HardJazz7 Affiliate Producer, Cory J. and Mic Hand Crew Records MC, Fooch form the group, Strangers Of Necessity (S.O.N.). Their debut EP will be made available digitally (Bandcamp) on September the 16th, but prior to that date we’ll be dropping snippets on Instagram. Check out some of the links below for more details:
Photo By: Rouben Alaverdian ”ShunGu (Beat making session)" (2014)
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Lords Of The Underground – What I’m After.
K-Def went crazy on the production of this, If you’re familiar with his body of work, you’ll instantly recognize the drums used on it (he’s used It a number of times). You couple that with a filtered melody and some really dope horns, you get this golden age hip hop banger. The vocals compliment the song well and a section of Redman’s highly revered first verse from “Tonight’s Da Night” form the chorus. The 12 inch Vinyl for this single is highly recommended
Pete Rock CL Smooth – It’s On You
Pete and CL’s “The Main Ingredient” album is essential listening for all fans of jazz driven hip hop. Pete very cleverly chops up the Ahmad Jamal keys and adds his signature rhythmic and heavily compressed drums. The eerie sounding vocals from the Tom Scott song are pitch matched to the keys, which I always thought was unique. Both Pete and CL deliver meaningful verses about betrayal and disloyal people.
Diverse – Ain’t Right
This beat probably falls into my top 10 Madlib productions of all time; perhaps because It sounds like he really put his foot into the drum programming (Madlib is renowned for using little or no drums on several songs). The sampled keys are the icing on the cake. Diverse’s verses and storytelling style are quite deep. Funnily enough when I heard him initially his flow and vocal cadence reminded me of Talib Kweli’s, although not as nasal
Pro Era - School High
BrandUn DeShay proves that sometimes simple is the most effective mode. Case in point with this song where a looped up Bilal beat provides the backdrop for Pro Era’s fun raps.
Guru – Transit Ride
Sax, Synthetic Substitution Drums and Storytelling
Melanin. 9 – Cosmos
Parental is such a dope producer and beats like this are the reason why. The drums and sample are so on point! I heard It the first time and couldn’t stop replaying It. M9 does the beat justice with his crazy imagery and observative raps about the ills of inner city life.
CRДM - Shook Ones Pt.0
My mouth dropped when I heard this on CRДM’s SoundCloud. It sounds like something that would have fit right in on Madlib and MF Doom’s “Madvillainy” album. Prodigy’s vocals are really gritty but CRДM manages to balance out the original tone with chopped up rhodes and drums that get your head nodding along almost instantly. He’s always quite secretive about his projects so It will be interesting to see where It ends up and what the full body of work ends up sounding like.
Jean Grae – My Angel Is You
Jean had bar patterns and emotion driven vocals, which went nicely to this blues themed production by P. And The Committee. Emotional/reflective raps are often difficult to listen to If the person rapping has a boring personality or the production sounds dead, but this song comes together quite well. The NY barsmith has definitely cemented her place in the relationship rap category, far different to some of the much earlier underground raps under the name What?What?
Lord Finesse – Soul Plan
This song appeared on the Game Plan/Actual Facts 12 inch Vinyl release. It has all the elements I like in a dope Jazz influenced Hip Hop song. Dinky Bingham’s rhodes play through out most of It while Finesse works his magic on the bass, drums and other elements including vocals. Roy Ayers vibraphone compliments the beat well and prevents the production arrangement from going stale.
Phony Ppl. – nothinG Special
Great drum loop, rhodes, and raps about the complexity of cheating
A huge thanks to Alex Collazzo for putting the podcast together. Apologies for the panned audio in sections.
“Cloud Fall” is a mix put together by VINK, containing a wide variety of un/released Hip Hop music, remixes and instrumentals. The mix showcases Global Hip Hop sounds that inspire him when he carries out production duties of his own. The cover art parodies a movie poster with a segment of his profile presented like the film credits. Enjoy! (Click photo for download link or stream below)
O.C. – O-Zone
Lewis Parker – A Thousand Fragments (Instrumental)
VINK – Get Done
Mos Def – ‘If You Can Huh! You Can Hear’
Hulk Hodn – Appartmnt
VINK – Three
Edgar Odd – Universum
Orion – Fringe Ex
Deichkind – Bon Voyage
Snoop Dogg – Gangstas Don’t Live That Long
Snoop Dogg – Cadillacs
Full Crate – On The Tip
Redman – Funkorama (Orion Remix)
Walkin’ Large – Reachin’ (For My People)
Group Home – Supa Star
Blahzay Blahzay – Blah, Blah, Blah
Asiatic Warriors – Unity Iz Strength
Mobb Deep – Hit It From The Back
Ka – Cold Facts
"“Please Rewind (The HardJazz7 Flips)” was conceived from the recently released sophomore Moonchild album. A collaborative effort between some of the mainstay artists on HJ7 and the affiliates had also long been in mind. Arµ-2 and myself were extremely captivated by the soulful sounds Moonchild were coming with and in tradition of Hip Hop music proceeded to “flip” songs off the album. Each track is reflective of each member’s style, whether It be the drum patterns or bassline. It’s now available to stream here and the original album is available for purchase on Bandcamp. Many thanks to Moonchild (Max, Amber and Andris) for such an inspirational body of music”. - Orion
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“”Ionman” is a free download to thank everyone that’s been supporting HardJazz7 Music for just under 2 years since our start. The “Mad Props EP" comes out next month (TBA). This 2 track release features Redman remixes, put together using some of the beats I was working on after VINK’s "The Wayside" came out. Both “Funkorama” and “Can’t Wait” are favourites of mine from the extensive Redman discography, so I said lets have some fun with them!". - Orion
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"Japanese beatmaker Matatabi, from the HardJazz7 crew, graced us with a huge all vinyl mix of 90s underground jams. The dude is practically an encyclopedia for lesser known 90s rap, so this journey into his crates of records is an awesome treat.
