5 Artists You Should Know – July 2015

On the first Wednesday of each month, we’ll be turning the spotlight on five select artists that you should probably know, if you don’t already. While the internet has definitely bridged the gap for aspiring talent¬†to reach new heights and larger audiences faster than ever before. It’s also created a bit of a surplus problem in regards to the quantity of projects not matching the quality expectations¬†that we were once accustomed to. While I won’t say that it’s all bad, ¬†It’s definitely thrown the music industry into a whirlwind and really requires more finesse and strategy than ever to really push your way to the top. That being said, the goal of this section isn’t necessarily to give you deep interviews that talk about your favorite rappers prior charges, drug habits, or executive producers who¬†squandered away their royalties. The goal here is to focus on discovery, exploration, and hopefully to put you up on some talented¬†individuals you’ve missed in the streets and on the web.

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Bisco Smith

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Bisco Smith, is an artist steadily in search of his own personal truth and most raw expression. His aim is to blend his experiences in life with the energy in the moment and create work that moves, questions, and inspires. His work is a blend of graffiti deconstruction, graphic design, and fine art that captures the untamed energy and uncharted environments of street style and expresses a sense of duality, spontaneity, and movement. He is currently living and working in Venice, CA with New York and Miami on the sides. Currently looking for a wall near you.

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For more info, commission pieces, and original work inquiries please contact Bisco by email:  contact@biscosmith.com say the Beat Junkies sent you. You can also find him online at http://www.biscosmith.com

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Aaron Cohen
( Emcee  )
Aaron Cohen is an artist from Seattle, Washington. After graduating high school, Cohen moved to¬†New¬†York and began his¬†music career. Known for his laid back flow and dark yet catchy hooks, Cohen’s lyrics¬†interweave cynical observations of the world and himself.¬†Cohen has previously released mixtapes via Mishka Records as well as Decon/Mass Appeal. Cohen’s music utilizes a wide range of production styles, but tends to lean towards more ambient sounds as displayed on Cohen’s newest release “Home Less.”¬†Cohen has toured in Europe and the United States. He is working on a new untitled¬†EP for release later this year. Cohen is a member of New York City based collective “Inner City Kids.”

Notable collaborations:
Flume, Ryan Hemsworth, A$AP Ty Beats, Tommy Kruise.

A couple weeks ago, a TV station in France called OFIVE TV had some crazy technical difficulty and ended up playing one of his¬†music videos on repeat for four days straight. Obviously, it generated a lot of buzz out there. Here’s the video that got stuck on repeat:

You can hear his new EP “Home-Less” here:¬†¬†https://soundcloud.com/aaron-cohen/sets/home-less-ep¬†and his new video ft. Alexander Spit here:¬†https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EdXqoRFlLi8

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Henry Canyons

( Emcee )
LA based rapper, Henry Canyons, transcends your typical boundaries of hip-hop identity. The self-described Brooklinite-French-Jew took to music at a young age; from his training as a jazz saxophonist to his teenage years spent in Brooklyn ciphers, his melodic style and bilingual lyrical integrity reflect a diverse musical background. After graduating college, Canyons moved to LA intent on following his passion for the art form. Since then Henry has steadily worked at his craft, putting out several different projects.¬†“the Brooklyn-turned-LA native stays within a lane equal parts humor and quality hip-hop, generating ¬†impeccably delivered lyrics.”¬† Emerging as a new artist on the scene, Paul Thompson of Passion of the Weiss assures listeners that, “Fortunately, the man at the mic has your attention. Canyons casts himself as the young Leo DiCaprio in Catch Me If You Can‚ÄĒalternately reckless and over-thinking, but with enough inimitable cool to pull it off.” Below is a link to his latest project that features smooth¬†jazzy, boom bap-centric and introspective¬†sounds¬†guaranteed to leave listeners wanting more.

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Zackey Force Funk
( Producer/Singer/DJ )
Zackey Force Funk was born into this wild world in Tucson, AZ in 1974. In and out of prison since the age of 17, ZFF began producing on pirated software his brother gave to him once he had given up a life crime to focus on writing tunes and raising his family.

First discovered by Kutmah back in the golden era of Myspace, Zackey’s signature “Force Funk Sound” swiftly grabbed the attention of a number of formidable producers. Collaborations followed shortly after with the likes of Salva, Lazer Sword, Lorn, Baron Zen, Daedelus and B. Bravo, as well as forming the group Demon Queen with Tobacco. As these tunes were scattered across various labels, finding their homes on their respective collaborator’s projects, ZFF continued to hone his style, delving deeper into the psychedelic future funk realm of which he has created for himself. The fruits of his discipline all add up to his forthcoming debut LP entitled ‘Money Green Viper”, to be released in July of 2014 on LA based collective Hit+Run.

