Children of Zeus – aka Tyler Daley and Konny Kon – have spent the last couple of years releasing a smooth blend of rap and soul. In the process they have scored a whole new batch of fans, plenty of critical acclaim and some crazy live shows – including a set in the infamous Boiler Room. I got the chance to speak with both Tyler and Konny about why they started making music together, their influences and the possibility of hearing a full album from them. Read the rest of this entry »

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El-P is many things to many people – producer extraordinaire, independent rap pioneer, deli owner, friend of cats, social commentator, high as fuck Twitter user… the list goes on. He’s also got some really strong insults. A good insult is as much a part of rap as bad spelling and squatting in photos, and there have been many purveyors of quality disses over the years. Read the rest of this entry »

Fahim and Hommy team up again for Overstood. The horn laced beat sounds like it could’ve found a home on Roc Marci’s Reloaded album. Fahim is knocking out tracks left, right and centre at the moment, including a few collabs with Leaf Dog, so keep your ears peeled for them. Overstood is available to stream below. Read the rest of this entry »

Another new video from the excellent Aver album, Die Berlin Dateien. The LP is available from Village Live Records, with vinyl shipments starting tomorrow.

Another day, another bit of audio visual joy from Village Live. This time round it’s the next excerpt from Remulak’s recent debut LP, Earth. Tales Up Quicksie Hill is more of that same relaxing head nod instrumental goodness, that has made Remulak a definite producer’s producer. Earth is available to buy here.

D£DW8 have teamed up with Crucial Recordings’ own Sleeper for a limited edition vinyl release. The record will feature two new tracks – Dark Things and X Rated – both moody, glitchy and dark as fuck. You can buy the vinyl here and there are digital downloads available here. There is also a video for X Rated, which you can see above.

Lunar C is quite a character. If you follow him on social media, or watch any of his old battles, or have had any sort of interaction at any point in life, you will know what I mean. He is also a fucking good MC and has new mixtape out, as well a debut LP en route. I had a quick chat with him about all that rap stuff. Read the rest of this entry »

Village Live continue their recent run of formidable instrumental releases, with the latest album from Aver. Perhaps best known as the head producer of hip hop collective, The Natural Curriculum, Aver made the album while living in Berlin. That explains the German speech samples laced throughout the project, which are backed up with syncopated drum breaks and cuts from his fellow TNC family members. Check out the mini-mix below as well as the first video from the album, Portale. You can download Die Berlin Dateien here. Read the rest of this entry »

I’ve had my fair share of mental health problems over the years and still have issues with certain things. I also know how hard it is to ask for help. Loads has been done over the past few years, to help break down the various stigma that are associated with MH issues.
Organisations like Rethink and Time to Change have worked tirelessly to try to change the perceptions of not just the general public, but also the ones suffering. Mind are another organisation who have been fighting the good fight for years and have actually helped me personally on a number of occasions. That’s why I was so happy to see that a night had been organised with the aim of continuing to raise awareness about mental health issues and also getting some much needed cash into Mind’s coffers. Read the rest of this entry »

Uncommon Nasa has a new album on the way, which is his fourth studio album and the first one he has produced entirely himself. Written at Night is the title track from the LP and also the first glimpse we have had of the project. billy woods and Quelle Chris feature on this one, with the rest of the album featuring the likes of Guilty Simpson, Open Mike Eagle and a welcome appearance from Strange U’s, King Kashmere. More news on the album as it comes, but for now you can stream Written at Night below. Read the rest of this entry »

Kool Keith has released another video from Feature Magnetic, this time for the classic Keith sounding, Cheesecake: “Send these rappers to the store for me, y’all run some errands. Go get that cheesecake.”

Check out the latest video from the new Doppelgangaz album, which emerged this week. Boston Beard is the next track to be lifted from Dopp Hopp and in some sort of creative monopoly, the duo also made the video to go with it, ably assisted by Kobi Anibok. Dopp Hopp is available to buy now.