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Main Attrakionz – Do it for the Bay ft. DaVinci

When we waxed lyrical about the soulful strains of Main Attrakionz last year, little did we know (1) it’d take them until now to get a full debut album and (2) they’d still be leading the charge of a new breed of rappers, crewing with ASAP RockyDanny Brown and the like to push hip hop forward.

Their upcoming release, ‘Bossalinis & Fooliyones’ (released October 22nd by Young One Records) put us right on both counts. All signs are that it’ll be a step ahead of their numerous mixtapes, employing the skills of “hot” producers like Harry Fraud and Supreme Cuts to good effect. The lead tune from the album, ‘Do it for the Bay ft. DaVinci’, now has a jazzy video to enjoy and get excited with:

Like all good cloud rap, this is high quality, substantive mood music. Bravo, MondreM.A.N and Squadda B, bravo.

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Pick a Piper – Cinders and Dust (Grown Folk Remix)

Anyone else feel a bit sullen today? A little subdued perhaps? We find that this new remix from Montreal twosome Grown Folk helps light the spark again:

Their rework of ‘Cinders and Dust’, originally sired by Caribou drummer Brad Weber’s Pick A Piper project, is a piece of electro-pop bolstered by some atmospheric, low-end synths. And it’s really good.

We haven’t heard much from Drew and Brendan (the aforementioned Grown Folk) recently, besides some production work for HD’s favourite cloud rappers Main Attrakionz, but this remix plus their EP on San Francisco label Icee Hot, have whet our appetite for more in 2013.

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H∆SHTAG$

Hello lunchtime viewing…

Red Bull Music Academy are expanding their output yet again, this time with a web-documentary series, H∆SHTAG$. We’ll excuse the slightly (very) silly name as Episode 1, which deals with the burst of recent contemporary R&B, is actually pretty interesting. How To Dress Well, Miguel and The Weeknd producer Zodiac all offer their thoughts on this renaissance and its roots and implications. Zodiac has also donated a track to the cause, and it’s lovely listening. All stuttering beats and twisted vocals.

Future episodes are said to include interviews with TNGHT, Mount Kimbie, Flying Lotus and Main Attrakionz so we’ll certainly be watching this particular space.

What a multi-media post.

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Ryan Hemsworth – Fact mix 352

Something a little lengthier for you today, might even take you through to elevenses. We’ve been big fans of the rather hunky Ryan Hemsworth for a while, from his early Main Attrakionz production work through to his genuinely excellent recent EP, ‘Last Words’. Our fellow Hemsworth fanboys over at FACT have now let him spread his wings with their latest FACT mix and he hasn’t let them down:

It sounds to us like the next evolutionary stage after crooners like Frank Ocean and How to Dress Well, brilliantly blending slow-jams with noisy electronica and growly trap-rap. We expect big things from this guy, starting with a European tour please…

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Kendrick Lamar – Swimming Pools (Drank)

It’s time we talked about Lamar. No, not Fame Academy graduate ‘Lemar’ (still going by the way, new single out 12th August and first performance at Stoke 2012 Live), but Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar.

The video for one of the pre-releases (leaks), Swimming Pools (Drank) – from his upcoming album, ‘good kid, m.A.A.d. city’ – hit the web last week and with over a million views and counting, it’s fair to say it’s proving popular. This is Kendrick and his Black Hippy collective’s first output on a major label (Interscope and Aftermath) and they’re generating some serious hype, pulling in label boss Dr. Dre for another tune floating around, ‘The Recipe’.

Deserving of his spot amongst the stars of Hip-Hop’s DIY Moment, ‘Swimming Pools’ twists a sample from NY’s Twin Sister into the perfect backdrop for Lamar’s languid but ever-so-slightly menacing flow. Line this up with ASAPSchoolboy Q and Main Attrakionz, and turn it up loud.

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Supreme Cuts – Silkk

Clicky, buzzy and hazy. All words one could use for Chicago two-man Supreme Cuts’ latest offering, Silkk. Probably in that order. At a healthy 6.48 the song moves through the gears at a steady pace, blending clipped percussion with pleasant enough vocal samples. It’s a small thing but the way the samples come closer and closer to the foreground really got us going here.

Whilst you’re here, have a listen to their remix of Main Attrackionz’s Perfect Skies. As big hip hop fans, Supreme Cuts are picking and choosing their remixes very nicely. Expect more of the same soon. They could do worse than check out Human Drizzle every now and then for ideas…

Supreme Cuts’ début album, Whispers In The Dark, is soon to be out on Dovecote Records. We’re hoping for more of the same.

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ASAP Rocky – Palace

The ASAP mob, led from the front by rapper ASAP Rocky, are the latest hip hop collective to generate serious Odd Future-style hype Stateside (they’re currently engaged in a somewhat half-hearted beef with the OFWGKTA lot).

Much of this hype has been generated by ASAP Rocky’s latest mixtape, currently given away on the free (not for long – “My mixtape is a classic” he says. “It’s only right to put it out at retail.”)

It’s easy to see why. Fellow mob member Clams Casino pulls the strings on standout tracks ‘Palace’ and ‘Bass’, taking time out from his solo output on NY’s witch house imprint, TriAngle Records (also home to noisy depressives Balam Acab). Atmospheric slow burner ‘Leaf’ also sees a guest spot for Main Attrackionz, who is no stranger to these pages.

The lyrics are full of blunts and 40s, and the spaced-out vibe and oddball wordplay evoke artists like Tyler, the Creator and Lil B. It’s not often you can get your hands on a mixtape of this quality for free – we suggest you download it before he puts it out at retail.

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