James Gardin drops "Groove", an energetic Summer anthem • Word Is Bond

Illect recording artist James Gardin and label mate Terem deliver an energetic Summer anthem. Groove is for those who feel like they’re constantly in their element and living life on a current winning streak. We hope this song will make your feet move and motivate you to celebrate how amazing you are.

Groove is available via Illect Recordings on all digital platforms.

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DJ Daredevil & Judge The Disciple – “Time Is Now” (Video)

One of London’s legendary DJ’s lost his life last year due to cancer, we are keeping his name alive with DJ Daredevil‘s last studio work with Boston’s very own Judge the Disciple in this new music video titled “Time Is Now“.  This is some real underground Hip Hop right here!

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Sareem Poems x Ess Be x Finale – Shallow [Music Video] • Word Is Bond

Sareem Poems & Ess Be drop a new music video from the Mind Over Matter release out now via Illect Recordings. Detroit based emcee Finale guests.

Shallow is a song reflecting on the ups and downs of life, and how those ups and downs pull us away from core values. Values that we as humanity were rooted in. Being faithful, hard working, loving & committed” shares Sareem Poems.

He continues, “Personally, I feel little is valued outside of self. This flows through all forms of entertainment. Making everyone’s favorite form of escape or hobby very shallow. I’m thankful for those working to change that direction.

Directed by Travis Hayward.

Mind Over Matter is available at all digital outlets.

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Word is Bond Live with Sankdafied and Traffimatics • Word Is Bond

We’ve gotten a little bit behind on the podcasting of the show, and for that we apologize. But don’t fret, we will get caught up soon and you won’t miss any of your favourite radio show episodes.

Today’s podcast is Part 2 from the extended show we did two weeks ago and it features an interview with Sankdafied and a live in-studio performance from Traffimatics.

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Apollo Brown & Locksmith – No Question
PRhyme – Courtesy
Asheru – Make Magic
Cquel – Memory Lane
MarQ Spekt & Blockhead – The Truest
Sankdafied – Common
MC Paul Barman – Youngman Speaks on (((race)))
Bumpy Knuckles & Nottz – New Enemy
Blueprint ft Slug & Wordsworth – Night Writers
Marlowe – Lost Arts
Traffimatics – Freestyle (live)
Akala – Find No Enemy
38 Spesh, NOREm Vado, Benny the Butcher – Binoculars
Purpose and BBZ Darney – House on the Hill
Pro Status – Reflections
Primal Winds – Buckle Bunnies
Brother Ali – Forest Whittaker
Common – 1-9-9-9
Kadyelle – Road to Nowhere
Gravediggaz – Nowhere to run, Nowhere to hide
Murs – Powerful
Traffimatics ft Mad Hattr & Chase March – Y’allreadyknow
Mobb Deep – Temperature’s Rising
A Tribe Called Quest – Peace, Prosperity, & Paper
John Creazy ft Benny – Best Friends
Artson ft Malcolm Ali – The Drum
Backburner – Eclipse
Statik Selectah ft 2 Chains and Wiz Kalifa – Man of the Hour
Wu-Tang Clan – Lesson Learned
Senica Da Misfit – Low Self Esteem
Career Crooks – Least Important Most Important

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K.O.N.G. drops "wet wednesdays: vol. two" with guests • Word Is Bond

New York emcee K.O.N.G.  is back with the second edition of his weekly music series titled “Wet Wednesdays: vol. two” . He gives us  a whole new side with the experimental and off-the-cuff approach. In using different sounds we also become witness to K.O.N.G’s versatility on the microphone. Sometimes taking the raw, aggressive approach and other times taking a more personal and vulnerable approach, we get a glimpse into K.O.N.G’s breadth of talent.


Tracks like “Black Chevrolet” shows K.O.N.G can hang and collaborate with other artists while holding his own. We get tracks like “K.O.N.G. Alive” & “The Purge” showing K.O.N.G’s mainstream appeal, who knows we might hear the New York standout on the airwaves one day.  K.O.N.G ended his “Wet Wednesdays” wave with an important track called “For The Damaged Ones” covering the damage and impact bullying can have through his intricate storytelling. K.O.N.G is getting set to release an album later this year but this free “Wet Wednesdays” mixtape is a proper preview of what’s to come.

