Category Archives: beats


Circle Star Records, Stones Throw’s step-sister, kicks off proper with Jesse Hackett aka JUNK

  Hackett’s been about for a good decade or so musically, but never as an outright solo musician. Under the name JUNK, his will be the first album release on the new Stones Throw imprint, Circle Star Records (their first 45 was a Dam Funk archive release back in 2009). You may already be familiar with his input as Gorillaz’

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year four

Preview King Deluxe’s Year Four compilation ft Alphabet’s Heaven, Jacob 2-2, Muta, more

The Canadian beats label celebrates its fourth anniversary with many artists it has brought to the fore, including Calvin Cardioid, Jacob 2-2, Muta, A Thousand Years, and the guy who first brought the label to my attention, Brighton bossman Alphabet’s Heaven.   The visuals for this label, from the ridiculous HR-FM, always knock me for six. Props! Buy the album

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blit cover

Blit, Doria on Chile’s Discos Pegaos

I’m late to this one as it was released in March, but I’ve just gone and bought it because it’s a stomping, lamenting, beast of an EP.   A veterian of the underground Chilean scene, he’s released on other labels for the past few years. The Doria EP is his first release on the forward thinking Discos Pegaos label, and

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J-Felix, Patience ft Abi Flynn

Brighton’s J-Felix has a new single out 15 June on digi for Tru Thoughts, following on from the fantastic 101 Reasons EP at the top of the year. Patience is gorgeously smooth, courtesy of Abi Flynn backed by lush instrumentation. Eighties boogie is a term thrown about a lot (I saw some lamenting the term when Okayplayer reposted this Whispers

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Seven Davis Jr preps Universes LP for July release

This one’s out on my birthday PLUS comes with the personal recommendation of Kutmah, so couldn’t possibly be avoided. Seven Davis Jr, who’s previously released on IZWID, Kutmah’s label, is all set to push out his debut Ninja Tune LP, Universes, on 24th July 2015. The man drips groove and innovation. Seven has been working on music for years, hence

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my kinda lady

Tarzan: My Kinda Lady

French producer Miqi O dons a new guise (or rather just a loincloth) as Tarzan, for an EP of offbeat, layered-up jungle rhythms. Download the EP for a very reasonable 4 euros now. It’s out on beats label Cosmonostro. My Kinda Lady by Tarzan

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Illa J with Kaytranada & Potatohead People – Strippers

You may have just missed the extremely limited 45 release of this single, previewing Illa J’s upcoming album on Bastard Jazz. Panic not though, as you can buy the digital from Bandcamp. Strippers by Illa J

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hud dreams

KNXWLEDGE releases Hud Dreems as Stones Throw debut

A whole lot of new sets of ears are about to opened up to Knxwledge with the release of his debut on Stones Throw today (vinyl is forthcoming, June 30). Read more about it here. Pre-order the vinyl from Stones Throw. Cop the digi straight from Knx. Have a listen to his back catalogue over on Bandcamp. His collab album with

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