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MySpace Monday: Shwayze

My goodness it’s been a while since I’ve done one of these posts, but thanks to little extra free time, 4080Records is proud to bring back the ever-popular MySpace Monday posts.

So everyone,  put your hands together and welcome Shwayze.  This trio from California is all about the party jams and really don’t attempt to hide it.  Well, sort of trio.  it’s Shwayze, Cisco Adler and DJ Skeet Skeet coming together to from some sort of so-cal hilarity.

It all depends on the vibe you’re going for and the track you choose, but these guys traverse the gambit from roller disco to a little more ballady.

Rich Girls sounds like the type of jam you expect to hear in a Starsky and Hutch flashback sequence, but definitely gets your head nodding along.

Check out Rich Girls here:

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Now, I wanted to make it clear that we here at 4080 have nothing against party jams or silly dance music.  In fact, it’s quite the opposite.  Despite my rather scathing review of Common’s latest effort, my hate is more frmo the fact that he’s abandoning his previous history for something more mainstream.  If you’ve always been about the party, then it’s not really so much of an issue.

To give you a taste of something a little different that’s more croony than anything else.  Here’s Corona and Lime.  Definitely not lyrical genius or anything like that,  but may be fun if you’re looking for some summertime music in the middle of this cold, dark winter. 

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Definitely check these guys out, it may be a good thing to pass on to friends who aren’t so into hip hop,

If you want to hear more check out their MySpace or grab their free mixtape here.

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MySpace Monday: Screaming Soul

Screaming Soul is a group out of Nantes, France.   Much like their name suggests, their soul sound is pretty apparent.  Though they are way more mellow than they first appear.

As near as I can tell, the vocals are done by a woman who goes by Steph Magicbus, and is backed by a pretty solid band.  Details on this group (like a lot of our MySpace Monday groups) are very scarce.

[Editors Note: Honestly, if you’re a random internet music group, I think the least you can do is try to make up a fun little bio so that when people like us try to feature you, we can!]

Anyways, here’s Bright Day, to get a feel for their sound.

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MySpace Monday: Must have Been Tokyo

In an effort to give you something completely different for a MySpace Monday post, I’m proud to present to you Must Have Been Tokyo.

In the vein of a lot of the currently popular Indie Rock scene, Must Have Been Tokyo delivers a pretty frenetic sound and performance.  Their style of hurried beats and loud vocals mean a ton of energy and fun.

These guys have performed with similarly-styled You Say Party! We Say Die! and are starting to make some waves in the Canadian music scene.

I know this is completely not hip hop, but I thought I may as well toss in something you didn’t see coming.

Check out Lust and Deceit:

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MySpace Monday: Elisabeth Troy

Elisabeth Troy has a way poppier style than we’re used to over here at 4080, but I thought we’d go for just a tinge of diversity in the MySpace Monday posts.

Beyond the fact that she’s other London-based soulstress, I can’t find too much other information about this young lady.  If any of y’all know, please leave a comment.

Her style’s soul with a bit of a dance/electronic vibe to it.  Her track Higher Ground can be found remixed all over the internet.  House deejays in particular love to play with it, but here it is straight from her:

Higher Ground

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Here’s There’s Only You

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Sadly this will be one of the least informational MySpace Monday posts, but check her out anyways.

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MySpace Monday: Baby Charles

Baby Charles is a Brighton-based soul band (fronted by Dionne Charles) who’s mighty talented, in my opinion.  Her sonorous voice is accompanied by the rest of a pretty skillful band.  They claim that their influences are from James Brown, our boy Fela Kuti, and a bunch of other Jazz and funk superstars.

They definitely tend to evoke memories of a much older act, but I like the way they try and stay current.  You can hear a lot of breakbeat style from the drummer, and the rest of the band has these little bursts of instrumental creativity.

Here’s I bet you look good on the dancefloor

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You can actually download some of their tracks here.

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MySpace Monday: Invincible

Invincible is a gritty and dope female emcee hailing from Detroit.  Not an easy place to be no matter who you are, and an even tougher place to really thrive.

She’s got a fast flow, and an eloquent delivery.  Yet somehow she still sounds raw and unpolished.  It’s a good match, and seems to convey a lot of her anger and concern.

I’m not entirely sure what message she’s trying to get out half the time, but a lot of what she raps about is the urban decay Detroit is facing.  The crumbling schools, infrastructure, and the general lawlessness that seems to grow.  It’s a sad and tragic place to be, a lot of the time, but the birthplace of Motown still has some hope left.

Check out Shapeshifters, probably my favourite track by her.

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And this track is surprisingly dope.  Locusts, feat Invincible and Finale.  It’s a mini-documentary/music video, and worth a watch.

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MySpace Monday: El Chavo

El Chavo is a Spanish musician who focuses on hip hop and funk. As far as I can tell he’s a producer, but he makes some pretty dope beats.  Many are funk-focused, but a few begin to go down the road of chiller hip hop.

He’s on the Jakarta Records label, which only really seems to be a MySpace phenomena, but worth checking out since they host some pretty amazing artists.  They’re based in Germany and the biggest artist on their roster is probably Looptroop, if you’ve heard of them.

Just to give you the flavour, here’s Esperando, feat. Strand and Source Spoken.

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MySpace Monday: The Messenger

The Messenger is an emcee, radio host, and erstwile reporter. He performed for quite a while with a group called Semisoul, before leaving them earlier this year.  He doesn’t run with the most original name on the block, so make sure you follow the links to find out a little more about him.

I believe he’s off pursuing a solo career at this point, but details are rather sketchy.  He is, as far as I can tell, still part of the Hip Hop Collective, a powerless group based out of the University of Florida.

Still, I’m a fan.  His lyrics aren’t overly complex, but he’s got a solid flow and I’ve got some hopes for him to produce some better fidelity stuff in the future.

Listen to One Piece at a Time below.

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MySpace Monday: Batsauce

Batsauce is probably one of the odder names I’ve heard in my time, but he’s become an underground Myspace sensation.  Our friends over at Wake Your Daughter Up have featured a couple of mixtapes done by him.

His beats are mainly jazz influenced, but you definitely get some odd twists in there as well.  He self-identifies as being hip hop and soul, but you’ll have to listen for yourself.   If you head on over to his Myspace page you can check out a pile of tracks.  Most are pretty dope, except for train wreck.  Which is exactly what it sounds like.

Here’s Lonely Room.

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Batsauce has produced for random artists like The Smile Rays (yes, this was basically a MySpace Monday 2-for-1), who are signed to Rawkus Records.

Here’s Chicken by the Smile Rays.

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MySpace Monday: The Lab Techs

If you are a really dedicated hip hop head, you would have heard these guys somewhere.   I’m not saying you would know them by name, or even know they were behind the track, but the Lab Techs have produced some of the best hip hop around.

The Ann Arbor-based production team has worked with piles of tiny artists and their biggest name to date is the Athletic Mic League.  They’ve put out a couple of beat mixtapes  titled “Kill Billboard” volumes 1 and 2. 

Consisting of CliffNotes, Haircut, Forekast, V-Tech, they have a pretty killer style.  I’m not going to say it’s the most original thing on the block, but it’s definitely a pretty strong effort.

Check out “Moving Along”

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In this track you can hear tons of piano and a fairly simple drum beat.  Not overly complex, which is good because it’d be too bad to overwhelm the rhymes.