Tag Archives: Compact Disc

“Crate Diggers” ft Otarel – New Music Video from DJ Q1 – Out Now!

“Crate Diggers” is the all new music video from DJ Q1… It’s a follow-up to his first single “Vinyl Destination” & written as a special tribute to his fellow crate diggers featuring Durban based battle emcee Otarel a.k.a Ojin Rummy!
Check it out here:

This track is lifted from Q1’s upcoming vinyl record #AnalogJunkiesEP

For more information and to stay in touch you can check out:
https://djqone.wordpress.com/

Peace! ~dhh

Sammy Warm Hands - "Famous Last Words"

“Sammy Warm Hands – Famous Last Words” review by Apocolypse

So check it out… I had the privilege of getting Sam Wartenbee aka Sammy Warm Hands (SWH) new – “Famous Last Words” album ahead of its release to review it, damn I love what I do…

“Famous Last Words” is the final album of a trilogy, with “Bears Repeating” & “Freewriters” being its predecessors. It drops on the 7 April, distributed on CD by Sammy’s the one and only Crushkill Recordings and cassette by Flossless Audio. The album will be released in conjunction with his first book, by the same name, which chronicles his 17 years of recording history.

First off, I checked out his latest music video on Youtube (Anti – Fun), from the get go, the beat caught me and the melodic keys insisted I take note and get involved. The music video is no Paramount Pictures production, but accompanied with the beat and lyrics, the intention is clear, music as it stands is as generic as the cardboard boxes that are used for packaging. In my mind Sammy Warm Hands is making a bold statement, not to criticize other artists work, but to challenge the majorities conventional thinking of what Hip Hop is and the current perception of how “rappers” should portray themselves and their music. He is a prime example of being the change he wants to see by making the music that inspires him, the reason for his passion.

Ok… Time to tuck in. The first track, albeit the title track “Famous Last Words” aka Nobody Gives A Fuck, sets the tone for the album. The rolling double bass accompanied with the classic boom-bap snare kick combination and a soulful brass sample immediately creates an aura of too cool for school (someone pass me my Wayferer’s because he just went blues brothers on this shit). His soulful lyrics and smooth on-point flow take to life with each beat, as he moves through different elements flawlessly. The style of songs range from sing-a-long hype type of tracks to a live recording, conceptual songs, sociopolitical and story-telling, giving the album a nice well-rounded balance. Sammy’s ability pour out his emotions is just another way his music challenges the mainstream way of thinking because as far as traditional emceeing goes, there is this preconceived notion that emotion is weakness and an overall gangsta no…no, but to the contrary, he harnesses his vulnerability and utilizes it as his greatest strength, it allows the listener to relate personally and lets us peak into his mind and soul as well as feel his heart through his art.

The album features the likes of ThatKidCry – “Before doors open”, Rabbi Hanan Sills – “Ferguson Freewrites”, Vazkez – “Midnight” and Man Danno – “Dan Sammo”, if I had to choose my favorite feature, it’ll probably go to Man Danno, he had the most unique sound and style which was very refreshing. Each accompanying artist adds their own unique flavor to this gourmet Hip Hop dish, I can just picture it now, Master Chef Hip Hop edition hosted by Raekwon and he says, “Mayn, these other artists best protect their neck cuz your method man is bringing the CREAM, dolla dolla bill ya’ll, Warm Hands aint nuthin to f@#k wit.”

Ok… Enough random cut away’s, back to the music. All the beats were composed by K.I. Design, where the simplicity is the key to emphasizing the mood and unlocking the Fort Knoxx of thoughts the lyrics provoke. All in all, K.I. Designs beats and SWH rhymes and production amalgamate into a beautiful artwork.

I can’t choose a favorite track, the list of tracks that didn’t take top spot is shorter, but here goes, “Famous Last Words”, “Midnight” ft. Vazkez, “Dan Sammo” ft. Man Danno, “Anti-fun” and “Vacant Eyes”, after listening to the album countless times I couldn’t choose between them, each one has their own unique sound and feel and are gems in their own right. In my opinion, the biggest flaw in the album is the last track which is a live recording of his submission for R.A. the Rugged Man’s Definition Of A Rap flow competition. To me it just comes across as cliche and cheesy. I like the live element but it’s almost as if SWH copped out by putting it on the track-list, the quality he offers is above sleezy competitions, don’t get me wrong, I’m not criticizing his entry, I just feel like everything prior was ALL him which was dope!dope!!DOPE!!!! And to put it on the album (let alone the last track of the trilogy), I’m left with a feeling that SWH sold himself short for what could be seen as a gimmick (nobodies perfect right?)

That said, it’s still one hell of a dope album that has a lot to offer, whether you the conscious type or just someone who enjoys good music. I give this album a rating of 3/5 punchlines and I highly recommend it to any indie Hip Hop head who has a love for the craft, especially if your flavor is along the lines of Atmosphere, Blueprint and Sage Francis. My “…Last Words” are, Sammy… I give you a Warm round of applause and I got to Hands it to you (see what I did there), this is the type of Hip Hop that I love to listen too and that inspires me as an artist. RESPECT!!!

Looking forward to your next drop.

Get your copy here:

3

Mr. A

For more information check out:

Sammy Warm Hands : Bandcamp Facebook Instagram
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“Natural Order” – New Album from The Four Owls; Thoughts + “Think Twice” Prod. DJ Premier – Music Video – Out Now!

