SYTYCB 2010 - GramatikBreaks, Dubstep, Funky Breaks, Hip Hop, Jungle, Prog. Trance, So You Think You Can BUMP?, Trip Hop
Man, I love this guy. Last March, when I wrote my original post on Gramatik, I featured my favorite cuts from his 2009 album Street Bangerz Vol. 2. Now that album was released in December, so if you want to get strict with this yearly contest of ours, those tracks are not eligible when considering him for The Beatery’s artist of the year. But get this: since then, he’s released not one, but two full albums and a slew of other singles and remixes. All in all, Gramatik’s had himself a year. With so much material, it’s hard to narrow it down to a few samples, but I’ll do my best…
Street Bangerz Vol. 3 is the lastest in the stunning series of soul-infused hip hop grooves. If you enjoyed the last set we featured, you know what to expect, and you’ll be glad to hear more of the same.
Talk That Slang
In September, Gramatik released his second album of the year, No Shortcuts. While still rich with old-school samples like the Street Bangerz series, this album has a much harder edge; filled with heavy synths, harder beats, and unexpected tempo changes. There’s something for every electronic fan in here: breaks, house, jungle and what might be the first dubstep track that’s ever really appealed to this dub-hater (Liquified, below.)
Take It Back
Personally, I think Gramatik is the most varied and consistently solid producer I’ve stumbled across in years. Hands down he’s the most prolific. But I’m not a registered So You Think You Can Bump voter, so what do you think? Has he got what it takes to be this year’s champion? The final vote comes next month, but you can rate him now using the stars below. And if you like what you’ve heard on this blog, please download one of the albums with the links above, or visit his label Cold Busted for more great music.