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

James Gardin & Terem team up for Tommy Hilfiger theme

Tommy Hilfiger selects Iconic by James Gardin and Terem

Tommy Hilfiger recently selected “Iconic” by James Gardin & Terem for their TommyNow ICONS shows and TommyXLewis collection.

The first usage of the song was in Shanghai, China. Most recently it was used for the show in Tokyo, Japan. To date, the song has played over 6.5 million times across all platforms.

“Iconic” is available at all digital outlets: Amazon, Apple Music, Bandcamp, Deezer, Google Play, iTunes, Pandora, Spotify, Tidal, YouTube.

Watch the video clips to hear the song.

Tommy Hilfiger: Shanghai

Tommy Hilfiger: Tokyo

Originally from egotripland.com: James Gardin & Terem team up for Tommy Hilfiger theme

Pete Philly channels his energy on "Gigawatts II" levels • Word Is Bond

Pete Philly is back with a solid record titled “Gigawatts II”. The upbeat record showcases the rapper’s passionate flow and vivid lyrics that captures his self-realization in its most material sense. He adds “…Usually, the aspirations I touch on in my music are spiritual, this one is very much grounded in the material…”. The record also features Jurley Colin who comes through with a unique outlook on the subject on the second verse.

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Sundance & Adam L bring the jazz on The Last Sunrise

The Last Sunrise is Sundance’s latest superbly crafted jazzy hip-hop creation. You also cannot beat hearing Adam L rhymes either. We want more.

On the heels of his recent jazz-tinged efforts, Sundance returns with a wild new song entitled The Last Sunrise, which features famed underground MC, Adam L, and a cast of talented musicians including DJ Sean P, Sivion, and Stro Elliot. This horn-drenched single reminds us all to remain focused on what’s important during these uncertain times, and is a solid addition to his sporadic, eclectic production catalogue. Also being his first release since relocating to Dunedin, New Zealand, this is hopefully a great sign of things to come for the Illect Recordings artist.

Drums: Stro Elliott
Upright Bass: Ron Gollner
Synths: Ryan Gollner
Trumpets: Brett Wagner
Sax: Sivion
Cuts: Dj Sean P

Horn Arrangements: R Gollner, B Wagner
Produced & Mixed by: Sundance
Mastered by: Change, Dj Sean P

Audio: The Last Sunrise

Originally from egotripland.com: Sundance & Adam L bring the jazz on The Last Sunrise

Ndia ease away the worries on "Don't Worry" • Word Is Bond

Rising RnB act Ndia delivers an honest, soul-drenched single titled “Don’t Worry”. The angelic-voiced singer stays true to her self on the mellow, enthralling record as she opens up emotionally without holding back. She addresses the fears in her relationship and reassures her partner that she is one to count on regardless of the hurdles they may face. Music wise the song has a vintage sounding RnB vibe mixed with modern contemporary elements and will surely entice fans without a doubt.

For those that don’t know, the Atlanta native used to be in a girl group in her younger days and has also opened up for acts such as Ricky Smiley, Anthony Hamilton, and more. Now as a solo act, she has embarked on a journey of self-discovery through her passionate and honest lyrics while having fun all the way.


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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

proph*t aims to push the culture forward on "Recognize" • Word Is Bond

Rising emcee Proph*t  sets the week off with a lyrically dense single he calls “Recognize”. Over a laid-back soundscape, he takes time to break down several topics from haters, social injustice and overall pushing the culture forward

Hit the play button and get familiar.

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EllaMaeFlossie break down the black experience on "Ebony Stoned" • Word Is Bond

“Ebony Stoned” is a single from experimental hip-hop trio known as EllaMaeFlossie. Made up of Fay Grim a/k/a LiKWUiD– vocals, Zaven Embree– music director, and honorary member Willie Green – engineer/producer.  The heavily nuanced record is a passionate middle finger to the patriarch of capitalism, racism and I reckon other isms out there. Helmed by Fay Grim who delivers a dense lyrical tirade against the system, the record explores other avenues besides the norm with it’s cinematic, unorthodox soundscape and off-kilter sound designs (especially on the vocals). It’s different, thought-provoking and we definitely recommend it.

Check out the album teaser video below

Get the audio here


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ALM teams up with Tsukiyomi on "Rookies" • Word Is Bond

French producer ALM teams up with U.S emcee Tsukiyomi on a gripping, cinematic single titled “Rookies”. The producer goes for a dark, laid-back production on this one and it fits Tsukiyomi’s smooth flow but passionate performance. The emcee does not waste time with any type of chorus or breaks but goes in with nothing but pure solid bars from start to finish.