UK hiphop outfit, The Four Owls have a new album out called “Natural Order”!
Get your copy here:

My thoughts: “If you’re looking for some really refreshing, down to earth good hiphop I cannot recommend this album enough! This one if just filled to the brim with beats and flows to keep your head nodding for day’s on end.. well for me anyway. Not to mention features from Smellington Piff, Jam Baxter, Sammy B-side and Dirty Dike making for a really incredible album… and then there’s the track “Think Twice” produced by the one an only DJ Premier!! What a track! everything just works perfectly on this one and throughout the album really… Go get your self a copy”!!

To get you into the swing of things, this is the video for “Think Twice”!!
check it out:

If you prefer physical copies or other means of getting your hands on the album, this is where to look:
BUY ‘NATURAL ORDER’ ON CD: http://bit.ly/1vZs8zZ
BUY ‘NATURAL ORDER’ ON LIMITED EDITION VINYL: http://bit.ly/1Am2M6L
BUY ‘NATURAL ORDER’ ON iTUNES: http://bit.ly/1J20klF

For more information and to stay in touch with The Four Owls, check out:
The Four Owls on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheFourOwls
The Four Owls on Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/TheFourOwls
The Four Owls on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/TheFourOwls


High Focus Website: http://www.high-focus.com

Enjoy! ~dhh

“Fuck the Police” – New Routine Video from The Extremities (Fresh Kils & Uncle Fester) – Out Now!

“Fuck the Police” is a new routine from Fresh Kils & Uncle Fester’s The Extremities!!
Check it out here:

If you haven’t already check out their 2014 album “Instruments”, available here:

For more information and to stay in touch, check out:
Twitter
Facebook
get.extremitiesmusic.com
www.freshkils.com

Peace! ~dhh

Philly Moves - Veijo Amigo

“Viejo Amigo” – New Acoustic EP from Philly Moves – Out Now!

Toronto based duo, Philly Moves recently dropped their all new EP called “Viejo Amigo”!
Check it out here:

“Viejo Amigo is filled with melodious and guitar rich tracks — hip hop lullabies for the proletariat and all half-broken-hearts”.

For more information and to stay in touch, you can check out:
twitter.com/phillymoves
facebook.com/phillymoves
instagram.com/phillymoves613
youtube.com/channel/UC9Wp6thYFbrpZ0RY7cHF9nA
urbnet.com/phillymoves

Enjoy! ~dhh

“Greeny Jungle” – New Music Video from Gabriel Teodros & SoulChef ft. Shakiah – Out Now!

New Official Music Video from Gabriel Teodros & SoulChef ft. Shakiah for their track “Greeny Jungle”!!

Watch it here:

Lifted from their 2014 album Evidence Of Things Not Seen available here:

For more infomation you can check out the following spaces:
gabrielteodros.com
soulchefmusic.com

Peace! ~dhh

“Dethrone Corruption” – New Music Video from Pruven – Out Now!

New music video from Pruven for his track “Dethrone Corruption”!
Check it out here:

Lifted from his Ep “Wordplay Sensei”, available here:

For more information and to stay in touch, you can check out:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pruven/285628438160528

Peace! ~dhh

“No Pain No Gain” – New Music Video from Life MC & Badhabitz + “Deep in the Trenches” – New Album – Out Now!

New Music video from Life MC and Split Prophets beatsmiith Badhabitz!!
Check it out here:

Lifted from their new album ‘Deep in the Trenches’ out now on Split Prophets Records
CD/Digital/Limited Edition Vinyl! Includes features from Fliptrix & Upfront!
Get your copy here:

For more information and to stay in touch, you can check out:
https://www.facebook.com/Lifemc100
https://www.facebook.com/Badhabitzkratekrusader
https://www.facebook.com/pages/SplitProphets/140325702710471

Enjoy! ~dhh

Shutins Collony - Underwrought Reworks

“Underwrought (Re​)​Works” New Album from Shut-ins and the Colony + Music Video – Out Now!

Lucas Dix of Jellyfish Brigade presents a fresh new album for Shut-ins and the Colony –
“Underwrought (Re)Works” produced by Ed “Shut-ins” Curtiss!
Get your copy here:

Also out is their music video for the track “Left My Bed Today (Blood in Your Toothbrush)”
Featuring Jay Cobb Anderson of Fruition!!
Check it out here:

For further information and to stay in touch you can check out the following spaces:
Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
JFBxPDM.com

Peace! ~dhh

“Caravan” – New Official Music Video from Jam Baxter – Out Now!

All new official music video from Jam Baxter for his track ‘Caravan’!!!
Check it out:

lifted from his new album ‘…so we ate them whole’ entirely produced by Chemo.
The album features Dirty Dike, Jareth & DJ Sammy B-Side and is OUT NOW on High Focus Records on CD, digital & limited edition double vinyl here:
CD: http://bit.ly/1wCuY0J
LIMITED EDITION VINYL: http://bit.ly/1wEQYHm
ITUNES: http://bit.ly/1DvcEba

For more information and to stay in touch, check out:
Jam Baxter on Facebook : http://on.fb.me/1txqQBH
Jam Baxter on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ActualJamBaxter
Jam Baxter on Instagram http://www.instagram.com/Jammothy


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