Release Date: 22nd October 2021
Lofi heavyweights Mr. Käfer and Phlocalyst are restructuring the metaphysics of a jazz thing - to quote Gang Starr's genre-defining classic "Jazz Thing" from 1990. The fusion of hip-hop and jazz has come a long way but there are still new routes to explore and new stories to tell. Mr. Käfer and Phlocalyst are adding their own chapter to the saga with their collaborative album Now / Again to be released via Melting Pot Music. The vibe of the 12 tracks is chill. The kicks, snares and basslines are crisp but relaxed. Wrapped up in warm melodic layers and led by the distinctive sound of Phlocalyst's trumpet.
The Flemish producer grew up in Ghent and relocated to Munich where he plays in a classic orchestra - a rather uncommon day-job for a lofi producer with more than 2 million monthly listeners on Spotify. Mr. Käfer was born in Salzburg – the hometown of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Crack Ignaz – to an Austrian mother and an Algerian father. Today he lives in Cologne. In his music he fuses influences from boom-bap to jazz to traditional North-African music. The album artwork was created by Cologne-based artist Giza One.
B4. Space Travels
Release Date: 27th November 2020
Here is the story of the Silhouettes Project as told by its founders Jaden and Asher: "We started The Silhouettes Project in February 2019, to shine a light on the new generation of underground Hip-Hop, Jazz, and Soul music in the UK. Community is everything to us, and we wanted to show that with a proper support network, access to professional facilities, and the encouragement of a family of artists, our community could produce something incredible. We felt a joint frustration that the current music scene in the UK only had structures in place to support talent of a certain genre whilst overlooking a buzzing alternative Hip-Hop culture. We wanted to unify artists who are making ground-breaking music but who are in need of a solid structure to work within - artists who we felt deserved more recognition. This led us to the name 'The Silhouettes Project', as we wanted to shine a light on those artists in the shadows. The journey started by embarking on a collaborative album project which allowed us to bring together more than 30 artists on a single tape and to create a network of incredibly talented artists of the same calibre. The album took more than a year, working almost every day at the Root 73 studio, a community space in Hackney. We knew from the first few sessions that we were on to something, and the energy around the project kept it moving. As artists ourselves we understood that the creative process can be challenging and sometimes isolating, especially when there is no clear support network to fall back on. This led us to bring our efforts into the physical realm by organising a series of free live music events for all of these artists to come to, showcase their work alongside our house band, and connect with each other. These events take place at The Total Refreshment Centre in Dalston, an underground studio complex and warehouse space, which gave the events an intimate community feeling and the people a sense of belonging. There is a desperate need for spaces in which people can come together and develop their creative potential, especially with the consistent withdrawal of funding from the arts sector in the UK and with the constant threat of gentrification which has seen the closure of countless community and grassroots creative organisations. As we grew as a brand and organisation, we began to fully understand the importance of what we were doing. From the studio sessions to the events, we saw the impact on people's outlooks on their own careers, we saw them grow in confidence in performing and collaborating and even taking their own initiative to utilise the network provided for them. We heard their feedback, we felt the excitement in the atmospheres at our events and studio sessions, and we saw the community grow every time we brought it together."
