NEW PHOTOS : THE SUMMER JAM

Monday, July 21st, 2014

You can scroll through on the photos above to checkout some of the shots from the Skate For Palestine: ‘Summer Jam’ we threw last weekend with some good friends.

The day was a winner and really good for the charity Skatepal as we all helped them raise a little bit more than they had originally hoped for. So a huge thanks to everyone who was involved and everyone who came down to support and skate the day away.

Summer Jam

It was great day to see everyone come out bubbling. All the artists, DJ’s, skaters, music heads, some personal friends, spectators and some young families all helped keep the place busy from the jump off all the way through to the food running out and getting kicked out. We hope everyone enjoyed it as much as us but if you missed your opportunity or just want to contribute still, you can alway just pop along to http://skatepal.co.uk and do your thing. And always remember… AssociatedMinds is for the Children. :)

You can see all the full set from the day along with all our other photos on our Flickr site, or on the AssociatedMinds Facebook page.

Click here too see them on Flickr // OR // Click here to see them on Facebook.

Slymoove playing whilst the competitions take place.

NEW MIX: Bumpcast #13 – DJ Jaffa & Mayor

Sunday, May 25th, 2014
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SOUND THE HORNS. We’re back at it with another Bumpcast mix of neck exercisers all mixed at the hands of the living legend DJ Jaffa. It’s headnod honey comb. Dripping with sweet goodness from across the US & UK with the likes of Curren$y, Curly Castro, Jay Electronica, Step Brothers, Jonwayne, Sonnyjim, Booda French & J57, D.T.M.D., Homeboy Sandman, Mo Kolours, Denmark Vessey and a whole load more.

This time we’re coming at it with a little more laid back attitude than the usual. So kick back in the sun, break out the BBQ and turn it up.

Original cover photo by our good friend, Rouleur No.1.

THE M.S.G. MIXTAPE IS HERE

Thursday, February 13th, 2014
THE M.S.G. MIXTAPE

After Metabeats & Ed Boogie’s ‘Caviar Crackle Intro’ appeared on the the new M.S.G. Skate Edit from our homie Huw Caddy, it was only right that we finally got a collaboration going with the good people over at City Surf to make ‘The M.S.G. Mix’ special. And the result we’re proud of.

This is for all our tin foil hat wearing, triangle idolising, kick pushing friends who love what this music has to offer right now. Packed with Jay, 50, Tame Impala, Flying Lotus, Pusha T, Trellion & Sniff, Quelle, Bronson, NK, Kanye, Vanilla Pluto, Run the Jewels, Dave Sitek, Jon Wayne, Metabeats, Black Milk and a whole heap MORE.

BEATBOX FOZZY AT THE GIMME THE LOOT SCREENING.

Sunday, January 19th, 2014
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Following on from last year’s successful showing of the incredible Tribe Called Quest documentary ,’Beats, Rhymes & Life’, Beatbox Fozzy will once again be helping kick off the Darkened Rooms showing of the hotly tipped ‘Gimme The Loot’ in style.

The ever popular Darkened Rooms are an organisation who combine classic and hand picked independent films, with showing them in innovative and themed locations. Tickets are £3.00 and the screening and performances kick off this Tuesday 21st January at 8pm in Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff.

So if you’re a lover of films – and hip-hop – this is one not to miss.

You can book tickets here http://www.tickettailor.com/checkout/view-event/id/12730/chk/cd70

NEW: Vanilla Pluto finally lands amongst us…

Sunday, January 12th, 2014

We like to keep good company and we’re blessed to be able to say our extended family holds many talented artists. Now from that circle Vanilla Pluto has landed with his new ‘Pyramid CF63′ beat tape which is full of some truly spaced out dope sandwiches.

NEW MIX: BUMPCAST #11 – DJ JAFFA & MAYOR

Saturday, October 19th, 2013

DJ Jaffa & Mayor are back with maybe the finest slab of pure un-cut hip-hop we’ve brought you to date.

Right now in hip-hop there is some magic in the air. Or maybe it’s the chem trails!?! If it’s not that they musta put something in the water supply, coz you can taste it. People are wiggin’ out the right way. That passion for rhyming like a style don is back in people’s plans. Nestled on top of some of these new schools of production. It’s a perfect marriage. Hip-hop is in rude rude health. Filthy in fact. So we sprinkled those main servings with a few classics and surf’s up! Come ride that wave of goodness with us. Grab some headphones and a surfboard and you’re good to go.

And if you like what you hear on here, help spread the word. Go preach the gospel. Shout it from the rooftops. Bump it to your peoples. Indoctrinate the uninformed. Force feed your circle. There is some incredible hip-hop out right now. Everyone needs it in their life.

