Street Soda is the latest release from Frankie Teardop, or as he maybe more familiar to some of you – GhostTown. Having found a place in many of our hearts with his production as part of Dead Players, as well as other projects like the Laminated Cakes album from Baxter and Ed Scissor, fans have been fiendin’ for something new from Frankie for a while. Now our prayers are answered, as he returns from something of a hiatus with Street Soda. The album is the result of Frankie’s arrival at a new label, which has allowed him to pursue his dream of making a producer album/beat tape, a dream that he has long wanted the chance to make a reality. A couple of the tracks on the album are from his stash, but for the most part this is a fresh batch of beats that mark a departure of sorts from the UK hip hop sounds he’s perhaps best known for on the scene. I spoke to Frankie about the project and he told me that the aim was to make an album featuring the sort of music that he’s been producing for years, but has never really had the means to showcase before. He said the influences on the sound came from US producers like Timbaland and Pharrell, alongside the garage and grime scenes from a little bit closer to home. And that’s exactly what he’s managed to achieve with Street Soda, an album that draws on cross-genre inspirations which come together in a triumphant blend that never seem like strange bedfellows in spite of their varying influences. You can hear the album for yourself in full below. Continue reading “Frankie Teardrop: Street Soda (Stream)”
Absolute monster of a track from Seanie T, as he gathers up fellow veterans from across the genres for this sprawling posse cut. The list of participants is impressive, with more years of service than I can count, under their collective belts. Roots Manuva, Rodney P, Blak Twang, Ragga Twins, Tony D, Ty, MC Creed, Hill Street Soul and Ricky Rankin are just a few of the 20+ artists involved, all backed up by some nice production from DJ Suro and Seanie T. Veterans is lifted from Seanie’s Rough, Rugged & Smooth album, which saw its release earlier this year.
One for the nostalgia gang, as Hatter and Ceezlin take a step back into the UK garage heyday with their latest collaboration. ’03 is produced by Moony.
Digging this new track from Taunton Manor. Borne from a collaboration between Button Eyes’ 184 and his cousin DJ SC, this is electronic bliss for the garage generation. There is a full EP on the way, but for now enjoy Play It Twice. Downloads available over at the Western Decadence Bandcamp.