James Gardin & Soulseize release Until It All Makes Sense EP

James Gardin and Soulseize present their new EP Until It All Makes Sense.

The record is a snapshot of what adulting looks like when you don’t have it figured out. It’s a messy and yet beautiful soundtrack of a person who has all the intention of succeeding for the people they love, while dealing with relationships and stress improperly.

The boom bap production, soulful melodies, and mellow bars will keep listeners engaged and entertained through out the entire 15 minute listen.

Until It All Makes Sense is out now on Illect Recordings.

Audio: Until It All Makes Sense

Lyrics & Performance by James Gardin
Composition/Beats by Soulseize
Mixing by Soulseize & James Gardin
Produced by Soulseize
Mastered by Duncan Stanbury (Jay-Z, Mos Def, Ghostface Killa, Peanut Butter Wolf)
Artwork by Jordan Hills

Originally from egotripland.com: James Gardin & Soulseize release Until It All Makes Sense EP

Imperial releases “Layers” LP – Sphereofhiphop.com

Layers is the long overdue instrumental album from Imperial. It’s a good one… read on + stream.

It has been a very colorful few years for Imperial on both a personal and professional level. His family has grown with the birth of his daughter and he has studiously enhanced his production repertoire tenfold. Like many of the legendary producers that have come before him, Imperial does his best work with his hands. No words are needed — the combination of sound and rhythm are his chosen mode of address.

The aptly titled Layers serves as both Imperial’s solo debut and an instrumental album in one. From the very beginning, the listener is gently ushered into a euphonious realm filled with a multitude of exuberant melodies, reflective sentiment and soothing vibrations. Throughout the album’s thirteen songs, Imperial’s knack for making that good ol’ boom-bap sound classic and current is on full display. Tracks like Raise It Up and Transit will surely make heads nod and put some extra pep in many a step. On the other hand, Imperial inquisitively discovers some fresh grooves and daringly goes in new directions. Even when things go left, it still feels so right. The lead single, Hot Sauce bobs and weaves with a rousing aplomb. There is way more juice in the squeeze and the rhythm suddenly changes a few times just to make sure you are paying attention. Yellow Yachts is a surprising but welcome mesh of Euro Pop and Afro-Bashment that nobody on this side of the river was expecting. The vibrant theme is a sonic boom of optimism, fervor and elation.

It is often said that there are ‘levels to this’, but Imperial’s new output proves that there are ‘layers to this’ as well. Prepare to embed yourself in a meticulous patchwork of woven emotions showcasing the beautiful nuances of the human experience.

Layers is out now via Illect Recordings.

Audio: Layers

Originally from egotripland.com: Imperial releases “Layers” LP – Sphereofhiphop.com

That Brotha Lokey drops Urban Revival (album stream)

That Brotha Lokey has put together a really dope release called Urban Revival. It features “Da Chune Up” with rhymes by Die-Rek, which is one of our favorite single drops of 2017. Other guests include: Rel McCoy, Manafest, Promise, Sev Statik, 7life, and more.

Audio: Urban Revival

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Originally from egotripland.com: That Brotha Lokey drops Urban Revival (album stream)

Imperial & K.I.N.E.T.I.K. “Crate Diggers” album stream

Crate Diggers is a new release from our favorite UK hip-hop duo. Stream the full LP below and let us know what you think.

Following the success of their critically acclaimed debut album, Hip Hop’s most unlikely tag team, Imperial and K.I.N.E.T.I.K., are back with a brand new album, vibe and label.

Since forming in 2013, the Cambridge/London-based duo have racked up three projects, multiple singles and won over crowds from London to Secret Garden Party.

As the first-ever release on EMI’s new The Real Fifth imprint, Crate Diggers finds the duo freaking the funk in a whole new way. After being assured that they’d face no legal action, the boys were given full access to the KPM music library with permission to sample anything they want. Some of your favorite artists have paid top money to use these same sounds – Jay-Z, Drake and Gorillaz – are just a few that spring to mind. Lawyers can sit this one out though because all samples are cleared! Biz Markie got sued so they could get paid.

The formula has definitely been updated this time around. Whilst staying fully in tune with their old school roots, they keep it real in the feel but bang up to date. They’ve added more boundless bridges, hilarious hooks, booming breakdowns, petrifying peaks, voluminous valleys, happy highs, lofty lows and all the extra sauce that comes in between. Think of a roller coaster coming through your speaker. But their mamas ain’t raised no fools and they still manage to drop a life lesson or two among all of the frenetic fluff.

Guest appearances include frequent collaborators Nate Rich and James Gardin as well as new co-conspirators namely Mr. J. Medeiros of AllttA, UK Hip Hop legend Seanie T and New York’s favorite foreign import emcee, Jamieson.

Crate Diggers was released on The Real Fifth / EMI.

Audio: Crate Diggers

Originally from egotripland.com: Imperial & K.I.N.E.T.I.K. “Crate Diggers” album stream

Beats Only October 2018 – Sphereofhiphop.com




Beats Only October 2018 edition with rolling updates and additions. Instrumental hip-hop.

Enjoy selections from our submission inbox and our Beats Only Spotify playlist. Thanks for helping us reach 1,400 followers on Spotify!

Rusty Joints “Rust Chips 002”
Produced exclusively on Maschine. Reminds me a touch of Theory Hazit in places.

Lamia “Synchronicity”
One of my favorite parts of screening music is when you hear something new, from an artist new to me… that’s really dope. Definitely into the vibe on Synchronicity. This is it.

Imperial “Layers”
Finally. After years of hoping… we’ve got an instrumental album from Imperial. It’s a gem. Listen now.