Ranging from some more well known artists like Natural Elements and Black Moon, Matatabi also went deep into some crazy rare gems by the likes of Example, L., Third Degree, Zakar, and more. For a raw and gritty time warp to a bygone era of hip hop, turn the speakers and bass up, kick back and press play”.
"The Wayside" (HJ7005) serves as VINK’s first official HJ7 release. The digital single is now available to purchase on bandcamp along with a B side single. A snippet of the single can be found on the instagram link below. Subscribe here to be directly updated on more new music to your email.
"Stream/Purchase: Moevius Roops EP by CRДM x Arµ-2
The “Moevius Roops EP” is a joint instrumental project between HJ7 Affiliate, CRДM and Tokyo based producer Arµ-2. While heavily contrasting in styles, they manage to make their sounds cohesive on the 4th and 8th track. Arµ-2 employs a more electronic vibe, while CRДM retains his gritty sounding basslines and smooth samples. The digital album is available to purchase on Bandcamp now.
“Since joining soundcloud back in March of 2013, we’ve seen an overwhelming amount of support from real listeners across the world. We can’t say how thankful we are for that. Lets face the facts, many fans of great music that falls outside the top 100/200 etc. charts, are not looking to FM radio to provide them with new music. So since Its inception soundcloud has been a force for good in doing this e.g. the phone/tablet app. It is not without Its own problems, with several 3rd party outlets offering musicians/labels etc fake fans and plays for money.
I’m sure I speak on the behalf of many others when I say that we commend listeners who actually listen/support/comment purposefully on the music they come across. That is why I’m putting this out there, not as a thank you for the number of fans or plays reached on the soundcloud but a notice of thanks to the listeners on there, sharing and helping the growth of myself and many other musicians that care about music as an artform. Thank You!” - Orion
"I did a list last year, consisting of my top 10 favourite mixtapes and albums. This year I’m going to switch It up a bit and add EP’s to the list. Please purchase any project you’re feeling on this list. I’d also like to give honourable mentions to: Roc Marciano (Marci Beaucoup, Pimpire Strikes Back), M-Phazes x Sean Price (Land of The Crooks), Jamall Bufford (Victim of Modern Age), CSF (Gold PP7), Jonwayne (Rap Album One), Astro (Starvin Like Marvin For A Cool J Song)"
10. The BenchWarmers Clique - Ugly
Recommended Songs: Batteries Included, Daily Operation, People Say
9.Cassie Veggies - Life Changes
Recommended Songs: Life Changes, Whip It, Take My Life
8.Hawk House - A Little More Elbow Room
Recommended Songs: Tidal Tendencies, Laid Back, Save It For Another Day
7.Willie The Kid X Alchemist - Masterpiece Theatre
Recommended Songs: Shake Dice, Let The Money Stay, Gettysburg
6.Talib Queli - Gravitas
Recommended Songs: Inner Monologue, Colours of You, Whats Real (ft. RES)
5.Willie The Kid - Somewhere
Recommended Songs: Sepia Tone, Cabernet, The Hold
4.Lord Byron - Dark Arts Vol.2
Recommended Songs: 1 For Byron, Butterscotch Timberlands, Delegation
3.Rapsody - She Got Game
Recommended Songs: Lonely Thoughts, Dark Knights, Love After All
2.Man of Booom - Back To The Booom
Recommended Songs: Get Out , From Now To Then (No Words Can Explain), Booomstrumental #3
1.Joey Badass - Summer Knights
Recommended Songs: Hilary Swank, Sit’ N Prey, 95 Til Infinty
Recommended Listening: Fukuoka, Japan based producer CRAM‘s side of the beat tape entitled “The Reason” (With DJ YMG) is now available to preorder (in limited copies) on Troop Records (Japan).
Black Mix Juice Label
Tape Tracklist: “Cram Side”
1. By Gone…
2. MOB CRAM (Keep It Thoro Remix)
3. Liberate A Slave
4. Slow Heights
5. PK Fire
7. Base Camp Feat. REIDAM
8. BLU & CRAM (Soul Provider Remix)
10. AQUIRA (Broad Factor Remix)
11. MadCRAin (Change The Beat Remix)
12. The Exclusive
13. FLYING KIDS
14. FUKUOKA TRIVE
15. Summer TimeMachine Blues (Real Heavy Remix)
"Late Night Zoo Vol. 2" Tracklist:
1. Matatabi - Nothing
2. Yamori X Wodoo Wolcan - Fatamorgana
3. Matatabi - No Comply
4. Matatabi - Take
5. Da Youngsta’s - Mad Props (Orion Remix)
6. Matatabi - Getdis
7. S.raw - Take You There
8. Tajima Hal - Bird Of Passage
9. Matatabi - Music Is My Diary
10.Matatabi - Asphalt
11.Matatabi - Purrr
VINK’s - “The Dusty Remixes: Instrumentals” Is now available to buy and stream on his bandcamp. Thanks to everyone supporting!