Armand Hammer & The Alchemist: Sir Benni Miles

Today saw the release of the latest album from Armand Hammer, their first project with a single producer at the helm. That producer is The Alchemist and the results are as engrossing as you would imagine. I’ll write more on the album itself when I’ve spent a bit more time with it, but for now make the most of the first video to emerge, for the opening track, Sir Benni Miles. The video was made by Joseph Mault. Haram physicals are available now via Backwoodz Studioz, with streams available from the usual platforms.

Small Bills: Don’t Play It Straight (Rooftop Performance)

While music fans around the world try to fill the void that has been left by the absence of gigs, there are still a number of artists trying to give us a taste of the live experience. Last November, on a Brooklyn rooftop, Small Bill – aka ELUCID and The Lasso – did just that, with a riveting rendition of their debut album, Don’t Play It Straight. They were joined by fellow album players Kayana, Malachi Mabson and Saxsquatch, and the performance was filmed by Richard Ross. Don’t Play It Straight is out now on Mello Music.

AMANI + KING VISION ULTRA ft. ELUCID: Scrapes

AMANI + KING VISION ULTRA offer up another jewel from their 2020 collaboration, An Unknown Infinite, which stood high in another bumper year of sublime rap releases. This time round it’s the ELUCID assisted Scrapes which has been given the video treatment, with the visuals mirroring the sparseness of the song’s production, resulting in an even more captivating performance from ELUCID. If you’re still yet to hear the full album, head on over to Bandcamp to score a download or cop a physical.

Small Bills: Banneker’s Almanac

A new arrival from Small Bills, as ELUCID and The Lasso continue to deliver the gems from their recent collaboration. Standing as one of the highlights from last year, the abstract brilliance of the project is experienced in all its glory in the glitchy joy of Banneker’s Almanac (Google: Benjamin Banneker). The track is accompanied by some absorbing visuals from Joseph. Don’t Play it Straight is out now on Mello Music Group.

SHRAPKNEL ft. Zilla Rocca: Gun Metal Paint

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.

Small Bills ft. Koncept Jack$on: ET Diamond

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.

Small Bills ft. Fielded: Safehouse + LP News

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”

Amani & King Vision Ultra: An Unknown Infinite (Stream)

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)”

Armand Hammer ft. KeiyaA: Charms

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: SEERSHIP! (Stream)

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)”