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Small Professor Gets Freaky With 'Nasty Jawns IV'

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 11:06:39 PST

Quiet as kept, Small Professor's getting the love in 2017 that I figured he should've been getting years back. Not only does he have a single with the late and legendary Sean Price under his belt, but, alongside Zilla Rocca, he's 1/2 of Career Crooks, who put out one masterpiece of an album, Good Luck With That. Delving deeper into his mental, Small Pro drops Nasty Jawns IV, a collection of NSFW-sounding instrumentals that blend the boom bap with the ass clap.

It's interesting; I remember growing up as a kid and listening to Prince or other R&B acts using actual sexual moans and sounds in the music and feeling mad dirty. Something about the carnal act being so private that committing it to wax felt like the ultimate sin. I'm a grown ass man, and now I just laugh at syrupy-slick Small Pro beats incorporating all kinds of sounds that reside for $free.99 over on XNXX.

Get your grown up on via Bandcamp.

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Jett I. Masstyr Reflects On His 'Wonderful' 2017 With New Instrumental LP

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 10:55:01 PST

Despite the fact that Donald Trump is the current President of the United States, it's not like 2017 was all bad...right? OK, maybe that's a bit of a stretch. Doesn't mean you can't rejoice in the goodness that's come from the last year of life. That feel seems to be what pushed Jett I. Masstyr to construct his latest instrumental album, Wonderful.

"This past year for me has been a year of setbacks and steps forward on every level," Jett says. "I've put out more music this year than in the last 3-4 years combined. Wonderful is how I'm feeling, despite the ups and downs...things could be worse. But since we're all here, might as well call it what it is, Wonderful."

Stream the full project below, and if you're digging it, cop it via Bandcamp. While you're at it, check out this feature Micro Chop did on Jett I. Masstyr.

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Lenzman and Dan Stezo Take It Back to 'The Boombox'

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 09:30:12 PST

Lenzman has been on a roll with The North Quarter, especially when it comes to cooking up marvelous mixtapes. Their latest, "The Boombox," feels like an instant classic. Lenzman's a don when it comes to a particularly soulful drum & bass vibe. Add Dan Stezo on the vocal, on a day like today, when Winter Storm Benji is lightly coating part of the East Coast with snow? Puts you in some type of mood.

The mix is massive, and free; stream and download below. And if you love that artwork, you can win a hoodie with the art on it. Only thing missing is a tracklist, which you more than likely won't get. Happy hunting!

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Redman Is the Rap Oscar Madison, and This Compilation Proves It

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 10:32:20 PST

While I know Ivan of Hip Hop Is Read is around, I know he hasn't been keeping HHIR as tidy as he could.  Hell, I go through the same shit. But it's dope to see that he returns with a BANGER of a compilation, highlighting how ill Redman has been...over the last four years. For as many jokers as there are out there sleeping on Red, it's funny to see a compilation that's 24-tracks deep showcasing all of the reasons why you shouldn't be sleeping on Doc right NOW!

The best part? Ivan got the idea from a stray comment in a Hot 97 interview. Stream the full project below.

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The Planet of the Drums Crew Assemble For a Drum & Bass 'Awakening'

