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Deathbomb Arc's They Hate Change Talk Now, and Never Again. Gary Wilson, Pyramid Vritra & Much, Much More (The Witzard Interview)

"GENRES UNKNOWN SINCE 1998 - Our goal remains the same, as it was when we started the label: to share bleeding edge music with as wide an audience as possible. Hearing new approaches to arranging sound should be a fun adventure. The sound of Deathbomb Arc is constantly changing, as explorers reach new frontiers. We invite you along on this exciting journey.

Deathbomb Arc has had the honor to work with so many great musicians and groups; putting out some of the first music by acts such as clipping., Foot Village, Black Pus, Death Grips, Julia Holter, Signor Benedick The Moore, tik///tik, [Lana del Rabies], I.E., and Captain Ahab. We encourage you to spend some time exploring our discography and large archive of free streaming music to learn more..."

"It's our favorite holiday of all... NEW RELEASE DAY!! We've been really excited to share this one with you. The long-overdue new album from THEY HATE CHANGE. 2 years ago we released this Florida-based Hip-Hop duo'…

Texas "Couch Potatoes" Virgil Wolfe & Strcolctr Join Forces for Unlimited TV Dinners EP (BearTooth Collective/Couchloaf Records)

Unlimited TV Dinners by Virgil Wolfe, Strcolctr
Virgil Wolfe is an Alternative Hip-Hop artist based out of Baytown, Texas who's affiliated with cunabear's BearTooth Collective tape imprint. Wolfe has been rapping and self-releasing his own material at rather rapid pace since 2015. He's previously worked alongside the likes of Alcoda, Calamity, Pacman AKA "Da Round Hero," and Symmatree of Grid Squid. For his most recent release, Virgil Wolfe joined forces with Houston-based beat-maker Strcolctr for their Unlimited TV Dinners EP. "From the doctor love story to the childhood-filled with novellas, Unlimited TV Dinners is short, sweet, and packed with flavorful melodies for the whole family to enjoy," Virgil Wolfe's Bandcamp page enthusiastically proclaims. Clocking in at just under 12 minutes—or the length of one commercial break!—Virgil Wolfe & Strcolctr manage to cover everything from doctor love storylines to the fabled "Filler Episode;"

Cut Chemist & Biz Markie Video Director Joseph Armario & Animator Matt Taylor Shed Some Light On "Moonlightin' with Biz" (The Witzard Interview)

"Back in the 90's, when I first got on the phone with Biz Markie, he told me he had a 7-inch of my favorite Donovan song, "Get Thy Bearings," with an instrumental flip. "Why did you rap over the vocal on "I Told You?'" I asked. "I sampled the instrumental and put the vocals back in because it sounded better," was his reply. Four years after that conversation, I worked with @danube_productions [The Sand Dollars] and we actually, created a "Get Thy Bearings" A/B-side combo, as The Biz described, in homage to one of the greatest record collectors Hip-Hop produced. As deep as Biz is, though, he didn't have Apple & The Three Oranges' LA über-rarity, "Moon Light," one of my dude Madlib's favorite Soul songs. Mine, too. It's one of @cutchemist's, too. He and Biz made a song around it for his latest album [Die Cut]. Peep his Bio for more info. "Moon Light! Clear skies!" Love that sh*t."…

"Everything Is Fine:" South London Emcee & Producer Charles Edison Pens Beat-maker Bedrock #22 (Beats Laying About)

"My name is Charles Edison. I'm a beat-maker/producer/rapper from Essex originally, now based in South London. I started making beats roughly 10 years ago, but got semi-serious with it around five years ago. I use a mix of samples and synths in my beats and draw on quite a wide scope of influences, which I'll delve into a little bit with a couple of albums that really defined my approach to music..."
Everything is Fine by Charles Edison
I. MF DOOM & Madlib (MADVILLAIN) - MADVILLAINY (2004)

"I know this will probably be on a lot of people's lists, if you ask them about influential or definitive Hip-Hop albums, but it's a great one for illustrating what can happen, when the right people are brought together. Madlib is well-known for finding great loops and not messing with them too much; just opening them up for someone like DOOM with that free-associative flow to just let loose on. To me, it's just the perfect example of a Hip-Hop record. The sample…

