Monthly Archives: February 2014

Ben Bada Boom X Invention

After releasing his debut album “Collision” in conjunction with Melbourne-based producer Amin Payne in late 2013 via Cascade Records, Hamburgs own Ben Bada Boom sets out on another collaborative effort reaching across continents. This time he allies with Canadian Beatmaker Invention to bring us the lovely grooves we music-junkies fiend for. Their latest strike, titled “Kintsukuroi” starts out on a jazzy note and slowly develops into a mellow but still eclectic synth-driven masterpiece. To top it all off, the strings, synth-leads and pads, combined with excellent percussion, are enriched by the soothing voice of London-based singer Ellie Goulding.

On “Vxtamxn”, their first collaborative effort, Invention and Ben Bada Boom take a similar approach. The Foundation of the track is laid by a smooth jazz-piano sample, paired with hard-hitting drums and percussions, a simple but effective bassline and the usual synth-fireworks you would except from beat-makers of this calibre. If this won’t get you out of your chair to move your feet and hips, I don’t know what will.

Robot Orchestra’s “The Sun God” Remix

The Sun God by Common & Hi Tek is a beautiful track in its original form. Now, to remix a beautiful track like that without having everyone naging and bitching you got to have skill! We are used to find elaborate productions on a very high level when we search the word-wide-web for cologne based producer Robot Orchestra. This particular remix is a 100% match between beat and acapella (which is as rare as monkeys at the north pole) and you have the impression of hearing this wonderful song the first time all over again. Even the chorus got a new interpretation and fits perfectly in the new instrumental frame and the overall atmosphere!

IAMNOBODI feat. Stacy Epps – Lovelite (STERIO Remix)

Without a doubt, Sterio is one one Cologne’s most talented producers of today. Once again, he demonstrates his abilities in an impressive manner  with this re-work of IAMNOBODI’s track “Lovelite”, which features Atlanta-based singer Stacy Epps on the vocals. In contrast to IAMNOBODI‘s original version, Sterio’s take on the song is somewhat more electronic and propulsive on account of his extensive use of synth-sounds and pads. Due to his sense for chord progressions and melody’s, he manages to lay a perfect foundation for Stacy’s  Epps’ canto. Take a listen:

W.O.L.M & Shuffle Jack – Virtual Pencils

When producer Shuffle Jack and DC-based rapper W.O.L.M get together they mean business! On “Virtual Pencils”, Shuffle Jack provides a thick carpet of sound, made up of white-noise percussion and hard hitting drums, paired with strange vocals and futuristic synth-sounds. His production, combined with the lyrical contusions of W.O.L.M member Shamir make for a great listen. But see for yourselfs… The future is now!

Signs 1 – The Soothsayers

OMEN assembled a band of producers on this compilation titled “Signs 1 – The Soothsayers”. What’s quite interesting about this project is that all participants were asked to imagine what they would sound like 30-40 years from now. The result is a collection of 21 diversified tracks ranging from futuristic jazz-based beats to heavy synth-bangers.

Featured artists include: Handbook, Knowsum, Bugseed, Shuffle Jack, Robot Orchestra, J.Vibes and many more.

“Signs 1 – The Soothsayers” is available in digital format as well as on tape.

Melodiesinfonie – Friede Freude (Album Snippet)

Swiss Beat-maker Melodiesinfonie brings us this auspicious snippet from his forthcoming debut album “Friede Freude”. With “Friede Freude”, set to be released on march 15th 2014, Melodiesinfonie showacses his ability to combine nostalgic and modern elements into something completely new. Let Melodiesinfonie take you on a journey into his world, filed with positivity and love.

You can pre-order “Friede Freude” via HHV here.

Ode To Ghana Review by JUICE Magazin

1016268_721277051250108_847490971_nWenn es um afrikanische Musik geht, muss man aus HipHop-Sicht eigentlich nur kurz an der Oberfläche kratzen, um sich sofort jahrelang mit populären Feldern wie dem von Fela Kuti in Nigeria geprägten Afrobeat und äthiopischen Jazzern wie Mulatu Astatke befassen zu können. In deren Schatten stehen aber Länder, deren reichhaltige und von spannenden Fusionen geprägte Musikszenen erst vergleichsweise spät dokumentiert werden. Wie eben Ghana. 

