I’m revisiting some of my favourite Montréal cats (again, like most weeks) and besides the obvious candidates Euphrates aka Narcy (new album SpaceTime coming out!) and Sandhill, this is one of their friends who’s also featured on two of the Euphrates tracks:

D-Shade, of Shades of Culture fame.

Here’s one he did solo, 11 years ago, that I’ve always liked a lot, also considering how the dude seems to be virtually unknown outside of Canada, despite having gigged with everybody who’s anyone (tell me if I’m wrong.)

Tremendous beat, and one of the illest raps about rapping. It may be a genre that has its limits, but not when it’s done right.

Just digging around now, I’ve stumbled on the good news that Shades of Culture haven’t fallen off the face of the earth entirely. In fact, they’ve got back together to do a great track, with video, hip-hop artists and errything. Enjoy.

And just for good measure, this is one he did with Euphrates. One of my top 10 tracks of ever.

At any rate, I sure hope D-Shade has a lot more to say.



I’m probably going to regret saying this, but I may resume writing up bits and pieces on my favorite music out there after what seems like a long break from keeping this up. Thank you for checking back with me for this long, even if it’s just to check whether my Ultimate Breaks and Beats collection is back online by now. ;) (I can see your search terms. :–))

Anyways, I have a few ideas on my mind that I feel I want to push out there.

I’m curious how I’m going to surprise myself…



This man can’t hold his feet still. And that’s a good thing.

Narcy’s new brand/label is The Medium with which he leaps into artistic independence, with his music, other art forms, and his friends. And he enourages anybody else to contribute their works, thoughts, pictures, music (see link below). For now, this EP is ample proof that Narcy, for all the albums, international collaborations, films, lectures etc. he’s offered already, is only just beginning to find himself as a full-fledged artist, activist and commentator.

Leap of Faith Tumblr



Achieve freedom any means, relentless fight
to live life as we feel it’s right, die living proof.
All guts no glory in it, that’s what I tell em
when they ask what kinda story is it.

Verbal Kent – Ahead of its time (prod. M-Phazes)


Three veterans on the Spanish hip-hop scene, Rapsusklei and Sharif, from Zaragoza, and Juaninacka from Sevilla decided to drop this free “Poetry 101” on Eterno Miusik.

While the three keep releasing albums for sale and tour (please support!), their commitment to the idea behind Eterno Miusik is intriguing. “It’s not just a label but a platform… to make music in order to cure the wounds of the soul. It’s more about a personal development and about our own satisfaction.” Certainly does it for mine.

PORTADAClick the cover for the link. And on their site, do the same.

ENERO (beat por Neza)
HALAL (beat por Stash House)
SÏMBOLOS (beat por Baster)
MIGUEL ANGEL (beat por Amalgama Beats)
CLEOPATRA (beat por Viruten Roi)
SANGRE ROJA (beat por Baster)
EL EMIGRANTE (beat por GZE Beats)
OHH (beat por Acción Sanchez)
LICOR Y POESÏA (beat por Stash House)
DICEN (beat por The Unbeatables)

More about Juaninacka on my blog here.

Check the links behind the artists’ names for lots of great free stuff.



Time to introduce you folks to a highly recommendable producer from my neck of the woods: Basel, Switzerland.


SimonAyEm is part of the five-headed producer crew Prismatic Beats as well as the hip-hop collective TripleNine, a hold-all for producers, DJs, MCs and graff artists. TripleNine have become one of the more notable hip-hop hotbeds in the local and national scenes and have definitely shaped the arts in the last 14-or-so years, giving their output a recognizeable “Basel” branding. If I was to characterize what makes Basel, I’d say a bit rough and occasionally rude around the edges with tongue firmly placed in cheek–and a lot of heart for the art.

This year, SimonAyEm’s decided to do a bit of showing off, going through his immense back catalog of beats, to tie us beat heads a neat package of 13 dope instrumentals each week. All year round. For free! (Gasp!) Some have been used on published tracks, others haven’t. He’s currently at installment number 21, and there’s more than that where it came from.
So I strongly suggest you head on over to his blog to fill your boots and ears, and read up on the dude who should really get a lot more attention beyond our area.

The Greatest Gift by SimonAyEm


Just to let you know: I’m about to go and kill all RS links this coming week.

If you want something and it’s still up, better grab it now.

As a next step, I’ll remove all cheap posts I made “from the hip”, as it were, and just keep this as a collection of good-enough write-ups, as well as posts on free, legal music.

I’m not doing this because some authority or server provider is wrestling my arm, or because an artist is crying into their pillow about me. Matter of fact, in these 6-odd years I’ve probably got a mere two requests to take down material I’d upped – and both were on strictlybeats. (One was a brandnew Aloe Blacc album – which I fully understand, and one was a then 14-year-old Brand New Heavies album – which is bonkers.) And to both I did oblige at once, as promised. No stress, it’s all love.

When I did get comments from artists, they were usually happy to see themselves remembered. And from the comments of you, the people, I know I’ve introduced the odd one or two artists to an avid listener and made their life better – or so I hope.

But it’s time for me to clean up my blog. I do realize it’ll turn away all those who’ve been hitting me up about the Dusty Fingers and the Ultimate Breaks and Beats collections, which have been incredibly popular. But that’s okay. There are others who are quicker and with more free time on their hands, who will help you out with these.

Be well and see you soon with more fresh music. – That’s not going to end, mind you.