Ice-T & Long-time Producer Afrika Islam Form EDM/Hip-Hop Label Electronic Beat Empire & Unleash MR.X's The Brutal EP (EBE NATION)

For starters: above, you will see a rather striking image pulled from Claude "Paradise" Gray & Giuseppe "u.net" Pipitone's 2016 Wax Poetics photo-book, No Half Steppin' - An Oral & Pictorial History of New York City Club The Latin Quarter & The Birth of Hip-Hop's Golden Era. It's indeed, a photo Gray & Pipitone's book featuring Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five sharp-spitter Grandmaster Melle Mel, Afrika Islam & Ice-T taken sometime in 1986 either in or around New York's infamous club, The Latin Quarter. Afrika Islam kick-started his musical career at the tender age of 10, as he joined The Bronx-bred Hip-Hop/breakin' group, Rock Steady Crew in 1977. Islam would go on to cut his teeth acting as an apprentice under Afrika Bambaataa and was an early member of Bambaataa's international cultural awareness group, The Universal Zulu Nation. Throughout his decades-long career, Afrika Islam has repeatedly collabora…

Phillly Emcee Ai-Que Unveils Socially-conscious & Politically-poignant Debut Full-length The American Dream (Ai-Que MCBoogie)

Still riding high on the success of his recent single with Rolled Gold & Reef The Lost Cauze, "Nite Owl's Theme,"Ai-Que AKA Ai-Que MCBoogie AKA "The Multi-faceted Rap Machine" has returned with his debut full-length, The American Dream. Ai-Que is a Philly-based emcee "heavily focused on the cultural impact and unification of global communities." Ai-Que also, moonlights as co-host of The BANGERS & MASH PODCAST(@bangersandmashtheshow) along with Ali Miller FKA Truck North of The Legendary Roots Crew. On the eve prior to The American Dream's Saturday, July 21st release, Ai-Que played a monumentous show with dead prez, Reef The Lost Cauze & DJ ANTLIVE at The Ardmore Music Hall hosted by D.R.E.S. Tha Beatnik. When asked what his greatest sources of inspiration and influence behind The American Dream were, Ai-Que stated he wanted to "create something that was sonically, more contemporary without compromising the integrity of the lyrics…

Various Artists II: How Compilations Influenced a Generation - Atticus: ...dragging the lake. Penned By: John E. Swan (SideOneDummy Records)

INTRODUCTION: Maybe, it's in the gray hairs that I've started finding in my thinning hair. Maybe, it's that dreaded third decade of life that seems to have been rearing it's ugly face around every corner. Maybe, it's a quarter life crisis, but something has been keeping me up at night. I sometimes, stay awake into the early hours of the morning spinning records and fumbling with CD jackets from high school, grasping hold of my youth for dear life. I search out elusive first presses of albums I'd somehow, lost to time, hoping that they'll somehow, tighten the thread leading from middle school to adulthood.

To be clear, I'm not fishing my torn band T-shirts or "bondage" pants from the depths of my closet, but as I make the transition into my 30's, shedding roommates and getting oil changes at regularly scheduled intervals, I can't help ruminating on where these albums came from and how they've shaped me. I can't help begging the…

Dusted Sounds, Volume 1 Producer & Fuzz Tones DJ LongDistanceDan Compiles Beat-maker Bedrock #21 (Dusted Industries)

"Hello, my name is LongDistanceDan originally from London, now living on The South Coast of England in Portsmouth. I make sample-based music heavily influenced by Psychedelic Rock, Raw Funk, Library Music, and Hip-Hop. I've been making music for about eight years and have released 3 EP's and an album, The Dust Man Stirs (2017) all on my own Dusted Industries label. I have selected 4 albums that have had a big influence on my own musical taste and the kind of music I try to make..."
Dusted Sounds Volume 1 by LongDistanceDan
I. Beastie Boys - Check Your Head (1992)

"I'd been aware of the Beastie Boys as a 9/10-year-old kid, due to the good and bad press they received from their debut album, License to Ill (1986.) But other than hearing "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party)" and "No Sleep 'till Brooklyn" on the radio, I'd never listened to their music. Paul's Boutique (1989) passed me by, I was a 3rd Bass fan and they didn&#…

