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"Meraki" is the first full-length album by LESKY with contributions from FloFilz, Phlocalyst, Turt (Summers Sons), Sátyr, Ddob, Cuebe, Flynn, Tally Schwenk and others. Released on Melting Pot Music home of Twit One, FloFilz, Summers Sons, Silhouettes Project and others!

Within less than three years, LESKY has established himself as one of the most promising and ambitious producers on the German scene. For a new artist, his discography is pretty deep and versatile. No matter if he delves into sample-driven lofi-beats or dropping trap and phonk, there is always a strong melodic side to his music. The LESKY sound is a nutshell: "All meat - no fat: hard and busy drums, fender rhodes neo soul chords and a filtered moog bassline", as he puts it. With a guest list that features long-time friends Phlocalyst and Sátyr alongside MPM artists FloFilz, MC Turt of Summers Sons, Sakura Murakami and new talents like Cologne (beat) boy wonder Midan and New Jersey-based singer Tally Schwenk, "Meraki" is bringing together the best of many worlds under one LESKY groove. Other artists featured on the album are Ddob, Meadow, Cuebe, Flynn and Mensing. "Meraki" is Greek and of those words that don't translate into English very well. One could put it as follows: "When you leave a piece of yourself, your soul, creativity, and love in what you do." For LESKY, it also stands for the transition of turning your hobby into a profession. Born and raised in Leipzig, he moved to Cologne when he turned 21 to intern and later work at MPM. Fast forward to 2021, LESKY has once again packed his bags and relocated to Tbilisi, the capitol of Georgia. It looks as if the journey for this young producer has only just begun...

TRACK LISTING

1. Oyster (feat. FloFilz, Phlocalyst & Sakura Murakami)
2. Palma (feat. Midan)
3. Alight (feat. Turt & DDob)
4. Coda (feat. Medow)
5. Lluvia (feat. Midan)
6. Aaliyah (feat. Flynn)
7. Augustiner (feat. Sátyr)
8. Ragazza (feat. Satyr)
9. Rakomelo
10. Apricot (feat. Phlocalyst & Satyr)
11. Saint Eugene (feat. Midan)
12. Relief (feat. Tally Schwenk & Mensing)

Koralle & Kuranes

Beat Kiosk

Koralle and Kuranes are two of the most inspiring and successful beat makers from Italy. As it happens, they are both from Bologna and they have been friends for a long time. Strangely enough they never did music together until now! "Beat Kiosk" is their frst joint album. Here they are treating us with 19 jazz-induced instrumentals with an Italien touch. Perfect for hip-hop heads, jazz cats and coffee lovers alike. If you are wondering what a "Beat Kiosk" is, here is the background story as told by Koralle & Kuranes: "Both of us were born in Romagna, a region in northern Italy well known for its high quality food traditions. If you'll ever visit it, driving around from the seaside to the hinterland, you can easily spot on any roadside these cool little kiosks, mostly painted in red/white or green/white stripes, where you can stop by and order some "piadina": a thin ?atbread, normally flled with ham, cheese or vegetables. It's just the most iconic street food, typical of this part of Italy. With this in mind, we would like to invite you to our very own Beat Kiosk, where you can sit and chill with your warm piadina and a cold beer while we are cooking beats and spinning some records for you. Let's get this party started right!" The kongenial artwork comes from Colombian illustrator SagaUno who was also responsible for the The Silhouettes Project artwork. Koralle has released two albums on Melting Pot Music that accumulated over 14 Mio. streams. Kuranes discography contains 9 albums and 14 EP's.

STAFF COMMENTS

Millie says: A slice of cool for you in this sunny weather from Koralle and Kuranes with their debut album. The Beat Kiosk is the place to be to be served up juicy tunes and fat beats!

TRACK LISTING

1. Hurry
2. Cobalto
3. From Your Hearth
4. Binario2
5. My Own Thoughts (Skit)
6. Locanda Paradiso
7. Moka
8. Sweetaly (feat. Moose Dawa)
9. Statale 16
10. Amaro
11. Mud
12. Sangiovese
13. People Are Alike (Skit)
14. Look At You
15. Kickin'
16. Altamarea
17. Things Change
18. City/Nature
19. Persona

Technically, Syrup are a hip-hop group with unmistakable leanings towards soul and jazz. The group consists of an MC (Turt), a pianist/singer (C.Tappin) and a beatmaker (Twit One).