a1. Bel Cobai & Lex Amor - At the Bay
a2. Manik MC & Elisa Imperilee - July
a3. Enny - For South
a4. Louis The Hippie - Blessings
a5. Summers Sons, Majical & C.Tappin - Free Your Mind
a6. KeepVibesNear & Nix Northwest - What U Need
a7. Summer-Pearl - Rising
a8. Natty Wylah - Eucalyptus
b1. Kofi Stone & Joe Beard - Like We Used To
b2. Elisa Imperilee - Closer
b3. Pedro Retro & Meron T - Standing There
b4. Kosher & Eerf Evil - Chase It
b5. Turt & Stephanie Santiago - The Process
b6. Kieron Boothe & Morgan Lorelle - No Peace
b7. Louis The Hippie - Fruits
Release Date: 5th November 2021
Brothers Turt (rap) and Slim (production) have created a masterful coming-of-age rap album from a 90s baby perspective. Nostalgia is a classic in the making. Over the course of ten songs, Summers Sons reflect on their past, present and future as sons, brothers, husbands, fathers and friends. Accompanied by longtime friend and musical partner C.Tappin, Alt R&B sensation KeepVibesNear and MC/community activist Eerf Evil. Since signing with Melting Pot Music in 2018, Summers Sons have released two albums plus various EPs, a beat tape and a collabo project with Twit One as Syrup. They are part of The Silhouettes Project (alongside Enny, Kofi Stone, Bel Cobain, Manic MC, Lex Amor and more) and kicked off their own label Lightworks earlier this year. Summers Sons have accumulated over 24 million streams and are regularly featured in prominent playlists like Jazz Rap, Butter, AlternaRap and Jazz Vibes. All their releases are available on vinyl, too.
Produced by Slim.
Vocals by Turt.
Vocals on "Give Thanks", "Three Sixty" & "Say Less" by Turt & C.Tappin.
Vocals on "This N That" by Turt & Eerf Evil.
Keys on "Give Thanks", "Nostalgia Pt. 2" & "Songbird" by C.Tappin.
Horns on "Give Thanks" & "Nostalgia Pt.II" by Miles Bonny.
Vocals on "Nostalgia Pt. 2" by Turt & KeepVibesNear
Mastered by Roe Beardie.
Artwork by Robert Winter & Jeremias Diekman.
01: Nostalgia Pt.1
02: Give Thanks
03: Over Everything
04: Out The Blue
05: Three Sixty
06: This N That
07: Nostalgia Pt.2
09: Say Less
10: Summers Sons
11: Nostalgia Pt. 1 (Remix)
12: Three Sixty (Remix)
14: That N This
15: The Blue
16: Nostalgia Pt. 1 (Remix Beat Edit)
17: Three Sixty (Remix Beat Edit)
18: Nostalgia Pt. 1 (Beat Edit)
19: Give Thanks (Beat Edit)
20: Sonics Over Everything
21: Out The Blue (Beat Edit)
22: Three Sixty (Beat Edit)
23: This N That (Beat Edit)
24: Nostalgia Pt. 2 (Beat Edit)
25: Songbird (Beat Edit)
26: Say Less (Beat Edit)
27: Summers Sons (Beat Edit)
Available: 27th July 2021
Koralle kicks off 2021 with his second full-lenght album "Fonografie". 2020 was a real roller coaster year for Italian beatmaker Koralle. COVID-19 hit his hometown Bologna hard. Meanwhile, Koralle has been as busy as ever releasing eight singles from "Fonografie", including collabos with Cologne beat smith Twit One, London MC & activist Isatta Sheriff, Houston rapper Anti Lilly and Turt from Summers Sons. With the singles being a success and accumulating over 2.5 million streams thus far, Koralle has taken highly musical jazz beats to the next level. "Fonografie" consists of 16 tracks with more collaborators and will be available as digital album and vinyl LP.
a2 Trick Questions (feat. Anti Lilly)
a3 Mom & Dad
a4 Keep It Stepping (feat. Turt)
a5 Raymond's Book
a6 Laid Back (feat. Isatta Sheriff)
a7 Brujos (Interlude)
a8 Last Train Home
b2 Lies (feat. Karhys)
b5 Fuel (feat. Turt)
b6 Oro (feat. Funk Shui Project)
b8 Noia (feat. Twit One)
Available: 27th July 2021
"The Rain" is the second full-length album by South London jazz rap group Summers Sons. Summers Sons are Turt (vocals) and Slim (production). They are actual brothers, Summers is their surname.
