Inja recently released his debut album on Hospital Records and in short, it is a triumph. It perfectly demonstrates not only his dexterity on the mic, but also the different styles that drum & bass can encompass within its own parameters. Her Room is just one of the gems to be found on the album and is one of a few produced by fellow Hospital resident, Pete Cannon.
Inja said of the track, “When you realise you’re living a lie and the only escape is to completely escape. Exit, run get out, go missing, whatever. Sometimes we all have to lock off the past, live with the memories and fly. Change the locks and don’t turn back.” Blank Pages is out now on all the usual platforms.
Happy to see we are nearing the release date for Inja’s debut on Hospital Records. The first extract was revealed earlier on in the month, with fellow label mate, Pete Cannon, on hand for the production. These two have worked together a lot, both on stage and in the studio, so it’s a given that whenever they emerge from the lab they are going to have something banging for us. This one is just the intro to the album, but manages to pack a hell of a lot of substance into just under two minutes of music. Hold onto your hats when the full album drops on 29 June. Pre-orders are available from the usual spots.
Stepping up the tempo now as Inja and Pete Cannon unite for the blistering No Regrets. Inja – arguably the happiest MC in the UK – recently paved the way for more time to be spent with his famous grin on his face, as he announced he had signed to the indie DnB powerhouse, Hospital Records. No Regrets is his first offering on the label and between him and Mr Cannon, they have made one hell of an introduction. No Regrets is available to download and/or stream here.
More fresh sounds from Manchester, but with a look back to the past, as Chimpo takes us on a trip down memory lane on his new track, 1996. A big jump-up beat, some dreamy vocals on the hook and Chimpo’s ever-distinctive flows, took me straight back to those halcyon jungle days. It’s so true to the original sounds from back then, you could slip into a Brockie set from One Nation and no one could tell the difference. Great video from Tarnish Vision too. 1996 is available to download now via Box N Lock.
DJ Frosty is probably best known for his longstanding allegiance with the LDZ gang, but more recently he has come to the fore thanks to his role in the new Chapsville project, alongside Dabbla. I had a quick chat with him about his early days, the birth of LDZ, crate digging and supporting Rag N Bone Man. Continue reading “DJ Frosty: Interview”
Fresh sounds from Bristol as Eva Lazarus releases her new single. Bad News is produced by Brad Baloo and Sam Interface, who bring a filthy DnB vibe to the track. If this is a sign of how the debut EP is going to sound, we should all be thankful. If you didn’t know I recently interviewed Eva for Brapp, which you can find here.
For the past few years Illaman has been making waves in UK hip hop and beyond, largely thanks to his hype fuelled live shows and his involvement with Problem Child, alongside Dubbledge, Dabbla and Sumgii. I got the chance to speak with him at the UK Beatbox Championships last month and we chatted about his journey from metal to rap, his most memorable moments and the plans for his solo album, among many other things. Continue reading “Illaman: Interview”