Detroit's DJ House Shoes is known for being a vessel of great music as much as he's known for being an impeccable DJ. He recently got an augmented platform for his voice through the formation of his own imprint, Street Corner Music. Named after the record store he worked at in the D, Shoes is not wasting any time.
The Gift is an instrumental, producer-based series of releases that began in 2013. The format is basically this: Shoes picks relatively unknown talent and uses his bullhorn to make you pay attention. The projects are offered up free digitally and then pressed on limited edition vinyl. The first two projects sold out before the street date.
The fifth, yes, fifth, installment in The Gift series comes courtesy of a young man whose name sounds more like a folk or country singer than a beatmaker, T-White. Don't let the moniker fool you -- this boy packs heat.
With a good understanding of the fundamentals (robust low end and knocking drums), T-White's tape is a thoroughly enjoyable listen for any hip-hop head. I especially like the deftly simple chops on "Guide (Don't Panic." It sounds like the hip-hop soundtrack to a journey into space.