Marlowe: Marlowe 3 (Stream)

After more than a two year wait and a steady stream of enticing singles, Friday saw the release of the third Marlowe album from L’Orange and Solemn Brigham. The answer to the question, “do you make better music with your friends?”, Marlowe have been drawing acclaim for their output since their first effort back in 2018.
Four years on and we find the same winning chemistry laying the groundwork for a hefty 18 track running time, with only a few features sprinkled into the proceedings. Blu and Joell Ortiz make an appearance on the previously released, Royal, while Deniro Farrar adds his flavour to Godfist, which stands out as a personal highlight for me. To be honest, there isn’t anything that lets the album down, which shouldn’t surprise Marlowe fans, or anyone familiar with L’Orange and Solemn’s consistency up to this point.
You can explore the album for yourself below, then get over to Bandcamp to secure your download / physical orders.

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Joell Ortiz & KXNG Crooked: H​.​A​.​R​.​D. (Stream)

Another album worth some of your attention today, is the new collaboration between Joell Ortiz and KXNG Crooked. Having kicked off their careers at relatively the same time, when they both won XXL’s Freshmen of the Year Award in 2008, these are two accomplished rappers who between them have been signed to Death Row, Aftermath and Shady Records. Basically their reputation proceeds them and so it was really only a matter of how good this album was going to be, as opposed to whether it would flop. There are definitely no flops on the production side, thanks to contributions from the likes of The Heatmakerz, Erick Sermon, Apollo Brown and Illmind; not really any surprises in there, but the selection definitely fits the bill. Only two features, from fellow Mello resident, Blakk Soul, who brings his soaring vocals to an emotionally charged hook on Lose My Mind, and vocalist, MRK SX, who you might remember from the first single. You can hear the album for yourself below and downloads are available via Bandcamp. Continue reading “Joell Ortiz & KXNG Crooked: H​.​A​.​R​.​D. (Stream)”

Joell Ortiz & KXNG Crooked: H.A.R.D.

More new music from Mello, as Joell Ortiz announces his forthcoming project, which sees him joining forces with KXNG Crooked. The album will feature production from a host of strong names, including Apollo Brown, Illmind and Erick Sermon. Below you can hear the lead single and title track, and you can find pre-orders here. The release is planned for 29 May.

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Blakk Soul: Help / Smoke N Chill

New music emerging from the Mello Music Group camp, as they unveil their next release from new addition, Blakk Soul. The singer is under the guidance of Rapper Big Pooh and has already worked with the likes of Dr Dre, Jake One and Anderson Paak, but now he is making his MMG debut with Take Your Time. Two tracks have been released so far, including the Joell Ortiz assisted, Help, and the ultra smooth, Smoke N Chill. RnB and soul vibes in abundance, and with Mello referring to the album as, “a dripping wet bedroom masterpiece”, I think it’s fair to say the rest of the tracks are going to follow in the same vein. Take Your Time is due for release on 8 May, with pre-orders available now. You can also hear both of the singles below. Continue reading “Blakk Soul: Help / Smoke N Chill”