"British experimental duo TailrMdeLvn made waves with their debut, the Scattered Thoughts Project, but it was just that- scattered thoughts in the form of music. Their second release, London Vintage Nights, which hits the streets in August, will be their first cohesive release. Today they premiere latest, "(You)niverse," produced by Dallas native Kutthrowt. The pair continues to develop their own unique style, characterized by echoing samples and enchanting instrumentation. TailrMdeLvn is very much so in its formative phase, but they already show signs of innovation and excellence. All the more reason to keep an eye on them in the near future. Step into the "(You)niverse" below."
One of the most catalytic hip hop releases to date comes in the form of Eloquor’s third LP From the Oceans of Karana.
Following on from the release of his 2011 EP, Eloquor continues to explore his fascination with the human condition. From the Oceans of Karana is a spiritual encounter, which explores both the fundamentals and intricacies of life.
The album is divided into three parts; Creation, Preservation, and Destruction. Each part is proceeded ceremoniously by a foreword from Ramesh, a Hindu mystic. The concept behind Eloquor’s themes is inspired by the three Hindu gods Brahma (the Creator), Vishnu (the Preserver), and Shiva (the Destroyer). Otherwise known as the Tridev.
Eloquor’s reverence for eastern philosophy and religion is strewn through his lyrics, his masterful story-telling transcended by a soundtrack of evocative 1970’s Bollywood samples, soulful jams and classic boom bap sounds.
Esteemed guests featured on the LP include Ginger Van Es, Candice Monique, Strike Won, Duvz, and L Fresh the Lion. With outstanding production from Simplex (Terrafirma), 76 (Stronghorn Studios), Pokerbeats, and Jase (Beatheadz).
Lead single, ‘New Day’, touches on Eloquor’s principles, both as a musician and as an optimist. Featuring the soulful vocals of Ginger Van Es, the track glides smoothly from the beginning to the outset, providing a peaceful vibe.
Following up, ‘Electric Kids’, digs deep into the artists empathy for underprivileged youth, hoping to uplift and empower the often neglected teens.
“I wrote this track to uplift kids that are feeling shit about their situation. The song is for the kids so they don’t feel alone. For the kids in residential care with parents who are unable to raise them for whatever reason it may be.” –Eloquor
Recorded especially for the track, Eloquor uses vocals performed by students at Caulfield Park Community School, where he teaches disadvantaged and at risk youth.
‘One’ extends the universal outlook of Eloquor’s existence, touching on the emcee’s astral side. From the sampled 70’s Bollywood records, the production of 76 compliments the MCs flow, with rhymes touching on topics of creationism.
From the Oceans of Karana is a generously personal look into the mind of a deep thinker. Eloquor graciously lends his words as a vehicle for introspection, in the hope they benefit his listeners.
“This album is an expression of my spiritual and social beliefs. Designed to empower, educate and provoke thought with an open mind and heart.” -Eloquor
ILLClinton, the Atlanta rapper/producer duo that has taken underground Hip Hop by storm in 2013, collabs with ATLiens, the dubstep duo that is blowing up in the Atlanta EDM/rave scene. They present a mash up of ILLClinton's "A.T.L.A.N.T.A" off of their mixtape, ILLANTA, and ATLien's single "XVII". The new Trapstep track, perfectly titled "ATL", will blow your f*cking mind!!! Follow ILLClinton and ATLiens on Twitter at @ILLClintonUSA and @ATLiensDubstep.
I am about to begin a new beat tape project of which I need your involvement.
"The People's Beat Tape" will be created by sampling songs that YOU suggest. This could be anything from Broadway Musical soundtracks, your children's or siblings favourite cartoon theme, your parents favourite record, anything interesting and not done before to make this truly an incredible and interesting project. Every song sample suggestion that makes the final cut will have a special thank you for being involved, your name credited, and any other short special message or personal dedication you wish to be included.
I really feel this project will personally propel me to the next level and so I'm seeking your support and looking forward to your input.
Deau X. Boy doesn't believe he would've made it out of his situation in the city of Detroit without influences like Pharrell Williams, Tashir Maraukami, Nigo and wants to help other people create a life by believing they have the tools and that they can do it if they create a vision of it.
It's time for another new edition of The Hip-Hop Shop. Episode #217 is entitled Much Love to Boston. Now that the Tsarnaev brothers have been captured, kick back and enjoy some podsafe tunes from Hayze, Kosha Dillz, Lil Fame and Mazzi among others! Thanks for listening and remember to share the show with a friend and tell them to check it out every Tuesday on RapReviews.com.
* Hayze f/ Freck Billionaire - Eyes Low
* ILLClinton x ATLiens - ATL
* Slim K f/ SoulStice, Ess Vee, CuzOH! Black - Requiem (Slowdown C&S Remix)
* Kosha Dillaz - I Lost My Coachella Ticket
* Marco Polo f/ Lil Fame - Fame For President
* Theo the Foot Washer f/ BRA, Lindseypop, Phlash - Dead Man
* Mazzi - Weight
Block Starz Music Is First Record Label To Launch Online TV Network
Courtesy Bayer Mack.
Block Starz Music LLC, best known for distributing and promoting early independent releases by platinum-selling Rostrum/Atlantic Records artist Wiz Khalifa, gold-certified Bad Boy/Interscope Records artist MGK, and Rasheeda of VH1's Love and Hip-Hop: Atlanta, has launched The BlockStarz.Tv Network, a film and television production company that distributes online video.
The company, which was founded by award-winning new media veteran and Block Starz Music LLC chairman Bayer Mack, has partnered with various independent publications and websites, including Faygoluvers, The HYPE Magazine, Rap Reviews, Tattle Tailzz, and Music Industry News Network, to develop, promote, and distribute online television specials and original web series.
“This is something [HYPE Magazine publisher] Jameelah Wilkerson and I talked about doing a few years ago, but the marketplace and consumer technology wasn't ready,” says Mack, who was also a founding member of Loud/SRC Records founder Steve Rifkind's fledgling AKA Music Network in the late 90's with his website HOT 104.com. “Now, with the rise of the mobile web and the prevalence of smartphones and tablets, we can finally give small businesses and independent content producers, like ourselves, a cost-effective way to reach targeted consumers whenever and wherever they are.”
Block Starz Music, which has licensed online video content by its artists to MTV's Ridiculessness and TruTV's Upload w/ Shaquille O'Neal, is the first record label to launch a television network and already has several shows in development, including AMERICAN UNDERGROUND a half-hour web series, created by the editorial staff at popular music website Faygoluvers.net, that will profile underground music artists, eateries, and hang outs in different American cities and MODEL CONFESSIONS, co-produced by women's lifestyle website TattleTailzz.com, which features interviews and profiles of fashion models who recount experiences and offer cautionary tales about the pitfalls of the industry.
“Throughout its history, Block Starz Music has established a reputation for identifying new talent and cultural trends first,” says Mack, who is credited with signing early independent releases by Machine Gun Kelly (MGK), Wiz Khalifa, Big Sean, Rhymefest, Raheem DeVaugn, Fashawn, and the late Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes. “By maintaining our long-standing professional relationships and developing new strategic business alliances with rising consumer brands like Kas'tell Vodka and Sodiem Lifestyle Apparel, we feel The BlockStarz.Tv Network has a unique competitive advantage in our marketplace.”
The BlockStarz.Tv Network will give viewers and media buyers a sneak peak on Wednesday, May 1st at 9pm EST with pilot episodes of American Underground and Essince of Hip-Hop before launching its full programming lineup, which will air on Monday and Wednesday nights 9 pm-12 am, on August 26.