Tag Archive: Hip Hop

Listen/Download the Latest Episode of the Dan Digs Radio Show: 120 Minutes of Beats, Bass, Hip-hop, & Electronic Soul. Sun, March 31, 2013.

My very favorite 42 songs of the last seven days lovingly blended into an eclectic two-hour music mix.         Unfortunately this episode is no longer available. Head over to iTunes here to… Continue reading

Strange U – “Klaatu Barada Nikto” (Official Video Directed by Alexander Nut)

This agitated, gritty heatwave loop from Eglo’s mysterious new signing, Strange U, believed to be a moniker of UK hip-hop stalwart Kashmere the Iguana Man. Although why anyone would even think about adopting… Continue reading

Listen/Download the Latest Episode of the Dan Digs Radio Show: 120 Minutes of Beats, Bass, Hip-hop, & Electronic Soul. Sun, March 24, 2013.

A two-hour selection of the finest in box fresh beats, bass, hip-hop, and electronic soul.       Unfortunately this episode is no longer available. Head over to iTunes here to listen to new episodes… Continue reading

Listen/Download the Latest Episode of the Dan Digs Radio Show: 120 Minutes of Beats, Bass, Hip-hop, & Electronic Soul. Sunday Mar. 17, 2013.

“Erm, it really has been quite a long time, hasn’t it? One does apologize, one shouldn’t have left you without a dope beat to, indeed, step to. So sorry.” – British Timbaland. The… Continue reading

88 Classic Tracks from 1977-1997 that Inspired Daft Punk’s Homework (Free Download)

  Dublin, Ireland’s Conor Keeling pays tribute to Daft Punk’s imminent return by compiling a two-hour mix of the French duo’s self-professed “teachers.”       88 Classic Tracks from 1977-1997 that Inspired… Continue reading

Listen/Download the Latest Episode of the Dan Digs Radio Show: 120 Minutes of Beats, Bass, Hip-hop, & Electronic Soul. Sunday Mar. 3, 2013.

43 songs this week, all of them rather amazing.       Unfortunately this episode is no longer available. Head over to iTunes here to listen to new episodes of the Dan Digs… Continue reading

Listen/Download the Latest Episode of the Dan Digs Radio Show: 120 Minutes of Beats, Bass, Hip-hop, & Electronic Soul. Sunday Feb. 24, 2013.

Forty of my favorite tracks from this week in one two-hour mix.       Unfortunately this episode is no longer available. Head over to iTunes here to listen to new episodes of… Continue reading

Main Attrakionz – “Cloud Body” (Produced by Grown Folk)

Heard this Main Attrakionz song at the end of episode three of Red Bull Music Academy’s H∆SHTAG$ web series on emerging genres of music, “Don’t Call It #CloudRap,” and immediately had to track… Continue reading

Listen/Download the Latest Episode of the Dan Digs Radio Show: 120 Minutes of Beats, Bass, Hip-hop, & Electronic Soul. Sunday Feb. 17, 2013.

Two hours of my favorite brand new beats and my favorite brand old classics from this week.       Unfortunately this episode is no longer available. Head over to iTunes here to… Continue reading

Chris Turner – “LiquidLOVE” (Official Video)

Summer come early.   Chris Turner – “LiquidLOVE”   Download Chris Turner‘s downright stunning soul album, LOVElife is a Challenge, for free here.    

Listen/Download the Latest Episode of the Dan Digs Radio Show: 120 Minutes of Beats, Bass, Hip-hop, & Electronic Soul. Sunday Feb. 10, 2013.

My favorite 41 tracks of this week, all up, down, left, and right in the mix.     Unfortunately this episode is no longer available. Head over to iTunes here to listen to… Continue reading

Listen/Download the Latest Episode of the Dan Digs Radio Show: 120 Minutes of Beats, Bass, Hip-hop, & Electronic Soul. Sunday Feb. 3, 2013.

After a five month hiatus, the Dan Digs Radio Show is back!     Unfortunately this episode is no longer available. Head over to iTunes here to listen to new episodes of the… Continue reading

Vanilla – “Rashida” (Free Download)

Vanilla is a very talented beatmaker from the UK. I played his track “Morning Sun” from his album Soft Focus a lot last year. “Rashida” is my favorite song from his new(ish) album… Continue reading

Justin Timberlake ft Jay-Z – “Suit & Tie”

The best part of this new, much anticipated new Justin Timberlake-Timbaland-Jay-Z collab is the simple harmony flourish at 2:27, which pretty much explains why the whole world loved Justified. The worst part of… Continue reading

Lil B – “I Love You” (Official Video)

Pet sounds from the uniquely gifted child of light that is Lil B.   Lil B – “I Love You” (Official Video)   #Based #Rare #ILoveYou #Tears #Pets    

Mr. Bibal – “Champs Elysée$” (Official Video)

Paris, France’s Mr. Bibal homage to the “heavenly fields” of his home city feels appropriately light and airy, and bounces along quite nicely. Forget jewelry and necklaces, we need more singers dedicated to… Continue reading

Phony Ppl – “Statues” (Official Video) (Free Download)

