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NxWorries (Anderson.Paak & Knxwledge) – Suede.

Knxwledge’s torrential output of beats on Bandcamp can make him inaccessible to even the most obsessive online music hoarders (hand raised), but he seems to have found a dream collaborator and guiding force in singer/musician Anderson.Paak. Together they are NxWorries and their first single “Suede” is divinely pimpish though Paak distances himself..

v e s a – a·typ·i·cal.

Per his description, beatmaker v e s a’s new tape is meant to “fund some up-coming projects & try to fund a trip to SXSW”. I’ll take it. a·typ·i·cal is 90s fetishism, but fear not another ode to Nickelodeon and Ninja Turtles. v e s a goes for new jack swing..




Jalal Salaam – Surrender (produced by Swarvy).

Here’s a Stones Throw-esque gem from Jalal Salaam’s new album Mathematics^2 produced by Philly’s Swarvy. Also peep “1987body” where Swarvy laces a YouTube freestyle by nobody Philly rapper Vodka with a luscious free-flowing beat. Mathematics^2 by Jalal Salaam Sphere: Related Content

Melo-Zed – Turn Heads.

Young British beatmaker Melo-Zed made a cool boom bap thing out of an obscure Meek Mill feature from 2012. The wonders of the SoundCloud generation. Sphere: Related Content

Swarvy – Jawbraker x Tapeghost.

Pennsylvania’s Swarvy is quickly becoming one of my favorite new beat dudes. “Jawbraker” sounds broken in the best possible way and “Tapeghost” is a blunted medley with so many colors that it feels much longer than its six minute runtime. Sphere: Related Content

Sir & Iman Omari – Designated Driver.

One of the few worthwhile tributes from Dilla Day 2014 was Sir & Iman Omari’s “Designated Driver” which mimics James Yancey to satisfying effect. Also peep Omari’s Vibe Tape +?+?+ (2), which includes an oddly succesful neo-soul flip of Modjo’s “Lady”. Sphere: Related Content