Harleighblu is a singer from Nottingham, whose work draws on influences from hip hop, soul, electronica and beyond. Thanks to a string of superb releases, including her Futurespective series, she is already forging her own path in an increasingly saturated scene. I caught up with her recently to discuss a number of things including her new project with Bluestaeb, her musical roots and surviving the industry as a female artist. Read the rest of this entry »

Great to see the arrival of Nolan The Ninja’s long awaited album on his new label-home, Mello Music Group. SPORTEE weighs in at 21 tracks, with Nolan armed with a particularly sharp form of lyricism. The album boasts a nice list of guest spots, including features from the likes of Jaye Prime, Chuck Inglish, T3 and Boog Brown. You can listen to the album in its entirety below, with downloads available over on Bandcamp. Read the rest of this entry »

Fresh selection of material from The Doppelgangaz, as the New York duo return with G Pack Vol. 1. As usual it’s joint production from Matter ov Fact and EP, combined with competent lyricism and an air of amusement. The EP is available to stream in full below, with downloads over on Bandcamp. Read the rest of this entry »

Good to see the return of Jack Danz and the announcement that he has a new album coming very soon. To kick things off he has dropped Washpoppin, a self-produced track which sounds like the ideal Danz to me. TMIB is due for release on 10 May on Blah Records. The video for Washpoppin was made by Rob Searle.

Milkavelli recently dropped a mini mix of new music, which features the 616 God finessing over a tight production selection from Nobodies Home – aka Lee Scott, Sniff and Jack Chard. The illustrations for the video (and accompanying merch) were done by J. Neilson.

A fresh locally sourced gem right here, as Split Prophets continue to celebrate their recent EP release. Mustard is produced by Badhabitz and features verses from Res One, Paro, Bil Next and Flying Monk. The video was shot by Chris Lucas. The Forecast EP is out now and there are a few tracks available to stream below. Read the rest of this entry »

Another standout release from Sleep Sinatra, as the US MC connects with UK imprint, GourmetDeluXXX, for Sources of Nature. Once again we find Sinatra with some grade A penmanship as he weaves his way through a solid selection of beats from the delightfully named Custodian of Records, accompanied by features from Flashius Clayton, Ca$ablanca & Haze. The album is available on a very limited edition run of cassettes, as well as digital download, all of which you can find over on Bandcamp. Plus you can stream the project in full below. Read the rest of this entry »

Full Moon is the latest taster from the forthcoming album from Sean Peng and Illinformed, which is due for release on Lost Scroll Records on 1 May. The video was made by Shoot to Thrill Media. Pre-orders for the album are available now.

Open Mike Eagle recently debuted his new comedy series, The New Negroes, a show which he has put together with comedian and actor, Baron Vaughn. The show features a blend of stand up, sketches and music, as demonstrated in this new video which Comedy Central released a few days ago. In it we see Mike trying his best to hold his tongue in his workplace and beyond, before things get too much and he unleashes his unfiltered self, in the form of Danny Brown. The track is produced by Bionik.

New video from Your Old Droog, featuring two tracks – The Cheese and Under The Train – neither of which appear on his latest album, which saw its release last week. The tracks feature production from Mono En Stereo and Droog, as well as a video cameo from Pharoahe Monch as the bus driver. The Mach-Hommy produced album, It Wasn’t Even Close, is out now on all the usual platforms and formats.

Following on from their previous collaboration, Juga-Naut and his dad – aka Stickman – return with the next instalment of their Cellar Sessions series. The original version of this verse can be found on the Bozo Boyz album by VVV.