Aesop Rock: Long Legged Larry

Aesop Rock maintains his reign as King of the Rappers who rap about things outside of the usual status quo, with his latest song, which is about a heroic frog. Long Legged Larry is the eponymous star of the show, as we’re treated to a few tales of his exploits, including his rescue of a tightrope walking poodle. The character was inspired by Aesop’s friend and collaborator, Jeremy Fish (no relation). As well as the single, you can also cop a bunch of accompanying merch, including a plush toy version of Larry. More details here.

Pink Siifu & Fly Anakin ft. ZelooperZ, MAVI & Koncept Jack$on: Tha Divide

I’m still riding the wave from their debut collaboration, so to be blessed with more new music from Pink Siifu and Fly Anakin so soon, feels too good to be true. It is true though and it comes in the form of their new $mokebreak EP, which captures the same chemistry as its predecessor. For instant proof of this you can check their latest video, for Tha Divide, which also features some superb features from ZelooperZ, MAVI and Koncept Jack$on. The EP is out now and is available to stream / download from the usual spots.

Morriarchi ft. Jack Danz: River Path

Moody brilliance here, as Morriarchi celebrates the release of his latest project with a brand new video. River Path sees the Group BraCil producer teaming up with Jack Danz, who you realise is the perfect fit for the track as soon as his vocals crackle into life. The track is lifted from Geography of Peace, which is out now on both digital and cassette.

L’Orange & Namir Blade: Corner Store Scandal

A welcome return by L’Orange to the blog, as he announces his latest venture, alongside fellow Mello Music artist, Namir Blade. We last heard Namir on his 2020 release, Aphelion’s Traveling Circus, which shone bright during another exceptional year for the label. Now he’s returing to the fore with L’Orange, a producer who has yet to put a foot wrong in my eyes and ears, with this latest album shaping up to continue that trend. The first video, for Corner Store Scandal, was released this week, which you can see for yourself above and pre-orders for the album, Imaginary Everything, are available now.

Oddisee: No Trouble

There is a fresh Mello Music Group release on the horizon, a compilation to be precise, featuring new music from their ever-increasing roster of talent. There aren’t many labels who can lay claim to such a lengthy and consistently high-quality run of releases, but Mello show no signs of easing up either, with new albums and artists frequently announced. One of their most popular artists, Oddisee, offers up the first taster from the Bushido compilation, with his latest self-produced single, No Trouble. As well as Oddisee, we will also be treated to new bits from the likes of Marlowe, Skyzoo, Open Mike Eagle, Quelle Chris and Elaquent. Definitely one to look forward to. You can listen to No Trouble below and you can also pre-order Bushido via Bandcamp. The official release date is 1 April.

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Confucius MC ft. Sonnyjim, Verbz & Jehst: Lanterns (Official Video)

There is now an official video for the latest single from Confucius MC. The track was released a few weeks ago, alongside a lyric video, but now the YNR MC has returned with a suitably slick video, shot in the lantern laden streets of London’s Chinatown. The track is produced by Keor Meteor and Jehst, and also features verses from Sonnyjim, Verbz and Jehst. The video was made by Bee Graphics.

Juga-Naut ft. Liam Bailey: Been Away

Following on from last year’s release of his album, BEM, Juga-Naut returns to the fore with the latest video from the project. Been Away was already boosted by the ample talents of vocalist Liam Bailey and now it’s being pushed higher up the artistic ladder with a video which serves as a timely ode to Jugz’s much-beloved hometown of Nottingham. The video was directed by Michael Holyk. BEM is out now.

What’s In A Name? (A Q&A with Forest DLG)

Name changes within the music industry are pretty common, with artists offering up a variety of reasons for their decisions. Prince’s infamous transition into ‘The Symbol’ was prompted by his legal dispute with Warner Brothers, while Mello Music’s Chris Orrick, changed his name from Red Pill to distance himself from growing connotations with the ridiculous men’s rights movement.

More recently, Chemo, veteran UK hip hop producer and travelling man, announced he is changing his name to Forest DLG. I knew he was a fan of the outdoors so the choice did not surprise me. In fact, it made perfect sense. So, I decided to pay a virtual call on the man himself and ask about his decision, and more importantly, as we both share a love of nature and the woods, find out some vital information about his woodland preferences.

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Strange U: Maybe

A very welcome return from Strange U, with the arrival of a brand new video which surfaced last week. On Maybe we find the dynamic duo questioning everything, as King Kashmere delivers his doubts over some fresh Zygote production. The track is taken from a forthcoming 7″ release, which is due shortly on High Focus. Pre-orders are available now.