Das von Robot Orchestra und Shuffle Jack gegründete und damit in Deutschland beheimatete Netzlabel Hobo Truffles lässt nun eine Armada von mehr oder weniger unbekannten internationalen Produzenten auf ghanaisches Rohmaterial aus Jazz, Highlife und Afrobeat los, das man partiell von Soundway-Compliations kennen könnte – was die aber daraus machen, ist irgendwie viel mehr als die Summe seiner 20 Teile. Da finden sich relativ simples Beat-Konducta-Loopdigging und übliche Schlurfdrums ebenso wie elaborierter Schwurbel-Jazz, modern interpretierter Afro-Funk und zwei, drei ernsthafte Banger, die förmlich nach dem nächsten Beatfight rufen (#Afrobeatfight). Und weil das alles auch noch kostenlos ist, kann man sich zwischen Ben Bada Boom, Peet, Kommerzklaus, Nomad und Freunden ganz hervorragend selbst aussuchen, wie man’s gern hätte. 

Ein neugierig machender Einstieg in eine vielleicht noch etwas mysteriöse Musikwelt ist das obendrein – und für diesen Winter locker die interessanteste Instrumental-Compliation in einer Sahara voller Beat-Tapes.

(JUICE Magazin N°157 / Ralf Theil)

MF DOOM (Remixed by Robot X Shuffle) Review by EyeKnowHipHop

Once again, we’re amazed by this great Review from EyeKnowHipHop! Here’s what they had to say about Shuffle Jack’s and Robot Orchestra’s MF DOOM Remix trilogy:

“The fine Hip Hop minds behind Hobo Truffles Ode To Ghana LP are back at it again; this time remixing the Supervillain’s instantly recognisable rhymes with some more of their inimitable beats.

Melody goes to show that Robot Orchestra and Shuffle Jack can flip anything and have it be an interesting composition that reshapes the sample material into a new form; it also provided the pair the much-coveted opportunity to create a killer comic-book intro to accompany DOOM’s larger than-life character. Viktor Vaughn himself has done this numerous times to perfection, but with this latest free mix, Robot X Shuffle join the likes of Grip Grand amongst the slim ranks of producers that have successfully payed homage to DOOM’s style; sampling daytime TV dramatics that loudly exclaim the arrival of the ‘metal-faced terrorist’, and although he can’t ‘claim responsibility’, I’m sure Dumile would approve of the new twists the producers put on his animated accapellas. The beat is busy, with loose percussion that twirls around you, as orchestral symphonies strive for your attention and continental crooners serenade the ear in between DOOM’s deft verses.

Their take on De La Soul’s Rock CoCane Flow floats along with an extraterrestrial sci-fi steez; the stop-start nature of the original feeling less jolting on this reworking; the pair programming hi hats and bells with patterns more interesting than cymatics.  The beat has a swing that falls over itself and compliments the more unorthodox elements of DOOM’s flow, then miraculously seems to fall back into place just in time for the De La MC’s to rhyme.

Robot Orchestra’s ambitious remix of Gazillion Ear takes Dilla’s lounge organ beat, files it away neatly; then begins a completely new page in the song’s history book, taking the accapella away from the Napoleon Dynamite-esque sounds of the original and towards a whole new paradigm. Using loose, rolling snares and beefy kicks that surreptitiously lay under stealthy organ melodies, this remix makes DOOM come across lyrically like James Bond’s Hip Hop cousin from the rough part of town; creeping through the London night with a swanky suit, a mouth full of beer, and a mask full of blunt smoke as he spills lyrical gifts left and right and tries to fuck his secretary. The melodies and steady bass of the middle section build slowly, forming a theatrical tension before Robot Orchestra releases those marching drums  on you once again, DOOM’s rhymes picking up momentum as the song gets it’s second wind. 

Pair any decent producer with MF; remix or collab, and I’m on board. Getting remixes of this calibre out of the blue from two of the instrumental Hip Hop scene’s best is enough to satisfy any instrumental head or dedicated DOOM fan.”

Nardo Says – Where Do We Go (prod. by Shuffle Jack)

Shuffle Jack and Pittsburgh-based rapper and singer Nardo Says joined forces for the new Pragmatic Theory MC compilation, titled “Forces Within The Framework”. The result is a beautifully jazzy and soulful track, which takes the listener back to that lovely mid 90s golden era vibe. Enjoy!