The beats scene has crept up on me. The "Cosmic Compositions" Bandcamp site (from whence this track is sourced) has the following to say: "We feel there is huge similarity's between the Avant-Garde/Free Jazz movement of the 50's & 60's & the beat movement of Today. As both movements attempted to break down, extend & alter the conventions of their original genres (Jazz & Hip Hop) & were never afraid to experiment & improvise to create something that wasn't accepted commercially at the time." Even before reading this I had been thinking similarly. I purchased "Cosmic Compositions Avant Garde Series Vol.1" today, a combination of beats artists working with jazz saxophonist Pharoah Sanders' music as raw material. I highly recommend this 26 track collection. "Nubian Riot", featured in this post, is a collaboration between Karnan Saba (K*SABA), a Wellington-based multi-instrumentalist and beats producer, and HoneBeGood, a well-known Auckland rapper. HoneBeGood (sometimes known as "Johnny Rescue") and member of "Side Steps Quintet" is part of the Young, Gifted and Broke collective (www.younggiftedandbroke.com). "Nubian Riot" is one of the better grooves I have enjoyed in recent times.
The Cosmic Compositions compilation can be purchased at the following link: http://cosmic-compositions.bandcamp.com/
K*SABA ft. HoneBeGood // Nubian Riot