Monday, 9 October 2017

New Music: Evil Alex 'Colossal'

A The New Beatmaker Favourite at his Ambitious, Existential Best  

The New Beatmaker took an unannounced hiatus for a few months recently.

In that time a big inspiration and The New Beatmaker family member Evil Alex released his long-awaited album, which did not disappoint and turned out to be the soundtrack to the time away.

 

Alex himself describes the project as 'A strange bled of rock, electronic, dance and psychedelic sounds. A journey through the mind in the land of endless summer...'

A full review and an exclusive breakdown about the project by Alex himself will be coming soon, but in the meantime be sure to show love to a TNB fave by copping 'Colossal'.



New Music: Lee TNB AKA Monkey Mind (thenewbeatmaker.com) 'Nine' EP

'Nine' Mixes 'Post hip hop' Beats, with some Jazz and Prog Influences
 


Here's a little collection I myself put out recently.

Inspired by ideas of the spiritual, outer and inner space, the subconscious and where these points meet, 'Nine' (FKA 'Deep Space Nine')  mixes post hip hop beats, with some jazz and prog influences.
released September 27, 2017

All music created and performed by Lee TNB AKA Monkey Mind.

Album cover photograph: Hubble Ultra Deep Field
Photograph Credit: NASA and the European Space Agency.
Used in conjunction with applicable Public Domain law to best of knowledge.


Monday, 18 September 2017

AudioSkills.com 121 Music Production Tips from the Experts Features thenewbeatmaker.com

A Must-Read for Music Making Beginners, with Contributions from Myself!

TL:DR Click Here: https://audioskills.com/tips/music-production/

Many thanks to the good people over at audioskills.com who just included myself in their fantastic '121 Music Production Tips from the Experts'


To go straight to '121 Music Production Tips from the Experts': https://audioskills.com/tips/music-production/

Here's what Scott Hawksworth of audioskills.com had to say about the feature:

We surveyed 45 expert music producers in search of the best tips… and the response we got was incredible. Our panel sent us hundreds of music production tips!
The toughest part was narrowing them down to only 121, and then organizing the tips into the sections you see below. (Actually, we received so many awesome tips, we were able to create “bonus” articles for the experts’ music production plugin recommendations, their best synthesis and sound design tips, and their best drum programming and beat making tips.)
Thanks again to all of the experts who contributed… and thank you for reading. Whether you’re a professional music producer or a complete newbie, we’re confident you can find something below to immediately apply to your own music.
Cheers!
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Many thanks to Scott, the pleasure and honour is all mine.

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Monday, 21 August 2017

TNB Raps 001: JAY-Z, Tyler, The Creator, Vince Staples, Sense & Radius, FYI, Cor Stidak & more

The first in a set of regular mix shows I intend to post / host on a regular basis




Many thanks to definitionoffresh.blogspot.co.uk and cheekdeez.blogspot.co.uk who have also shared and posted this mix / podcast!

I have for a few years been toying with the idea of doing more, how can I put it, mixshows / radio show / podcast style curation sets.

I love doing 'Soundcloud Sessions' although it could be argued they are a tad anonymous feeling.

Whilst I never want to be the one 'all in the videos, dancing' as someone so infamously put it I always thought a mixshow with a bit of myself may be nice too.

With Soundcloud being such a cause for concern at the moment this has been even more pertinent and so I have uploaded to Mixcloud the first in a set of regular mix shows I intend to post / host on a regular basis.

TNB Raps 001: JAY-Z, Tyler, The Creator, Vince Staples, Sense & Radius, FYI, Cor Stidak & more

Coming up in the next few weeks I aim to post a mixshow called TNB Beats which will feature as the name suggests hip hop instrumentals, electronica, ambient, wonky, future etc.

I also intend to do a more rock / folk / acoustic show among other things during the next few months. 



TNB Raps 001 Tracklist:

1 Intro (w/ JAY-Z Bam and Tyler, The Creator Where This Flower Blossoms) by Phashara / Corry Banks
2 Bam by JAY-Z & Damian Marley
3 Foreword by Tyler, The Creator & Rex Orange County
4 Party People by Vince Staples
5 Hear Me Doe by Dexx! Turner
6 FORBIDDEN by Jango
7 Spend Godly by F.Y.I.
8 Spend Godly vs. 'The Choice is Yours (Revisited) by Lee TNB: F.Y.I VS Black Sheep
9 Pass It by Cornbread
10 It's About That Time by Quelle Chris & Sleep Sinatra
11 Too Much Pressure by Count Bass D & Snoop Dogg
12 Lift As You Climb by Phil Phlaymz
13 Hold On by Ghost u like it i love it & Breana Marin
14 War Machine by Sense & Radius
15 Dark Archery by The Foundry (Cor Stidak x RenRok) & Unseen NY
16 Rain Comes Down by Vince Staples & Ty Dolla Sign
17 911 by Tyler, The Creator, Frank Ocean & Steve Lacey
18 Marcy Me by JAY-Z
19 Phashara / Corry Banks Outro


Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Software News (July 17): Impact Soundworks Pan Flutes, Softube Tape, Plugin Alliance x ROLI X Unfiltered Audio

Impact Soundworks Pan Flutes, Softube Tape, Plugin Alliance x ROLI X Unfiltered Audio


This is the first of a regular round-up of recent software news.

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Sunday, 9 July 2017

Vince Staples 'Big Fish Theory' Album Review / Reaction

Vince Juxtaposes Hype Electronic Dance Beats with a Dissonant Flow to Disturbing Effect

 

The new album from Vince Staples mixes beats which evokes shades of Disclosure; The Streets and more with lyrics and delivery full of world-weariness befitting the age of anxiety.

An album which sees Vince as both lead and team player, collaborations include Kendrick Lamar, Damon Albarn and Flume.

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Friday, 30 June 2017

JAY-Z '4:44' First Reaction Review

The King of Hip Hop gets Personal on Tidal Exclusive



My first reaction / thoughts / impression after listening to the brand new JAY-Z / No ID collab project '4:44'.

This is the first in a new series of 'first take' album reviews. Each 'first take' album review will be followed with a follow up review.

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Monday, 19 June 2017

Music News: Soul Superstar in the Making Tracy Cruz Announces Pledge Music Campaign

A The New Beatmaker Favourite Takes to Pledge Music: Offers Great Rewards to Donors

Longtime favourite and The New Beatmaker family, soul singer-songwriter Tracy Cruz has announced a Pledge Music campaign which offers not only the chance for fans to help fund the creation of a musical trilogy; but also offers great rewards in return.

For more info and to pledge, visit: pledgemusic.com/projects/tracycruzmusic


Tracy is not only a superb singer-songwriter, being included in several of The New Beatmaker 'Soundcloud Sessions', but she has also been one of thenewbeatmaker.com's most dedicated supporters.

Pledges start from as little as $8.

Check out the video above and then head over to Pledge Music to help a very deserving artist realize their musical vision at: pledgemusic.com/projects/tracycruzmusic

Friday, 16 June 2017

Six Bar Break 'Nashville Calling' (Country Music Review C/O Push Power Promo)

An understated, haunting country rock track with plenty of replay value.

This post is in association with pushpowerpromo.com. For more details see the bottom of the post.

The melancholic instrumentation is understated but pleasing throughout; the introductions to both the first and second verses are especially nice.  The guitar melody is very catchy.


There are plenty of evocative and quotable lyrics here and Ben's delivery is heartfelt and memorable. 

I am not 100 per cent taken with the refrain ('all I know, know') although I am not entirely sure why. Also the ending feels a tad abrupt.  I would have loved to hear Ben and band let loose with a big, raucous climax. However, I can appreciate that doing so may have been too far removed from the understated feel of the rest of the track. Even with these slight quibbles I enjoyed Ben's words and performance. 
I'll be sure to revisit this track and follow the band's progress with great interest.
I very much liked the mix. There's a great balance between both the instruments themselves and between the instruments and the vocals. I would be tempted to perhaps have just the absolute tiniest more high end but again, I can totally appreciate that this could spoil the warm, earthy vibe of the track.

'Nashville Calling' brings to mind such legends as Pearl Jam, Tracy Chapman and Live. I very much like the track and I have focused on the few elements that I may - emphasis on may - tweak in the name of 'tough love'. Nothing I say takes away from the good to very good impression I get of the band from this track.

I'll be sure to revisit this track and follow the band's progress with great interest. Guys, you have a new follower in me.

Music: 4/5
Vocals: 4/5
Mix: 4/5
Total:4/5 


I have been paid to review Six Bar Break 'Nashville Calling' by Push Power Promo. 

Push Power Promo specializes in internet promotions, offering services for reasonable prices; advertising reaches over 50,000 twitter users, 10,000 blog visitors, 5,000 industry emails, and thousands of Youtubers.

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SteveOG 'Fake' Produced by IVN (Hip hop Music Review C/O Push Power Promo)

Producer IVN cooks up a dramatic trap inspired beat for lyrical beast SteveOG. 