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 06:30:45 PST

While AK1200, Dieselboy, Messinian, and DJ Dara have been touring the world, preaching the drum & bass philosophy as Planet of the Drums since 2000, this new mix ('Awakening') is their first official mix...EVER. Spanning 81+ tracks (which include a number of teases), this mix clocks in at an hour and 37 minutes, and truly takes heads to another dimension. There's no time frame on track selection; you're being given teases of Remarc's "RIP" and Digital's "Deadline" alongside newer material from DC Breaks, Chase & Status, Dimension, and others. The set moves at full speed, doesn't take breaks, and is the perfect way to ride out a truly trying year.This set is a perfect combination of the squad's collective strengths, and should be seen as a proper statement of intent from the crew. Stream and download the mix via SoundCloud, and bask in the glow of the tracklist down below. frameborder="no" height="300" scrolling="no" src="" width="100%">Tracklist:01 // Planet Of The Drums - The Awakening02 // Mind Vortex - Future Fold VIP [Ram]03 // Delta Heavy - Space Time [Ram]>>> DJ Vapour - Paper Cuts [36 Hertz]04 // Black Sun Empire - Crash Dive [Blackout]05 // DC Breaks - Swag 2017 [Ram]06 // Delta Heavy - Gargantua [Ram]07 // Black Sun Empire & Prolix - No Advance [Blackout]08 // Tobax & Glass Cobra - Pimp Limp [Titan]09 // Frankee - Skuttle [Ram]10 // Noisia - Voodoo (Outer Edges VIP) [Vision]11 // Culture Shock - Low Frequency [Ram]12 // Current Value & Prolix - Fake [Trendkill]13 // Aries - Bad Man [Lion Dub]14 // Serum & Voltage - Cobra [Philly Blunt]15 // Leaf - Wu Style [Serial Killaz]16 // X-Tortion - Casino (Callide Remix) [Serotone]>>> Sub Focus - Swamp Thing [Ram]17 // Gridlok & AK1200 - Long Weekend [Blackout]18 // Beast Mode - Ganja Baby [Killa Dubz]>>> Digital - Deadline [31]19 // Delta Heavy - Kaleidoscope (Rene LaVice Remix) [Ram]20 // State Of Mind - Giant [Eatbrain]>>> Remarc - RIP [Suburban Base]>>> Craggz & Parallel Forces - Love Insane [Valve]21 // Jaydan - Outlaw [Smokin Riddims]>>> Total Science - Jungle Jungle [Metalheadz]22 // Chase & Status - Tribes [MTA]23 // Hamilton - Bounce That [Ram]24 // DC Breaks - Step Up [Ram]25 // Original Sin - Video Nasty [Dub]26 // Prolix - Nature Of Reality [Shogun]27 // Drumsound & Bassline Smith - Shutdown [Technique]28 // Drumsound & Bassline - Thug Killer [Technique]29 // Forward - Dewey [Shogun]30 // Signal - Descent [Critical]31 // Pornography [MTA]32 // Subfocus - Vapourise [Ram]>>> DJ Krust - Kloakin Devices [Full Cycle]33 // Sound In Noise - Duppy Bass [Ram]34 // Sepsis - Goes Like (The Prototypes Remix) [Crucast]35 // Dimension - UK [MTA]36 // Yellow Claw & Juyen Sebulba - Do You Like Bass (Nymfo Remix) [Zibiria]37 // Deadcode - Bomboclot [Deadcode]38 // SCAR - Burnside VIP [Dispatch]39 // Noisefloor - Roller [Patrol The Skies]40 // Saxxon - Levitation Dub [Dub]41 // Serum - Ripped Open [Souped Up]>>> Dillinja - Thugs [Test]42 // Saxxon & AK1200 - Keep On [Dub]43 // Shimon & Trimer - Scaredy Cat [Audioporn]>>> Distorted Minds feat. Strikez - Blacker VIP [D-Style]44 // Spor - Kingdom [Lifted]45 // Telekinesis & L33 - Meanwhile [Eatbrain]46 // Modest feat. Partysquad - Rainbow (Original Sin Remix) [Max]47 // Dub Phizix & Skeptical feat. Strategy - Marka [Exit]48 // Total Science & Digital & Spirit - Jigsaw [CIA vs Phantom Audio]49 // Original Sin - 50 50 [Dub]50 // Response - Dekadenz [Fresh 86]>>> Dara & A-Sides - Unholy Grail [Orgone]51 // Optiv & BTK - Mind Control (Mizo Remix) [Dutty Audio]52 // TC - Tap Ho (A.M.C. Remix) [Don't Play]53 // TC - Abo[...]

