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.
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.
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.
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)”
ELUCID maintains his position as one of the most crucial figures at work right now, with a new project which emerged this week. As with virtually everything ELUCID touches, SEERSHIP! is an immersive experience; a journey through intense soundscapes, pulsating rhythms and distorted samples. Initially it has all the hallmarks of some sort of instrumental exploration, until ELUCID’s vocals crackle into life at the midway point, with billy woods stepping into the booth for the final act. There is also an epilogue featuring a familiar flow, courtesy of an artist calling themselves YOUNGMAN. See if you can work out who the mystery man is. You can stream SEERSHIP! below and downloads are available on Bandcamp. Continue reading “ELUCID: SEERSHIP! (Stream)”
A big release here from the prolific Chicago producer with the excellent name, Spectacular Diagnostics, as he unveils his Raw Unknown album. SD has managed to amass a hefty list of features for the album, including guest spots from Quelle Chris, billy woods, Vic Spencer, Koncept Jack$on, Rome Streetz and Sadhu Gold, plus a nice little handstyle from Kid Acne on the artwork. You can stream Raw Unknown for yourself in full below. Continue reading “Spectacular Diagnostics: Raw Unknown (Stream)”
The new year starts off with a new video from billy woods and his formidable Terror Management album. Blood Thinner is produced by Preservation and features Backwoodz affiliated vocalist, Lauren Kelly Benson. Terror Management is out now.
New video from billy woods, as he delivers the visuals for Western Education Is Forbidden. It’s the latest single to be taken from woods’ most recent album, Terror Management, and features some enchanting vocal support from Brooklyn-based singer, Fielded. The name of the track is the English translation of Boko Haram, who woods also references in his lyrics, “It’s Top Ramen, it’s Boko Haram/It’s non-violence in Afrikaans.” Terror Management is out now on Backwoodz Studioz.
Kingston is a new track from Steel Tipped Dove, a loosie from the recent Terror Management recording sessions with billy woods. woods is joined on the track by vocalist, keiyaA, whose mellow tones work well next to woods’ urgent flow. You can stream Kingston below and downloads are available via Bandcamp. The artwork, created by Myra Musgrove, is available in a limited run of prints, which you can find on Musgrove’s site.
Yesterday was a good day to be a rap fan, as we were blessed with the arrival of three very strong albums from across the board. One of those was the reunion album from L’Orange and Jeremiah Jae, as they returned to the studio to build on the successful foundations of their 2015 offering, The Night Took Us In Like Family.