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Apr 9, 2021
When Oakland’s ovrkast released his debut project, Try Again, in 2020, it earned praise in underground rap circles, some fans likely recognizing his name from Earl Sweatshirt's production credits. He started 2021 with a deluxe reissue of the mixtape, adding this feel-good track in which he's beaming about the arrival of his newborn nephew.
Released last week on Born Yesterday Records, the debut album from Chicago band Moontype has several sites in our index transfixed. Among them is Post-Trash
, who says "the eclectic three-piece string together tight harmonies and rock-solid arrangements with an enduring sense of friendship, trust, and chops."
The latest single from Kumail (Stack №251
) finds the rising Indian producer going all-in on an '80s funkadelic vibe. Per Resident Advisor
, "'Without You' is a honeyed cut of lo-fi boogie featuring wavering synth lines, retro effects and lingering vocals that channel early Dâm-Funk." It's out on Bastard Jazz Recordings.
With their new album inspired by lucid dreams, the DC-based duo utilize field recordings and elements of electronic, neo-soul, hip-hop, and beyond, bringing listeners into "a dark and lush musical world that is well worth the visit," says Bandcamp
The polyrhythmic arrangements of London's Junior Alli-Balogun, aka JAB, emit evocative jazzy energy. His latest EP (out now on Joon Dada Records) features a cast of collaborators on strings, guitar, bass, and additional percussion, with JAB at the helm playing vibraphone, organ, drums, and more.
Colombia-born, New York-based producer Ela Minus (Stack №274
) makes Groove an uplifting mix featuring Avalon Emerson (№139
), Sofia Kourtesis (№310
), Elkka (№317
), and other dance favorites.
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