Joe Publik: Stubborn Vectis (Stream)

Fresh out today, comes the debut LP from Joe Publik. Following on the back of a couple of strong singles, Stubborn Vectis is a healthy blend of precision lyricism and often jazzy production from an artist who has been feverishly honing his talents over the last few years to great effect. While the main star of the album is Joe on production and mic duties, he is joined by a strong supporting cast, including Scorzayzee, Res One, Chillman, G00SE, Coosie, Awfer, Lazy Habits and Clippa Sound. The LP can be heard in full below, with various physical and digital options available via Played Out Records. Continue reading “Joe Publik: Stubborn Vectis (Stream)”

Chillman & G00SE: Booze

Chillman and G00SE return with a new video, for the next single to be taken from their upcoming album. Booze is an ode to the excesses of alcohol and all the pitfalls and positives that come with them. The track is produced by G00SE and features a classic Syl Johnson sample. The video was made by Dfacer. Booze is available to stream at all the usual spots.

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Joe Publik: Head Nod Hip Hop / Military Minded

Double-header from Joe Publik, as I play catch up with the Isle of Wight MC’s recent releases. First up is Head Nod Hip Hop, which dropped a couple of weeks ago and sees Joe teaming up with two of the Verbal Highz gang, Chillman and G00SE, to great effect. The video comes courtesy of Sektion Red. And yesterday we were treated to Joe’s latest video, which has some more excellent features, in the form of Split Prophets OG, Res One and Out Da Ville legend, Scorzayzee. The video for Military Minded was made by Double or Nothing. Both tracks are self-produced and the cuts were supplied by Willz of Steel. They are taken from Joe’s debut solo LP, Stubborn Vectis.

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Habitus ft. Chillman & Bella Soul: Chasing Careers

New video from easily one of the hardest working people on the UK scene, as Habitus continues to deliver the gems from his forthcoming album. On Chasing Careers, the bilingual, Bristol-based MC is joined by friend and regular collaborator, Chillman, as well as fellow Bristol artist, Bella Soul. The video was made by Sektion Red. More news on the album soon.

In the Balance Records: In The Balance Vol. 1

Nice selection of tracks from In The Balance, featuring the wealth of talent that makes up their current roster. Regular visitors to the blog will most likely be familiar with some of the tracks already, but having them all compiled together in one place is a great reminder of just how much quality music the label has been responsible for since its inception back in 2015. Continue reading “In the Balance Records: In The Balance Vol. 1”

Verb T: Interview


I remember first hearing Verb T rap when his track Showbitchness was included on a Low Life Records compilation, back in 2003. Since then he has been a constant in my relationship with UK hip hop, thanks to his association with High Focus, most notably as part of The Four Owls, as well as a string of projects with the likes of Pitch 92 and Illinformed. I spoke with him recently about a number of things including maintaining his longevity, setting up his own label and his ongoing struggles with Crohn’s Disease.

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G00SE: Living Poets Society

Verbal Highz representative G00SE recently hooked up with Verb T’s burgeoning label, In The Balance Records and proceeded to release his debut solo project. Living Poets Society provides a perfect snapshot of why the Bristol-based MC has become one to watch, with his brand of frenetic yet calculated wordplay taking centre stage. The album (EP? Thanks Kanye) is produced in its entirety by G00SE, another chance for him to flex his hip hop muscle and conjure up the ideal backdrops for his lyrical acrobatics. Continue reading “G00SE: Living Poets Society”

Pupils of the Clock: Timeless

Strong debut from South West rap duo, Pupils of the Clock and their Timless album. The pair – Tok and Lazy Eyez – have been steadily building their skills over the past few years and have now reached the point of bringing their music to the critical masses; suffice it to say it was worth the wait.
The list of production credits is testament to their skills on the mic, with names like Benaddict, Chillman and Wundrop all bringing their beats to the project. The result is 12 tracks of solid rap, laced with confidence beyond their years. Looking forward to hearing how they progress from here. You can stream Timeless below and downloads are available via Bandcamp. Continue reading “Pupils of the Clock: Timeless”