Saturday, January 11, 2014

The Future of the Blog

Some people may have read my post on Facebook saying that the blog will take an indefinite break. That is true and I just like to explain more closely as to why I've taken this decision and what it all really means. First off all, beats, breaks & big smiles is not dead. Far from it. I've just come to the realisation that I'm not quite sure anymore what I want to do with it.
What started out as a personal blog many years ago and later turned in to one about music have always been there for one reason mainly. For my own pleasure. I love to write, and why not then let other people take part of my writing and my opinions. And it's really been great. I've got to know some amazing people through the blog, and discovered all kinds of great music. In the end though it felt that I more and more just wrote reviews that no one's really interested in, and I can't blame them. I don't read other blogs, so why should anyone read mine? It feels like the only ones reading it, and giving me feedback, are the artists and labels themselves and I see less and less meaning in doing it for their pleasure only. So this last year I felt more and more bored with the whole thing to be honest, and it has shown as I've made quite few posts. So after some thought, I've decided to stop writing reviews because it's no longer rewarding in anyway for me.
This however doesn't mean that there won't be anymore posts in the future. I will still do the occasional interview since that is still something that I enjoy doing. My main focus however will be to do other things with beats, breaks & big smiles. Move it away from the writing a bit. I don't want to say too much about what I have in the works for the future since nothing is set in stone. But I can say this, records in physical forms will be released. No, the blog won't turn in to a label, it will only move in a different direction. So do stick around, the end is not here yet.

Friday, December 20, 2013

#1 soso - Not for Nothing

What is there really to say about this record? It's made by soso, one of my absolute favourite artists. A guy who has never released a bad record, or even song, as far as I'm concerned. As soon as I heard Not for Nothing back in June, I kind of new already that this would be my favourite album of 2013. And it is, no other record has even come close to be honest. Heartbreakingly beautiful. Thank you Troy!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

#2 Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels

This was an album I was almost sure that it would end up being one of this year's best even before it came out. I mean, last year both EL-P and Killer Mike released amazing solo albums, so to combine those forces had to result in something special. And that's just what Run the Jewels is. A superb album featuring one of my absolute all-time favourite producers and emcees, EL-P,  and Killer Mike, that wicked entertainer and emcee. As good as gold.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

#3 Honningbarna - Verden er enkel


Norwegian punk rock sung in its native language. Not something I usually write about on this blog, but good music is good music no matter of genre or language. And Verden er enkel is quite simply a great record. Straight to the point, political, funny and with a constant middle finger in the air. This is a record that we need in today's social climate. Honningbarna definitely created one of the true soundtracks of the year!



Tuesday, December 17, 2013

#4 Swordplay & Pierre the Motionless - Tap Water

Such a treat this album is. Both musically, lyrically and visually. I hadn't listened that much to either Swordplay or Pierre the Motionless before I heard this album, but there was something about it that made me want to check it out more closely. That was one of the good decisions that you make in life. It's an album that has everything. Great melodies, nice beats, wonderful lyrics and vocals as well as a perfect package just by looking at it. Will definitely not sleep on these guys ever again!

Monday, December 16, 2013

#5 Burial - Rival Dealer


I know. There are two reasons that I perhaps shouldn't put this record on my best albums of the year list. First of all, it got released just 5 days ago. And second of all, it's just a 3 track EP. My answer to that is: So what?! Great music is great music no matter when it was released, and Rival Dealer is fucking amazing! And yeah, it might not be a full length album per se, but there are punk rock albums out there shorter than this when it comes to minutes. So just deal with it, Burial has once again released a brilliant piece of music and I will listen to this for a long time to come, and love doing so.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

#6 nosunnofood - nosunnofood

This album really passed by unnoticed by most people this year, which I can't understand. Perhaps it would have gotten more attention if the artist behind nosunnofood had decided to release it under his more famous name, edison. But still. Great music is great music no matter what name it is made under, and this album is one of the most beautiful albums I've heard in a long time. It has it all; melodies, atmospheres, vibes, rhythms, the whole shebang. More than worthy of being on at least one top ten list this year.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

#7 Hermitofthewoods - Land of the Lotus Eaters

Land of the Lotus Eaters is the brainchild of Hermitofthewoods and Scott Da Ros. Its mix between hip hop, poetry and straight up skills is still a real treat to listen to, and I keep discovering new layers each time I listen to it. If you still haven't taken the time to listen to it, you should be ashamed. This is what good music should sound like.

