Top 5 Instrumental submissions for 2nd week July • 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.
Remember, don’t forget to support them by sharing their works.

NOTE: This will be the last Top 5 Submissions as the segment has been upgraded to 10 tracks starting from next week. This is to cover more talented acts out there.

Dr. Mechanic kicks off the list with a magnificent boom-bap head nodder titled “Ebony Street”. Complete with a warm bassline and soulful vocal samples to match. Pretty dope and its something worth bumping all day long. get it on Spotify and Bandcamp

 

 

John Alsace (aka Bmbu), is a Music Producer based out of Philadelphia, PA. and he debuts on out Top 5 with a retro-jazz tinged beat he calls “Blue Period”. Using hard-hitting breaks, smooth jazz flutes, and a thick bassline to complete the cipher.

He’s released 13 solo albums, four collaborative beat tapes w/ FortuneWEST, and produced albums for hip-hop artists from around the globe.

Ecto-84 drops a dope beat for us to vibe to titled “Firehouse”. The track starts off with a snippet from the classic first Ghostbusters movie and progresses into a mellow, laid-back jazz infused soundscape that is both surreal and soothing.

 

 

Tactilian returns with a heavy one in the form of this new beat he calls “Drip Streams”. He blends dreamy vocals and soundscapes over a hard-hitting drum backline. Get it on Spotify and Bandcamp.

 

 

Seb Zillner delivers a smooth produce titled “Thirty One”. The outcome is pure dopeness as the instrumentalist teams up with producer Handbook for the assist. proficient in the use of the Saxophone, Flute, and Duduk, he combines these instruments with the hip-hop backdrop provided by Handbook.

“Thirty One” is a song off his debut album ZILLNER which brings together talented producers from several genres and the foundations of the language of jazz to enhance beats. Get the audio HERE

 

 

 

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Top 5 Instrumental Submissions for 1st week July • 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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UK instrumental hip hop producer, MADS MODAL, presents “Clouds” – a tongue-in-cheek, lo-fi beat with warped guitars, twisted organ, crisp hats, and healthy dose of sub-bass. Taken from his new 15 track album, “Dimensions”, Mads is breaking-into the increasingly popular lo-fi hip hop genre, having released a string of smaller EPs over the past few years.

Producer Dro Cup, also known as Al D, wanted to keep the vibes high when producing “self-titled”, using only the most lively soul samples to craft a nostalgia inducing track full of joy. The track name comes from the choir sample, chopped up to say “Al D!”

 

 

 

“once in a lifetime” is an instrumental taken from Brokebwoy‘s latest offering, bloomin’, which was made at a time when he thought he was losing his creative touch as he had not made music for a while. When brokebwoy finally decided to try and make music again, this was the result!

 

 

 

Ellis H. has a wide variety of influences ranging from Wax Tailor, Nujabes, to The Avalanches. His newest effort titled “Slaughter House” is a slight homage to those acts that influenced his production style.

Riverkid is a beatmaker and radio host from Sydney Australia. He gifts us with a smooth, nostalgia filled record titled “Sun Moment”. The record is a potpourri of emotions stemming from the dreamy sounds the producer chopped and layered for our listening pleasure.

The video was shot on iphone driving to the airport at dawn, from my sister’s small town through the fields and bush of north east Tasmania. I made this song chopping the beautiful sounds that I find on records that no one else wants, in the charity shops in small towns and quiet suburbs.

“Sun Moment” is taken from his  latest beat tape ‘beat trip’

 

 

Lost Son wraps up this week’s list with a smooth bouncy track titled  “Summer Rain”off his new beattape, “Flying Colors”.

The  project is based on soulful samples, smooth melodies and intense drums. In “Summer Rain”, I tried to blend the fine jazz and soul elements of the original track I sampled, with what we would call boom bap drums. Fun fact: the days after the release of the tape, it rained heavily for many days and nights. Summer rain.”

 

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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 June 2018 • Word Is Bond

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Producer Kavi taps into some Latino/Spanish vibe to bring us this smooth jam titled “Bike Rides”. It has that warm, summer feeling and definitely makes the listener welcomed from start to finish. The beat is taken from his  EP: Past Summer’s Future, which can be accessed here and bought right here 

Irish producer/multi-instrumentalist who goes by the name Zak Higgins delivers what he calls an OVO style hip hop instrumental in the form of this beat titled “Recycled”. It has that laid-back, somber vibe laced with Afro-Caribbean drum patterns. He produced this instrumental for RnB singer Omo Aston who is due to release his debut EP on the 1st of July, although this song will not feature on the EP.

 

 

We got a heavy one from Peek in the form of this cut titled “Acid Reynolds”. Blending boom-bap styled drums against obscure samples and quirky sounds, the result is pretty solid. “Acid Reynolds” is part of multiple beats he will be releasing over the summer.

