Interviews

J.Period is Forever

It’s been almost two weeks since Donuts Are Forever 11 at Brooklyn Bowl. (Apologies for the delay.) In its eleventh year, the Rare Form annual tribute is strong as ever with support from iHEART Dilla and Serato. This year’s event was as hot and heavy as ever with a fiery lineup that included MEKA, Miranda…

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III

It’s no big secret that we’ve been keeping an eye out (or rather an ear) for Dimitri Grimm aka Dimlite. The last time we spotted him he was throwing down at a Brainfeeder party at the Fabric in London. It was an insane night, and Needless to say, he was killing it. So we got…

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Speaking Low

Is Jazz really having another renaissance at the moment? A lot of music critics swear by it. And If Kamasi Washington’s success is anything of a litmus test, that might just be the case. But then again, one could also argue that Jazz never really left, but that it only splintered and morphed and was…

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Lapcat Smashing Roads

There are records you just don’t attempt to cover or rework because their vibe is so specific and thick that it’s impossible to match it, and all such attempts fail. Portishead’s Dummy is definitely one of them. When we received the link to the cover of Roads from Swiss-American trio Lapcat, we were definitely intrigued,…

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Robot Koch on Particle Fields

The beauty in Robot Koch’s music is its fearless commitment to uninhibited evolution. Every time a new record comes out we bare witness to a sonic revelation, and yet it still sounds like a Robot Koch record. This Friday the world will get to hear his latest full length entitled Particle Fields, written in collaboration with the…

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Grandmaster Flash Is Still Rockin’ On the Wheels of Steel

The birth of hip-hop is said to have taken place at some point in the early ’70s, more specifically at a birthday party in the Bronx where a young Clive Campell (aka DJ Kool Herc) could be heard making magic happen on the 1s and 2s. Other pioneers of the movement include Afrika Bambaataa, The Sugarhill…

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Karriem Riggins: Hip-Hop’s Humble Genius

It’s been a minute since we’ve been blessed with the opportunity to speak with yet another exceptional, Detroit-bred producer. But Karriem Riggins isn’t just your everyday producer. Riggins’ father, a talented jazz musician in his own right, noticed and nurtured his son’s talent from a young age. And today, the drummer/producer/DJ is in high demand. His discography from just the last two…

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YZNO

You might’ve heard of YZNO earlier on this through his beat anthem aptly entitled “Brooklyn”. It did quite a bit of damage in the blogosphere, and ricocheted through soundcloud like a stray. Or maybe you caught him under the Jazzo moniker, churning out heat alongside a man called Melodiesinfonie. YZNO comes from a Zurich based…

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The Invisibl Skratch Piklz Found Their First Album on The 13th Floor

Many believed the incomparable hip-hop DJ band the Invisibl Skratch Piklz would never be heard from again after they parted ways in the late nineties. But several years ago, a few of the original members started playing shows in Cali and then last year, Piklz members DJ D-Styles, DJ QBert and DJ Shortkut were among the…

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Adrian Younge Is Keeping It Real

The spectrum of artists putting out original, innovative material these days is limited. Too many take the easy road, relying on the ever popular “all-in-one” package for their production needs. Adrian Younge is the antithesis of these drones with their seemingly lackluster work ethic. Younge is highly sought after for his ability to recreate the lush, warm…

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