NEW MIX: Bumpcast #10 – DJ Killer Tom & Mayor

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013
Bumpcast #10 Mix Cover

We’re back super quick time with another insanely dope hip-hop mix from one of the Bumpcast residents and power lifting monsters, DJ Killer Tom. And along with Mayor’s selections, mined from across the full spectrum of goodness that’s out there it’s guaranteed to satisfy.

We’re going wide roaming… from Jay Z into Qwel into Telemachus & Jehst. And with Joey Bada$$ truly catching the ghost on 95′Til Infinity and the UK’s Strange U taking it to tripped out rawness and even pulls out some vintage P-Casso, Von Pea & Homeboy Sandman. This one is laced with gems for the ultra heads out there.

Let your neighbours know that good hip-hop is meant to be played loud.

Come say sup to us on Twitter – @DJKillerTomato & @AssociatedMinds
Or on Facebook – www.facebook.comm/associatedminds/

NEW VIDEO: BLAKTRIX ‘THE CLASSICS SERIES’ Pt. 2

Monday, May 20th, 2013
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METABEATS BEATNIK MIX – ‘ODE TO THE CRATE DIGGER’

Saturday, April 13th, 2013

Fresh out the gate over at the incredible quality filter that is BeatnikOnline our soulfunkmaster, Metabeats, has dropped an exclusive mix for them jam packed with the finest in vinyl treackle your ears will thank you for hearing. You can check it out over on the Beatnik site HERE NOW.

NEW MUSIC: Ralph Rip Shit & 12 Original Players – ‘Kapish’

Thursday, April 4th, 2013
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Word ‘em up. It’s a new slab of raw from the big man. Some low slung Ralph laid cooly over a backdrop from the Edinburgh based breaks hunter, 12 Original Players.

12 is an alumni of the school of ‘Louis Den’ beat battles – arguably the finest hot bed of production talent from all over the UK that has had the likes of Beat Butcha, S-Type, Jaisu, Eric Lau, Jehst as well as AssociatedMinds’ own Metabeats & P.L.O. all pass through it’s doors at some point in it’s history.

Catch your free download of ‘Kapish’ by either clicking the image above or BY CLICKING HERE NOW.

NEW MUSIC: KAPISH

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

“We’re going with rap spelling on this one.”

A long time in the offing, Ralph Rip Shit links up with 12 Original Players to bring you another slab of cold cut rhyming, served on a bed of crispy drums, finished off with a drizzle of keys. The new track will be landing this week – so keep your eyes and ears peeled. Kapish? … ‘Kapish’.

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NEW PODCAST: The Bumpcast #7 – DJ Killer Tom

Sunday, February 17th, 2013

Jammed packed with the finest hand selected hip-hop out, the ‘Bumpcast series continues on with Killer Tom back in the driving seat. Featuring a handful of tunes from the criminally slept on album from The Quakers as well as a few from Gangrene, Guilty Simpson, Dubbledge and Roots Manuva and a whole lot more. Trust us, this one is nice. The artwork continues on the theme laid down by the F*ckSpace&Lazers cover, as we return with the work of photographer and friend Alex Mills, combined with the beautiful badass that is Masubi.

You can listen at Mixcloud.com by clicking here and follow DJ Killer Tom on Twitter here. In the meanwhile turn it up and let it bump out.

NEW HIP-HOP: INSANE MACBETH ft. SUB-ZEEZ, TONY D & RUFFSTYLZ ‘KILLER’

Sunday, December 16th, 2012
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The new joint from Brixton’s legendary Insane Macbeth is authentic UK posse track goodness. A veteran fabled for his role producing for the likes of Kinetic Effect and other UK legends like Icepick at the birth of UK hip-hop, Macbeth has stayed on it. His new street single, where the name says it all, ‘Killer’ has him teaming up with a powerful trio of emcees Sub-Zeez, Tony D (Poisonous Poets) and the AssociatedMinds own founding mic maestro, Ruffstylz.

Cop the free download from Insane Macbeth’s Soundcloud below…

Mountain Bikes, Morocco & Music

Monday, November 12th, 2012

Our friends over at Eyes Down Films have just finished off an incredible series of Mojo Trail Diaries. Filmed in the Atlas mountains of Morocco and featuring the multiple world downhill champion, Fabien Barel, they are all packed with incredible landscapes and well worth watching.

‘Part 2′ of the series (above) features music from P.L.O. around the 1.40 mark of the film, as well as a special ‘Behind The Scenes’ film being entirely soundtracked by Ralph Rip Shit & Lemonface‘s ‘Basketcase’ instrumental.