MZR is 23 y/o beatmaker from New Caledonia,(it is a French island in the Pacific near Australia.) and he hit us up with his new beat titled “Old Boy”. The beat has that standard trap influenced vibe but laced with an engaging string sample. he says he got it from the classic movie Old Boy and the sample is The Last Waltz by Hyun-Jung Shim.

 

 

 

Styles in black brings back that vintage jazz sound on this record titled “Two Lovers”. He blends boombap styled drums, French vocal samples, vinyl scratching and a warm bassline to match.

He gives an insight into the making of the beat here “The vocals come from an old radio broadcast I found, and happened to fit perfectly with the warm tones of the beat. As the song says, “this is a song about two lovers who know – who really know – that they will stay in love all their life.”

 

Jacob Hoskins help wrap up this week’s edition with a J Dilla inspired beat titled “Slowly”. The beat has a smooth soulful vocal sample chopped against the warm bassline and strings and it’s nothing but dopeness from start to finish.

 

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Top 5 instrumental submissions for 3rd week June 2018 • Word Is Bond

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Shake With Ice” is one of an eight-track debut album by Greenville, SC-based independent electronic music producer, Rögg Collins. Mixing his love for music production, hanging out with friends, and making cocktails, Collins uses countless voice memos in each track while spelling out a recipe for his drink, “The Rögg Collins,” as each track title.

 

Kingdom Blue comes through with a summer tinged record titled “Moving”. The record is a beautiful blend of trip-hop, downtempo elements. The record is about development and importance of living.

With several concerts already booked for 2018, Kingdom Blue is ready to go on the road, where the project is turned into a trio, adding two additional members on drums & synth.

Bio:  Kingdom Blue came to life in the early days of 2018 as a recovery process, for the founder Lass P., after the loss of his beloved grandfather, who had initially taught him the craft of music.“I wanted to create something uplifting and beautiful so that I could get out of the dark place I found myself in. My grandfather always told me to focus on the melody and to make something that would touch people. As time went, it started working and the days became brighter.“

 

 

 

Husky Wolfenstein delivers a lo-fi, trap-infused instrumental that feels like something out of a dream. layering quirky keys, indiscernible vocals and a whole lot of sound design to match. The producer brings the big guns to play.

 

 

Classically trained beatmaker from Rijeka, Croatia who goes by the name Drago Zetić debuts on the list with this solid output titled “Briks”. The laid-back track has a video game vibe with a whole lot of 90s boombap elements to match.

“Briks” is the introductory track from his upcoming instrumental hip hop EP.

 

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Top 5 Instrumental Submissions For 2nd Week 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.
Remember, don’t forget to support them by sharing their works.

 

“momentary’” is the first in a series of lo-fi hip hop instrumental beats that are accompanied by visuals of Ghosting’s original and moody photography. Ghosting is the moniker of Andrei Eremin a gold certified, Grammy and ARIA nominated engineer and producer

 

 

 

Digo Cuts cooks up some smooth jazz with a touch of hip hop on his new release “IWishIKnew”. It’s track 10 of his 5rd project.

 

Figùra’s new release “Place To be” is a downtempo, jazz-influenced number that is soothing to the core. It is the title track of his debut album

 

Paris based producer Bluestaeb releases new single “Alright” , from his upcoming album Everything Is Always a Process . Interesting switch ups and head nodding vibe stake precedence on this tune

He gives an insight into the track as follows “This song clearly shows the transition from my last album “Rodalquilar” to the music I make today. Around that time I started working more and more on the arrangements and the live instrumentation of my music in order to create full songs & not just looped beats. I was also listening to a lot of Neo-Soul & Soulection at the time, which influenced my own music. “Alright” is a result of this process.”

 

 

Producer Behind Clouds delivers a laid-back tune titled “Taste Of Reality”. Super dreamy and soothing stuff.

 

The Afrosamuraiist is back with a super groovy jam he calls “Drank”. Blending alluring synths with electro-funk attributes he treats the listener to nothing but wholesome dopeness.

 

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Top 5 instrumental submissions for 1st week 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.
Remember, don’t forget to support them by sharing their works.

 

Boston, MA producer Kurt Stewart delivers a mellow, soothing soundscape in the form of his single titled “Intuition”. Merging hip-hop with soul/r&b elements, his sound is pretty slick and also has some lo-fi ambiance to it too.

 “intuition” is a song that represents Kurt’s current emotional state. He’s tired from a long few months but has found hope in the changing of the seasons. 

 

Producer Baraka‘s “Ocean” is a smooth track that feels like something from a retro drama, he blends dreamy vocals against soulful guitar plucks and groovy hiphop drums.

June Jissle returns with his monthly beat release. This time he pays homage to the month of March. Using choppy drums, pitched vocals and dreamy keys, he brings a solid one on this release.

Gohan Blanco (AKA Machado Mijiga) is a Portland-based multi-instrumentalist and producer. With a focus on composition and homemade samples, Gohan Blanco fuses many genres into the lo-fi sound palette, borrowing from the aesthetics of video games, anime, and nature to create soundscapes that take the soul on a musical safari.

