New music and art by DMLH, plus other good tunes for all tomorrow's leaders.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

[VIDEO] Lamon Manuel and Analog(ue) Tape Dispenser - Skies (Featuring SKECH185)

Its been a while since I have posted anything here. Well, today I am inspired to change that.

I met Lamon Manuel at a BBQ in Brooklyn where we had both travelled a great distance to do some raps (shoutout reservoir sound for that). I had never heard of him, probably because I have been in a Northwest rap bubble for so long. While milling about during soundcheck I said hi and we spoke briefly, he seemed fairly reserved. I was not prepared for the depth of power he brought to his performance that day.

His style impressed me in its unforgiving and direct tone - his words cut through the layer of bullshit and garbage that sits on top of our socialized nicety. Rare is the rap performance that makes me reconsider/remember what rap can do, but the intensity in his face, and earnest contact he made with everyone in the space brought all of the transformative power of the artform into play.

I have literally been thinking about this performance for the past 2 years, while working at my own craft and witnessing countless others deliver their work.

For about a year after that I would ask him on twitter when the album is coming, and the whole time he says its coming, we are just working to do it right.

If this video is any indication its well worth the wait.

Follow Lamon Manuel @fastingcannibal on twitter and give him a dollar for this song at

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Weather Exposed - Ring Of Bone

This is the last release from the elusive Weather Exposed. 4 compositions on one track that is 25 minutes of spacious ambient guitar music. This image is perfect accompaniment. That fog. Listen.

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Everybody Knows - Bridge Expansion Pack EP

The latest in ridiculous free form narrative rapping from Hawaii's greatest living salmon fisherman, this one is all knobs to the right. EK is the dude who shows up in town with a grab bag of party supplies, trades them for other more powerful party supplies and you invariably end up hanging out and yelling into microphones while he records a new album or 3 in the course of a few days. You wish your cup floweth over like this.

Tracks featuring chaboy right here:

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Thursday, May 09, 2013

Cheeks - Afterburner feat. DJ Cataclysmic

Cheeks hails from Ann Arbor but calls Tacoma, WA, home these days, so he's adding his voice to the sound of the NorthWest scene. His upcoming album is titled Saturn's Return which makes me think hes lived through the better part of his 20s. Your can hear the maturity in his voice - cool and collected, self-certain, honest. His flow is new school but the values are classic, and Afterburner is a high pace knocker that brings it all together.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

[Video] Natasha Kmeto - "Dirty Mind Melt"

Anyone who knows me knows I have been a fan of Natasha Kmeto for a while. Her music is everything I love about classic RnB (I'm talking 30 years of classic, not just back to en vouge), produced with an ear for the dialed frequencies and complex rhythms of EDM. While a lot of the new electronic music is mired in overuse of wobbles, big drops, and non-stop rattling (thanks "dubtrap"), Natasha creates subtle, spacious arrangements that make room for her powerful voice. Dirty Mind Melt, the lead single of her new EP of the same name, is subtle, featuring a repeated sample that offers all the context you need to let the music narrate the scene.
Watch the video, it feels like french new wave.
Listen to the whole EP at Dropping Gems, it feels like 4am.

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Friday, April 12, 2013

[Honest Hip Hop] Hump Jones "The Lamentations" leak off #SQUIDTAPE

New joint from Hump Jones, apparently a leak from the upcoming SQUIDTAPE which I can only imagine is his collabo with DJ Squid. Deep soul break with that smooth flow he's been perfecting for years out in the frozen lands of Vermont. I'm looking forward to hearing more Hump Jones this year, hopefully this means its all finally coming out.

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