Friday, December 13, 2013

#8 Boogie Boy Metal Mouth - Boogie Boy Metal Mouth

Damn how I fell in love with this tape when it dropped at the beginning of the year! It sounded like nothing that I'd heard before. A perfect mix of punk, hip hop and rock'n'roll. And almost 12 months later, it still sounds as good! Emoh Betta and J.Ring really served up one of this year's finest soundtracks with this tape on I had An Accident Records.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

#9 King Krule - 6 Feet Beneath the Moon

I was quite unsure if the hype surrounding this 19 year old Brit really would pay off once his debut album came out. Sure, he had released some really good tracks leading up to it, but like I said, I was sceptical. 6 Feet Beneath the Moon proved me wrong however. Very wrong. It's a really good album that you want to come back to time and again. Just imagine what King Krule will be able to produce in the years to come.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

#10 Sadistik - Flowers for My Father

I must say that I'm a bit surprised how much I still like this album. When it came out early this year, I really dug it a lot and listened to it intensely for quite a while. I was however quite sure that I would grow tired of it, that the sounds of it would stop sounding as good after a few months. But it didn't. It's still an album I return to over and over again, and Sadistik's lyrics keep showing new life each time. Flowers for My Father is definitely worth it's place in this year's top ten. Best album to come out on Fake Four Inc. 2013.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Interview #30 - Tommy V

