“Wermonster – Beats from the 4th floor” review by Apocolypse

Wermonster - Beats from the 4th Floor

Today I have the privilege of checking out Wermonster’s – “Beats from the 4th Floor”. It was released on the 26th August through the Australian based label, Uncomfortable Beats via Wermonster’s Bandcamp page exclusively.

This beat-tape “diary” follows the beat-focused “Katalyst Sessions vol.1” and “Solar Tales EP”, both were released in 2014 and 2015 on Australian electronic music imprint Uncomfortable Beats. The makers behind the music decided to offer this as a free digital release before Wermonster drop’s his next work which is planned to drop sometime in November.

OK… Time to tuck-in. This album consists of 12 tracks and is purely instrumentals. (Push’s play) Aaaahhhhh, the initial beat drops and we are back in Wermonster’s wonderful land of eclectic compositions. From the onset I can see why the album is considered a continuation of the previous releases. The sounds and overall ambiance is directly relatable to his previous work.

What starts out as a spacey, I just took some acid and now I’m astro-travelling intro, it moves into a playful melodic pantomime. Now we’re getting into the thick of things…. Yessssss! The second track brings some of that boom-bap smooth criminal type of music. As the tracks progress I find myself moving through different emotions. Various sounds and samples dictate the environment Wermonster wants your head-space to be in. I really like how he builds up some of his breaks, it’s execution is that “eye of the storm” type moments and really emphasizes his musical expressions. Each beat has its own realm and emotion to offer, for some you automatically fall back into the scene previously illustrated on his Solar Tales EP. His unique sound and understanding of production run rampant across this beat-tape as he solidifies the direction the instrumentals subtly suggest your conscious towards. Awwwwwwwwwwh…. the outro already? I guess I just lost myself in the music…

From boom-bap, to your more bluesy type of melodies, this beat-tape delves across multiple facets of this wonderful universe we call Hip Hop. I’ve always felt that French producers (Yes I haven’t forgotten that Wermonster live’s in Berlin, he is French by birth) have their own unique sound and perception of the craft which more often than not truly enhances the genre’s diversity throughout continents, and Wermonster really illustrates how far one can go and still neatly fit-in with its contemporary counter parts.

Mmmmmmmmmmm, now comes the hard part. It’s difficult to compartmentalize my favourite track on this beat-tape. The ones that really stood out and connected with me personally were : Four Four, L’Amour Monstre aka I know U got Soul & Castle. The double bass sample, the bappy snare and the driving bass-line of, “Four Four” caught me immediately and prompted me to bop along, like it or not. The string loop and “live” sounding drum kit of L’Amour Monstre entice a malevolent part of one’s psyche, when I close my eyes, I picture myself as a gremlin wearing my fitted with some hella-dope sneaks and tearing through one of Tim Burton’s graveyard scenes. With Castle, the composition of the horns and beat just screams – READY FOR WAR, it’s one of those beats that automatically induce a left-right, militant movement that your head is compelled to follow. If I have to be a stickler for favourites, I’d have to go with – L’_Amour Monstre, from my initial encounter of the track, I knew from the first four bars that THAT’S MY SHIIIIIIIIIT!!!!

My sentiments towards Wermonster’s new offering are positive*, my only two criticisms would be – 1. Vocals were sorely missing on this album, I feel it could of really rounded off a couple of tracks and captured your attention, that said, this album was never intended to include vocalists and purely made as a “beat-tape”, so I understand the reasoning behind his decision to exclude the extra element. 2. I think the track list/compositioning is a little off, a couple times I found myself in no-mans land whilst transitioning between two beats, almost disconnected and lost because the flow was disrupted. Don’t get me wrong, my sentiments by all means are not a repercussion of shoddy work, its just my two cents worth on the situation. I give “Beats from the 4th Floor” 2.5/5 Punchlines, and it leaves me eager to encounter his next offering.

All in all, “Beats from the 4th Floor” is a good listen, there’s different tracks for different cats (booyah I just coined that shit), and if you’re looking for some instrumentals to play in the background or for some music that will induce deep thought and personal reflection, download this album and push play.

Get your copy here:

 

Beats from the 4th Floor trailer:

2.5

Yours Truly

Mr. A

For more information check out:

Wermonster : Website Bandcamp Facebook Twitter Youtube

Uncomfortable Beats : Website Bandcamp Facebook Twitter Youtube

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“Human Dominos” – New Music Video from Zilla Rocca & The 5 O’Clock Shadow Boxers feat. Open Mike Eagle & Curly Castro – Out Now!

“Human Dominos” is the fresh new music video from Zilla Rocca & The Shadowboxers featuring none other than the likes of Open Mike Eagle & Curly Castro! Check it out here:

Lifted from the 2014 full length “No Vacation for Murder” available to purchase right here:

For more information etc. this is where to look:
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Peace! ~dhh

“Apparition | Black Lakes” – New Album from jamesreindeer – Out Now!

jamesreindeer - Apparition  Black Lakes

jamesreindeer recently released his new project “Apparition | Black Lakes” and it’s available here:

“recorded as the darkness of winter slowly gave way to the earliest light of spring 2013, might we finally present the initial beginnings of the dyxz.born.rndr project, unearthed, remastered and available for the first time”. ~ 6.6.7

For more information and to stay in touch, check out:
Blogger
Facebook
SoundCloud
mixcloud.com
YouTube

Enjoy! ~dhh

“Fade To Black” – New Lyric Video from David Dalla G Feat. Sapient & One Be Lo + “All Sides” – New Album – Out Now!