“Rookies” is taken from ALM’s newest release titled Tha World Tape. A mixtape that features  16 international artists. ALM also tap the mixing prowess of DJ BigMat who worked side by side with him. The essence of the tape is to discover new talents and underground artists.

ALM Bio :
ALM, born Adrien Lammoglia, is mastering sound engineer, beatmaker and artist producer from Montpellier, France. Early on, he started writing and composing, but his career really began in 2008. After several self-produced projects, ALM opened a first production studio in 2012 in Avignon. Then, he specialized in mastering and opened a dedicated studio in 2014 in Tours. It is in this city that his label ALM Productions was born. It allowed the release of several projects of rap and reggae. In 2016, ALM moved definitely to Montpellier with a brand new mastering studio, an enriched label, and the ambition to develop an international career. Subsequently, he released the international compilation Above the Clouds in 2017 gathering twenty artists from all continents. 2018 was the most productive year for the label. In just one year it released the EP Beauty for Freedom featuring five emerging artists from the international RnB and Hip-Hop scene; an EP of deep house remixes of the rap single Twerk produced in 2016 with Vaskez Malakay ; and the mixtape Tha World Tape mixed by DJ BigMat with sixteen emcees from around the world.

Tracklist of the mixtape :
1. ALM feat. Tsukiyomi – Rookies (Little Rock, US)
2. ALM feat. Clepto Saisai – Plein dans les yeux (Montpellier, FRANCE)
3. ALM feat. Joe Kotten, Voltaire Slapadelic – From the Manor (Kenosha & Oakland, US)
4. ALM feat. Lindsay – Empoisonnés (Montpellier, FRANCE)
5. ALM feat. Kalea – Remake (Toulouse, FRANCE)
6. ALM feat. Don Abilio, Scottychams – Burnout (Montpellier, FRANCE & Toronto, CANADA)
7. ALM feat. Jam K – Funfair Trap (Lausane, SWITZERLAND)
8. ALM feat. D-Mic, King Ant – Eupena Xél (Think Big) (Dakar, SENEGAL & Boston, US)
9. ALM feat. Tommy Luck, Vil Squal – Dollar a Day (Santa Barbara, US)
10. ALM feat. Rakno – Seppia (Torino, ITALIA)
11. ALM feat. Bilda Boy – One Day (Los Angels, US)
12. ALM feat. Kondo Assam – Amanga ( Cotonou, BENIN)


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Top 10 instrumental submissions Ep 1 Oct 2018 • Word Is Bond

It won’t be fair not to show love to the cats that work behind the boards. Cats whose soundscapes help push hip-hop to loft heights. So in the same vein, this weekly list sheds light on budding and even established producers who continue to push the envelope for the culture. So sit back relax and get familiar with these producers on our Top 10 instrumental submissions.
Remember, don’t forget to support them by sharing their works.



Producer Big O kicks off the list with a smooth, relaxing beat he calls “Finally Made it(?)”. Pretty solid from start to finish. Hit the play button and get familiar.


E Dot doesn’t disappoint with his new beat “7 feet” which is a soulful, chilled out rap beat that takes you to the moon and back.





Cecil Purihin and Kool A.D team up for an experimental track titled “Tunnels”. The ambient soundscape is quite engaging with its live feel and rollicking jazz inspired vibe. This has spoken word-like vocals over it but it’s still dope.



Sol Beats crafts some good old soul-hop on his new beat titled “Crush“. The LA native showcases his natural flair for crafting surreal, multi-layered soundscapes for the audiences on this one. Totally solid from start to finish.


Young Citrus comes through again with a very laid-back relaxing beat he calls “Sleep“. He uses soft, retrospective chords, surreal sounds and a soulful vocal sample to complete this solid effort.



Savan DePaul debuts on the top 10 instrumental submissions with a low tempo, gloomy beat he calls “[[ΘURΘBΘRΘS]], The Instrumentalist”. A weird title but regardless this is something worth checking out as he layers quirky elements from obscure sources. Its far from the norm and totally solid.


Nottr samples a classic Method man vocal snippet on his new beat titled “Anaphase”. The production style is still unorthodox as usual with it’s staggered drum arrnagement and choppy samples. Interesting stuff.





Burlington, Vermont based producer Kurt Stewart teams up with fellow lo-fi beta maker tomcbumpz  for a solid combination and the result is “headrush”. A mellow, soothing piece of art crafted with sparkling keys, moody strings, and an overall chilled vibe.


multi-talented producer Terrence “Esquire” Huggins closes up the list with a dreamy, head-nodding production titled “Dream About It”. The emotion-filled arrangement has interesting elements ranging from nostalgia-inducing strings/pads and vocal-like synths which have a solid calming effect on the senses.


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