Album Review: Boleros Valses y Mas by Frankie Reyes

(Image courtesy of Stones Throw Records.)

The Californian-based musician, Gabriel Reyes-Whittaker, strips down the sound to a single Oberheim synthesizer on his new project as Frankie Reyes. Minimal and pure of heart, Reyes’s interpolations of classic Latin standards thrives so vividly on this twelve track album wonder.
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Interview: Beat Session with Daniel Saylor

(Image collage courtesy of Daniel Saylor and Windows 98の.)

Daniel Saylor is as inventive as a composer as he is as a producer, and today we get some insight to his musical world. First known to me for his budding Windows 98の project (the “の [no]” Japanese hiragana dubbed as “wave”), D. Saylor had made a splash in popularizing the Windows 95/98 sound effects in trap and beat music. Releasing on labels like Midnight Moon, Bedlam, and Beer Wizard, he’s now moved on to bigger projects under his own name. Let’s get to know a bit more of that. Continue reading “Interview: Beat Session with Daniel Saylor”

Album Discussion: High-Loops & Higher-Loops by Iman Omari

(Image courtesy of Fresh Selects.)

Whether this can be called underrated or overlooked or whatever, I want to talk about an excellent beat tape today from Iman Omari. Produced by him and mixed by Doc Adam, this album was two previously lost EPs come to light to form one beautiful release. You may not even realize they’re two different releases, but that speaks for the wonderful cohesion in the production and mixing presented. Continue reading “Album Discussion: High-Loops & Higher-Loops by Iman Omari”

Interview: Short Takes with Renjā

(Image courtesy of Renjā.)

Today I took some time off to finally buckle down a short talk with the amazing Renjā, a beat and electronic artist with an expansive self-released catalog and some huge label releases to match it. From No Problema to Dream Catalogue and BLCR Laboratories, this is an artist to watch out for. Take a gander and have fun reading. Continue reading “Interview: Short Takes with Renjā”

Interview: A Time with Lukepi

(Image courtesy of Lukepi.)

Our next short text interview today is with Lukepi, a friendly and massively experimental artist from the U.S. Most known for label releases from UK’s Question Records, California’s Neetspeak label, and Ireland’s Smirk Sounds, Lukepi’s music is an artistic collage between sampling, beat instrumentals, and electronic rhythms that will take anyone on a wild journey. Continue reading “Interview: A Time with Lukepi”