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August 2013

Tuesday 6 August 2013

NORMAN - Polarity

, 12:53

The very large Oldominion collective – around 20 affiliates, no less, spread between Seattle and Portland – lies at the very core of the North-West underground rap scene. No doubt there. Just because they are too many and too productive, though, it is sometime difficult to identify true gems among...

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Thursday 8 August 2013

PIGEON JOHN - Sings the Blues

, 11:08

In 2004, along with a collection of poems, Pigeon John released the South Bay Blues EP. This had been the best and most personal record ever delivered by this LA Symphony ex-member, also a Good Life Café regular. It was 8 tracks long only, but each of them was no less than exceptional. They were...

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Thursday 15 August 2013

TOOLSHED - Schemata

, 11:07

Making one's best so that hip-hop looks like a live experience, strengthening raps with the sounds of "real" instruments, has not always been a successful approach. The most famous group which tried to go this way, The Roots, has sometimes failed at it, coming dangerously close to boredom....

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Saturday 17 August 2013


, 15:44

Appeared by the end of the 1990's, out of the indie rap movement, Anticon was a world apart in hip-hop's underground scene. Located as many others on the very active Bay Area, but gathering people from multiple places, the label funded by Sole managed to federate a large community of original...

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Wednesday 21 August 2013


, 23:10

Contrary to what his experimentalist posture suggests, Thavius Beck's music has sometimes been too easy. The ex producer of Global Phlowtations, one of its few members who met some kind of critical recognition in the 2000's, thanks to his releases with Mush Records, Plug Research and Big Dada,...

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Monday 26 August 2013

SEBUTONES - 50/50 Where It Counts

, 23:13

50/50 Where It Counts is a decisive record. It is a reference for the Halifax scene, for Canada's hip-hop in general, and for the late 90's indie rap. At this time, in 1998, both Sebutones were already central members of Nova Scotia's capital city rap scene. But afterwards, they notoriety would rise...

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