bell
& w/ Break Science
$ w/ Busdriver

03
Jan
10

Hold the Throne Presents Writers Build: The Best Instrumental Albums of 2009

The Best Instrumental Albums of 2009

Movin’ right along in our Writers Build segment, let’s break down the Best Instrumental Albums of 2009.

Contributors this time around are:

Jaap van der Doelen, The Rap Up Contributing Writer & Host of WildStyle FM on Maasland FM

Trav Glave, of Wake Your Daughter Up & Bloggerhouse

The musicians noted here range from full-bands to production crews to one-man beat-making gurus. Whether widely-available to purchase on Amazon and iTunes or pushed on blogs or Bandcamp for free.99, the quality is evident from the jump. Enough of my yappin’, let’s get into the picks.

Click the covers or titles to purchase or download, Enjoy!

Writers Build: The Best Instrumental Albums of 2009

El Michels Affair - 37th Chamber

Dom

1. El Michels Affair – Enter the 37th Chamber  [MP3 Download] (Cosigned by Jaap)

2. 14KT – Nowalataz LP

3. Exile – Radio

4. Paul White – The Strange Dreams of Paul White [MP3 Download]

5. Nicolay – City Lights Vol. 2: Shibuya [MP3 Download]

6. Oh No – Dr. No’s Ethiopium [MP3 Download]

7. Madlib – Beat Konducta Vol. 5-6: A Tribute To Dilla [MP3 Download] (Cosigned by Jaap)

8. Diego Bernal – For Corners

9. Blazo – Alone Journey

10. Dert – Talk Strange (A Beat Tape Inspired by Bjork) [Shout to Crate Kings for the link]

11. Eligh – Gandalf’s Beat Machine Level 3

12. Kan Kick – Beautiful: Opus of Love Deeper Than Flesh

13. Blockhead – The Music Scene [MP3 Download]

14. Kid Hum – Fossel Fuel

15. Blueprint – Sign Language

16. Nheap – Skymotion

17. Shano – A Butterfly In Boston

18. Inf – The Go Round [MP3 Download]

19. Batsauce – Spy vs. Spy [Shout to Trav for the link]

20. Lambent – Smoothness Extract [MP3 Download]

21. Oddisee – Odd Summer / Odd Autumn [Shout to OkayPlayer for the links]

22. Sound Scientists – Instrumentally Sound [Shout to HipHopProduction for the link]

23. RJD2 – Tin Foil Hat EP

24. Samiyam – Man vs. Machine

25. K-Def – Beats from the 90’s Vol 2

Honorable MentionsCrust & Grimes – Bleezy Listening, Esoteric – Saving Seamus Ryan (Instrumentals), The Herbaliser Band – Session 2 [MP3 Download]

Diego Bernal - For Corners

Trav Glave

1. Diego Bernal – For Corners

2. Blueprint – Sign Language

3. Exile – Radio

4. Kid Hum – Fossel Fuel

5. Batsauce – Spy vs. Spy

6. Hippo – Father Funk Mother Salsa Son Flava

7. 14KT – Nowalataz LP

8. Apollo Brown – Make Do

9. Damu & Y Society – Travel At Your Own Pace Instrumentals

10. Blu – Open [Shout to the homies at TSS for the link]

11. Oh No – Dr. No’s Ethiopium [MP3 Download]

12. Kan Kick – Beautiful: Opus of Love Deeper Than Flesh

13. K-Def – Beats from the 90’s Vol 2

14. Lateef Dameer – Dairy of a Ballad Drummer

15. RCA Miles High – Da Beat Tape

16. Alex Stange – The 45 Project

17. Blockhead – The Music Scene [MP3 Download]

18. Big Quarters (Brandon Allday & Medium Zach) – Zip Disks Break

19. Sound Scientists – Instrumentally Sound

20. Es Nine – Light of Day Instrumentals

28
Dec
09

$port – You’ll $hoot Your Eye Out (Mix)

$port

My apologies. I’ve been so focused on my Best of the Decade posts and compiling my year-end lists that I’ve let some dope music slip through the cracks.

Don’t worry, I’m here to drop off a mix by the producing-half of Chris Connery and HTT homie $port entitled You’ll $hoot Your Eye Out, a play on a famous quote from some Christmas movie.

Shout to the man himself, feel free to hit him or me up to share your thoughts. Enjoy!

Download: $port – You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out

24
Dec
09

Hold the Throne Presents – A Very Special Christmix

NYC Christmas

I want to wish a very Merry Christmas (to the Christians, of course) and a Happy Holidays to all my friends and readers.

Vibe to this hour-and-a-half long Very Special Christmix while you’re drankin’ eggnog, opening presents, eating everything in sight, and spending time with the ones you love. There’s a lil’ somethin’ for all tastes in this mix – from classics and traditional to jazzy, funkin’ and hip-hoppin’ – so play it anywhere you go this season.

I compiled the mix myself, so I guess shouts to me? Nah, shouts to the artists for giving me the inspiration and allowing me to feel the spirit, Enjoy!

Download: Hold the Throne Presents – A Very Special Christmix

1. Al Green – I’ll Be Home For Christmas
2. Bing Crosby – Frosty The Snowman
3. Burl Ives – Holly Jolly Christmas
4.Charles Brown – Please Come Home For Christmas
5.Chet Baker – We Three Kings
6.Chipmunks – The Chipmunk Song
7. Diana Ross & The Supremes – Silver Bells
8. Dinah Washington – Silent Night
9. Donny Hathaway – This Christmas
10. Eartha Kitt – Santa Baby
11. Ella Fitzgerald – Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
12. Etta James – Merry Christmas Baby
13. Frank Sinatra & Bing Crosby – The Christmas Song
14. Frank Sinatra – The Bells of Christmas (Greensleeves) [w-Tina, Nancy & Frank Sinatra Jr.]
15. Jackson 5 – Santa Clause Is Comin’ To Town
16. Jackson 5 – I Saw Mommy Kissin’ Santa Claus
17. Judy Garland – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
18. Mannheim Steamroller Piano Tribute Players – Carol f the Bells
19. Mariah Carey – O Holy Night
20. Marvin Gaye – I Want To Come Home For Christmas
21. Nat King Cole – O Come All Ye Faithful
22. Paul McCartney – Wonderful Christmastime
23. Peggy Lee – Happy Holiday
24. The Ronettes – Sleigh Ride
25. Run-DMC – Christmas In Hollis
26. Stevie Wonder – Ave Maria
27. Stevie Wonder – What Christmas Means To Me
28. Trans-Siberian Orchestra – Christmas Eve / Sarajevo 12/24
29. Vanessa Williams – What Child Is This? (Live)

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