PENGSHUi: PENGSHUi (Stream)

Ever since PENGSHUi announced their formation a few years back, it has become clearer with each new release and live performance, that these were three seasoned artists who had found the ideal home for their respective crafts. Illaman, Prav and Fatty decided to carve their own niche at the riotous frenzied point at which punk and grime meet, drawing on the parallels between the two genres to devastating effect. Now with the arrival of their debut album, the trio have cemented their position as one of the most rousing and important acts to emerge from the UK in recent times. The self-titled debut is a perfect encapsulation of everything that PENGSHUi stand for, packed to the rafters with the raw energy of their live shows, the humour and sheer entertainment of Illaman’s lyricism, the fierce antiestablishment spirit that permeates both punk and grime, and the absolute FUCK YOU attitude of three artists who are making exactly the type of music they want, because they can. Continue reading “PENGSHUi: PENGSHUi (Stream)”

Chinese Man ft. CW Jones & Illaman: This One

Good to see Illaman reconnecting with Chinese Man on this smooth new track that emerged today. Even better to see them being joined by blues merchant, CW Jones, who provides the main batch of vocals, before passing the mic on to the ever-versatile, Illa, who finishes the track off with a typically solid verse. This One is lifted from Chinese Man’s recent project, The Groove Session Vol. 5, alongside Scratch Bandits Crew and Baja Frequencia. Continue reading “Chinese Man ft. CW Jones & Illaman: This One”

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.

Dr Syntax & Pete Cannon: Wallop (Stream)

Today we welcome the latest album from Dr Syntax and Pete Cannon into the world, as they release their umpteenth collaboration, Wallop. If you’ve been following their movements over the last few weeks, you will have heard tracks like Mayhem, which show that the creative partners are embracing some of Pete’s other areas of expertise – namely old skool hardcore and DnB.

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Illaman: Give Us a Smile EP (Stream)

Potent Funk unveiled their latest release today, in the form of Illaman’s long-awaited solo EP. The MC has been a firm favourite over the years, thanks to his work with ProblemChild, Chinese Man and more recently PENGSHUi, as well as a whole bunch of features and collaborations. Now the time has come for a proper solo release, namely his Give Us a Smile EP, for which he has enlisted the production talents of Norm Oddity. Oddity brings a nice selection of beats to the project, ranging from the simple stripped down pleasure of the opening track, Sequence, to the pure glitchy joy of Air Max & Avirex, allowing for plenty of experimentation (and resultant success) from Illaman. There is a superb lone feature too from Illa’s old pal, DRS, who drops in on Times of Change – the video for which is dropping later today. Give Us a Smile can be heard in full below, with downloads available via Potent Funk. Continue reading “Illaman: Give Us a Smile EP (Stream)”

PENGSHUi: Nobody Cares

More unadulterated raucousness from punk-grime hybrid behemoth, PENGSHUi, as they unleash their latest effort, Nobody Cares. You know what though? I care, cos this is a fucking banger. The boys are scheduled to join Foreign Beggars on their tour which kicks off in the not too distant future, so if you see them advertised in your town, go experience a few moments of audible anarchy. Also stay tuned for Illaman’s solo EP which comes out this Friday. The video for Nobody Cares was made by Ray Kane.

Dabbla: Death Moves (Album Stream & Video)

It’s been a long time coming, but yesterday we were finally treated to the full release of the new album from UK favourite, Dabbla. Any regular visitors to my blog will know that I have been championing the album since its coming was announced some months ago. And with good reason because the whole project is a treat for the ears, packed with a standard of lyricism and production high enough to bring the devil himself to tears.
There are plenty of stellar features too from the likes of Rag’N’Bone Man, Eva Lazarus, Illaman, LDZ and Jam Baxter, but the main star is Dabbla who seems to be at his hungriest yet on Death Moves; quite a feat for an MC who has been giving his all to every release since his debut with LDZ.
You can stream the full album below and there is also a brand new video for the title track, produced by Dirty Dike, Pete Cannon and GhostTown. The video itself was made by Obese Aesthetics – the dons behind the hugely successful Psychoville video, from Dabbla’s previous album. You can grab digital/physical copies of the album over at the Potent Funk store. Continue reading “Dabbla: Death Moves (Album Stream & Video)”