Foreign Beggars: Matriarchy (Stream)

As the end of the decade looms ever closer, so does the final act from Foreign Beggars as they release their last ever album, Matriarchy. It’s some what of a return to their roots, as the ever-innovative crew depart from the more genre-bending sound they have cultivated over the last decade or so, and circle back to the music that first introduced them to the world. Produced in full by Seemore Beats, it’s an album that feels full of love and hope, which is welcome today more than ever, and it also plays like the perfect goodbye ofrom one of the most influential and respected groups to ever exist. The features are reflective of the respect the Beggars command, with Maverick Sabre, Jammer, Blak Twang, DRS, MysDiggi and Dr Syntax among the guest spots. The full album is ready to stream below and downloads can be found over on Bandcamp.

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Lunar C: Very Important (Stream)

Another important release that has surfaced in the end of year flurry, is the latest album from Lunar C. After the success of his Dirtbrain LP last year, the Bradford rapper delivers an album which finds him sharper and more entertaining than ever. It’s the same blend of depraved humour, killer punchlines, self-deprecation and hilarious braggadocio, but with a more focused and cohesive feel. There are guest spots this time too, including VVV’s Juga-Naut, who kills his verse on Last Action Hero, and Roll Deep favourite, Mango, who joins Jehst and Lunar on Zero Fux. I can’t find much information on the production credits, but I know Pitch 92 and Jehst definitely both played a part, and I would hazard a guess that beats from HashFinger and Muckaniks are probably in the mix as well. The whole album can be streamed below and downloads can be found on Bandcamp.

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Sylla B: The Walls Have Eyes (Stream)

The new album from Sylla B was released on Friday and marks a honing of skills for the Bristol-based MC. His last few releases have all demonstrated a growth in confidence and penmanship, leaving The Walls Have Eyes feeling like the culmination of all that progress. Straight up grime bangers sit next to more thought-provoking tracks, with the variety of styles strengthened by Sylla’s production choices. There are beats from Oozhe, xeno, DROG Beats, Moody Lew, Just Sayin, Yung Toro and sam.makes.beats, along with features from Toro, Gabriel Waves, Moody Lew and Solo Jane. This is a very strong release from an MC whose talent refuses to let him go unnoticed and one who’s only going to keep getting better. You can stream the album in full below and downloads are available from Bandcamp.

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Premiere – DROG Beats ft. Sylla B & Buggsy: Enemies

Bristol in full effect on this brand new track from rising producer, DROG Beats, as he brings in two generations of local MCs. Any regular visitors to my blog will already know about Sylla B and his rise over the last couple of years, thanks to his often devastating flows. He is joined on the track by Bristol double-time OG and all-round lyrical monster, Buggsy. As you can imagine the final product is pretty special and highlights Bristol’s lengthy history of producing great lyricists. Enemies is also available to stream on all the usual platforms.

Frosty: Crush (Stream)

As the temperature starts to drop and the evenings get darker, it’s best to have a good source of heat at hand to stave off the winter woes. Thankfully Frosty just released his new mixtape and it’s packed full of enough flames to melt what little is left of the Arctic.

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PENGSHUi: No Joke

Energy levels off the charts, as PENGSHUi hit us with their latest video. The punk-grime outfit have been making serious waves since their arrival on the scene, with each release raising the anticipation for their debut album, which is looming on the horizon. No Joke is another aggressively joyous outburst, accompanied by a video which sees the trio giving a big performance in a small car. Happy Friday.

Muckaniks: Interview

I recently had a chat with Muckaniks, a music producer from Ipswich in England. He has a propensity for dark, bass heavy production which has earned him credits on projects with the likes of Ocean Wisdom, Lunar C and Dizzee Rascal. We spoke about his production methods, his roots and how he came to work with those notable artists.

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