Boogie Belgique – [2013] Nightwalker (Vol. 1)

Vintage remixes done right. Wow, simply wow. Before encountering this album, I thought that remixing old vinyl recordings necessarily leads to repetitive hip hop background tracks. But this release, presented by netlabel Dusted Wax Kingdom, fortunately breaks with this rule. Modern sounds seamlessly blend with old audio samples.

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

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 … Continue reading “Skaj Da Waidah – [2013] The Most Epic Chillout Album Ever! (EP)”

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 … 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… 😉

Auditive Escape – [2013] Profound

Convincing downtempo trip hop. Ok, “convincing” might sound a bit too corporate for this lush piece of an album, flirting with ambient genre elements. French artist Jean Patier really knows how to turn the knobs to create deceptively simple chill out tracks. Read on for my two (from 10) favourite tracks and the release link.

Kognitif – [2012] My Space World (LP)

This is my first review of a release by Dusted Way Kingdom that focuses on instrumental hip hop. Most releases, while enjoyable, sound too loopy in my ears. But not so with this gem by Kognitif from the French Midwest. This release is reminiscent to good old trip hop, think Massive Attack. Vinyl loops are … Continue reading “Kognitif – [2012] My Space World (LP)”