Cymarshall Law Remixed An Ed Sheeran Track

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 06:58:09 PST

Wifey and I have been watching a fuckload of those FBE "React" channel episodes where the adults and teens they have on the payroll have to guess songs by a few seconds of audio. The other day, they played Ed Sheeran's "The Shape Of You," and while I couldn't figure out the name of the song, I knew I was a fan of the track...which was kind of surprising?

Almost as surprising as NJ's Cymarshall Law going for almost three moments over this slinky riddim about, what else, shorty who he's eyeing. Truth be told, if you're trying to holler at shorty, you might need to commit some of these lines to memory. She'll be impressed. Then pass her the MP3 and be like "here, this is how I feel about you." You're welcome. Stream and download below.

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DJ Cable's "Work" Flips a Hip-Hop Classic

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 09:25:08 PST

DJ Cable's a certified favorite here at RTD for tracks like this. The UK-based DJ/producer/label head has an edge up on most, considering that he's a nimble-fingered DJ who knows how to properly slide in between the worlds of hip-hop and grime to create truly unique tunes for the heads on both sides. Riddle me this: who else would take the sample from East Flatbush Project's "Tried By 12" and turn it into this diced-up UK grime mastrerpiece? Add emcees Reece West and Grim Sickers to the mix and it's MURDAH!

Cable's not only giving away the vocal for "Work," but he's also giving you the instrumental, all for the free. What more could you truly as for?

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Holly (and Company) Journey Into the Future on 'Maggie Love'

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 06:14:10 PST

Portugal's Holly has truly been on one. My homey Nappy put me onto his material back when we were still asking if androids could dance, and the prolific producer has netted himself everything from releases on SMOG, Firepower, Trekkie Trax, and other progressive imprints to winning A-Trak's first Goldie Awards.

For his next trick, he's aligned with SATURATE! to release his new EP, Maggie Love, featuring a number of talented producers: Starkey, Kraddy, and more. And because it's SATURATE!, it features a host of superfuture material and a stack of remixes, including an intoxicating rework from DJ Pound. The entire release (10 tracks, including remixes) feels like we're immersing ourselves in the future of sound. Dare to dive in.

You can grab the EP from SATURATE!'s Bandcamp page for free; it will only be available for a limited time for that price, so hop on this deal ASAPia.

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Westside Gunn Is Coming Off The Top Rope, "Finn Balor"

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 06:54:06 PST

You ever been making a mix(tape) and wanted to slow the vibe down a mite, but couldn't find the track to do it? Westside Gunn's latest might be that one. Similar to how Ghostface can take a hypnotic, throwback loop and do a thug's waltz to it, Gunn comes off the top rope (similar to WWE superstar Finn Balor) on the Green Lantern-produced track. This isn't an elegant swan dive; Gunn's brutalizing the beat, stomping on top of it on some precision missile shit.

The best part? It's available for free. Enjoy that.

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Cold Chillin': Von Pea and The Other Guys Break Down Their New Album, 'The Fiasco'

