If you follow Lee Scott on Facebook, you might have noticed he’s recently started posting up some of his favourite classic rap albums and urging his younger fans to go and explore them if they’re not already familiar. Me and Lee have had a few little rap related chats of our own in the past and so I thought I’d use the current situation as an opportunity to pick his brains about his favourite rappers from back in the day, plus a few other little questions here and there. So via Twitter DMs, we delved into a whole bunch of original talent, including Redman, Likwit Crew, Company Flow and The Cenobites (the title of this piece is a reference to their track, How The Fuck You Get A Deal). To be honest we could have gone on a lot longer, so maybe we’ll try and squeeze another one out before normality returns. For now though, get stuck into this geeky conversation.
The latest album from Tom Caruana surfaced recently, one which sees him stepping away from the mash-up world and delving back into his straight up production. If you know Tom’s music, you will know that his execution is pretty much faultless every time he puts a record out and Adaptatrap is no exception. He is a producer who understands the virtues of striving for perfection, but without any of the negative attributes that come with constantly tweaking the idea until it loses its original appeal. As we know, thanks to earlier ventures like the excellent Son of Sam project, Tom is no stranger to implementing live instrumentation into his music and on Adaptatrap he is ably assisted by a variety of musicians, including his fellow band members from Son of Sam. The introduction of strings, horns, percussion and a harp, allows the album to spread its wings even further, with the latter in particular providing beautiful accompaniment to the lead single, Northern Lights. You can hear that track for yourself below, along with the rest of the album, with downloads and physicals available over on Bandcamp. Continue reading “Tom Caruana: Adaptatrap (Stream)”
Jaz Kahina continues her run of video wins with a new one for her track, On The Way. It features some grimy production from Nutty P, as well as Jaz’s usual solid delivery, plus a video from the Sektion Red gang.
Conway and Alchemist return with yet more heat from their recent LULU EP, this time with possibly the best cut from the project. They Got Sonny is boosted by a superb feature from Queens favourite, Cormega, as well as the usual murky strains from Alchemist’s production. LULU is out now.
A fresh track from Evidence, as he puts his social distancing to good use by writing, recording and releasing this song over the course of a couple of days. It’s an LA to VA connection, as Evidence drafts in Mutant Academy’s Graymatter to handle production, with the video capturing parts of the creative process. The track is also available to stream now via Rhymesayers.
Entertaining visuals from Lunar C and his latest album, as he drops off a new video for Something in the Water. The footage Lunar has used is from the exceedingly odd cult black comedy, Trash Humpers, which is probably worth watching if you’re not already familiar. The track features production from Pete Cannon. Very Important is out now.
More new music from Quelle Chris and Chris Keys as they continue the promo run for their forthcoming Innocent Country 2 album. On the almost prescient Sacred Safe, Quelle is joined by Cavalier, Homeboy Sandman and Tune-Yards instigator, Merrill Garbus, for an exploration on the theme of finding peace while your mind is waging war. The track premiered over on Hypebeast yesterday, along with a Q&A with Quelle.
Twisted trap flavours in the new video from Onoe Caponoe, as he delivers a couple more gems from his recent album. Ghosts In Ma Alleyway and Walking Thru Tha Forest are both lifted from Invisible War, and feature production from DJ Murky Banger and Marceyy respectively. Streams and downloads are available now via High Focus. The video was made by Onoe and EllisDawg.
Having already teamed up with production forces like DOOM and Kaytranada on previous releases, Bishop Nehru returns with another legend on the boards as he connects with DJ Premier for Too Lost. The track is taken from Nehru’s forthcoming album, NEHRUVIA: MY DISREGARDED THOUGHTS, which is due for release shortly.
Fresh visuals from the Conway and Alchemist project which was given life on Friday. Calvin is more of the tough street commentary that has brought Conway and his Griselda family so much praise over recent years, and combined with Alchemist’s moody production it stands as a solid release in both artists catalogues. The video for Calvin was made by Jason Goldwatch. LULU is out now.