Oblique Strategies: Numbers Up

Numbers Up is the latest jewel to be released from last year’s Oblique Strategies collaboration from Cappo and Mr Brown. Featuring some typically sublime lyricism from Cappo and some weighty boom bap production from Mr Brown, it’s a definite high point on an already strong album. Raw Pastiche is out now on We Stay True.

Cappo & Remulak: Slum Village

We need all the reasons to be happy at the moment; after a year of misery and uncertainty, being able to celebrate the good things in life is more important than ever. One of those celebratory moments is the arrival of Village Live’s fifth birthday and their decision to release a special label compilation to mark the occasion. Featuring a stack of brand new material, from some of the artists who have helped to build the label into the success story it is today, Village Live is Five stands as the perfect testament to Doug and Joey’s ongoing legacy and achievements. The label kicked things off back in 2015 with a collaborative single from Remulak and Cappo, so it makes sense that for the new compilation the duo have reunited to deliver more of the magic they stumbled upon many moons ago. You can watch the video for the track above and then head over to the Village Live shop to reserve your vinyl pre-order.

Oblique Strategies (Mr Brown & Cappo): Bar Cardio

New sounds from We Stay True, as Mr Brown joins forces with Cappo to form Oblique Strategies. They have a whole album en route, one that promises to further solidify Cappo’s reign as the UK’s supreme lyricist, with the first single given life last week. You can hear Bar Cardio above and pre-orders for the vinyl edition are available now. The release date is set for 23 November.

Juga-Naut: Bon Vivant (Stream)

Pleased to see the arrival of Juga-Naut’s latest solo album, Bon Vivant. It rounds off another strong year for the Nottingham artist, following on from a string of solid collaborations, including his Purple Door project with SonnyJim, as well as his own Found Objects release back in February. Bon Vivant sees Jugz summoning the collective strength of a number of UK luminaries to assist with the project, including Joe Buhdha, Micall Parknsun and his fellow VVV brothers, Cappo and Vandal Savage. You can stream the album below and there are physicals/merch available via Bandcamp. Continue reading “Juga-Naut: Bon Vivant (Stream)”

Cappo & Cyrus Malachi: Postmodernism (Album Promo Mix by Evil Ed)

Village Live are finishing off another triumphant year with a collaborative album from two of the UK’s most respected lyricists. Postmodernism will unite Cappo and Cyrus Malachi, alongside production from some more of the scene’s top ranks including Evil Ed, Chemo and Wytfang. Pre-orders went live on Monday, including a limited edition vinyl run. If you want to get an idea of the levels at work here, you can check the promo mix below courtesy of Evil Ed. Continue reading “Cappo & Cyrus Malachi: Postmodernism (Album Promo Mix by Evil Ed)”

Premiere – AVER & Cappo: Something From Nothing

On 2 November, Village Live are going to be releasing the new album from UK producer, Aver; the follow up to his stunning 2017 project, Die Berlin Dateien.
Something From Nothing is the lead single from the album and today I am pleased to be able to bring you the premiere of the brand new video. The track features Nottingham heavyweight, Cappo – the sole feature on the project – and the pair deliver a strong start to what looks set to be another jewel in the Village Live crown.
Dressed For CCTV will be available on all the usual formats, via the Village Live store and there will also be a one-off test press of the vinyl available for sale on 28 October, which you you will be able to find here. The album itself will be available to pre-order from 7pm on 29 October.

Juga-Naut x SonnyJim: The Purple Door (Stream)

Pleased to see the arrival of the new album from Nottingham favourite, Juga-Naut. The Purple Door is produced in its entirety by SonnyJim, which in itself is a testament to Jugz’s popularity amongst fans and peers alike, as Sonny has been pretty vocal in the past about how few UK Mcs he holds in high regard. The album weighs in at 12 tracks and there are features from fellow VVV members, Vandal Savage and Cappo. You can stream the album below and physicals are available via EatGood Records. Continue reading “Juga-Naut x SonnyJim: The Purple Door (Stream)”

Apollo Brown ft. Juga-Naut, Vandal Savage & Cappo: Time’s Different

Was hyped to see this drop into my timeline last night. Apollo Brown is the first producer to be involved with a new series of releases in conjunction with Sydney-based label, Low Key Source. Across the Globe is going to see well-known producers collaborate with MCs and other vocalists from all over the world, including this gem featuring VVV’s finest. There is also a track featuring Jehst and Tyler Daley, which sounds like it will be worth our attention. You can stream Time’s Different below and pre-orders for the EP are available now. Continue reading “Apollo Brown ft. Juga-Naut, Vandal Savage & Cappo: Time’s Different”

VVV: Polo Zeus

Check out the latest video from one of last year’s UK rap high points, as VVV unleash a fresh visual for Polo Zeus. Superbly retro feel to this one too, complete with a nod to Teletext, which is all the more welcome for an 80’s kid like me. Cappo, Juga-Naut and Vandal Savage are all formidable MCs in their own right, but something extra is added when they all get together on a track. Bozo Boyz is available to purchase now over on Bandcamp.