One of the things I love about having a blog is finding cool shit in my mailbox from time to time that I probably would have never heard otherwise. Like this split EP from Vla Hemia and electric iLL, released on the Sounds are Active label:
The accompanying press materials likened Vla Hemia's Cosmelodica EP to my two favorite hip hop albums of all time: Digable Planets' Blowout Comb, and A Tribe Called Quest's Midnight Marauders. And while Vla Hemia's MC, Vinch Kashmir, lacks the golden voice and distinctive flow of someone like Q-Tip or Butterfly, I can definitely hear the influence. This is a welcome addition for someone who grew up on early to mid-90's New York hip hop. Recommended, to say the least.
Vla Hemia Break Loose mp3
The rest of the split EP is Kevin Robinson's (of Viva Voce) "trash-hop" side project, Electric iLL. Simply put, this entire EP is worth buying just for the nearly 18-minute long hidden track, which is a turntablist masterpiece. Really cool stuff, put your headphones on for this one, kids.
electric iLL Nurban Gowns mp3
Buy it here...if you've got 8 bucks, you should definitely get this. One of my favorite hip hop releases this year, up there with Cyne's Evolution Fight and Dangerdoom's The Mouse and The Mask.