“Fade To Black” is the fresh new lyric video from Montana hiphop artist David Dalla G featuring. Sapient & One Be Lo!!!
Check it out here:

Lifted from his brand new album “All Sides” available here:

For more information and to stay in touch, check out:
daviddallag.com

Peace! ~dhh

“World Hip Hop Women: SoundSIStem” New Album from Various Artists – mixed by DJ LaJedi – Out Now!

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The World Hip Hop Women project is back with 19 of the finest emcees in hip hop. Nomadic Wax, World Hip Hop Market and Dj LaJedi present, “World Hip Hop Women: SoundSIStem,” the second volume of the groundbreaking WHHW mixtape series… Get your copy here:

For more information etc. this is where to look:
nomadicwax.com

Peace! ~dhh

“Recently Deceased” – New Music Video from JE Double F – Out Now!

“Recently Deceased” is the fresh new music video from JE Double F!
Check it out here:

Check out the new Sleep Beggar and JE Double F Split 7″ here:
http://www.vennrecords.com/shop/music/sleep-beggar-je-double-f-too-dead-to-die-vinyl/

“JE DOUBLE F and SLEEP BEGGAR announce US tour dates in support of their new split 7″ entitled ‘TOO DEAD TO DIE’ (out now on Venn Records). The dates start in early September and spill over into October, covering both east and west coasts. This will be SLEEP BEGGAR’s first US tour EVER”.
Check out the dates here: http://www.jedoublef.com/

JE DOUBLE F is a punk rapper from Atlantic City, NJ – chaotic, fast beats – no frills. http://www.jedoublef.com
SLEEP BEGGAR makes noise/beats/verses and is from Wales, UK.
http://sleepbeggar.tumblr.com/

Peace! ~dhh

“Animal” – New Music Video from HARRY SHOTTA – Out now!

Harry Shotta pushes boundaries on ‘Animal’ as he hammers out 1,771 words on the track! Pretty impressive indeed…
Check it out here:

‘Animal’ is a track from his forthcoming live show album, ‘The Harry Shotta Show’ and you can purchase the single via:
iTunes: http://smarturl.it/HSSAnimal
Google Play: http://bit.ly/AnimalGoogle
Amazon: http://bit.ly/AnimalAmazon
Beatport: http://bit.ly/AnimalBeatport

For more information and to stay in touch, check out:
http://harryshotta.com/
http://www.twitter.com/harryshottashow
http://www.twitter.com/harryshotta
http://www.twitter.com/djphantasy
http://www.twitter.com/dextoneuk

Peace! ~dhh

“Yesterday’s Futures” – New Album from Mr Key & Greenwood Sharps – Out Now!

Mr Key & Greenwood Sharps - Yesterdays futures

‘Yesterday’s Futures’, the highly anticipated debut album from Mr Key & Greenwood Sharps!
Get your copy via High Focus Records here:

The album also features the likes of Jam Baxter, Edward Scissortongue, Dirty Dike and Ronnie Bosh….

Also out, the fresh music video for their track ” Icarus Instinct” lifted from the album:

For more information and to stay in touch, check out:
Mr Key on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1DMNg16
Greenwood Sharps on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1JUsArF
Greenwood Sharps on Twitter: http://bit.ly/1ztLHcf

Enjoy! ~dhh

“Sound Surgeons pt. II” – New Album from Morbidly-O-Beats x Ill Clinton – Out Now!

ICxMoB - SSII

“Sound Surgeons pt. II” is the second installment of raw beats, heavy bass, knocking drums and experimental textures from production duo Morbidly-O-Beats x Ill Clinton!!
Check it out here:

“The unofficial, alternate soundtrack to the demise of civilization.
Pure attitude”…

For more information and to stay up to date with all at Us Native Records:
Instagram
Twitter
Facebook
usnativesrecords.com

Enjoy! ~dhh

 

“P’s & Q’s” – New Music Video from Mick Jenkins – Out Now!

“P’s & Q’s” is the slick new music video from Chicago based emcee Mick Jenkins!
Check it out here:

Lifted from his new album “Wave[s]”, available for pre-order right here:
iTunes: http://smarturl.it/mickjenkinswaves
Amazon: http://amzn.to/1IMLTAX
Google Play: http://bit.ly/1eXkqVI


For more information and to stay in touch, this is where to look:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MickalasCage
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MickJenkins
Instagram: http://instagram.com/mickjenkins
Tumblr: http://freemickjenkins.tumblr.com/
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/mickjenkinsmusic
Website: http://mickjenkins.com

Peace! ~dhh