Mike Gao – Quadruple Entendre

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Coming in hot is Mike Gao’s Quadruple Entendre, which is the official follow up to Beta World Peace. The master of eclectic and progressive beats goes where a majority of beatsmiths is afraid to go. Throughout Quadruple Entendre, you’ll experience Gao’s complicated layering which emphasizes the harmony between chaos and organization. He also takes dynamic looping to the next level by utilizing unorthodox song structure, that is highlighted among the many effects that pulsate in and out of each song. Quadruple Entendre is full of attitude, so tighten your jimmies. Most of the beats are on the quick-fire status, though each is a powerful straight jab. A straight jab right into your musical soul.

Elevated – Iamnobodi

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 »Nearly half of the total years he’s been on this earth, IAMNOBODI has been making music. Starting at age 13 as an emcee, he was well on the path to becoming a musician. IAMNOBODI comes from a musically passionate family – his Nigerian-born father is a blues and jazz singer mom, always a music connoisseur and supporter.

Based in Dusseldorf, Germany, IAMNOBODI has made a name for himself through his productions and remixes. With inspirations ranging from jazz to house to traditional hip hop and diverse electronic sounds, his creations take on a life of their own with each song a unique and carefully put together masterpiece.

Elevated, marks IAMNOBODI’s first official release which showcases a compilation of sounds that inspire. The single, « Maputo Dance », pays homage to the slum in Mozambique which it was named after with the intension to shed light on inspiration to create no matter what sort of living environment you’re immersed in. « Elevated » the title and second track lifted from the Elevated takes you on a wavy journey through funky bass grooves and bouncy percussion whilst maintaining a melodic yet consistent ride.

Elevated as a whole, showcases IAMNOBODI’s dedication to creating next level hip hop inspired-tunes very much keeping the memory and sound of Dilla alive while weaving in funky bass lines, soulful vocals and inspiring energy.  »

Juj – Walnut

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« Juj is an LA beatsmith native with a serious case of the knuckleball. His style is much like an acquired taste. At first, it may seem like a chaotic mess with seemingly arbitrary sounds and beats that miss the mark. The reality of it all is that once you understand his style, you’ll soon begin to appreciate this difficult art form. Walnut is Juj’s third official release after a two-year break from his sophomore album Slack. Within Walnut, you’ll hear typical Juj style. What is this said style? It’s a whole bunch of effects, off-beats, and occasional ambient moods sweeping and painting across the musical canvas. Each tune is a character of its own that ranges from droning to ambient to downtempo. Walnut is an extremely dynamic album that you should definitely not brush off. Let this album become the catalyst for you becoming a music connoisseur. »

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