Simon SMTHNG | Kami No Itte [EP]
East Coast beatsmith Simon SMTHNG rarely disappoints. So when he sent over this new EP built on samples of Japanese anime, I knew we were in for another killer project. Sure enough, he can officially be proud of Kami No Itte and it’s mostly laid-back and jazzy ways. Get some bourbon and a cigar or two before listening to this one, y’all. Or just watch some Cowboy Bebop after you’re done.
You can download it on Bandcamp.
TrakkSounds | Instrumental II Society [Mixtape]
Instrumental II Society is a free compilation from Houston’s TrakkSounds, a producer with a Southern-fried, bluesy sound. He’s worked with everyone from Freddie Gibbs to Bun B to Wiz Khalifa and found a means of complementing ’em all. Not every cut on this release is brand-new, but the ones that are—including the Gibbs-led “Rollin'”—are stellar. Light one up (or don’t!) and enjoy.
You can download the tape on Dat Piff.
DJ A1 | J Dilla House Breaks [EP]
DJ A1 isn’t just a member of Erykah Badu‘s live outfit, the Cannabinoids. Dude’s also a solid producer in his own right, which he shows off here on the J Dilla House Breaks Collection EP. It’s a brief affair at a mere three tracks, but these cuts are brimming with replayability. A1 infuses a trio of classic Dilla beats with new instrumentation, house-heavy drums, and a steady pulse.
You can download the EP on Mediafire.
Harry Fraud | Adrift [Mixtape]
Would you like some never-before-heard Action Bronson today? How about some previously unreleased Harry Fraud heaters? Well, that’s exactly what you’ll get on Adrift, a compilation of tracks from the Brooklyn producer who stands to have one of his biggest years in 2013. Get on this and find out why some of our favorites—from Danny Brown to Heems—work with Fraud.
You can download it at Dat Piff.
Odd Nosdam | Vol. 7.1 [Compilation]
Anticon beat king Odd Nosdam keeps it pretty out there for his latest batch of previously unreleased instrumentals, Vol. 7.1. Don’t expect to find anything particularly straightforward here, as synths do the buzz-saw thing in and out of crunchy drums and thick bass. It’s weird, but it’s also pretty awesome, which is why you need it in your life.
You can download it at Bandcamp.