As is the standard in the current state of play, NPR have adapted their much-cherished Tiny Desk performances into a homemade version, which allows the artists to perform from the isolation of their own homes, but also allows us to continue enjoying the kick of seeing them perform. The latest to put on a show is Oddisee, who rounded up his band, Good Company, for a typically compelling performance. It’s in stark contrast to Oddisee’s first foray into the Tiny Desk world, which was five years ago, with only a drummer and keys player in tow. The group throw down five songs, which are all lifted from Oddisee’s recent Odd Cure EP.
Brand new video from Verb T and Illinformed, as they continue to set the mood for their new album. It’s been five years since their first collaboration was brought into this world, an album which still sits proudly in both their back catalogues, leading to a lot of justified anticipation for their sophomore effort. The video for New Paths was made by Honey JD. No news on a release date yet, but stay tuned.
D’Lyfa Reilly is the latest MC to join forces with Village Live Records, as the label gears up to release his new album. It’s produced in its entirety by fellow label mate, Aver, which is always a good sign, and as you can hear from the lead single, they have got a good thing going. Extra poignancy too, as this was the last album that was overseen by the late Joey Deez, who was a co-founder of Village Live alongside Doug aka Remulak. The video for Out of Darkness was made by Tarnish Vision. Time & Tide is due for release in the coming months, so more news on that soon.
Different vibe on this new one from the Green Brick camp, where Res One and Mac Lloyd are getting ready to release their new EP. Find Space is the lead single from the project and verges successfully into RnB territory, thanks to Mac’s production and Res’s lyrical lilt. Think Mac Miller’s Swimming, but with a Bristolian edge. The Hindsight Hotel EP is due out on ! October. The animated video was made by Josh Richardson (Shed Productions).
Fresh out today is the new AA side from DEDW8, featuring a typically tight guest spot from Conway The Machine. The video is something of a 2 for 1, with the first half showcasing Baileys Brown’s vocal mix, before dropping into 0079’s mix for the final stretch. It’s a smart move, as the contrast between the two versions strengthens the appeal, with Baileys’ heavy drums blending nicely with 0079’s glitchy, bass-heavy formula. The track is available now via the Split Prophets label and there is also a limited vinyl edition too, all of which you can find on Bandcamp.
Big tune here from Nutty P as he tackles the topic of racism in the UK capital, while also outlining how it was growing up as a black child and being made to feel like a foreigner in your own country. He’s joined by UK vet, Rodney P, as the pair trade verses over some superb reggae inspired production. The video was made by Chiba Visuals.
Short but sweet is the M.O. on the latest from Earl and Alc, as they deliver 45. Earl sounds more alive than he has done for a while, which is definitely not something I am complaining about, and the sampling is as masterful as ever.
Another strong cut from the forthcoming collaboration between Pink Siifu and Fly Anakin. Richard Pryor is produced by Playa Haze and is set to be featured on the Fly Siifu LP, which is due out on 13 November.
Smooth sounds from eXquire, as he dusts off one of the gems from his latest release, Secret Legend Vol. 1, which features a bunch of unreleased tracks from 2011-2012. my Life also features a tight verse from Goldie Glo. The project is the first of four volumes, and you can grab a download now via Bandcamp.
Another nice cut from the forthcoming Elzhi album. Once again it’s JR Swiftz on the beat, with a sample that will bring back memories for any early days Atmosphere fans out there. The track is taken from Seven Times Down Eight Times Up, which is due for release on 25 September.