There’s something so pure about a good instrumental beat. No MC chattering over the top. No R&B chart vocal. Just hard drums, sweet chopped and screwed samples, sprinkled with luscious backdrops of atmospherics. It’s almost meditative; it’s definitely therapy but don’t just call ’em beats.
Red Bull Music Academy’s fan favourite HASHTAG$ series rolls into its 4th episode and it’s by far the best yet. Don’t Call It #Beats, breaks down the burgeoning culture of beat-makers and their base-camp of beat heads into easily definable tid-bits for your viewing pleasure. The mini-doco features names such as Flying Lotus, TNGHT, XXYYXX, Gaslamp Killer, Thundercat and Shlohmo. Enjoy.