Alaska – he of Hangar 18, Atoms Family and more recently Words Hurt fame – released his new album today. This time he has teamed up with the producer PJ Katz and the pair have concocted a jazz-fuelled journey, with a whole bunch of different guests making their appearances along the way. I last spoke to Alaska back in 2016, when I interviewed him for Grown Up Rap, so I thought now would be a good time to have another chat about a few things, including the new record and reflecting on the past. There is also a new video from the album, which you can watch below.

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A welcome return to the mic by Mylo Stone, as he delivers his new album, The Incredible Disappearing Man. It’s been a while since we heard any fresh music from the Bristol MC, but happy to report that he has lost none of his hunger in the interim. TIDM ranges from gritty to jazzy in terms of production, which is all taken care of by B-Lash, with Mylo’s vocals focusing on a range of issues, from the political to the more personal. Couple of noteworthy features from vocalist, Flo, who blesses The Highs with her soulful touch and local legend, Rola, who drops a nice verse on Breath. The Incredible Disappearing Man is out now on Killamari Records and you can stream it below. Read the rest of this entry »

Strong debut from Plymouth MC, Wyatt Earp, as he connects with Illinformed for Reg Kray. The video was shot by Sektion Red. Think this is going to be just the start for Earp, so keep an ear out for more gems dropping soon.

One of the more unique voices in rap, MC Paul Barman, has a new album en route. Mello Music Group are due to release (((echo chamber))) in May and we had already one sample of his new wares, in the form of (((leapfrog))). Now we have the next piece in the puzzle, as this weekend saw the release of the title track, which features friend and collaborator, Open Mike Eagle. Not only that, it’s also produced by none other than Roots favourite, Questlove. You can stream it below and you can get your pre-orders in for the album over on Bandcamp. Read the rest of this entry »

Troll Gang representative, Skrabl, has been hidden away in the lab working on his new album. He has apparently been working so hard, that he even has spares tracks to offer us while we wait for the main event. Double XP is produced by fellow TG member, Oozhe and if this is a cut that didn’t make the album, it’s safe to say the final project is going to be pretty special. You can stream the track below and you can get a download over on Bandcamp. Read the rest of this entry »

Run The Jewels and Rick & Morty collaborations are nothing new, thanks to a few clothing releases from Daylight Curfew over the past couple of years. But things moved up a notch on Friday when Adult Swim released a new video for RTJ’s Oh Mama, featuring the animated stars on a typically bloody mission to retrieve an unseen – but very shiny – item, a la Vincent and Jules in Pulp Fiction. In an ideal world the next step from here would be if Killer Mike and El-P actually got a cameo in a proper episode, but we’ll have to see about that. For now, make the most of this little beauty.

With the wave of their recent comeback video still riding high and with the imminent arrival of their Part Deux: Brick Pelican Posse Crew Gang Syndicate album, Cult of the Damned have announced a UK tour. The crew will be passing through six cities in total, over three consecutive weekends in April and May. It is going to be a full gang experience, with Lee Scott, Milkavelli, Black Josh, Stinkin Slumrok, Sniff, Salar, Sly Moon, Barebase, King Grubb, Bill Shakes, Bisk and Tony Broke on the bill, as well as a special UK appearance from Canada’s own cult associate, Danny Lover. Plus Reklews, Sam Zircon, Jazz T and Sumgii holding down the decks.

The dates are as follows:

27th April: Leeds @ HiFi Club

28th April: Manchester @ Aatma

4th May: Exeter @ Move

5th May: Bristol @ The Island

11th May: Brighton @ Rialto Theatre

12th May: London @ Five Miles

All the venues are relatively small so as to provide that intimate cult experience, but it also means that tickets will go fast, so I would advise getting your hands on some now, so you can avoid the humiliation of not reaching what is likely to be a legendary night of rap and debauchery. Tickets are available now via the Blah site, where you can also secure your pre-order for the COTD album.

Provocative imagery in the latest video from MCR star, IAMDDB. Oooo is the latest to be lifted from last year’s Hoodrich Vol. 3 and continues in the same trap style she switched onto after her first few releases. Personally I think it would be good to hear her mix it up a bit on the next project cos I was a big fan of tracks like Doobies and Ur Highness, but there is no denying she is onto a winning formula right now.

New joint from Oozhe and Datkid, which sees (hears?) the Split Prophets MC switch up his flow to great effect. Oozhe is always reliable for knocking out a banger and Deep Water continues the trend. Be interested to hear more from the two of them; I reckon they could make some waves if they did a whole project together. You can stream Deep Water below and downloads are available on Bandcamp. Read the rest of this entry »

Check out the latest video from one of last year’s UK rap high points, as VVV unleash a fresh visual for Polo Zeus. Superbly retro feel to this one too, complete with a nod to Teletext, which is all the more welcome for an 80’s kid like me. Cappo, Juga-Naut and Vandal Savage are all formidable MCs in their own right, but something extra is added when they all get together on a track. Bozo Boyz is available to purchase now over on Bandcamp.

Cui bono is more of a question than a statement – for whose benefit? The answer in this case is us, the listeners, as Brooklyn producer Steel Tipped Dove delivers his latest musical selection. The production is sparse in a lot of places, but each track still manages to act as an audible vignette, packed full of feeling. Also I sparse in places because in comparison you have tracks like You Cannot See That, which have an incredible amount going on within its two minute limits. Read the rest of this entry »