Spectacular Diagnostics ft. ELUCID: Chickenskin

I already warned you that Spectacular Diagnostics was returning with a new album which boasts three outstanding features, and now that prophecy is materialising thanks to the release of this latest single. Chickenskin features one of the most powerful voices in rap right now, courtesy of a killer appearance from ELUCID, who once again manages to make my head spin in the best way possible. You can hear the track below and then get your ass over to Bandcamp to secure a pre-order before Ancient Methods arrives in full next month.

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Gangster Doodles: Gangster Music Vol​.​2 (Stream)

Pleased to see the full release of the latest Gangster Doodles curated extravaganza. The infamous cartoonist has selected a wealth of talented types for the project, with MCs and producers from both sides of the Atlantic, and from all walks of rap life, rubbing shoulders on the tracklist. The compilation weighs in at 28 tracks, so a track by track breakdown would be too much, but to give you a decent overview, there are cuts from the likes of Black Milk, Zeroh, Ohbliv, Gaslamp Killer, King Kashmere, Lil B and Lord Apex, to name a very select few. You can hear a selection of tracks below, with downloads and physicals available via Bandcamp.

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Rich Jones & Killer Kane: Love You, Pay Me

You may remember me singing the praises of the latest release from Rich Jones, which saw him teaming up with producer, Killer Kane. The duo have now released a video from the EP, which features a friendlier twist on an old adage. The video was made by Orange Cap Pictures and it stars Sllime64. The Blue Beach EP is available now via Bandcamp.

King Kashmere: Veronica R.I.P

High Focus recently announced the official digital release of King Kashmere’s 2006 album, In The Hour Of Chaos. Originally released on Receptor Records, the album further cemented Kashmere’s position as one of the UK’s best, thanks in part to storytelling raps like Veronica R.I.P. Just in time for Halloween, it tells the story of a doomed love affair between Kashmere and a visitor from the spirit realm. The track was produced by the man FKA as Chemo. In The Hour Of Chaos is available now via the usual platforms.

Sam Krats ft. Craig G, Mysdiggi, Gee Bag, Ramson Badbonez, Phoenix Da Icefire & Jazz T: Culture

A beast of a posse cut here, masterminded by Bristol-based producer, Sam Krats. For the aptly titled, Culture, Krats has brought together legends from across the Atlantic, thanks to a selection of homegrown talent and a guest spot from Juice Crew veteran, Craig G. Raps from this side of the water are provided by MysDiggi, Gee Bag, Ramson Badbonez and Phoenix Da Icefire, as well as some technical assistance from Jazz T. The vinyl edition also features a heavy remix courtesy of Da Beatminerz. You can find more info on that via Revorg Records.

Ash The Author: Phantoms

Brand new music from Ash The Author, as he returns to the Village Live camp for a fresh release from their 7″ series. You can hear one of the tracks below, which features production from DJ Drinks and some cuts from Mr Brown, while the second track features the always on-point, George Fields, on the boards. Pre-orders for the release went live today, which you can find over on Bandcamp. The release date is set for 1 November,

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Guilty Simpson & Gensu Dean: EGO (Stream)

Following on from the much deserved anticipation surrounding its arrival, the new album from Guilty Simpson and Gensu Dean saw its full release last week. Guilty has been one of the most reliable artists in rap for a long time, thanks to a consistency that almost guarantees satisfaction with every project he blesses, and in Gensu he has found a creative partnership that reaches the same heights as his earlier works with Black Milk and Madlib. The guest stars help too, with Black Milk, Marv Won, Skyzoo, Georgia Anne Muldrow and Yarbrough bringing even more potency to an album that was already brimming over with appeal. You can hear a preview of EGO below, then head over to Mello Music for your vinyl and CD needs.

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Planet Asia: 1984

New music from Planet Asia, as he gives us a glimpse of his forthcoming album on the newly launched Bigger Picture Recordings label. The label is the brainchild of Evidence, who is at the helm for the album’s production, as well as donning his directorial hat for this new video. The filming was handled by fellow regular collaborator, Stephen Vanasco. The full LP, Rule of Thirds, is due for release on 29 October.

Wish Master x Illinformed: Coldharbour Tales (Stream)

I somehow let this one slip through the gaps last month, but better late than never and it definitely hasn’t lost any of its appeal in the interim. Wish Master continues to position himself as one of the most prolific and consistent MCs of his generation, with another strong collaboration, this time alongside the equally prolific, Illinformed. Coldharbour Tales is a distinctly Bristolian album, from the title itself to the guest stars that Wish and Illinformed have enlisted for the event. Features from the likes of Axel Holy, Upfront, Datkid, Eric the Red and Flying Monk, keep the Bristol flag flying, as well as appearances from Verb T and Gee Bag, which push beyond the city walls. You can experience a taste of the album for yourself below, then head to Bandcamp for all your digital and physical needs.

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