Blu: The Color Blu​(​e)

The ever-prolific Blu returned with a new solo album last week, which saw him stepping away from the single producer projects he’s blessed us with over the last few years. In spite of the increase in contributors, The Color Blu(e) maintains the jazzy sound that has arguably been Blu’s most successful material, thanks to beats from the likes of J57, Sirplus and Exile. You can dip into the album below, while downloads and physicals are available via Bandcamp.

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Blu: People Call Me Blu(e) + LP News

Later this month we will be treated to the latest from Blu, as he returns to the fore with a new solo LP. The distinctly blue themed album was announced this week, along with a new single which is produced by long-term collaborator, Exile. You can stream People Call Me Blu(e) below and the full release is scheduled for 24 September on Nature Sounds.

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Damu The Fudgemunk: Conversation Peace (Stream)

Lots of beautiful music surfacing today, including this latest offering from Damu The Fudegmunk. If you’ve been checking the blog over recent weeks / months, you might well have seen me talking about this one already as it marks the beginning of a new series of releases between Def Pressé and KPM / EMI. Created using samples exclusively sourced from KPM’s legendary library, Damu’s Conversation Peace is an album that sounds at once nostalgic and timely. Features include some usual suspects, in the form of Raw Poetic, Blu and Insight, as well as a superb cut from Nitty Scott. Check the full splendour for yourself below, then head to Bandcamp for all your download and vinyl needs. I was lucky enough to talk with Damu recently, where we dissected the making of the album. You can read the interview in full via Grown Up Rap.

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Damu The Fudgemunk ft. Blu: God Speed

Following on from the introduction to the upcoming Damu The Fudgemunk project, which featured a superb appearance from Nitty Scott, he now returns with the next single. God Speed features some exultant production from the man himself, as well as another tight feature, this time from the always reliable, Blu. The track is taken from Conversation Peace, which is the first in a series of collaborations between UK record label, Def Pressé and iconic library music label, KPM. The album is due for release on 3 September. You can hear God Speed below and more streaming options are also available.

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Fatlip & Blu ft. Hemlock Ernst: Good For The Soul

Superb drop here via Fat Beats, as Fatlip and Blu release a surprise new single, Good For The Soul. The track emerged last week, along with hints that a full-length project from the duo might also follow shortly. On this particular joint, Blu and Fatlip have secured a valuable guest spot from Hemlock Ernst. The vocal and instrumental versions are available to download now via Bandcamp.

Elaquent: Forever Is A Pretty Long Time (Stream)

It always seemed like a safe bet to say that the forthcoming album from Elaquent was going to be a winner, and now that it is out in the open, I am happy to confirm the Ontario producer has done it again. In a step away from the instrumental projects he’s blessed us with over the last couple of years, on Forever Is A Pretty Long Time we find Elaquent bringing in a number of artists to accompany him. Kicking off with the lead single, Guidelines, featuring fellow Mello resident, Oddisee, the album also features some great contributions from Chester Watson, Guilty Simpson, Cavalier and Blu. The vocal tracks are mixed in with a few instrumental joys, including one of the album’s highlights, Joloff, along with the stone cold flyness of the Blu assisted, Reminisce, and the G-Funk echoes of Lottery Check, which features Brainorchestra. The album can be heard in full below and you can find downloads over on Bandcamp. Continue reading “Elaquent: Forever Is A Pretty Long Time (Stream)”

Catching Flies ft. Jehst & Blu: Yŭ (Pt. 2)

Nice track here from Catching Flies, as he follows up one of his recent album tracks with a second chapter. On Yŭ (Pt. 2), the London producer has enlisted rap talent from both sides of the Atlantic, scoring two great features from Blu and Jehst. The album, Silver Linings, is out now on Indigo Soul.

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