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Listen: Ras G – Other Worlds EP

L.A. native Ras G has long been a member of the legendary SoCal beat scene, yet has escaped the household success that some members have attained. However, when it comes to the convergence of jazz, soul and r&b, with an…
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Video Interview: Oxygen (of Soundsci)

Thursday 4th April was cold in Bristol (UK), unseasonably so, but word was there was a special little something going on that night, bringing a bit of heat to the occasion. That something was Edan and Oxygen, fresh over in…
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Review: Melanin 9 – Magna Carta

Funereal and moody, with a conscious approach to street-level topics wrapped in sharp and eloquent wordplay, UK emcee Melanin 9‘s official debut album, Magna Carta, delivers a mature and serious sound. Inspired by the golden era of hip hop and…
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Review: DOOM at Village Underground (London)

Though London puts on enviable amounts of hip hop, it’s almost always in the standard rock-gig format – two or three support acts and then the headliner, all finishing by about midnight. For DOOM‘s latest appearance in London, Soundcrash decided to…
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Review: Kid Sundance – Kid’s Colors

From Eindhoven, the Netherlands, dj, producer, co-founder of The Boomoperators, Kid Sundance surprised many hip hop fans over the years with his collaborations with the likes of Dudley Perkins, Busy Bee and remixing Ennio Morricone. Now, years later, Kid Sundance finally felt…
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Review: J Dilla – Rebirth of Detroit

If you’re like me, your cynical-senses tingle when you hear the words “posthumous release”. Its hard to shake the image of label execs rummaging through an artist’s tapes for anything remotely sell-able. Thankfully the newest J Dilla release, “Rebirth of Detroit”, is no cheap cash-grab.
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Review: B. Dolan – House of Bees Vol. 2

So many mixtapes suck, you get one or two strong tracks buried in ten to twelve half-developed verses over radio-friendly beats. On “House of Bees Vol. 2”, B. Dolan and Buddy Peace don’t waste any time with fillers. There’s a…
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Review: Perry Porter & ICBM – Paper Moon (2012)

Paper Moon, the first full-length collaborative album from Sleep Steady‘s Perry Porter and French producer ICBM feels like it could have been two records. The first is sample-driven from that 2002 conscious-rap style, the other is a more synth oriented and…