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 18:32:42 PST

We're a little over a year of Donald Trump being elected to the office of President of the United States of America; even typing that is weird as shit. And because of how weird and horrific and challenging it's been, heads cope in different ways. If you're me, you write your feelings out while downing bottles of brown liquor. If you're someone like Von Pea, you link up with the Washington, D.C.-based production duo known as The Other Guys and craft what became the 10-track album The Fiasco, which is out now (digitally, with vinyl expected to drop in January of 2018)."Sometimes I feel like I’m being trolled by the world," Brooklyn's own Von Pea says when asked about the title of this album. "There's always some silly shit happening that doesn’t make sense to me. World leaders beefing on Twitter that can literally set off a nuclear war…and a lot of minor dumb shit."I realize how many things are marketing and cult of personality in general," Pea continues. "I’d compare it to a rebellious teen once their parents get a divorce. My perspective on a lot of things has changed and I’m walking in a new direction. This isn’t the guy from To: You."What Pea's referring to is the first project he worked on with The Other Guys, 2014's To: You. While it's just as many tracks as The Fiasco, it's largely considered an EP; it's also not the first time these three have linked up on tracks. Many should remember Von and Donwill being featured on The Other Guys' 2014 single "Blow My Mind," The Other Guys actually point to Von doing the intro of their 2013 instrumental release The Week as the first time they actually worked together. Either way, it was after "Blow My Mind" that they all say was when they realized that this could be more than Von hopping on a single of theirs. allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="620">"They caught me at a good time where I was open to working on a full project," Von remembers, "not to mention I really liked the beats." And while To: You might have started out as one thing, he reflects on how it became "a group album. At first I was asked to be on multiple songs, as it was their album, but when it came together we shared the billing. I remember walking around listening to the beat that became “Chasing Amy” and saying 'yeah…this project is gonna work out'."Mighty Joe of The Other Guys says while he and Isaiah "always set out to make something that sounds cohesive," he remembers that "Von kind of lead the project where he wanted to go and we simply allowed it to grow in that direction." For what it's worth, it definitely helped that, as Joe put it, Von is "one of the easiest artists we’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. From the moment we begin the project it was an effortless affair. We’d give him the canvas and he’d paint a masterpiece."Listening to Von describe his process, he definitely is all about substance over flash. "I focus on the overall feeling of the album," he says, "and wait to hear beats that make me want to write. I’ve turned down bangers on To: You and The Fiasco that didn’t necessarily jump out but sounded like they were made for the overall mood of the album. Overall, I tend to think those instant gratification beats don’t fit my style."With Von and Don dropping an excellent Tanya Morgan album earlier this year, along with The Other Guys releasing their own instrumental project, it's interesting to note that while The Other Guys hit up Von about working on what ultimately became The Fiasco, this project wasn't even set to drop in 2017. Von's actually got a whole album that he self-produced follow-up to 2010's Pea's Gotta Have It (titled City For Sale) that he's set to release in 2018 (while Mighty Joe didn't want to spill the beans on fu[...]

Valona Denise Has to "Level Up Now"

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 13:49:51 PST

Feel like it's been a minute since I've heard some new heat from Trenton's own Valona Denise, and I'm loving this Beatmenace-produced "Level Up Now." Over the barely two-minute gem, V.D. doesn't hold anything back, clapping at anyone standing in her way and commenting on anything that's fucking up her day.

Sometimes, it just beez like that. Stream "Level Up Now" below, and turn this one up LOUD. Hopefully we've got some new material from Valona on the way.

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Von Pea and The Other Guys Are Back With A New Project, 'The Fiasco'

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 13:10:20 PST

Back in 2014, Von Pea released To: You, an album that was produced front-to-back by The Other Guys. In a year that's seen projects drop from each, they've linked up together once again for a 10-track album, The Fiasco. From what I've heard, it's going to be a problem, especially if you're a fan of Von's pen.

Don't believe me? Check out these two tracks from the release. "Oh Yeah" features Von Tanya Morgan bredren Donwill on the mic, while Skyzoo and fellow Lessondary member Rob Cave drop bars on "Wires." The Fiasco drops November 24th. Pre-order today.

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Skrewtape Blesses Us Effortlessly With "Simplexity"

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 16:46:59 PDT

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Been a minute since I've seen Skrewtape, it feels, and you could straight-up follow him on social media for his hilarity. His new video for the Expo-produced "Simplexity," though? It's a glowing example of one of Jersey's finest going for his over an ever-evolving instrumental. Shit gets as lit as I imagine he is. Check out the video up above.(image)

Download 10 Songs Star Slinger Put Out For Free This Year

Sat, 07 Oct 2017 07:39:53 PDT

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While the duties at my day job have gone from covering the electronic music scene to covering the world, I am still firmly checking out what's going on in the electronic music scene. One of the constants in my world has been Star Slinger, the UK house music maven that's been on quite a roll. We're talking 10 free tracks in 2017 (so far) kind of a roll.

He recently explained why he did this, and the reasoning isn't surprising. "I love to create & get things out there without the politics and waiting times I experience with record labels," he confesses. "Its just more fun & I can get feedback on my ideas quicker." If you feel like you've slept-on his output this year, he understands. "[T]here has been so many & I just put out into the world without making much noise on socials. I have been even toying with the idea of releasing music weekly!"

I figured it made sense to make a full playlist of the 10 tunes (well, nine and a dope mixtape) for those who might have missed them. You can download them all via his Bandcamp page (and, if you want to support, cop some merch). Perfect pre-game playlist, trust.

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Stream DJ Manny's "Footwork Masterclass" 'Greenlight'

Sat, 07 Oct 2017 06:51:18 PDT

Image via LIKES.THISI'm not sure if Fall is for footworkers, but it feels like most of the illest footwork comes out this time of the year; maybe it has something to do with footwork pioneer DJ Rashad's birthday being October 9th. Whatever the case may be, one of Rashad's proteges, DJ Manny, has unleashed what the Teklife crew is calling a "footwork masterclass" in the form of his latest project, Greenlight. I've had it on since it dropped on the 6th and have been enamored. It's the proper mixture of special Teklife bass thumps and UK jungle-leaning breakbeat editing, laced with hypnotic synths and call-and-response hooks.In typical Teklife fashion, Manny doesn't shy from putting the squad on. Burgeoning bass beast DJ Taye (a duo who knocked out the memorable "Burnin Ya Boa") is featured on half of the album's 10 tracks, but you're also hearing from the likes of DJ Chap and DJ LUCKY, but don't get it twisted; cuts like "Like That" highlight Manny being comfortable enough on his own to churn out solo BANGERS.You can stream the entire album below, but it's highly recommended that you cop Greenlight digitally or on vinyl. And note, you can get a vinyl album AND a Greenlight t-shirt if you cop from Cargo. frameborder="no" height="300" scrolling="no" src="" width="100%"> [...]

Tierra Whack's "MUMBO JUMBO" Is Far From Her Surname

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 16:15:32 PDT

You have to love when dope music smacks you upside your head out of nowhere. I promise you I'd never heard of Philly's own Tierra Whack since earlier today, when everyone and their mother was sharing the video for her new single "MUMBO JUMBO," but I'm glad I clicked on it.

Homegirl can obviously spit, but her new single finds her flipping the script, sending up the "mumble rap" scene on its ear. The video, which is eerie as fuck, finds Tierra in a dentist's chair, getting work done on her teeth. I feel like she laughed at the thought of mumble rappers sounding like they were in the dentist's office trying to talk and took it to the next level. It's an intriguing clip that makes me love the song even more.

Check out the video below, and cop the single. You need it.

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RIP Apex

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 19:00:21 PDT

Earlier today, word swept the drum & bass world regarding the passing of Robert Dickeson, known to many as Apex. The Maidstone, England-born producer started out as 1/2 of Unknown Error, getting some major looks via Renegade Hardware and Moving Shadow, but ended up splitting from the duo in 2007 to much success for Hospital and Lifted Music, among other imprints. allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="620">As of late, Apex had been making house and techno, releasing material as Robert Oaks on Mau5trap. seamless="" src="" style="border: 0; height: 120px; width: 100%;">My Shadow EP by Robert OaksWhile there's no official word on cause of death, a number of sites are reporting that Apex committed suicide. Unknown Error posted a heartfelt note on Facbeook. allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="704" scrolling="no" src="" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" width="500">Andy C, Kill the Noise, and Blu Mar Ten also shared their condolences on social media.RIP Apex ...such a sad day :(— Andy C (@ANDYC_ram) October 2, 2017Not only does it include that "Drank, Kush, Barz" flip she did that introduced me to her beautiful music in the first place, but it's got her Destiny's Child / DJ Vadim rework, and that Gucci bit that hit the internet days prior to this release. Ten gems in total; and if you're a producer, you can grab the acapellas as well.I also realized that the second Mousey mixtape of 2017 dropped when I was on holiday, but you can still grab that (and its acapellas). [...]

