Marc Swing Presents Wildelux Open Letters

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Wildelux is a Bronx emcee I first came across on the DJ Lord Ron 12 inch ‘BX 2 LA Konnect’ released in 2005 when he went under the name Willmatic. I was struck by the dense lyrical styles on that record and still play it a lot, but lost track of this obviously super talented emcee until I heard him on DJ Brans’ 2012 album The Branstorm. Subsequent featurings on DJ Brans’ follow up (Endless) and albums by producers Azaia, Propo’88, DJ Lowcut and Superior ensured he was one to watch in the international underground. Consistently releasing quality projects with Ol Dayz from France, Macapella from the UK and Roccwell from Germany, this worldwide explosion of lyrical energy continues with Marc Swing Presents Open Letters.

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On this album, Swedish producer Marc Swing delivers a great selection of banging productions for Wildelux to get busy on, ripping intelligent and visually descriptive sagas, covering topics such as the treatment and experience of refugees (Let’s Go), the trivia of the modern internet news age (Bla Bla Bla), the observations on society generally from a perspective which shows an unusual depth on many tracks (A View Out of My Window, Life of a Goldfish). Open Letters is an album which will take many listens to get everything out of, but only one to get instantly hooked by. Be on the look out for this album on CD and vinyl coming soon. We’re also looking forward to hearing more from Wildelux soon with the highly anticipated follow up to 2011’s Masterplan with Macapella.

Check the first video for the album, ‘Bla Bla Bla’ featuring Black Fist

https://ibmcs1.bandcamp.com/album/open-letters

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IBMCs in 2018

At the start of the year IBMCs Beats Vol 5 was completed featuring instrumental contributions from 25 producers, and hopefully we can follow that up with Vol 6 in 2019. Taking us onto the summer we released a bumper crop of 8 albums from LRS, D-Tension, 3CNB, Ruth Koleva, Individu & Wispo, DJ Jaymob, Uzee The Bovvaking & Grolok Panicrum, and DJ Nice.

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Since the last update in the summer, 2018 was a serious year of releases from IBMCs, having formed a rock solid partnership with Mr Grim Productions to create CDs and records and with Labohr for cassette tapes. Many thanks to all the contributing artists once again, starting with Dr. Drumah’s album on orange wax, then MG Gost’s Walking Walk instrumentals on white wax and back to black for D-Tension’s Violence of Zen LP. Later in the year we also managed to drop projects from UK’s Crimson and a selection from France’s DJ Veekash, as well as a Hain Teny Collective instrumental selection. Last but not least, copies of Strange Man Called Seb’s debut 12 inch are still available so be sure to check in on the bandcamp and support some of the new releases. Peace!

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20 Years of IBMCs – 40 interviews!

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40 interviews and Q&As with: DJ Krush, Breis, Slug, Freddie Foxx, Beat Butcha, Vice, Karl Hinds, DJ Mehdi, Hill Top Hoods, KAOS, Muneshine, Stalley, Concept, Main Flow, Trainspotters, ASM (A State of Mind), El Cerebro, Viva Fidel, Azrael, Deams, LMNZ, Joshua Atesh Litle, Rasul (LCOB), Muhamidda El Muhajir, Marina Terkoufi, Redrama, Jonti & Shaka, Lainen Kasperi, RA The Rugged Man, MOD The Black Marvel, DJ Modesty, DJ Premier, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Donald D, Reks, Jurassic 5, Seb da Head, Jazz Spastiks & Giallo Point.

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20 Years of IBMCs!

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IBMCs label, summer 2018

The Summer is heating up 1000 degrees over here, and as usual the family increases and more gems abound for the label. Worldwide as ever, we have 3 new albums to share with you here from DJ Nice, Ruth Koleva, and Uzee The Bovvaking & Grolok Panicrum, artists from France, Bulgaria, Nigeria and back to France! Ready for the trip? Let’s go.

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First up, Toulousian producer DJ Nice generously allowed us to recompile tracks from his My Contribution releases into a finalized masterwork which shows his serious dedication to Hip Hop Culture and brings together line up of emcees and DJs including Rob Swift, Audessey, Phill Most Chill, Sadat X, AG and more. We urge you to collect all the vinyl releases for the remixes which enlisted DJ Brans, DJ Duke, DJ Low Cut, DJ Djaz, DJ Nelson, DJ Nixon, DJ Skillz, Cleon & Jazzy Pidjay, Kyo Itachi, Logilo, DJ Modesty, Doc TMK & DJ Suspect, DJ Paul Nice, DJ Maltfunk, DJ Metronom, and more. With Gilen on the artwork, these are all collector’s items.