Low Key L.A. Legend


One of the most humble cats out there on this crazy scene called indie hip hop must be Tommy V. He's been part of some classic records and set ups, but he's always been in the background letting other people shine. He, if any, is the personification of why I started doing these interviews. To let the true heroes get heard. So without further ado, here's Tommy!
Even though you’re a cat who’s been around the block a few times, would you like to give us a short introduction to the man and the myth that we like to call Tommy V?
Thanks for the obligatory flattery (blushes).. Ok so I'm Thomas Valencia, I was born in 1975 in Los Angeles, California to a Mexican father and North American mother. The rest is pretty boring...
What made you start making music to begin with?
My mother's side of the family was pretty musical. My grandfather was a singer, with a deep and gravelly baritone voice. I recall taking rides with him as kids as he would sing along with his favorite songs. My grandmother was the foot tapper, heel slapper, finger-snapper type of gal who liked to point out instruments and melodies within the songs that she liked. At our house we had an old Hammond organ in the house that my mother would always sing along with. I remember in 5th grade music class when my friend Chris & I rapped in front of the whole elementary school while reading our lyrics off of a paper. I had some turntables in high-school and we'd freestyle and scratch over records. Then i got a 4-track and a sampler. After that I got an 8-track, then a 16 track, then Pro Tools. Some 30 years later Chris would help to press the Mockingbird 7" vinyl as part owner of Seaport Records.
What do you consider yourself mostly? Musician, emcee or producer?
I think all 3 have their moments, along with epic failures! The musician in me wants to understand the music more... I think that applying some theory with instinct makes for good results. The emcee in me is pretty withdrawn I think.. I feel like I bite everyone when I rap, so I feel more comfortable with melodies and harmonies, but my roots are pretty rappy :/ As far as producing, I enjoy fusing life instruments with samples, or vice versa.
Even though you never completely left, Mockingbird was your first solo release for quite a few years; I suppose the last one up until then was the final Toca album back in like 2007. What made you decide that 2012 was the year for you to release some new music?
Yeah I wish I was more consistent, where does the time go?? It was nice to release Mockingbird with Fake Four & Seaport Records towards the end of 2012. I mostly didn't want another year to slip by without releasing anything, so I squeezed it in before the year ended. I wasn't trying to align with the Mayans or anything.. Here I am now at the end of 2013 and I haven't even finished the rest of Mockingbird, ugh!?
I know there were plans of making the album a physical version too. Is that something that is still in the works?
Yeah, after that digital release of Mockingbird I got evicted from my spot, and since then I've been in transition. I can never really record unless I have a quiet place to set up my equipment, and I hate doing a bunch of takes where the whole neighborhood hears me or I'm annoying roommates. I've finally arrived in Connecticut and have all of my studio equipment set up, so I'm back in action. There is hope..... I think???
Influences/inspirations?
I had filled out this section, then I erased it... I listen to everything I can though...
One of the many things that I like about your music is that you don’t seem to be afraid to make fun of yourself without coming off as corny. Is that a conscious decision or just what happens when you put your pen to the pad?
Uh oh, now we have to psychoanalyze my motives, eek... A basic text book response would point out insecurities that I'm attempting to mask, kinda like a class clown maybe? I just don't wanna take myself so serious, keep it fun! Rappers are too annoying...
What do you want to accomplish with your music?
I want to connect with people and grow within my own understanding of music. I've made lots of good friends through music and just want to contribute what I can to the musical landscape.
What are you up to when you’re not making music and being one of the friendliest dudes out there in the digital world called the Internet?
I enjoy adventure and am always down to travel and commune with nature. You'll find me cliff-diving at Hermit Falls, hiking in Joshua Tree, chillin' in a Sequoia Tree, floating the Kern River, hangin' at Venice Beach, swimming in Flathead Lake, riding horseback in México, soaking in Hot Springs. Nothing like some adventure!
I've always collected rocks, I just got a bunch of new rocks at Kehoe's Agate Shop while I was in Montana visiting. I don't make energy grids with them and swing pendulums or anything but have always enjoyed collecting them.
Also skateboarding has always been a part of my life, I've broken a few bones and just last year took a bad spillI and woke up on the street with a car coming right at me, yikes!?
I like to study languages, and am currently working on my Spanish Degree, I'm about half-way there.. I would love to minor in music but can't pass Harmony 1, ugh!?
Any upcoming projects that you would like to let us in on?
Well I'm working on a 7" with you, David and I are writing to some of the instrumentals now. Plus I'm always working on music, and have all kinds of unfinished material that needs to resolve... Shouts to TorpedoHead! ;)
To finish it all, first off I like to thank you for taking the time to do this. Any final words?
Thanks for the interview and we'll be working on those instrumentals that you sent :)
Maybe one day we can meet up and have a beer? Take care yo!


Thursday, October 24, 2013

Interview #29 - Tenshun

The Untitled Tracklord 


For fans of dirty distorted beats and noise, there are few people out there at the moment making it better than Tenshun. Both as a solo artist and together with his different crews, he's been making sure that there's always interesting and dark music to be heard. So I decided to look him up and ask him some questions. 