Detroit-based Producer & Beat-maker all these fingers (âtƒ) Returns with First "Real" Instrument-rooted Project UNITED VIZION As Gould '72

united vizion by Gould '72
united vizion is the first release from the artist formerly known as all these fingers AKA âtƒ. Since 2008, the mysterious Detroit-based producer and beat-maker released 50 full-length projects, as well as various EP's, singles, etc. and worked with the likes of Bishop Nehru, Darko The Super, The Hell Hole Store, Hemlock Ernst, Infinity Frequencies, Jack Wilson, Mr. Muthaf**kin' eXquire, and Yzal The Praxis. Just this past March, all these fingers uploaded his 50TH and final release as âtƒ, 悪い受信. Along with 悪い受信's digital and cassette release, âtƒ shared an extremely heart-felt note to all of his fans and supporters, which you can read in-full at the bottom of this very post. Now, just a few mere months later, âtƒ has returned under a brand new recording alias, Gould '72, with the aforementioned united vizion. When compared against his past work as all these fingers/âtƒ, Gould '72 is far more instrument-based than Hip-Hop and beat-cent…

3 Feet High & Rising: "Keeping Company" with Ferentz & The Felons' Frontman, Guitarist & Song-writer Zak Ferentz (The Witzard Interview)

"Today is the day that this gets released. There are so many people to thank for this and I hope you all know who you are, so "thank you" a million times. I sat in a room writing these songs on an acoustic guitar and every time I would finish a song, I would take my guitar and go see my mother. I would go into her apartment and play the song for her, letting her hear everything first. My mother loved every song, but all she asked for me to do was to always make sure that I kept the music real and pure with lyrics that people can relate to. "Put your pain out into the world, so others can heal, Zak." Those were her exact words. So, I just want to say that is what I will always do; I will always write music to help people feel less alone. I will always write music that will have a positive message for not only myself, but for every person that listens. To anyone suffering from anxiety, depression, family problems, mental illness, addiction, fear, or any other fo…

SaIGO & 'i's Let Loose First Official Mugwampers EP 717 (Part I) & Joe Eaton-directed "The Word of God Is Recycled" [self-released EP 1/3]

717 (part I) by Mugwampers
Mugwampers are a Hip-Hop crew, collective, art-house, etc. hailing from Livingston, Scotland consisting of founding members, emcee SaIGO and producer 'i's. Over the course of the last few months, Mugwampers have unleashed a collection of "warm-up" projects, including 'i'sfailure.to.communicate and feature-filled .and then there was flowers and SaIGO's 'i's-produced spoken word project, ANOTHER TIME MAYBE . . Now, Mugwampers have returned with their first official long-form project, 717 (Part I.) A sprawling 5-track EP with sonic benchmarks and Bandcamp tags ranging from Electronic to Hip-Hop/Rap, Metal to Spoken Word, Abstract Hip-Hop to Ambient, Plunderphonics to Screamo. 717 EP1 is the first in a series of three planned EP's Mugwampers have recently recorded, which will each focus on various styles and sub-genres of Hip-Hop. Ahead of 717 (Part I)SaIGO & 'i's unleashed a music video for EP closer, "T…

Emerald Knights 2 Collaborators Mega Ran & Bag of Tricks Cat Team Up for Beat-maker Bedrock #19-20 (Respect The Underground/RandomBeats)

Bag of Tricks Cat AKA BOTC (@bagoftrickscat): "There aren't too many cats in Hip-Hop that have as many tricks in the bag as Felix. His grandma, Ann Bennett, sang the 1959 "Felix The Cat" theme song, so it was only appropriate to name himself after the iconic cartoon character. His music is relatable and honest and has gripped fans all over the world [...] Bag of Tricks Cat is currently working on his next project, The 9 Lives of Cat Daddy Kane."

I. Eminem - The Eminem Show (2002)

"This album came out when I was in 4th grade. I was an angry kid that got bullied at school, so songs like "Sing for The Moment" and "'Till I Collapse" got me through it. Definitely influenced me a lot."


II. The Roots - How I Got Over (2010)

"Not only was the band incredible, Black Thought's lyrics spoke to me on the project. When I was going to the gym a lot, "The Fire" [featuring John Legend] would play on my iPod and it felt like I …