The holidays are the one time of year when I appreciate the fact that my Facebook and Twitter feeds are flooded with promotional posts. That’s because the holidays are the time for giving, specifically the time when producers dump all of their bootlegs/edits/unfinished tracks on the unsuspecting masses. The quality is generally a mixed bag, but we’ve received a deluge of heat in the past few days that deserves its fair due. On the raps front, Lil B, King Louie, Fredo Santana, Lil Silk and Fabolous have let loose new tapes over the past week or so. All deserve your attention, although save Lil B’s 05 Fuck Em and maybe spend a little more time with Silk and Louie.
The good folks at Mixpak were also kind enough to hand out a bundle of free tracks from their roster and beyond. The Holiday Bundle evokes the grime, dancehall and soca-based riddim culture that Dre Skull has so carefully curated over the past few years. Sudanim, Murlo and Koyote all bring their best to the table.
You’ve likely seen these already as well, but big hitters Flying Lotus, Zed Bias, Ryan Hemsworth Clams Casino all gave bundles of tracks away in the past few days. Casino’s third Instrumental Mixtape is probably the most cohesive attempt of the bunch, but FlyLo’s assorted beats, remixes and bootlegs offer some intriguing insight into the producer and his cohort’s recording processes. The Hemsworth collection is largely edits he’s designed for live play and the “Post-Rock Tears” version of Future’s “Honest” is a real beauty. Two step legend Zed Bias handed over 200 MB of live recording, remixes and production work under both his ZB sobriquet and his Maddslinky nom de plume.
Hit the jump for a jambalaya of free tracks…
LuckyMe compiled 25 unreleased songs from their much hyped roster for their 13/14 Advent Calendar. Highlights from Hudson Mohawke, Obey City and Inkke.
Loefah and Swamp81 freed up the sing-along (for Loefah) “Veal”.
Pelican Fly’s latest signee, Atlantis, remixed Sevyn Streeter and Chris Brown.
Visionist handed out the short, but Devilish “Means To And End”.
Irish beatsmith monto handed out a whole collection of free tracks.
New York producer Doctor Jeep continues his jungle exhortations on “With You”.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra released the sprawling pseudo song/field recording collection “SB-01”.
Murlo’s Ashanti remix finally made it out into the open.
London-based Beat Werk put together a short compilation of grime and club from Moleskin, Champion, Matic808 and MikeQ.
Stockholm’s own Skudge let loose two bits of slow burning techno that should make their way into quite a few sets over the coming months.
Dirt Crew Recordings got Ben La Desh, Urulu, Steve Huerta and others to put forth some loving house magic on their holiday collection.
Slick Shoota put together a few prime VIPs that surpass a good amount of his previously released material.
And to top everything off, Eprom, Iceboi, Spooky, Druid Cloak and the good folks at Gang Fatale have all contributed to the holiday madness. Eprom’s A$AP Ferg x Four Tet bootleg is especially tantalizing and Iceboi’s collection of cold-as-ever edits is not one to miss either.