FWDSLXSH – Yellow (Single)
27 August | | instrumental

While London based producer and Soulection affiliate FWDSLXSH is busy working on his debut EP, Hypetrak got the go ahead to premiere the first single, Yellow. The slow burning, Goapele-sampling tune captures that chill-summer-evening-spent-by-the-pool vibe and the timing couldn’t be better. Give Yellow a listen below and stay tuned for FWDSLXSH’s forthcoming EP, The Fall, which is expected to drop later this year.

Mishka Presents: W2NDCH2LL – Heat Wave/Beach Season (Double Mixtape)
18 August | | instrumental

A few months ago, the folks over at Mishka released WindChill: A Chicago Instrumental Experience, an instrumental project showcasing a handful of talented, Chicago based producers. The response from the first release was so overwhelming they followed it up with a two part mixtape this time, featuring a batch of 32 new producers. The tape is split into two sides: Heat Wave, featuring more old school soul-sampling beats, and Beach Season, featuring more chilled out summer ready beats. Dive in and discover new music from rising producers like BlackKat, OnGaud, Nate Fox, Mulatto Beats, Papi Beatz, Benny Nice, Netherfriends, Walkingshoe and so many more. Head below to stream/download both sides via LiveMixtapes. Props to Ben (@neonpajamas) for handpicking the artists and putting this together.

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Fitzroy x STWO – NOIMSAYN (Single)
16 August | | instrumental

Parisian producers Fitzroy and STWO have already made a handful of really great beats together and today they can add another one to their list. Loose single NOIMSAYN is a mellowed out edit that these two made on the late night tip. More proof that the world would be a better place if a Fitzroy x STWO EP eventually existed. Head below to stream NOIMSAYN, along with a new solo track STWO released earlier this week.

Bonus: STWO – Aura (Single)

Matayo – f r e e . s o u l vol. 1 (Mixtape)
14 August | | instrumental

New Jersey producer Matayo is the newest member of the solid Alloy-X roster and his debut release, f r e e . s o u l vol. 1, dropped earlier this week. The mixtape features a dozen tracks, which Matayo has sculpted from dusty old records and tapes to form one very cohesive listening experience. Interwoven with skits and sound bites taken from funk, soul and R&B records, it’s not hard to tell that Matayo has a keen ear for sampling. Label mate Hokes makes the sole guest appearance through out the short but sweet record, giving Matayo room to show off his skills. Highly recommended listen for all the crate diggers and hip-hop heads out there.

Download: Matayo – f r e e . s o u l vol. 1 (Mixtape)

VEVO #LIFTLive: Phantogram, Sam Smith & Disclosure live in Chicago (Photos)
5 August | | instrumental

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Last week I had the chance to attend the VEVO Lift Live concert in Chicago, which featured live performances from Kiesza, Phantogram, Sam Smith and Disclosure. Sponsored by McDonald’s, the sold out show took place at one of my favorite venues in the city, The Vic Theatre. Head below to take a look at a few choice photos from the show, including a shot of Sam Smith joining Disclosure on stage for a live rendition of Latch to close out the night. Photos by Stephen Bruno.

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Jakarta Records – Summer In Jakarta (Compilation)
4 August | | instrumental

Berlin, Germany based label Jakarta Records is responsible for past releases from Kaytranada, IAMNOBODI, Blu, Ta-Ku, Sango and Blitz The Ambassador just to name a few. Their most recent release is a well rounded compilation titled Summer In Jakarta, featuring exclusive tracks from the current roster, as well as past contributors and friends. The compilation, which boasts new music from the likes of Suff Daddy, Ta-Ku, 20Syl, Farhot, IAMNOBODI, El. Train, Mndsgn and more, can be streamed/downloaded in full below.

Download: Jakarta Records – Summer In Jakarta (Compilation)

Numenon – NMNN COMP 01
31 July | | instrumental

Mysterious new digital imprint/interactive space Numenon just released their first compilation laced with a handful of instrumental gems. NMNN COMP 1 features nine tracks, including contributions from Snacs, Yung Orca, Color Plus, Slam Skillet, Bobby Draino and more. Stream/download Numenon’s compilation in full below and stay tuned for more new audio/visual content from them soon.

Download: Numenon – NMNN COMP 01

Photay – No Sass (Single)
30 July | | instrumental

New York producer Photay has a new self-titled album that’s due out next month and it’s shaping up to be something special. After releasing the Seafloor assisted first single a few weeks back, Photay has unvelied another one and now has my full attention. Premiered by Self-Titled, No Sass is a swirling instrumental spewing out bits of jazz, hip-hop and funk, culminating in 3 minutes and 49 seconds of pure bliss. Have a listen to both singles below and stay tuned for Photay’s forthcoming album dropping August 26th via Astro Nautico.

Bonus: Photay ft. Seafloor – Reconstruct (Single)

Kitty Cash – Love The Free Vol. II (Mixtape)
29 July | | instrumental

With help from Elle Magazine, Brooklyn’s Kitty Cash released the follow up to her Love The Free mixtape from last year. Clocking in at just under an hour with 29 tracks, Vol. II features new music from Little Simz, The GTW, Dream Koala, Doja Cat, Erick Arc Elliot, Rome Fortune, Willow Smith, Kilo Kish, SZA, Wet, Dev Hynes, Piu Piu, Rochelle Jordan and many more. Stream/download Kitty Cash’s Love The Free Vol. 2 in full below and check out the original if you missed it the first time around.

Tracklist:

1) CHARGAUX – $
2) Alison Valentine – Pixie Dust
3) Alison Valentine – Our Little Secret
4) Rochelle Jordan – Back In The Day (prod. KLSH)
5) Erick Arc Elliott – Acid Tabitha
6) Chelsea & T’nah – Everything Bend
7) Remedy (Interlude)
8) Little Simz – Down
9) Doja Cat – No Police
10) Piu Piu – Fire
11) Kali Uchis – Real
12) SleeperCamp – A Muse
13) Bipolar Sunshine – Tears of Laughter
14) Willow Smith – 8
15) Rome Fortune – Girls to the Floor (feat. BeAr Hands) (prod. FKi)
16) Wet – Move Me
17) JunglePussy – Pop The Hydrant (PROD. KASHAKA)
18) Tim Suby – Take You Out
19) Rainy Milo – Bout You (Great Dane Remix)
20) SZA – Moodring (prod. Felix Snow)
21) Michael Tousana & The Trp – Spun
22) Dev Hynes – Ruin Yourself (Remix)
23) Kilo Kish – Pour It Up (prod. Ryan Hemsworth)
24) Kitty Cash – Why’d You Read My Diary (feat. Yuna & The GTW)
27) Empress Of – Realize You (Hyetal Remix)
28) Wynter Gordon – The Hard Way (PROD. CROWD BOYS)
29) Dream Koala – Cthulhu

Joose – Cruise Control EP
25 July | | instrumental

Dive into more new music from the Grand Rapids based AGO crew, this time from rapper/producer Joose. His seven track Cruise Control EP features all in-house production from Mozaic, Sango, The SEVENth and Brock Berrigan, plus a few loose instrumentals. You can pick up Joose’s Cruise Control EP for $1 through the link below.

Buy: Joose – Cruise Control EP

The Range – Rayman (Single)
25 July | | instrumental

Portland, Oregon label Dropping Gems has respectfully carved out a spot in the Northwest American beat scene, hosting releases from the likes of Natasha Kmeto, Devonwho, DJAO and more. I’m particularly a fan of their well rounded compilations that showcase music from members of the label, as well as talented friends and peers. Such is the case with their forthcoming Gem Drops Four compilation, which will feature music from The Range, Pixelord, Braxton/Palmer, Time Wharp, M. Constant and many more. I decided to pluck the Range’s contribution after Spin premiered it earlier this week. Head below to stream Rayman and preorder Gem Drops Four ahead of its July 29th elease.

Preorder: Dropping Gems – Gem Drops Four (Compilation)

Bonus: Natasha Kmeto – Last Drop (Single)

B. Lewis – Haystacks (Single)
23 July | | instrumental

Check out a new one from San Jose producer B. Lewis, who’s been relatively quiet as of late. New single Haystacks is a groovy, synth heavy tune that I’m classifying as “hyperactive R&B” until further notice. Listen below until B. Lewis decides to share more quality music from his stash.