Axel Holy & Jack Danz: God Comflex

A hell of a collaboration here, with the arrival of the new EP from Axel Holy (aka Baileys Brown) and Jack Danz. The two artists move in similar circles musically, both in terms of sound and company, so this is a no-brainer on paper and in reality it hits even harder. Contributions from Badhabitz and Mr Fix only add to the EP’s strengths. You can check out a preview of God Comflex below, with streams and downloads available from the usual spots.

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Datkid x Baileys Brown: Grubby Mits (Stream)

More music from Baileys Brown and this time a reunion of sorts, as he joins forces with Datkid once again for a new EP. Grubby Mits follows in the footsteps of joints like Teeth Ledger and the pivotal, Home By 8, which was the release that first brought Datkid to the attention of many UK rap fans. On this new EP, the duo are joined by some familiar names, including Datty’s SP affiliate, Flying Monk, who drops in on Better Than The Rest, alongside fellow Bristol rap advocate, Draper. There is also a Blah link up courtesy of Stinkin Slumrok, on the closing track, Yeah Right. You can hear the EP in full for yourself below, with downloads available via Bandcamp.

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Baileys Brown: An EP (Stream)

Earlier this month, Bristol producer Baileys Brown treated us to the next release from his extensive catalogue. An EP takes things on a more soulful turn than his work with say DEDW8 or his rap alter-ego, Axel Holy, but if you know Brown’s work you’ll also know it’s definitely not new territory for him. And we’re not just talking in terms of the production, but also thanks to the features, which include contributions from Maddy, Marie Lister and Bukky, as well as a single rap appearance from Verb T. You can test the EP out for yourself below, with downloads available over on Bandcamp.

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DEDW8 ft. Conway The Machine: Clean The Whole Room Out

Fresh out today is the new AA side from DEDW8, featuring a typically tight guest spot from Conway The Machine. The video is something of a 2 for 1, with the first half showcasing Baileys Brown’s vocal mix, before dropping into 0079’s mix for the final stretch. It’s a smart move, as the contrast between the two versions strengthens the appeal, with Baileys’ heavy drums blending nicely with 0079’s glitchy, bass-heavy formula. The track is available now via the Split Prophets label and there is also a limited vinyl edition too, all of which you can find on Bandcamp.

Axel Holy: Let It Go

Another superb track from the new Axel Holy album, which saw its full release on Friday. Baileys Brown’s alter ego is transported into an animated world in the video for Let It Go, thanks to the ample talents of Monsta Art. The track is produced by Jack Danz, I’ve got a proper post about the album en route, but for now enjoy this video and check the full album, Wonderworld, on all good streaming platforms.

Axel Holy: Rah Nah

Let’s keep the levels raised with this next one, as the latest single from the forthcoming Axel Holy album is given life. For those still unaware, Axel is the rap alter ego of veteran UK producer, Baileys Brown, and soon he is releasing his debut full-length under that guise. This latest track, Rah Nah, is a self-produced banger, which looms up out of the shadows and gives us further insight into Holy’s world. The album, Wonderworld, is due for release on 29 May via Split Prophets Records.

Axel Holy: Wonderworld Intro

Axel Holy kicks off the run-up to his debut LP, with this introductory track which welcomes us into this new but familiar world. Familiar because Holy is the rap alter ego of Bristol production don, Baileys Brown, who has already surfaced on a number of tracks over the years, including Baileys own Still Fresh LP. Wonderworld is his first official Axel Holy rap album though, with production handled by a select few kings from Baileys’ own circles. He also handles some of the production himself too, as you will hear in this video. I’ve been lucky enough to hear the album in its full glory and I can confirm it is an album worthy of the Baileys Brown pedigree. More news on that when it drops on Split Prophets Records. The video for Wonderworld Intro was made by Max Pearce.

Prime Sinister: Out For Me

Prime Sinister is kicking off the new decade with a new album, following on from his 2015 debut, The Blackest Movie. It’s a shift in gears for the UK MC, as he brings in a monumental list of heavyweights to assist him with the production. Featuring contributions from the likes of Leaf Dog, GhostTown, Chemo and Pitch 92, Patient Zero looks set to be a defining moment in Sinister’s career. Out For Me is the latest single from the album and features some typically strong production from Baileys Brown. More news on the album coming soon. Continue reading “Prime Sinister: Out For Me”

Wish Master: Science

Highly entertaining new video from Wish Master, as he continues to polish off the gems from his Boom Bap To The Future album. Science sees the Bristol-based rapper playing both himself and an elderly lady called Blanche, in a riff that Eddie Murphy would be proud of. The video also features a number of cameos, including fellow Bristol lyricist, Buggsy, who finds himself having a smoke and drink with Wish on the moon. The whole thing has a great DIY B-Movie vibe about it, which only adds to the entertainment value. Science is produced by Baileys Brown and is lifted from BBTTF, which is out now on Official Recordings. Continue reading “Wish Master: Science”

Competition: High Focus Takeover @ Concorde 2

This Saturday, the fair city of Brighton once more becomes the epicentre for UK hip hop, as the High Focus gang descend on Concorde 2 for another monumental party.

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