NYC producer/emoticon fanatic Nick Koenig aka 'Hot Sugar' has been dropping some pretty sweet (pun completely intended) instrumentals for a while now. Taking a somewhat abstract approach, Koenig collects everyday noise irritants and transforms them into some of the more captivating and melodious compositions within his genre. Hot Sugar's most recent project, a 7-track EP released through Scion A/V, features a stellar line-up of rising rappers including Haleek Maul, Antwon, Fat Tony, Big Baby Ghandi, Das Racist, and more. I still can't quite discern whether the intro sample is inciting a feeling of nostalgia or nausea (dial-up internet, shudder), but this EP is definitely worthy of your time, and as luck would have it, absolutely none of your money.

Stream / download Hot Sugar's MiDi Murder now.