Well, it's March already and I owe you this list for quite some time now. This year either my tastes shifted slightly towards lo-fi jazzy instrumentals or there has been many good releases in the genre. Anyway, let's get straight into the (extended as a compensation) list.
I recently had the chance to chat with Jesse Sussman, the man behind 10 Million Sounds, a label which releases compilation albums and donates 100% of the earnings to charity. He had many interesting things to say, and I am very honoured to feature him on my website and raise awareness on his work. Check out the interview and also the music, which besides serving a higher purpose is actually good.
Lo fi hip-hop seems to be everywhere lately, filling out bandcamp recommendations and soundcloud feeds. It appears as an ideal resort for many artists for different reasons and It can have various characteristics and take many (and vastly different) forms. Rather than a broad overview, the focus of this article will be on one of the two cornerstones of lo-fi; Song Duration. I will explain why the short song durations is a problem, and the gap it creates between artists and listeners.
Earlier this week I had the chance to have a chat with brandon*, a very talented musician and beatmaker. He started music from a very young age, and so far he has released 11 albums, with the next one coming in 2016. He has a very unique way of sampling and composing, with Jazz and Bossa Nova being on the centre of his influences. And as it turns out, he is also really fun to talk to.
Hip-Hop music is (from its very nature) minimal, and mostly has distinctly repetitive song structures. More often than not, a song's main focus is a looped sample that plays throughout its duration, with other components just providing subtle variations. This fact inevitably raises the question "how come it doesn't feel monotonous?" particularly when one considers Instrumental Hip-Hop.
There are many articles, tribute albums and everyday confessions, praising the music and the short life of Nujabes. But despite being on the verge of overconsumption (or even exploitation), one can argue that they are not merely enough. How did this artist become so great in the eyes and ears of beat-makers and listeners?
Three years ago, Hip-Hop was my least favourite genre of music. Today, I spend the majority of my day finding and mixing new Hip-Hop Instrumentals, as well as operate a radio station and a blog. On this article, I describe the story of these three years.