First off, would you mind sharing with us a bit about yourself? Who’s Jon and who’s Tenshun?
I'm Jon Calzo from San Diego, California. I make music under the name Tenshun and am part of Creatures, Kilowattz, Skrapez and Dtm.
What made you realize that you wanted to create music, and how old where you at the time? Was there a lot of music around you in your family growing up?
I have always been interested in sound ever since I was small and was really curious to how it was created. My older brother was into hip hop and he introduced me to mixtapes and records.
I remember hearing mixtapes and the DJ would be going off on the scratches and I would be thinking "how the hell did they make that sound?"
Or hearing beats and thinking to myself, "Did they hire a whole orchestra to create those sounds?"
And then later on as I found out about samplers and equipment and how people were actually taking sounds from records and other things and re-flipping them to create something totally different. From there I was hooked! Mike Russel from MRR ADM hooked me up with a Tascam 4 track and I was making beat tapes and looping records with a old Gemini mixer which had a 12 second sampler on it and a beat up turntable.
How would you describe your music and could you briefly tell us about the music-making process?
I would say my style of music is a mix of Turntablism / Noise/ distorted drums, feedback and improvisation.
The core part of my music is usually the drums Or a loop that has some type of pulse to it.
From there I find sounds which fit the mood of the rhythm.
Only a few people seem to be as productive as you when it comes to releasing records. Do you feel a need to have your music as physical objects or how come you like to release records so often?
I feel like music is one of the only things out there keeping me sane in this crazy world. Without it I would probably be getting into trouble.
For me making a album is like creating a limited edition art print which starts from creating the sound to making the album artwork. Each album that gets made is totally different then the next album. For some people the whole process of duplicating the music, drawing the artwork and printing them may seem like a lot of work but I like doing all of it.
I love getting albums that have been hand crafted. It shows that the artist put a lot of time & effort to really create something to present to the world to have.
People might have heard the name Skrapez. but might not necessarily know what lies behind it. Could you perhaps enlighten us all? And please tell us what influences/inspirations you have?
Skrapez is Psychopop and I. We have known each other for quite sometime now. We have always been into the same style of music. I remember back in the days we would always smoke a blunt before we go digging for records. We have always been into hard hitting drums, psychedelic music and jazz and art. So when we got together and jammed out it just clicked and Skrapez was formed. Our first Skrapez show was with Sumach back in the day. We just bum rushed the stage and started killing it on some Sun-Ra steez.
I usually get my inspirations from daily living and whats around me. I try to capture all the good and bad things going on in this world and transfer it into my music.
Or I listen to some of the homies stuff to see what they been working on and get ideas & inspiration.
What do you wish to accomplish with your music?
I just want to inspire people out there to make music and art & to do something positive.
Instead of focusing those negative thoughts on trying to kill someone, you could focus those thoughts and energy into some evil, dark sounding music or art.
What are you up to when you’re not making music? Any other passions besides music?
When I'm not working on music I'm usually out riding my bike trying to do tricks or working my job at the library.
I'm a fan of making guitar pedals, circuit bending and drawing and film.
Any upcoming projects that you like to share with us?
As for projects coming out, I've got a few projects in the works with Son of a Bricklayer, Stuntdouble, Psychopop, Mike Tappen and Deathpera.
Shout outs?
Creatures crew, Skrapez, Kilowattz, drums turntables mpc, San Diego and all the people out there that listen and who I have met.

http://shootyourfuckingheadoff.tumblr.com/
http://tenshun.bigcartel.com/
https://soundcloud.com/10shun-tenshun
http://tenshun.webs.com/

pavleisdead - Predestination for the Labyrinth

I love coming across artists I never heard about and know nothing about, and then really like their music. That's the case with pavleisdead. The only thing I know of the man behind this album that he's a 19 year old guy from Croatia. 
When I first listened to Predestination for the Labyrinth I wasn't really feeling it at all and was more than willing to dismiss it. But one morning I let it stay in my headphones on my way to work, and then it slowly opened up to me. It's like the soundtrack to a non-existing movie with a lot of layers and unexpected turns. Well, now I lied a bit. There actually is a bit of film to watch while listening to this, but I was just making a point. It's dirty and distorted at the same time as it's frail and beautiful. And what really speaks to me is how it all sticks together so well, it's a really well formulated album. Probably not a record for most people, but I'm at least happy to have made this acquaintance.

