Algiers ft. billy woods & Backxwash: Bite Back

Sometimes it’s the more unlikely collaborations that yield the most interesting results, as demonstrated in this new single from Algiers. Enlisting the vocal strengths of both billy woods and Backxwash, Bite Back feels more like a journey through sound than anything else. I’ll let you make your own minds up, but it works for me.

ELUCID: Spellling + LP Stream

Having teased us with the promise of another 12 month bounty of stellar projects at the start of the year, Backwoodz continue to keep to their word with the release of the latest album from ELUCID. I Told Bessie landed last week and helped to further carve out ELUCID’s niche as one of the most captivating artists of a generation. Wielding his voice as a weapon, the Armand Hammer MC wades through production picks from the likes of Child Actor, Sebb Bash, August Fanon, The Lasso and The Alchemist. There is also a strong supporting cast of vocalists, including billy woods, Quelle Chris and Pink Siifu. You can watch the video for the lead single, Spellling, above and then head to Bandcamp to grab a copy of the full album.

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Armand Hammer & The Alchemist: Robert Moses / God’s Feet

Two for one from Armand Hammer and The Alchemist, as they round off another successful year with a double drop of videos. Robert Moses and God’s Feet are both taken from the trio’s universally acclaimed album, Haram, and the films were directed by regular collaborator, Joseph. Keep an eye out for a split second of Bristol footage in the Robert Moses video. Haram is out now via Backwoodz Studioz.

Fielded: Interview

Back in October I found myself in London at the same time as Fielded, who was in town to perform with installation artist, Naama Tsabar. I took the opportunity to sit down with her for an interview, where we spoke about her new EP, Young Medusa, as well as displaying vulnerability through art, keeping things varied and learning to enjoy the act of collaborating.

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Spectacular Diagnostics: Ancient Methods (Stream)

Another essential new release from November, is the new album from Spectacular Diagnostics. Following on from the earlier acclaimed, Natural Mechanics, Ancient Methods saw Spec delivering his second win of the year. That win is thanks in part to the guest spots on the album, which featured billy woods, ELUCID and Nosaj, as well as plenty of typically tight instrumentals, including my personal favourite, Crystal Ball Emoji. You can peruse the album for yourself below, then go show your support over on Bandcamp and cop the vinyl before they all vanish.

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Your Old Droog: Meteor Man ft. Lil Ugly Mane & billy woods

Your Old Droog continues his run of collabs with those worth their weight in rap, with his latest single, Meteor Man. The track features Droog on his usual M.O., ably assisted by Lil Ugly Mane and billy woods. It’s produced by Sadhu Gold and the artwork comes courtesy of friend of the blog, Emily Catherine. Pre-orders for the new Droog album will go live tomorrow.

Steel Tipped Dove: Call Me When You’re Outside (Stream)

After well and truly getting the world excited with a teaser from his album, yesterday marked the full release for Steel Tipped Dove. Having amassed a list of features to make the average underground rap fan weep tears of joy, Dove went on to craft a selection of beats that each marry perfectly with their guest stars. As well as the previously shared, NFT, featuring The Koreatown Oddity and billy woods, there are also cuts with SKECH185, Fatboi Sharif, SHIRT, ELUCID, KeiyaA, Fat Tony, Pink Siifu and Fielded, as well as a few more with woods. You can experience a taste of the joys available below and then head to Bandcamp to show your support.

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Steel Tipped Dove ft. The Koreatown Oddity & billy woods: NFT + LP News

Very happy to bring you news of the forthcoming album from Steel Tipped Dove. Not only will it be a pleasure to hear an album from one of the scene’s more secretive weapons, but the guestlist he has drummed up for the project is the stuff of rap dreams. Call Me When You’re Outside is due for release next week and features appearances from the likes of Fat Tony, Pink Siifu, Fielded, Fatboi Sharif and ELUCID. The first track came out this week as part of the Adult Swim Singles Series, and it features The Koreatown Oddity and billy woods. You can hear NFT below and then get your pre-orders for the album in via Bandcamp.

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Armand Hammer & The Alchemist ft. KAYANA: Black Sunlight (Video)

Another glorious video from Armand Hammer and The Alchemist, this time for the KAYANA assisted track, Black Sunlight. The video continues the psychedelic animation vibes of Stonefruit and features, in no particular order or preference, woods as an astronaut, Alchemist as a airline pilot and ELUCID looking very happy in a monster truck. The drawings and animation were created by Shane Ingersoll. Haram is out now on Backwoodz Studioz.