Now it’s here – the 3rd installment of the Beats & Culture releases, a collaboration between Melting Records and the BNC YouTube channel. For the first time, we upgrade to a 12” vinyl to pack more pungent flavor and kick: a foundation of hip-hop and dub reggae, with hints of funk and trip hop and notes of the exotic. The vinyl is colored herbal green. Side A features The Spy from Cairo (Italian origin, Brooklyn based) and Thunderball (Washington,DC), while Side B caries Invisible Sounds (GR) and somehowArt (GR).
Side A opens with “Nafas” (breath in Urdu) by The Spy from Cairo, a smooth dub infused with middle eastern flavors. The decade-old track is inspired by his cat named Tito, resurrected through viral interest on the Beats & Culture channel. It’s like “Bob Marley riding a camel”, as a top YouTube comment says. The sticky track is followed by the DC-based combo Thunderball with the sitar-tastic “Enter the Brahmin”, providing chunky beats with an exotic flair for boom-bap lounging or smoky parties.
Side two debuts Invisible Sounds, delivering the artist’s very first release to the Beats & Culture series. “Common Path” is one cut with two flavors. At first it’s a hazy trip-hop tune with soothing guitar, deep bass and Ethiopian vocals. The hypnotic song then flips into dub mode, courtesy of dub-master somehowArt. The artist grabs the mix and adds his special spices for a version brilliantly dubbed-out and spacey.
Beats & Culture delivers again with a record primed and ready for the global soundsystems. Big up!
Releases July 30, 2019
''Nafas'' Produced & Mixed by The Spy From Cairo, self released (2008)
''Enter The Brahmin'' Produced & mixed by Thunderball/Fort Knox, (2016)
written by Nikolas Yiakoumis, dub version mixed by SomehowArt
Compiled by Beats & Culture
Mastered by Blanka at Kasablanka Studio
Label Design by Manolis Chalkiadakis
Cover Design and BNC Logo by Jola818
Executive Producers : Basilis Foteinos, Andreas Pallidis
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