Premiere – Duncecap: Now (I Was Taught Not to Complain) + EP News

I’m very pleased to be able to bring you the premiere of the brand new video from Brooklyn rapper, Duncecap, as he delivers his latest EP. It follows on from the beautiful melancholy opus, Miserable Now, which was released last year and marked Dunce’s Backwoodz Studioz debut, with ELUCUD handling full production. This latest EP, Genuinely Sad Songs, is part of the same trilogy as its predecessor and 2014’s Generally Sad Songs, as you may notice from the recurring ostrich themes within the artwork. Lyrically the EP was written at a time in Dunce’s life when work and money priorities were different, and self-worth was something almost impossible to gauge, but it also led to personal growth and some poignant writing which I think sits perfectly within the series. Dying Stars is the brains behind the beat on Now, as well as a few more tracks on the EP, with the remainder handled by Blastmaster Baker and AM Breakups. It’s arguably a more accessible sound, compared to Miserable Then, which only adds to its strengths as a prequel. The video was made by Dunce’s friend, George Douglas Peterson, who combined VHS tape and a dawn stroll to great effect. You can watch the video for Now (I Was Taught Not to Complain) above and the full EP can be heard below, with further streaming/download options also available. Continue reading “Premiere – Duncecap: Now (I Was Taught Not to Complain) + EP News”

Manage: The Scrapbook (Stream)

New release from Manage, as he unveils The Scrapbook LP. The project is Manage’s first fully self-produced venture, adding further weight to his reputation as one of the more accomplished artists on these shores. It’s an album of reflection, with Manage dissecting various issues in his life, past and present. One solo feature from eMCee Killa, which is bound to evoke happy memories for Caxton Press fans. The whole album is available to stream below and you can grab a download via Revorg Records. Continue reading “Manage: The Scrapbook (Stream)”

Telemachus: I Am Delicious And Cute. So I Will Go Buy Again

Animated joys in the third and final video from Telemachus’s most recent opus. The superbly titled, I Am Delicious And Cute. So I Will Go Buy Again, is taken from Boring & Weird Historical Music, which still stands tall as one of the more refreshing releases of the year. The animation for the video was done by Ugly Duck Studios. The album is out now on High Focus.

Helsinki Booze Merchants: Film Poster Whips

New music from Helsinki Booze Merchants, as they announce the release of their debut album. While the name might not be familiar in this form, their individual IDs will no doubt be, as the crew is made up of Luca Brazi, Benny Diction and Mnsr Frites, who have worked as solo artists and on plenty of collaborations together over the years. This latest offering is entirely produced by Brazi, as well as two remixes from Chemo and Chuck Enzo chucked in for good measure. You can sample a couple of the tracks below, including that Enzo remix, and then get set for the full release of the album, Film Poster Whips, on 1 August. There is also a Qrates push to get a vinyl edition made, so get involved with that if you can. More info here. Continue reading “Helsinki Booze Merchants: Film Poster Whips”

G00SE: Presidential Suite

Fresh sounds from G00SE, as he emerges from his isolation cocoon with a fully formed new video. Presidential Suite was made in its entirety by G00SE, with the In The Balance artist handling every aspect of the process, from writing, producing and recording the music, to shooting and editing the video. Streams of the single are also available.

Dabbla x Sumgii: Out My Way

Fresh visual stimulation from the Potent Funk family, as Dabbla and Sumgii reveal the latest video from their recent Nobody LP. Once again, it’s This & That Media who are the brains behind the video, which features cameos from a selection of perhaps familiar faces, including Jester Jacobs and Alenee Aisha. Nobody is out now on all the usual platforms, with physicals available via Potent Funk.

Verbz & Mr Slipz: For My Peeps

Brand new track from Verbz and Mr Slipz, as they continue to celebrate their new union with High Focus. For My Peeps is a song for all those absent friends who cannot be with us for whatever reason and it is dedicated to Joey Deez of Village Live, who sadly passed away last week. He will be missed by many. The video was made by the LOUDHOUSE gang.

Marlowe: Future Power Sources

Very happy to see the return of Marlowe – aka L’Orange and Solemn Brigham – as they bless us with the first single from their upcoming album. Their titular debut was one of 2018’s highlights and was widely acclaimed by fans and critics alike, so the anticipation for a follow-up has been mounting ever since. Future Power Sources is our first fresh material from the duo since then and I think it will act as the perfect dose for those fiendin’ for more of that potent social commentary and heavy, sample-driven production. The album, Marlowe 2, is due for release on 7 August via Mello Music Group.

GROUP ft. Lord Apex: Everything I Know

New music from the Blah camp, as GROUP announce their arrival with the release of their debut single, Everything I Know. No official info about the crew has been released yet, other than the fact that the track is produced by Jack Chard, but you will probably recognise the other members when you hear them. Everything I Know also features a slick verse from Lord Apex. This is the first single from GROUP’s forthcoming vinyl release, 1. More news on all that coming soon.

Small Professor: A Jawn Supreme (Vol. 1)

The man of a million jawns returns with his latest selection, a timely compilation of his favourite tracks, which have all been remastered to perfection. As the title suggests, there are more volumes to follow, but for now you can be satisfied with this run of poignant tracks, including the essential, wish cops would stop killing unarmed black people. You can listen to the album below and there are downloads available on Bandcamp, as well as some t-shirts which were made as a tribute to Breonna Taylor. Featuring a lovely design by collage king, Dewey Saunders, 100% of profits from the shirts will be donated to Breonna’s official GoFundMe page. Continue reading “Small Professor: A Jawn Supreme (Vol. 1)”