1. Fromé 2 U
2. Black Chevrolet – @landorico ft. @mattavn & @kingthakong
3. Phantogrammar
4. The Purge ft. @mattavn , @barlos & @landorico
5. KONG ALIVE ft. @landorico & @mattavn
6. For The Damaged Ones

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Top 10 Instrumental submissions for 2nd week July • Word Is Bond

We are still dedicated to showcasing the best tracks/videos from the underground by searching far and wide in order to bring you our weekly list. It’s a tough job as we sift through a ton of high-quality tracks just to settle for just 10. Now that is what we call dedication, so sit back relax and get familiar with these acts.
Remember, don’t forget to support them by sharing their works.

San Diego based multi-instrumentalist/producer who goes by the moniker Tonga kicks off the Top 10 instrumental submissions with a mellow, retrospective beat he calls “What Do I Do?”. The dreamy vibes here is enough to put the listener in deep thoughts while soothing them.

Young Citrus comes through with a mellow, lo-fi groovy cut titled “$(money)” that is driven by a weird piano and thick bassline.

Misc.inc delivers his new project titled “Epiphany”. The 10 track project sounds like something out of a movie with is its cinematic soundscapes and complex musical layers.


1. misc.inc – Morning Dew
2. misc.inc – Humble
3. misc.inc – Realm (ft. @chefboyrj)
4. misc.inc – Enthropy
5. misc.inc – Gyatso
6. misc.inc – Surrealism
7. misc.inc – Island Of Monks
8. misc.inc – Petrichor
9. misc.inc – Differ (ft. @flitzsuppe)
10. misc.inc – Recreation

Leipzig native Johannes Riedel a.k.a. ReedFlavor drops the visuals for his new beat titled ‘Forest Space Jungle”. The title is quite weird but shows the producer’s knack for all things analogue with the dusty atmosphere behind the track. the song “Forest Space Jungle” is part of a whole beat tape/album “Golden Ticket Tapes – 004 ReedFlavor”

The video was shot by Tom Streller.


Billa Joints drops “No Ends” which is the 7th track off his latest beat tape Evolve. No Ends blends off-kilter rhythms with heavy synth bass and string samples. It’s an experimental beat that feels like you’re traveling through outer space.  Get the full project on Spotify

Edgar Cards is an Experimental Hip-Hop producer and musician from Southern California. Drawing influences from a broad range of genres, notably J Dilla, Madlib, Jimi Hendrix, and Sun Ra, his style of production is pretty eclectic, to say the least. His newest beat titled “I’ll be free” is a mellow/soothing piece of art and it’s pretty slick.

The beat is taken from his new EP titled  “Anyone There?”.



Southern California based Ryan Claus is a film composer and sole producer of Little Glass Men.  Thier new single “City Nights” is soothing and somewhat somber in terms of the emotions it evokes. He crafted the beat on a solid Rhodes performance layered over a vintage hip-hop drum beat.


Young producer Epifania delivers a solid beat titled “Lush” and it’s taken from his newest project “intrinsic anima“. The São Paulo, Brazil-based producer crafts original compositions using analogue and electronic soundscapes that exudes dreamy/surreal vibes

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Irish producer Zak Higgins returns to “The Word Is Bond” top 10 weekly instrumentals with a simplistic approach to this beat using old-school inspired drums and a sample from the Instagram page of the mysterious “Shiloh Dynasty”, whos Instagram videos were sampled all over Xxxtentations 2017 album “17”. Zak produced, mixed and mastered this beat himself from his bedroom in his home in Dublin Ireland, where he runs a studio and aspiring record label “the shed productions” with which he hopes to help grow the Irish hip-hop scene.

JPthaProphet drops an emotionally filled cut titled “ComeThru. He says what really inspired the beat are phone calls from exes late at night and the constant back and forth after breakup.

Bluestaeb’s motto is “Everything Is Always A Process” , which is also the title of his new project. As per usual he delivers another stunning instrumental titled “STAAAY”. The beat is groovy funky and well crafted from top to bottom. His composition here is a blend of vocal samples and original musical arrangements to create wonderfully layered atmospheres


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