Having teased us with the promise of another 12 month bounty of stellar projects at the start of the year, Backwoodz continue to keep to their word with the release of the latest album from ELUCID. I Told Bessie landed last week and helped to further carve out ELUCID’s niche as one of the most captivating artists of a generation. Wielding his voice as a weapon, the Armand Hammer MC wades through production picks from the likes of Child Actor, Sebb Bash, August Fanon, The Lasso and The Alchemist. There is also a strong supporting cast of vocalists, including billy woods, Quelle Chris and Pink Siifu. You can watch the video for the lead single, Spellling, above and then head to Bandcamp to grab a copy of the full album.Continue reading “ELUCID: Spellling + LP Stream”
Two for one from Armand Hammer and The Alchemist, as they round off another successful year with a double drop of videos. Robert Moses and God’s Feet are both taken from the trio’s universally acclaimed album, Haram, and the films were directed by regular collaborator, Joseph. Keep an eye out for a split second of Bristol footage in the Robert Moses video. Haram is out now via Backwoodz Studioz.
Another essential new release from November, is the new album from Spectacular Diagnostics. Following on from the earlier acclaimed, Natural Mechanics, Ancient Methods saw Spec delivering his second win of the year. That win is thanks in part to the guest spots on the album, which featured billy woods, ELUCID and Nosaj, as well as plenty of typically tight instrumentals, including my personal favourite, Crystal Ball Emoji. You can peruse the album for yourself below, then go show your support over on Bandcamp and cop the vinyl before they all vanish.Continue reading “Spectacular Diagnostics: Ancient Methods (Stream)”
I already warned you that Spectacular Diagnostics was returning with a new album which boasts three outstanding features, and now that prophecy is materialising thanks to the release of this latest single. Chickenskin features one of the most powerful voices in rap right now, courtesy of a killer appearance from ELUCID, who once again manages to make my head spin in the best way possible. You can hear the track below and then get your ass over to Bandcamp to secure a pre-order before Ancient Methods arrives in full next month.Continue reading “Spectacular Diagnostics ft. ELUCID: Chickenskin”
After well and truly getting the world excited with a teaser from his album, yesterday marked the full release for Steel Tipped Dove. Having amassed a list of features to make the average underground rap fan weep tears of joy, Dove went on to craft a selection of beats that each marry perfectly with their guest stars. As well as the previously shared, NFT, featuring The Koreatown Oddity and billy woods, there are also cuts with SKECH185, Fatboi Sharif, SHIRT, ELUCID, KeiyaA, Fat Tony, Pink Siifu and Fielded, as well as a few more with woods. You can experience a taste of the joys available below and then head to Bandcamp to show your support.Continue reading “Steel Tipped Dove: Call Me When You’re Outside (Stream)”
Not one but two reasons for you to go and explore the artistic depths of the new album from Moor Mother, in the form of the dual video for Made a Circle and Mangrove. The first part of the video is dedicated to Made a Circle, which features contributions from Nappy Nina, Maassai, Antonia Gabriela and Orion Sun, while Mangrove features ELUCID and Antonia Gabriela. It’s only a sprinkling of the magic you can find on the album, which continues to elevate Moor Mother as one of the most important voices of the era. Black Encyclopedia of the Air is out now on ANTI-.
Very happy to see the release of this unearthed collaboration between ELUCID and Von Pea. The album was made 10 years ago but didn’t surface until last week, thanks to something of a surprise drop from the duo. As well as being a solid project, it’s also a stark reminder that ELUCID has been rapping at another level for a long time. You can get a taste of the album below, then head to Bandcamp to secure a download or physical.Continue reading “E L U C I D & Von Pea: Dirtee Deacon (In T.S.O.Pea)”
Another glorious video from Armand Hammer and The Alchemist, this time for the KAYANA assisted track, Black Sunlight. The video continues the psychedelic animation vibes of Stonefruit and features, in no particular order or preference, woods as an astronaut, Alchemist as a airline pilot and ELUCID looking very happy in a monster truck. The drawings and animation were created by Shane Ingersoll. Haram is out now on Backwoodz Studioz.
Following on from the release of two solid singles, we can all now enjoy the full splendour of the latest EP from Gabe ‘Nandez. Seven is rooted in the New York rap that paved the way for artists like ‘Nandez to shine, while embracing the more modern sounds of the city’s still burgeoning scene. Those previously mentioned singles are the perfect example of that duality, with Osiris sounding like it could easily have burst through your speakers at the tail-end of the last millennium, while the ELUCID assisted, Coupé Décalé, feels very much like a product of the more recent wave. And I’m here for all of it, especially as ‘Nandez doesn’t drop a dud bar throughout the entirety of the EP. You can test this out for yourself below, with streams and downloads also available from the usual spots.Continue reading “Gabe ‘Nandez: Seven (Stream)”
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.