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Blockhead kicked off 2019 with his new album, which is already a contender for all of your end of year lists. It included a stellar cast of supporting players, including this track Slippery Slope which features billy woods, Open Mike Eagle and Breeze Brewin. It’s now also got its own claymation video, courtesy of the talented Mr. Oz. Free Sweatpants is available now via Backwoodz Studioz.

Blockhead has been a favourite producer of mine ever since I first heard his work with Aesop Rock on Labor Days. Over the years he has maintained a steady stream of solid solo releases – Music by Cavelight and Uncle Tony’s Coloring Book, being two personal favourites – as well as some excellent production credits for some equally excellent rappers. The one thing I have always wanted to hear from him though was a production album, featuring loads of good MCs rapping their asses off, which is exactly what the New York producer delivered today.
Following on from last year’s Funeral Balloons – his debut release on his new label home, Backwoodz Studioz – Free Sweatpants merges quintessential Blockhead instrumentals, with plenty of strong features from a whole host of talented writers. As if it’s not enough having Tree, Hemlock Ernst, Aesop Rock, Armand Hammer, Homeboy Sandman, Vic Spencer and Marq Spekt involved, Blockhead kicks off the album with a track featuring Open Mike Eagle, billy woods AND Breeze Brewin. The result is as good as you would hope for and more. I spent years waiting for this album to happen and I am happy to be able to say it has surpassed all my expectations. Free Sweatpants is available to stream in full below and you find downloads over on Bandcamp. Read the rest of this entry »

If you didn’t know already, the mighty Blockhead is releasing an album shortly, packed full of rap talent. That talent includes his long term friend and collaborator, Aesop Rock. When I first got into Aesop, it was due to the material he and Blockhead had pumped out back in those halcyon Def Jux days. Yesterday saw the release of their song from the forthcoming album and I’m pleased to report that their union has lost none of its original appeal. Free Sweatpants is due for release on 18 January on Backwoodz Studioz.

It was already a phenomenal year for hip hop, but the last month is seeing a flurry of releases that are pushing the standards even higher. One of them is Curly Castro’s solo effort, TOSH. The album is apparently inspired by George Orwell, Spike Lee and MF Doom, as well as Castro’s own background – West Indies, Philly and Brooklyn – resulting in a richly diverse sound throughout. That diversity is also thanks in part to the range of producers who are involved. There are beats from the likes of Blockhead, Blueprint, Zilla Rocca, Messiah Musik and NASA, as well as features from billy woods, PremRock and ELUCID, among others. When you put all those attributes together with Castro’s own inimitable talents, you get a worthy contender for your end of years lists. The album is available to stream below and you can grab a download over on Bandcamp. Read the rest of this entry »

New project from the Karma Kids camp, as Googie unveils Floating Polygons. 12 tracks deep with no features and production from a range of names, including Headtrip, Blockhead, Raisi K and Wes Wax. The album is available to stream below and downloads can be found over on Bandcamp. Read the rest of this entry »

Googie recently released a new video for one of the tracks taken from his 2016 album, ‘Tis What ‘Tis. The Karma Kids MC brought in Blockhead to handle the production on Googie Architecture, with fellow KK member, Headtrip, on video duties. The album is still available to download over on the Karma Kids Bandcamp.

A year ago Karma Kids representative, Lt Headtrip, released his self-produced solo album, Comedy of the Filthbeast. Today to celebrate the anniversary, I am pleased to be able to bring you the Blockhead remix of Fall in Dreams, one of the many high points from the album. The track features regular sparring partner, Googie, and is accompanied by a tidy found footage style video, courtesy of Matthew Waysdorf. Read the rest of this entry »

Brand new project from Vic Spencer as he unloads his appropriately named Duffle of Gems. 14 new tracks, with no features, just Spencer on his A-game. Production comes from the likes of Blockhead, Grungy Boguez and Churchill. You can stream the album below and downloads/physicals are available via GourmetDeluXXX. Read the rest of this entry »

Blockhead reunites with billy woods and ELUCID, as he brings new flavour to Armand Hammer’s Dry Ice. The track was originally included on last year’s Rome album, which is available now from Backwoodz Studioz.

NY producer, Blockhead, has surprised us with a new(ish) project. The Art of the Sample is not your typical Blockhead release, however, as the man himself broke down in more detail over on Phat Friend – “What I made is my own library record. These are not typical Blockhead songs. They’re more stripped down and focused for the purpose of being used in TV and film. So, don’t expect 6 minutes songs that constantly change. This is not that.” Maybe so, but what it definitely is, is a fucking good record from one of my favourites, so I’d advise you all to give it a spin below. You can also grab a download from iTunes. Read the rest of this entry »