Mello Music Group: Bushido (Stream)

As reported a few weeks ago, Mello Music Group have put together a compilation featuring a whole bunch of new material from their increasingly dope roster and some equally compelling guests. The album kicks off with a track from Quelle Chris and Alchemist, which should give you some idea of the levels at work here, if you’re not already familiar with Mello’s insanely consistent back catalogue. As we progress we’re treated to new joints from The Lasso and Zackey Force Funk, Cambatta and Apollo Brown, Homeboy Sandman and Eric Lau, as well as three new tracks from Oddisee, including the previously featured No Trouble. You can explore the full array of musical brilliance below and then go check the usual spots for all your streaming/download needs.

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Lice: Ask Anyone

Following on from the very sad news of MF DOOM’s passing, the internet was awash with tributes from all walks of the music industry, not just hip hop; a testament to the masked villain’s universal appeal and intrigue. One of the standouts for me has been this joint from Lice – aka Aesop Rock and Homeboy Sandman – who decided to pay their respects to DOOM with some typically tight bars over one of his most-loved instrumentals. You can hear the results for yourself below and downloads are available via Bandcamp.

Quelle Chris & Chris Keys ft. Merrill Garbus, Cavalier & Homeboy Sandman: Sacred Safe

A good start to the week as I bring you the latest video from Quelle Chris and Chris Keys. Not only was Innocent Country 2 one of the best releases from this year, but Sacred Safe was also one of my most played tracks of the last 12 months. The track features superb contributions from Cavalier, Homeboy Sandman and Merrill Garbus, as well as a new layer of dope, thanks to the video from Santa West & Quelle. Innocent Country 2 is out now on Mello Music.

Homeboy Sandman: Trauma + LP News

News emerged this week, that Homeboy Sandman is preparing to release a new album. Don’t Feed The Monster was announced a few days ago, along with the release of the lead single from the album. It’s produced in its entirety by fellow label-mate, Quelle Chris, which is a definite plus point as Quelle remains one of the most consistently strong, yet underrated, producers of the last decade. You can hear Trauma below and pre-orders for the album are available now, with a release date set for 16 October. Continue reading “Homeboy Sandman: Trauma + LP News”

Quelle Chris & Chris Keys ft. Merrill Garbus, Cavalier & Homeboy Sandman: Sacred Safe

More new music from Quelle Chris and Chris Keys as they continue the promo run for their forthcoming Innocent Country 2 album. On the almost prescient Sacred Safe, Quelle is joined by Cavalier, Homeboy Sandman and Tune-Yards instigator, Merrill Garbus, for an exploration on the theme of finding peace while your mind is waging war. The track premiered over on Hypebeast yesterday, along with a Q&A with Quelle.

Homeboy Sandman: Dusty (Stream)

Homeboy Sandman recently released his latest album and for me it’s one of the best we’ve heard from him in a while. Seemingly every artist who finds themselves under Mello Music Group’s wing, also finds themselves releasing some of their strongest work to date and Dusty is no exception. Only one of the tracks has features, with Your Old Droog and Quelle Chris joining the Queens MC on Lookout, leaving the majority of the album free for you to get mesmerised by Sandman’s intricate flows. The production is handled in full by Mono En Stereo. The album is out now via Bandcamp and you can stream it in full below.

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