Video: James Gardin “Joy” – Sphereofhiphop.com





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.

Available now via Illect Recordings.

Video: Joy

Directed and shot by Victor Manuel
Edited by D’kwon Guerrero
Choreography by The iDream Dancers






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Originally from egotripland.com: Video: James Gardin “Joy” – Sphereofhiphop.com

Album Stream: Terem “Intuition in the Keys”

Check out the album stream of, Intuition in the Keys, one of our favorite instrumental hip-hop releases of 2018.

Following his recent success in providing Tommy Hilfiger with an ‘iconic’ soundtrack for their new campaign, France’s Terem doubles back and releases his latest instrumental project, Intuition In The Keys on Illect Recordings.

Intuition is cool and all that but it’s clear that Terem knows precisely what he’s doing. No flat pack music over here – this is a master craftsman at work. From the ‘intuitive flow’ of the opening track, he takes you on a sonic journey that is both moody and melancholy and rousing and reflective in equal measures. Whether you are a boom bap connoisseur or an artsy enthusiast, you can press play and live your life to the drums slaps, key stabs and groovy bass-lines. ‘Stream of Learning’ sounds like a reflective walk through the park. ‘Breathe & Stop’ is the get-up and go for when you need to clean the crib. ‘The Realness’ is like a journey planner for those who want to go for a long drive and discover something new.

With this new album, Terem effortlessly harnesses the spirit of the head nod with the often elusive but necessary je ne sais quoi.

Intuition in the Keys is out now via Illect Recordings.

Track list
1. Intuitive Flow
2. Breathe & Stop
3. Look on the Bright Side
4. The Realness
5. Relaxed
6. Stream of Learning
7. Let It Go

Audio: Intuition in the Keys

Originally from egotripland.com: Album Stream: Terem “Intuition in the Keys”

Die-Rek signs with Illect Recordings + new single

A SOHH favorite, Die-Rek, has some big news to share. Read on…

There is power in a name. The best names command attention, intrigue and respect. This rings true with the lead single from Illect Recordings’ newest signee, Die-Rek.

Staying true to his name and style, Die-Rek is just that. With his flow, delivery, meaning and method, there’s no ambiguity or confusion. The impact is as powerful as Busta Rhymes’ cannon. From early on, Die-Rek lands ill mental blows that don’t miss with quotables like:

Borderline crazy thought I was in safety
Seems like I’ve questioned a lot of things lately
But I’ve been recognised to be strapped with armour
The battles not mine and so it is fought with honour

The bells and whistles have been replaced with bombs and missiles as Die-Rek effortlessly weaves over his self-produced track which reinforces that age-old idea that producers know how to rock to their beats the best. Catchy melodic riff? Check. Hard drums. Yes. Cuts. Oh yeah. Classic Hip Hop aficionados and lovers of music with a message will be well served here.

Regarding his signing to Illect Recordings, Die-Rek said:

There’s a lot of legacy on this label. Tunnel Rats, LA Symphony, Scribbling Idiots, Lojique, Phat K.A.T.S. and Deepspace 5. These are household names that will live on in the culture, and that’s the aspiration. It sets a standard for me and puts a confirmation in my heart that I’m in the right place. It’s an honour to sit at the table amongst legends and a Manager that has 20+ years in the industry. God set me up! I’m ready to grab the baton, keep it moving and take it to another level. It’s my turn!

The Name Is Die-Rek releases today on Illect Recordings.

Written by Christopher Mitchell for Breaking Atoms.

Audio: The Name Is Die-Rek

Originally from egotripland.com: Die-Rek signs with Illect Recordings + new single

James Gardin’s “Joy” is funky & danceable




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.

Audio: Joy




Previous articleTerem releases “Stream of Learning”

Founded Sphere of Hip-Hop in 1997.

Originally from egotripland.com: James Gardin’s “Joy” is funky & danceable

Terem releases “Stream of Learning”

Stream of Learning by Terem

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.

Audio: Stream of Learning

Originally from egotripland.com: Terem releases “Stream of Learning”

VIDEO: Armond WakeUp “Revelation Is Revolution”

Armond WakeUp releases a visual from the Even If I Lose album for his single “Revelation Is Revolution”.

“Revelation Is Revolution” was filmed by Matelli Graves and edited by Gabyo, whose credits include Ralph Lauren, XXXTentacion and more.

Even If I Lose is available now on Illect Recordings.

Video: Revelation Is Revolution

Originally from egotripland.com: VIDEO: Armond WakeUp “Revelation Is Revolution”

James Gardin & Soulseize release Until It All Makes Sense EP

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

Originally from egotripland.com: James Gardin & Soulseize release Until It All Makes Sense EP

James Gardin & Terem team up for Tommy Hilfiger theme

Tommy Hilfiger selects Iconic by James Gardin and Terem

Tommy Hilfiger recently selected “Iconic” by James Gardin & Terem for their TommyNow ICONS shows and TommyXLewis collection.

The first usage of the song was in Shanghai, China. Most recently it was used for the show in Tokyo, Japan. To date, the song has played over 6.5 million times across all platforms.

“Iconic” is available at all digital outlets: Amazon, Apple Music, Bandcamp, Deezer, Google Play, iTunes, Pandora, Spotify, Tidal, YouTube.

Watch the video clips to hear the song.

Tommy Hilfiger: Shanghai

Tommy Hilfiger: Tokyo

Originally from egotripland.com: James Gardin & Terem team up for Tommy Hilfiger theme

Sundance & Adam L bring the jazz on The Last Sunrise

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

Audio: The Last Sunrise

Originally from egotripland.com: Sundance & Adam L bring the jazz on The Last Sunrise

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.

Audio: Layers

Originally from egotripland.com: Imperial releases “Layers” LP – Sphereofhiphop.com