Regular visitors to my blog might have noticed a lack of new content over recent weeks. Life unfortunately does have a habit of getting in the way, but it can’t keep a good blogger down for long, so consider this the first of a few fresh updates. What better way to reignite the feed, than with the latest from friend of the blog, Booda French. Booda has been dropping sporadic gems over the last couple of years, but now he returns with a definite release on the horizon, in the form of his new LP, The Loser’s Victory Lap. Championship Rings is the latest leak from the album and sees the Ipswich vet teaming up with Jehst, over some nice production from Jaisu. Booda and Jaisu previously collaborated on Fortune Cookies, which also features on a new 7″ vinyl release, alongside Championship Rings. The vinyl is available to pre-order now via Bandcamp, with the album set to follow shortly. Check below for the full track and keep an eye open for more news on the album coming soon.
More new music is on the way to your ears this month, as Duncecap returns with his latest album. Go Climb A Tree sounds like it will follow in the successful footsteps of Dunce’s previous single producer projects, as he teams up with experimental producer, Hajino. Under The Hood is our first glimpse of the album, which is fortified further by a typically dope feature from Fielded. The album is due for release on 25 February on Backwoodz Studioz, and includes further features from AKAI SOLO, Quelle Chris, Rich Jones, Googie and MC Eleven.
Every time Dubbledge releases something fresh into the world, the UK rap scene quite rightly devours it because we are almost constantly fiendin’ for unheard material from one of the country’s most widely respected yet least prolific artists. So to be told that a whole Dubbledge album was en route, an album produced by the legendary Forest DLG, was enough to make me lose my shit. Ten Toes Down was originally recorded a whopping 10 years ago, back when Forest was still Chemo, but for reasons unknown to this blog at least, it remained stashed away. But as the old saying goes, it’s better late than never, so please enjoy this 10 track assortment of beats and bars, which is at once as enlightening and entertaining as you would expect from an MC of Dubbledge’s standards. Ten Toes Down is out now on Potent Funk.
Returning a bit closer to home for this next post, with the news that CLBRKS and Kiina are rekindling their collaborative flame for Habits 2. Where I Am Is Not Important is the lead single from the upcoming album and leaves us safe in the knowledge that both parties are still killing it in their respective corners. More news on the full album coming soon. The video was made by Honey JD.
Fresh heat from Fly Anakin, as he treats us to a new video for one of the Madlib-produced joints he has in the stash. Hopefully this means we’ll get to hear what else they cooked up together over the coming months.
Rich Jones dropped off a new single last week, which stands as something of a personal milestone for him, thanks to the drafting in of two of his musical heroes for the act. Go Free features a tight appearance from Vyle, accompanied by some equally on point production from Meaty Ogre, as well as Rich at his melodic best. The video for Go Free was made by Dunce Videos, the visual outlet of Mike Petrow aka Duncecap. Downloads are available now via Bandcamp.
In God’s Image is the latest album from Sleep Sinatra, which emerged at the tail end of last year. If you’ve checked my previous posts surrounding Sleep, then you will already know the man is a proficient MC and this is more than evident on this latest escapade. Strong features and production picks help to keep the energy levels raised, thanks to contributions from the likes of J Scienide, DØØf, Stu Bangas, BrainOrchestra, Big Flowers and Messiah Musik. You can explore the full release below and then head over to Bandcamp to grab yourself a download.
Strong sounds emanating from Maryland, as Tokyo Cigar joins forces with Iceberg Theory for Who is Marcella? The project is the product of a long-standing friendship, which has seen Tokyo produce multiple tracks for Iceberg Theory over the years. Now the roles have reversed, it’s clear the strength of their collaborations was definitely a two-way street. Who is Marcella? is available to stream below, with downloads to be found over on Bandcamp.
A surprise drop from PremRock, with the arrival of this latest single. Bardo follows on from a triumphant 2021 for the Wrecking Crew artist and sees him reuniting with billy woods, as the duo get to work over some typically dope production from Evidence. What’s not to like? The single is out now via Backwoodz Studioz.
Next up we have a return joint from King Kashmere, which sees him teaming up with Alecs DeLarge again. This time the duo have delivered a new perspective on their previously released track, North Star, thanks to DeLarge’s Evil Mix. Once again, it’s Honey JD on video duties and the track is available to stream now from all the usual spots.