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.
Remember, don’t forget to support them by sharing their works.

 

 

Montreal based producer  Cotola delivers a dark instrumental he calls “Sin Testigos”. Lacing somber vibes against a hard beat to match, he showcases his own unique style of production that is quite interesting to say the least. The track is taken from his recent project “Naco Bolero”, influenced by the sound of bolero and hip hop.

This album will highlight the special secret ingredient that has defined his sound over the years: bolero. Romantic South American ballads from way back occasionally fused with psychedelic rock and jazz to create a haunting sound. The tracks on the album are inspired by warm and melancholic melodies from the extensive collection of rare old bolero vinyls that Cotola has been cultivating over the years (including Los Angeles Negros, Tericolas, Pasteles Verdes).

The arrangements are contemporary, touching an emotional chord through the sound of the ballads, emerging as they did in the same generation as the height of African-American soul music, when Motown and Stax Records reigned supreme. The somber musical offering is amplified by a romanticizing sampling of quotes from obscure spanish gangster flics, highlighting the contrast between love and danger, a thematic tension that drives the soundtrack of an illicit music purveyor.

 

 

We received some laid-back smooth produce from producer Phortran called “Tea Leaves”. Just as the title suggests, the soundscape is quite soothing and calming like tea leaves.

“Tea Leaves” is the second track off of the producer’s latest EP titled “unemployed”. a subdued beat punctuated by marimba and chime samples create a meditative vibe perfect for relaxing with a cup of coffee and pondering life’s mysteries.

 

 

 

Underconnect drops a soul infused gem titled “Yourself”. Blending soulful vocals and lo-fi vibes. Hit the play button and get familiar.

 

 

Producer Launch Control switches it up with a cinematic trap infused beat on “Crowd Pleaser”. This solid beat also benefits from some electric guitar thrown in for good measure.

Digo Cuts comes through again with a solid one titled “Rio”. Blending Bossa nova styled vibes and hiphop drums, the beat is quite brilliant. “Rio” is the last track off his 6rd project called “Cantos Das Ruas”

 

Denver, Colorado based producer Steve, aka lifeoftheo debuts on the list with his unique production style. On the track titled “Cee…” he blends lo-fi radio like sounds, a somber piano and hard hitting drums to complete the cypher.

 

 

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