Emails from Mello Music Group have an unfortunate habit of getting promptly buried by a load of other stuff on arrival, meaning I end up sleeping on modern classics from Apollo Brown, 14KT and other talented folks from their impressive roster. Today, however, the High-Rise inbox was treated to a much-needed Spring clean, and just in time for this to arrive…
For those in need of an introduction, Oddisee is a Washington DC born rapper and producer who spends his time between his hometown, Brooklyn and London, collaborating with the likes of Diamond District, Tranqil and Damu the Fudgemunk. Ain’t That Peculiar will be released next week as part of Odd Renditions, a collection of remixes featuring K-Os, Bon Iver and Metronomy. Keep an eye on High-Rise for that one. Oddisee also has a brand new album due out June 12th, which you can pre-order here. If you need to catch up on Oddisee’s considerable discography, make sure you do it via his Bandcamp.
The good people at Redef recently posted a new instrumental track from Damu the Fudgemunk called Brooklyn Flower. The track is a reworking of the Ramsey Lewis and Minnie Ripperton versions of Les Fleurs by Charles Stepney, with a sly Keith Murray sample thrown in for good measure. It’s one of the best Damu beats I have heard recently and fans of his will know this means it is well worth a listen. Brooklyn Flower has been produced for Slice of Spice Records and there is a 7″ on the way. Until then, you can download the song for free here (right click and save) and get the latest from Redef Records on the Wonkabeats blog. The cover art was produced by Joe Buck:
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Tagged Brooklyn Flower, Charles Stepney, Damu the Fudgemunk, Hip Hop, Joe Buck, Les Fleurs, Minnie Ripperton, Ramsey Lewis, Redef Records, Slice of Spice Records, Wonkabeats
There have been some exciting noises coming out of Redef Records recently. Along with a new Damu the Fudgemunk album, Supply for Demand, comes the news that Grap Luva is returning with a new 12″ and possibly instrumental album via Redef. The new single, Work It Out b/w Neva Dun, features production from Joc Max and Kev Brown – check out the preview.
I first ran into Grap Luva on the InI classic, Fakin’ Jax, where he featured alongside Rob-O, Rass, Marco Polo and his older brother, a producer by the name of Pete Rock. Damu has filmed a couple of videos of Grap in the studio playing through some unreleased beats and Continue reading
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Tagged Damu the Fudgemunk, Fakin' Jax, Grap Luva, Hip Hop, InI, Joe Buck, Marco Polo, Pete Rock, Rass, Redef Records, Rob-O, SP 1200, the Soul Brother