Gramatik – Beatz & Pieces Vol. 1

2 Comments 25 September 2011

Flow. The underlying factor of a great beat. Whether it is 5 minutes long or five hours, the right mix can take control, resulting in an involuntary head bang or foot tap. The easy-going hip-hop beats of Beatz & Pieces Vol. 1 hit the spot on just about every track; the flow, ever-present.

Gramatik is a relative new comer to the Chill Out/Trip-Hop/Instrumental Hip-Hop scene, and you would never guess from his music alone that he is from the tiny medieval township of Piran, in Slovenia. It is documented that at a young age he would often be found listening to old funk and R&B tracks on a radio in his sister’s room. This connection to music never stopped, although throughout his childhood  he developed an interest in many different styles. In 2008 Gramatik posted a few tunes on music site just to see how much popularity he could gain. To his surprise the songs were a massive hit and his reputation sky-rocketed.  Street Bangerz Vol. 1 was his first album, released in 2009. In a massive 2010 he produced a further three albums and his name is gradually spreading globally.

Somehow, having been brought up in a town with a population of 4,000, Gramatik has developed a knack of producing the sort of slick urban beats that would normally be associated with the street culture of America. I can’t help but imagine strolling through the busy city listening to this album, staring at the bright lights and dodging rushing pedestrians.

A factor that really enhances the grooves of his music is his ability to layer funky samples smoothly with his own instrumental performances. In his own words: “I always looked at them as hip-hop beats on steroids. They are still raw, sample-based beats, but with evolved arrangements and wrapped in a fine layer of live instrumentation.  And the reason I started adding live instruments is because I felt that classic hip-hop beats without vocals lose me after two minutes.  I want to keep the listener through the whole track!”

I’ve had Beatz & Pieces constantly on repeat, and at the time of writing I am again listening to you know what. It is a solid album which I have enjoyed very much.


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  1. Prime says:

    We have that playing in our store alot

  2. Charles Lempriere says:

    Prime always has the best tunes

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