Written by Chi Chi Thalken on August 10, 2022
AJ Suede is an artist from Seattle who has been active since the mid-2010s. He has really come into his own and ramped up his production in recent years, now culminating in his busiest year yet in 2022. We already saw his debut on Fake Four, when he released Metatron’s Cube with Televangel. Then he came right back with Hundred Year Darkness, collaborating with Small Professor. Now he’s back with his third album of the year, this time a self-produced project called Oil on Canvas.
Written by Chi Chi Thalken on August 9, 2022
Yutaka Hirasaka is a guitarist/producer from Tokyo who has been releasing music for about the last four years. Even though he’s only been at it for a short while, he’s given us a lot of interesting projects in that time. Just this past January, we were treated to a project called In the Moment. Now he’s back with a new project, Bed Hair. The idea behind Bed Hair was that Hirasaka took a part of June of this year to wake up and immediately head to his desk and grab his guitar and tap out a few beats.
Written by Chi Chi Thalken on August 1, 2022
Joe Armon-Jones is a British keyboardist/producer/musician who has been very active since he started releasing music about five years ago. Since that time, he’s not only released several solo projects, he’s collaborated with the likes of Ego Ella May, Nubya Garcia, Moses Boyd, and Jordan Rakei. This year, he has already given us short projects done in collaboration with Asheber and Fatima. Now he’s already back with a new EP done in collaboration with drummer/producer Mala, A Way Back.
Written by Chi Chi Thalken on July 29, 2022
Schaffer the Darklord is an artist from New York who has been releasing music since the mid-‘00s. He has kept busy in recent years, with a lot of collaborations, singles, and rarities collections coming to us. His last full-length album came in 2018, as part of The Department of Darkness alongside Vince Vandal. Now he is back with a proper solo album, The Derelict Craft. Much like 2013’s Sick Passenger, The Derelict Craft is also a concept album.
Written by Chi Chi Thalken on July 28, 2022
Back in 2011, the trio of Backburner artists known as Timbuktu, Chokeules, and Sivilion put out an EP on Halloween under the name of Swamp Thing. We didn’t know it at the time, we but we had unleashed a monster who would release a horror/sci-fi themed album every Halloween for a decade. It was a lot of fun, and there were variations and collaborators along the way to spice things up.
Written by Chi Chi Thalken on July 27, 2022
Emapea is a producer from Poland who started releasing music in the mid-2010s, with a great run on Cold Busted Records. Stateside, he’s probably best known for his 2020 collaboration with L.A.’s Kid Abstrakt, Jazzy Vibes. Most recently, we got an instrumental album from him released in September of last year, Bees, Trees, and Flowers. Now he is back with Random Beats (Remastered Wax Edition). Starting in 2018, Emapea has been releasing a series of beat tapes simply called Random Beats.
Written by Chi Chi Thalken on July 26, 2022
Stimulator Jones is an artist from Roanoke, Virginia. He has been releasing music since 2014, but it was in 2018 that he had his breakthrough moment, when he released Exotic Worlds and Masterful Treasures on Stones Throw. He had a busy 2021, releasing La Mano on Mutual Intentions, as well as Low Budget Environments Striving For Perfection on Stones Throw. Now he’s back with another album for Stones Throw, Round Spiritual Ring.
Written by Chi Chi Thalken on July 25, 2022
Mecca:83 is a producer from Manchester who has been releasing music for over a decade, working with artists like Georgie Sweet, Deborah Jordan, and he’s been part of groups like Grap Luva and Redefinition. He’s also produced under the name RISE, but most importantly, he’s kept up a steady solo career as Mecca:83. That said, it had been two years since his last release, Quiet Moments. Now, coming off of a beat cypher at Workinonit, he’s back with a new EP, Third Eye Spectrum.
Written by Chi Chi Thalken on July 22, 2022
K1NG ELJAY is an artist from Birmingham who has been releasing music since the mid-2010s. In that time, he helped bring together the RDFND crew, and he collaborated with the likes of inlkine, DJ Swole, and D Gut, just to name a few. His most recent release came just last December, when he teamed up with Akil Pratt and OZU8LACK to release the brilliant album, Flags on Jupiter. Now he’s back with a deeply personal album, PTSD.
Written by Chi Chi Thalken on July 21, 2022
SB the Moor is an artist from Sacramento. They have been releasing music for nearly a decade, with several releases on Deathbomb Arc, Fake Four, and also joining up with the Ruby Yacht gang. We were able to catch up with SB at a tour stop in Brooklyn, where they were gracious enough to talk to us about their new album, In Babylon. SB the Moor live at Sovereign in Brooklyn