I’ve been a bit slack with the blog recently, so much so that I totally missed this video from the new Armand Hammer album, which arrived at the start of the month. As with the RTJ album that dropped in the same week, Shrines is arguably the duo’s best work to date, as you will hear on the lead single, Charms. It features some soothing vocal work from KeiyaA on the hook and a blissfully superb beat from Child Actor; one of many gems in yet another crown for woods and ELUCID. Shrines is out now on Backwoodz Studioz.
ELUCID maintains his position as one of the most crucial figures at work right now, with a new project which emerged this week. As with virtually everything ELUCID touches, SEERSHIP! is an immersive experience; a journey through intense soundscapes, pulsating rhythms and distorted samples. Initially it has all the hallmarks of some sort of instrumental exploration, until ELUCID’s vocals crackle into life at the midway point, with billy woods stepping into the booth for the final act. There is also an epilogue featuring a familiar flow, courtesy of an artist calling themselves YOUNGMAN. See if you can work out who the mystery man is. You can stream SEERSHIP! below and downloads are available on Bandcamp. Continue reading “ELUCID: SEERSHIP! (Stream)”
The debut LP from Shrapknel is looming. Ever since the duo announced their formation last year, along with the subsequent EP release, fans like me have been fiending for the arrival of the full-length. The album features production from two of Backwoodz Studioz’s finest, ELUCID and Willie Green, as well as guest spots from billy woods, Zilla Rocca, Castle, Googie and Henry Canyons. You can hear the lead single, Tempest, below, and pre-orders for the album are available via Bandcamp. The full release is set for 13 March. Continue reading “Shrapknel: Tempest”
A fresh video from Duncecap as he delivers another single from his Backwoodz debut. What Have I Done To Myself is an angsty, self-deprecating dissection of life’s regrets, perfectly accompanied by a guest verse from Dunce’s friend and regular collaborator, Quelle Chris. The track is produced by ELUCID. Miserable Then is available to stream now.
Backwoodz Studioz finish off the decade with another great project, as Duncecap unveils his latest EP, Miserable Then. It’s the New York artist’s first release on the label and features full production from fellow Backwoodz resident, ELUCID. There is also a feature from Duncecap’s friend and previous collaborator, Quelle Chris. This is the first time ELUCID has been at the helm of another artist’s release and the two gel well together, with Duncecap’s writing taking on a more honest and self-reflective tone than on earlier works. You can listen to Miserable Then below, with downloads and merch available over on Bandcamp. There is also a video for Waste of Money, made by Rob Yaskovic and Mike Petrow.
Sticking with Backwoodz Studioz for a minute, this week they announced the impending arrival of a new EP from Duncecap. This will be the first release from the New York artist since 2017’s Rapping is For Idiots and this time round, he is joining forces with ELUCID, who is handling full production on the EP. It’s due for release on 6 December and you can hear the first track, Waste of Money, below.
In celebration of the remastered vinyl release of ELUCID’s 2018 album, Shit Don’t Rhyme No More, the Backwoodz Studioz artist has released a video montage of three tracks from the project. Lambskin, RRMW and Around the Sun are all in the mix, with each track given its own corresponding aesthetic backdrop. The remastered album is available to stream in full below and the vinyl edition can be found over on the Backwoodz store.
Pleased to see the arrival of the new project from PremRock and Curly Castro, as they connect to form Shrapknel. The duo have been friends and collaborators for a long time, so this union makes a lot of sense, even more so when you hear the EP itself. Featuring some stunning production from the likes of ELUCID, Fresh Kils and Small Pro, Cobalt is the perfect introduction to Shrapknel, as we await the release of their full-length album, which is produced entirely by ELUCID and Backwoodz Studioz in-house wizard, Willie Green. You can stream Cobalt in full below, with downloads available via Bandcamp. Continue reading “Shrapknel: Cobalt (Stream)”
I love it when my favourite artists emerge from the shadows with unexpected new material; yesterday it was Blu, today it’s ELUCID and his excellently titled project, Every Egg I Cracked Today Was Double Yolked. According to the Armand Hammer MC, this is a collection of songs made on the fly while he has been travelling and touring throughout the year. And it’s still better than a lot of the material surfacing at the moment, which is further proof of ELUCID’s worth. There are downloads available via Bandcamp, or you can listen to the full thing below. Continue reading “ELUCID: Every Egg I Cracked Today Was Double Yolked (Stream)”
Among the superb albums that graced our Friday last week, was the latest offering from billy woods. A favourite of mine for a while now, woods has gone and made what will no doubt go down as a classic and a definite high point in a career that is stacked with strong projects. And he hasn’t done it alone. For Hiding Places he has gone down the single producer route, as he previously did with Blockhead, this time joining forces with Kenny Segal. Continue reading “billy woods & Kenny Segal: Hiding Places”