Imperial releases “Layers” LP – Sphereofhiphop.com

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.

Layers is out now via Illect Recordings.

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Imperial & K.I.N.E.T.I.K. “Crate Diggers” album stream

Crate Diggers is a new release from our favorite UK hip-hop duo. Stream the full LP below and let us know what you think.

Following the success of their critically acclaimed debut album, Hip Hop’s most unlikely tag team, Imperial and K.I.N.E.T.I.K., are back with a brand new album, vibe and label.

Since forming in 2013, the Cambridge/London-based duo have racked up three projects, multiple singles and won over crowds from London to Secret Garden Party.

As the first-ever release on EMI’s new The Real Fifth imprint, Crate Diggers finds the duo freaking the funk in a whole new way. After being assured that they’d face no legal action, the boys were given full access to the KPM music library with permission to sample anything they want. Some of your favorite artists have paid top money to use these same sounds – Jay-Z, Drake and Gorillaz – are just a few that spring to mind. Lawyers can sit this one out though because all samples are cleared! Biz Markie got sued so they could get paid.

The formula has definitely been updated this time around. Whilst staying fully in tune with their old school roots, they keep it real in the feel but bang up to date. They’ve added more boundless bridges, hilarious hooks, booming breakdowns, petrifying peaks, voluminous valleys, happy highs, lofty lows and all the extra sauce that comes in between. Think of a roller coaster coming through your speaker. But their mamas ain’t raised no fools and they still manage to drop a life lesson or two among all of the frenetic fluff.

Guest appearances include frequent collaborators Nate Rich and James Gardin as well as new co-conspirators namely Mr. J. Medeiros of AllttA, UK Hip Hop legend Seanie T and New York’s favorite foreign import emcee, Jamieson.

Crate Diggers was released on The Real Fifth / EMI.

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Imperial drops a chillhop gem, Transit

Imperial is on a roll… Transit is yet another perfect song for your summer playlist. It’s easy to click repeat and get lost in this track. Have a listen and let us know what you think of it.

He shares, “This is the final single from my debut instrumental album, Layers. It’s a chilled hip-hop head nodder perfect for an evening under the stars letting your mind take you on a journey to far off lands.

Transit is out now and available to stream & download. Layers is set for an August 3rd release via Illect Recordings.

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Imperial releases "Hot Sauce", drawing inspiration from live hip-hop and jazzy rhythms • Word Is Bond

 

Imperial and Illect Recordings have a new summer jam for your playlists, Hot Sauce.

Imperial shares, “I’ve always loved the sound of live hip hop, whether it’s artists who perform with a live band for their show or record studio albums with a band. Hot Sauce takes inspiration from that live hip hop sound and couples it with jazz infused rhythms. The sun is shining, the beat is chilled, grab a beer and enjoy.”

Hot Sauce is available at all digital outlets.

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

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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.

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Imperial’s Hot Sauce is a Jazzy Hip-Hop gem

Hot Sauce is the lead single from Imperial’s forthcoming Layers LP releasing on Illect Recordings. This one is going into heavy rotation on several of our playlists.

Imperial shares, “I’ve always loved the sound of live hip hop, whether it’s artists who perform with a live band for their show or record studio albums with a band. Hot Sauce takes inspiration from that live hip hop sound and couples it with jazz infused rhythms. The sun is shining, the beat is chilled, grab a cold beverage and enjoy.

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Sphere of Hip Hop Podcast episode 144

Sphere of Hip Hop Podcast episode 144

Sphere of Hip Hop Podcast episode 144 is mixed by DJ Tony Tone BKS.

In this episode, enjoy tracks from: Armond WakeUp, Dee-1, Ess Be, Imperial, JGivens, Jonathan Baker, Konata Small, Marty, NF, Sareem Poems, Shope, Social Club, Sojourn, Th3 Saga and more.

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1. The3 Saga “Man Down”
2. Shope “Come Wid It”
3. NF “Grindin (feat. Marty of Social Club)”
4. Imperial “Know The Call (feat. Sareem Poems & Sojourn)”
5. Armond WakeUp “7 Miles From 7 Mile (feat. Jonathan Baker)”
6. The Org “WIM”
7. Sareem Poems & Ess Be “Dance for the Dead”
8. Dee-1 “Miles Davis”
9. Konata Small “Numbers”
10. JGivens “Au Revoir”

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Imperial “Know the Call (ft. Sareem Poems & Sojourn)”




Illect Recordings starts off their 2018 release schedule with an absolute banger, Know the Call. We’re excited to offer this single as a premiere!

Know the Call is produced by Imperial and features bars from Sareem Poems and Sojourn.

Crusty drums and classic raps, what more do you need? Sareem Poems and Sojourn took this beat right back to Sedgwick Avenue and knocked it out the park. It was amazing to work with the 2 veteran emcees as they brought the real rawness and added the sauce over the beat.

This single drops Friday January 12th via Illect Recordings.

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Sphere of Hip Hop Podcast episode 138

Sphere of Hip Hop Podcast episode 138 is mixed by DJ Tony Tone BKS.

In this episode, enjoy tracks from: C.J. King, Corey Red, Dream Junkies, Eshon Burgundy, HURT, Imperial, J.Lee the Producer, JusThoughtz, Kinetik, Plain James, Sean C. Johnson, Tragic Hero and more.

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1. Tragic Hero “Wish You Could”
2. Plain James “Flexin”
3. C.J. King “They Alright”
4. J.Lee the Producer “Fade Away (Kobe Bean) [feat. Sean C. Johnson]”
5. Eshon Burgundy “Prayn In the Rain”
6. Corey Red “My Style Iz Hot”
7. Imperial & K.I.N.E.T.I.K. “Travel The Map (feat. Oddisee)”
8. Dream Junkies “HypocritiCOOL”
9. JusThoughtz “I’m Okay”
10. Palace “Mortar (feat. H.U.R.T.)”

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Sphere of Hip Hop Podcast episode 134

Sphere of Hip Hop Podcast episode 134 is mixed by DJ Tony Tone BKS.

In this episode, enjoy tracks from: Da Truth, Frontlynaz, Imperial, J.Johnson, Jackie Hill Perry, Jered Sanders, JGivens, Kinetik, Mahogany Jones, Ozay Moore, Reconcile, Stro Elliot and more.

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1. Reconcile “Premeditated (feat. Jackie Hill Perry)”
2. Jered Sanders “Better”
3. Mahogany Jones “Serious (feat. EP)”
4. Octavia Harris “4 the Ladies”
5. Frontlynaz “What U Lookin 4 (feat. Beez, J.Johnson)”
6. Da Truth “Southstreet”
7. JGivens “Ignorantro”
8. Ozay Moore “Don’t Cry (prod. Stro Elliot)”
9. Imperial & K.I.N.E.T.I.K. “Just Another Day”
10. Hidden Man “Hidden Man”

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