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The Voice in Instrumental Hip-Hop (MP3)

The only vocal that this track needs is the one that it has used as an ingredient.

With a bit of piano that sounds like a tape loop that’s been soaking in bourbon all night, a vocal that suggests the r&b chorus as ethereal presence, and a beat that’s so downtempo it could be mistaken for the pace of distant traffic, Dustmotes has produced an enticing bit of instrumental hip-hop. Titled “For Nikola (leviculus),” it encapsulates the pleasures of the unintended genre within which it falls, a genre that is, in essence, a byproduct that has taken on a life of its own. Listeners to — admirers of — the instrumental backing tracks to hip-hop have proceeded, over time, to make music with no intention of having a vocalist muddy their effort. The only vocal that this track needs is the one that it has used as an ingredient.

Track originally posted for free download at soundcloud.com/dustmotes. More on Dustmotes, aka Paul Croker of London, England, at dustmotes.net.

By Marc Weidenbaum

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