“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:


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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“Army of Me” – Brand New EP from Senbeï – Out Now!!

Senbei - Army of Me

French producer Senbei returns with a brand new EP called “Army of Me”!!
Get your copy here:

Also available on:
Spotify > http://spoti.fi/1DJohjz
Deezer > http://bit.ly/1Gkogkc
Amazon > http://amzn.to/1JBZul7
Qobuz > http://bit.ly/1AmfMrY

I got to give this a listen and I really enjoyed it. I really loved the way the EP consistently builds to tipping point and eventually boils over into the last track. For me the highlight of the album is the track “Rain”; I just love the way everything meshes together and gives a sense of chaos, which is exactly the way I view the biblical story on which this is based. I can definitely recommend this album for people looking for something a little different.

Be on the lookout for an all new live video all in 3D dropping in the not too distant future!

Enjoy! ~dhh

“Rain” – New Official Music Video from Senbeï – Out Now!

Brand New Music video from Senbeï for his all new track “Rain”!
Check it out here:

It’s lifted from his new EP “Army of Me” due out on Feb 23rd on Banzaï Lab Records!

For more information, this is where to look:

Peace! ~dhh

“Stand Up Stand Out” – New Music Video from SENBEÏ Featuring Miscellaneous – Out Now!

New Music Video from french producer SENBEÏ Featuring Miscellaneous of Chill Bump!!
Check it out:

Lifted from the album “MICROLOGY” available to purchase here:
or on vinyl here :

For more information, this is where to look:

Enjoy! ~dhh

“Slow Drag” – New Official Music Video from SMOKEY JOE & THE KID – Out Now!!

Smokey Joe & the Kid - Slow Drag

Check out these epic new visuals from Banzai Lab production duo Smokey Joe & The Kid for their all new track “Slow Drag”!!

This track is lifted off “Rough & Tough EP” out December 1st 2014 on Banzaï Lab Records!!
PRE-ORDER HERE : https://itunes.apple.com/fr/album/rou…
Video Directed by Eddy Loukil et Victor Jardel from Grey Monkey Studio.

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Have a good day yawl…

Enjoy! ~dhh

SMOKEY JOE & THE KID – The Game(Ep) – Out Now!!

Smokey Joe & the Kid

Word up People!

Hope you’re having a good week so far and we’re gonna share some good tunes with you to make it even better…

I recently had the honour of checking out the new EP from Banzai Lab production duo Smokey Joe & The Kid called “The Game” and all I can say is WOW!! This EP is an incredible blend of multiple instruments, percussion, scratches and on point lyricism making up one hell of an EP that you simply can’t miss.
“In this project, Smokey Joe, Bordeaux’s main musical mafia head, and The Kid aka “Senbeï,” cheeky Parisian master of Turntablism, transport us back in time to the gangster run streets of 1930’s Chicago. These two gangsters mix Hip Hop and Electro with the groove and melodies of early 20th century Swing. Percussion solos played with scratches ,beats and melodies banged out on the MPC, everything is performed live.
A year after their acclaimed first album « Nasty Tricks » (Banzaï Lab – 2013), the most wanted gangsters of the electro Hip-Hop scene are back with a new EP “The Game”, recorded between Paris, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
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Clearly Hip-Hop oriented, with samples still taken from traditional american music of early XXth century, Smokey Joe & The Kid took a trip to California to record 4 tracks, each powerful, captivating and overall, absolutely brilliant.

Smokey Joe & The Kid : « We wanted to step out of pure jazz and to get more into the roots of all modern music : the Blues. We drove a lot during our stay in California, and west American landscape fed our imaginary world, as much as the heat of Los Angeles’ streets.”

After collaborating on their first opus with Puppetmastaz, Lateef The Truthspeaker, or Youthstar (Chinese Man), the duo hired this time accomplices from the US West Coast : Gift of Gab (Blackalicious), NON Genetic (Shadowhuntaz) and The Procussions (Watch the making of the EP). Gift of Gab gives a conscious message on “Stay Awake” when NON tells all about his touring experiences “What goes on tour stays on tour” (Gifted Child). Finally, The Procussions end the EP with poetry on “Temptation”.

« The Game » is clearly in reference to the famous “Rap Game” of which they make a personal interpretation, finding there the game field of their old-fashioned megalomania.


Since 2013, Smokey Joe & The Kid work with the VJ Miss Chemar to deliver a unique A/V Show that mixes old school movies and original pictures of the duo. The strong interaction with the audience makes this a fun, original and incredibly dynamic show”!

You can listen to the first single “Stay Awake” ft. The Gift of Gab and purchase your copy right here:

Gift-of-Gab-1-300x199Gift of Gab (From Blackalicious)


The Procussions

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Also, be sure to check out the video for the making of “The Game” here:

I really enjoyed this EP and highly recommend getting a copy!

For more information on Smokey Joe & The Kid, check out:

Peace! ~dhh

ONRA vs THA TRICKAZ – The Robbery Anthem Song (SENBEI Mash Up) Official Video Out Now!

Senbei - Robbery Anthem Song

Check this mega fresh Video for SENBEÏ’s mashup between “Onra – The Anthem” and “Tha Trickaz – Robbery Song”! 

This is an extract of SENBEÏ’s upcoming Live video show.
Video directed by Eddy Loukil & Victor Jardel.
A Grey Monkey production / greymonkeypro@gmail.com

You can also copp the track for free right here:
Music : ONRA vs THA TRICKAZ Mash Up. Free download:

For more information and to keep up with SENBEÏ check out:


Peace! ~dhh