Top 5 instrumental submissions June 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.
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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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Top 5 Instrumental Submissions for 4th week in February • Word Is Bond

As the month of February comes to an end, it’s only right we deliver that goodness for everyone out there. Sit back, relax and tune in to this week’s selection of dope beats from across the globe.

 

Matthew Kertis sets it off with his record “Walking the dog”. A laid back cut that sounds like the soundtrack for a rainy afternoon.

 

Ikane C. (real name Samuel Jones) is a afro-american lofi Hip-Hop producer and songwriter based in Berlin, Germany. His material plays out at a mellow pace, typically coloured with bit-crushed melodies and groovy, softened beats. Exposed to music at an early age, Jones decided to pursue music as a career path after having been seduced by the inspiring and experimental sound of the Flying Lotus classic “Cosmogramma”. The vibe of his latest work “Yoshino” is often compared to songs from Idealism, Jinsang, eevee, Tomppabeats and Wun Two. “Yoshino” is a smooth and soulful lofi hiphop instrumental inspired by the cherry blossom season in Japan. 

 

 

Launch Kontrol delivers a groovy tune he calls “Strippa Luv” and it’s nothing but pure bliss.

 

 

Laizlo (previously known as jacksxn) is a producer based out of Victoria, B.C. Canada blending lo-fi hip-hop with soul and jazz. ‘new chip in town’ marks a return for Laizlo after taking a year long break from releasing music. Employing sloppy drums and raw sample cuts, Laizlo puts a new twist on the classic boom bap style.

 

‘Steady’ is the new record from Dortmund, Germany based producer Beatmaschine. It utilises the classic ‘Heather’  sample from  of Billy Cobham and it’s a slight homage to  the track 93′ till infinity, which is one of my favourite tracks of the souls of mischief.

 

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