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Earlier this year, I spent some time searching for smaller SoundCloud artists to discover for my daily commute and personal work. During this time, I stumbled upon a page with the alias Skymad. The page was filled with beats that covered a variety of subgenres and odd sounds, like ambient lo-fi beats to VHS-filtered hip-hop instrumentals. Skymad’s music involves the dreamy and fantastical. He makes sure to stamp his emblem to the various genres that he approaches, like lo-fi hip-hop, techno, and trance.

I wanted to reach out…

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By the end of 2014, when Wun Two released his infamous Penthouse project, the idle German beatmaker was starting to gain recognition beyond, possibly, his intention. With millions of monthly streamers now in his grasp, the crate digger now has more opportunity in his musical journey.

He had recently released ‘Medicine Lake,’ a project which exemplifies the warmth of the sun through his sample-heavy beat production. It seems that the producer plans to extract something different from the instrumental beat scene, to father a sub-genre of sounds from the sun, and intertwine cultural noises together.

Wyl…

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Europe has been a hotbed for exciting young artists in recent years. As Germany sees itself with the likes of Wun Two and Wyl, and with the U.K. giving birth to stars such as King Krule and Skepta, there is not a lot of attention diverted to the other European countries trying to create their own scenes. This is where I encountered Tulym Posse, a hip-hop duo made up of rappers and producers KULYA and RYLEZ. Tulym Posse plans to make an impact for Ukraine, developing a hip-hop scene that pays homage to the early 90’s…

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Alex Ruby is an artist I stumbled upon back in 2018. It was through his first project, Réaubois, that I found out about his minimalistic production style at the time. The album was comprised of instrumental tracks that felt spacious, filled in by hi-hats, and reverberated sample loops. Ever since then, Ruby has been crafting music non-stop, releasing projects such as Loungehouse, Bathrobe, and currently, Millenium.

His latest project, Millenium, was what compelled me to reach out to him and understand the person behind the album. Samples were generally the focus in Ruby’s music, but Millenium

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Beatmakers and producers are creating content from left to right, filling services like SoundCloud to the brim with beats of all sounds and styles. From Jazz inspired Hip-Hop to snare-peddling Trap beats, it is hard to stand out from the competition of your style and the general competition from all the output.

One young producer is an exception. A recent college graduate who goes by the alias of Desktop Junk has been increasingly gaining notoriety for his ability to switch from old-school R&B to Hip-Hop and loop the samples without losing their original essence. …

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Hip-Hop music has reached international regality for a few decades now, from the influence groups as the Wu-Tang Clan had in their prime to the influence of Nujabes in Japanese street culture. I came across a humble producer on SoundCloud while perusing for lo-fi hip-hop beats who goes by the alias of JPS. JPS is a small-time producer from Niigata, Japan who has been making beats for around a year or so, who recently released a small EP called Spray Confliction.

The EP is twelve tracks of sunny, lo-fi hip-hop beats taking samples from various old…

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When first listening to this single, the first images that appear in my mind are old documentaries displayed on the television or the internet that glorify the 1960s and 1970s counter-culture. Elongated guitar notes strung by half-dazed musicians on a platform performing in front of an intoxicated mass. The title “Nadine Codeine” perfectly envelopes the feeling of the song as well as the reverse-colored filtered music video.

The Prof. Fuzz 63 describes themselves as a ”Lo-fi Rock band.” For their latest project titled Owls, it is made up of Professor Fuzz who is behind the…

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Although the pandemic still ensues, the sun is beginning to shine and the warm air is beginning to waft through the screened windows. Since the summer is approaching, projects like Wun Two and Coryayo’s Waves EP or Youtaro’s Turn of RawTi‘ are usually good reminders of lazy days near the beachside or rides near the park.

Another artist that I’ve recently stumbled upon is a young Brazilian beatmaker who goes by B r n Beats. This producer has been releasing music for around two years, with many projects and singles under his SoundCloud and Bandcamp page…

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I recently spoke to a friend who, because of the lockdown, gives himself ample time for his music. Instead, he’s managed to work to a point where he just reached a creative block. I would have thought that maybe this would be the perfect time for him to enhance his craft. Probably listen to a few records you haven’t heard or maybe pick up an instrument you haven’t played in a while.

I showed him some Bossanova and Jazz records I liked. The process of showing him some recommendations reminded me of the many of the…

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Staying quarantined in your room all day while being restricted from healthy human contact and sunlight is not only cumbersome but also unnatural and can be damaging to your overall health. It’s much easier now to lay off your work and continue watching your Netflix series.

Making time for creative work or passion projects has been mentioned here and there, but it’s very easy to have all your energy zapped away by laziness. A common medium of art that entices the spirit into taking action is typically music. …

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