New release from Manage, as he unveils The Scrapbook LP. The project is Manage’s first fully self-produced venture, adding further weight to his reputation as one of the more accomplished artists on these shores. It’s an album of reflection, with Manage dissecting various issues in his life, past and present. One solo feature from eMCee Killa, which is bound to evoke happy memories for Caxton Press fans. The whole album is available to stream below and you can grab a download via Revorg Records. Continue reading “Manage: The Scrapbook (Stream)”
New music from Helsinki Booze Merchants, as they announce the release of their debut album. While the name might not be familiar in this form, their individual IDs will no doubt be, as the crew is made up of Luca Brazi, Benny Diction and Mnsr Frites, who have worked as solo artists and on plenty of collaborations together over the years. This latest offering is entirely produced by Brazi, as well as two remixes from Chemo and Chuck Enzo chucked in for good measure. You can sample a couple of the tracks below, including that Enzo remix, and then get set for the full release of the album, Film Poster Whips, on 1 August. There is also a Qrates push to get a vinyl edition made, so get involved with that if you can. More info here. Continue reading “Helsinki Booze Merchants: Film Poster Whips”
Fresh sounds from G00SE, as he emerges from his isolation cocoon with a fully formed new video. Presidential Suite was made in its entirety by G00SE, with the In The Balance artist handling every aspect of the process, from writing, producing and recording the music, to shooting and editing the video. Streams of the single are also available.
Fresh visual stimulation from the Potent Funk family, as Dabbla and Sumgii reveal the latest video from their recent Nobody LP. Once again, it’s This & That Media who are the brains behind the video, which features cameos from a selection of perhaps familiar faces, including Jester Jacobs and Alenee Aisha. Nobody is out now on all the usual platforms, with physicals available via Potent Funk.
Timely music here from Mr MFN eXquire, as he tackles the topics of black masculinity and community, over some unsurprisingly tight production from Madlib. The track is dedicated to eXquire’s uncle, Shango, who passed away last month. Streams and downloads of Black Mirror are also available.
Brand new track from Verbz and Mr Slipz, as they continue to celebrate their new union with High Focus. For My Peeps is a song for all those absent friends who cannot be with us for whatever reason and it is dedicated to Joey Deez of Village Live, who sadly passed away last week. He will be missed by many. The video was made by the LOUDHOUSE gang.
Very happy to see the return of Marlowe – aka L’Orange and Solemn Brigham – as they bless us with the first single from their upcoming album. Their titular debut was one of 2018’s highlights and was widely acclaimed by fans and critics alike, so the anticipation for a follow-up has been mounting ever since. Future Power Sources is our first fresh material from the duo since then and I think it will act as the perfect dose for those fiendin’ for more of that potent social commentary and heavy, sample-driven production. The album, Marlowe 2, is due for release on 7 August via Mello Music Group.
New music from the Blah camp, as GROUP announce their arrival with the release of their debut single, Everything I Know. No official info about the crew has been released yet, other than the fact that the track is produced by Jack Chard, but you will probably recognise the other members when you hear them. Everything I Know also features a slick verse from Lord Apex. This is the first single from GROUP’s forthcoming vinyl release, 1. More news on all that coming soon.
The man of a million jawns returns with his latest selection, a timely compilation of his favourite tracks, which have all been remastered to perfection. As the title suggests, there are more volumes to follow, but for now you can be satisfied with this run of poignant tracks, including the essential, wish cops would stop killing unarmed black people. You can listen to the album below and there are downloads available on Bandcamp, as well as some t-shirts which were made as a tribute to Breonna Taylor. Featuring a lovely design by collage king, Dewey Saunders, 100% of profits from the shirts will be donated to Breonna’s official GoFundMe page. Continue reading “Small Professor: A Jawn Supreme (Vol. 1)”
The Group Bracil roster has been expanding recently, including the addition of Don Leisure to their ranks. The producer is perhaps best known as one half of Darkhouse Family, as well as a wealth of solo releases over the last decade or so. Now he has aligned himself with the London label and his first offering is this new Russia inspired instrumental project, built from the 70’s and 80’s Soviet gems he’s found on his travels around the globe. You can check out a visual for Drums For Mother Russia above and there are a couple more tasters below. The full thing is also available on cassette and digital. Continue reading “Don Leisure: Drums For Mother Russia + LP News”