Click here for Part 1
Click here for Part 2
Click here for Part 3
Click here for Behind The Scenes

For more from Eyes Down Films checkout www.eyesdownfilms.tv

NEW MUSIC: Ralph & Lemonface ‘Post Crisis’ EP

Saturday, September 15th, 2012
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The brandnew EP from Ralph Rip Shit & Lemonface has finally landed. The autobiographically titled, ‘Post Crisis: Life after 30′ is twelve tracks of all around hip-hop goodness from the UK / Dutch pairing. It’s already got fans hailing it as one of the top 3 releases of the year.

With artwork by the Dutch based Creative Luxury, the project came about as a collaboration with the good people at Dutch based label, Super Nice Music Group, home to producer Lemonface. The EP contains 7 tracks, 2 skits, an instrumental break from the raps and is covered with a bit of magic dust to give it all that warmth and dustiness real heads love.

Availble globally on iTunes now:
UK Link // US Link // Australian Link

Ralph & Lemonface (Front)

NEWS: P.L.O. putting the finishing touches to his next SINGLE RELEASE ‘F*ckSpace&Lazers’

Sunday, September 9th, 2012
The finishing touches...

P.L.O. has been at work putting the finishing touches to his new track ‘F*ckspace&Lazers’ that will be out shortly. It’s Barry White making love to synths with an unhappy ending. It’s been re-tweaked to perfection and the finished thing is an absolute musical work of art.

Talking of which the cover is a crisp visual too. A collaboration between our own Mayor on art direction, the incredible talents of Alex Mills of Burning Red on the camera with the deathly gorgeous Masubi in perfect freeze frame.

We threw a sneaky candid shot from behind the scenes on the AM Instagram @AssociatedMinds a little while back and we’ll have a few more outtakes from the cover shoot up soon as well. So if you’re not already, you should follow us over there. You won’t want to miss them.

Trust us!

P.L.O. at work

NEW EP COMING FROM RALPH RIP SH!T & LEMONFACE

Saturday, September 1st, 2012
Ralph & Lemonface (Front)

After the success of their first two joint singles ‘Basketcase’ & ‘Spanish Ass’, released as part of Ralph’s ‘Dutch Masters’ series, Ralph & Lemonface are finally ready to drop their joint EP ‘Post Crisis: Life After 30′.

As so much modern hip-hop lacks a coherent sound, often feeling more like a compilation project, the EP was made under the strict regime of purely the pair’s creativity and only one single guest. Ralph’s lady contributes backing vocals to the EP’s most introspective and personally honest track, ‘Over’.

With artwork provided by Dutch counterparts ‘Creative Luxury’ and co-released in collaboration with Lemonface’s label home ‘Super Nice Music’ the project will be released on SEPTEMBER 14th. So stay tuned.

HOOKERS ON THE LOOSE…

Monday, August 13th, 2012

The brandnew single from Metabeats featuring the already legendary and always classic sounding, Action Bronson, is finally here and spreading like wild fire after The Fader got the exclusive last week. Hookers is hip-hop delivered with vintage dependability but with a touch of modern soul and finish. It’s that new New York solid neck snap, rejigged.

“Metabeats has done it again. A ridiculously talented producer working with one of most exciting emcees about and more than holding his own. A killer of a track.”
Jen Long – BBC Radio 1

With cover design by FWMJ the track is available worldwide on iTunes and all your other favourite digital hot spots.

COP HOOKERS ON iTUNES (UK STORE)
COP HOOKERS ON iTUNES (US STORE)

NEW VIDEO: HOLD THAT – P.L.O. & RALPH RIP SH!T

Monday, June 25th, 2012

We’re proud to present you the kind of material that satisfies us as a record label and as fans. Sounding like he’s busting out his best bars obscured in a cloud of smoke, unique and original emcee Ralph Rip Shit features on P.L.O.’s serious banger and new single Hold That, taking you deeper into P’s sonic landscapes. Is this Ralph’s finest moment? Sounds like he caught the holy ghost and married some certified horror film hip-hop.

You can cop the track from iTunes HERE NOW.

“This is what it feel like.”

SINGLE OF THE MONTH IN DJ MAG

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012
Single of the Month

We’re proud to announce the recent Metabeats & Dubbledge track EyeSeeYou was awarded the hip-hop Single of the Month in the latest copy of DJ Magazine.

After widespread praise for the track from legends like Goldie and Blak Twang to chart success on leading websites like Jump Off & SBTV this is another feather in the cap for Metabeats who’s in the studio with P.L.O. putting the finishing touches to his sophomore ‘Caviar Crackle’ LP.

