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.

Amazon – Apple Music – Bandcamp – Google Play – iTunes – Soundcloud – Spotify

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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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SIF x SKAE team up for the smooth collab titled "Do You Wanna" • Word Is Bond

The duo of SIF (Real names Daniel Kelly) and SKAE (Lane Dorsey) deliver the first track “Do You Wanna” off their upcoming collabo EP.  The two grew up near each other and were friends from an early age. They each started successful careers separately – SIF starred on Degrassi and SKAE became a sought-after photographer. They reconnected in 2016 and realized they both shared a similar passion for music and began recording together.

Their new single “Do You Wanna”  is a smooth blend of soul/R&B and hip-hop. Over a lush mellow soundscape provided by SKAE, SIF showcases his dual skillset switching between rapping and singing. It’s quite organic and has a nice mass appeal vibe to it.

Now they’re prepping their debut EP for release. It’s a collection of songs full of movement and energy with memorable hooks.

Keep up with SIF x SKAE  : Facebook : Soundcloud :  Instagram

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Top 10 submissions For 3rd 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.



Budding artist Slo follows up his recent release ‘The Godfather’ with his latest track ‘Rewind’ In this short and sweet track, the rapper shows off his macking skills as he informs insecure fellas the implication of bringing their lady friends around him. Follow him on twitter here



Odd Future member Mike G comes through with a solid visual for his song “Ruin Your Day” featuring Sahtyre off his self-produced EP, Chase Clouds (April 2018). This serves as the first video from the aforementioned project. The video is directed by Mike G & JR The Director and is heavily inspired by the classic third-person shooting game Max Payne,  Hit the play button and get familiar also follow him on twitter here



London based artist and model Paris Love-Child shows us the stuff she is made of on her new single/video “Brass Band Bitches”. A natural talent who dabbles in fashion and DJing, she brings an extra spicy flow on the record a she sends warning shots to fakers out in the open. No flows barred here so hit the play button and get familiar with her fashion influenced style.


Kansas City, MO. based rapper Abnorm drops a mellow, lo-fi record titled “Golden Era”. The song is his 2nd single and was produced by Domonique Sanders who laces the perfect backdrop for Abnorm’s laid back demeanor and smooth flow. Like the title says, he taps into an era oft forgotten by most and delivers something solid. You can purchase his new studio project titled  “The Ghetto Luxury LP here 


Young Troubled Minds presents their latest visuals for their single “Rolling Stones”, a mid-western tale of two brothers, desperate for change. This record serves as a precursor to their anticipated debut Album, Energy in Motion, set to release August 1st, 2018.  The video shows the duo in their respective environs explaining their life struggles amongst other things. Enjoy a FREE download of “Rolling Stones” here




Tenjin dives into the dark world of social media addiction on his new record titled “Mama Don’t Know”. While the topic is something everyone should hear, he also turns it up a notch as he solidifies the message over an upbeat head nodding backdrop.




Magna Carda delivers their brand of off-kilter, jazz-infused hip-hop on their new record “2 Legit”.  The Austin based duo have been putting in work for a minute now and have slowly built their name with their genre-defying blend of rap-meets-jazz-meets-R&B-meets-electronic.  Magna Carda is made up of MC-producer duo — Megz Kelli and Dougie Do.



Rising singer/rapper Gashi drops the visuals for his songs “Youtube Comments/Empty Inside”. The first song is a take on cyberbullying as he uses all the actual negative comments left on his Youtube page and turns it into a song. The latter is a love-laden track that explores his love for a certain individual. Directed by Shomi Patwary (A$AP Rocky, Beyonce, The Weeknd), the cinematic visual was shot in Los Angeles and brings the songs to life with relatable figures and organic aesthetics.

Currently, on his European headlining tour, GASHI has previously released other standout tracks including, “Turn Me Down,” “24 Hours” and his breakout hit “Disrespectful,” which have collectively garnered over 100 million streams worldwide. He also created a site called www.ihategashi.com where if you wrote a negative comment you can claim writing credit.

“YouTube Comments”: Multi Link: “Empty Inside”: Multi Link



“Elevator” is the third single off Jamar‘s upcoming project “Politically Incorrect II: Misedukkkation of Negro.” On the track, he teams up with singer Breana Marin who delivers a smooth chorus over the R&B infused track.


UK artist J Vessel pontificates on a delicate issue on his new single titled “Lose Control”. Over a bouncy, lush backdrop he is caught between the devil and the deep blue sea with a certain femme fatale who has invited him to her crib and he is not sure to follow through or stand his ground.

Produced by Victizzle (Stormzy, Chip, Ms Banks), ‘Lose Control’ is taken from J Vessel’s forthcoming sophomore project ‘The Story Of Jordan James’ which is due later this year. The video for ‘Lose Control’ see J Vessel starring with acclaimed poet Sophia Thakur, and is directed by MNNY ADYMI (Guvna B, Jake Isaac).




The Sir Duke comes through to wrap up the maiden edition of our Top 10 submissions with this heartfelt record titled “Rise Up”. Over a cinematic brass driven backdrop, he takes the listener deep into the lives and challenges faced by black families in the ghetto.  Check out the new song and see the core of why society needs to take a stance on the topic of hate and separation.



