Kamaal Williams: Mr Wu

New music from Kamaal Williams and his most recent album, Wu Hen. The London producer has delivered a sophomore album which escapes the all too real curse that plagues a lot of second offerings. Assists from Miguel-Atwood Ferguson, Lauren Faith and Quinn Mason help boost the allure, with Williams’ amalgamated brand of jazz sounding as strong as ever. You can listen to lead single, Mr Wu, above, with downloads available on Bandcamp.

Joey Bada$$: The Light

Joey Bada$$ released a new EP last week and for my money, it’s his strongest work in a while. Only three tracks deep, but you get a tight feature from Pusha T thrown in the mix, as well as The Light, which has also been blessed with a video. Some pretty striking imagery to be found within, thanks to the Pro Era MC’s decision to take part in a voodoo rebirth ceremony and use the accompanying footage for this video. The Light is produced by Statik Selektah.

The Four Owls ft. Kool G Rap: Pioneer

The Four Owls unveil the next single from their recently released Nocturnal Instinct LP, with yet another heavyweight US name on the assist. On Pioneer, the High Focus quartet have enlisted the might of Kool G Rap, who delivers a typically blistering verse. The track is produced by Leaf Dog. Nocturnal Instinct is out now.

Blaktrix: €5 Euro Shades

Happy to be able to share new music from Blaktrix with you, as he brings us his debut release on Winger Records. The Cardiff MC and one time Associated Minds affiliate was a regular on the old sites I wrote for, but this blog has had a distinct lack of coverage of his intervening antics, until now. €5 Euro Shades is the first track from his forthcoming DUMB EP, and features production from Brutal Caesar. More news on the EP soon. Downloads are available via Bandcamp, including bonus versions.

Black Thought: Thought vs. Everybody

Important music here from Black Thought, as he provides some visual accompaniment for his latest track, Thought vs. Everybody, the audio for which was released a week or so ago. As you will see, the video brings further clarity and importance to Tariq’s bars, thanks to some striking imagery of daily scenes from Black American lives, juxtaposed with photos and footage of black leaders and activists. The track is also spliced with audio clips from some notable black speakers, adding further weight to the song’s overall impact. The track is lifted from Streams of Thought Vol. 3: Cane and Able, which is due for release shortly.

Cambatta: LSD + LP Stream

You might have noticed me singing Cambatta’s praises over the last few weeks, since Mello Music announced the imminent arrival of his debut for the label. The singles that had emerged in the run-up had given us a decent taste of Cambatta’s acid-tinged world, falling into a subcategory of psychedelic rap that has been burgeoning this year especially (Check out Psypiritual & The Lasso and The Leonard Simpson Duo for further listening). Today sees the release of Cambatta’s album in full, along with a new video for the title track. I have a proper review coming in next month’s edition of The Wire, but rest assured that the album lives up to its expectations, as demonstrated in the superb animated video above. The track is produced by O.P. Supa. The rest of the album can be heard below, with streams and downloads available from the usual spots. Continue reading “Cambatta: LSD + LP Stream”