King Kashmere ft. Maddy: North Star

The freshest of the fresh here from King Kashmere, as he brings us his latest single. North Star sees him returning to the lab with Alecs DeLarge, as well as teaming up with one of my favourite vocalists, Maddy. I’m hoping this means some sort of full length project is en route but for now, savour this latest gem. The video was made by Honey JD.

Gangster Doodles: Gangster Music Vol​.​2 (Stream)

Pleased to see the full release of the latest Gangster Doodles curated extravaganza. The infamous cartoonist has selected a wealth of talented types for the project, with MCs and producers from both sides of the Atlantic, and from all walks of rap life, rubbing shoulders on the tracklist. The compilation weighs in at 28 tracks, so a track by track breakdown would be too much, but to give you a decent overview, there are cuts from the likes of Black Milk, Zeroh, Ohbliv, Gaslamp Killer, King Kashmere, Lil B and Lord Apex, to name a very select few. You can hear a selection of tracks below, with downloads and physicals available via Bandcamp.

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King Kashmere: Veronica R.I.P

High Focus recently announced the official digital release of King Kashmere’s 2006 album, In The Hour Of Chaos. Originally released on Receptor Records, the album further cemented Kashmere’s position as one of the UK’s best, thanks in part to storytelling raps like Veronica R.I.P. Just in time for Halloween, it tells the story of a doomed love affair between Kashmere and a visitor from the spirit realm. The track was produced by the man FKA as Chemo. In The Hour Of Chaos is available now via the usual platforms.

Gangster Doodles: Gangster Music Vol​.​2 (Pre-order)

Good news from the world of Gangster Doodles, as he announces the upcoming release of the second installment from his Gangster Music compilation series. Two and a half years after the release of the first volume, the Toronto artist is now blessing us with another handpicked selection of tracks which span the rap world – 28 in total!!
You can hear a taster below, in the form of Champion by Mike G and Lil B, with the rest of the album boasting material from the likes of Open Mike Eagle, Black Milk, Lord Apex, Zeroh and King Kashmere, to name but a few. Pre-orders for the Gangster Music Vol.2 are available now, as well as a whole bunch of different bundle options. Check the Bandcamp page for more information. The album is set for release on 15 October.

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Old Children: Abin Sur + EP Stream

I’ve got a healthy dose of UK raps for you today, starting off with newly emerged crew, Old Children. Newly emerged they may be, but Old Children is actually comprised of three established artists; namely Booda French, HPBLK (Hyperbolic) and King Kashmere, who decided to pool their talents and put out an understandably strong debut EP. Push Start serves as a fine introduction to Old Children’s methods, with the deftness of Booda and HPBLK’s bars, marrying perfectly with the audible triumph of Kashmere’s production. The first video from the EP was released yesterday, courtesy of Honey JD, and the rest is available to explore below, including the Ramson Badbonez and Jazz T assisted, Louder. Downloads are available now via Louis Den and keep an eye out for physicals coming soon.

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Strange U: Arm Leg

More new music from Strange U, as they deliver the second part of their new 7″. Arm Leg follows on from Maybe, which surfaced earlier this month, and combines the same murky production and bursts of vocal distortion that have elevated them to become one of High Focus’s most popular acts. And quite right too, as they are formed from the combined force of two established UKHH veterans – King Kashmere and Dr Zygote. The 7″ vinyl is available to pre-order now and features artwork from that mischievous collage maker, Matt Littler.

Strange U: Maybe

A very welcome return from Strange U, with the arrival of a brand new video which surfaced last week. On Maybe we find the dynamic duo questioning everything, as King Kashmere delivers his doubts over some fresh Zygote production. The track is taken from a forthcoming 7″ release, which is due shortly on High Focus. Pre-orders are available now.

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)”