Unless you’ve been comatose for the last year or so, you will no doubt be aware that The Four Owls are set to release their third album. The High Focus supergroup have gained critical acclaim for their first two albums and this latest offering looks set to garner even more praise. Honour Codes is the lead single from the album, featuring some very clean production from Leaf Dog, as well as a superbly animated video from Gary Motion. The album is due for release in the not too distant future, so stay tuned for more news on that coming soon. Honour Codes is available to stream now. Continue reading “The Four Owls: Honour Codes”
It’s been a few years since Leaf Dog released his last solo album, so it was nice to kick off 2020 with a new full-length from the RLD Records founder. Live From The Balrog Chamber is a prime example of how Leaf has managed to cultivate such a strong following over the years, thanks to his keen ear for soulful boom bap and his distinctive flows, which often stray into an almost singing-like tone. He also has an impressive reach for securing features, as was demonstrated with The Four Owls and DJ Premier collaboration a few years back. This new album carries on the tradition, as Leaf is joined by a bevy of underground legends, including Thirstin Howl III, Cella Dwellas, Havoc and The Last Emperor. Plus there are some guests from closer to home, with contributions from Smellington Piff and BVA. Weighing in at 18 tracks and with Leaf seemingly more on point than ever, both in terms of his production and his bars, Live From The Balrog Chamber is a fine addition to the RLD back catalogue and also a nice precursor for the new Four Owls album, which is due for release shortly. You can listen to the album in full below and physicals are available over at the RLD shop. Continue reading “Leaf Dog: Live From The Balrog Chamber (Stream)”
The start of the new decade brings with it a new album from Leaf Dog, his first solo full-length since 2017’s much praised, Dyslexic Disciple. As you would expect from an artist with Leaf’s clout, the album comes with a hefty features roster, including spots from Havoc, Cella Dwellas and Grand Puba. Love Is Love is the lead single and features Leaf flying solo over some deliciously soulful production. You can hear it in full below. The album, Live From The Balrog Chamber, is set for release on 20 January on RLD Records.
Leaf Dog is apparently set to bless us with a new album in the not too distant future and so to get us all in the mood, he has released a new collection of songs in the interim. Stop The WoRLD I Wanna Get Off is comprised of 10 new tracks featuring production from O.A.B, Illinformed and of course, Leaf himself. There is a single guest spot too from NY underground rap veteran, DV Alias Khryst. The project is ready to stream below and downloads are available via Bandcamp. More news on the album, when I’ve got it. Continue reading “Leaf Dog: Stop The WoRLD I Wanna Get Off Ep. 1 (Stream)”
New video from Wish Master and Datkid, as they deliver an ode to their favourite South West city. Bris Life is produced by Leaf Dog and the track is lifted from 2018’s Wish Master EP, which is out now on Official Recordings. The video was made by Sektion Red.
As has now become tradition, this month sees the return of the annual High Focus Summer Block Party at, Lakota, the legendary Bristol venue. The label have made big waves in the city over the last few years, thanks to a string of huge parties and this year looks set to continue in similar fashion. Continue reading “Competition: High Focus Summer Block Party 2019”
Heroin is the latest single to be lifted from the recent Confessions of a Crud Lord album, which Datkid and Leaf Dog released to much acclaim last month. It’s more of that gritty realism which Datty does so well. The video was one that Datkid shot on his visit to New York earlier in the year and it is directed by regular HF contributor, Craig Capone. Confessions of a Crud Lord is out now on all the usual platforms.
Strong debut from Planky, as he moves into the hip hop world with a forthcoming EP. Word is the first single from the project and features no less than four notable UK MCs, with Chester P, Leaf Dog, Micall Parknsun and Smellington Piff all jumping in the booth. You can stream the track below and downloads are available from AFT Raps. Continue reading “Planky ft. Chester P, Leaf Dog, Micall Parknsun & Smellington Piff: Word”
More rugged rhymes as Leaf Dog, BVA and Illinformed hit us with another video from their most recent album, Return to Stoney Island. Reverse Forecast features some excellent animation from Chris Younes. The album is out now on RLD Records.
Friday saw the release of what will no doubt be one of the rawest albums of 2019, courtesy of Datkid and Leaf Dog, along with the next video from the project, Cook Book. The video was made by This & That Media. Confessions of a Crudlord is available now on High Focus and you can stream it in full below. Continue reading “Datkid & Leaf Dog: Cook Book + Album Stream”