Archives for category: MUSIC

There is a big album from TrollGang affiliate, VersesBang, which came out yesterday and deserves to find a way into your collections. If his recent posts on FB are anything to go by, then this album is not the by-product of happiness, rather the opposite, but that is often the best catalyst for brilliant art as far as I’m concerned. Having enrolled fellow TG member and prevalent producer Oozhe to build all the foundations, the result is 11 tracks of perfectly blended beats and rhymes.
There is definitely an emphasis on life’s ups and downs, but all laced with Verses’ brand of humour and wordplay, which brings any notions of self-pity and self-deprecation into a more palatable mix. There is only one feature, from Tommy Dockerz, but that’s good cos Verses is rightfully the star of this show. The album is available to stream below and you can download your copy over at Bandcamp. Read the rest of this entry »

Since the events in Manchester a few weeks ago, the outpourings of love and charity for the city have been inspiring to say the least. Especially with division and hate seeming to be at an all-time high in the UK right now. Up there with the best of them is this new compilation, Manchester With Love.
Featuring over 220 tracks, from Manchester’s musical community, this album does two things – it shows the rich diversity and unity within the various Manchester scenes, plus it also shows that the great city and it’s residents will not be brought down or divided by these horrendous acts. Read the rest of this entry »

Lee Scott recently unearthed this previously unreleased track, which was originally intended for his 2014 Tin Foil Fronts album. Dead Canary features production from Herrotics’ finest, Broom Man. You can stream it below. Read the rest of this entry »

Stones Throw long ago transcended the boundaries of being a hip hop label and now their roster boasts an alarming amount of talent, from a wealth of genres and styles. Take their latest signing, singer and violinist, Sudan Archives. The 23 year old Ohio resident is forging her own unique path, in a industry that is increasingly saturated with trite soundalikes and cliched repetitions. She is also self-taught on the violin – which is impressive in itself – having been inspired by Sudanese fiddlers, among other musicians. Her first single is a sublime number and gives you a first class idea of what she is all about. Haunting self-harmonies and glitchy electro backing, all laced with her fiddle and all produced by her as well. Sudan has an EP due out next month, so watch out for more news on that coming soon. Read the rest of this entry »

Great track lifted off Lunar C’s new mixtape, Jake, which was released yesterday. The video contains a skanking granny and the tasty beat was produced by Bradford’s other finest son, HashFinger. Jake is out now at all the usual spots. Got an interview with Lunar coming in the next few days, so keep an eye out for that.

Nice headnod vibes on the new track from Manchester-based collective, The Mouse Outfit. Revolution features Dr Syntax and Ellis Meade, with production from Pitch and Deese.

Children of Zeus – aka Tyler Daley and Konny Kon – have spent the last couple of years releasing a smooth blend of rap and soul. In the process they have scored a whole new batch of fans, plenty of critical acclaim and some crazy live shows – including a set in the infamous Boiler Room. I got the chance to speak with both Tyler and Konny about why they started making music together, their influences and the possibility of hearing a full album from them. Read the rest of this entry »

Griselda’s finest are back with a rugged new track, Machine Gun Black. WSG and Conway even got a little intro from label head, Eminem.

Nice serving of hip hop and soul fusion from Remulak’s new LP, Earth. Passing Time features beautiful vocals from Australian singer, Melody Myla. You can cop the full album here.

Bristol MC, Upfront, is hitting us with a new album shortly, the follow-up to his Upfront & Personal LP from 2014. The Split Prophet member has obviously been putting in the work in the meantime, as is demonstrated on the first single from the project, Contagious. The track is produced by fellow Bristol artist, Chris Lucas (Arun Productions), with cuts from DJ Rogue and a wicked video from Parallel Media.