Inner Sound - Winter Batch
Cleverly disguised in old-school packaging that might lead one to believe that it’s quite an old gem laid with a slight slime of time, in this case: being haunted by a vinyl ghost that ocasionally will warp the recording, leading it into some quite unexpected ways. This is a collection of whooping, funky beats that get warmer and sweatier with each track, to blend into a clubby atmosphere that will eventually warm melt everything in the nearest distance, including the snow amassed at the cover. Just place the record sleeve near the turntable. Can it be possible that the hottest beats this winter are from Brooklyn, not from Los Angeles? I dunno. Inner Sound’s sounding pretty hot so far. Recommended!
Flower Petal Downpour - FDP EP
Stoned (again!), sticky beats with great dub bliss underneath from the Portland based hip-hop producer Gavin McFarlane under the moniker Flower Petal Downpour. Even though the name and the album cover might bring to mind calm hippie folk imagery to mind, Gavin is dealing with something much more modern here - which isn’t free of some influences from the forefathers of psychedelia. Great album to chill out to and a must-have for all fans of totally slowed down, smokey beats.
LooseScrewz - 20,000 Years From Tomorrow
Fat fuckin’ stoned beats from Outer Space with a seriously atmospheric, slowed down and ambiental atmosphere somewhat akin to the Brainfeeder catalog and the work of FlyLo himself. Perfect for the bike or walking trips during the clear, pure and crisp cold winter day, like today (at my place anyway). Also, great use of vintage samples and some glitchy weirdness. Highly (wink wink) recommended!