Bicycles, Muscles, Cigarettes


A mix for bike riding, working out, and smoking cigarettes on a porch.

Huh What and Where: Ta-Ku

While previous Huh What & Where artist Bahwee was more of a straight-up beat producer, with tiltneck tracks hovering around the 2 minute mark, Ta-Ku is more of an instrumental composer. His eleventh-hour celebrating album Latenyc is the product of a recent trip to New York and the eight tracks do not disappoint. Ta-Ku’s slow-burning, late night funk is the perfect music to come home to. Latenyc is staring out the metro into the glimmering lights of the subway tunnel on your way home, Latenyc is the car ride to a quick food pit-stop before bed, and Latenyc is that last smoke and drink of the night where you reminisce with your company of choice about what made that night just right.

SJP” is a smooth building instrumental that is just the right blend of mellow and upbeat. It’s perfect mood music for when you’re not at the club anymore, but you’re certainly not quite ready to call it quits. “Mahal” is a glitch-beat R&B joint featuring Chet Faker that burns like a Cuban cigar.

Check out the rest of Latenyc at the HW&W BandCamp, where the album can also be bought for $5.

Huh What and Where: Bahwee

I was recently fortunate enough to stumble upon the LA-based label Huh What & Where, and the roster of talent on it is out of this world. According to the label’s BandCamp, “This is a label started by friends out of a college dorm. Created by artists for artists, this isn’t too deep.Our only goal is to share with you the things that move/inspire us.”

They may modestly assert the music isn’t deep, but there’s no arguing that HW&W’s line-up is deeper than the Yankees’. Thus, it’s only fair to give the producers on the label their own separate posts.

First off is Bahwee, who has three releases out on HW&W that illustrate how much of a beat artisan he truly is. Bahwee gives off a lo-key headnoddin’ vibe with tracks that sample funk, soul, flamenco, and Bollywood. Regardless of sample or influence, Bahwee is as smooth as can be. Below are two tracks from different tapes. “Pistol Pete” is a rollicking beat that is equal parts G-funk and Renaissance Fair, like jousting in a low-rider. It’s off Bahwee’s Headnodders Vol. II, which is a superb work that explores various forms of instrumental hip-hop. “Holla Back” is a more down-tempo track that is crystalline and sharp and of the more late night Sketches. Every  note here sounds like it’s being played on empty champagne glasses strewn about from a great night out.

Bahwee’s stuff is available at the HW&W BandCampHeadnodders Vol. II and Sketches are free, and Flavors is certainly worth the $10 price tag.

Giving life to the game like I’m an IV

On “Trill Living 4.0,” Surf Club’s Chase N. Cashe  proclaims, “Get it? Witty and clever when I spit it” and he isn’t kidding. Check out the Jake One produced track because Chase delivers on his self-assessment and then some over a classy classic beat. The Heir Up There has been due out for quite some time, so let’s hope it drops as soon as possible. (via 2dopeboyz)

Yeah we’re talking about recess

dRes is a Newark by way of Philly producer and, (wo)man, he means  business. His new album Wild Produce is filled with some seriously crafted beats, and has appearances from the likes of Guilty Simpson, Tanya Morgan, and Count Bass D (who I thought had retired or something after his appearance on Doom’s “Potholderz”). Bump up the looping banger “Recess [ft. DVS]” below and I’m sure you’ll want to stream/buy the rest of the album over at DiamondMedia360 shortly afterwards.

Just another day around the neighborhood

Just in case anyone had forgotten that the boys and girls of Brooklyn don’t play, Kris Kasanova is here to bang BK into your brain. Storytelling and rap have, as of late, become borderline incongruous. With “Just Another Day,” Kasanova brings back that traditional aesthetic, and rather than focus internally and brag about swag, actually tells a cohesive narrative over a ruthlessly simple beat of just drum and bass. The driving thump is matched perfectly with Jay Moldonado’s equally simple, yet elegant, video for the track.

For more on Kris Kasanova, check out his BandCamp, where the Brooklyn-native’s dope album =War Paint= can be yours for free.