Category Archives: Hip Hop

FLUME – DEBUT LP (Electro/HipHop – Australia)

Young Sydney-based beatmaker/producer Harley Streten, better known by his stage name Flume, has gone from underground internet sensation to chart-topping artist du jour in less than two years. His critically acclaimed self-titled debut was released by Future Classic in November 2012 and peaked at #1 on the ARIA Chart.

Lead single “Holdin On” reached the top 20 on the ARIA Singles Chart as well as #4 on Triple J’s Hottest 100 Countdown in 2013. The album and single provided Flume with four wins and four nominations at the 2013 ARIA Music Awards of 2013, including Best Male Artist, Breakthrough Artist – Release, Best Dance Release and Producer of the Year.

Find Flume on Facebook or sample more tunes on SoundCloud. Buy his brand new album on

ANA TIJOUX – LA BALA (Rap/HipHop – Chile)

Ana Tijoux

Chilean rapper and singer Ana Tijoux initially established herself in the Latin American hip-hop scene as the female MC of undergound group Makiza in the late ’90s. In 2007 she released her solo debut, Kaos, taking Latin rap to a whole new level of artistry. Two years later Ana’s critically-acclaimed sophomore album 1977 was a bold return to her rap roots and a tribute to the “golden age of hip-hop”.

Ana’s latest album, La Bala, was released in 2011 via Nacional Records. It features collaborations with Jorge Drexler, Curumin, Javier Barria, Los de la Aldea (…) and is further proof, if any was needed, that Tijoux knows her stuff! She sings and raps like nobody else out there, bringing power to every single word and shaping them into something bigger than the sum of its parts.

Follow Ana Tijoux on Facebook and buy her music on

AMBASSADEURS – MY WORLD (Electronica – UK)

Brighton-based one-man-band Ambassadeurs (aka Mark Dobson) drops a brand new track via his SoundCloud account, building on his already large online following. You can get it now for the low low price of nothing at all, so grab it while it lasts!

Ambassadeurs - My World     

With this new track, the 25-year-old beatmaker seamlessly blends influences from hip-hop, downtempo electronica and IDM to create his own personal sound. “My World” will be available on vinyl only via Ambassadeurs’ own label Lost Tribe in October. The release will also feature previous tracks “M.O.P.E” and “Duke Red” plus two new original tracks!

Ambassadeurs - M.O.P.E     

Bonus track: check out Amabassadeur’s mesmerising remix of “The Water” by Feist…

Feist - The Water (Ambassadeurs Reconstruction)     

Show Ambassadeurs some love on Facebook and stream his songs on SoundCloud. Buy the music on Bandcamp or Ambassadeurs

C2C – TETR4 (HipHop/Electro – France)

French DJ collective C2C have been at the forefront of the “scratch music” movement (or turntablism) since the late 90s and yet their debut album is only just getting released now! Tetra is out September 4th on CD and as a digital album and it will soon be available on vinyl.

C2C - The Cell     

Helmed by 20Syl, Greem, Atom and Pfel, C2C is probably best known for winning the Disco Mix Club championship four times in a row from 2003 to 2006. Only later did they decide to expand into original music production using their turntables as instruments to recreate in turn drums or bass, scratching a riff of guitar or some sax…

The combo’s genre-bending debut album is a unique mix of hip hop, jazz and electronica with just enough oomph to woo electro music enthusiasts. It features guest appearances by Blitz The Ambassador And Ledeunff, Gush, Olivier Daysoul, Pigeon John, Jay-Jay Johanson, Derek Martin and more…

C2C - Down The Road (Cherokee Remix)     

For more info and music, find C2C on MySpace or Facebook. Buy Tetra on C2C

[BLOG TAPES #2] – FREE MUSIC

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you might remember the now defunct Monday Mixer, a weekly mixtape put together by a team of bloggers around a chosen theme. Well, the same team is now back together (with a few new members) to offer you a new series of mixes called Blog Tapes.

This week’s theme is “Free Music” so we asked every blogger to send a song by a new up-and-coming artist they love, but the condition was that the song had to be available as a free download for everyone’s enjoyment. Find the selection below or on 8tracks.

Selomé @ Dipped in Dollars

Saturday Monday - The Fall (Ft. Christopher Norman)     

As we transition between seasons, with chilly nights followed by warm days, dark pop songs like Saturday, Monday‘s “The Fall” seem to make the most sense to me. We’re not quite sure how to feel, or what to wear, but sounds like these help us indulge our emotions as we prepare for the light, bright rays of summer.

Cory @ Silence Nogood

Madeaux - Song #2     

I may be listening to the same old electro music that every teen is checking out these days, but this is the type that really gets me. When electro producers chop and skew their shit around soul, there’s simply nothing better. Madeaux‘s “Song #2” was created for his girlfriend and, even though the title is lacking and it was created for the cliched lover, this piece drips electro soul like no other. Madeaux has a way of taking such soothing melodies and electro cutting ’em enough to bring in some new flavor. If this guy keeps making shit as soulful as this, he can expect a long time career in music… and I’ll be right there promoting it to my heart’s end!

Ben @ The Metropolitan Jolt

Midi Matilda - Day Dreams     

Metrojolt gets quite a few submissions. Unfortunately, most aren’t exciting enough to write about. Midi Matilda put together this dreamy track and video in Metrojolt’s home of California’s Bay area. Drummer Logan Grimé also directed the music video. Aside from uninspiring music submissions to our blog, music videos we receive are becoming increasingly stale in a world full of innovation. Maybe it’s my nostalgia for the Bay Area talking, the video is a sweet take on a visual representation of the track. “Day Dreams”, as made obvious by the name, is a dreamy track. Skyler Kilborn’s voice melts over the rest of the track.

Marc @ umstrum

World Tour - Believe     

Two words for you: absolutely magic! Another word: free!!! Is there really anything else you need to know? Well ok, the band is called World Tour, they come from Sweden, their new EP is out now via Cascine and the title track is available for free right here.

Chris @ dailybeatz

Beat Culture - Slow Flight (Ft. Vyxor)     

17 year old Sunik Kim aka Beat Culture is one of my favorite artists to appear this year. His beats are always creative and interesting and he seems to be pumping out high quality tunes at a pretty quick pace thus far. He’s recently been adding in some new vocalists and vyxor is right up my alley, too. While this track has some subtle references to SBTRKT and James Blake, it’s definitely something all his own.

Joseph @ Nashville Nights

Theophilus London - Last Name London (Brodinski Remix)     

“Last Name London, First Name Theophilus,” sounds a bit more intimidating when it’s backed by brooding synth textures and a heavy techno beat. Like many of his other productions, Brodinski’s remix for hip-hop artist Theophilus London channels the dark, dance-floor friendly vibes that have been defining his recent creations.

Brandon @ The Burning Ear

Cherub - Hold Me (Ft. Dominic Lalli)     

I don’t know many people who have ever critiqued Chromeo for being too ironic but it would be fair. If you prefer your midnight seduction music with a straight face then welcome Cherub to the bedroom. You will hear sensual rhythms, saxophone riffs, talk box come-ons, and guitar lines built for disrobing, but its all wrapped in a sincere love story. That touch of sentimentality doesn’t mean you can’t crank it the funk up, though. My car speakers have been put to the test with this one blasting through the system. I highly recommend it. Just don’t hold me responsible if you end up steaming the car windows later… I had never heard of Cherub until they played two sets at The Burning Ear SXSW showcases this year and damn if they don’t bring that absolute heat live. Pair them with a fog machine and it’s a panty-raining dance party.