Their music is rooted in the tradition of collectives like Native Tongues and Soulquarians, and they have come up with a pretty appropriate term to describe their sound, which is "cool bap". But if we put formalities aside and look at the bigger picture, Syrup are also a perfect example of how music can connect people beyond national borders, language and tradition. And furthermore, how Afro-American culture has influenced not only the musical taste but the views and opinion-making of generations of young people worldwide. The sheer existence of Syrup is also a big fat "Fuck Brexit!" which makes the group even more likeable. The story of Syrup begins in 2015 when Twit One is booked to play a dj gig in Bristol. Twit One is a producer, DJ, radio host, record friend and former bass-player from Cologne (where he also co-owns the Groove Attack Record Store). He is a member of a small group of pioneering producers, who during the 2010s laid the foundation for the European beat-scene as we know it today. Inspired by the likes of Dilla and Madlib these guys made it look cool to not be the rapper. And they recorded some pretty dope music, too, which we had the honour to release via Melting Pot Music as the "Hi-Hat Club" series (a title that Twit came up with). During that night in Bristol, Twit got acquainted with two young men by the name of Turt and C.Tappin. Two childhood friends who had moved from London to Bristol for their studies and had been avid fans of Twit's music for some time. "Back in Cologne, Twit told me about these MCs from Bristol with whom he might record some tracks" Olski remembers, "Needless to say that I never heard about them again until summer 2017 when the annual Radio Love Love boat party was about to happen and Turt and Tappin were actually coming over for the first time, to party and to rock the mic. A couple of months later we released "Hay Luv" a new Twit album that featured Turt and Tappin on two songs. On their next visit, the two were accompanied by Turt's brother Slim, a very talented beatmaker and one half of Summers Sons. We spent some quality time while mastering the 'Undertones' EP (including remixes by Twit One, FloFilz and Cap Kendricks) and shooting the album cover at the Groove Attack record store basement. Since then we released two more album by Summers Sons ("Uhuru" - a joint project with Tappin and "The Rain"), C.Tappin's debut EP "Ashes To Ashes" (with remixes by Reginald Omas Mamode IV, Hulk Hodn & Slim) and a KOOP beat tape by Slim. During the same time, Twit recorded two albums: "Dispo To Dispo" as Flatpocket (a project with Lazy Jones) and "Two", the long awaited follow up to the very first Hi-Hat Club album as Testiculo Y Uno (with Hulk Hodn)." In 2018, Turt and Tappin moved back to London (the Lightworks headquarter is now located in Streatham). They toured with Children of Zeus and shared stages with artists like Melodiesinfonie and FloFilz. But it wasn't until Brexit before the long talked about super group finally became a reality. At the final recording sessions in September 2019 we already knew that the next Eurostar ride would be a different one. Now with Covid-19 we have no clue when all three members of the group will be in the same room again – let alone rock a stage together. But fortunately, we were sitting on a big pile of great singles that we released over the summer months. The album "Rosy Lee" will follow in late September.

TRACK LISTING

1. Sunlit Days
2. Hi(gh)
3. The Recipe
4. Nuthn
5. CGN Is The Place
6. Politickin
7. Waffles
8. Blue Sunday
9. Burnt Out
10. Sherman Klump
11. Bishop's Sermon
12. Flightmode (feat. Sonne Ra)
13 Salt & Pepper
14 A Track Called Cool Bap

High John and Douniah are an alternative R&B / Hip-Hop duo from Hamburg and Berlin. Johns warm, lo-fi beats and Douniahs rich, soul-soaked voice interact in a very natural way, combining almost organically 90's urban music with the timbre und themes of the here and now.

The two first met at the St.Pauli Kreativ Nacht Festival in Hamburg. When High John started his beat set, Douniah stepped to the mic and the magic happened. John and Douniah jammed for nearly one hour and this session became the stepping stone for their future project.

High John released a split album with Plusma earlier this year titled "High+" and is part of the Raw Suppliers collective. Douniah released two dope collaborations this year: "Don't You Worry" with Fuchy (aka Farhot)
and "Naked Trees" with Cap Kendricks.

TRACK LISTING

1. Dream Baby
2. Representin'
3. Like That
4. Neighbourhood
5. 90bpm
6. Get Down (Skit)
7. Back In (My) Bed
8. Early Summer
9. Thinking (Enemies)
10. I Miss
11. Smooth With Us 


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