At first listen, “Feel It” plays out like a straight-up ode to Hip-Hop and how much the genre has grown over the past 20 years alone. But repeated listens (which come easy given the addictive nature of the tune) reveal that this is actually the story of Chapee’s experience in the culture, which began more than two decades ago. Since debuting as a teen and working as part of Chapee & Chess, the gifted Swede has toured the globe and released a slew of notable tracks and projects.
But it was only in March 2016 that he released his proper debut, Mode7ty, which seems to have lit a fire under the Hip-Hop vet. As “Feel It” displays, he’s never sounded better and more in his lane, particularly rapping over Million’s laid-back, Soulquarians-reminiscent production, and Devastate’s sample-scratching chorus. Devastate also provides a remix of the track, too, which turns up the jazz levels and brings a substantial knock on the drums.
Million also filmed and directed the single’s video, which is a super-dope trip back to the time when VHS ruled the market and things like DVDs were a fantasy at best. That being said, the quality here is nothing short of high-def—just with a rad, throwback-style presentation.
Counterweight Radio for Jay Scarlett's Sounds Supreme!
Mixed by Create & Devastate
Counterweight Radio for Jay Scarlett's Sounds Supreme (Puls Radio)
Swedish DJ/Producer Duo Create & Devastate drops a 40 minute mix for legendary producer/DJ/Radio host Jay Scarlett’s show ”Sounds Supreme” on German "Puls Radio". The mixed is filled with mellow instrumental gems and takes the listener through a soundscape with frequencies ranging electronic to organic. The mix is a part of Counterweight Records new outlet to promote new and soulful music called ”Counterweight Radio”. Like always this is a effort to showcase fresh new music with the emphasis on timeless and soulful sounds.
Tracklist: 1. Max I Million - StereYo (Exclusive) 2. Moose Dawa - Jazzanova Bohemian Sunset (Remix) 3. Drop Out Orchestra - The Swedish Taboo 4. Tall Black Guy - Sade´s Taboo 5. Freddie Joachim - Good Man 6. Moods - Evolve 7. IAMNOBODI - Welcome To Berlin 8. Mecca82 - Loungin’ 9. Shatter Hands - I Kicked a Cloud Once (Numbers On The Korg) 10 Betty Ford Boys - Drinkin’ Hennessy 11. Melody Soul - Slom (Nightshifts) 12. Bluestaeb - Didn't Cha Know (Rodalquilar LP) 13. Hypnotic Brass Ensemble 14. Blustaeb - Valle de Rodalquilar 15. The Halftone Society Rhythm Section - Don’t Look Any Further (feat. Young Dundee) 16. DJ Day - Close Your Eyes 17. Red Astaire - When You Need Me 18. Marling - Fid Mella 19. Shateish - I’m Leaving’ (Prod. Nottz 20. Kan Sano - Everybody Loves The Sunshine
The track is led by hip-hop architect CL Smooth, who delivers his mission statement as soon as he touches the mic: “I’m here to hit ‘em with that sure-to-be-a-classic.” He drives that point home with sincere, sharp rhymes about both his legacy in the game and his future plans to keep creating. Given that this is the man who released Mecca And The Soul Brother and The Main Ingredientalongside Boom bap pioneer Pete Rock, it’s safe to say hip-hop needs CL Smooth.
Riding shotgun is Brooklyn-based indie-rap stalwart Skyzoo, who complements his host with poignant and passionate bars. The two prove to be a formidable team, especially with Australian producer M-Phazes behind the boards. His warm, sample-fueled instrumental adds depth to what’s proven to be one of the finest cuts in Coalmine’s library of sometimes-slept-on gems.
The artwork was crafted by Frank “DJ Concept” DeMaria, who delivers a strong shot of nostalgia with his design. On the cover, you have a piece that call to mind CL Smooth & Pete Rock’s classic Mecca And The Soul Brother, while the donuts pay homage to the old-school Elektra Records layout.
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Via Okayplayer: The rework from Sweden’s Max I Million is a smooth excursion that boasts an airtight groove and razor sharp cuts from DJ Devastate that blend to create a patchwork of lines from rap favorites like Common‘s “6th Sense” and the Soundbombing standout “1-9-9-9.”Perfectly timed and packed to the gills with warm chords and deep bass, the remix is a great companion to the exclusive vinyl release, which features the original 2008 single and instrumental.
Featuring Chapee & Joe Lefty • Produced by Devastate & Segerfalk
Click here to stream "Do You Cry," via SoundCloud
This is Marvin. This is Soul. You didn't hear it through the grapevine—you heard it flowing out the speakers of your dad’s record player. But as time passes, and seasons change, music is often reincarnated into new forms, based on old recipes.
32 years after Marvin Gaye’s tragic passing death, we shed a tear and celebrate his life with this refreshing tribute, just in time for what would have been The Prince of Soul’s 77th birthday.
Counterweight Records' DJ Devastate and synth guru, Segerfalk recently made the trip to Analog Sweden’s studio, to breathe new life into Marvin’s time honored classic, "Heard It Through The Grapevine.” The concept of classic meets contemporary is magnified with verses contributed by emcees Joe Lefty and Chapee, the latter of which who recently dropped his debut solo LP, Mode7ty, produced by Tommy Black, who's sounds you may already be familiar with on “Institutionallized, off Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly LP.
Independent label Counterweight Records has lots more in store for 2016. This spring you’ll hear more from Chapee, along with beatsmith Max I Million, and his anticipated mixtape sequel, The Maxtape 2. But in the meantime, we leave you with the question: "Do You Cry,”a token of gratitude to Marvin Gaye and his unforgettable legacy.
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Since debuting nearly 20 years ago, Planet Asia has continued to cement himself as one of the best to ever touch the mic. And that’s become especially apparent these past few years as the Fresno, Calif. rapper has dropped one distinguished project after the next. That trend only continues with Seventy Nine, a tightly constructed and ambitious new concept album from Planet Asia and Long Island producer, DJ Concept.
Their collective effort helped structure the framework heard throughout Seventy Nine, which is that of a classic ‘79 Seville that narrates their journey. Each track crackles and fades into the next like you’re moving the radio dial, which allows for the smooth transitions within the album (click here to read full press release).
01. Seventy Nine (Intro) [feat. DJ Revolution]
02. Valuable Metals (feat. DJ Pain 1)
03. The Expo (feat. TriState)
04. International (feat. Marvelous Mag)
05. This is Fresno (Interlude)
06. The Festival (feat. Sean Price & DJ Devastate)
07. Gold Vases
08. Fresh (feat. Blu & Agallah)
09. Gold Chain Winners (feat. John Robinson & SmooVth)