First-person music videos are usually pretty powerful pieces of art. Without asking permission, both Gomez’s “See the World” and, more controversially, the Prodigy’s “Smack My Bitch Up” temporarily reverse the normal artist-fan relationship… Continue reading

Mono/Poly at Low End Theory (Video Filmed by Flying Lotus)

Featuring Mono/Poly’s downright unreal bass remix of Busta Rhymes’ “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See.”   Mono/Poly at Low End Theory (Video Filmed by Flying Lotus)   You must experience Low… Continue reading

Watch BBC Radio 1’s Benji B Perform Songs by Dwele, Flying Lotus, TNGHT, Raphael Saddiq Live with a 16-Piece String Ensemble at Maida Vale Studios, London (Official Video)

DJ Benji B, arranger Grant Windsor, and their 16-piece string ensemble reorchestrate 12 future soul and beat culture standards live on BBC Radio 1.   Click below to watch what is undoubtedly the… Continue reading

Jeru The Damaja – “Ya Playin’ Yaself” (Official Video)

This bassline is probably my favorite in rap right after ATCQ’s “Buggin’ Out” and Dead Prez’ “Hip Hop.”   Jeru The Damaja – “Ya Playin’ Yaself” (Official Video)   Shouts going out to… Continue reading

Adrian Younge Presents the Delfonics – “Stop and Look (And You Have Found Love)” (Official Video)

From the Fugees to Nas to the Wu-Tang Clan, the output of Philadelphia soul outfit the Delfonics is an oft-mined hip-hop sample staple source. The haunting lilt of “Stop and Look (And You… Continue reading

Folk Acoustic Cover Versions of Mos Def’s “Umi Says” & the Pharcyde’s “Runnin” by B.J. Smith

This is special. Two sublime and subaqueous folk acoustic cover versions of two hip-hop classics.   Mos Def’s “Umi Says” & the Pharcyde’s “Runnin” by B.J. Smith (Folk Acoustic Cover Versions)   Download… Continue reading

Black Milk ft Melanie Rutherford – “Simply Having”

When Paul McCartney’s not busy reuniting and fronting Nirvana, he may find his catchy Christmas synth-singalong “Wonderful Christmastime” being sampled and flipped into a R&B cut for the festive season by Detroit’s Black… Continue reading

Dan Digs’ Top 50 Songs of 2012

So here it is, the year that was.   Here are my 50 favorite songs of 2012. 50. My Morning Jacket – “Outta My System” (Washed Out Remix) 49. Alt-J – “Tessellate” 48.… Continue reading

Arima Ederra ft Blu – “Questions” (Produced by Bhonstro) (Free Download)

Questions drop into blues guitar chord puddles amidst gently insistent vintage drums.   Arima Ederra ft Blu – “Questions” (Produced by Bhonstro)  (Free Download)   Download this track for free here.    

Pink Tee – “It’s Yours” (Official Video)

Soulful French rap by Lille, France’s Pink Tee.   Pink Tee – “It’s Yours” (Official Video)   It goes without saying that Pink Tee has got the colorful patterned shirt game on lock.… Continue reading

Homeboy Sandman – “Illuminati” (Official Video)

Some real rhyme origami here from Homeboy Sandman.   Homeboy Sandman – “Illuminati” (Official Video)   Homeboy‘s poetry is illuminating.    

Joey Bada$$ ft Chuck Strangers – “Fromdatomb$” (Official Video)

17-year-old Flatbush, Brooklyn native Joey Bada$$ continues to shine with his tight and talented throwback rap.   Joey Bada$$ ft Chuck Strangers – “Fromdatomb$” (Official Video)   Joey Bada$$‘s latest mixtape featuring his… Continue reading

Spaceape – “On the Run” (Official Video)

Hyperdub‘s resident MC and regular Kode9 collaborator the Spaceape pours forth future poetry on this solo endeavor.   Spaceape – “On the Run” (Official Video)   Experimental, tribal, anxious African rhythms.    

Blu & Exile ft Black Spade – “Maybe One Day” (Official Video)

San Pedro, Los Angeles, CA rapper Blu and hip-hop producer Exile caught my ear earlier this year with “The Great Escape,” which featured expertly cut beats and catchy, phased vocal samples, plus the… Continue reading

La Melodia – “Spaced Out” (Official Video) (Free Download)

That starry soul-hop from outer space-via-Amsterdam. La Melodia is MC Melodee and producer I.N.T. I can easily hear Pharrell’s falsetto and his signature live drums lacing a remix of this one.   La… Continue reading

“Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton (This Is Stones Throw Records)” – Stones Throw Records Documentary (Official Teaser)

The consistent quality of leftfield hip-hop, soul, and jazz label Stones Throw Records is unparalleled.   “Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton (This Is Stones Throw Records)”  (Official Teaser)   Out 2013. More info… Continue reading

Barney Artist – “Mystery” (Official Video)

Late night Monday night London hip-hop vibes.   “Mystery” is the third single to be taken from Barney Artist‘s #BAEP EP.    

