L.A’s Tinashe has released a retake of Drake’s ‘Days in the East’ (produced by PARTYNEXTDOOR) which she uses to showcase the ornate fractions of her whisper-led voice. Retaining the emblematic melancholy of a Drizzy slow jam, Tinashe refocuses her efforts into a dedication to her West Coast roots. This will be a fair few reloads.

His collaborations with Drake and the release of his stunning debut EP Dual marks a pretty epic year for Sampha. Having put the work in over the past few years it’s been genuinely heartwarming (and exciting) watching him gain the kind of international recognition he deserves. To round off the year his track ‘Can’t Get Close’ taken off Dual has received a dance-floor overhaul from producer Jacques Greene and is being released for free as part of LuckyMe’s advent calendar bonanza. Listen up top.

Earlier this year New York rapper Le1f dropped his impressive Fly Zone tape and now just 8 months later we see him return with another full length project. The 14 track affair, titled Tree House, sees production from Chicago duo The-Drum, fellow New Yorker Falty DL and Metro Zu’s Lofty305. Although Le1f is notorious for experimenting with dark bassy sounds, on Tree House he toys with lo-fi R&B in the vein of artists like How To Dress Well.

Listen below and download here.

Earlier this year, Brooklyn based duo The Underachievers, dropped their debut project Indigoism, Now, they’re returning with a new mixtape, The Lords of Flatbush. A strong attempt to reassert their undeniable spot in the Beast Coast movement.

The new mixtape holds a contrast to their previous works in the sense that it veers off into even more experimental territories – this is trippy shit. The duo which consists of members Issa Gold and AK had warned us of this and said their new work would be filled with bangers and although it undoubtedly is, I still feel that the standards and trends they set with the chill Beast Coast vibe of Indigoism means that this new mixtape is not quite up to its level. With that being said The Underachievers still serve up a dope menu with The Lords of Flatbush, filled with strong beat productions, their usual admirable lyricism and clear motivations. The mixtape provides us with a glimpse of things to come from the Brooklyn boys in terms of new styles and techniques, yet maintains the same communication of ideas we heard and fell in love with on Indigoism.

More thoughts on the tape after the jump.

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Jacques Greene very kindly gives away his take on two Ciara tracks for free. The Montreal producer’s dancefloor ready remix of ‘Body Party’ has been doing the rounds for a while via his DJ sets but now is available, along with his more mellow reworking of previous single ‘Sorry’, all for your listening pleasure.

A few unexpected but exciting inclusions cropped up in the production credits for Kanye West’s Yeezus – among them the efforts of homegrown talent Evian Christ and tastemaker Benji B. Part of Kanye’s ensemble motley crew also included relative unknown (but PinBoard supported) producer Arca. With two LP’s already under his belt via New York label UNO, the Brooklyn native has built an enduring reputation as a specialist in genre-defying, trippy, bass hungry beats which are occasionally complimented by distorted vocals. His latest offering &&&&& is a 25 minute collection of his latest warped and wonderful concoctions. Take a listen below…

… You’ll be able to catch Arca alongside Evian Christ, Lil Silva, Sampha and Fatima Al Qadiri at the next Deviation session at XOYO on August 2nd – more info here

Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino has been on the rap scene since 2008, with the release of his debut album Sick Boi. However, it’s his latest record, Camp, with standout tracks like ‘Bonfire‘ and ‘Heartbeat‘ that flung him into the spotlight.  Anyway, having had a breather from playing at 2012’s Coachella and acting a bit, Glover’s back to cement his reputation. And so we arrive at his latest cut ‘Centipede’. It’s a deceivingly soulful, jazzy number at first, but then Gambino unleashes an unyielding beat that recalls the tone of Kanye’s The College Dropout – perhaps not the only Yeezy comparison that could be made here. Check it out below.

A new demo tape featuring rare and unreleased productions from Kanye West dating as far back as 2001 has surfaced online. Unofficially titled The Prerequisite the 15-track tape features demo versions of classic songs like ‘All Falls Down’ & ‘Bring Me Down’, as well as previously unreleased material – some of the which pre-date West’s landscape shifting, Grammy Award winning debut The College Dropout. Download below.

DownloadKanye West – The Prerequisite

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Raider Klan’s Chris Travis quietly released a new 11-track EP this week called Side Effects. The tape is a sprawling journey through some of the haziest, trippiest beats courtesy of the likes of grandmaster SpaceGhostPurrp, AraabMuzik, Eric Dingus and SavaageBeatz, over which Travis laces some codine-induced verses (some coherent, others not so). SGP’s atmospheric aesthetic on ‘Diamonds Pt 2’ epitomises the ideology of what this movement is all about – if lean had a sound this would be it. Viiiiibesy.

‘Diamonds Pt 2’ is definitely the standout track on Side Effects but cop it below (free), there’s more on there to sip to.

Download: Chris Travis – Side Effects EP

New York rapper Le1f has returned with a new 13-track mixtape entitled Fly Zone featuring guest appearances from the likes of Haleek Maul and Kitty (Pryde). Fly Zone features the type of cut-throat fierceness we’ve come to expect from Le1f and as such sees him expressing his thoughts and opinions no holds barred. Listen / download below.

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