Buy EyeSeeYou on iTunes HERE NOW
And if you’ve not caught the incredible video for EyeSeeYou yet, we’d suggest you do so now…

NEW MUSIC: BEATBOX FOZZY x DOCKMINI FT. SONNYJIM

Saturday, March 24th, 2012
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Beatbox Fozzy is steadily working on a collaboration project involving samples of his vocal mouth magic taken and reproduced by a select list of producers. Following on from his work alongside Metabeats on the title track from The Highball EP, this is ‘Joe Jackson’.

Working with Birmingham native, the talented Dockmini, the track has that smoothed out hypnotic groove but then the rhyming beast that is Sonnyjim takes it by the neck and goes at it with a rapid fire bombardment flow.

DOWNLOAD JOE JACKSON HERE

NEW MUSIC: RALPH RIP SH!T & LEMONFACE

Saturday, March 24th, 2012
Coming Soon Part 3: Ralph Rip Shit & Lemonface - Basketcase

Is the sun shining where you’re at? Well this is that smooth summer crack from Ralph Rip Sh!t and new Dutch producer ‘Lemonface’.

It’s a smoothie so we suggest you crack open your favourite brew, maybe light something up and then just sit back and vibe with it. Good times. Get it here now… BASKETCASE

NEW MIX: MICROPHONE MATHEMATICS

Saturday, March 24th, 2012
NEW MIX: Microphone Mathematics - DJ Moyma

This is the new ‘Microphone Mathematics’ mix we’ve done in collaboration with the international, cloud stepping DJ Moyma. The mix featuring a whole heap of the hardcore hip-hop goodies we know you crave. From new music from The Roots, eXquire, and arguably one of the finest songs about love in hip-hop history, Jean Grae’s ‘U & Me & Everyone We Know’ to classic tracks from De La Soul, Black Moon, Rakim and a tonne more of that boom bap. Moyma’s gone in deep on this one and reached for some classic goodies.

You can listen to the new mix here ASSOCIATEDMINDS ON MIXCLOUD
Or pay a visit the man at www.moyma.co.uk

Coming Soon Part 2 : Joe Jackson

Saturday, March 17th, 2012
Joe Jackson Cover

Cover design by Mayor
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Coming Soon Part 1: P.L.O. – SEBANGAU

Saturday, March 17th, 2012
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The cover to the soon to be out P.L.O. produced hip-hop instrumental ‘Sebangau’ named after the village that inspired it.

Mudmowth has been living in Indonesia and Borneo for the last year or so and is working on a forthcoming EP to stamp mark it. He sent back a sample pack of Indonesian folk music for a few select producers to get busy with.

P.L.O. is just putting the finishing touches to his offering for the EP.

The enchanting Sebangau has a raw energy and soul in both the place and the finished beat and we’re looking forward to putting the instrumental out there as well as looking forward to hearing what Mud does on it.

Original cover photography by Mudmowth
Colour treatment and design by Mayor
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THE NEW YORK RENAISSANCE

Monday, July 18th, 2011
The NEW YORK RENAISSANCE Mix

CLICK HERE FOR ITUNES PODCAST VERSION
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We were recently asked to do my current top 10 hip-hop tunes for DJ Magazine here in the UK. When I started trying to put it together it made me realise there is a hell of lot of good music being made all over planet Earth right now. But, quietly, with no real fanfare, New York has been going through a real creative sweet patch in the last few years, generating all different types of hip-hop well worth your attention.

So whilst it was hard to whittle it down we tried coz we good like that, then we reached out to DJ Ivan6 of ‘Holdin Court’ crew to put a quick mix together. There’s been amazing music from long time recognised legends of the art like Mos Def, Ski Beatz, Roc Marciano or the under praised gravel voice monster that is Rock from Heltah Skeltah. Or the left field honesty and creativity of Cool Calm Pete, Das Racist, Junk Science’s Nuclear Family label or Nasa’s Uncommon Records label. And that’s still leaving out the new generation style dons like Homeboy Sandman, Fresh Daily, YC the Cynic, Action Bronson and A.M. fave, the beast Elucid. This is by no way a definitive list. There’s loads more we couldn’t squeeze on. This is really just the tip of the iceberg.

After thought: Looking at the list I guess the one thing all these artists have got in common is a real right to call themselves ‘emcees’. All of them are rooted and focussed on coming strong with the rhymes. No clone business. Just style, flow and originality every time. These were the things that drew us into loving hip-hop in the first place so many years ago. It’s good to know it’s still going strong.

Peace
Mayor

Cover artwork by Matt Pugh