Six Dystopian Favourites From El-P

It’s been a few years since I dipped into El-P’s sprawling back catalogue to select some of my favourite moments. This time round I’ve chosen an angle that he became synonymous with quite early on in his career, that of the dystopian visionary. George Orwell samples, Phillip K Dick references and even a shortlisted Blade Runner 2049 soundtrack only strengthened the association. But in reality these visions were always more grounded in reality than we would perhaps like to have believed. Especially on his more recent escapades with Run The Jewels, where the dystopia we feared in the future, morphed into the existence we populate in the present. Reality checks mistaken for bad omens. So on that positive note, let’s begin.

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Guilty Simpson & Gensu Dean ft. Marv Won & Black Milk

Big Detroit energy on the latest single to be taken from the forthcoming album from Guilty Simpson and Gensu Dean. Deep Breath features fellow Michigan legends, Marv Won and Black Milk, paving the way for another win for Guilty when the album sees its full release next month. You can listen to Deep Breath below.

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Rich Jones: It’s Over + EP News

Pleased to report that we are dangerously close to the release of the new EP from Rich Jones. The Chicago artist recently removed himself from the metropolis for a break on the East Coast, and while he was there he decided to use the new surroundings to his advantage, drawing on the tranquility of the moment to bring forth a new project.
On the beats, we have Killer Kane, who Rich reached out to after a few years of back and forth communications between the two. The result is Blue Beach, which Rich descibes as, “something that someone could get lost in for hours, or enjoy for a quick 15”. You can experience a taste of what he means below, thanks to the first track from the EP, It’s Over, and then stay tuned for the full drop on Friday.

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Moor Mother: Made A Circle / Mangrove

Not one but two reasons for you to go and explore the artistic depths of the new album from Moor Mother, in the form of the dual video for Made a Circle and Mangrove. The first part of the video is dedicated to Made a Circle, which features contributions from Nappy Nina, Maassai, Antonia Gabriela and Orion Sun, while Mangrove features ELUCID and Antonia Gabriela. It’s only a sprinkling of the magic you can find on the album, which continues to elevate Moor Mother as one of the most important voices of the era. Black Encyclopedia of the Air is out now on ANTI-.

Open Mike Eagle ft. Armand Hammer: Burner Account

This godsent collaboration just dropped on to the timeline, courtesy of the always refreshing, Open Mike Eagle. Burner Account not only features an unsurprisingly dope back-to-back feature from Armand Hammer, but also some similarly captivating production from Quelle Chris. Now I’m just thinking about a full project from the four of them. A man can dream. In the meantime, make the most of this.

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E L U C I D & Von Pea: Dirtee Deacon (In T​.​S​.​O​.​Pea)

Very happy to see the release of this unearthed collaboration between ELUCID and Von Pea. The album was made 10 years ago but didn’t surface until last week, thanks to something of a surprise drop from the duo. As well as being a solid project, it’s also a stark reminder that ELUCID has been rapping at another level for a long time. You can get a taste of the album below, then head to Bandcamp to secure a download or physical.

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Blu: People Call Me Blu(e) + LP News

Later this month we will be treated to the latest from Blu, as he returns to the fore with a new solo LP. The distinctly blue themed album was announced this week, along with a new single which is produced by long-term collaborator, Exile. You can stream People Call Me Blu(e) below and the full release is scheduled for 24 September on Nature Sounds.

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