Juga-Naut & Micall Parknsun: Twelve Bricks

Another solid offering from Juga-Naut, as he reconnects with Micall Parknsun for Twelve Bricks. The success of their earlier Six Bricks EP prompted the duo to return to the lab and record a full-length. And we should all be thankful they did. Jugz has been sitting comfortably among the upper echelons of UK hip hop for a while now, so his partnership with a veteran as consistent as Parky makes a lot of sense, even more so when you hear the finished product. A nice variation in the beat selection helps to keep things interesting, especially when you make your way through the album for the umpteenth time in an attempt to collect every jewel that Juga-Naut is dropping. Some decent features too, with his fellow VVV gang stepping up to the plate on GAUDI-GANG, Tommy Nova and Scorz dropping in on The Juice, and Da Flyy Hooligan rounding things off on the album’s closer. You can experience the full thing for yourself below, with physicals also available.

Kid Acne: Fresh To Death (Stream)

New arrival from Kid Acne, as he rejuvenates some of the choice cuts from his 2019 Have A Word LP, with a blinding selection of remixes from some of the UK’s finest beat fiends. Fresh To Death features a handful of tracks from the original album – produced in full by Spectacular Dianostics – which have been tantalisingly reworked by some of my favourite producers. On the bill we find new sounds from Theorist, Hashfinger, Chemo, King Kashmere, Norm Oddity, Percy Filth and Nappa, as well as vocal features from Juga-Naut and Juice Aleem, who both appeared on the original album. Each producer brings their own flair to the proceedings, allowing them to make the track their own, while still keeping the original flavour alive. Fresh To Death is available to download now via Bandcamp, and there are also a limited run of cassettes available, which all come signed and numbered. The run is limited to 150 though so be quick if you want in. You can also hear the project for yourself below. Continue reading “Kid Acne: Fresh To Death (Stream)”

Vandal Savage x Claude Money: Raoul Moat

Nottingham maintains its rep as a hotbed of rap talent, thanks to this new project from Vandal Savage and Claude Money. The VVV MC seems to have found an ideal match in the rising Nottingham beat-maker, as he weaves his way through an array of woozy jazz samples and solid drum loops, ably assisted by Juga-Naut and Sonnyjim along the way. You can hear the full album above and it’s also available on Spotify.

Juga-Naut: Bem (Stream)

Never one to rest on his laurels, Juga-Naut returned to the fore yesterday with the release of his latest album, Bem. It follows on from his acclaimed collaboration last year with Giallo Point, and on this latest outing we find Jugz’s pen game reaching exactly the same dizzying heights as we heard on its predecessor. The Nottingham resident has long been favoured as an MC’s MC and with Bem it is easy to hear why, as the ease with which he delivers the most intricate bars is almost criminal. And his talents don’t stop there, as the majority of Bem is self-produced, with a couple of exceptions courtesy of the Beat Punisher himself, Stu Bangas. The more soulful side to the album is backed up with some nicely placed features, including Liam Bailey and Tyler Daley, as well as guest spots from Tommy Nova, Taja, Oliver Rees, and fellow VVV rapper, Vandal Savage. You can hear the album for yourself below and there are plenty of physical bundles available via Bandcamp. Plus it was Jugz’s birthday yesterday, so go and celebrate by buying some of his art. Continue reading “Juga-Naut: Bem (Stream)”

Lunar C: Very Important (Stream)

Another important release that has surfaced in the end of year flurry, is the latest album from Lunar C. After the success of his Dirtbrain LP last year, the Bradford rapper delivers an album which finds him sharper and more entertaining than ever. It’s the same blend of depraved humour, killer punchlines, self-deprecation and hilarious braggadocio, but with a more focused and cohesive feel. There are guest spots this time too, including VVV’s Juga-Naut, who kills his verse on Last Action Hero, and Roll Deep favourite, Mango, who joins Jehst and Lunar on Zero Fux. I can’t find much information on the production credits, but I know Pitch 92 and Jehst definitely both played a part, and I would hazard a guess that beats from HashFinger and Muckaniks are probably in the mix as well. The whole album can be streamed below and downloads can be found on Bandcamp.

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Juga-Naut & Giallo Point: Concept Song

Cracking animated video from Juga-Naut and Giallo Point, as they continue to drop gems from their new album. Concept Song features some breathtaking visuals from Theorist, upping the levels on the current theme of animated videos surfacing on the UK scene. Back to the Grill Again is out now, including a vinyl edition on Tuff Kong Records.

Juga-Naut & Giallo Point: Back To The Grill Again (Stream)

Another incredible album is released into the world today, as Juga-Naut and Giallo Point drop the rightly anticipated, Back To The Grill Again. Both artists have steadily climbed the ranks of recognition over the past few years and are now viewed by many as two of best in the UK. The argument for that recognition is very strong on this new album, with Jugz’s lyrical prowess seemingly more attuned than ever and Giallo providing the perfect accompaniment for him with each beat. It’s definitely one to satisfy the older generation, as you can guess from the opening lines of the blurb – “This album is best listened to on MiniDisc in Nottingham, wearing Air Max Uptempo’s while going to watch Space Jam the day it dropped at the Odeon 1997” – but I can see it easily enticing fresher faced fans too, thanks to the production values and the often luxurious lyrical content. Fine list of features too, with Milano Constantine, Scorzayzee, SmooVth, Napoleon Da Legend, Vandal Savage, and SonnyJim all on the assist. There are various physical and merch deals available over on Bandcamp and you can hear the album in full below. Continue reading “Juga-Naut & Giallo Point: Back To The Grill Again (Stream)”

Baileys Brown ft. Lee Scott & Dabbla: Something Else Entirely (Not Human) + Album Stream

Very happy to finally be able to bring you the new Baileys Brown solo LP in all its genre-defying glory. If you’re already familiar with Baileys Brown’s work, you will know he is a producer who is not afraid to venture outside the normal constraints of a genre and draw on musical influences from other areas, to create unique soundscapes which are among some of the most ambitious in the UK right now. When he found a home at Potent Funk it seemed like the ideal setting for his exploits, thanks to their already established love of ‘hybrid rap shit’ and with that in mind, Still Fresh serves as the perfect label debut. Continue reading “Baileys Brown ft. Lee Scott & Dabbla: Something Else Entirely (Not Human) + Album Stream”