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Instrumental Breakdown: John Stone – Now You Know

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Instrumental Breakdown – John Stone – Now You Know

So, instrumental breakdown? Here’s how it works – I’m going to be listening through John Stone – “Now You Know” a sixteen instrumental project currently available to stream/purchase through all major digital outlets. As I listen I’m going to write alongside with a live instrumental breakdown. Me unedited thoughts as I go. With that, let’s go!……..

Enter 01. The Command – a introduction building off what I gather will be a project with often G.I. Joe references thrown in, this intro covers a wide range of sounds & builds into different layers with this enticing opener. When I got 02. Springfield – it brought on the type of beats I personally can get lost in, the piano/synthy vibes get my head bobbing & anxious to hear the remainder of the project. Onto 03. Blue Lazers beams of music I like the way these instrumentals are vibing, this one is a more mellow laid back sorta vibe, the guitar comes in later & add it’s own element. Smooth laser beams!! 04. Destro – oh great cobra, enter the haunting voice crafting the entrance of Destro. I love how this one started off & right when I thought it was tapering off that eery ghost chick sounding voice kicks back in. Throw a hook in there this one is my fave listen this far in. Here comes 05. The Battle – the flutes come marching in, after a while it kinda felt repetitive with the flute for me, this one I would need to hear some vocals over after last track being my fave, this was prob my least fave this far in. Just me though, I know some people who would love this one. March forth into 06. Knowing – this one drives the tape forward & I’m digging it – the hook portion of the beat I presume gave me a halloween sorta Frankenstein type vibe. this one was cool. Next up 07. Red Lazers – ahhh, this one gives us some more dope sonic lazers, I love the the variety of instrumentation that transitions across a lot of these records so far, a good mash up of sounds in this is one my top listens nearing the halfway point. Onward 08. Zartans Logic – I feel like I’m tunneling through caves and chambers inside an old school video game fighting to the finish. In the middle of this beat exploration session & we’ve had a variety of different directions, but one thing has been consistent. John Stone utilizes a variety a different instruments and layers in a very unique way. The way a lot these beats build & change have me imagining lyrical stories peaking over them. With 09. Dreadnaught – another highlight rises, this one is smooth, a little more straight forward but the hook comes in & overall I can imagine a variety of emcee’s taking an approach to this. Title track time 10. Now You Know – I do know, I know I’ve stumbled across a dope collection of beats at this point, minus The Battle – ten tracks in & my attention has been kept & my interest to hear more continues. When it comes to instrumentals I like stuff I can imagine crafting too – and I’m down with these. The title track keeps the momentum going and eager to close out these next few songs. Luckily snow season has finally passed but 11. Snow Shadow – now this felt like more of a battle theme to me, or something I might hear at a beat battle, I visual an army karate kicking fools with blasters spinning in circles. Nah but this one is nice, I like the way it developed. With 12. The Saga Of Snake Island – chill, relax, slow down, this one strolls along with silky sounds, a mellow landscape of sound. yes. to this one too. Quick, quick bring on 13. The Quickest Kick – this vocal sample & lead in this one pulled me in off the bat, it sounds like an epic soap opera unfolding, some bad vs evil type menacing. I love the way the hooks come thru on a lot of these records this is another one, subtle but gives the song character. This one stands out to me. Let’s take a trip to 14. The Hood – couldn’t write well listening to this one, freestyled for the hell of it. the melody piano whatever element that is – If your listening I think you know what I mean just had my mind flowing. I want to hear how this beat was utilized asap. Another standout track. Two in row! The last non bonus track is 15. Fireflies – funky, bouncy, & electric guitar drenched. those three elements combine in a dope way. Lastly 16. Bonus Track – hmmm. not sure what to make of this. i’m wondering if there was some sort of concept behind it – or technique. I felt like I was listening to tv static with someone scanning items at a grocery store blended in with background noise. yeah don’t know what to this about this I’ll have get with John to see the meaning behind this one!

UPDATE: The hidden track is all the tracks playing together at the same time….BOOM!

