Buffalo born Francesco Cimato AKA Groove Cereal, drops cinematic silhouettes through a fog of opium shades. Now laying back in Fort Collins Colorado, and a member of the Dusted Wax Kingdom (a london based netlabel), Groove Cereal just released this collab with fellow member VPD, called “Beats For The People.” The mood on the latest plays like an afternoon stroll, or the kind of sound you’d hear blazing the coolest slow mo scene in the new Gangster Drama, that has the Archetype getting suited up for a kill. This cat brings heat, it’s just simply that.
A second standout is the jazz induced “Take Time,” another in a long line of hip flavors, Fracesco has the patience, the atmosphere, and judging by his profile on S.C. all the rep to make his brand a dope platform. His first record came out in May of last year. Part of a Dusted Breakfast (vol 1) can be downloaded for FREE here, or be a real music lover and hook up a few dollars. The music, and the man behind it are worth it. Highly recommend you DIG DEEPER on this whole crew.
A color filled music video experience, bright with the vivid dreamy, and the pure realism of the band laying it down.
When I was a young dude I remember hitting up record town buying rap tapes. I remember getting Ice Cube’s Lethal Injection, or America’s Most Wanted. I also remember buying Nas’s Illmatic, just because I thought the album cover looked cool, turns out that record ended up getting some serious praise. Those are just a couple tapes I remember having as a kid. I also was really into LL Cool J’s Radio, or Walking With A Panther, and of course Beastie Boys, Run DMC, Ice-T, Tribe Called Quest and tons more. There’s nothing like waving one hand in the air at age 10 like I’m some G or something, then your Mom walks by and just looks at you weird. I was not cool as a kid, hell, I’m not cool now. But I feel cool listening to Lostpoet.
Hip-Hop is one of those genre’s you can go back to at any time and feel the same exact way you did when you first listened. Its something I love a great deal, similar to Reggae, you know what you’re getting, and if done right, hardly anything is better. Which is what I find on Lostpoet’s tunage. He’s an intellect first poet, like Mos Def or Common. There’s no fear to drop the Parental Advisory, but only if needed to show some emphasis.
Anyway, Lostpoet has it, whatever that is in hiphop he delivers it with ease. The music is mature, and the overall content is seasoned. When listening I think “this is veteran ish” nothing more or less.
~ Ryan Boos
Southern California is producing this Question. A combination of serious hip cat beats, and the cool jazz essence to kick your hat a little to one side. Picture bouncing through the park with mad stroll. It’s the kind of music even a non-groover could find some sense of rhythm with. Question has a great collection of tunes online. Between the bandcamp with some choice freebies, and soundcloud as well, you can easily spend some afternoon doing pretty much anything to this fresh funky good time music. So, do it then.
~ Ryan Boos
I’m really into heavy sampled out music lately. Lhamalhama really brings it when it comes to finding things that mix together well. On the newest track “Making Eyes Across The Room’” its pure House music, the jazz kind that got me interested in the genre in the first place. If I was still spinning wax, this would be dropped down on the plate, and spun like the sexy track that it is. This is one lustful track, much of it from the brass that runs the show. There’s so much soul on here. The transpo from my living room to the club is a vivid one, and a FREE one to download.
~ Ryan Boos