When Zackey Force Funk isn’t robbing banks with baseball bats he’s rocking late night discotheques with soul songs for the armageddon.

Below is a link to his album on Hit+Run called Money Green Viper, which was also released on a limited edition emerald green skin vinyl by his crew.

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NiceGuyxVinny
( Producer / DJ ) 
Vinny is one of those silent but deadly artists’ with extreme versatility in his production. You can tell he thinks about every sequence, sound and sample incorporated into his tracks and isn’t afraid to do something different. These days when the market is flooded with so many repetitive sounds, it’s very refreshing to have guys like this creating more of an abstract mood music to take you through your week. ¬†He’s based out of Long Beach, and also part of the Soulection crew, occasionally you can catch him live in a beat or dj set¬†spreading more of the good vibes throughout dance floors across your city. Modest. Creative. Solid.

Below is what he had to say about his instrumental project titled “Vista” which is also embedded below and available for Name Your Price. Pick it up and support him if you get a chance to.

” Dedicated to & inspired by the people in my life. Each track is named after someone who I feel has made a huge impact on my life & the way I see the world. I got sounds that reminded me of them (favorite songs,movie scenes,etc.) and made tracks from those samples after I would spend time with them..talk to them..or even just think of them. I tried to put whatever emotion I had from those moments into song form. During the time I was making this project I had a lot of things going on with my life..working on these songs helped me get my mind off everything. It was great because I didn’t have to leave my own room to go to another place,all I had to do was close my eyes and listen. It was a fun idea that turned into a whole project that helped me more than I thought it was. I’m happy to share it with you. Much love to anyone who supports my music & all I wish for is to inspire some minds…”

Til Next Time.

-Spiv

NEW MUSIC: SOULECTION WHITE LABEL 014 – CHRIS MCCLENNY “TUNING UP” EP

Our good friends at Soulection drop their first gem of 2015 from their “White Label” series. To kick it off for the new year, they present to you multi-instrumentalist/vocalist¬†Chris McClenny.

“We’re happy to announce our first white label of 2015 by the muti-instrumentalist and vocalist Chris McClenney. His diversity is what sets him apart. It’s amazing to watch him find his sound direction/rhythm. We’ve watched him experiment with bass heaters, house music, funk, and other styles, but what we love most is that all of his production always has soul in it.

Lately he’s been on a roll with his production and singing. There’s only a few people who can make music that gives us the feeling that D’Angelo does and this white label by Chris does exactly that.

We’re excited to see where Chris goes from here on out. He has our support 1000%. Enjoy and spread this to all music lovers.”

AUDIO: SOULECTION RADIO SHOW – EPISODE #200 + VIDEO RECAP: 365 DAYS

We’re a little bit late but we like to congratulate our good friends at Soulection for their 200th episode of their Soulection Radio Show. These guys are the Future and are bringing it all across the board. ¬†They are now recording their radio show at the Redbull Music Academy Studio in Santa Monica. ¬†Peep the goodness below:

We also like to congratulate them on their upcoming 4 Year Anniversary, which they will be celebrating at their “Sounds Of Tomorrow” event at their new spot, The Regency in Downtown LA. For more info, go to www.soulection.com. Shoutouts to Joe Kay, Andre Powers, Andres, Esta, Mr. Carmack, Kronika, Sango, SoSuperSam, Taya, & the whole Soulection collective!

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(AUDIO): SOULECTION RADIO SHOW #91 w/ MR. CARMACK

If you are familiar with Soulection & Mr. Carmack, this is something that you want to listen to.

From Soulection’s head honcho, Joe Kay himself:

“It’s been long over due but we were finally able to get Carmack one on one. He is definitely one of the most forward thinking artists of the new generation. If you produce then there is a good chance that you know who Carmack is. He has inspired many all over the world and has pretty much created his own genre of sound. How many times have you heard another producer make a beat similar to his and say to yourself, “CARMACK”!?

This guy has been a big part of Soulection’s growth and history and it felt good to finally sit down with my bro to talk about his growth and current inspirations. We talked about how his move to L.A. changed his life, how he feels about other producers who create music that sounds like his, his relationship with drugs and why he calls his music drugs, when we can expect the next album, and much more.

