2016 is not finished yet!! The Village Live label has gone from strength to strength with another surefire gem, featuring 2 of the UK’s greatest wordsmiths, M9 aka Melanin 9 (of Triple Darkness) and Skriblah Dan Gogh (formerly of Terra Firma), emcees whose styles match perfectly over a dark beat from Remulak. The other side you have a remix from Evil Ed which is also super heavy, the kind of simplicity and excellence expected from this man. Orange copies are sold out but I believe you can still snag a black copy of this 7 inch from http://www.villageliverecords.com/
Be sure to check the absolutely stunning video animation by StemFour, and the other releases on the Village Live label!
At IBMCs we are extremely proud of our affiliation to some great producers globally. Here are 3 new releases to check:
Firstly M.W.P., who has become known for his hardcore banging production, this time turning his talents to remixing one of the greatest lyricists ever, MF DOOM. 5 great flips here, don’t sleep on this MetalFace Peterson Danish Villainy!!
Download the project and M.W.P.’s extensive catalogue here: https://mwpbeats.bandcamp.com/album/metalface-petersen
French DJ and producer DJ Veekash has already earned massive respect globally for his production and DJing for legends like Rocca and Scred Connexxion. On his latest project he has enlisted dope emcees from all over, The Outsiders album is available for download and on CD now:
digital : https://modulor.lnk.to/djveekash_the_outsiders
Video : Dj Veekash feat Atlars (on and on) Hiphop for peace !!!!
Last but not least, long time affiliate Kidd Called Quest has another great album. Here he returns back again to bring you his 5th fully self produced compilation “SAMPLEHOLIC 2”. A collection of new, unreleased and throw back songs produced by the up & coming Rochester producer. This compilation has appearances from artists such as G.Fisher, Averx, Reks, Vice Souletric , Rapper Big Pooh, Craig G, Pumpkinhead and many more. So for those of you who are just getting in tuned with Kidd Called Quest’s work, this project will pretty much help you catch up on his work from past to present – so sit back put your headphones on and enjoy.
Although IBMCs has been pushing international Hip Hop projects for more than a decade already, in mid 2016, with the help of MGgost from Serbia, we started an official digital label in order to continue releasing music from the extended family. Laying this foundation has been a lot of work and we are very happy to share the fruits of this labour with the world.
MG has done a great job sourcing releases and building a schedule for the label which will see many great releases dropping next year. We are now proud to present the first 3 releases on the label, from Innate & EP (US), Kespar (France) and last week the most recent release from the Balkan Hip Hop crew Hain Teny.
The IBMCs family continually grows, and now with this label we have been able to expand the schedule further to include a wide range of sounds and styles, exploring new and uncharted Hip Hop territories – next year we will see up to 10 new digital projects on the label as well as several IBMCs and affiliate vinyl releases and also partnering with other labels to support their releases.
Names to look out for on the roster; Obo One, Carpetfresh (the combination of IBMCs founder Esh and New Bias founder Carpetface), Nonstop, Tactik, Dr Drummah, Strange Man Called Seb, Crimson, Phantom, Pandamonium, IV The Polymath and many more – 2017 is going to be crazy, as well as the digital projects we will also be promoting vinyl releases from affiliates Adept & Rude Lead (Norway) and MWP (Denmark).
Be sure to check the first 3 releases on this link
I’m very happy to let you know about this great album by Innate & EP which we have relaunched as the first release on the official IBMCs digital label this year in association with TheOther20Eight. ‘Such as I’ is instantly accessible from the first listen, as soon as the piano drops on the first track ‘Everything’ you enter the world of these dope emcees with intelligent and original flows and follow them on a ride through their experience of a Hip Hop life.
Check the video for The Grind
Over a decade since Innate dropped his first album Natural Progression in 2002, the sunny sound of California is apparent on this record, along with the rhyming skills and sensibility often heard on the East coast, both emcees take care to put a realistic and personal perspective into their lyrics, leaving the listener wanting more of that Hieroglyphics influenced sound. When hooks are sung, it’s done with soul and after a few listens you will be singing along with them.
Check the video for Stella
In this industry and scene we are inundated with constant tracks, albums, videos, and amongst them all are gems like ‘Such as I’ which still deserves a great deal more exposure and enough patience from the busy modern Hip Hopper to relax into it and enjoy at the necessary pace. Spread the word, download the album and check the video below, I guarantee you wont regret it.
This month we dropped 2 more Worldwide Remixes which will be released as free downloads on EP vol 10 of the project coming soon. The 36th remix for the project is by Serbian producer MG Gost who is also putting in a massive amount of work behind the scenes for IBMCs, connecting with artists globally for the launch of the digital label also this month.
For this remix we connected with the Cannaholics crew from Minneapolis, and MG Gost together with his Hain Teny collective affiliates, cuts from the Beatchuckaz and additional rhodes by Dusan Kovacevic, bought the track together perfectly banging the summer vibe through the speakers.
Also be sure to check MG Gost’s excellent Waking Walk release on the Dusty Platter label, also available on wax (limited number copies still available!).
Next up is the 3rd remix for the project from DJ Grazzhoppa. Belgium’s DJ Grazzhoppa is known as one of the hardest working people in the scene, always delivering greatness with both his production and his turntablism which few can match. We are extremely fortunate to have his involvement in the project. Special thanks also to Pascal Ross-Marquette for his dope cover art.
This time remixing UK artist QuartzCrystallus’ track, he brings the raw energy needed for a banger. QuartzCrystallus is from Birmingham and has released a project with Russian producer BMB Spacekid, VERAO AZUL, check it here:
These are print ads from The Source Magazine (1995-2000). These scans are just a small sample from the IBMCs image library. I hope you enjoy the nostalgia!
Mark B – A UK Legend
A lot of people knew Mark as a great guy, always friendly, helpful and funny as well as a legendary Hip Hop producer. We hear that word legend a lot and only a few deserve it – Mark was one of those people. His impact on the UK Hip Hop scene is enormous, taking his record with Blade onto Top of the Pops and before that, setting the standard by bringing out Task Force and then many other artists through his K-Boro label. Mark was a master of the art form from digging to finding great samples and ways to get better and different sounds from the machines, while also inspiring and advising plenty of other producers and artists in his life.
Mark’s death in January this year was a shock – untimely. Personally I felt privileged to have met him and been in communication with him, and would excitedly tell my friends that I’d been chatting with Mark on facebook about ideas for projects. Mark was a big fan of a Dutch artist, Rosa Ana and coincidentally I did bump into Rosa on the streets of Amsterdam and told her about Mark’s production skills but unfortunately the collaboration never came about.
The legacy of Mark’s music will never be forgotten, his classics stay in rotation. Not limited by the ‘UK’ tag, he was known globally from Europe to Australia to Japan to the US and Canada, everyone wanting that authentic hardcore sound knew Mark was the go to guy.
(Article by By David Balfour, source unknown)
RIP Mark B, one of the Great Ones