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KilnerLUFC
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Posted 12 December 2011 - 06:34 PM

Always been a massive fan of this, but the problem is, I'm starting to run out of new artists/groups to listen to. Not so much a bad thing, but I'm worried I could be missing out on some great music.

Basically, this all started off whilst listening to RJD2 some years back now, and I loved it. The main reason behind this was the fact that it was true talent, making something enjoyable in today's world of music, with minimal focus on lyrics.

I've just recently started to give DJ Shadow a proper listening to, after having him stored on my old HDD and never actually going through his albums. What can I say? Fantastic. Only got throgh one of his albums so far, and the stand out tracks for me would be:






And some others that don't seem to want to work on YT. confused.gif

Basically, I need you guys to help me find some truly great instrumental hip-hop, whether it be underground or not. I'm not at all fussed about the lyrics over the top. I love Cunninlynguists, and half of that is down to the music in the background. It's the main reason I prefer underground hip-hop to commercial stuff.

Anyway, please don't lock this topic. Had I posted this in the rap topic, it would have probably got 1-2 replies, then passed over. People visiting that topic only tend to do so when they want to pass on some information they have, or new music they have found.

So, anyone?

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Posted 12 December 2011 - 06:38 PM

One of my favourite artists, MF DOOM, has an entire box-set made up of beats he's both sampled and produced from scratch. I don't have all of it at the moment (it comes in about 4 or 5 CDs) but the stuff I do have is a great listen. It's called Special Herbs and it's quite hard to get hold of an original pressing. It comes on vinyl too for the purists.

Also, I recommend Flying Lotus and J Dilla, both deal with instrumental hip-hop and beats.

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Posted 12 December 2011 - 09:05 PM Edited by Cheat, 12 December 2011 - 09:10 PM.

Hell, everyone else who's been mentioned is definitely worth checking out, these dudes are legends... Anyways, I've got some suggestions as well - you should check out Z-Trip, he's style is somewhat similar to DJ Shadow's, DJ Premier's Beats That Collected Dust tapes, straight up hip hop from one of the best rap producers ever, a dutch producer from Amsterdam called FS Green, another dutch, Nicolay, the other half of Foreign Exchange with Phonte, he's a genious, 9th Wonder... I could go on for ages. Might as well post some examples while I'm at it.




I first spotted FS Green on a compilation mixtape featuring some of Europe's (or Netherlands', not sure) hottest aspiring names a few years back and he immediately caught my attention. I hear he's somewhat popular in the dutch scene, but he's still rather underground, and he's got an amazing style, his kicks knock the hardest I've ever heard any kicks knock.



I could go on and on for days just praising Nicolay - he's perhaps most known for his work with Phonte as the Foreign Exchange (one of the dopest duos rap has ever seen, check out their album Connected... it's magical) but he's also done some solo instrumental stuff on the side and he hooked up with some mysterious underground person to produce an album called TIME:LINE under the name Nicolay & Kay back in '08, that's some hot stuff right there. But seriously, he's one of the most ingenious producers to ever walk on Earth. Just listen to his stuff, wow.



Funny fact - Z-Trip helped Black Box with skate.'s OST, and he's got some bangers in there but if you want to hear him at his best, check out his Shifting Gears album, featuring a lot of illness and a collabo with Chester Bennington, for example.



Flying Lotus, like you'd assume, was already mentioned above, he's a mastermind with an unique style, and these, I think, are my favorites from him. The latter one is from Whole Wide World, a collabo tape he did with Declaime, also an artist worth checking out.



Kan Kick's got a very minimalistic and vivacious sound that can be heard throughout both volumes of Opus Of Love: Deeper Than Flesh, a series I can most warmly suggest to everyone.



I don't know much 'bout Theory Hazit, but I've been bumping his Hello Kiddeez tape for a long, long time and even if it only has three tracks with three instrumentals it's still hot. I need to look deeper into his works, but as of right now, I can only say that check out Hello Kiddeez.

Last but not least, if you liked any of these tracks even a little, check out The Illest Of The Ill - it's a blog that, unfortunately, has been on a hiatus since July '09 but it none the less introduced me to most of these artists and made my taste in music a lot better. Explore their archives, you'll find most of these tracks and a lot more in there that I didn't want to post since I was afraid I'd blow the servers up or something.


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Posted 12 December 2011 - 09:14 PM

Doom & Madlib inlove.gif

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Posted 13 December 2011 - 01:55 AM

Check out DJ premier, he makes some of the hottest beats.

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Posted 13 December 2011 - 02:35 AM Edited by OnePiece, 13 December 2011 - 05:31 AM.

QUOTE (Craig @ Tuesday, Dec 13 2011, 04:38)
One of my favourite artists, MF DOOM, has an entire box-set made up of beats he's both sampled and produced from scratch. I don't have all of it at the moment (it comes in about 4 or 5 CDs) but the stuff I do have is a great listen. It's called Special Herbs and it's quite hard to get hold of an original pressing. It comes on vinyl too for the purists.

Also, I recommend Flying Lotus and J Dilla, both deal with instrumental hip-hop and beats.

+1 for J Dilla, that guy was a god.


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Posted 13 December 2011 - 09:31 PM

Unreleased beat tape from the mid 90s.



Petestrumentals from Pete Rock is dope.



Prefuse 73 is kinda out there sometimes, but I love Vocal Studies + Uprock Narratives



Blockhead's album Music by Cavelight is good too.



Clams Casino's Rainforest EP has some crazy sounds. I like it better when no one raps on his stuff.