Since signing with Melting Pot Music in 2017, Summers Sons have released a mini-album "Undertones" and their debut album "Uhuru" (a joint venture with pianist and singer C.Tappin). They have been featured on albums by Twit One and Flatpocket, toured with Children of Zeus and played shows with Melodiesinfonie and FloFilz. The latter also remixed one of their songs as did Twit One and Cap Kendricks.
Both Summers Sons projects "Undertones" and "Uhuru" accumulated more than 3 million streams each and the band has build a strong fanbase in UK and Germany.
With the "The Rain" Summers Sons are entering new territory. Musically "The Rain" is the most advanced piece of work the duo has come forward with so far. Slim is breaking away from traditional song structures while keeping his trademark sound intact. The beats on "The Rain" are sparse and ever changing at the same time. Slim creates strong atmospheres and elodies which provides the perfect backdrop for Turt's introspective and sometimes painfully personal lyrics. One of the album's main topics is the unexpected death of Turt's and Slim's stepfather in November 2018.
"The Rain is a story of loss, love and new beginnings. A Summers Sons album for the Winter." Turt writes in the album liner notes. It provides "Sunshine for grey days. A promise of blue skies when the clouds won't clear. This is an ode to absent shadows. For anybody that misses somebody. The sun don't always shine but we need The Rain to grow. The seeds will flower, even out of the darkest cracks in the pavement."
a2 The Rain (Pt. 1)
a3 A Moment To Bill It
a4 Space To Breathe
a5 Blue Skies
a6 The Sequel (feat. C. Tappin)
b1 Just A Drop In The Ocean
b2 The Rain (Pt. 2)
b3 Orange Moon
b4 Bittersweet (feat. Zaya)
b5 The Rain (Pt. 3)
Release Date: 30th July 2021
"Meraki" is the first full-length album by LESKY with contributions from FloFilz, Phlocalyst, Turt (Summers Sons), Sátyr, Ddob, Cuebe, Flynn, Tally Schwenk and others. Released on Melting Pot Music home of Twit One, FloFilz, Summers Sons, Silhouettes Project and others!
Within less than three years, LESKY has established himself as one of the most promising and ambitious producers on the German scene. For a new artist, his discography is pretty deep and versatile. No matter if he delves into sample-driven lofi-beats or dropping trap and phonk, there is always a strong melodic side to his music. The LESKY sound is a nutshell: "All meat - no fat: hard and busy drums, fender rhodes neo soul chords and a filtered moog bassline", as he puts it. With a guest list that features long-time friends Phlocalyst and Sátyr alongside MPM artists FloFilz, MC Turt of Summers Sons, Sakura Murakami and new talents like Cologne (beat) boy wonder Midan and New Jersey-based singer Tally Schwenk, "Meraki" is bringing together the best of many worlds under one LESKY groove. Other artists featured on the album are Ddob, Meadow, Cuebe, Flynn and Mensing. "Meraki" is Greek and of those words that don't translate into English very well. One could put it as follows: "When you leave a piece of yourself, your soul, creativity, and love in what you do." For LESKY, it also stands for the transition of turning your hobby into a profession. Born and raised in Leipzig, he moved to Cologne when he turned 21 to intern and later work at MPM. Fast forward to 2021, LESKY has once again packed his bags and relocated to Tbilisi, the capitol of Georgia. It looks as if the journey for this young producer has only just begun...
