You ever hear an idea so dope that you have to figure out a way to replicate it one day? This is one of those ideas. On August 12
, Jon Glass
stepped into the Mass Apparel shop in Massachusetts
to work an eight-hour shift. No, he wasn't stocking shelves; he was crafting instrumentals of their The Shift
beat tape series. He locked in, knocking out this impressive, seven-track release of hypnotic headnodders.
The beauty of Glass' work is the variety of tracks he has here. While tracks like "Fly Shit" are more of a hazy, sloooooooooowed vibe, cuts like "D-Block" get way grittier. "Shroom" might be on some ultra chill shit, but then "This Is Hip Hop" is a dusty-fingered, double bass'd boom bap-er. Dude really knows his shit.
You can stream and download the full project via Audiomack
As we head into the beginnings of a beautiful August day, it's only right to get your lounge on, LA-style. The Houston-based homey Jett I Masstyr
has the perfect EP for you. On L A X
, Jett produced a five-track instrumental love letter to the city of Angels.
"I love going to Los Angeles," Jett shares, "whether its to work on music or just visit. I've never spent more than a few days, and it's never long enough. Immediately after landing, I can sense it's a different world...a different vibe completely."
If you need that type of vibe in your life, you can stream L A X
down below, and cop the full release via Bandcamp
My appreciation for Boston's Bad Rabbits
is proof that I should leave the house more often. Recently, the homey Black Collar Biz
opened for them during a dope edition
of the Levitt AMP Trenton Music Series
; I didn't get to catch Collar's performance live, but as I walked over to Mill Hill Park to take in the rest of the event, there was some futuristic funk slash rock slash R&B slash hip-hop vibes filling the air. It was everything I loved about my mom's '80s-era funk collection, mixed with a turnt, electrified stage presence, especially with their frontman Dua
. When the show was over, I had to cop some of their music, which I recently just ripped for my travels.
Then I dipped over to their website
and realized that, while you can (and should) cop physical copies of their music, a number of the releases are available for free (or whatever you want to pay) as digital downloads
. I'm a few months behind, but the cut I included below ("Mysterious") currently has me going. It perfectly encapsulates what I dig about this outfit, and is something you need to get into...ASAP.
|Image via The Other Guys|
I don't know about you, but the grind doesn't stop over here. When that work has to be done, you need the proper soundtrack to get through it, which is why I'm digging this new instrumental series The Other Guys
are embarking on. Their new EP, The Working Class
, is a boom bap-y batch of beats that will help motivate you to be great. Hell, it even features Tanya Morgan
's Von Pea
on the intro (and yes, that beat is included as an instrumental as well).
You can stream and download The Working Class for $free.99 over on Bandcamp
, and grab that new Tanya Morgan album, YGWY$4
, while you're at it.
|Artwork by Jeremy Fish|
Back in October of 2016, Aesop Rock
and Homeboy Sandman
dropped the second installment of their Lice series with Lice Two: Still Buggin'
, and in a similar fashion, they shocked my world with the third installment, the amazingly-titled Triple Fat Lice
. It's another limited vinyl/free download release, with five bangers featuring production from Oh No
, Ben Boogz
(word to 2 Hungry Bros
), Quelle Chris
, and more. "Pins And Needles" is a beautiful way to start ANY project, trust.
You can stream the full project below, grab a free digital download via Bandcamp
, and order the vinyl release via Stones Throw
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