The Reeflex – Sparktones: The Catcher in the Rye

5 03 2010

One day a month, I am willing to shamelessly promote myself. Today is that day. My new beat tape is available for free download. Download link is at the bottom.

The tape is called Sparktones – The Catcher in the Rye, and it’s the last of the Sparktones series. I’m trying to release about a tape a month, and this is February’s edition. Next month’s project is already in the works. I’m hoping to use more soul samples in it. Try to make it sound like more conventional hip hop. But for now, you can download what’s already on the bandcamp. There’re four beat tapes up there. If you’re an MC interested in using a beat, let me know. I can adjust them to go however you want (take stuff out, add stuff, etc), and I don’t charge.

Download it.


D/Will – Heir of Abraham

29 01 2010

We conclude this week with another free mixtape download. That’s five free downloads in the last five days, folks. You should be listening to good music by now. It’s the first mixtape D/Will has up on his bandcamp, all the way back from April 2008. An oldie, but a goodie.

I first heard of D/Will when he worked with Stik Figa on Hello, Goodbye. That’s a phenomenal mixtape, too. You should get it. But that’s not what this post is about. The mixtape I’m telling you about today is called Heir of Abraham. D/Will‘s beats are as solid as ever, proving that he’s consistent when it comes to his production.

“Good Evening” is my favorite complete track off Heir of Abraham. I say “complete” track because I feel like this is the track where the instrumental and the lyrics blend together the best. But don’t get me wrong. I really like all of the production on this release. It’s practically flawless.

Download it.

Oddisee – Odd Winter

25 01 2010

Man, we’ve got quite a week lined up on everydaymusic. Lots of good, free mixtape downloads. It starts today with Oddisee‘s Odd Winter, the third in his seasonal series. Spoiler alert: it’s good as fuck.

Odd Winter has 13 tracks, eight of which are instrumentals. The other five feature some dope artists, including a personal favorite of mine, Stik Figa. “Riiight” is the track that Stik is on, and he pretty much demolished the track. I was afraid my iPod was gonna explode from the sheer amount of linguistic domination. It didn’t. But it came damn close.

Of the instrumental tracks, “All Because She’s Gone” is probably my favorite. The interjecting horns are incredibly dope, and it’s just a brilliant beat. The entire time, I was imagining A Tribe Called Quest ripping this beat. “Blizzard of 09” is a really close second for favorite beat. It’s the last track on the mixtape and rightfully so. So sweet, so soulful, yet so ominous; a brilliant way to cap it off.

Honestly, I could waste your time and talk about every single track and how much I love it, but I figure I’ll let you get your ears on it. I guarantee you’ll love this mixtape. This is definitely my favorite of the seasonal series so far. We owe a huge thank you to Oddisee for making awesome music. (Oh, and if you don’t have the other two mixtapes in the series, get them: Odd Summer & Odd Autumn)

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Hidden Beach Recordings

2 11 2009

Wait, what? It’s already November? That’s right. Everydaymusic is now in the fifth month of it’s existence. Still not hip enough to be picked up by Hype Machine, but that’s okay. We aim low. Today it’s the Unwrapped series from Hidden Beach Recordings.

A friend of mine showed me the Unwrapped series a few weeks ago, and I’ve gotta say, it’s pretty dope stuff. I have a strong affinity for jazz as well as hip-hop, so what I immediately liked what I heard. See, what Hidden Beach does is use the choruses of some classic hip-hop tunes, but instead of any verses, you get to listen to awesome jazz instumentals.

Hidden Beach Recordings

Right now I think they’ve got up through Volume 5 of these Unwrapped albums, and I believe Volume 6 drops in like a week. You can visit the Unwrapped page and investigate for yourself (the music that plays is coming from the player on the left hand side, in case you have trouble finding it). Drake’s “Best I Ever Had”, Beyonce’s “Single Ladies”, and T.I.’s “Live Your Life” are just a few of the tracks that are gonna be on Volume 6. Personally, De La Soul’s “Me, Myself and I” is the track I’m looking forward to the most. Check out the track listing.

They did a bunch of cool stuff on the first five volumes. Their version of Outkast’s “So Fresh, So Clean” is definitely worth listening to. “Forgot About Dre”, “Stan”, and of course, “Bonita Applebum” are all tracks you should hear. Honestly, you can just stumble around YouTube, sifting through the Hidden Beach videos. They’ll probably have done a couple of songs you like.

You can download a free mixtape of some of their work from the previous five volumes for free right here. You have to create an account, but after that, you can just click purchase. Don’t worry about entering any of your payment info, since it is free and all.

If you’re interested in purchasing anything, you can find links to download purchases or physical CD purchases on the right-hand side of the Unwrapped site. SadSteve doesn’t have much, but there is the Hidden Beach version of the ATCQ track “Electric Relaxation” which is fresh to death. You can peep that, and even download it for free if you so desire. Enjoy!