A newly formed duo have emerged under the Mello Music banner, as ELUCID and The Lasso join forces to become Small Bills. Both artists are already celebrating wins this year, thanks to Armand Hammer’s triumph with Shrines, and The Lasso’s psychedelic adventure alongside Psypiritual. Now they look set to rack up another one with Don’t Play It Straight, if the first single is anything to go by. Featuring fellow Backwoodz affiliate, Fielded, The Lasso’s punchy horn-flecked production gives a new sense of vigour to ELUCID’s rhyming and leaves me intrigued as to what the rest of the album will offer. Features throughout, including billy woods, Koncept Jack$on and Moor Mother. The album is due for release on 30 October.