Monthly Archives: April 2012

House Shoes – The Makings Pt 1

New music from one of Detroit’s finest. The Makings is a two part selection of House Shoes-produced records, released via The Smoking Section to promote Let It Go, his debut album due out June 19th. It features vocal talent in the form of Danny Brown, Proof, MED, Roc Marciano and more, and will put soundly to sleep any doubts you may have had over Shoes’ ability to produce heavy records. Listen and download below, and stay tuned to High-Rise for part 2.

High-Rise first really became aware of House Shoes’ production when he dropped Free Your Funk, a mix he put together to anticipate the Dilla Tribute edition of the eponymous French club night. Although House Shoes was a household name already, this mix was a bit of an eye opener. One track in particular stood out, wrongly reported as a Dilla joint in places but featuring the man himself on vocals. Check it out below.



SELA is a brand new name to High-Rise. At the time of going to pixels, the 18 year old Californian has spent just 8 months making music but has already developed a distinct, muted style. Having been weaned onto cloud rap by Donky Pitch co-head-honcho Grinel, I reckon SELA’s music bears some resemblance to that of Friendzone and Main Attrakionz, as well as High-Rise absolute favourite Knxwledge. It’s sample-based but languid, lo-fi and side-chained, like your next-door neighbour is throwing a party. His latest release, Men Have Secrets, But No Mystery, came out earlier this month. Listen and download below:

SELA has gained some notable fans in his brief career, including Friendzone, Ryan Hemsworth and the A$AP Mob. Earlier this month, Prefix Magazine interviewed him and Pretty Much Amazing used his music to hoodwink Flying Lotus fans with an April Fool. Those eager for more SELA can find a Knx-like profusion of records on his Bandcamp. If you are new to this cloud rap thing, make sure you check out Main Attrakionz and the Green Ova Records crew, Executive Series, Clams Casino and Lee Bannon.

BeatPete – Dope On Plastic Part 4

More strictly vinyl business from our Berlin connection, BeatPete. It’s another solid selection of leftfields and offbeats, featuring tracks from K-Def, Eric Lau, Exile, Damu and Dexter. Stream and download via SoundCloud below:

Knxwledge – Karma.Loops.Prt.2

New Knx! Nought but seventeen days after his last release, Knxwledge returns with more creative punctuation and Karma.Loops.Prt.2. It’s another 5 track affair, featuring more beats that sound like they’re being played at high volume by your next-door neighbour. Head below to stream and purchase.

Jack Smith – 75 Beats

The humble beat tape is an often misunderstood fellow. Typical complaints include “there are no lyrics”, “the tracks are too short” and “there are too many of them”. If you are guilty of any such slights on the character of the beat tape, you might be better off surfing somewhere else. This is a shame, because you’ll miss out on a generous helping of well produced music exclusive to High-Rise. If you’re still here, Jack Smith made a beat tape called 75 Beats. It’s got 75 beats on it, the overwhelming majority of which are hot like fire. Download
it below:

Jack Smith – 75 Beats Part 1
Jack Smith – 75 Beats Part 2

Personal favourites include Bear ra, Crown Court, Princess 3 2 and his Erykah Badu remix, though there are really too many to mention. I can hear shades of Knxwledge and old Paul White here and there, so fans of those two (read: fans of hip hop music with intriguing qualities) should pick this up without delay. If you are in search of more from Jack or want to get in touch, hit up his SoundCloud.

Dexter – The Simpsons Flip

On paper, remixing the Simpsons theme tune doesn’t sound like a brilliant idea, but then few could execute it with such finesse. In fact, given my face looked like crumpled newspaper after one listen, ‘finesse’ might not be the right word.

It took a bit of digging to unearth exactly which Dexter is responsible (there are quite a few kicking around the internet), but turns out The Simpsons Flip the work of this man, a German beatmaker signed to MPM along with Suff Daddy, Brenk and DJ Adlib. An official release would seem unlikely as Fox hold the keys to the sample, but hopefully Dexter will see fit to bless us with a proper version in the not too distant future. I heard it on Gilles Peterson’s new BBC 6Music show, but it looks like Lefto dropped it first.

Fredfades – Ganxtas Don’t Rap, They B.O.O.G.I.E

Long time High-Rise favourite Fredfades has turned his finely tuned ears to modern funk, disco and boogie to create Ganxtas Don’t Rap, They B.O.O.G.I.E. I feel like High-Rise might have missed the boat on posting this mix, but I’ve listened to it so many times since picking it up last month that it’s going up anyway. The perfect soundtrack for sun-drenched car journeys.

If you are keen for more, Fred made an appearance on A Downtown Affair WNYU while on a recent trip to New York. Click here for an interview and to hear him go head-to-head with residents Tackleberry and Mike McGill with a selection of boogie and modern soul.

Benji B’s Sci-Fi Special

A few weeks back, I mentioned Benji B had something special in store for his show on April 5th. True to his word, he delivered an Science-Fiction Special of truly galactic proportions in the early hours of this morning. The track list is stellar (apologies), featuring music from Floating Points, Herbie Hancock, Dabrye and a generous helping of Vangelis among others. To top it all off, Space Dimension Controller concocted an exclusive analogue laden track for the show.

You can listen to the show on iPlayer for the next seven days. If you are part of the High-Rise international family or would like a copy of the mix to bump in your car, visit the ever reliable Core News.

Knxwledge – Karma.Loops.Prt.1

Knxwledge is showing no sign of giving up his release-a-month habit of the last year or so. Karma.Loops.prt.1 is a neat five track EP, released on April 1st but reassuringly 100% fool free. Yet another high quality release with little to no filler in spite of his prodigious output. Stream and purchase below.