Raw Poetic ft. Archie Shepp: A Mile in My Head

Heavy on the jazz with the latest from Raw Poetic, as he connects with Damu the Fudgemunk to bring forth A Mile in My Head. The jazz energy is further amplified by a superb appearance from legendary saxophonist, Archie Shepp, who previously worked with both Raw Poetic and Damu on the 2020 release, Ocean Bridges. A Mile in My Head is taken from Poetic’s forthcoming album, which is due for release next month.

Pan Amsterdam & Damu the Fudgemunk: EAT (Pre-Order + Tasters)

Food and hip hop have been bedfellows throughout the ages and now the rap / cuisine collaboration is getting a fresh boost, thanks to the latest opus from Pan Amsterdam. His forthcoming album, EAT, will see the rapping horns player uniting with fellow Def Pressé representative, Damu the Fudgemunk, for a 14 course audible banquet. The full album is due for release on 24 June, but in the meantime you can tuck into a couple of early amuse-bouches in the form of Rigatoni and Duck Wok, which are both available to stream below. Pre-orders for physical and digital formats are also available now via Bandcamp.

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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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Damu The Fudgemunk ft. Nitty Scott: Four Better or Worse (Pt. 1)

Exciting new developments on the horizon, as Def Pressé enter into an exclusive partnership with KPM/EMI, that will allow hand-picked artists to explore the KPM music and sound design library for the first time in the label’s history. Things kick off with Damu The Fudgemunk, who has created a new album made entirely from samples selected from the KPM library. Four Better of Worse (Pt. 1) is the first single from the album, which is blessed by a tight feature from Nitty Scott. The full album, Conversation Peace, is due for release on 3 September. Stay tuned for more on that, as well as future ventures from Def Pressé and KPM, coming soon.

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TheDeadCanRap ft. Open Mike Eagle: Imitations + LP News

TheDeadCanRap is a newly formed duo who announced their arrival this week, with the unveiling of the lead single from their debut album. Comprised of art rap favourite, Mike Ladd, and British abstract artist, Remi Rough, TheDeadCanRap aim to create art that encapsulates both their worlds in one left-field amalgamation. As well as the forthcoming album, there will also be an accompanying art-book, which you can find more info on via their Bandcamp page. The lead single, Imitations, also features fellow art rap advocate, Open Mike Eagle, while the rest of the project boasts appearances from Malik Ameer of Madison Washington and Nosaj of New Kingdom. You can hear Imitations below and then the full album is due for release on 11 December, via Def Pressé.

Pan Amsterdam ft. Jason Williamson: Hannibal Lecture

Pleased to see the arrival of the latest from Pan Amsterdam, as he continues to pave the way for his forthcoming album. This new single is another notable collaboration, as Pan Am unites with Sleaford Mods’ own Jason Williamson for the excellently titled, Hannibal Lecture. The track also features production from Jimi Goodwin of Doves fame, under his new alias, Coup Diablo. You can listen for yourself below and then pre-orders for the album are available at the usual spots. Continue reading “Pan Amsterdam ft. Jason Williamson: Hannibal Lecture”

Pan Amsterdam: Debtors Skyline + LP News

Debtors Skyline is the latest single from the forthcoming Pan Amsterdam album, which is due for release in October. The album is the creative culmination of Leron Thomas’s touring as Iggy Pop’s bandleader, and features some of the artists and musicians he met along the way. There will be contributions from Jason Williamson of Sleaford Mods fame, as well as Jimi Goodwin from Doves. The album is due out on 2 October via Def Pressé, with pre-orders available now over on Bandcamp. You can also hear Debtors Skyline below. Continue reading “Pan Amsterdam: Debtors Skyline + LP News”

Pan Amsterdam ft. GUTS: Carrot Cake

The funk flows free in the latest release from Pan Amsterdam, as he teams up with producer, GUTS, for Carrot Cake. For those unfamiliar, Pan Amsterdam is the alias of Leron Thomas, who blends his acclaimed horn playing with often left-field lyrics, to form songs which I always find strangely alluring; Carrot Cake being no exception. The track is also available to stream now and stay tuned for a new Pan Am album landing in October.

Madison Washington ft. Nicole Goodwin: My N.Y.

More refreshing raps from the Madison Washington duo, as they release their latest video. My N.Y. is an ode to the city that rapper, Malik Ameer, calls home, with the video documenting the aspects of New York that have made him feel like that’s exactly where he is. The track is taken from Mad Wash’s album, ((((Facts))))), which is out now on Def Pressé.