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Second trip of the day to Mello Music Group, this time for the next excerpt from the upcoming Jean Grae & Quelle Chris album. Zero is an 8-bit extravaganza, complete with an animated video which Quelle also made. It clocks in at over 7 minutes long, which in itself is quite an audacious move in a world where a lot of art is consumed and spat out at an alarming rate, but then again neither of these two have ever really been artists who follow suit. And what’s more, it works. Everything’s Fine is due for release on 30 March.

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Run The Jewels and Rick & Morty collaborations are nothing new, thanks to a few clothing releases from Daylight Curfew over the past couple of years. But things moved up a notch on Friday when Adult Swim released a new video for RTJ’s Oh Mama, featuring the animated stars on a typically bloody mission to retrieve an unseen – but very shiny – item, a la Vincent and Jules in Pulp Fiction. In an ideal world the next step from here would be if Killer Mike and El-P actually got a cameo in a proper episode, but we’ll have to see about that. For now, make the most of this little beauty.

Back in 1998 it’s fair to say that The Soulquarians were a pretty formidable musical force. Featuring some of the most admired artists in the industry, including Questlove, D’Angelo, Erykah Badu and Bilal, the collective were responsible for the production of some of the finest albums of the era.
Things Fall Apart, Like Water For Chocolate and Voodoo were just some of the titles that they played a part in and although they fell relatively silent as a collective in around 2003, their legacy and individual talents still thrive today. Pitchfork recently put together this short film in honour of The Soulquarians, with some excellent animation from Concrete Jungle creator, Steven Cartoccio, and music from the Backwoodz Studioz favourite, Willie Green.

Fresh sounds from Rye Shabby, as he drops off a brand new video for Shab City. This is the next leak from his upcoming Die Shabby EP and features some stellar production from the dusty break specialist, Morriarchi. The video was made by Monsta. The track is also available to download via In The Balance Records.

Cohenbeats and Quelle Chris partner up on this new track, Daily Affirmations, which is the title track from Cohen’s album. Great video too, which was also animated and directed by Quelle. More info on the album is available over at the Stones Throw store.

This great animated video emerged from the Mello Music Group camp a few days ago, as an accompaniment for one of the more powerful tracks from Oddisee’s recent LP, The Iceberg. You Grew Up details, among other things, a relationship between childhood friends of different ethnicities and the different paths their lives take after the white kid’s dad loses his job, eventually ending in tragedy.
As the song demonstrates, Oddisee has always been good at tapping into the moods of people at a particular time, whether it be the immigrant crisis or racially motivated police killings. The video was made by Eugene & Louise. The Iceberg is available to buy now.

More strong UK sounds as Verb T and Pitch 92 continue to tempt us with gems from their upcoming album. Mechanical is the next single from the project, which is due out for release on 6 October. You can pre-order now over at the High Focus store. The animated video was made by The Astroknight.

The extremely talented bunch of musicians who form Son Of Sam have a new album en route, featuring a whole host of equally-talented MCs, including this track with Masta Ace and Large Professor. The Tom Caruana produced Come A Long Way, sits alongside tracks featuring J-Live, Prince Po, Guilty Simpson, Sadat X and many more. To see the full tracklist and pre-order the album, visit the SOS Bandcamp. Cinder Hill is due for release on 29 September.

Run The Jewels continue to up the ante with each new video they release and this latest one is raising the bar even higher. The visual for Don’t Get Captured sees an animated Mike and El manoeuvring their way through a particularly twisted take on a haunted house funfair ride, complete with the horrors of gentrification and police harassment. It’s also entirely populated by skeletons. Great production from Jacknife Films.

There is now a video for the new track from DJ Shadow and Nas; a collaboration that seems long overdue. Systematic was made as part of the soundtrack for Mike Judge’s latest comedy show, Silicon Valley. You can download the track here.