Sunday, February 27, 2011

Producer Spotlight: Apollo Brown


Maybe I've missed something, maybe I haven't, but it seems that Apollo Brown has exploded out of nowhere in the past year with perhaps the best production work of any producer in hip hop right now. After producing the entirety of the album "Gas Mask" by The Left, which in my opinion was the best hip hop album of 2010, Apollo Brown has dropped consistent non-stop bangers.

Now Apollo is back with a 28 track instrumental album that is appropriately named "Clouds" that takes the listener on a spiritual journey. These tracks are not the same kind of hard-hitting anthems that were found on "Gas Mask", but rather Apollo shows off his versatility with an offering of smoothed-out soul sampled chopped loops with his signature pounding drums - making the whole album a consistent listening experience. Every track is beautiful and drips with quality. If you want to hear how hip hop is supposed to sound, then look to Apollo Brown as your musical tour guide. Spread the word.

Tracklist for "Clouds"
1. Sound of Guns
2. Blue Ruby
3. Never In a Million Years

4. Balance
5. The 11th Hour
6. Wisdom
7. Black Pearls
8. Shoot the Heart
9. Push
10. One Chance
11. Human Experience
12. Know the Time 
13. Heirloom
14. Seed of Memory
15. Bridge Through Time
16. Just Walk
17. Shadows of Grief
18. Time Passed Autumn
19. Choices
20. Father and Son
21. A Conscious Breath
22. Drinking Life
23. Imagination
24. Tao Te Ching
25. Heart of Glass
26. The Baghdad Sun
27. A Day’s End
28. God’s Creation

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Filet-o-Mix 14: The Pump UP


Being in the music industry sometimes blinds you to the reason why you got into it in the first place. It's all about the music and the people united by it. Today I asked on Facebook, "Anyone want some new hip hop?". The first response was from one of my best friends that I haven't spoken to in a while. He requested, "Something that'll pump me up". So here you go: a 20 track mix of all relatively new songs entitled "The Pump UP". This is sure to keep you going from the A.M. through the P.M. Use this music to help push yourself at the gym or to run red lights while cruising down the block.

01 Kanye West - Power (Feat. Dwele)
02 Drake - Over (Prod. Boi-1da)
03 Wiz Khalifa - Black & Yellow (Prod. Stargate)
04 Cambatta - So Good Feat. Nino Bless, Crooked I, Sha Stimuli & Big Moss
05 Young Jeezy - Put On Remix Feat. Jay-Z
06 Reks - This Or That (Prod. Statik Selektah)
07 Muneshine - Gotta Feeling (Feat. D-Sisive & Shad)
09 Reek Da Villian - Mechanics (Feat. Busta Rhymes & Swizz Beatz)
10 Statik Selektah - Rollin Down The Freeway Feat. Glasses Malone, Termanology & Kali
11 Kanye West - Good Friday (Feat. Common Pusha T, KiD CuDi, Big Sean, Charlie Wilson
13 Shad - A Good Name
14 Styles P - Sometimes
15 Ghostface Killah - In Tha Park Feat. Black Thought
16 The Left - Desperation
17 Eminem -  Session One Feat. Slaughterhouse
19 Statik Selektah - For The City (Feat. M.O.P. & Jadakiss)
20 H.O.P.E. - I Do It

Share the music if you like it.

-Filet Of Sole

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