Mattic is a seasoned emcee, performing as part of The Others, with Wax Tailor, and as a solo artist. His latest solo album, The Abstract Convention, came out on the newly formed Phonosaurus Records last summer. He just wrapped a U.S. tour with Wax Tailor in support of his album, Dusty Rainbow from the Dark. While in Madison, he took the time to talk to us about his career, his latest album, living in France, and what's on the horizon.
When we think of Houston and hip hop, we tend to think of Screw, Rap-A-Lot, and the millions of imitators that fell in line after them. While there’s plenty there to like about that style(see Scarface‘s “My Block“), when a certain style becomes that ubiquitous, it can be mighty refreshing to hear something out of the area that is nothing like the rest. DJ Sun was actually born in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and lived in Suriname before settling in Houston as a teenager, but he’s been entrenched there for quite a long time now.
Few artists have the back story that Malkovich possesses. That isn’t to say it makes him better or worse, but it does give him a unique perspective to his lyrics and style of hip hop, and it’s essential to understand where he’s coming from to understand where he’s going with his music. His family history took them from the South Pacific island of New Caledonia to Iran right before his birth to Italy, and then Libya, before they finally landed in Los Angeles just in time for the riots of 1992.
Curly Castro. If you don’t already know the name, learn it now - because you’re going to want to know all about this emcee after you listen to this album. Raised in Brooklyn and now residing in Philly, Castro makes his debut for Man Bites Dog Records with his sophomore solo album, Fidel. With it, he drops an album that is intellectually and emotionally challenging, discussing issues like race and class in confrontational ways that are sure to make you uncomfortable. On top of that, he balances it with a large dose of charisma, a sense of showmanship, and an ear for pop hooks.
Moods is a producer from Rotterdam, Netherlands, whose been putting out records for a couple of years now. His latest is a collection of instrumental tracks that were written and recorded over four seasons, hence the name of the EP.
The Hip-Hop Generation Fights Back: Youth, Activism, and Post-Civil Rights Politics by Andreana ClayWritten by Chi Chi on February 13, 2013
Activism in the Post-Civil Rights era takes many shapes and forms, and it can be difficult to describe and understand.
Amalia made her debut in 2011 with the album Art Slave. On that album, the Canadian/European vocalist teamed up with Swedish producer Opolopo to create some great electro-boogie. On her second album, Makings Of, she’s broadened the scope of her sound and enlisted the help of a large group of producers, from B.Bravo to Gypsykind and everyone in between.
One of my new favorite things to look forward to each new year is the new We Are World Around compilation. Not only does it serve as a good entry point into the label’s roster, but it gives you a great eclectic collection of instrumental and vocal tracks exclusive to the album.
It was not that long ago that Japanese producer Repeat Pattern came on our radar here at SV, when he released an excellent EP called Badminton Club in December of 2012 with American emcee Broke. A little over a month later, and we’ve got two new instrumental albums from him, released simultaneously. On Badminton Club, Repeat Pattern was channeling a lot of East Coast hip hop from the early ‘90s. On circle vs. square, we get much more modern, with a sound somewhere between lo-bit electronic/hip hop and skweee.