Well that’s it, my live listening session slash instrumental breakdown. I listened to a lot of these two or three times before I moved on to the next track to & I will say my overall impression is very positive. I love the range of sounds, the creative approaches to mashing those sounds together & the sound bytes added character. Honestly only two songs & that odd bonus track that I could’ve done without. The rest of the project had me caught in a vibe, bobbing my head, or wanting to belt out some lyrical adventures myself. Standout picks would have to be Destro, Now You Know, The Quickest Quick, & The Hood. It’s a thumbs up for me, & if you like to freestyle, zone out to instrumentals, or value creative production I strongly suggest giving it a listen as a whole. – COMMi$$ION

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“The Devil’s Dust” by Grime ONE “Instrumental Album”

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When you hear the name Grime One and the title of his latest work, “The Devil’s Dust” mentioned, most of your assumptions are correct before you push play. No, he’s not here to make you dance… he’s here to scare the living shit out of you through instrumentals.

    But please don’t think this is an ode to the demonic ruler of the afterlife. After all, the “devil” is prevalent wherever we go and it comes in many forms. Grime’s newest dust-themed project is the descendant of his late 2021 first quarter release, “Duste Copperfield”. However, his latest work is even more potent because of the album’s dark theme, and its arrival on “Devil’s Night”, historically an October 30th looter’s paradise in the city of Detroit. In addition, this is one of the more unpredictable beat tapes you’ll ever hear.

    That’s not a bad thing, though.

    Sure, he could’ve taken the easy route and littered the album with vocal samples as hooks. Instead, the vocals he selects are used to lure you in. The samples are pitched down to add to the eerie landscape. Classic example is the album opener, “Mischief”, which begins with a murky, inaudible vocal and quickly turns into an instant head-nodding track you could visualize the Hieroglyphics crew trading verses over.

    “Devil Horns” is perfectly titled, beginning with a newscaster talking about firefighters posing in front of a burning house in Detroit. The horns soon follow, then the drums, and what sounds like an elderly lady humming a spiritual to calm her disgust with man’s evil intent.

    More interesting cuts include “Soldiers”, with its crushing rhythms, “Flatlined”, which begins with another news reporter in the intro commenting on the annual “Devil’s Night”, and “Burn It All”, a culmination of someone frustrated with their own issues plus the problems that plague their daily living.

    Basically, you can tell Grime One really did his homework. Even though the album metaphorically paints bleak pictures of a city once in disarray, amidst the dark tones of the music lies optimism and growth. In a strange way, he finds a way to musically tell you a story for historical purposes, but he also shows you there’s hope…. As long as you don’t succumb to the most powerful dust of them all…. The Devil’s Dust.

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“Detroit Monster” by The Davis Way

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In a highly competitive market like Detroit, you know if you even dip your toe in the pool of music you better be ready to swim. Guided by a slightly different approach than normal, frequent listeners of The Davis Way will immediately grasp he has “the right gear ready” to navigate the water.
His latest offering, “Detroit Monster”, is a glimpse into the world he describes as “cinematic hip hop”. The instrumental project blends the natural elements of that genre, accompanied by operatic themes and haunting vocals. Basically, The Davis Way serves as the maestro on this well-crafted journey.
The album opens with “Foreseen”, representing not only changes in his own music but the lack of attention some of his peers gave to the actual BUSINESS of music. That same business could potentially see any of these tracks garner attention for sync licensing. The mood continues on “Veil Of Tears”, a track inspired directly by a conversation via DM he had with someone about record labels being monsters. In a plot twist, the DM he received could also be perceived as a “monster”.
With additional titles such as the “Bully With The Beats”, the album title track (Detroit Monster), and “Breaking Hearts & Faces”, you can pretty much tell The Davis Way isn’t concerned with the “so-called monster” because he feels “we have the knowledge” to prevail over negativity. “Global Dominance” would be the perfect background music for the rise and “Resurgence” of independent artists not only making great music but empowering themselves through education of the business.
“Detroit Monster” is more than a cinema. It’s a wake-up call for producers to expand the horizon and continue to build their craft.

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Grime One “Duste Copperfield” Beat Tape

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Detroit Producer Grime One Drops The 3rd Installment Of “The Dust Chronicles” Beat Tape Series, “Duste Copperfield”. Grime One is Known For His Grimy, Dusty & Hard Sound, All The Samples On This project Came From Japanese Anime Soundtracks From The Late 70’s & Early 80’s. Support Dope Music And Purchase it!

 

Click Here To Stream & Purchase “Duste Copperfield”

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