Rating: 7/10

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Misanthrop - Filmmusik

Misanthrop has been responsible for some great music these last couple of years, but I think I personally have slept about on his skills as a musician and producer. So when Filmmusik now I arrived, I was keen to check it out. This is his first full length instrumental album, and I was looking forward to just paying attention to the beats and productions. And there are some nice tracks on this one, and I can definitely get the feel for a soundtrack to a film. There is something missing though. It feels that I need something more for this album to completely work. Maybe a film. Maybe lyrics. Worth checking out though.
Rating: 5/10

Friday, October 18, 2013

Interview #28 - a.hymnz

California Love


One of this year's most interesting albums is Second World by an emcee calling himself a.hymnz. Some of you might not have heard about him, but you should lend him your ear. I'm sure you won't be disappointed. 
I suppose that not everyone out there know who you are. Would you mind sharing some light on that subject? Who is a.hymnz?
a.hymnz, born Jason Scott Furman in '78. I was a b-boy, graff writer turned mc/vocalist from a little village in central California by the name of Kingsburg. The second son of a Leo and Pisces as a Gemini that grew up on the west side of the tracks and ran with misfits and hoodlums. An ex skate boarder whose only real offence was curfew violations, herb possession and vandalism so I don't got no stripes. A poet turned nerd rapper, an abstract surrealist! who ventured to Long Beach in 97 to attend a now bankrupt school for design, Brooks College, where he expanded his mind and outlook on life, art and spirituality in which I mesh together in my music. Probably ate too many hallucinogens in college, but that just added to the styles,tones and energies that I learned to manipulate. I use to sit at the edge of a b-boy circle and take it all in, and by the middle of the night be able to mimic what I saw. Never really had anyone to show me how to do things but got tips along the way, for the most part I felt my way through it all. I was fortunate enough to have experienced the L.A. underground and jungle scene in those days and that experience helped to shape who I am as an artist today. 
I saw AWOL One and Circus at the school I went to get booed off stage by a bunch of materialistic fashion police, and to me that was the best shit ever. Not that they got booed. but to see the reaction between real hip hop and rap. At the time I understood and followed the underground path with no thoughts of being signed or going mainstream. And as a graff writer and b-boy I enriched myself in all of the elements of the hip hop community and culture as well as spiritual welfare, something that resonated with me all of my life and tends to bleed out into my music, and the message I try to convey. not everything or everyone that claims to be good really is, and a lot of those that are deemed bad really are not. I learned to be a better judge of people and to see through peoples masks at that point.
Working a lot with my boy Murdoc or David Samuels, founder of Mind Theater Records and Articulate Sounds, I developed my style and honed my craft. A lot of who I am can be contributed to the support and time that he gave me as well as other close friends that really pushed me to do something with my talents.
a.hymnz, Jacobz'Ladder, Aux.Inx. These are three different names that I associate with you. Is it classic hip hop schizophrenia looming, or what’s the story behind these names?
I have gone by quite a few names in my past from yo’dif’runtone- yodif cause in college people would call me yoda, runt one – cause I was always a runt and I have always been a little different. Also been know my zonk and poe~wiz da dub dukted kalf, but a.hymnz kinda is the one that stuck.
a.hymnz or artcher hymnz an archer of hymnz, a to z with hym in the middle is the embodiment of all of the lives I have lived present, past and beyond. Jacobz'Ladder - jacobz' plural is the connection and path that I started long ago and was a label that I wanted to start when I was yonger. Aux.inx was a name auxillary ink being the vocal painting of my style and was also a crew name that myself and Murdoc had a few years back. Murdoc and I grew up together breakdancing and writing and both ended up making music. When we first really came together we had a group called nophuralmindz with his cousin Kiko and friend Lupes. But everyone kinda went their own ways and branched out. David and I are the ones that really took it further and continued. Murdoc and Lupes created Broken Language and released an album under that and then we all came together as a hip hop band Semantics adding other members and elements to that sound, but I eventually left the band due to personal issues I was having at the time and focused on my own path as a.hymnz.
What do you wish to accomplish with your music?
All I have ever really wished to accomplish with my music is to progress and be heard to keep climbing Jacobz'Ladder and growing as a person, artist and human.when I was in school I had trouble getting up in front of my class and speaking, I was quiet and inverted, still kind of am, but through hip hop and my music I have been able to conquer fears, find confidence and develop into someone that I am happy to be. I don't see artcher as a alter ego or split personality, but myself as one person now. I grew as a vocalist in garage bands and playing music with my friends most of them played acoustic guitar and so listening to a circle of them I stepped in one day and began to scat in which my freestyle ability developed from. I played percussion in marching band so I learned timing from that the art and creativity I got from my mom and structure from my day, depth I attribute to my grandparents. So I guess I have accomplished what I set out to do originally, but now I see it as a way to meet new people and hear others stories. I really enjoy collaboration as it reminds me of being with a band or crew, and I love that live energy
You’ve been working quite a lot with variex. How did you guys hook up initially?
I met variex. off of MySpace and was a fan of his music for quite some time. Funny thing is I had a dream one night that I was hitting Factor up for beats, and he told me he was extremely busy but I should hit variex. up. I did that next morning and off the beaten path was born. variex. is a great dude and has helped me pull a lot of shit together through out the years and I am so thankful to have been able to work with him.we have started a crew called Universal Roots that actually started back in Brooks College with my souls twin brother Habitat or F8th Folson of TasteBuds Records back then he would be getting on the mic at underground parties and I would be rocking the circles. We roamed the L.A. underground together for a few years and developed Universal Roots, but this last year brought in Variex, Oracy and his brother Leaves or Hiru the hidden light whom was on the off the beat path album. We all meshed well together with our own styles and artistry and I am excited to bring this full circle and what the future holds for us working together.
