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PREMIERE: JXLBeats blends funk, soul and hip-hop on “This”

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James Lamar | via soundcloud.com/jxlbeats

Philadelphia-based hip-hop producer James Lamar, better known by his production handle JXLBeats, is putting the finishing touches on his latest EP, and today we’ve got a preview with the lead-off track “This.” It’s a brilliant blend of funk, a little bit of soul sampling, and a great 90’s-break hip-hop beat, resulting in a track reminiscent of a blend of Ski Beatz and Pretty Lights, plus a driving yet agile sub. Lamar does an excellent job combining influences from old school hip-hop, like the soul sampling and old-school breakbeat rhythms, with samples and sequences of acoustic instruments. But he also nods to the newer face of instrumental hip-hop with some electronic synthesis and fills. The result is a song that really doesn’t seem to come from a distinct era in music, rather uses a variety of styles and sounds from all over the last two decades in a very subtle and natural way. The track can be streamed below, and look out for the release of the full This, That & the Third EP sometime soon! Continue reading →