Your Old Droog released a new album yesterday, continuing a run that has seen the release of seven projects since 2019. Arguably the track on Time that has people most excited is an MF DOOM collaboration with production from Edan, but the track that really caught my ear is Field Of Dreams, which features guest spots from two of my favourites – Aesop Rock and Elzhi. The production is handled by Roper Williams, who was the brains behind the Gandhi Loves Children album, alongside Fatboi Sharif. You can hear the track below, then head to Droog’s website to find all the streaming and download links for the full album.Continue reading “Your Old Droog ft. Aesop Rock & Elzhi: Field Of Dreams”
Today sees the release of Skyzoo’s latest album, All The Brilliant Things, which focuses on the gentrification and appropriation that have besieged his beloved New York borough and beyond. If you caught the singles that were released in the run-up, you will have some sense of the direction the production is taking – jazz-soaked beats with heavy dashes of soul – and if you’re familiar with Skyzoo’s reputation, then you will already know that virtually every line is a thing of beauty in its own right. Some strong features too, with the likes of Raheem DeVaughn, BJ The Chicago Kid, Monica Blaire and Hypnotic Brass Ensemble bringing their own strains to the mix. You can explore the album below, then cop a physical or download via Mello Music Group.Continue reading “Skyzoo: All The Brilliant Things (Stream)”
A supreme cut from Conway The Machine here, as he delivers a video for one of the more explosive tracks from his recent La Maquina album. With two generations of rappers on the features, both JID and Ludacris are on top form, with the latter sounding as good as he ever did. Conway’s switch up in his flow is a nice touch too, matching the energy levels of his co-stars. Scatter Brain is produced by Don Cannon.
New one from Lord Apex, Speak For Yourself, where we find him drifting across the soulful loops of droppedmilk’s production. It has a familiar feel to it, perhaps setting the mood for the Madlib produced tracks he has lurking in the stash. The track is lifted from from the recently released Smoke Sessions 3 and the video was made by Aboveground.
Wrecking Crew assemble in full for their new project, which channels the spirit of the crew and label compilations that came before them. Every aspect of the album is on point, from the production picks and the artists they’re paired with, down to the song titles and artwork. Some stand out moments for me, include the Alaska assisted ShrapKnel track, Broken Handstyle, which features some rousing production from Steel Tipped Dove, and one of two fresh new Career Crooks joints, Looks Easy When it Works, which is further bolstered by Marcus Pinn’s precision cuts. The whole thing is worth your attention though and you can peruse it at your leisure below, with downloads, physicals and merch stacked up over on Bandcamp.Continue reading “Wrecking Crew: Steel’s Kitchen (Stream)”
A new video birthed from the recent Eahwee EP, which sees the London producer teaming up with the forever consistent, Melanin 9. As well as the obvious musical allure, the video also features some visually arresting animation courtesy of RUFFMERCY. Solitude is out now via Astral Black.
More new material from Fly Anakin, who is quite rightly still riding the wave from his collaborative successes with Pink Siifu. Pixote is his latest EP and it’s a Mutant Academy affair, with the entire project produced by Anakin, plus features from Big Kahuna OG and Henny L.O., as well as a nice appearance from the ever-prolific, BbyMutha. Pixote is available to stream below and downloads are available via Bandcamp.
Another treat for Armand Hammers fans this week, as we saw the release of the latest video from their Alchemist produced masterpiece, HARAM. It arrives in the same week that the trio unveiled their experimental film, alongside regular AH artistic collaborator, Joseph Mault, with both releases featuring accompaniments from Earl Sweatshirt. Earl sounds as good as ever on Falling Out the Sky, with woods and ELUCID reaching their usual absorbing heights in his wake. HARAM is out now on Backwoodz Studioz.
Shiny new sounds from Soundscape Green, the recently formed duo comprised of Rye Shabby and Forrest Moon. Jazz drums and horns form the backbone of the track, with Shabby sounding as on point as ever. If you’re after more, stay tuned for their EP which is coming soon on In The Balance Records.
Fatboi Sharif and Roper Williams welcome us back into their strange universe with another maniacal video, that carries on in the same delightfully unhinged vein as last year’s Smithsonian. Stigmata is lifted from Gandhi Loves Children, which is due for the deluxe release on 1 July via POW Recordings.