Other backpack hip-hop labels maximize in glitched-out electronic and vulgar synthesized squelches, but California label Stones Throw knows the foundation of hip-hop starts with classic soul. The label celebrated their 10th anniversary in '06, and Chrome Children, a partnership with the Adult Swim division of the Cartoon Network, is both a handy summary and field guide to the label's future. Building tracks from cut-up samples and timeless boom-bap, artists like Oh No and Madlib and crooner Dudley Perkins create songs that are full of fire and spirit and — above all else — soul.
By Richard Gehr on 11.06.14 in Features
The son of cult members seeks a peaceful future in his music.
By Claire Lobenfeld on 10.07.14 in News
San Francisco electronic-soul purveyor Brogan Bentley is gearing up to release his brooding debut full-length The Snake (November 11, Leaving Records/Stones Throw) and the hypnotic "Smoke" is one of our first tastes of w...
By Nate Patrin on 08.26.14 in Reviews
Ringgo Ancheta is all about balance. As Mndsgn, he's been putting out enigmatic beat tapes for years, smothering loping breaks under a humid atmosphere that accommodate both rust and greenery alike. No wonder he gravitat...
By Nate Patrin on 05.27.14 in Reviews
It's one of the biggest what-ifs in underground hip-hop: What if Charizma, the young, slick MC with the command and bravado of prime LL, hadn't been murdered a week before Christmas '93? Would his production partner, Pea...