Can't Talk Now - Stereofox Label

At times, artists need to step back from the noise of reality and focus in on their creative process. This track was created with exactly that in mind; the backbone of the beat is the steady and focused groove, supporting the weaving reversing samples, the warm bass line, the twinkling keys and gentle music box. I believe that sometimes, the daily narrative has to be put on hold. A reality check in it’s true essence.



Release Schedule: Nov 29, 2018

UK beatmaker Handbook dives into the Fall season with a soulful, dusky track titled “Can’t Talk Now”. Drawing inspirations from the world of instrumental hip hop, York-based artist Handbook creates a gate to escape the world around us.

“Can’t Talk Now” is a slow-motion beat groove dwelling the rather dark and mellow instrumental vibes. Occasionally, a vocal sample breaks through the instrumental, only to fall away into the wash of synths and percussion.



Inspired by the sound of acts like J Dilla and Flying Lotus, Handbook started his music journey after stumbling upon an MPC 1000 through a friend. The rest is history. From classically-inspired organic sounds, through raw hip-hop and futuristic beats all the way to mellow and somber vocal tracks – Jake has already shown an impressive creative approach when it comes to creating music.

  • featured on 20+ Spotify editorial playlists including lofi beats, Jazz Rap, Mellow Beats, lofi + chill, Smooth Jazz Beats, UK R&B, and more
  • featured on Apple Music’s BEATstrumentals, Future Beats, and Chilling Out editorials
  • supported by more than 500k independent playlists
  • featured on Bandcamp's homepage New and Notable and The Hip Hop Show with (with Posdnuos from the legendary De La Soul) for his 5-track EP with Syf of Talking Knots

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