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Posted 13 December 2011 - 09:41 PM

Flying Lotus:



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Posted 14 December 2011 - 04:46 AM Edited by DOOM!, 14 December 2011 - 04:49 AM.

One of my personal youtube favorites, Ivy League Zombie.


If you say it isn't at least funky... then you have horrible ears.


No one mentioned Alc. He's in my top 5.


9th Wonder... that's all I gotta say 'bout that.

Like others mentioned, DOOM, Dilla, FlyLo, Madlib and Clams Casino is rising to be one of the better producers in the game right now.

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Posted 14 December 2011 - 08:26 PM

Thanks for some of the suggestions guys, some of which I already have stored somewhere. I'm currently still working my way through the DJ Shadow discography, of which so far I'm sad to say that I've only really enjoyed one of his albums, The Less You Know, The Better. The rest of what I listened to sounded pretty crappy. confused.gif

Currently got Krush on in the background, and it's quite enjoyable so far.

Quite back-logged at the minute, but cheers for all the replies so far, and I'll be checking through them all tomorrow when I have some spare time on my hands.

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Posted 08 January 2012 - 01:26 PM



Not as good as with lyrics, but still good enough to be a separate song.

Game Radio fans will recognize this track.

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Posted 08 January 2012 - 03:22 PM



UK grime instrumental by Preditah, sick

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Posted 08 January 2012 - 08:42 PM

Glad to see J Dilla and FlyLo have already been mentioned. Definitely cannon. That's hard to deny.

Onra is pretty good. Burial is great. Madlib. I can't think of much else off the top of my head. I'll have to come back later and check out what else is mentioned.

I'm happy to see there's some appreciation for this genre here.

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Posted 08 January 2012 - 09:24 PM Edited by Mati, 08 January 2012 - 09:29 PM.

I can't believe I discovered this artist like a week ago. I think these are great. Reminds me of rjd2.

I know it's not 100% hiphop-ish, some of Gramatik's tracks are even a bit dubstep-ish, but I still like some of them (even though I hate dubstep)




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Posted 08 January 2012 - 11:01 PM Edited by meta187, 08 January 2012 - 11:05 PM.

QUOTE (Lazzo @ Sunday, Jan 8 2012, 20:42)
I'm happy to see there's some appreciation for this genre here.

N!gga, I've been playin this genre in the Q -13 Lounge from the jump. You should stop in some time. tounge.gif

But also...













I'll drop off more as they come to me.

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 07:00 PM

Sorry to double post but I was completely remiss in not mentioning Ayatollah, one of the best in the business.













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Posted 06 February 2012 - 11:13 AM

Great tracks Meta. Luke Vibert produces a lot of Electronica from Jungle to Acid but he does a lot of Breakbeats stuff you'll like.






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Posted 06 February 2012 - 11:37 AM

No instrumental hip-hop collection will be complete without Nujabes.



How about some Ljones?



Kona Triangle's instrumentals aren't your traditional hip-hop beats but I would still classify them under hip-hop.



Hudson Mohawke does everything from trip-hop, glitch-hop to plain old hip-hop.



Boards of Canada, again, not your traditional hip-hop instrumental.



And last of all, Kondor.




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Posted 10 February 2012 - 10:47 PM

Stumbled on another great track.


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Posted 26 August 2012 - 02:14 AM

Sorry to bump this, but I couldn't pass up the opportunity. I have finally come up on a forum that knows about J Dilla and Flying Lotus. icon14.gif

I see "Do the Astral Plane" and "1983" are already mentioned, you should check out these two tracks:




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Posted 26 August 2012 - 02:41 AM

I love instrumental hip hop, but its so hard to find. Unless I'm mistaken there are only a few artists making it right?

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 01:14 PM Edited by kippers., 26 August 2012 - 01:48 PM.

Interesting topic. Can't believe i've not seen it before. I was just thinking about instrumental hip hop and hip hop instrumentals. In fact I have Eminem's When I'm Gone instrumental playing right now. What a coincidence.

I'm not massively into the artists who do instrumentals intentionally, but some lyrical songs have a great beat. I'm unearthing all sorts of little noises and subtle things that I've not picked up on before because of the lyrics over the top.

I'll start with what i'm just listening to..

Eminem - When I'm Gone


Gravediggaz - 1-800 Suicide (With hook)

that symbol in the background and the tiniest guitar rift. amazing.

Eminem - Infinite


Dr. Dre - Kush

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 04:42 PM

At the moment, Clams Casino is God, literally:






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Posted 26 August 2012 - 11:12 PM

One of Dilla's best beats, IMO.


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Posted 27 August 2012 - 05:04 AM

I love the last beat on this one

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 06:23 AM

QUOTE (FunkyChunky @ Sunday, Aug 26 2012, 16:42)
At the moment, Clams Casino is God, literally:






Clams Casino is a beast.


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Posted 28 August 2012 - 12:31 AM

The bulk of my hip hop instrumental favourites comes from freestyles, so the ones you'll be hearing from me are going to be repetitive but shine just as strong in my eyes.

I never heard anything like Gramatik before, thanks for that!






The last one is my favourite by far.

and if you hadn't noticed, i'm a bit of an eastcoast guy tounge2.gif

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 05:59 AM

I get my instrumentals from [adult swim]. Dilla, FlyLo, and Nujabes.








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Posted 06 September 2012 - 11:45 PM


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Posted 07 September 2012 - 01:10 AM

^

You've just reminded me of:


And for that; I thank you.

Here's some more:





And I'd love to have an instrumental of this, doubt it's in circulation though:




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