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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he.wears.red is the lead producer on today’s list and what he brings to the table is a piano-driven slow jam titled “Pills”. The beat has a solemn vibe with minimal drums to match. Quite straightforward, not many switch ups but still gets the job done so not much for me to complain about.
Oscar Dalton is a Spanish Producer & Rapper representing the Barcelona based family Luz De Zulo where all the elements of hip-hop are represented and practiced, His newest beat is called “Connected” and its pure class as he also showcases his Deejaying skills alongside production duties. The beat is cool too and its crafted on short vocal chops, hard drum breaks and a whole lot of scratching.
“Connected” is off his third solo project titled Cables. The project is based around the themes of networks, connections, feelings, and technology.
Bruce Chillest is the musical project helmed by LA. based producer Andrew Clark. The composer takes his multi-instrumentation skills and puts them to good use on his new release titled “Rhoad to nowhere”. He layers a nostalgia-inducing key, solemn vocal chops pitched to various degrees over a smooth drum groove. Watch out for the sweet switch up towards the tail end.
French electronic producer Evil Needle has always been pushing the envelope with his multi-layered, genre-bending soundscapes and his latest tune once again shows his diversity on several planes. The gem he calls “Phosphene” is cinematic, surreal and engaging all at once. His use of atmospheric pads, thick synths, and head nodding drum arrangement is insanely creative.
“Phosphene” is taken from his new EP Igida released via HW&W Recordings (Kaytranada, STWO, FWDSLXSH)
The duo of Big O and Pueblo Vista deliver their collaborative instrumental “The Wondering man” to our doorstep. The track composed and arranged by producer Big O is very solemn and enthralling with its lo-fi sensibilities. It would definitely make listeners take a back seat to reminisce about life and then some.
This track is featured on Pueblo Vista’s latest project “Latenite Joints 003” that which was released on December 1st. Get it on Spotify.
Altvater turns down the energy on his newest instrumental aptly titled “Quietly, the sea”. The production is very dynamic and makes use of a myriad of elements from soft organs, surreal pads, and vocal samples pitched to varying degrees. I like how the progression occurs on the track drawing the listener deep into the mix of a sea of emotions. Altvater says he got the inspiration to make the instrumental from a picture his grandad took in the Bahamas in the 80s. The picture had the image of the sea in its calm, serene state and gave Altvater the much impetus to go forth and craft something in the same vein.
LA-based producer Kanopy closes this weeks episode with a super mellow cut he calls “Sobering”. He blends a fluttering piano riff against surreal elements and soulful vocal chops over a nice drum groove. He also infuses some lo-fi elements into the mix to evoke the emotion of being hopeful and a reminder to try and always keep a positive mindset.
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