Gabe ‘Nandez continues to build the anticipation for his forthcoming album, with the release of another strong single. Coupé Décalé sees the NY rapper teaming up with another monumental voice from the boroughs, ELUCID, as they both deliver their verses over some typically compulsive Roper Williams production. Seven is due for release on 29 July via POW Recordings.
PremRock’s new album was brought into the world in full yesterday, accompanied by a new video for the track, Remorse. As well as PremRock’s main thread of vocals, there are also some emotive backing contributions from ELUCID and compellingly rhythmic joint production from Fresh Kils and Prem himself. Load Bearing Crow’s Feet is out now and keep an eye out for a review from me in the next issue of The Wire Magazine.
Another treat for Armand Hammers fans this week, as we saw the release of the latest video from their Alchemist produced masterpiece, HARAM. It arrives in the same week that the trio unveiled their experimental film, alongside regular AH artistic collaborator, Joseph Mault, with both releases featuring accompaniments from Earl Sweatshirt. Earl sounds as good as ever on Falling Out the Sky, with woods and ELUCID reaching their usual absorbing heights in his wake. HARAM is out now on Backwoodz Studioz.
Armand Hammer have a nice way of selecting visuals that are as compelling as the songs they are accompanying. This is especially true with the latest video from Haram, their collaborative album alongside The Alchemist, which is proving to be their most successful release yet.
The video for Stonefruit offers up psychedelic animation in a form that resembles some sort of abstract computer game, with the aim to collect the letters H, A, R, A, M. It was all made by m.musgrove (IG: @grade.b), who I would advise investigating further if you like the video. HARAM is out now via Backwoodz Studioz.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.