Letherette – “Shoo Be Doo”

Tell me this ain’t a dope loop.   Taken from the Chi-Lites’ classic “I Just Want to Hold You.” Listen to the sample lifted from the original at 3:05. More beats from the… Continue reading

LV ft Ruffest – “Ultando Lwaka” (Official Video)

South African emcees and kwaito specialists Ruffest (pictured below) meet South London Hyperdub beatsmiths LV.     This one has some serious bounce.    

Mano D’iShango aka Tysmé – “Future School (Ipòp Elòj)” (Free Download)

Guadeloupe’s Tysmé fuses 90s hip-hop flows in French with the electronics of the early 2010s.   “Future School (Ipòp Elòj)” is produced by Toronto beatmaker Sunclef.   Free download of Tysmé’s latest album… Continue reading

Homeboy Sandman – “Not Really” (Official Video)

Relaxed rhymes from Homeboy Sandman that are so spacious you could sail a zeppelin in between bars and not even touch the sides. Flute loops and piano keys courtesy of the producer Jonwayne.… Continue reading

The Insomniax ft Roses Gabor – “Friday Comes”

It’s always Friday somewhere. Kind of. Well, technically, it isn’t, but it would be nice if it was. London’s Kai Gama and Dr Sydney Velvet are the MCs, producers, and brothers otherwise known… Continue reading

Breezy Lovejoy – “Paradise”

Breezy, lovely, joyful electronic soul from Los Angeles’ Breezy Lovejoy. A new favorite. Fans of Plantlife and 4hero’s later output will most definitely dig.   Breezy Lovejoy – “Paradise”   “Paradise” and eight… Continue reading

Bennetrhodes – “Share in Love”

Nod your head to Japanese jazzist Kan Sano‘s latest beat project: Bennetrhodes.   Listen to more of Kan Sano’s music (including a free download of his “Everybody Loves the Sunshine” cover) here.  … Continue reading

The Nextmen vs Joe Dukie of Fat Freddy’s Drop – “When We Fight”

The dub reggae lilt of New Zilla’s Fat Freddy’s Drop vocalist Joe Dukie gets a propulsive bass-step boost from the Nextmen.   The Nextmen vs Joe Dukie of Fat Freddy’s Drop – “When… Continue reading

Flying Lotus – “Putty Boy Strut” (Official Video)

FlyLo continues to fly over standard musical boundaries here on “Putty Boy Strut” with what sounds like wandering robot whines and an army of androids keeping time by uniformly clapping their metallic pincer… Continue reading

Warren Xclnce – “Say Goodbye” (Free Download)

Say hello to unsigned London beatmaker Warren Xclnce.   Warren Xclnce – “Say Goodbye” (Free Download)   More Xclnce here.    

Caught in the Middle of a 3-Way Mix: Ninja Tune’s Solid Steel Radio Show – August 31, 2012 – Part 1 & 2 – DJ Cheeba, DJ Moneyshot, and DJ Food Mix the Beastie Boys’ Paul’s Boutique Album Using the Original Sample Sources (Free Download)

DJ Cheeba, DJ Moneyshot, and DJ Food get it together to mix a very special radio show for Ninja Tune. Taking its name from a track on the Demos & Outtakes compilation, Caught… Continue reading

JJ DOOM – “Guv’nor” (Official Video)

JJ DOOM is the collab between leftfield hip-hop’s rapper-producer Jneiro Jarel & London-born, metal-masked MC DOOM.   Viewing notes: 1.  Saying “Ello guv’nor!” in an overly angular Cockney accent is oddly satisfying. Dropping… Continue reading

Listen/Download this Week’s DIG DEEP Radio Show with Dan Digs: Beats, Bass & Electronic Soul on KBCS 91.3FM Seattle – August 25, 2012 Tracklisting

My favorite songs of the week all in the mix tonight. Leftfield hip-hop, future beats, interstellar bass, and rare electronic soul.       Highlights include a German version of “NY State of… Continue reading

Onra ft Chuck Inglish of the Cool Kids – “Hold Tight” (Free Download)

This snare just made my day. Paris, France’s mighty Onra teams up with Cool Kid Chuck Inglish to release this unreleased demo.     Onra ft Chuck Inglish of the Cool Kids –… Continue reading

Listen/Download this Week’s DIG DEEP Radio Show with Dan Digs: Beats, Bass & Electronic Soul on KBCS 91.3FM Seattle – August 18, 2012 Tracklisting – The Sound-Off! with Special Guest Futurewife

The Dig Deep radio show welcomes Seattle producer Futurewife to the KBCS studio for the Sound-off! 6 rounds, 6 categories, 12 songs, and buckets of beats, basslines, and music talk. Plus we spin… Continue reading

Homeboy Sandman – “FOUNDation” (Video)

Queens, NY rapper and Stones Throw signee Homeboy Sandman shares his story.   The Boy Sand‘s full-length debut album First of a Living Breed is released on September 18.    

Has-Lo – “Inherit the Stars” (Paten Locke Remix) (Official Video)

Philadelphia emcee and producer Has-Lo‘s “Fiber Optics” gets remixed by Paten Locke and retitled “Inherit the Stars.”   The Mello Music Group label accurately describes director Nathan Hunter’s video above as an “animated,… Continue reading