Quantity is not synonymous with quality. Vermont-based producer Es-K is one of the rare artists capable of creating an abundance of progressive, captivating music. Between 2012 and 2014, he released 24 volumes of his Spontaneous Grooves series via celebrated instrumental label Cold Busted. Totaling over 300 beats, Spontaneous Grooves was a testament to his work ethic as much as it was the strength of his Madlib-like range. Building Bridges, one of his many collaborative projects with Smif-N-Wessun’s General Steele, is jazzy but hard hitting, the insightful rhymes complemented by Es-K’s skull-cracking drums and brilliantly arranged samples. His 2018 solo album Koan displays another of his many sides. Heralded as one of the “Best Beat Tapes on Bandcamp,” Koan is a meditative record of alternately lush and expansive suites, each offering the listener a chance to escape or reflect. Es-K continues to work tirelessly to create new beats that both meet his high standards and expand the scope of instrumental hip-hop.
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