Monthly Archives: March 2011

Jeen Wilda

More new unreleased and unsigned business arrived at High-Rise this week. Jeen Wilda, Bath based producer and brother of TightFace, has dropped a nocturnal selection of high quality hip hop beats for your enjoyment. Ja’seek and Sky Beat have been on the right hand turntable constantly over this weekend. Click on the link below to download.

Jeen Wilda – On the Ridem

For more music from Jeen Wilda, check out his SoundCloud. Thanks to TOM YUM for the timely heads up.

Jason Koxvold

When are the vast urban sprawls dotted across the face of the planet supposed to transform into their ‘Neo’ counterparts? If Jason Koxvold’s photos of the Los Angeles rivers and spillways are anything to go by then it has already happened on the West Coast. In this featureless industrial sprawl, it is not always clear where the dirty whitewashed concrete ends and the sky begins. If post-apocalyptic images of the modern dystopia are your thing then Koxvold is your man. Visit his website for more work and to buy prints.

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Treasures of the Five Boroughs

Regulars to High-Rise will recognise the name TightFace by now. Remixes & Root Veg still regularly receives an absolute battering in the whip, on the headphones and out the speakers. Treasures of the Five Boroughs is an early contender for mixtape of the year and has left High-Rise very excited about the prospects of a TightFace release on Alex Chase’s One Handed Music imprint. He is also in dangerously close proximity to Paul White and has one or two very talented family members to look out for.

Treasures of the Five Boroughs is a solid half hour of TightFace production under a selection of classic acapellas by famous New Yorkers including Nas, Mos Def, Biggie, Talib Kweli and Ghostface. For the High-Rise staff, it really doesn’t get too much better than this. Maddest of props to One Handed Music for putting this up, make sure you follow @alex_chase for the latest news.

Do not sleep on TightFace.

Bored In The Crates Homage

Once again, Kankick is back all up in this piece as I tell it so – the BTS Radio crew have remastered and re-upped his Bored In The Crates Mix from back in 2006. If you liked House Shoes’ Loungin’ Vol.1 that I posted a few months back then this mix will please you greatly. Kankick spins what is sure to be just a fraction of his collection, selecting an eclectic selection of latin, jazz, funk, and soul music for your ear holes. This mix sounds like pure inspiration, click on the image below to download.

If you have yet to check out BTS Radio then do it yesterday. Founder Andrew Meza broadcast the first Beneath The Surface Radio show all the way back in 2003 and has since then played host to an astounding list of guests, including Jneiro Jarel, Kankick, Flying Lotus, Dibia$e, Paul White, Ras G, Hudson Mohawke, Rustie, Nathan Fake and Eric Lau to name a few. If this isn’t enough to get you to check them out then I’m confused as to why you are reading this blog. High-Rise favourites include Kankick’s 2003 show and Jneiro Jarel’s appearance in 2007, but it’s well worth working your way through the entire backlog of BTS Radio mixes and guest spots. It really is one of the finest stations on the face of the planet, one that truly deserves your support for putting out a torrent of highly enjoyable music. They have a 12″ available to pre-order from March 15th that features music from Dibia$e, Letherette, S.Maharba and Jed & Lucia. Make sure you hit up for more information on this and to find their full archive of mixes, merchandise and news. Stay tuned to @btsradio for the latest.

Rune Høgsberg

As if music from the Oslo SP Ensemble wasn’t enough to convince you to relocate to the frigid peaks of Northern Europe, High-Rise is back with some Denmark styles guaranteed to make you smile. Copenhagen based graphic designer Rune Høgsberg produced these posters for hip hop shows in and around Oslo, featuring Method Man & Redman, Pharoahe Monch, Smif N Wessun and a Stones Throw extravaganza. If I had to pick a favourite, the smokey Meth & Red poster above would be it, but the whole selection shows what a talented graphic designer can do with the lowly gig poster.


The EMC poster above is another one that would have been nicked off a frozen Swedish lamppost had staff at High-Rise been  Continue reading