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Tragedy Khadafi & BP are the “Upper Echelon” of rap (Debut Leak off ‘Immortal Titans’ Collab LP) • Word Is Bond


Tragedy Khadafi & BP  deliver their newest single titled “Upper Echelon,”. The record is a heavy street banger laced with a booming head-nodding production by BP and solid lyricism from the  QB legend . The brassy banger is also the first track we’re hearing from their much anticipated joint album, Immortal Titans. And while this may be the first proper project from the two New York artists—Trag is from Queensbridge, BP is from Amityville—they have proven to be a formidable duo in the past, like on BP’s hard hitting Timeless Music compilation.

“Upper Echelon” is the first instant grat track off Immortal Titans, which is available now for pre-order on CD and vinyl, and through iTunes/Apple MusicBandcampAmazon, and Google Play. The 14 track LP boasts guest appearances from Nature, Apathy, SmooVth, Rosewood, Hus Kingpin, Ali Vegas and more, and is set to drop Friday, August 17thvia Common Virtue Records.

Album Pre-Order (Digital, Vinyl/CD): HERE


01. Earth Distributors

02. Immortal Titans

03. F#@% How They Feel (feat. Nature)

04. Upper Echelon

05. Prime Time

06. Mastermind (feat. Apathy & DJ Stitches)

07. 4 Her

08. Renoir Repertoire (feat. SmooVth, Rosewood & Hus Kingpin)

09. Talk to ‘Em

10. Story Never Told

11. The World Is Mine (feat. Ali Vegas)

12. Slow Motion

13. The Great Escape

14. Steady Rising

*Vinyl format only includes tracks 1-11


Keep up Tragedy Khadafi Online:TWITTER• Instagram

Keep up with BP Online:TWITTER• Instagram• SoundCloud


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PREMIERE: Imperial “Yellow Yachts” – Sphereofhiphop.com

Ahead of the midnight release of Yellow Yachts by Imperial, we’re premiering the track for you. It’s the second single from the Layers album dropping on Illect Recordings.

Imperial shares “Yellow Yachts is a bit of a turn left for me. The sun was shining, I was feeling good and this is what happened. I’ve always had a bit of a guilty pleasure for more uptempo almost pop driven beats and it all just came out. There is more boom bap on the way, but this is just a little pause to let people into my influences.

Audio: Yellow Yachts

Stream the first single Hot Sauce.

Let us know what you think of the new singles from Imperial.

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Chance The Rapper Returns With New Music • Word Is Bond

Chance The Rapper has been teasing new music for the last several weeks. But tonight he finally gave fans what they have been waiting for by dropping four new songs. The four tracks are titled “I Might Need Security”, “Work Out”, “Wala Cam”, and “65th & Ingleside” respectively.

The Chicago emcee has been relatively quiet sine the release of his Merry Christmas Lil’ Mama: Re-Wrapped mixtape in 2017.

These four songs are separate from the work he is doing with Kanye West. Stay tuned to The Word Is Bond as we will be covering any new music from Chance as it releases.

Listen to all four tracks below.

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Downtempo/Electrofunk Artist Synthonic Wacks Our Synapses with "Head Banging" • Word Is Bond

Synthonic is the downtempo/electrofunk project of classical jazz musician and London native Kieron Garrett, whose logo design features a winding spiral keyboard. Take a second glance and an octopus begins taking place of the “c” letter hanging off the end of this musical evocation, coiling its way through the mysteries of the deep.

Fans of the Kieron Garrett Quartet, the artist’s pre-established namesake, will find the music created under the “Synthonic” brand to be a nice change of pace for the musician. Depth-fueled synth explosions with throbbing hi-hat hits in syncopation with the ferocity of the breakbeat is precisely what listeners will hear in the first single leading up to the debut of his “Sunshine” EP in September, “Head Banging.” If you liked Canadian electrofunk band Chromeo’s 2007 album, Fancy Footwork, you’ll finding some intersecting influences on “Head Banging,” with less emphasis on drum power of the intergalactic and more detail harnessed into showcasing each of the jazz palettes within the song, giving each unique instrument its moment to shine.

Listen to “Head Banging” in full here.

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Tee Krispil delivers her new project titled "One Way Ticket" • Word Is Bond

Rising Canadian rapper Tee Krispil has been on the grind for a minute now but as we hit the second half ot the year she hits us with her new project titled “One Way Ticket”.  The 8 track project is pretty interesting with its genre-bending approach and its laced metaphor, style, and musicality. The project was produced in its entirety by her go to producer Moxsa (aka Ari James)  who brings old school flavor with new school sounds to create a unique sonic experience that’s reminiscent of the 90’s but relevant to today’s hip-hop.

This project is about many things, but the title One Way Ticket is a play on words alluding to how we are all ONE. With a background in teaching yoga and after a spiritual revelation Tee had while in Israel, she began making music from what she calls a “higher source”. A channeling of sorts, Tee feels like a vessel that’s here to share truth from higher realms. Her passive participation in music creation is intriguing, and the messages are important. Being widely involved with Vancouver’s cannabis community (she owns a CBD Tea company called FLEURS), she playfully refers to herself as the “microdose mami”- an ode to her love for cannabis and micro-doses of psychedelics.

Stream One Way Ticket on Spotify

Keep Up With Tee Krispil : Facebook Soundcloud Instagram Twitter

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