JBrown & Mic Smith are a duo, a two man band, the blanket that the underdog sleeps on. The Mic Smith is the voice and JBrown is the beats. A long distance affair that spans from Auckland NZ right to Sydney Australia – it’s a case of music being sent via smoke signals and a dropbox account. The JBTMS sound is a warm and sticky mix of jazz notes, soul licks and hip-hop spread over a lightly toasted crumpet. Here’s Cookin Soul and new video, Like This. Or check out the Bandcamp page. Here are five albums they’re loving right now…
1 – Lord Echo, Curiosities: Kicking it off local – we’ve been Echo fans since his first offering Melodies. This new Album was dropped end of last year and has been in high rotation for us – the track Put it in my head ft Mara TK is bananas.
2 – Busta Rhymes & Q –Tip, The Abstract and the Dragon: These two have been influential regardless…and combined this is a timeless project.
3 – Future Islands, Singles: This band recently received a ton of steam in their kettle after a fantastic live performance on Letterman and it gained them a flurry of new fans. Gritty, soulful, synthpop – also check out an earlier release from them – a track titled Tomorrow.
4 – Action Bronson, Blue Chips 2: Another favourite rapper and ex chef like us two – this mixtape is full of great beats coupled with Bronsolini’s clever wordplay.
5 – Madvillain, Madvillainy: A classic in both our books – and again a timeless listen.