It’s been three years now since Doomtree emcee dropped his outstanding sophomore album, Bad Time Zoo. It was an album so good, Scratched Vinyl named it the Best Album of 2011. So it’s with great anticipation and excitement that we listen to his new EP, Field Notes.
The beautiful thing about the age we live in today is that it’s so much easier to people to connect to each other, and to get your music heard, even if you grow up in a tiny town. Doze grew up in a town of about 400, and now lives in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, not an area well-known for its hip hop. However, he got into the music as a young man, started hosting a radio show, and started producing his own beats.
Souls of Mischief are of course the project consisting of the four Hieroglyphics emcees A-Plus, Opio, Phesto, and Tajai. They are best known and heralded amongst hip hop fans for their 1993 album, ’93 til Infinity, largely considered a classic. While they remained active as solo artists and as part of Hieroglyphics, Souls of Mischief remained dormant for majority of the 2000s, only to surface in 2009 to release the disappointing Montezuma’s Revenge. Now they’ve come back once more, this time pairing up with L.A. producer Adrian Younge.
Uncommon Nasa’s been a busy dude. After releasing his excellent solo album, The Land Of The Way It Is, last August, touring, and producing and releasing Duke01’s Steroid Stereo, he’s back with another solo album. New York Telephone is a special album, in that it’s a deep reflection on New York, where Uncommon Nasa was born and raised and has built his career.
Australian hip hop duo Context and Jimmy Flipshyt first paired up to release an EP entitled The Shadows in the spring of 2013. With that release, the pair showed a great chemistry as emcee and producer, and even greater potential. A little over a year later, they’ve come back with another EP that already shows a great deal of growth.
New Haven producer FaltyDL released his first full length album for Ninja Tune last year with the excellent Hardcourage. He’s come right back with another album this year with In The Wild, and he continues to build upon the excellent foundation he’s already laid for himself as he explores the avant-garde side of instrumental hip hop and electronic music.
Winter Inter is a San Diego-based producer who is releasing his debut LP with Equal Moving Parts. With it, he is surely about to join the ranks of some of the West Coast’s most creative and talented musicians.
Algorhythms is the duo of emcee Thirtyseven and producer Dr. Quandry, from Vermont and Boston, respectively. The duo first recorded together under this name back in 2008, when they released their self-titled debut album. The project remained somewhat dormant, outside of a few remixes and standalone singles, until now. With their first proper follow up to that album, Algorhythms looks to pick up right where they left off six years ago.
Armand Hammer is the duo of New York emcees Billy Woods and Elucid. They first joined forces to release their debut LP, Race Music, last year. They are already back at it with a new EP, Furtive Moments, a strong and challenging release that already shows sign of significant growth and development for the duo.
Essence is an emcee from Portland, Maine who over the last couple of years has quietly become one of the best in the business. Last fall, she released her excellent sophomore album, An Unseasonable Spring, found her balancing her skills as a battle emcee and a creative artist who wasn’t afraid to explore her deepest fears and insecurities. On her new project, we get a mixtape that feels a bit more classic in its approach, in which I mean that in her words, “consists of me re-doing songs, or me creating songs over industry beats that have yet to have vocals on them.”