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Next we continue our series of instrumentals albums, with acclaimed artist Ruth Koleva, one of Bulgaria’s National treasures. Notably diverse with her music, (having worked on remixes with such luminaries as Kaidi Tatham, DJ Spinna, Mark De Clive-Lowe, and Eric Lau to name a few), Ruth has earned her recognition as a formidable talent. For this selection of instrumentals from her RUTH album the tracks are all original compositions with live instruments, and if this is your introduction to her music then checking the vocal version and her most recent work is highly recommended. Here is her new video, ‘Wantchu’:

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Finally, some Nigerian Hip Hop coming straight outta Ibadan, it’s Uzee The Bovvaking.  Costia in Norway put me onto his work which also led me to hearing the fantastic beats of Grolok from France. The producer/emcee combination works well on this album, giving Uzee room to explore various topics from family, love and sex from his unique perspective while keeping the album concise. In association with Cave of Adullam Records we are proud to present Jazz & Vodka. Also be sure to check for Uzee’s ‘The Journey Of The Magi‘ album, available now and check out Grolok‘s superb videos.

Follow the movement here: https://ibmcs1.bandcamp.com/

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Ugandan Hip Hop

Hip Hop in Uganda has come a long way in the last decades, especially since the creation of the Hip Hop Boot Camp project in 2011 and their series of releases and events. Organised by Bayimba org and featuring artists from all over the country with each release focusing on bringing artists from different regions together, the boot camp works to empower the youth towards learning more about the music industry and it’s many possibilities. Check out these great works here: http://www.reverbnation.com/HipHopBootCampUganda

Another Ugandan Hip Hop compilation out there that got a CD release is ‘Kampala Flow: East African Hip Hop from Uganda’. Also be sure to watch the ‘Bouncing Cats’ documentary written and directed by Australian director and photographer Nabil Elderkin which is amazing, and ‘Diamonds in the Rough: A Ugandan Hip Hop Revolution’ (Brett Mezurak, 2007) and ‘Shake the Dust’ (produced by Nas, 2015). Shouts to Bana


 

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IBMCs Digital Label 2nd 1/4 2018

2018 is proving to be an exceptional year with so many dope projects dropping it’s hard to keep up with everything! The second half of the year will be no less hectic with full length albums coming from DJ Nice, Crimson, Sir Beans OBE & MC Kelz, Uzee The Bovvaking & Grolok Panicrum, These Handz, MG Gost & Hain Teny, a live instrumental project from Ruth Koleva – not to mention more 7 inch action on the way with George Fields and Venom (more announcements on that soon) and the 2nd vinyl LP campaign now in the works for ‘Waking Walk’ Instrumentals.

 

3CNB is a producer from Lithuania, now based in the UK and working on getting the best possible sound for his productions after many years of study. ‘Dilla Thanks’, an homage to one of the greatest Hip Hip producers ever to have lived, was created using samples and elements from Dilla’s work, with 3CNB’s additional melodies giving it the unique twist necessary.

‘Paying Homage to the Golden Era of Hip Hop’ by DJ Jaymob is a special album created by a producer (based in Orlando originally from NYC) who has been on the scene for more than 2 decades already, working with legendary emcees like MF DOOM, Kool Keith and Cappadonna and Wordsworth, who all feature here. An anthology of sorts, Jaymob deserves huge respect for bringing together so many of his connections to pay homage in this way.

Individu & Wispo, a duo from Luxembourg released their album ‘Pulsions’ back in 2015. Individu raps in French working together with Wispo on providing the production. Another great addition to the family, we look forward to an extended reissue of ‘Pulsions’, as well as the Instrumentals which is dropping tomorrow.

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Also on the boil we have A Strange Man Called Seb’s debut 12 inch release, Door People/Dorset Diction, a UK banger with production by Easy B and Vosn from Belgium and Poland respectively. The test pressings sound heavy and we can look forward to the vinyl later this year. Stay tuned and be sure to check the action on bandcamp!

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