Off World Vehicle (Stream)

If you’re a regular visitor to the blog then you might have seen a video from Lunar C and Hashfinger make an appearance last month. The track was the first offering from their newly formed duo, Off World Vehicle, which comes off the back of years worth of sporadic collaborations. Those collaborations have proved to be some of Lunar’s strongest work to date, including their 2020 joint effort, Pink Lagoon. Off World Vehicle takes things a step further though and establishes them as a bona fide duo, with their titular debut EP seeing its release last week. Seven tracks in total, all forged in the best of what both artists have to offer in their respective areas of expertise. You can check out a YouTube playlist of the EP below, while streams are also available on the usual platforms.

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Lunar C & Hashfinger: Dead Serious

The freshest of the fresh from Lunar C and Hashfinger, as they reignite one of the more reliable partnerships in UK hip hop to bring us Dead Serious. A proper live band feel to the production adds even more weight to Lunar’s bars, which remain some of the most entertaining out there. And with the formation of Off World Vehicle, this means we’ve got more to savour from them in the future. Good shit all round.

HashFinger: Eighths

New music from HashFinger landed last week, in the form of his latest album, Eighths. The Bradford beat master has been teasing us with a couple of tasters from the album over the last few months but now you get to experience the full project. And because he likes to do things properly, if you cop the vinyl edition you will get four exclusive tracks, which are not featured on the digital release. For more info on that, as well as the various bundles that are available, head over to Bandcamp. You can also stream a small selection of the songs below to get a feel for the overall sound.

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Lunar C & HashFinger: Pink Lagoon

New music from Lunar C and Hashfinger, as they join forces to bring us Pink Lagoon. Fans of the blog will know I’m a big Lunar fan anyway, but I think this is my favourite from him so far. He definitely benefits from sticking with one producer, and his creative chemistry with Hashfinger has been on point since they first started making music together in the early Bradford days. The whole album is a treat on the ears, but there are definite highlights, like the bars-laden Oil Painting, which features not one, not two, but three battle rap legends, as Lunar is joined by Tony D and Shotty Horroh. Lefty also drops in on a couple of tracks, and P Solja brings the grit on Death Row. No Bandcamp streams, but I’ve included the Spotify preview below. Get stuck in.

Kid Acne: Fresh To Death (Stream)

New arrival from Kid Acne, as he rejuvenates some of the choice cuts from his 2019 Have A Word LP, with a blinding selection of remixes from some of the UK’s finest beat fiends. Fresh To Death features a handful of tracks from the original album – produced in full by Spectacular Dianostics – which have been tantalisingly reworked by some of my favourite producers. On the bill we find new sounds from Theorist, Hashfinger, Chemo, King Kashmere, Norm Oddity, Percy Filth and Nappa, as well as vocal features from Juga-Naut and Juice Aleem, who both appeared on the original album. Each producer brings their own flair to the proceedings, allowing them to make the track their own, while still keeping the original flavour alive. Fresh To Death is available to download now via Bandcamp, and there are also a limited run of cassettes available, which all come signed and numbered. The run is limited to 150 though so be quick if you want in. You can also hear the project for yourself below. Continue reading “Kid Acne: Fresh To Death (Stream)”

Lunar C: Wowzers

Great idea from Lunar C here, as he finds a way to make a new video in spite of the current lockdown restrictions. He had been wanting to make a video for Wowzers for a while, so he decided to collaborate with his fans and get them to send in clips of them either rapping along to the track, dancing, or just being weird. It turned out really well, as you can see for yourself above. Wowzers is produced by Hashfinger and is taken from Very Important, which is out now on all streaming platforms.

HashFinger: Dandelions Giveaway

All round beat supremo and friend of the blog, HashFinger, has very kindly donated a bunch of download codes for his latest album, Dandelions. If you checked my posts over the last couple of weeks then you will probably already have sampled some of what the album had to offer, but for those of you still in the dark, it’s another sample-heavy venture as the Bradford producer taps into a few sources, including old jazz albums and radio shows. To cop your free download simply copy one of the codes below and then head to It’s a first come first serve basis though and once they’re done that’s it, so be quick if you want in on the action. The album is also available on Spotify for those who prefer their music streamed, as well as a tasty vinyl edition for you wax fiends.

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HashFinger: Blossom / Grow

Another track from the latest project from Bradford beat connoisseur, HashFinger. Blossom/Grow follows on from the first taster, Skins/Leaves, which emerged not long ago. The full album, Dandelions, is out now and is a stunning example of why HashFinger remains one of the independent scene’s finest producers. You can download the album over on Bandcamp and Blossom/Grow can be heard below.

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HashFinger: Skins / Leaves

Very happy to see that we are soon to be treated to new material from Bradford beat wizard, HashFinger, as he announces the imminent arrival of his Dandelions LP. It’s due for release next month via Headcount Records and apparently following in similar boom bap footsteps as his debut on the label, Lessons, back in 2014. You can find a taster from the project below, in the form of the opening track – Skins/Leaves – and pre-orders for the album can be found over on Bandcamp. You can also find my 2017 with HashFinger here. Continue reading “HashFinger: Skins / Leaves”

In the Balance Records: In The Balance Vol. 1

Nice selection of tracks from In The Balance, featuring the wealth of talent that makes up their current roster. Regular visitors to the blog will most likely be familiar with some of the tracks already, but having them all compiled together in one place is a great reminder of just how much quality music the label has been responsible for since its inception back in 2015. Continue reading “In the Balance Records: In The Balance Vol. 1”