There is also 50 minute mix of Carmack’s gems from his early days to the present. Look out for the video of our interview session via our YouTube channel:¬†youtube.com/soulection

Catch you next week.”

-Joe Kay

NEW MUSIC: ESTA – “CAN’T WAIT” feat. SPZRKT

This song was released last week but we love what the Soulection crew is doing. ¬†New music from upcoming producer extraordinaire, Esta called “Can’t Wait” featuring singer SPZRKT. This futuristic soul combined with some sultry vocal chops & lyrics is something that you can bump while driving down Pacific Coast Highway, & the ladies will dance to it as well.

Shoutouts to Esta, Joe Kay, Andres, & the whole Soulection squad!

FREE DOWNLOAD: STUSSY x SOULECTION COMPILATION

Speaking of Soulection, congratulations to the crew with their collabo with Stussy Clothing. ¬†They did a collabo shirt (unfortunately they’re already sold out) and a compilation album. ¬†Peep out the goodness!

You can also download the compilation here: https://soundcloud.com/soulection/sets/stussy-x-soulection-compilation

 

VIDEO RECAP: CYPRESS JUNKIES at SOULECTION’S “THE SOUNDS OF TOMORROW”

Here’s footage from the Soulection x Beat Junkies collabo at Soulection’s “The Sounds Of Tomorrow” event that a month ago. ¬†This particular footage shows legendary percusionist Eric Bobo of Cypress Hill & our own Rhettmatic aka The Cypress Junkies, going back & forth on the percussion/dj tip.

Bigups to Joe Kay, Andres, SoSuperSam, Kronika, Esta, & the whole Soulection crew for hosting D-Styles, Mr. Choc, Rhettmatic & Bobo at their event.

“Here are highlights from our recent TSOT monthly (L.A.) at The Echoplex w/ special guests Beat Junkies. Legends Eric Bobo and Rhettmatic really brought the energy with the combination of live percussion over Soulection material and forgotten classics.”

Shot by Erik Hurtado / Edited by Eric Coleman & Whest Cornell

Come out to a Soulection show if you get a chance: http://soulection.com/events
More on the Cypress Junkies: http://www.cypressjunkies.com

Listen to their full set here:¬†https://soundcloud.com/soulection/cyp…

THIS THURS. SEPT. 4: SHIFT w/ RHETTMATIC, FREE THE ROBOTS, & PLANN B + SOULECTION at ESCALA (K-TOWN)

This Thursday, September 4th, it’s the return of Shift at Escala with special guests: Soulection‘s very own Joe Kay & Andres…..plus residents Rhettmatic, Free The Robots, & Plann B.¬† It’s a 21 over event and it’s FREE ALL NIGHT!¬† Escala is located at 3515 W. 6th Street in the heart of Koreatown.¬† Come thru for some great music, food, & vibes.

Primitive 6 Year Anniversary Video Recap

Congrats to our good friends (Harry, Jubel, Paul and Andy) over at Primitive Apparel for their ¬†6 Year Anniversary. ¬† They recently held an event in celebration at the The Standard in DTLA. ¬†Our very own DJ Babu, Rhettmatic and Soulection‘s Esta set the vibe for the day. ¬†Pool Parties on Sunday afternoon in LA! You got to love it! CA ALL DAY!

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CYPRESS JUNKIES – LIVE AT SOULECTION’S “THE SOUNDS OF TOMORROW” EVENT – 8/14/14

From the Soulection‘s Soundcloud page:

“Last Thursday at The Echoplex was very historical for the L.A. music culture. We brought two worlds together (Pioneers & next generation) audiences/vibes in one room. The Beat Junkies are a legendary DJ crew that have inspired Soulection. The Cypress Junkies (consisting of Rhettmatic & Eric Bobo [member of Cypress Hill]) really threw down one of the best performances in our TSOT history. To hear them play percussion, scratch over beats by Sango, Tek. Lun, Araabmuzik, and more was truly inspiring. The audio can only give you an idea but you had to be there to really soak it all in. Enjoy this one.”

Shoutouts to Joe Kay, Andres, SoSuperSam, Esta, & the whole Soulection crew for a historic event.  Also in the house: D-Styles, Mr. Choc, Melo-D, Tommy Gun, OG KDAY Mixmaster Julio G, Sick Jacken of Psycho Realm, & Ras Kass.

For all our digital record pool subscribers, stay tuned for some Soulection joints to be added to the pool!