Music to soothe the soul and help focus with work and study in equal measure, Edinburgh producer Brelstaff has today released his new album “Urban Testimony [The Instrumentals]” through New Dawn Records.
Ten titles fusing chilled, soulful lofi hip hop with downtempo jazz and ambient electronica in an ethereal soundtrack that rests easy on the senses.
Originally operating under his born name Daryl Donald, his reputation as one of the most respected emerging beatmakers in this genre grew from 2017 through a series of projects which generated over a million streams on Spotify, and since adopting the new pseudonym has continued to flourish, most notably earlier this year with the single “Cursive” featuring renowned west coast rapper Fashawn.
The instrumental album is the pre-cursor to the full vocal version which will release later in the year. A collaborative project with Brooklyn rapper Justo the MC which acts as a narrative documenting his curtailed and turbulent time at Clark Atlanta University, including a fascinating insight and depiction of the trials and tribulations of student life he witnessed there which ultimately led to the crossroads of his life.
As announced by New Dawn Records today, their first of several releases scheduled for 2023 comes courtesy of Edinburgh hip hop producer Brelstaff who laces us with his trademark concoction of chilled, soulful, lofi hip hop vibes with further influences of progressive rock, jazz fusion and ambient electronica fused together effortlessly in an ethereal soundtrack that focuses minds and soothes souls in equal measure.
“Urban Testimony [The Instrumentals]” drops on April 28th, and is the pre-cursor to the full vocal version, a collaborative project with Brooklyn rapper Justo the MC, which is due for release in the autmn preceded by a series of singles.
The label have just published a Video Trailer and Audio Teaser for the album on Youtube and Soundcloud
The album will be available on all major digital platforms including Bandcamp, Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal Music and Amazon Music. Official videos for each track will also appear on the label’s Youtube channel upon the album’s release.
We’ve created a new playlist on both Spotify & Soundcloud of some joints we hope will help take the edge off from time to time, whether you’re looking to just chill or have a little something in the background as you focus on work or study.
Whatever the reason, you can stream it now on Spotify & Soundcloud
All these tracks were released through New Dawn Records and there are also audio and video versions playing on the label’s Youtube channel, such as this most recent release “Anuket” by Shahin
On the flip side, if you’re looking for some motivational energy, you can check out our Hip Hop Bangerz playlist on both Spotify & Soundcloud. All thrillers, no fillers !
New Dawn Records round off 2022 with this new track which after yet another turbulent year will help soothe the soul.
During the summer, the label released producer Shahin’s remix of “Lame Duck” featuring New Jersey rappers Tru Trilla, Fly Kwa and Prince Ak. He has now returned with a new bonus cut, a soundscape drawing on his own cultural and historical influences which blends electronic chillout and lo fi hip hop with a fusion of Nubian strings, woodwind, hypnotic keys and ethereal voices.
Set sail with Anuket on a journey of enlightenment into the new year…….and breathe.