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.
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”
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”
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.
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.
Okay so Pan Amsterdam and Iggy Pop may not be the first collaboration that you would expect to hear, but neither of them have ever been one for following the status quo. Plus if it works, go for it. The recording for Mobile took place while Pan Am was travelling through Texas and is an allusion to that most notable of Texas assets – oil. It’s also part of the forthcoming Pan Amsterdam EP series, Elevator Music, which will feature a bunch of other talented special guests. You can stream the track below, as well as the B-side, 15 Seconds, which features production from Malik Ameer of Madison Washington fame. There is also limited 7″ vinyl edition available via Bandcamp. Continue reading “Pan Amsterdam x Iggy Pop: Mobile”
A double hitter from Madison Washington, as they bless us with two new videos. Plantation Earth (above) sees the duo hooking up with international collective, The Abolitionists, while on Divine Frankensteins (below) they are joined by spoken word artist, Nicole Goodwin. The latter is lifted from Mad Wash’s recent (((((FACTS))))) album, which is available via Bandcamp along with their other releases. Continue reading “Madison Washington: Plantation Earth / Divine Frankensteins”
Ever since Pan Amsterdam came to the fore earlier this year, they have been garnering attention from a wide range of notable entities, including art rap avocate, Open Mike Eagle. In fact the MC was so impressed with Pan Amsterdam’s whole vibe, that he invited them to accompany him on his North American tour.
They have also recently collaborated together on the brilliant No Snare, where they exchange 16s over a glitchy beat from Mr.Shn and Pajama Sam, accompanied by Leron Thomas on trumpet. You can stream the track below and downloads are available via Def Presse. Continue reading “Pan Amsterdam x Open Mike Eagle: No Snare”
Another strong release that deserves your attention (and pennies) is the new album from Madison Washington. The duo – Malik Ameer on raps and thatmanmonkz on production – have been forging their own path in rap since last year, when they arrived with their Code Switchin’ EP; an EP which garnered a lot of interest from listeners and critics, including good music aficionado, Gilles Peterson. Now they return with a politically and socially charged full length album, accompanied by a band of poets and artists, as they attempt to look at the idea of modern day slavery. Some of the names involved include scat singer, Lorin Benedict, singer-songwriter, Jamika Ajalon and poet, Kirsty Allison. The whole album is definitely one to savour. (((FACTS))) is out today on Def Presse and you can stream it below. Continue reading “Madison Washington: ((((FACTS)))))”
Bit late on this one, but it’s another great track from UK/US duo, Madison Washington, as they return with No Cliché. If you didn’t know thatmanmonks and Malik Ameer took their name from a famous slave, who amongst many other notable acts, returned twice to slavery after escaping to free his love, Susan Washington. No Cliché is a ballad inspired by that selfless act, but without falling into the cliché trap. The track also features A Brother Is. You can stream No Cliché below. Continue reading “Madison Washington ft. A Brother Is: No Cliché”