This month saw the release of the debut LP from ShrapKnel, aka the well-matched pairing of PremRock and Curly Castro. It follows on from their introductory EP, which was released last year to triumphant acclaim and helped build the intrigue for this album. Considering we’re dealing with two already established rappers here, this latest outing appears to have urged them to push their levels even higher, with each bar seemingly trying to outdo its predecessor. Sonically it’s a masterpiece as well, thanks to the involvement of not one, but two production talents, ELUCID and Willie Green. Further fortified by some impeccably chosen features, from Zilla Rocca, CASTLE, billy woods, GOOGIE and Henry Canyons, the album shot into the upper echelons of the 2020’s releases and will no doubt remain there until the year’s end. You can hear the album in its full glory below, with downloads and vinyl available on Bandcamp. As well as the album, you will also find their latest video for Fashion Week, featuring production from ELUCID. Continue reading “ShrapKnel: Shrapknel (Stream)”
A superb project here from ialive, as he achieves his vision of assembling a group of his favourite artists to go to work on a selection of his favourite beats. It’s a fantastic array of names on the tracklist, including Philly affiliates Zilla Rocca, Curly Castro and Torito, as well as the likes of Uncommon NASA, Sleep Sinatra, Unsung and Googie. It’s an ambitious album to pull off, but that’s precisely what ialive has done in spades, simultaneously shining a light on the talent both within his peer group and within his own production techniques. I’ll Wait Forever is out now via Bandcamp and you can also stream it below. Continue reading “ialive: I’ll Wait Forever (Stream)”
New project from the Karma Kids camp, as Googie unveils Floating Polygons. 12 tracks deep with no features and production from a range of names, including Headtrip, Blockhead, Raisi K and Wes Wax. The album is available to stream below and downloads can be found over on Bandcamp. Continue reading “Googie: Floating Polygons (Stream)”
Googie recently released a new video for one of the tracks taken from his 2016 album, ‘Tis What ‘Tis. The Karma Kids MC brought in Blockhead to handle the production on Googie Architecture, with fellow KK member, Headtrip, on video duties. The album is still available to download over on the Karma Kids Bandcamp.
A year ago Karma Kids representative, Lt Headtrip, released his self-produced solo album, Comedy of the Filthbeast. Today to celebrate the anniversary, I am pleased to be able to bring you the Blockhead remix of Fall in Dreams, one of the many high points from the album. The track features regular sparring partner, Googie, and is accompanied by a tidy found footage style video, courtesy of Matthew Waysdorf. Continue reading “Premiere – Lt Headtrip ft. Googie: Fall in Dreams (Blockhead Remix)”
Henry Canyons follows up the sublime sounds of January’s, La Côte West, with a brand new full-length project which could be named after his whole demeanour. Cool Side of the Pillow was one of a few notable releases from Friday 13th, proving that it was definitely not bad luck to be a hip hop fan. While the previous project brought with it a multitude of different producers, Canyons has enlisted just one for Cool Side, in the form of Matt “Bones” Bowen. Continue reading “Henry Canyons: Cool Side of the Pillow (Stream)”