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.
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
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.
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.
James Gardin & Terem drop off the energetic summer single Groove.
James shares, “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.”
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Every once in a while we get a song that absolutely surprises us. “Methods” by Katie Carlene fits the bill and features a guest spot from SOHH favorite, James Gardin.
Katie Carlene shared the inspiration behind the song:
“Methods” was inspired by all the ways that God has used to reach me in life. I think that He speaks to people in the ways He knows will connect with that particular person. For me, that’s always been music and nature. I grew up in Oregon. It’s pretty easy to see God around here. I’ve been seeing Him in the ocean, and the high desert, and the mountains since I can remember. And honestly, I don’t remember being taught that when I was a kid. It was just something I had always known. It was something I could feel. I used to lay in the field behind our farmhouse, and just stare up at the hills that surrounded the town I grew up in. And I would sing. And I knew that He was there with me, listening.
It’s easy to see God in the beautiful. It’s easy to feel God in a pretty song. It’s easy to see Him in a good deed. But as I grew up, I realized that God wasn’t just in the things that were pretty to look at. He was in all of it. He was in the wildflowers behind our house, but he was also in the dirt they grew out of. Like hitting rock bottom in an addiction that nobody knew about. Like being a relationship with an emotionally abusive man. Like my family being deeply hurt by The Church. Twice. The difference between seeing God in the light, and seeing God in the darkness, is that when it’s in the light, it’s immediate. He’s just there, right in front of you, waiting for you to look at Him. But It takes a little longer with the things waiting behind the darkness. Sometimes a lot longer. Sometimes your whole life. It takes all of your patience. And hope. And faith. But the thing is that once you finally see it, when you look back and it all makes sense, it completely transforms you. It changes your heart. It changes the way you see the world. It changes the way you see God. Really, “Methods” is just about trusting that God is here with us. Even when we’re surrounded by darkness.