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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Homeboy Sandman: Far Out + Album News

New music from Homeboy Sandman as he announces the imminent arrival of latest album. It was a few months ago when the Queens MC signed to Mello Music Group, which led us to believe that a new project would be follow. That certainly was correct, as next month sees the arrival of Dusty, which is produced entirely by Mono En Stereo. Featuring Quelle Chris and Your Old Droog, the album looks set to be another jewel in the crown of both Sands and MMG. You can hear the first single, Far Out, below and pre-orders can be found on Bandcamp.

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Homeboy Sandman: West Coast

Fresh track from one of the best wordsmiths of the era, as Homeboy Sandman returns with West Coast. Produced by his close friend and musical ally, Aesop Rock, the beat provides the ideal backdrop for Sandman’s usual level of gem dropping, including my personal favourite, “Sharpie for taggin up my new forcefield/Inside my beard I got a 3 course meal”. Listen to the track below and cop a download via Bandcamp. Continue reading “Homeboy Sandman: West Coast”

Blockhead: Free Sweatpants (Stream)

Blockhead has been a favourite producer of mine ever since I first heard his work with Aesop Rock on Labor Days. Over the years he has maintained a steady stream of solid solo releases – Music by Cavelight and Uncle Tony’s Coloring Book, being two personal favourites – as well as some excellent production credits for some equally excellent rappers. The one thing I have always wanted to hear from him though was a production album, featuring loads of good MCs rapping their asses off, which is exactly what the New York producer delivered today.
Following on from last year’s Funeral Balloons – his debut release on his new label home, Backwoodz Studioz – Free Sweatpants merges quintessential Blockhead instrumentals, with plenty of strong features from a whole host of talented writers. As if it’s not enough having Tree, Hemlock Ernst, Aesop Rock, Armand Hammer, Homeboy Sandman, Vic Spencer and Marq Spekt involved, Blockhead kicks off the album with a track featuring Open Mike Eagle, billy woods AND Breeze Brewin. The result is as good as you would hope for and more. I spent years waiting for this album to happen and I am happy to be able to say it has surpassed all my expectations. Free Sweatpants is available to stream in full below and you find downloads over on Bandcamp. Continue reading “Blockhead: Free Sweatpants (Stream)”

Homeboy Sandman & Edan: The Gut

As the release date for Humble Pi fast approaches, Homeboy Sandman and Edan have just offered up another video from the album. The Gut sees the duo submerged underwater – for real & not so real – as Sands delivers his verse over another very Edan-esque beat, with the producer also making a welcome return to the mic. Humble Pi is due for release on 26 October on Stones Throw.

Homeboy Sandman & Edan: #NeverUseTheInternetAgain

As the much deserved anticipation continues to build for the collaborative album from Homeboy Sandman and Edan, the duo have released a video for #NeverUseTheInternetAgain. The audio for the track first surfaced back in April, before they had announced that they were working on an album together. The video features Edan and Sands working in a computer repair shop together, but one you might want to think twice about using. Keep an eye out for cameo(s) too. The album itself, Humble Pi, is due for release on 26 October via Stones Throw.

Homeboy Sandman & Edan: Grim Seasons

Yesterday Stones Throw announced the release date for the long-awaited album from Homeboy Sandman and Edan. The two started working together a few years ago, after meeting at a show they were both performing at, which lead to Edan producing the track Talking (Bleep) on Sandman’s 2016 Kindness for Weakness LP.
Now they have returned with a full-length project, with Edan behind the production and Sandman handling the raps. Grim Seasons is the first taste from the album, with Sandman weaving complex bars over a crazy beat from Edan. It’s all tied together with a great animated video from Kagan McLeod. The album, Humble Pi, is due for release on 26 October.