“Banzaã Lab Compilation #7″ – review by Apocolypse

Compilation Banzaã Lab #7 cover

So here’s another review from yours truly, Mr A aka The Rapture. Today I’m reviewing a compilation EP titled, “Banzaã Lab Compilation #7” coming strait from France. Banzaã Lab is the label that has put these producers and artists together on this EP.

The first track is, “Forgive Me” by Redrum(instrumental). From the start, the old school vocal sample used sets the tone for the track, as the beat kicks in you know for sure that this is some real soul Hip Hop. The vocals that are accompanied with some emotional strings just compel me to start freestyling, the beat is just a soulful masterpiece, pity its only 1:15min.

Track 2 is by Degiheugi – “Qu’attendez vous de moi”(instrumental). Damn just so much soul going on so far, I’m really diggin’ where this EP is headed. I feel like I just walked into a 60’s gentlemans bar wearing my top hat and pin stripe suit. Degiheugi really does a nice job of making all the elements working harmoniously in this composition, its 60’s swag with a bit of 90’s Hip Hop grit.

Then track 3 by Senbei – “Rain”(Instrumental) now this is just too DOPE! What starts out as a Mary Poppins(movie intro scene and just bursts into a happy go lucky, put a smile on ya face type tune, and then… oh wait… a banjo? and country style vocals? In contrast this crossover could seem far fetched, but it’s done flawlessly, from brown paper packages to the bayou, just like that. As the track progresses these various styles of music our brought together like it was priesthood Alchemy!

The previous track was the perfect precursor to this next one by Scarecrow – “Left Behind”. Oh Lord, now this is country with some soul! From the start, the chorus vocals draw you into the beat, if you’re not clapping along, you’re definitely tapping your feet. The bass line is just the cherry on the top to add some funk. Unfortunately I don’t understand French, but DAMN these guy’s flow is just immaculate. Their delivery is on point and work so well together, they understand each other like they understand the beat and it comes through in the song. Their rhymes carry the beat at their own pace and the timing between the two is powerful. It’s one hell of a track, big-ups!

Track 5 is Dj Low Cut – “2 Chains” (Feat. Akin Yai) is that real old skool Hip Hop. Don’t let the pantomime melody fool you, this track has some real shit to say. The 90’s snare is always a sure way to make the listener nod their heads. I like the benevolent beat with the serious undertone, the contrast works well together and gets the point across.

Track 6 is by Clem Beat’z and titled, “Fusoku”(Intrumental). Appropriately titled because as soon as the vocal sample kicks in, you feel the Japanese influence. I picture myself riding along the mountainside in Tokyo with cherry blossom flowers dropping all around me as I make my way to the top. Cool laid back beat, the jazzy brass and smooth keys create the perfect introduction. The bit crunched synth and back round jingles that vary from 8-bit gaming samples to symbol crashes just add that extra bit the flavor.

Ok, now I’m feeling this joint, this track is titled “Serenade”(Instrumental) by Tismé and is the second last track of the EP. It’s one of those abstract beats with spacey samples and dreamy vocals in the background. It’s not trying to impose any thought or specific feeling, it just puts your mind in void that draws what ever emotion or topic that’s applicable to you at the moment. It serenades the mind, body and soul.

Last track already? That sucks, I was really getting into the EP. Track 8 is by Bonnie Li – “Mallory”. Bonnie Li has beautiful voice, the song itself is very thought provoking, you feel the struggle and journey of Mallory. I like the way the song was composed, and the lyrics just emphasize the mood.

Over all it was a dope EP to listen to, it isn’t just traditional Hip Hop, it extends its reach through multiple genres and displays true talent. I’d have to say Scarecrow – “Left Behind” is my favorite track, the beat, the flows with “Rain” being a close 2nd. I give this EP 2.5/5 punchlines and would recommend it to anyone looking for some good music to sit back and listen to, by the way did I mention it’s FREE to download! Shout out to the producers, artists and Banzaã Lab for making good music and a great compilation.

 

Listen to my favourite track and EP here:

2.5

Mr. A


 

For more information check out:

Banzaã Lab : Website Facebook Twitter Bandcamp

Redrum :  Twitter Bandcamp

Degiheugi : Website Facebook Twitter Bandcamp

Senbei : Website Facebook Twitter Bandcamp

Scarecrow : Website Facebook Bandcamp

Dj Low Cut :  Facebook Twitter Bandcamp

Clem Beat’z : Facebook Twitter Bandcamp

Tismé : Website Facebook Twitter Bandcamp

Bonnie Li : Website Facebook Twitter Bandcamp

 

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“Pure Dopeness vol​.​16″ – New Compilation Album from Sinoptic International – Out Now!

