Back in 2019, the world of trip-hop began to stir as Wax Tailor released the disturbingly captivating single, ‘The Light’ and murmurs of more releases began to arise. Early 2020 the producer released the unmistakable single, ‘Keep It Movin’ featuring D Smoke, the winner of Netflix’s “Rhythm + Flow” competition. The release of ‘Keep It Movin’ came at a dark time, as the pandemic set in and the world was confronted with the truth of police brutality in a harsh yet undeniable way. However, the upbeat, anthemic nature of the song managed to set a tone of hope and acknowledgement that we are in control of our own destiny while the accompanying funky music video provided some much-needed relief.
The releases for Wax Tailor continued as he built towards his album, Shadow Of Our Suns which was released at the start of this year. The album showcased the vocals of numerous talented artists including Mark Lanegan in the rock-infused ‘Just A Candle’, Rosemary Standley the melancholic‘Misery’ and Adeline in the mind-bending ‘Deja Vu’. You can read our full feature on the album here. The producer took time to introduce each of the artists on his socials and highlighting the reasons he chose to work with them.
This year, Wax Tailor continues to provide the world with new music, returning to and reworking his own sound into something new. The first of these remixes was our favourite – as he took on ‘Keep It Movin’ and reworked it, keeping a focus on the talented D Smoke’s vocals while infusing it with a bit more of Wax Tailor’s signature sound. Next, came the remixes for ‘Everybody’, originally featuring Del The Funky Homosapien and eventually receiving a remix from South African artist Kanif The Jhatmaster as well as Wax Tailor himself.
New Hip-hop duo Re.decay have released their debut single ‘Sun In The Morning (feat. ADH, Mawcom X, Sedric Perry)’ on the 1st of May via SPRINGSTOFF. The single will feature on their upcoming EP, Down Long Enough (19 June 2020). Master engineering of the single was done by Mat Leffler-Schulman of Mobtown Studios (Ice Cube, Future Islands, and Jon Baptiste.
Re.decay consists of solo artists Owen Ross and Emanuel Bender. Owen has featured in publication Huffington Post as a solo artist and has also performed in the band Re-Up, who has opened for acclaimed acts like The Roots, Big Boi, Gym Class Heroes, OK Go!, Biz Markie and Afroman. Bender has produced music with Alle Farben, Dillistone, Moli, Fhat to name a few. Re.decay cites J Dilla, Apollo Brown, Prefuse 73, Madlib, DJ Premier, and Pete Rock as highly influential.
Re.decay shares their thoughts on the debut single, “From the beginning, this song has been an expression of overcoming adversity. Mawcom X was almost unable to get us his verse because of power outages in Ghana but he made it happen. This is symbolic of the spirit of this song. The message is clear and true.”
‘Like L’ was released on 18 October via Springstoff after JBXDR shared the new single via popular Youtube channel Madorasindahouse. Inaddition to Madorasindahouse’s support, he has already gained support from notable publications such as Resident Advisor, Data Transmission, Clash Magazine, Son Of Marketing, Elicit Magazine and even Broadway World. Proof that he appeals to an extensive audience.
JBXDR’s production mastery on ‘Like L’ offers the listener what can only be described as enjoying a decadent or luxurious experience. The innovative live performer now based in Berlin has shared this talent of the stages of Fringe and The Great Escape in Brighton, UK, as well as a string of German festivals including Reeperbahn Festival, Übel und Gefährlich, Hakken, Badehaus, Plötzlich am Meer, At.tension #7, LALA Festival, Habitat Festival and more.Jörn Bielfeldt (aka JBXDR) creates inventive compositions and remixes, and executes every constituent of his sound design live, whether it’s sampling, slicing or delineating sounds via his drumset. You can catch this live at his upcoming shows:
Snoop Dogg has announced a six-date ‘I Wanna Thank Me’ UK arena headline tour for April 2020.
The forthcoming tour sees the West Coast rap legend touring in support of his 17th album I Wanna Thank Me, and documentary of the same name, released earlier this year.
I Wanna Thank Me celebrates 25 years of the Snoop Dogg, a career that has seen the Doggfather cement his undisputed influence on music with chart-topping, multi-platinum records, while also solidifying his importance to wider culture as an actor, businessman and more across the board.
The tour reflects this and sees Snoop Dogg enlist a selection of his key collaborators from the breadth of his iconic music career including further West Coast hip hop royalty; Warren G, Tha Dogg Pound, Obie Trice and D12. They will also be joined by the multi-million streamed Irish rap duo Versatile.
Tickets are available on O2 Pre-Sale today (Oct 2nd), via MJR Pre-Sale at 9 am on Friday Oct 4th and go on general sale at 9 am Monday October 7th via bit.ly/SnoopDogg2020 Full tour dates can be found below: