Worldwide Beatmakers: ᴄʙᴀᴋʟ

Worldwide Beatmakers: ᴄʙᴀᴋʟ

Irish chill-hop producer ᴄʙᴀᴋʟ has been on our radar for some time now. In the past year, his profile has risen significantly due to his frequent collaborations with UK underground artists and producers, as well as his soulful beat tape “Hopeless”, which he dropped via Exhume Music. He’s also been featured on our latest Spotify playlist. He’s currently living in Leicester studying music technology, and working on a slew of new releases for the coming year. ᴄʙᴀᴋʟ caught up with us recently to break down his latest single “Tighten Up”, his production techniques, and his new projects for…

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Hex One - Words Worth A Thousand Pictures

Hex One - Words Worth A Thousand Pictures

Hex One’s Words Worth A Thousand Pictures is a smoky time capsule back to 1995. His second full-length album - and his first since 2014’s Hologramz - evolves the boom-bap sound he explored on his first record, which had him paired with producer 5th Element. Words Worth A Thousand Pictures features a darker, more low-passed production style than his last effort, on which chopped-up soul records were the basis for most of the production. The new style is undeniably more minimalistic, and leaves more space for Hex’s always-dense lyrics to shine, especially since there are very few…

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Roberto Echo - Jamais Vu

Roberto Echo - Jamais Vu

Roberto Echo’s debut EP Jamais Vu is an perfect example of why you should never overlook emerging artists just because they’re still up-and-coming. As described in the press release, “Jamais Vu” refers to the phenomenon of experiencing a situation that one recognizes in some fashion, but nonetheless seems very unfamiliar.” This feeling of unfamiliar familiarity carries throughout Jamais Vu, which mixes classic boom-bap drums with unique and off-kilter sampling choices, all while keeping a consistent mood. It’s no wonder that Melting Pot Music’s taken a shine to his style so early on. The two tracks that…

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