a1 Oyster (feat. FloFilz, Phlocalyst &Sakura Murakami)
a2 Palma (feat. Midan)
a3 Alight (feat. Turt &DDob)
a4 Coda (feat. Medow)
a5 Lluvia (feat. Midan)
a6 Aaliyah (feat. Flynn)
b1 Augustiner (feat. Sátyr)
b2 Ragazza (feat. Satyr)
b4 Apricot (feat. Phlocalyst &; Satyr)
b5 Saint Eugene (feat. Midan)
b6 Relief (feat. Tally Schwenk & Mensing)
Release Date: 11th June 2021
Koralle and Kuranes are two of the most inspiring and successful beat makers from Italy. As it happens, they are both from Bologna and they have been friends for a long time. Strangely enough they never did music together until now! "Beat Kiosk" is their frst joint album. Here they are treating us with 19 jazz-induced instrumentals with an Italien touch. Perfect for hip-hop heads, jazz cats and coffee lovers alike. If you are wondering what a "Beat Kiosk" is, here is the background story as told by Koralle & Kuranes: "Both of us were born in Romagna, a region in northern Italy well known for its high quality food traditions. If you'll ever visit it, driving around from the seaside to the hinterland, you can easily spot on any roadside these cool little kiosks, mostly painted in red/white or green/white stripes, where you can stop by and order some "piadina": a thin ?atbread, normally flled with ham, cheese or vegetables. It's just the most iconic street food, typical of this part of Italy. With this in mind, we would like to invite you to our very own Beat Kiosk, where you can sit and chill with your warm piadina and a cold beer while we are cooking beats and spinning some records for you. Let's get this party started right!" The kongenial artwork comes from Colombian illustrator SagaUno who was also responsible for the The Silhouettes Project artwork. Koralle has released two albums on Melting Pot Music that accumulated over 14 Mio. streams. Kuranes discography contains 9 albums and 14 EP's.
a3: From Your Hearth
a5: My Own Thoughts (Skit)
a6: Locanda Paradiso
a8: Sweetaly (feat. Moose Dawa)
a9: Statale 16
b3: People Are Alike (Skit)
b4: Look At You
b7: Things Change
Release date: 2nd April 2021
1 - an object found by an artist and displayed with no, or minimal, alteration as a work of art.
2 - an album by Twit One with 16 songs that draw inspiration and sounds from different paths of life and music. The elusive guest list includes Reginald Omas Mamode IV from London, Kurt Wagner (Lambchop) from Nashville and Cologne-based artists Keshavara and Imam Ally Salaam. "Objets Trouvés" is Twit One's third solo album on Melting Pot Music. If we count in his projects with Hulk Hodn (as Testiculo Y Uno), Summers Sons (as Syrup), Lazy Jones (as Flatpocket), Count Bass D and Fleur Earth, we are looking at 10+ LPs (LP stands for longplayer and we emphasize on this because we release every Twit One album on vinyl). In 2009 Twit One started the beatmaker game in Germany together with his good friend Hulk Hodn. Twit was lo-fi a decade before instrumental Hip-Hop became coffee shop music (ask Wun Two or FloFilz) even though he would never use this term to describe his music. These days Twit One plays in a league of his own and has created his own genre: Cool Bap. He is a beat making renaissance man who creates music, artworks and videos. He is a music curator, DJ, radio host and runs a record store (Groove Attack Recordstore, Cologne). If you are looking for music to chill or study to, "Objets Trouvés" might not be the best choice. If you appreciate music that is soulful and eclectic, that knows its roots and carries a sublime message, you should give "Objets Trouvés" a listen. Backed by a team of elusive guests – ranging from London MC/Singer Reginald Omas Mamode IV to Kurt Wagner from US alternative rock icons Lambchop - Twit One is dwelling into HipHop, Soul, Jazz & Funk, like only he can. Unaffected by trends and fashion, his music is characterized by an uncompromising stubbornness and humor that might resonate well with fans of Sun Ra, Dilla or Moodyman (just to name the GOATS ;-)).
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02: Halt Mal
03: Hideo Ochi
04: Seemy 2
07: Imani Yangu (feat. Imam Ally Salaam)
08: By Your Side
09: Go Thru Changes With Me
10: Okami 7
11: Slide Away (feat. Reginald Omas Mamode IV)
12: Eddy St.
13: I Hear Everything (feat. Kurt Wagner & Keshavara)
14: Tofu Break
15: It Takes Two to Tango