Bassy classy instrumental hip hop. Vocal samples introduce each song, but then instrumental samples reign.
A lesson in Funk remixes. This classic release by from Bulgarian netlabel Dusted Wax Kingdom showcases UK artist Frenic. His trademark is blending together vintage voice samples and funk music, served with some big beats.
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.
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 –  The Most Epic Chillout Album Ever! (EP)”
Vintage trip hop. Old music samples, forming auditory dioramas above contemporary beats.
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 –  Dark Blue”
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… 😉
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.
Laid-back trip hop with grooves. Where conventional trip hop serves monotonous boredom, Aydio excels with groovy bass lines, atmospheric guitar samples and a blend of vintage and modern soundscapes. 4 tracks or 20 minutes worth of great background music await you.
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 –  My Space World (LP)”