Exile: Dirty Science

Dirty Science is hip-hop for grown folks, non-believers, and heads alike, and a welcome debut solo album from Exile. Hailing from Los Angeles, beatmaker extraordinaire Exile has been developing his coarsely chopped beat style and laid back soulful vibe for a minute (ten years to be exact), as half of the group Emanon, and on numerous single releases. Like most producer-driven hip-hop albums, Dirty Science …

K’naan: The Dusty Foot Philosopher at Womad 2006

After a weekend at the Womad festival, I am full of the joyful beats of World Music. With World Music artists on the up and up—take for example the late great Ali Farke Toure’s last album which is in the UK top 40—Womad is no longer the exclusive domain of jos stick-waving hippies. This is a true multicultural event, a living Benetton ad, with an …

Bridgetown Breaks Vol. 2

We've got a promo copy to give away of Bridgetown Breaks Vol. 2, the 2nd edition of all original, live drumming that features 10 of Portland's best drummers, including Kevin O'Connor of Talkdemonic and Danny Seim of Menomena. The brainchild of PJ Portlock, a Portland producer and musician—from rock to experimental and hip-hop to jazz—the release is a goldmine for DJs, producers, and other musicians …