Joy is something we all try to find in every day. At times, its located in painfully apparent places. Sometimes, its qualities are more elusive and need to be dug up from overlooked nooks and crannies. At the end of the day, joy is always found in things that are internal and eternal.
James Gardin continues his undefeated streak as The World’s Most Encouraging Rapper™? and reconvenes with his longtime collaborator TheyCallMeHeat. The result is a fresh new single to help people get through their big, medium and small sads. This song is a funky, danceable number that has the soundscape of a Hip Hop spaghetti western. Think joyful, joyful Lord we adore thee meets ambidextrous diddy bop and infectious nod.
Joy releases today on Illect Recordings.
Written by Christopher Mitchell for Breaking Atoms.
Stream of Learning dropped at midnight. Based on the reception to Look On The Bright Side, I think our visitors are ready.
The learning curve of life can vary at a moment’s notice. Its twists and turns can come at you when you least expect it, and the dips tend to be steep. However, life without learning isn’t much of a life at all. We should all aspire to be teachable students.
Class is in session with the new single from Terem. Stream of Learning is an awe-inspiring syllabus of free thought, wonder, escapism and creativity. Terem solidifies his reputation as one of France’s freshest producers with a masterful module of piano vibes, neck snapping drums and synths sounds that pop their heads up and then disappear like a melancholy vapour. The entire track is calm but focused and will undoubtedly serve as a melodious backdrop to the curriculum of life.
Stream of Learning releases today on Illect Recordings.
Written by Christopher Mitchell for Breaking Atoms.
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
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
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.
Life can be pretty rough sometimes. Sudden. Unpredictable. Unfair. All that and more. Many of us have been told to “look on the bright side”. This often used quote is in danger of being relegated to a flippant quip or a dismissive oversight. The sun doesn’t always shine on your side of the street. So what then?
Terem’s new release serves as the lead single from his upcoming solo instrumental project ‘Intuition In The Keys’. This track – named after the quote mentioned above – is more than just a familiar reprise. It is a rousing rallying call to all those within earshot to lift their heads as well as their faith. The jazzy grooves and funky textures are sure to stir the soul and move the body. This is the kind of music that will encourage you to ponder the past and then punch the sky in anticipation of an exciting future.
Look On The Bright Side is out now on Illect Recordings.
Written by Christopher Mitchell for Breaking Atoms
Victorious is the second single from rapper James Gardin and producer Soulseize. It’s from their Until It All Makes Sense project releasing August 24th, 2018 via Illect Recordings.
Illect recording artist James Gardin collabs with Soulseize again. This time they’re bringing an anthem to count your blessings to. James says, “sometimes we have to sit back and think about what we’ve accomplished and celebrate it for a second… or a couple minutes.”
Get an early listen of the Victorious single before it drops everywhere at midnight.