Timezone LaFontaine – [2017] Soul Night

Very musical vocal hip hop. Serious musical loops and very rhythmic lyrics give this rap release a very distinct feel.

In contrast to instrumental hip hop, which skips vocals completely to celebrate the loopy nature of its groovy background tracks, this release puts lyrics in the center. While I usually don’t enjoy rap that much, this release can bridge the gap by offering me almost sung lyrics, bundled with carefully produced instrumental tracks. The combination is striking! Continue reading “Timezone LaFontaine – [2017] Soul Night”

Tony Mahoney – [2013] Dark Blue

Faux antique trip hop. Twenty songs, over one hour of vinyl samples, including dust specks, enhancing the faux antique sound, replaying against the backdrop of subtle modern beats. Great instrumental hip hop with trip hop influences. The tracks are loopy on the surface, but the repetitions slowly evolve time, new samples fading in or out throughout. Continue reading “Tony Mahoney – [2013] Dark Blue”

Frenic – [2011] Lessons From The Past

Melodic instrumental hip hop. Soft beats and beautifully aranged samples make this album a very special and very seductive entry into the instrumental hip hop genre. The tracks are not completely free of repetitive arrangements, but they have less repetetive arrangements than this sentence contains repetitive arrangements… 😉 Continue reading “Frenic – [2011] Lessons From The Past”

Just Plain Ant – [2009] Dig Deep

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Fresh hip hop. I don’t listen to a lot of rap music. In fact, this is the first review to populate the tags hip hop and rap here. This album has it all: opulent instrumental tracks, multiple vocalists, detailed music backdrops. It shows what hip hop can be like: fresh, so fresh… Continue reading “Just Plain Ant – [2009] Dig Deep”

Skaj Da Waidah – [2013] The Most Epic Chillout Album Ever! (EP)

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Loopy funk grooves. If you ever wished during a rap song for the rapper to stop talking over the lovely background music, the Bulgarian netlabel Dusted Wax Kingdom is just for you. It specialises in that groovy sound sometimes called instrumental or abstract hip hop. This short 5 track release is an especially funky example of this craft. Continue reading “Skaj Da Waidah – [2013] The Most Epic Chillout Album Ever! (EP)”