Not long after releasing The Road, with another beat tape done and ready to be released, London artist Jay Downz releases Vol. 1 of That Guy Who Makes Beats: Somewhere, but not here. With eleven original compositions, I’ll bet you won’t be able to listen to them enough. They’ve been on repeat playing on my laptop for an hour now. Stream and download the whole beat tape below and be on the lookout for That Guy Who Makes Beats Vol. 2: Somewhere, but not here to drop soon!
A friend of mine introduced me to her friends once as Downz, the guy who makes beats and it stuck. The fraze Somewhere but Not here is a reference to the song of the same name by Brit Prog Rockband Porcupine tree. Im big on rock and metal, its what i listen to if im not bumpin any hip hop. Originally Released in October 2011 as simply Somewhere, But Not Here, That Guy Who Makes Beats Vol. 1 is a beat tape sampling Progressive Rock artist Porcupine Tree. Listen as this beattape takes you through a journey with it’s dark and ambient sounding beats you can either listen or rap to. Jay Downz
For all you beat lovers out there, Muneshine recently released a brand new spring beat tape chock full of instrumental goodness. If you’re an aspiring emcee, there’s a wide variety of beats included on the tape that are available for purchase. My personal favourites include “Didn’t I”, “Are You Sure”, “Mind The Gap”, and “Winter”. Stream the beat tape below – and while you’re at it, if you haven’t taken in There Is Only Today yet, do that too.
California producer Freddie Joachim is back with “Morning Calm”, an ultra-smooth, piano-laced instrumental. I’ve made the comparison to Nujabes before, and I’ll make it again here. Not to take anything away from what Joachim is doing by comparing his sound to someone else, but this would sound right at home on Metaphorical Music – not at all a bad thing. I’m definitely looking forward to hearing more from him. Stream “Morning Calm” below.
Brown Bag producer/emcee Audible Doctor recently released the soulful And I Love Her, a six-track instrumental EP. For more from Audible Doctor, check out his recent I Think That… EP. Stream and download And I Love Her below.
Philadelphia-based producer Wes Pendleton just dropped his latest beat tape, Love*. Running 15 tracks deep, Love* is a thoroughly impressive body of work, as Pendleton dishes out plenty of soulful beats. Stream/purchase Love* below, and read on as Wes shares his inspiration behind the new project.
A lot has happened in my life over the last two months. Went through one of the biggest emotional roller coasters in my life, and it was one part awesome, and one part kinda terrible. Some things had to be let go, and surprisingly some things have come to fruition. It’s been interesting to say the least. But here I am today, on cloud nine, thankful for the experience and what it showed me. Mainly about some shortcomings I have in following through with things and people, and how that needs to not be part of character in anyway shape or form. Working on it for sure.
It also showed me how much I care for the things I love though. My wife and my daughter especially, and my music as well. Like I said, it’s been interesting to say the least.
But here we are today, and I’m about to release my 5th project to date. I can honestly say I’m the most proud of this project, because of what each and every track means to me personally. Each track tells a small part of my journey, that can be interpreted in so many ways it’s not even funny. I also wanted to create something that the listener would be able to interpret for themselves personally as well. The project will mean many different things to many people, and that’s the way I wanted it.
I’m excited for what the near and far future has for me in music. There are some things going on behind the scenes that I would’ve thought was a joke two months ago. But things are slowly being worked out, and worked through, and new things are still coming!
AMN producer/emcee Marc Andre recently released his latest project, Audio Wavy Vol. 1 – The Beat Tape. Early favourites on Audio Wavy Vol. 1 include the jazzy “Direct Message” and the synth-driven “Dreaming Miles Away”. For those unfamiliar with the Maryland-based beatmaker, he’s a member of the AMN (Any Means Necessary) crew along with Steph Castro, Ill Stafa, and Ike Da Kid. Stream/download the beat tape below and let us know what you think in the comments section.
Toronto beatmaker Justunlimited is back with Bundle Up Vol. 1, a 12-track instrumental album. The beats range from spacey (“Static”) to trap-influenced (“Drop Top $ Top Down”, “Killa Sound Bwoy”), often blending in the same song. Early favourites include “Maybe Next Year” and “Space Funk $$$”. Stream and download Bundle Up Vol. 1 below.
The Cafeteria Line’s Corey G just dropped Mint, a 3-track instrumental EP inspired by a change in scenery. You may recognize The Cafeteria Line from their recent project HNGRY, as well as our posts on TiRon and Ayomari). Aside from making music, the Los Angeles producer is also a really dope graphic designer and web developer (check out his work here). Stream/purchase Mint below, and check out what Corey G had to say.
I created the EP after my family moved to a new neighborhood so I decided to experiment with a new sound. It’s lo-fi, electronica tinged hip-hop, with heavy 808s, synthesizer solos and guitars thrown in for good measure.
This project was actually completed in December of 2011 and has since been sitting on my hard drive since…so yeah. Enjoy!
California deejay/producer Freddie Joachim just dropped another gem in “When You Sleep”, a smooth, airy instrumental coming off Joachim’s album, Waiting. Stream and download “When You Sleep” below, and check out Waiting here. For more from Freddie Joachim, check out his remix of Slakah The Beatchild’s “Bare Naked”.
Download: Freddie Joachim – “When You Sleep” (via Mellow Orange)
Back in April we posted Cheap Sake; 100 Yen, a 40 minute beat tape by Bronx duo Ivy-League Zombie (consisting of members Tut-Piece and Roku). Now, Roku is back with Oyasumi, a 15-track beat tape featuring plenty of instrumental goodness. Early favourites include “Not Enough Seoul”, “Shadow”, “Move As I Do”, and “Daybreak”. Stream and download Oyasumi below.