 

 

London based hip-hop producer Bronze wraps up this edition with a soulful downtempo number he calls “Sienna”. He crafted this joint using mellow rnb vocals, dreamy keys and lo-fi pads to match. he is currently working on his debut album “jewels” which will drop later this year.

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Top 5 Instrumental Submissions For 3rd Week May • Word Is Bond

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Producer Air Kalo crafts a blend of soul, funk and hip-hop on his newest record titled “Midtown”. The track is from his instrumental album “All Things Grow With Love”

 

“Dr. Thompson”  is a dreamy, retro-tinged beat made by Zeb. The producer goes into his bag of tricks to bring out this solid beat.

 

Bad Math comes through with the visuals for his instrumental he titled “Live Session”. Built on a laid back boombap type soundscape, “live session” definitely hits the mark. The visual is directed by Bald Tower who gave the beat a cinematic visual. “Live Session” is taken from his Celestial beat tape OUT NOW! Get it on Spotify , Bandcamp

 

Benhurzz delivers an acoustic driven instrumental he titled “A note to you”. This is some smooth summery piece of art.

K.F.M ends the list with a dark retro banger called “Wire Men”. This is pure classic stuff.

 

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Top 5 instrumental submissions for 2nd week May • Word Is Bond

It won’t be fair not to show love to the cats that work on 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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Los Angeles, CA-based  Digital Instrumentalist Kheperan Greathouse sets the tone with a brooding instrumental he calls “Sisyphus”. The beat has a dark, cinematic type vibe going on complete with hard hitting drums that is reminiscent of Stoupe’s production on Jedi Mind Tricks. The young producer is currently putting finishing touches on his upcoming album titled Reincarnation where this beat is pulled from.

 

 

 

“Coli” is the first single out of Peter Spacey Beat Tape out in May in digital & VHS cassettes. The Tel-Aviv based beatmaker/DJ is actually a trained keyboardist but ventured into hip-hop and the result is something off the hook. Hit the play button and get familiar

 

 

 

Producer Luda Huna goes introspective with his new creation called “Ying Salamum”. Using boombap type drums and Jazz pianos, he crafts a moody beat that is perfect for rainy days. He also added an acapella of an absurdist Slovenian poet to boot.

 

 

 

 

 

The Lone Bureaucrat is an experimental, electronic, mad scientist-type sonic pioneer, following lovingly in the footsteps of beat masters like J-Dilla, Flying Lotus, and Actress, who started with the piano, then the drums, then went on an epic, existential journey through sound to find his way back into a rhythmic core, one with the potential to shatter at any given moment.. His new record “Abyss” is the 2nd record off his daily beat series to mark his journey back into sobriety, the first release being: ‘The Day I Stopped Drinking (again)’

 

 

Mindseye is a Dutch record producer, currently residing in New Zealand. His new record “Dream” is just as the title says, dreamy and ethereal. He blends off-kilter sounds to make ambient, trip-hop styled creations.’Dream (Instrumental’ is his first official release in 2018. It is a chill sample-based instrumental hip-hop track depicting different stages of a warm feel-good dream. More new Mindseye tracks will follow in the next few months!

 

 

Cento is back with another brilliant release titled “Keep it movin’”. The Washington, DC producer crafts a smooth groovy boombap-type jam layered in dirty analog samples and a smooth bass line

 

 

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TOP 5 INSTRUMENTAL SUBMISSIONS FOR 1st WEEK MAY • Word Is Bond

We kick off the month of May with some brilliant set of material from only the best producers from the underground. Take some time out and get with the program.

 

Tadashi crafts a smoothing/ethereal soundscape in his new production titled “When You’re Ready”. He says “For all of you who feel like they were born on the wrong planet, you’re not alone. Stay strong y’all,”

Underconnect comes through with a jazz-like beat that feels like something out of a romance flick from the 90s. Interesting piece of work so check it out.

 

Trumpeter Farnell Newton delivers “Lofi and Chill” which is a solid blend of jazz, hip-hop and soul. What makes it supreme is the mix of his trumpet skills too which gives it that nostalgic vibe that is totally undeniable. In the last few years, Farnell has been touring with 3 times Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Jill Scott and with the Legendary Rhinestone Rockstar Bassist Bootsy Collins.

Ellis H is all about using music to paint pictures as evidenced on his new work titled “Fly”. The production bangs hard and is layered with weird strings and a quirky bassline to match. He says creating the beat was “…a fun experience for me because I was able to tell a story through music...” He adds that the beat dwells on  the journey of freedom and it’s new beginnings.”

 

Producer David Shouji slows the tempo on his entry titled “Overcast”. He blends thick 808 kicks against a brooding soundscape and the result is something out of left-field. “Overcast” is the lead single off his sophomore instrumental project titled In half EP. He adds “It has the purpose of setting the mood for the following five songs and giving the listener a taste of my personal sound. Spring came extremely late to where I live this year, so the weather has been mostly rugged – something this track reflects on.”

 

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