This post is in association with pushpowerpromo.com. For more details see the bottom of the post.

Producer IVN cooks up a dramatic trap inspired beat for lyrical beast SteveOG; an MC who first came to my attention on the impressive 'Conscious', featured on 'Soundcloud Sessions' 19.


On 'Fake', the drum claps are so tastefully designed and mixed that they never become overbearing even though they play such a sustained role; and the bassline is tuneful and fat enough to be enjoyed even on high street headphones which are usually not able to convey much in the way of low end info. 
The bassline is even enjoyable on high street headphones...
SteveOG’s lyrical prowess will excite fans of Eminem, Tech N9ne and Joey Bada$$ with his message of endurance; his multi-syllabic delivery and his gruff, animated voice.

The abrupt ending is the only potential bump in the road. I would have loved some epic strings or even a simple fade out of the beat; or perhaps a beat juggle and drop a la Timbaland's beat for The Game’s ‘Put you on The Game’, to provide some variety without changing the track up too much.
SteveOG’s lyrical prowess will excite fans of Eminem, Tech N9ne and Joey Bada$$ with his message of endurance; his multi-syllabic delivery and his gruff, animated voice. 
Even with this potential quibble in mind, this track serves both as a great introduction to talented producer IVN; and is a welcome reintroduction to mega-talented MC SteveOG.

Beat: 4/5
Lyrics and flow: 4/5
Mix: 4/5
Total:4/5  

I have been paid to review SteveOG 'Fake' Produced by IVN, by Push Power Promo.  

Push Power Promo specializes in internet promotions, offering services for reasonable prices; advertising reaches over 50,000 twitter users, 10,000 blog visitors, 5,000 industry emails, and thousands of Youtubers.

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Saturday, 10 June 2017

Soundcloud Sessions 19: K15, Pomo, The Lox, The Outside and more



From K15's house / techno epic 'Look (Beyond You)' to the LOX's heartfelt takeover of the 'Santorini Greece' beat by Bink (for Rick Ross); and from the joyous almost disco sounds of Pomo to the heavy rock-with-a-message of The Outside, Soundcloud Sessions 19 has you covered.

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Saturday, 27 May 2017

Review: Cozone's 'Beattape Vol. 3: Chopaholic'

Both a Nod to Legends long Established; and an Introduction to a Potential Legend

Whilst the tape's cover may evoke Joe Cool's classic 'Doggystyle' cover, Cozone's 'Beattape Vol. 3: Chopaholic' is an impressive mix of 00's New York, post-Dilla Detroit and contemporary down South trap stylings.


What the project does share with the West Coast canine's classic however, is the meticulous attention to detail of it's production; finely selected and chopped soul, funk, rock and folk samples, weaved into new instrumentation seamlessly, with every track being an epic sonic workout.

Starting with the euphoric, Just Blaze stylings of 'Can't Hide' and the Rsonist / Heatmakerz sounds of 'Crowded Spaces', the epic early 00's sound of Roc A Fella and Dipset hangs over the beginning of the album.

The mournful 'I Don't Know What To Do' evokes 'The Minstrel Show' Little Brother, before the glorious 'Come On Down' sounds like a Rick Ross banger produced by J Dilla and Black Milk.

Impeccably chopped vocal samples are the order of the day throughout the project. 'Simple Words' mixes high pitched bird calls, wistful female vocals and a sliding violin sample masterfully.

The second half of the album is an exercise in dramatic, cinematic soundtracks.

'Fool Me Once' is the perfect backdrop for The Lox with it's staccato samples evoking a paranoid setting.

Followed by the incredible Black Milk meets Alchemist - meets trap of 'Hallucination', which chops a psychedelic folk record into fragments, this is a masterclass in sonic suspense.

'Diamond Shine' and 'Stay With Me' finds the producer breathing new life into very familiar samples and with it further reinforcing the sonic signatures found throughout the album.

By mixing samples from a diverse array of genres and paying homage to several high profile influences - especially in the first several tracks - Cozone risked becoming a beatmaking tribute act; an artist who was good at sounding quite a bit like other people, but with no originality or signature of his own.

However, as the project progress and over repeated listening, the project evolves from one that has heavy nods to some of hip hop's greatest beatmakers, to becoming a project that showcases an artist who could, one day, be called one of hip hop's greatest beatmaker's himself. 

Beats: 5/5
Mixing and Mastering: 5/5
Track Sequencing: 5/5

Overall: 5/5

Cozone  is awarded The New Beatmaker's Award For Excellence for 'Beattape Vol. 3: Chopaholic'.

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