E L U C I D & Von Pea: Dirtee Deacon (In T​.​S​.​O​.​Pea)

Very happy to see the release of this unearthed collaboration between ELUCID and Von Pea. The album was made 10 years ago but didn’t surface until last week, thanks to something of a surprise drop from the duo. As well as being a solid project, it’s also a stark reminder that ELUCID has been rapping at another level for a long time. You can get a taste of the album below, then head to Bandcamp to secure a download or physical.

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Blu: People Call Me Blu(e) + LP News

Later this month we will be treated to the latest from Blu, as he returns to the fore with a new solo LP. The distinctly blue themed album was announced this week, along with a new single which is produced by long-term collaborator, Exile. You can stream People Call Me Blu(e) below and the full release is scheduled for 24 September on Nature Sounds.

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Indira May: Simpler Things + EP Stream

Another fine debut here, as Indira May releases the latest video from her recent Simpler Things EP. As you will hear, Indira is blessed with one of those beautifully versatile voices that would sound just as at home caressing a jazz rhythm, as it would lacing a hip hop beat. On the title track from the EP, we are treated to a sample of her appeal, as she brings her melodic strains to some suitably smooth production from Alfie Aukett. You can watch the video above and you can get a taste of the rest of the EP below, with other streaming options available on the usual platforms.

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Fatboi Sharif & Roper Williams Present… 400 Pound Porno Cyborg

For those of us who reside on this side of the Atlantic, it can be frustrating when we see gig after gig being advertised, knowing that we will most likely never reach any of them. Which is why videos like this bring me so much joy. Not that long ago, Fatboi Sharif took his infectious brand of rap to the streets, with a live performance in the middle of Washington Square Park in New York. The set features a number of gems from his collaboration with Roper Williams, which has quite rightly earned the duo the acclaim they deserve. The film is also peppered with clips that highlight how entertaining Sharif is beyond the confines his music; a showman in every sense. The deluxe edition of Gandhi Loves Children is available now via POW Recordings.

Robert: Porridge (Stream)

A strong introduction here from Robert, with the arrival of his debut release, Porridge. The title track offers up an honest insight into prison life and the emotions that come with it, while Rag’N’Bone Man’s vocal support lends the track an even more impassioned edge. The remix is fortified even further thanks to features from Dirty Dike and Skinnyman. Then on the B-side we have Kelly Had a Seizure, which brings in the otherworldly presence of Kool Keith. Both tracks are produced by Sonnyjim and The Purist. Not bad for a debut. The blurb mentions an album too, Orange is the New Black, so I’m intrigued to hear what that has in store. You can hear the full set of tracks below, with physicals and downloads available via Bandcamp.

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Koncept Jack$on & Morriarchi ft. KAYANA: A Toa$t

New music from the Group BraCil camp, as Morriarchi connects with Koncept Jack$on for A Toa$t. It’s a blissful burst of soul tinted production, which Jack$on glides over with ease, while KAYANA’s backing vocals make everything all the more smooth. You can hear the track and the instrumental below, with downloads available over on Bandcamp.

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Jason Griff & Alaska: Human Zoo (Stream)

Pleased to see the arrival of the new album from Jason Griff and Alaska, as they take us inside the Human Zoo. Being a cynical man (realist?) with a penchant for the dystopian, this album is right up my street. It also helps that Alaska is still rapping his ass off, however many years it is after I first heard him on the mic, and Griff keeps that same energy maintained throughout his production with ease. A nice selection of features too, including Fatboi Sharif, Scorcese and Love, Ulysses. Listen below, then head to Bandcamp to cop a physical and/or a throw pillow.

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