Sinoptic Int - PD V16

Sinoptic International recently dropped another fresh compilation album, “Pure Dopeness vol​.​15″!
You can purchase your copy right here:

For information and stay in touch, check out:
SoundCloud
Twitter
Twitter
Facebook
Instagram

Enjoy! ~dhh

“Stumble” – New Music Video from Infidelix + “Obstacles” – Mixtape – Out Now!

Texas hiphop artist, Infidelix just dropped his new music video for his track “Stumble”!!
Check it out here:

Be sure to download the full Mixtape Obstacles (prod. by Toni Smoke) for free here:

follow infidelix around the world.
https://www.facebook.com/INFIDELIXHIPHOP
www.citizensoldierentertainment.com

Peace! ~dhh

“Losaka” – New Album from Acid Reign & Gebo + “Humanimals” – Official Music Video – Out Now!

Los Angeles hip hop group, Acid Reign recently teamed up with Osaka, Japan emcee Gebo on their fresh new album, Losaka!! ………………………………..Los Angeles + Osaka = Losaka!!!
Get your copy here:

“It all started with one meeting, one successful recording session where the three MC’s (Gajah, Beond & Gebo) felt the spark while crafting the track, “Formula 3″ on Gebo’s latest trip to Los Angeles. Over a short period of time, the creative spark rapidly grew into a wild fire, burning big and bright. Thus began the production process to create “Losaka”. “

Also out is their music video for the track “Humanimals” (feat. Ariano) off the album:

For more information, this is where to look:
http://www.acidlabrecords.com/

Enjoy! ~dhh

“Great Eyedeas Never Die” – New Music Video from Blueprint – Out Now!

“Great Eyedeas Never Die” is the new music video/single from Blueprint!
Check it out here:

Lifted from Blueprint’s new album “KING NO CROWN” out now:
Get  the album here:
http://bit.ly/1w6N4eK

You can also download the single “Great Eyedeas Never Die” for free here:
http://bit.ly/1FP93uO

For more information and to stay in touch, this is where to look:
http://twitter.com/printmatic
http://instagram.com/blueprintmatic
http://facebook.com/printmatic

Peace! ~dhh

“off the record” – New Album from earlybirds. – Out Now!

Earlybirds - off the record

earlybirds. recently dropped their brand new album called “off the record”!!!
Get yourself a copy here:

“Off the record captures a small piece of life. The alternative style music plays in the backdrop for the raw emotions released through writing. Jaron leads a guitar symphony as Capaciti’s raps are inspired by classic country music. Recorded between late 2011 and early 2012 then revisited in 2014 makes this a timeless piece of music history. No records were used during the creation of this album”.

For more information and to stay in touch, check out:
https://www.facebook.com/earlybirdrap
https://twitter.com/capaciti13
https://twitter.com/jaronmcdaniel

Enjoy! ~dhh

“Blue Pixels” – New Music Video from Northest – Out Now!

“Blue Pixels” is the fresh new music video/ track from Northest, produced by MMMM!!
Check it out here:

Be sure to watch out for future releases from these guys…
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdEPUKnrBqoXet65GOQVxAw

Peace! ~dhh

Junk Science – “and the Hundred Dollar Sandwich” – New album Out Now!

Junk Science - and the Hundred Dollar Sandwich

Junk Science “and the Hundred Dollar Sandwich” is the new album from New York hiphop duo, Baje One and Snafu!
Grab your copy here:

Some feel good music to ease you into the weekend!

For more information and to stay in touch, check out:
modernshark.com
Facebook
Twitter

Enjoy! ~dhh

“Butter Fly” – New Music Video from Lee Scott + New Album – Out Now!

‘Butter Fly’, the first single and music video from Lee Scott and Dirty Dike’s collaborative project also titled ‘Butter Fly’! Check it out here:

The album is entirely produced by Dirty Dike and features cuts from DJ Sammy B-Side!
You can get yourself a copy in a variety of formats right here:

ORDER ‘BUTTER FLY’ ON CD: http://bit.ly/19M1RkH
ORDER ‘BUTTER FLY’ ON LIMITED EDITION VINYL: http://bit.ly/1MFHtnw
ORDER ‘BUTTER FLY’ (SINGLE): http://bit.ly/1GjKEM8

For more information and to stay in touch, you can check out:
Lee Scott on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tinfoilfronts
Lee Scott on Twitter: https://twitter.com/tinfoilfronts
Lee Scott on Instagram: https://instagram.com/tinfoilfronts/
Dirty Dike on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Dirtydikesmb
Dirty Dike on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/DirtyDikeSMB
Dirty Dike on Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/DirtyDike
Website: http://www.high-focus.com
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/HighFocusTV
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HighFocus
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/HighFocusUK
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/highfocusrec… 

Peace! ~dhh