Ohmega Watts “Dropping Gems”
A SOHH favorite drops a surprise EP! Ohmega Watts is back with Dropping Gems, a project that showcases his trademark approach to sampling soulful records.

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Originally from egotripland.com: Beats Only October 2018 – Sphereofhiphop.com

Beats Only September 2018 – Sphereofhiphop.com




Beats Only September 2018 edition with rolling updates and additions. Instrumental hip-hop.

Enjoy selections from our submission inbox and our Beats Only Spotify playlist. Thanks for helping us reach 1,400 followers on Spotify!

Imperial “Layers”
Finally. After years of hoping… we’ve got an instrumental album from Imperial. It’s a gem. Listen now.

Ohmega Watts “Dropping Gems”
A SOHH favorite drops a surprise EP! Ohmega Watts is back with Dropping Gems, a project that showcases his trademark approach to sampling soulful records.

Llich “Slow at Dawn”
Guitar driven chill out track from Llich (Spain). He shares, ” I thought it would be perfect to listen to this song while slowly driving and seeing the sun rise, passing the palm trees.”

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Originally from egotripland.com: Beats Only September 2018 – Sphereofhiphop.com

Beats Only August 2018 – Sphereofhiphop.com

Beats Only August 2018 edition with rolling updates and additions. Instrumental hip-hop.

Enjoy selections from our submission inbox and our Beats Only Spotify playlist. Thanks for helping us reach 1,300 followers on Spotify!

Imperial “Layers”
Finally. After years of hoping… we’ve got an instrumental album from Imperial. It’s a gem. Listen now.

Ohmega Watts “Dropping Gems”
A SOHH favorite drops a surprise EP! Ohmega Watts is back with Dropping Gems, a project that showcases his trademark approach to sampling soulful records.

TwoDaystoAlaska “Beginnings”
Revisiting this one today. TwoDaystoAlaska sent a newer mix but it’s listed as a “private” stream. Either way, this is one of our favorite instrumental tracks from the Cult Classic Records label. Here is the older original mix:

E Dot “That’s It”
Soulful. Boom bap. Tastefully selected vocal samples really set this track off. A head nodder.

Imperial “Hot Sauce”
Absolutely love this track. Lots of movement here, listen to the full song.

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Originally from egotripland.com: Beats Only August 2018 – Sphereofhiphop.com

Beats Only July 2018 – Sphereofhiphop.com

Beats Only July 2018 edition with rolling updates and additions. Instrumental hip-hop.

Enjoy selections from our submission inbox and our Beats Only Spotify playlist. Thanks for helping us reach 1,250 followers on Spotify!

Ohmega Watts “Emeralds”
A SOHH favorite drops a surprise single! Ohmega Watts is back with Emeralds, a single that showcases his trademark approach to sampling soulful records. This looks to be the first in a series of several new singles.

TwoDaystoAlaska “Beginnings”
Revisiting this one today. TwoDaystoAlaska sent a newer mix but it’s listed as a “private” stream. Either way, this is one of our favorite instrumental tracks from the Cult Classic Records label. Here is the older original mix:

Violentlyill “Divine”
Another dope submission from Violentlyill. Really into how this one develops. Had my head nodding for the duration.

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Originally from egotripland.com: Beats Only July 2018 – Sphereofhiphop.com

Album Stream: Sareem Poems & Ess Be

Mind Over Matter is the latest drop from Lansing, MI based duo Sareem Poems & Ess Be. It released June 15th via Illect Recordings.

Audio: Mind Over Matter

After three years of writing, developing, and preparing new music, Sareem Poems and Ess Be are back with Mind Over Matter. Released via Illect Recordings, Mind is the second full length project from the Lansing, Michigan-based MC and producer duo. Their first album on Illect, 2015’s Beautiful Noise, was a highly motivational record based around positivity and perseverance. Mind Over Matter is definitely in the same vein as Noise, but it’s clear that as they worked on the new project, Poems and Ess Be weren’t afraid to dive deeper into who they’ve become as artists.

From start to finish, Mind Over Matter takes on some of the most pressing issues of our time. Employing his signature measured flow, Poems discusses political divisiveness, the dangers of succumbing to greed, loving yourself, and economic inequality in the United States. “So you in your heart of hearts really believe that the playing field is level?” he asks on the ninth track, “What’s Wrong.” Over the course of his twenty-year career, Sareem Poems has meticulously crafted a style of music informed by his deep respect, and love, for humanity. On Mind, Poems continues to build on that.

Over the last three years Ess Be has officially made the transition from being a part-time producer with a day job to pursuing music full time. Throughout Mind, Ess Be’s skill as a producer is on full display. Ess Be could easily fall back on familiar boom bap tropes or trendy drum patterns. Instead, he incorporates a little bit of everything. Heavy bass lines and trance-like EDM moments on tracks such as “Dance For The Dead” and “Eyedentity” keep the record moving as Sareem Poems adapts to each new musical moment.

As artists, Sareem Poems and Ess Be have never shied away from using their platform to bring people together—even as those in power would pull them apart. Mind Over Matter, their second full-length album on Illect Recordings, celebrates the beauty of humanity while also questioning the systems of inequity that have kept certain people in power for centuries. It’s always been important to practice self-care in the face of struggle and Mind Over Matter is a manifestation of that.

Written by Gus Navarro

Originally from egotripland.com: Album Stream: Sareem Poems & Ess Be

Album Stream: SkyBlew – Painting Til She Dials




SkyBlew is back with a surprise LP drop – Painting Til She Dials. We’ve seen some recent activity around SkyBlew and had suspicions a new LP was on the way… here we are. The LP doesn’t disappoint… take a stream through and let us know what you think.

Audio: Painting Til She Dials




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Originally from egotripland.com: Album Stream: SkyBlew – Painting Til She Dials