DJ Vadim & Jman: Bad Like This ft. Shanty B

Bad Like This is the third single from DJ Vadim and Jman’s recent rap-reggae fusion album, Likkle More. The album is the perfect soundtrack for this late summer we’re enjoying right now, as Vadim blends reggae with rap, dub, grime, hip hop and DnB, further highlighting Jman’s dexterity on the mic. Bad Like This features reggae and dancehall queen, Shanty B and the video was filmed in Kampala in Uganda, as we get to see the locals showing off their dance moves. Likkle More is out now.

Mungo’s Hi Fi x Eva Lazarus: More Fyah (Stream)

Almost two years on from their initial collaboration, I am very pleased to see the arrival of the full-length project from Mungo’s Hi Fi and Eva Lazarus. Back in August 2017, the Glasgow sound system ambassadors joined forces with the Bristol-based vocalist for Amsterdam. The track proved to be a hit with both critics and fans, and sparked a creative partnership that has now spawned an album that surpasses the levels set by that initial union. Continue reading “Mungo’s Hi Fi x Eva Lazarus: More Fyah (Stream)”

DJ Vadim & Jman: Likkle More (Stream)

Staying with the reggae flavours for now, as we see the very welcome arrival of the new album from DJ Vadim and Jman (J&V). Following on from their successful collaborations on Vadim’s Dubcatcher series, they decided to dedicate their combined talents into one full-length project. Likkle More is the ideal antidote for these UK summer blues, mixing dub, reggae, rap and more into one euphonious blend that plays like a dream from beginning to end. As well as the two main players, there are also a selection of supporting features from the likes of Lasai, Daddy Freddy, Sr. Wilson and Maddy. Likkle More is available to stream below and you can cop the limited edition vinyl run over on Bandcamp. Continue reading “DJ Vadim & Jman: Likkle More (Stream)”

An Ode to Dummy

On this day in 1994, an album was released that encapsulated what was known back then as “the Bristol Sound”. Trip hop was in its infancy and I don’t know if the term had even been coined at that stage – even though the main players all hated it when it was – but it existed and it drew on elements from multiple genres, including hip hop, funk, dub and sprinkle of psychedelia.
When Dummy was released I honestly didn’t know what to think of it. I was 14 and already well into hip hop, so there was plenty of stuff within the record that intrigued me, like the scratching on Mysterons or the beats on Strangers and Glory Box. But for the most part I was unsure. I think it probably took another year or so for me to fully appreciate its importance; then as with most things like that, I got obsessed with it. This was pre-internet so all my knowledge came from the liner notes and Geoff Barrow’s interviews.

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An Ode to Brand New Second Hand

I have been reminding myself of the abundance of good tracks that are on Brand New Second Hand. It was one of the first UK hip hop albums I was obsessed with, after an ex bought it for me back in 2000. Before that I was pretty much only listening to US stuff, but that album changed a lot for me. Roots Manuva put me onto Skitz, who reintroduced me to Rodney Pā€™s music ā€“ having rinsed London Posse for a while a few years earlier ā€“ then from there I got into Low Life and the rest is pretty self-explanatory. Continue reading “An Ode to Brand New Second Hand”

Manchester With Love

Since the events in Manchester a few weeks ago, the outpourings of love and charity for the city have been inspiring to say the least. Especially with division and hate seeming to be at an all-time high in the UK right now. Up there with the best of them is this new compilation, Manchester With Love.
Featuring over 220 tracks, from Manchester’s musical community, this album does two things – it shows the rich diversity and unity within the various Manchester scenes, plus it also shows that the great city and it’s residents will not be brought down or divided by these horrendous acts. Continue reading “Manchester With Love”

Telemachus ft. Jah Mirikle “The Light”

Telemachus literally just dropped a new video for the B-Side to his previous smasher, “The Sheltering Sky”. This time round we’re on a different vibe, thanks to the vocal talents of Jah Mirikle as he laces another drum fuelled beat from the man formerly known as Chemo. Big video too, thanks to the use of footage from Babylon, that landmark British film from the 80’s.