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Mark Cooper – I Know How You Feel Man Vol. 5

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Here’s a fresh beat tape to bring in the new year, vibe along with the fifth volume of “I Know How You Feel Man”  from producer Mark Cooper. With this latest iteration, it’s not entirely instrumental as we get some welcomed features dropping in throughout the twenty-one record collection. My personal favorite is the heavy hitting combination of Nate Paulson & Marv Won on “Detroit Ballet“, a fitting title that comes roughly after the halfway point of Volume 5Zev Howling & Monsoon each lend a hand on separate tracks respectively, placed in-between a fantastic batch of sounds that range from lo-fi & relaxing to the perfect video game background music. “Fire Escape” was my top pick outside of “Detroit Ballet” and though it arrives late there was a lot of contention before it in this smooth & enjoyable volume of music from Mark Cooper.

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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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