Australian producer P.R recently released Moment In Time, a really dope seven-track EP featuring appearances from the likes of Blu, Skyzoo, Substantial and Cise Starr.
This is the first time we’ve ever shared anything by P.R – and the first time I’ve ever taken his music in – so allow me to provide you with a little background on him. Born Pedram Rouzbehani, the Sydney-based producer admits he draws his influence from the likes of DJ Premier, J Dilla, 9th Wonder, Kanye West, Alchemist, and – perhaps most notably, in my opinion – Nujabes. That influence shows on Moment In Time, even in P.R’s choice of guest artists: it’s worth noting that both Substantial and Cise Starr have collaborated numerous times with the late Japanese producer.
P.R is best known for fusing jazz, soul, and funk into a style that he describes as “feel good music,” and with that in mind, it’s only right that we feature him here on The Come Up Show. Personal favourites off the EP are “Set The Scene” (side note: it’s not often that Skyzoo gets outrapped, but I think Substantial had the better verse here), “Long Walk”, “Next Destination”, and “Missing Years”. Stream and download Moment In Time below.
Toronto emcee THEO3 never ceases to impress whenever he drops new material and if you take it in full, you always coming out learning something or gaining a new perspective on things. In the midst of working on the Freedom Writers project with Frankie Payne, Adam Bomb and Progress, Theology3 drops his highly anticipated free EP titled Enticement. This 5 track mix showcases his style to perfection and is definitely hip hop at its finest. With production from Psycho Les from The Beatnuts, New York City’s Audible Doctor, Phat Tony and Scam. Cuts are provided by DJ Riccachet on “Clouds” as well. Enticement is one you want to hit pay on and listen through fully. Take THEO3′s new project in and let me know what you think below.
1.CLOUDS produced by Audible Doctor cuts by DJ Riccachet
2.THAT’S WHY I CAME w/ DJ Grouch produced by Psycho Les
3.OUTLIVE,OUTSHINE produced by SCAM
4.IN A HEARTBEAT produced by PHAT TONY
5.SO MIND UR BIZNESS produced by SCAM
Download: THEO3 – Enticement
Kitchener-Waterloo emcee/producer G Jones just dropped his latest full-length release, Watch The Funk. The 7-track EP – which is free, by the way – features a wide variety of styles and concepts, most of which Jones pulls off quite well. Listening to Watch The Funk, there’s no question that he’s improved in all facets since last year’s Get Movin; his delivery has stepped up, his songwriting has improved, and overall, the EP sounds much more polished. If Jones continues to improve as he’s done here, I’ll be very excited to see what he creates in the future. A couple early favourites off Watch The Funk are the title track, “Mista Disasta”, “Shua Jones”, and perhaps my overall favourite, “War On Home”. Stream and download Watch The Funk below.
Remember Elli Ingram? Well, she just dropped one of the smoothest EP’s out and it’s definitely worth a listen. Her vocals and stellar production sets her apart from the rest and she does a great job of fusing genres as seen through her remix of “Poetic Justice”. Be sure to listen and download her EP, Sober, below.
ANTHM just dropped his latest work, The Fire Next Time EP. The project runs 8 tracks deep, and showcases the Manhattan-based emcee once again proving why he’s one of the most lyrically-gifted emcees out right now. The man behind When We Were Kings, Joy & Pain and Handful of Dust delivers an inspired effort throughout, and the beat selection is on point as well. A couple early favourites on The Fire Next Time are “We Were Kings”, “I Remember”, and “The Fire Next Time”. For more on ANTHM, check out our interview with him. Stream and download the EP below.
While Kanye, J. Cole, Mac Miller, Statik Selektah, and seemingly ever other rapper on the planet dropped albums on Tuesday, another project worthy of your attention flew under the radar. California duo TiRon & Ayomari just released The Wonderful Prelude pt. 2, a free four-track EP that serves as a followup to – you guessed it – The Wonderful Prelude pt. 1. I’ll admit, the EP isn’t for everyone – if you’re here for gritty lyricism over boom bap beats, this probably isn’t what you’re looking for – but this much can be said with certainty: the two artists make some excellent music, and The Wonderful Prelude pt. 2 is no different. The EP has a subdued feel, driven by light piano riffs and airy synths, as TiRon & Ayomari trade bars in a half-rapped, half-sung delivery. Of course, since their background is still hip-hop, there’s some bangin’ drums throughout the EP. As for early favourites, check out “For The Dreamers”. Stream and download The Wonderful Prelude pt. 2 below.
And now, the moment you’ve been waiting for. Shad and Skratch Bastid just let loose their collaborative EP, The Spring Up. The five-track offering has a classic (slight pun intended), cut-heavy sound, with features from Cadence Weapon and DJ Jazzy Jeff. The Spring Up has an easygoing feel, and for an EP, it also sounds quite polished – much more so than melancholy and the infinite shadness, although that’s no dig at the previous EP. For more on the EP, make sure to read our interview with Skratch Bastid (shameless bit of self-promotion: he described the interview as the best questions he’s ever received). Stream and download The Spring Up EP below. Shouts to Pigeons and Planes on the premiere.
“The Spring Up is the result of fortunate timing, grapefruit Perrier, a shared high school obsession with Outkast’s Aquemeni, and a couple of sessions at Skratch Bastid’s Toronto studio this April. The 5 track collection marks a moment in time for the pair; embodying the spirit of Spring and also serving as a sort of prelude to Shad’s upcoming full-length, to which Skratch Bastid also contributes.”
Here’s a new EP for you to listen to; SYG just released Until Then. The EP is a collection of songs that were put together while SYG was recording his debut solo mixtape, Peace Pipe Circle, which is set for release later this summer. The EP features production from DJ Mentos, Beatnick Dee, Rise Sovereign, EylonBeats, and Radio Juicy. A couple early favourites on Until Then are “Do Not Call” and “C2i”. You might remember SYG from his excellent Cold Winters & Warm Whiskey release with Swerve. Stream and download the Until Then EP below.
When it comes to making consistently funky beats, Freddie Joachim is that dude. In all honesty, I have yet to listen to a project of his that I haven’t enjoyed, and Dusting is no different. The instrumental EP continues a theme for Joachim, after Dust and Dusted (side note: both of which are free and well worth picking up). On Dusting, all of the samples are from randomly-selected records in the California beatsmith’s garage. The end result, albeit short, is pretty good. Stream and download Dusting below.