Corina Corina is a soul singer raised in the Bay Area and currently residing in Brooklyn. The Eargasm marks her full length debut. The majority of the album is produced by Willie Green, with additional production from Steel Tipped Dove, Urban Miracle, and Has-Lo.
Skipp Whitmann is an emcee and producer from Brooklyn via Brookline, MA. 5AM marks his third solo album, and it’s certainly his strongest yet, hitting on every angle.
Mattic is an American emcee that now resides in France, best known to many as a frequent collaborator to Wax Tailor albums. His latest solo effort comes courtesy of Phonosaurus Records, a new label based out of Montreal. Mattic teamed up with label mates Dirty Art Club to produce the record, who come together to make a fun and interesting album.
My first exposure to Sammus came earlier in 2012 through her guest spot on Mega Ran’s Language Art Vol. 2, when she stole the song “Love Is Not Love.” As it turns out, that was just the a hint of what she had in store for us, because 2012 is also the year that Sammus dropped her brilliant solo album, M’other Brain.
Irenic is a new artist from St. Paul, and Wisdom Teeth: The Art of Pulling Roots marks her debut album. With it, she establishes herself as a artist with a unique sound, walking the line between indie-folk and hip hop in a way that few can compare to.
If you don’t know Saylove already, you should take the time right now. After putting in a lot of work, dividends are about to pay off for the emcee/author/activist. In the past year, she published a book called Hip Hop and the Art of Peace Education, and has now dropped her debut LP. If you just listened to her music in a vacuum, you’d still have plenty to like. Taking it in combination with her work as author and activist, she seems poised to become something special, one who’s able to align their work in different sectors to really create something worthwhile.
Small Professor is a producer from Philadelphia that has established himself over the last couple of years as a talented and prolific artist. Cool Story, Pro, a twenty-five track, forty-nine minute instrumental album, is his most fully realized and challenging work to date.
After years of working in the background in Minneapolis, emcee and producer Greg Grease is set to take his place amongst the forefront of a very talented hip hop scene. His first official album, Cornbread, Pearl, & G, takes it’s title from the 1975 film Cornbread, Earl and Me starring a young Laurence Fishburne. As Grease has explained, the main point of the movie is the struggle between doing the right thing versus doing what’s easy, but you know it’s wrong, which by no coincidence is also the main theme to his album.
Harrison Blakoldman is a producer from Paris and former member of the PAPAJAZZ crew. His latest release on the Soulection label is a short five-song EP, which is bound to catch some ears.
Phax is a producer from Leipzig, Germany who’s been releasing records since 1999. He well known on this side of the Atlantic, but he has worked with a plenty of European artists, including the French group IAM. This particular collection of music is a compilation of instrumental material he had sitting around without a home. The title comes from his signature “crispy” production style.