How did you get into rapping to begin with? Early influences?
I began rapping because after band after band broke up I felt it was the only way for me to develop my craft. I began freestyling with my boy Rick and started a local group called Next of Kin. after that another friend Jacob started acquiring tables and records, and he would drop instrumentals and I would rap. We put out a mix tape called Time Travelers and is the real birth of Jacobz'Ladder. Smoking herb, drinking, bbqing and having fun. My first influences where Del and Hieroglyphics, Aceyalone and Freestyle Fellowship, Visionaries, Outkast, Brand New Heavies, The Pharcyde, The Nounce, Living Legends, Atmosphere and a lot of other California hip hop, and bands like Portishead , Rage Against the Machine, Madness, Operation Ivy and Rancid.
Back in the 90's there was a music station called The Box. Before The Box I listened to whatever my brother listened to, death metal, ska, rock, and what ever played on the whack radio stations. The Box really opened my musical influences up to a whole new world and hip hop just resonated with me and gave me a way to find myself and to channel my creativity in a positive direction.
Do you mind sharing your creative process with us?
These days I do a lot of ghost writing. On my way to or from work, when ever a thought comes to mind. I use to do a lot of word play but as I get older I am working on bringing some more solidity and depth into my writing. Then I look into beats and what writings match. A lot of the times I would mismatch verses and edit it all together into a cohesive track. Although if I get a beat that just speaks to me which I feel are my more solid tracks it just kind of flows out of me. I really look for those types of beats these days, kind of like painting I do a bunch of motion sketches and paint what I see within those lines or positive and negative spaces. For the past few albums I have used a Boss digital 4 track recorder that took a lot of time and had no way of punching in and fixing shit, so I would have to do it all in one take. variex. or Oracy have really helped in cleaning up my vocals for me and I am eternally thankful for that, ‘cause without them my music would have not been what it is. I finally was able to upgrade and now have a better working method for recording and look forward to learning more of that process in the upcoming projects I am working on
You've been working with some of my favourite emcees and producers on your records. Do you have any dream collaborations?
Dream collabs for me would have to be Adeem, The Chicharones, Aceyalone, and David Ramos, and to do more tracks with Ceschi and James P. Honey. I have such appreciation for the music they make and the people that are, but other than that I've always dreamed of being a part of a crew the size of Wu Tang, Living Legends, Heiro or Visionaries. I just love the energy between people and how creativity sparks and the brotherhood in it all.
I’ve been talking to other artists about this. What is your view of the so-called scene? It is a real international scene where artists from all over the world create music together without necessarily ever meeting. Does that make it harder to get a good vibe going when creating a song?
I am actually a big fan of this international scene and honored to be considered a part of it, and to be honest I have found it easier to work on stuff with artist abroad then with a lot of artist in my local area. It is more supportive then the local scene and I find a lot more like minded and humble people out there then I do at home. Now don't get me wrong, there are a handful of dope artist in my local scene and I respect what people are doing, but I find it more accepting in the international realms. So I tend to aim more of my creativity towards that while working with local artists that deserve more respect than they have gotten from our local scene. Oracy, Leaves, Splynter, Murdoc, and E.Rose  Just to name a few are all dope local cats that should get more recognition. They are all dope in their own way, along with countless others that I haven't worked with.
How did you hook up with New Cocoon?
I hooked up with New Cocoon through variex., and have been a fan of what they are doing before that. They are a talented group of artists that have bonded together to put out some really dope music and I am honored to be a part of the collective. I am inspired by what we are doing individually as well as collectively.
Upcoming projects?
Universal Roots = myself, variex., Oracy, Leaves and my boy F8th Folson are working on putting together an album and building for the future. As well as I am working with wormhole to get a New Cocoon compilation together and I am working with my boy Splynter on an EP. As well as starting work on a new solo a.hymnz album in which I will feature some dope artist that you have as well as haven't heard of. I am constantly writing so who knows what else will be on the list of things to come but those are the ones I would say to look out for.
Final words/shout outs/last thoughts?
I'd like to give a shout out to everyone that has been supporting this scene and the music we all make. Shout out to everyone that is supporting the Free Ceschi campaign, if you don't know about it you should defiantly look into it. Ceschi has not only helped in building this scene but has really supported all of us. I would like to thank Epic cause without the track Side Effects most people wouldn’t even know who I am. variex. and Murdoc for always having my back and helping me to grow and find my own style and voice. All of New Cocoon, I love my tribe and all that we are doing. And to Michael at beats, breaks and big smiles 2.0, much respect for everything you do for us artist and exposing our art form to a wider audience. My wife Andrea and kids Kylee and Levi who keep me grounded and focused on what matters most in life, and to everyone that has ever listened. You have all help me become the man I am today and to continue to grow. Be on the lookout for the new projects in the near future and the video for Light Posts feat. Tommy V, Thorts, and variex. from off my last album Second World coming really soon.
Peace and blessingz
a.hymnz
http://www.newcocoon.com

