PremRock: Death on the Installment Plan

Next week we will be blessed with the latest release from PremRock, as he makes his official debut on the ever-strengthening Backwoodz Studioz label. Death on the Installment Plan is the first single from the album and sees Prem drafting in fellow Wrecking Crew member, Small Professor, to handle the production. It’s a wise move and sets the bar high for the remainder of the album. Load Bearing Crows Feet is due for release on 25 June.

Armand Hammer & The Alchemist ft. Earl Sweatshirt: Falling Out the Sky

Another treat for Armand Hammers fans this week, as we saw the release of the latest video from their Alchemist produced masterpiece, HARAM. It arrives in the same week that the trio unveiled their experimental film, alongside regular AH artistic collaborator, Joseph Mault, with both releases featuring accompaniments from Earl Sweatshirt. Earl sounds as good as ever on Falling Out the Sky, with woods and ELUCID reaching their usual absorbing heights in his wake. HARAM is out now on Backwoodz Studioz.

Armand Hammer & The Alchemist: Stonefruit

Armand Hammer have a nice way of selecting visuals that are as compelling as the songs they are accompanying. This is especially true with the latest video from Haram, their collaborative album alongside The Alchemist, which is proving to be their most successful release yet.
The video for Stonefruit offers up psychedelic animation in a form that resembles some sort of abstract computer game, with the aim to collect the letters H, A, R, A, M. It was all made by m.musgrove (IG: @grade.b), who I would advise investigating further if you like the video. HARAM is out now via Backwoodz Studioz.

Armand Hammer & The Alchemist: Sir Benni Miles

Today saw the release of the latest album from Armand Hammer, their first project with a single producer at the helm. That producer is The Alchemist and the results are as engrossing as you would imagine. I’ll write more on the album itself when I’ve spent a bit more time with it, but for now make the most of the first video to emerge, for the opening track, Sir Benni Miles. The video was made by Joseph Mault. Haram physicals are available now via Backwoodz Studioz, with streams available from the usual platforms.

SHRAPKNEL ft. Zilla Rocca: Gun Metal Paint

New serving of visual excellence from Shrapknel, as they unveil their latest video for Gun Metal Paint. The track is taken from their self-titled album, which saw its release back in March, and features a solid guest spot from Zilla Rocca. The track was produced by ELUCID and the video was made by Owen Taylor. The album is out now on Backwoodz Studioz.

Fielded ft. billy woods: Justus

Justus is the latest single to be released by Fielded, coinciding with the release of her Backwoodz Studioz debut. I’ve got a full review coming in The Wire next month, but for now get stuck into this visually arousing film and familiarise yourselves with an artist whose name you’re going to be hearing a lot more of. The track also features billy woods and the video was made by Alice Millar and Lauryn Siegel. The album, Demisexual Lovelace, is out now on all the usual platforms.

Googie & Henry Canyons: Hijinx (Stream)

Something of a surprise drop from Backwoodz Studioz today, as Henry Canyons and Googie join forces for to deliver Hijinx. I’ve got a proper review coming in The Wire next month so I won’t go into too much detail, suffice it to say it is 100% worthy of your time and attention. If you’ve heard their sporadic collabs in the past, then you’ll know they’re a good pairing, and with production contributions from regular co-conspirators, Matt Bowen and Fresh Kils, it all adds up to a very successful venture indeed. You can stream the album in full below, with downloads available via Bandcamp. Continue reading “Googie & Henry Canyons: Hijinx (Stream)”

Armand Hammer ft. KeiyaA: Charms

I’ve been a bit slack with the blog recently, so much so that I totally missed this video from the new Armand Hammer album, which arrived at the start of the month. As with the RTJ album that dropped in the same week, Shrines is arguably the duo’s best work to date, as you will hear on the lead single, Charms. It features some soothing vocal work from KeiyaA on the hook and a blissfully superb beat from Child Actor; one of many gems in yet another crown for woods and ELUCID. Shrines is out now on Backwoodz Studioz.

ShrapKnel: Shrapknel (Stream)

This month saw the release of the debut LP from ShrapKnel, aka the well-matched pairing of PremRock and Curly Castro. It follows on from their introductory EP, which was released last year to triumphant acclaim and helped build the intrigue for this album. Considering we’re dealing with two already established rappers here, this latest outing appears to have urged them to push their levels even higher, with each bar seemingly trying to outdo its predecessor. Sonically it’s a masterpiece as well, thanks to the involvement of not one, but two production talents, ELUCID and Willie Green. Further fortified by some impeccably chosen features, from Zilla Rocca, CASTLE, billy woods, GOOGIE and Henry Canyons, the album shot into the upper echelons of the 2020’s releases and will no doubt remain there until the year’s end. You can hear the album in its full glory below, with downloads and vinyl available on Bandcamp. As well as the album, you will also find their latest video for Fashion Week, featuring production from ELUCID. Continue reading “ShrapKnel: Shrapknel (Stream)”

Shrapknel: Tempest

The debut LP from Shrapknel is looming. Ever since the duo announced their formation last year, along with the subsequent EP release, fans like me have been fiending for the arrival of the full-length. The album features production from two of Backwoodz Studioz’s finest, ELUCID and Willie Green, as well as guest spots from billy woods, Zilla Rocca, Castle, Googie and Henry Canyons. You can hear the lead single, Tempest, below, and pre-orders for the album are available via Bandcamp. The full release is set for 13 March. Continue reading “Shrapknel: Tempest”