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kademlia on 03/20/2014 at 12:30AM

Ain’t No Love: Tears of Joy

Ain't No Love: Tears of Joy

Ain’t music produced better than with love?

This probably is the mantra of rising urban group Ain’t No Love, which, after wowing indie music fans with slicker-than-slick tunes via their self-titled EP, returns to FrostClick and FrostWire with a slightly moody yet incredibly delicious Tears of Joy.

Spreading their trademark “renegade pop” to audiences of other crowd-pleasers such as Iggy Azalea, Steve Aoki, and Calvin Harris, you bet your judgmental auditory senses that Saidah, Beanz, and 1990 aren’t amateurs – something that over 116,500 downloads of their first FrostWire feature Ain’t No Love EP can definitely attest to.


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kademlia on 02/05/2014 at 11:00PM

Hi-Rez: Product of My Environment

Hi-Rez: Product of My Environment

If you’re hoping to kick off 2014 with attitude, a fresh rap record might just do the trick.

Of course, FrostClick already has a collection in mind. That would be Hi-Rez‘s fifth and latest mixtape, Product of My Environment, which brims with a bravado and authenticity that we rarely see from urban releases nowadays. What gives?

Having went through an “extreme rough patch” for the past couple of years, the rapper has used his music as a sounding board to all his problems, resulting on a record that’s both heavily personal and unapologetically tongue-in-cheek at the same time.

Take the opening track, "Brandon Clark", for example. It boasts early 2000′s arrangement, bold lyrics, and crisp beats that easily puts it along the leagues of the catchiest hip-hop singles of the period. (50 Cent? Eminem?) You know, a period when songs actually had sense reading along a more relaxed path are the songs “Lifted” and “Love & Fear“, talking about the beauty of life and striving hard to achieve your goals.


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blocsonic on 04/16/2013 at 08:08PM

From Def Jam to blocSonic and the FMA

The Impossebulls (From left to right: C-Doc, Marcus J, Chuck D, DJ President Ike)

Thirteen years ago, if you were to tell me that I’d be running a music label now and releasing an album by a rap squad featuring Public Enemy’s legendary Chuck D among its ranks, I’d tell you to go write a book, ‘cause you’ve got one hell of an imagination! Thirteen years ago, I was still in art school and blocSonic wasn’t even a kernel of an idea yet. At the same time The Impossebulls began as a group of international Public Enemy fans joining forces with the Hard Rhymer himself, Mr. Chuck D, fellow PE member Professor Griff and long time PE collaborator Kyle Jason on a song railing against the major music industry entitled “We Don’t Need You”. At that point in time, the internet was still such a new entity that never before had a major music artist virtually collaborated with a group of fans. Actually… never before had a rap squad virtually collaborated, period. Thus, The Immpossebulls became the first virtual rap squad to collaborate online and distribute their music digitally.

Fast forward to today and you find that over the subsequent years The Impossebulls released music via Chuck D’s SLAMjamz and are still doing their thing. You’ll also find that members of the squad have made their way to this humble label, blocSonic, which began its story in 2007. If you’re familiar with blocSonic already, you might be familiar with names such as C-Doc, LOWdown (C-Doc and Tirade), Marcus J, DJ Def Chad & DJ President Ike who’ve already made their mark here on releases by C-Doc & LOWdown. They now all return as part of their core unit, The Impossebulls.

So who are The Impossebulls? The ‘Bulls are Marcus J, Tirade, Chuck D, DJ President Ike, DJ Def Chad, C-Doc, Mportd Flows (who we’ll hear more from later this year), Kyle Jason, 2DN, Pvt Militant, Jeff 10 as Bigg Jimm Slaade, Xeno, Dels Digglah & Wildman Steve. Over the years, they’ve developed a rich body of work that this retrospective does a great job of shining a light on. With blocSonic as a partner to help them get their incredible hip-hop music out to the world, they’re ready to continue to bring you the REAL. Get to know some of what they’ve already done and get ready for what they’re going to do! For a group who began it’s existance with a song that was in fact a big F*CK YOU to the major music industry, it only seems appropriate that they’ve made their way to a label that exists as an antithesis to that bloated, sleazy, music-product pumping industry.

Thank you to Chuck D, without whom the ‘Bulls wouldn’t exist! Thank you to the ‘Bulls for being a part of what blocSonic’s doing! It’s truly an honor to be able to help you get your music out to our listeners.

Of course, as always, thanks to YOU for continuing to listen to what we’ve got for you. If this is your first time listening to a blocSonic release … extra thanks to you for giving us a shot! I hope you continue to check us out. If you dig what you hear, be sure to support the artists however you can. Please, also spread the word about blocSonic, if you enjoy what we do. Remember… everything we release is cool to share! Always keep the music moving… share it… blog it… podcast it! If you’re in radio… support independent music and broadcast it!

— Michael Gregoire, Founder blocSonic.com

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jason on 01/15/2013 at 10:30AM

New Pop Fusion and Gangsta Rap From Brazil's Capital of Happiness

Beto Wilson of Lá Eles recording at WR Bahia studios, photo by Humberto Borges via Subterrâneo Records

Subterrâneo Records brings new Brazilian pop fusion and gangsta rap from Salvador, Bahia. "Brazil's capital of happiness" has always been a vibrant hub of musical invention where styles meld to form new genres. Salvador's Carnival, the world's largest party, was the first place electric guitar was heard in Brazil. Samba originated in the region, which is also the birthplace of tropicália pioneers Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso, and more recently of styles like Axé and samba-reggae and that mix local Afro-Brazilian genres like Forró with calypso and other carribean influences.

Lá Eles' six-song debut Infinito continues Salvador's grand tradition of fusing regional music with new influences. Check the electric guitar pulsing through "A Pulso," the reggae groove of "Ouro Bahia," the smooth trombone & trumpet lead on "Pela Cidade," the samba percussion instrument agogô on "Retirante," and the dash of synth sprinkled throughout. With a slew of guests guided by the voice of Beto Wilson, Infinito is so well-crafted and pristinely-produced that its complex time signatures breeze by effortlessly.

Infinito is only the third release from Subterrâneo Records. It is the follow-up to this hypnotic low-riding gangsta rap single from Oddish featuring guest MC's Banha and Neto Bicho-$olto:

Oddish and Lá Eles were both featured on Subterrâneo's eclectic debut compilation, Você Pensa Sub. We're looking forward to what's next from this vibrant young label!

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NeoBrazilians on 11/15/2012 at 01:41PM

November Playlist

The key for listening to this November Compilation of Brazilian songs is to... wait for the unexpected.

Even though there are a lot of different styles in this group of tracks (rock, trip-hop, electronic, hip-hop, cumbia, carimbó, experimental, instrumental), we can say that almost all of them do a great job of playing around with the rhythm and order of things. If the first 20 seconds of the track are not exactly your style, wait for the next 20 seconds, and it will probably change drastically.

The artists featured on this mix include Pipo Pegoraro, Mamma CadelaKarina BuhrMassa GrossaNSISTADJ IncidentalMacaco BongThe Soundscapes and Seychelles.

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