Following on from an unsettled couple of weeks, here at last is the next part of my favourite albums and EPs from last year. As always, the only order is the one in which I remembered them in and I’ve included Bandcamp links where possible. Enjoy!

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The Eagle Has Landed is the latest track to be lifted from Verses Bang’s most recent project, Cardigans & Calories. As usual it’s his old friend and regular collaborator, Oozhe, behind the boards and the video was made by Odyssey Film Co. Cardigans & Calories is out now on all the usual platforms. Read the rest of this entry »

A little bonus from Blockhead, with the arrival of two previously unheard tracks that didn’t make the final cut for last year’s Bubble Bath LP. The EP also features the title track from its predecessor and is available to stream in full below. You can also find the EP and the original Bubble Bath LP over on Bandcamp. Read the rest of this entry »

A new project is looming from the Mello Music Group camp, as Verbal Kent and Recognize Ali join forces to form Dueling Experts. The album is produced in full by Lord Beatjitzu, with Kent describing the beats as sounding like they “were dropped on the floor.. while at the same time exemplifying that 90’s RZA peak”. If that doesn’t pique your interest, then I don’t know what will. The first single from the self-titled album is available to stream below and pre-orders are available now via Bandcamp. The album is set for release on 31 January. Read the rest of this entry »

Afeni is the latest track to be lifted from Rapsody’s 2019 album, Eve. A celebration of black female power, each track was named and dedicated to an influential woman. Afeni, which samples Keep Ya Head Up and also features PJ Morton, is named after 2Pac’s mother, Afeni Shakur, who was an activist and prominent member of the Black Panthers. A remarkable woman, who managed to successfully prove her innocence during a trial in which she represented herself, while facing a 300 year sentence. She had no formal legal education and she was pregnant for the duration of the eight month trial. Afeni was produced by 9th Wonder and the album, Eve, is out now on Jamla Records. Read the rest of this entry »

Two rappers who should have appeared on my blog a lot sooner than this – Mooch and Rigz – return with another video from their recent album. Dead Beats is produced by Big Ghost, who was at the helm for the whole project, continuing his recent run of production successes. The Only Way Out is available to stream now on the usual platforms. Read the rest of this entry »

A brand new video from Jam Baxter, for the next track to be taken from his recent Off Piste EP. The Stump is the EP’s closing track and features some masterful production from frequent collaborator, Chemo, and also Last Japan, the man behind the beat on Vulture. It’s by far the high point of the EP and I’d argue a high point in Baxter’s entire catalogue. The video for The Stump was made by This & That Media and Off Piste is out now on High Focus. Read the rest of this entry »

Another smash from Obijuan and GRiMM Doza, as they hit us with the next video from their recent LP, The King’s Wishes. The simple but very effective video was made by KeefJoJoo. The album is out now on Bad Taste Records and you can hear it in full below. Read the rest of this entry »

Detroit legend, Guilty Simpson, is starting 2020 the right way, with the imminent release of a new project, alongside experimental electronic producer, Leonard Charles. Going by the name, The Leonard Simpson Duo, the two artists have created something of a psychedelic trip, thanks largely to Charles’ sample selection from niche New Zealand acid rock records. The video for the lead single, My Inspiration, was released a few days ago, which you can watch below and pre-orders for LSD – featuring what could be the best cover art of the year – are available now. The album is set for release on 31 January via Jakarta Records. Read the rest of this entry »

Monochrome dreams in the latest video from Atmosphere and their recent surprise album. On Love Each Other, we hear Slug examining the pitfalls and positives of taking relationships with sexual acquaintances to the next level, as Ant’s soothing, guitar-laced production eases into your ears. The video for Love Each Other was made by Tomas Aksamit and the album, Whenever, is out now on Rhymesayers. Read the rest of this entry »