New serving of visual excellence from Shrapknel, as they unveil their latest video for Gun Metal Paint. The track is taken from their self-titled album, which saw its release back in March, and features a solid guest spot from Zilla Rocca. The track was produced by ELUCID and the video was made by Owen Taylor. The album is out now on Backwoodz Studioz.
From one intriguing collab to another, as Small Bills (ELUCID and The Lasso) continue to build the anticipation for their debut. ET Diamond also features Koncept Jack$on, which apparently marks the beginning of a string of collaborations between him and ELUCID; more news on them when I have it. The Small Bills album is due for release on 30 October via Mello Music.
A newly formed duo have emerged under the Mello Music banner, as ELUCID and The Lasso join forces to become Small Bills. Both artists are already celebrating wins this year, thanks to Armand Hammer’s triumph with Shrines, and The Lasso’s psychedelic adventure alongside Psypiritual. Now they look set to rack up another one with Don’t Play It Straight, if the first single is anything to go by. Featuring fellow Backwoodz affiliate, Fielded, The Lasso’s punchy horn-flecked production gives a new sense of vigour to ELUCID’s rhyming and leaves me intrigued as to what the rest of the album will offer. Features throughout, including billy woods, Koncept Jack$on and Moor Mother. The album is due for release on 30 October. Continue reading “Small Bills ft. Fielded: Safehouse + LP News”
Given how much music I post on here, you would be surprised to know how much of the stuff I listen to doesn’t actually make it on here. No reasons other than my own failure to post them, but I’m going to try to rectify that, as some of these projects make for essential listening. Take this latest from King Vision Ultra, as we find him teaming up with Amani, to bring us An Unknown Infinite. It’s the latest release from the forever valuable, PTP outfit (fka Purple Tape Pedigree), and it maintains the same levels of quality control as its predecessors, adding another jewel to the PTP crown. King Vision is the main producer, along with strong contributions from Ahwlee, Nick Hakim and D00F. There are also some excellent features from ELUCID – who lends his inimitable tone to Scrapes (a personal high point) – maassai, AKAI SOLO and Suede Jury. Listen for yourself below and then head to Bandcamp to cop a VERY limited edition cassette. Continue reading “Amani & King Vision Ultra: An Unknown Infinite (Stream)”
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.