If you haven’t check out Apollo Brown and Guilty Simpson’s Dice Game project, here’s another sample that has Brown turning some James Brown-derived soul into a street banger. Dice Game can be purchased HERE.
Posts Tagged ‘Apollo Brown’
Tags: Apollo Brown, Dice Game, download, Guilty Simpson, Mello Music Group, Planet Asia, preview
Tags: Apollo Brown, Detroit, Dice Game, download, entertainment, Guilty Simpson, Jay-Z, Mello Music Group, preview, Yvonne Fair
Guilty Simpson and Apollo Brown have joined forces for “Reputation,” an ode to their native city of Detroit. Using words such as “uncompromising,” “soulful” and “gritty” to describe their sound, the track reworks the familiar Yvonne Fair sample to give it a little extra thump to Simpson’s vivid lyrics. The duo is set to drop a full album entitled Dice Game that can be pre-ordered HERE.
Tags: Apollo Brown, EnterMission, Mello Music Group, remix, The Black Opera
Before The Black Opera hits us with new album Libretto: of King Legend this fall, the duo has enlisted Mello Music Group labelmate Apollo Brown to remix “All Over Disguise,” one of their standout tracks from EnterMission. This a non-album bonus track and a good indicator that the Opera will fully utilize the diverse group producers their new label affords them.
The CD version of EnterMission is available now and can be purchased HERE.
Tags: !llmind, 2012, Apollo Brown, Has-Lo, Mello Music Group, vinyl
Take it back to the essence, you say? Has-Lo has done just that with the release of his first vinyl 45. ”Stained Glass” laces Has-Lo with a horn-heavy boom-bap sample while !llmind delivers a more catchy, snyth-based soundscape. The vinyl can be purchased HERE.
Tags: Apollo Brown, bonus, download, Mello Music Group, O.C., Trophies, unreleased
With their album Trophies curently basking in critical acclaim, Apollo Brown and O.C. have leaked non-album bonus cut entitled “The Biggest Loser.” While somber in mood, this joint is puncuated by the blaring vocal samples that Brown weaves around O.C.’s verses. Trophies is available now via iTunes.
Tags: Apollo Brown, Mello Music Group, O.C., Trophies
Tags: Apollo Brown, finale, Mello Music Group, Self Sacrifice
Mello Music Group is offering another free leak to celebrate today’s release of their Self Sacrifice compilation. The two artists spotlighted, Apollo Brown and Finale, have their own projects waiting in the wings. The versatile Brown drops his O.C. collaboration project Opus Trophies on May 1. Finale’s album, currently called The Grand Scheme, is targeted for a fall release.
The Self Sacrifice project can also be previewed below.
Tags: Apollo Brown, DJ Premier, O.C., Trophies
“Me dumbing down would be a sign of weakness…”
In demand producer Apollo Brown’s latest collaboration album is with one of the game’s most underappreciated lyricists in O.C. The duo debuted their lead single “Prove Me Wrong” on DJ Premier’s Sirius radio show. Considering Apollo’s skill crafting ethereal beats and O.C.’s penchant for introspective lyrics, their upcoming album has real promise to be one of the top projects in 2012. Trophies is set to be released on May 1.
Tags: 2011, Apollo Brown, new music
Knowing others is wisdom;
Knowing the self is enlightenment.
Mastering others requires force;
Mastering the self requires strength;
The above quote is from the Tao Te Ching, a sacred text on Daoism. One of the best things an artist can do is experience life and be well-read on those who came before us and shaped the world we see today. Producer Apollo Brown appears to be doing just, naming this latest leak from his forthcoming Clouds instrumental album named after the Chinese classical text.
The drums and piano notes have a plodding pace. The standout melody here is the brass horns, which give the composition some urgency. The mood is a distinct feel that some task must be accomplished immediately. For me, it gave the image of an army from a bygone era marching solemnly to a far-off destination.
One glaring downside is the aborted improvisation that kicks off around the 1:03 mark. It would have fleshed out the instrumental to have that potential solo extend for a good 30 seconds or so. Instead, Brown abruptly cuts back to the horn melody after less than 10 seconds.
Apollo Brown’s Clouds is available today on iTunes. The physical CD hits stores March 1 via FatBeats.
Tags: 2011, Apollo Brown, new music
Apollo Brown was quite busy in 2010, producing three well-received projects with his own The Reset, Boog Brown’s Brown Study, and The Left’s Gas Mask. For 2011, he’s starting off with an instrumental LP entitled Clouds.
Instrumental albums come off well when the artist is able to capture distinct emotions with their arrangements. Exile did that a few years back with his Radio project. Brown seems to be on that same level with his first single, “Time Passed Autumn.” Unlike the more gritty tracks you’ve heard for The Left, Brown goes completely introspective here. The mournful wails of the melody will conjure up dual feelings of sorrow and immense relaxation. The pulsing hi-hats and drums add just enough kick to give the composition a Hip-Hop edge. Clouds is a project that consists of a staggering 27 instrumentals. With song titles like “Human Existence,” “Father and Son” and “A Conscious Breath,” it’s evident the Detroit producer wants his work to stir listeners at a deeper core that just a head nod.
If that’s your kind of artist, make sure you support come March 1.