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)”

Louis Cypher: Cypher Sore Eyes (Stream)

Nottingham son, Louis Cypher, returns with a great little release on the Boom Bap Professionals label. Cypher Sore Eyes features six new tracks, which include production from DJ Severe, Kastanza and Pete 1st Blood, as well as additional vocal input from Benny Diction, Sister Mary, Tony Skank, Ro Jista, Ty Healy and Liam Bailey. There is also a fair bit of live instrumentation, which sits well amongst the head-nod inducing production. Cypher Sore Eyes can be heard below and you can find downloads now over on Bandcamp. Continue reading “Louis Cypher: Cypher Sore Eyes (Stream)”