FMF time! We know you're itching to get through the waning hours of the work week and on to your weekend, so we're here to facilitate that for you with some great music that's as easy on your ears as it is your wallet. #vibewithus
Giorgio Oehlers - Clap
This is the first in a series of free releases from the Expansions Collective, featuring producer Giorgio Oehlers out of the Netherlands. This super smooth track features layered claps and heavy synths, giving it that laid-back, West Coast feel. It's available for free download on bandcamp, but be sure to check out Giorgio's soundcloud for more fresh instrumentals... this dude is crazy talented.
Bilal - Sirens II
Bilal is laying the groundwork for his forthcoming studio album: a collaborative effort with producer, Adrian Younge. "Sirens II" features co-production from the seemingly ageless/perpetually fresh, Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest) The track is a rework of the Adrian Younge Presents: Something About April standout, "Sirens" which was featured prominently (read: bitten) on Jay-Z & Timbaland's "Piacasso Baby."
Statik Selektah ft. Joey Bada$$ & Freddie Gibbs - Carry On
Soooo, not only did Statik Selektah get Joey Bad$$ and Freddie Gibbs to trade verses over the same track, but they also released some dope visuals to go along with it. Joey comes correct as always, but it's Gibbs that takes the cake on this one. Throw in a cameo from Buckshot, and you got yourself a modern classic. Indulge.
Jaze Baqti - Tangata
Jaze Baqti took a journey through the United States, New Zealand, and Japan - creating instruments along the way that were inspired by the places he saw and the people he met. Tangata, which translates to "people" in Maori language is a compilation of some of the tracks Baqti made along his voyage. There's a nice jazz/funk flavor going on here. Check it out.
Midnight Ravers - Africa Nightlife Ravers Vol. 1
The Midnight Ravers are a collection of French dudes who are apparently obsessed with dub and Mandinka blues from Mali. I'm a sucker for dub reggae, so I was compelled to check this one out and was pleasantly surprised. This mixtape features hits from pivotal figures in the development of Malian orchestral music, and includes two sets that serve as extensive meditations on the polyrhythmic compositions and hypnotic vocals from the golden age of Malian music.