ILLAMAN and Pitch 92 keep the energy flowing from their recent album release, with the arrival of a new video. Trust Me is another introspective dive, as ILLAMAN goes soul-searching over some beautifully understated Pitch production. The track is taken from Sometimes Relax, which is out now on Potent Funk.
ILLAMAN & Pitch 92: Gods + LP Stream
A proper bars sesh here from ILLAMAN, with the release of the second video from his new album with Pitch 92. Gods sees the PENGSHUi frontman joining forces with his Problem Child team mates, Dubbledge and Dabbla, for a good old fashioned verbal knees up, which also serves as a reminder of how much chemistry the trio have on a track together. Gods is lifted from the new album, Sometimes Relax, which saw its release on Potent Funk last week. It’s an album that shows a more vulnerable edge to ILLAMAN’s writing, while also maintaining the same lyrical strengths he’s displayed throughout his career. The pairing with Pitch turned out to be even better than expected, thanks to a perfectly matched energy between the booth and the boards. You can peruse the rest of the album below, with downloads etc available via Potent Funk.Continue reading “ILLAMAN & Pitch 92: Gods + LP Stream”
ILLAMAN x Pitch 92: Sometimes Relax
A very satisfying introduction to the forthcoming album from ILLAMAN and Pitch 92, along with a new video that premiered today via Potent Funk. Heartfelt bars from ILLAMAN, still tinted with the same humour he’s always brought to the booth, and Pitch once again finding the perfect accompaniment with his production, as he makes his debut with the label. Their album of the same name, is due out on 26 March. More news on that soon.
Dabbla x alllone: Bad Tuesday (Stream)
After a particularly strong introduction to the Potent Funk roster, Austrian production team, alllone, return to the fore with their full debut, Bad Tuesday. The EP features five tracks that veer into the more alternative areas of rap, with Dabbla’s meticulous flows helping to keep the vibe alive, as well as a very welcome injection from Illaman on Mountain Goat. You can check out the full EP below, with downloads available direct from Potent Funk.Continue reading “Dabbla x alllone: Bad Tuesday (Stream)”
Dabbla x Illaman x GEAR x Benofficial: Main Man Syndrome
From UK to US as Potent Funk flex their collective talent on this latest single. Main Man Syndrome features spoken bullets from Dabbla, Illaman, GEAR and Benofficial, as well as some perfectly matched musical accompaniment from Forest DLG. It’s an illuminating collaboration and the video also gives you the opportunity to see Dabbla getting tattooed on a bus. Say no more.
Sumgii x Illaman x Chunky: Lost in Space
New movements from the Potent Funk family, as they unveil a new collab between Sumgii, Illaman and Chunky. Their first track, Lost in Space, surfaced last week and set the pace for whatever else they have in store. Not even sure if there is more to come, but let’s hope so. Lost in Space is available to stream now on all the usual platforms. The video was made by Max Motion.
Problem Child: Me
A new drop for an old track here, as Potent Funk dust off one of their most cherished releases in the form of Problem Child’s 730 EP. The EP was recently given the remastering treatment and released back into a world very much in need of its anarchic energy and zero bullshit pedigree. For those unfamiliar, Problem Child was originally made up of Dabbla, Dubbledge and Sumgii, before Illaman joined their ranks not long after. They still exist under the updated moniker, Still A Problem, and I think we are due some new music soon, which would help explain the rejuvenated EP we’ve been blessed with. Check out the video for Me above and then head here to check the rest of the project.
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.