J57 is back with a new EP of instrumental melodic hip hop cuts! The DJ Premier mentored artist, who has collaborated with legends like Method Man, Raekwon and Homeboy Sandman, has been on a prolific tear since his first release on Balanced in 2010 (Digital Society). Having co-founded the Jamo Gang and Brown Bag AllStars, J57 has established himself as a highly sought after producer in both underground and mainstream hip hop circles. With Nuclear Wintour, he has returned to the label with 4 solid tracks showcasing his talent.
Hemlock intros the EP with haunting synths backed by punchy driving beats. Walkin Like Christopher has more of an upbeat feel with creative energizing sounds and chunky rhythms. The EP's title track, Nuclear Wintour, is a play on words referencing British designer Anna Wintour. It's a slow jam with big airy pads and a steady hypnotic pace. Finally, Future Dreams rounds off the EP with composer Derek Muro adding his vast experience in scoring film work with luminaries such as Hans Zimmer. The mixture of gritty drums with gorgeous cinematic melodies transports the track to a space that is both futuristic and nostalgic.
Dubstep pioneer Mala travels through Peru, visiting Lima, Cusco and the Sacred Valley, and winding Afro-Peruvian percussionists and grassroots tap dancers into his insistent sub-bass. Bandcamp Album of the Day Jun 15, 2016