Rapsody Links With Busta Rhymes For "You Should Know"

Sun, 03 Sep 2017 08:23:22 PDT

Always good to hear new material from Rapsody, especially when it's coming from a forthcoming project (Laila's Wisdom), which drops on September 22 via Roc Nation. As she's been linked with 9th Wonder, he cooks up a "Cell Therapy"-flipping instrumental that feels live as hell. The song then takes a turn, throwing Busta Rhymes into the mix over some more sultry riddims.

You can stream this cut down below, or check it out on Apple Music, Spotify, and Tidal.

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Profane's Gone Wicked On The "Drughms"

Sun, 27 Aug 2017 18:17:06 PDT

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I feel like it's been a bit since Profane has hit me with some material, but he's more than made up for it with the maniacal drum set workout in "Drughms." Profane comes from that Inperspective / choppage school, where it's equally about the source of your samples as it is about the rhythm you concoct with it.

For "Drughms," I'm going to assume he lifted some live gospel band (something about the organ and the kick/crash patterns that have me quizzical), but instead of giving you a straight-forward anthem, he's gone a bit tribal-ish with it. It's drum & bass, but I doubt you're cutting a rug to this. "Drughms" is one of those tunes that you drop mid-set to have the crowd standing in awe at what you're drawing.

This one is available for whatever you want to pay for it via Digital Wreka. Stream the tune below, and if you want to really get entranced, check out the video he cooked up for this tune. Pure video game bliss.

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KOTA The Friend Continues to Impress With New EP 'Paloma Beach'

Sun, 27 Aug 2017 07:06:01 PDT

"Hundred times iller than the nigga that you tucking in..."

Young KOTA did that. KOTA The Friend is my kind of artist; he's of today, but deeply entrenched in yesterday. We've been rocking with him for the last year and a half (or so), and while he's from Brooklyn, he definitely has a more chilled, Left Coast-drenched vibe to him. Probably why I dig "Sacramento" from his new EP Paloma Beach.

With summertime escaping us, it's always dope to have people like KOTA keeping us locked in the slower, more thoughtful place. KOTA's got a wicked pen, but knows how to lounge while giving you something to chew on. My kind of hype. Grab Paloma Beach today, or get your stream on via Spotify, Tidal, or down below.

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R.O.E. Goes On a "Cruise" With Natalie Oliveri

Sat, 26 Aug 2017 15:04:01 PDT

After getting word that J. Slikk had released a free instrumental LP, it was wild to get new material from Chicago's R.O.E. with the Slikk-produced "Cruise," featured Natalie Oliveri. There's a dope back-to-the-future vibe to this one, as soulful as it is boom bap-y. It's also all about riding with your lady (or significant other), and with these being the last real days of chilled summer, this might be the perfect cut to ride out to.

Stream "Cruise" below, and if you rock with it, cop it via iTunes.

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J. Slikk Returns To Warn Us That 'Sometimes It Snows'

Sat, 26 Aug 2017 14:51:46 PDT

I was going to say it'd been a long ass time since I'd heard material from Chitown's J. Slikk, but that's a goddamn lie. Slikk produced R.O.E.'s "The Race," and cooked up a heartfelt tribute to DJ Timbuck2 at the top of 2016. Thing is, when Slikk was really on his dean, RTD was following all of his moves, so it feels like he dropped off the face of the Earth. He didn't (praise Jah), as his new instrumental LP Sometimes It Snows proves, as he's got 16 free, fiery instrumentals for the taking.

There's a number of dates in these titles ("12.21.17," "2.15.18," and "3.22.18") that I'm not sure hold any meaning, but he did let me know that this is the first of three(!) albums, with two of them already done. He also said he's blessed, and it looks like he decided to bless the world with some intoxicatingly hypnotic material.

You can stream the full project below, and grab it for the free on Bandcamp.

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