Things You May Have Missed 2014 Part 7

Music

We continue with my round up of all the great, under appreciated releases of 2014. I hope you enjoy reading and have found some new music that you love. Check up with the site going forward for more articles like this.

Here is a Youtube playlist with all the available tracks from the article on it.

Click here for part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 8, part 9, part 10, part 11, part 12, part 13, part 14 and part 15.

The 1978ers – People Of Today

Infectious golden age vibes that really hit the spot.

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Amp Live – Headphone Concerto

Eclectic album with some intriguing ideas and epic soundscapes.

Buy here

Apollo Brown & Rass Kass – Blasphemy

Apollo Brown continues dropping real stomping soul beats for legendary MCs to do their thing on.

Buy here

Bambu – Party Worker

Some crazy flows from the Filipino MC with beats that fit perfectly.

Buy here

Black Milk – If There’s A Hell Below

Black Milk has become pretty prolific recently, and that means happy hip-hop fans. His latest release is probably his most ambitious to date, taking things in a very jazz influenced direction with some intricate arrangements and low bass lines. Fantastic stuff.

Buy here

Bones – Garbage, Skinny and Rotten

Bones has been steadily releasing mixtape after mixtape for the last couple of years and although I wasn’t a fan of his early tapes his music has really been coming on leaps and bounds in 2014. Bones makes moody, dark hip-hop that almost has a 90s grunge vibe to it. I’m expecting good things in this guy’s future.

Click here to download Garbage, Skinny and Rotten.

Bop Alloy – Winter Breaks

MC Substantial and producer Marcus D collaborate to drop a funky little winter EP.

Name your price download here

BoxedLDN – Boxed Vol. 2

Collection of new age grime instrumentals.

Free download here

Bronze Nazereth – Thought For Food Vol. 3

Wu-Tang affiliate, producer and MC drops another installment of his Thought For Food series, packed with Wu type soul beats and killer raps.

Buy here

Bugseed – Magnetics

More soothing beats from the Japanese beat maker.

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Things You May Have Missed 2014 Part 6

Music

Click here for part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4 and part 5.

Ray West and OC – Rays Cafe

Underground legend OC and beat maker Ray West team up for a lovely little jazzy release.

Buy it here

Sango and Waldo – Until Then

Sango lays down some insanely futuristic beats while Waldo holds his own on the mic.

Buy it here

Sendai – A Smaller Divide

Brutal left field instrumentals with enough groove to keep things interesting.

Buy it here

Sisyphus – Sisyphus

Serengeti, Son Lux and Surfjan Stevens team up for a bizarre trip to planet electro.

Buy it here

Skyzoo and Torae – Barrel Brothers

Two of New York’s finest and underrated MCs. Both of these guys really no how to go in on a track and prove it on this album.

Buy it here

Slakah The Beatchild – Soul Movement Vol. 2

A wonderful mix of velvety soul tracks and bumping instrumentals to get your head nodding.

Buy it here

Squadda B – 10th Grade Dropout and Side A-Side B (June)

Weird and extremely Lo Fi beats with slurred raps. Not for everyone but if you like Lil B you’ll probably like this guy.

Free downloads here and here

Step Brothers – Lord Steppington

Alchemist and Evidence combine for one of my favourite albums of the year. Alchemist is undoubtedly one of today’s best producers and he really brings something fresh on here, making some incredibly complex beats that suit Evidence’s precision raps perfectly.

Buy it here

Wen – Signals

Murky grime instrumentals with subtle complexities.

Buy it here

Willie the Kid and Bronze Nazareth – The Living Daylights

MC Willie The Kid and Bronze Nazareth create a cinematic sound scape ,similar to what Ghostface was releasing in the 90s.

Buy it here

Yukmouth – GAS [Grow and Sale]

West Coast Gangsta that really bumps.

Buy it here

Zara McFarlane – If You Knew Her

Deep Jazz compositions accompanied by Zara McFarlane’s bewitching vocals.

Buy it here

ZelooperZ – HELP

The Bruiser Brigade members have now all dropped fantastic mixtapes, making up for the somewhat lacklustre ‘Old’, and it has me extremely excited for their collaborative album. ZelooperZ is one of the stranger guys in the bunch and shines on this tape with frantic instrumentals and maniacal raps. This really isn’t for everyone as ZelooperZ seems to be going out of his way to be as offensive as he can in every way possible but the energy here is off the charts.

Free download here

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