Monthly Archives: April 2011

Easter Parade 2011

It’s been a little while since the work of Oslo SP Ensemble has graced the pages of High-Rise, so FredFades’ latest Easter beattape is a welcome new arrival. Easter Parade 2011 is just under an hour and twenty minutes of the finest Fades production, with both solo beats and collaborations with members of Oslo SP Ensemble, on the SP1200 and MPC2000XL (with a little ARP Odyssey philandering thrown in for good measure). Go below to stream from SoundCloud or download and enjoy in a setting of your choosing. Click on the album cover above for a tracklist.

If you are new to FredFades and the Oslo SP Ensemble then click here, here and here as soon as possible. For more music, check out his SoundCloudblog and show on Goodshit Radio which brings you “No bling, no bullshit, no commercialized crap – just good rap”.

Soul Tapes

Just a few consecutive days of sunshine later and Rusty Ryan has already recorded a new summer selection, covered as promised by High-Rise. Soul Tapes is a forty minute mix of 90s hip hop, RnB, soul and disco blended by Doctor’s Orders Brighton resident Rusty Russ Ryan. Highlights include Indigo Jam Unit’s take on the Common & Dilla classic The Light, The Glow of Love by Change and a whole slew of dope records dug out of a crate at a car boot sale. Listen online or download below, and scroll down for a tracklist.

If you’re unfamiliar with the work of Rusty Ryan then be sure to check out the Love Is What We Need mix he put out a couple of years ago. Follow him on SoundCloud for more music and on Twitter for the latest.

Click here for a tracklist…

The Big Payback

Onra, everyone’s favourite French-Vietnamese hip hop producer, was feeling generous today and posted a download link for The Big Payback, his 2007 album produced with American keyboard player Byron. I bought this along with Tribute, his collaborative effort with Quetzal, when the record red mist descended after hearing the Vietnamese inspired hip hop instrumental album Chinoiseries. Now you can get it for free, and without the guilt usually associated with downloading music produced by your favourite artists. Click below…

Onra & Byron – The Big Payback

This album seems to have turned out to be a bit of a sleeper, and undeservedly so. The Big Payback sits comfortably alongside Sa-Ra, Afta-1 and Frank-n-Dank with a combination of suave G Funk keys and Detroit synths provided by Byron, and Onra’s relentlessly heavy, neck snapping beats. It’s roughly half instrumentals and half guest shots, with accompaniment from French MC Dal Gren and American vocalists Isis and Neco Redd (who has stepped out with the Platinum Pied Pipers too). Off the top, highlights include Blueberry Weed, Sleeping Pills and The World. Onra has consistently delivered unusual and exciting records over the last few years, so it’s a little strange that, in spite of the more recent successes of Chinoiseries and Long Distance, he has only played a handful of shows in the UK. Luckily Brighton based promoters Throw Some Shapes have set about addressing this, and have booked him for a special live show down on the South Coast at the end of April. Alongside the Kyuss gig of the weekend just passed and the ridiculous Black Star show coming up in May, this has the potential to be one of the Top 3 gigs of the year. Click on the flyer below to get your ticket.

You can see footage of his live show at the Knitting Factory in New York up on Jay-Z’s new blog of really cool and relevant stuff, Life & Times. Check out Onra’s SoundCloud for more music and be sure to follow and like him on the various self facilitating media nodes for news, new music and gig announcements. Since we are in the neighbourhood, here are a couple of more High-Rise favourites produced by Onra and friends, both free to stream and download below.

Blackmarket Lost Tapes

At this point, it is quite tempting to be lazy and just dangle the words ‘previously unreleased Madlib’ in front of you, along with a download link. Open and shut case. But there is a little more to this particular find, so High-Rise comes with a few details too (after getting all worried about an April Fools…). Back in 1996, Madlib and sometime Lootpack and ‘Lib collaborator Kazi recorded an album, called it Blackmarket, then presumably lost the recording down the back of the sofa and forgot about it for almost 15 years. Luckily, Kazi had a clear out, dug up the crusty reel and put three tracks from it up on his Bandcamp. And it’s no low quality, cutting room floor business either – in fact, High-Rise reckons Tha Unstoppable is one of the best Madlib beats released recently…

This little lot will set you back $1 (or around 61 of the Queen’s pennies) so make sure you pick these up right now, tight-fisted stranger. There’s no word on a release date yet, so stay tuned to Stones Throw for more details as and when.