The MC’s kick off Mixtape Monday with projects from Seed x Nottz, Matt McGhee, Kid Breeze and more.
Seed x Nottz reprise their late-90s magic with the incredible new collaborative project No Way In Hell. Maryland native Matt McGhee drops Since You’re Watching, Kid Breeze returns with St. Elmo’s Fire, Nashville’s own Gee Slab raps In Real Life and Montreal’s Ghostnaut takes listeners on a world tour.
Jarreau Vandal, Fatima and Devin Tracy slow things down just a bit with a handful of rock-solid r&b and soul projects. Jansport J kicks things off for the producers with the Low beat tape. Lateef Dameer, Jack Wolff, Packed Rich and Tab Jones close things out with more instrumental releases.
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Matt McGhee – Since You’re Watching
Maryland’s own Matt McGhee follows the 2017 Under New Management mixtape with the ten-track Since You’re Watching EP featuring appearances from Cal Rips, rMel, Alex Vaughn and Lil Tracy.
Seed x Nottz – No Way In Hell
Seed (bka The Bad Seed) and Nottz drop No Way In Hell, reprising the celebrated duo act that found them making waves in the late-90s with their collaborative single “For The Kids.” Fast forward to 2018, the beats and rhymes are as sharp as the biting political commentary that peppers the release.
Nearly two decades since releasing classic material together, the BK-VA duo of Seed & Nottz are back at it with an album that’s lyrically timely and musically timeless, ‘No Way In Hell.’ As the ten tracks on here rattle through your system, one thing’s incredibly clear: this project was definitely worth the wait. Hopefully it doesn’t take another 20 years for these two to drop another project.
Kid Breeze – St. Elmo’s Fire
Kid Breeze teams once again with producers Tha Shipmates for the follow-up to Snowball Effect entitled St. Elmo’s Fire.
Gee Slab – In Real Life
Nashville MC Gee Slab follows the 2017 release of Favor Ain’t Fair with the 14-track album In Real Life featuring appearances from Lil Bre, The BlackSon and Top Prospekt.
Ghostnaut – From Montréal To Welly
Montreal producer Ghostnaut travels clear across the globe in a handful of songs on his latest release entitled From Montréal To Welly.
his album ‘From Montreal to Welly’ was created in between Montreal and New-Zealand. The birth of the project happened just before Raw’s Collective summer tour in November 2017 when Ghostnaut mentioned the idea of crafting an album from his beats catalog to Raw Deezy (Raw Collective’s founder). They both agreed and jumped into this soulful voyage made of a long lasting friendship and some great worldwide talents (musicians and emcees). The album itself has a bit of throwback feel, as infuses lyrical boom bap with live organic band instruments sound.
Jarreau Vandal – Anthology
Amsterdam’s own Jarreau Vandal drops his debut thirteen-track project Anthology featuring appearances from Kiah Victoria, Hollie Carmen x Jay-Way, Ace Hashimoto, Sam Wills and more.
Fatima – And Yet It’s All Love
Eglo Records representative and r&b/nu-soul favorite Fatima marks her sophomore release with the arrival of And Yet It’s All Love. The project features contributions from MNDSGN, Taz Arnold, Swarvy, Purist and more.
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Devin Tracy – Soulection Black Label: 02
Rising New York City-based vocalist Devin Tracy celebrates the release of his debut EP with the arrival of Soulection Black Label: 02.
Releasing his debut EP, Devin Tracy’s Soulection Black Label is an array of soulful melodies, captivating vocals, with an essence of boom bap R&B. From start to finish, the Florida native creates precise, smoothly woven stories of love and struggle in all phases maintained by his laid back flow and steady rhythms.
Jansport J – Low
Jansport J explores the varied states of human existence across the twenty-one tracks of his introspective new instrumental tape Low.
Love, nostalgia, consciousness and artist integrity; these are some of the themes masterfully weaved in and out of LOW’s soundscapes. Jansport stitches together carefully selected samples, nuanced drum loops, and pungent soundbites. By the time you realize you are being serenaded by the revelations of one of America’s greatest literary giants, the album’s true concept becomes clear: nobody knows what’s real and what’s not real. But you wake up everyday to try and figure it out anyway.
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Lateef Dameer – No Signal
Jersey City-based producer Lateef Dameer returns almost one year after the release of First Kiss with the six-track instrumental project No Signal featuring Emilio Guarino.
Jack Wolff – Self-Titled
UK producer Jack Wolff teams with vocalist Lladel Bryant and engineer Swarvy to deliver Self-Titled. The melodic, 27-track lo-fi tape moves deftly between a bevy of influences from jingles to boom-bap, r&b jams and dance rhythms.
Packed Rich – Ornithology EP
Pianist, producer and crate digger, Packed Rich drops the latest in a steady stream of projects with the follow-up to Sanctuary entitled Ornithology.
The name Ornithology refers to the variety of different bird sounds featured on this project. Most of these recordings were made during my travels through japan last year and they captured some feelings and scenes I will never forget. So when I mix these sounds with my compositions the music takes me back to those places. Back to the old mountain village’s buddhist cemetery in the middle of a lush green forest, with the rain hitting the stone steps, cicadas performing an atonal ballad and some hawks flying above, cutting through the unreal soundscape with their sharp screams. Back to this deep connection I felt towards my environment.
Tab Jones – Gomez
DJ and producer Tab Jones closes things out this week with the Gomez tape. The ten-track project follows his 2017 Lateef Dameer collaborative project Drug Palace/H.V.T.