http://ahymnz.bandcamp.com

http://www.reverbnation.com/ahymnz



Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Gajah & Graves 33 - Your True Colors

From an upcoming collaborative EP between Gajah & Graves 33 comes the video to the track Your True Colors.

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Psychopop - 13


There is only one bad thing about this tape from Psychopop. It's way too short! 2 tracks, 13 minutes. But at the same time, it's an amazing 13 minutes and the sounds and emotions that the music provides is more than most full length albums out there. Quite simply, I love it! Unfortunately the physical tape, released on I had An Accident Records, is sold out, but do yourself a favour and check out the digital tracks if you can. You won't be disappointed. 

Rating: 8/10

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Ancient Mith - Melungeon

I saw this video a while back and I'm glad to see that the public will now be able to enjoy it too. The track Melungeon is taken from Ancient Mith's album And the Dead Shall Lie There. Enjoy!

"Melungeon" from Ancient Mith on Vimeo.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Blindspot - Mars Athletics

In the beginning of last year, Blindspot released their album Apart. This duo was a new discovery back then, but I felt that they had some interesting stuff to offer so I've kept a lookout for new music from them ever since. 
Now it's the time for the follow up, Mars Athletics. And it's clear that they have come quite a bit since last time. Even though Apart was good, it didn't stand out in any way. It felt like they hadn't quite found their own personal signature at the time. Mars Athletics however stands much stronger, and feels like a more complete and focused album. No hits, but who's really looking for hits in this genre. 8 solid tracks, what more can you really ask for in a record? Keep an eye out for these guys. I have a feeling that we will hear more good songs from them in the future.
Rating: 6.5/10