inkline - DUCKHOPEWELL PT. II

It’s been a busy year for emcee/producer inkline. In February, his group Nerves Baddington released their double album, micro/macro. Then, earlier this month they released what was essentially an inkline solo project recorded under quarantine, fever memes. Now, inkline is right back with a true solo project, a follow up to his 2021 solo project, DUCKHOPEWELL PT. II. As clearly evidenced by micro/macro, inkline knows how to work with others and put together a big project that can appeal to a wide audience.

Shitao - The Waves

Shitao is a producer/composer from Paris who has been releasing music for the last fifteen years. Over that time span, he’s released a wide variety of projects, from straight hip hop beats to experimental electronic music to film scores and everything in between. This past March, Shitao released Child’s Head With Flowers, which was something of a soundtrack to a film in Shitao’s own head. Now he is back with the soundtrack to an upcoming film, The Waves.

Sweatson Klank - Postcards

Sweatson Klank is a producer from Los Angeles who has been putting out music for over twenty years, first under the name Take before switching over to Sweatson Klank around 2009. Coming off of a busy 2021 that saw him drop three EPs, Sweatson Klank is now back with a different sort of LP, Postcards. Over the years, we’ve gotten a lot of different looks from Sweatson Klank as he continues to grow and evolve as an artist and tries different things out.

G.I. Magus - Bare

Emcee G.I. Magus has been a staple of the Birmingham hip hop scene for over a decade now. We last heard from him a little over a year ago, when he dropped his EP, Non-Monolithic (unmastered). Now he’s back with a unique project, Bare. The concept for Bare is an interesting one, in that each song on the album is built from a sample of the same song, Kirk Franklin’s “More Than I Can Bear.

Lipphead - In The Nude

Eilot Lipp and Blockhead are both veteran producers who have over forty years of experience between the two of them, with releases on Ninja Tune, Mush, Eastern Development, Man Bites Dog, Backwoodz Studioz, and many more. They first came together as Lipphead in 2019, when they released a self-titled 7”. They followed this up with a remix 7”, but it was hard to tell if this was just going to be a one-off or if it was going to grow into something more.

SB the Moor - In Babylon!

SB The Moor is an artist from California who is part of the Ruby Yacht crew, as well as having several releases on Deathbomb Arc over the years. We most recently heard from them this past December, when they teamed up with Progeny to release an EP called Sleeping in Seattle as part of Fake Four’s Freecember series of releases. Now they are back with a brand new full-length album, In Babylon!

Elaquent - Long Drives to Nowhere

Elaquent is a producer from Guelph, Ontario, who has been putting out music for about the last fifteen years. In that time he’s worked with labels like URBNET, HW&W, Still Muzik, Cream Dream, Fat Beats, and Mello Music Group. Most recently, we’ve gotten a series of EPs from Elaquent called Bedtime Stories, in which he used music as a way to cope with stress, anxiety, and insomnia. Now we get a full-length album that serves as the companion piece, Long Drives to Nowhere.

Liquid Saloon - Took a Second

Liquid Saloon is a group from Tel Aviv, featuring Amir Bresler, Sefi Zisling and Nomok. The three musicians have incredible jazz chops and have played in groups like Apifera, Funk’N’Stein, and L.B.T. They came together to release their debut self-titled album in 2019. After working through an intense live touring experience that saw collaborators come and go, and then the pandemic, the core trio have now reemerged with a brand new album, Took a Second.

Kaidi Tatham - Galaxy

Kaidi Tatham is a producer/multi-instrumentalist based in Belfast who has been making music for years, first making his name with groups like Bugz in the Attic and The Herbaliser, but he’s been doing the solo thing for a while now. Last year was a busy year for him, as he released an LP, An Insight to All Minds, and a 7”, 7 Inch Nails. Now he’s back with a new EP, Galaxy.

GrandAce - Orbit City EP

GrandAce is an artist from Cincinnati who has been releasing music since the mid-2010s. He’s been busy in 2022, with two EPs already under his belt. Skydeck Suite Collection is his most recent, coming just this past May. Now he’s already back for round three, releasing Orbit City EP. Orbit City was released with the simple explanation from GrandAce, “A vision of the future and the sonics that occupy it. Orbit City is a balancing act between the familiarity and discomfort as one finds a way to exist in the present.