In 2003, I moved to Los Angeles mere months before the 2004 Coachella Festival. As the line-up was announced—Radiohead, Pixies, Kraftwerk, the excitement was palpable. Then one day a few weeks before the show, a package arrived at URB HQ. In the envelope was a a bunch of CDs labeled John Beaver Coachella DJ mix. Those CDs took me all the way out to Indio for the first time, and every year since, I wait for the Beaver mix (now Beaver and Radman) to carry me out to the desert. Download this double disc set and let it carry you as well.
Released by Duck Down Music
Detroit's hip-hop pulse has been strong since the days of The Hip-Hop Shop. And yeah Brooklyn ranks alongside Queens & The Bronx as breeding grounds for some of hip-hop's elite. Random Axe is two parts 313 and one part BKNY, a highly combustible compound. Black Milk, Guilty Simpson & Sean Price have that triple threat chemistry a la Jason Terry, Tyson Chandler & Dirk Nowitzki. Any album that makes you want to cop the instrumental version gives it legs and Milk has clearly emerged as one of the top producers in the game.
Released by 101 Distribution
The last thing this retro-fueled world needs is another compilation about how fabulous the early '80s were. We get it, the birth of punk, hip hop, new wave. Yadda, yadda, yadda. But here comes Mike Maguire of Juno Reactor with Bustin Out 1982 New Wave to New Beat Vol 2, a savvy collection that focuses not on a single artist, label or scene, but cleverly, a single year. Picking up where Bustin’ Out New Wave to New Beat: The Post Punk Era 1979–1981 left off, Maguire charts the rise ...