29 August 2017

Kayer - Permanent Knock

I posted about Permanent Knock, the new album from Kayer back in May and at the time I hadn't sat down and listened to the album, I'd only checked the tracks on Bandcamp. Since then I've received my tape order and spent some time listening to the album and I've got to say, as much as I enjoyed his earlier music this new album is really good.

I've been thinking about this for the last few days and I can't seem to pinpoint any one thing that makes this album stand out and I've come to the conclusion that it's the sum of all its parts that does it. Coming in at just over 34 mins the album is just the right length with no filler or lackluster tracks. There's some heavyweight guest verses from Myka 9, 2 Mex, Maleko, and Spoon of Iodine as well as guest cuts from Deeskee, Dj Vinroc, Dj Fossil, and one of my personal favorites Dj Icewater.

If you told me this album was made in the early 2000's during the heyday of the new wave of the bay area underground scene I would likely believe you and I'd be calling up Shane at Below The Surface or P-Minus at Atak to order a copy. In 2017 you unfortunately don't have the option of phoning Shane or P-Minus to order music but you can check out Kayer's bandcamp and order a digital or physical copy directly from him...and I suggest that you do. Please support good people making good music.


22 August 2017

Key-Kool & Rhettmatic - Kozmonauts

The homie Jackson reminded me about this album the other day and I started thinking about how influential it was when it came out in 1995. This was the first release on the Up Above Records label, 2 years before the Visionaries came out and really put the label on the map. I've always felt that this album, as well as the Lyfe'N'Time album from The B.U.M.S really helped open doors for a new generation of westcoast underground groups.

17 August 2017

The Bachelors - Wine, Women & Song

While listening to the Z-Man episode of The House List podcast I was reminded of the incredible Bachelors album from Z-Man and Vrse Murphy. I originally had a dub of this tape when it first came out and I don't think it left the tape deck in my car for 6 months. It's the perfect mix of Z-Man's skill & wit on the mic and Vrse Murphy's amazing production.

I've mentioned it before but if you aren't listening to The House List podcast you should really check it out. I can honestly say that I've enjoyed almost all of them but the most recent run of episodes with Tajai, Z-Man, Riddlore, and Sach have all been great. 

12 August 2017

All Purpose - Aural Sex

Repost from the Ghetto Tyylit archives: "Second release by All Purpose DJ's Lex & True Justice (pioneers in the Bay Area hiphop scene since early 90's). This mixtape contains songs by Misfitz Ov Stylz, Eclipse 427, P's & Q's (of Cytoplasmz), Fundamentals, Bas-1, etc"

4 August 2017

Kennuf Akbar - The Prelude

Filling a request from Etienne over at the Til Infinity blog from the Ghetto Tyylit archives.