Solemn Brigham: South Sinner Street (Stream)

Fans of Marlowe take note, as I bring you the new solo album from Solemn Brigham. Having deservedly earned himself plenty of props from across the board for his work alongside L’Orange, the North Carolina rapper is now treating us to an album that further highlights his mastery, while also providing some insight into the decay of his hometown, Albemarle. Some fantastic production picks along the way, thanks to contributions from The Lasso, Kuartz, Supa K and L’Orange, among others. You can explore the album below, then head to Bandcamp to grab a download.

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L’Orange: The World Is Still Chaos, But I Feel Better (Stream)

Continuing the instrumental run, we have the brand new release from L’Orange. Having already set himself up with a contender for Album of the Year with Imaginary Everything, alongside Namir Blade, the North Carolina producer thought he would brighten up the second half of the year with a new solo project. As the title suggests, the album’s mood reflects the current position we find ourselves in, as we face the litany of problems the world is experiencing and then learn how to cope. You can listen to The World Is Still Chaos, But I Feel Better below and there are downloads available over on Bandcamp.

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L’Orange: Durbin Was a Trap House

Another first glimpse here, thanks to the lead single from L’Orange’s upcoming album. The prolific producer has been steadily releasing collaborative albums for the last few years, working alongside a list of notable artists, but with this latest effort he is switching things by focusing on the instrumental side of his work. The World Is Still Chaos, But I Feel Better is due for release on 3 September via Mello Music Group.

L’Orange & Namir Blade: Nihilism

Sticking with the Mello Music camp, as L’Orange and Namir Blade return with another slice of visual excellence from their album. Nihilism is a perfect taste of the album’s allure, with L’Orange’s production bleeding into new areas as it blends with Namir’s inimitable vocal style. The monochrome video was directed by Joel Davis. Imaginary Everything is out now.

L’Orange & Namir Blade: Imaginary Everything

Another album that we should be looking forward to is the latest from L’Orange, as he joins forces with Namir Blade for Imaginary Everything. Yesterday saw the release of the video for the title track, which incorporates a nice blend of animation and blues guitar, the former being the handiwork of SPELLWRKS. The album is due for release on 7 May via Mello Music, and keep an eye out for my new interview with L’Orange coming soon to Grown Up Rap.

L’Orange & Namir Blade: Corner Store Scandal

A welcome return by L’Orange to the blog, as he announces his latest venture, alongside fellow Mello Music artist, Namir Blade. We last heard Namir on his 2020 release, Aphelion’s Traveling Circus, which shone bright during another exceptional year for the label. Now he’s returing to the fore with L’Orange, a producer who has yet to put a foot wrong in my eyes and ears, with this latest album shaping up to continue that trend. The first video, for Corner Store Scandal, was released this week, which you can see for yourself above and pre-orders for the album, Imaginary Everything, are available now.

Marlowe: Future Power Sources

Very happy to see the return of Marlowe – aka L’Orange and Solemn Brigham – as they bless us with the first single from their upcoming album. Their titular debut was one of 2018’s highlights and was widely acclaimed by fans and critics alike, so the anticipation for a follow-up has been mounting ever since. Future Power Sources is our first fresh material from the duo since then and I think it will act as the perfect dose for those fiendin’ for more of that potent social commentary and heavy, sample-driven production. The album, Marlowe 2, is due for release on 7 August via Mello Music Group.

L’Orange & Jeremiah Jae: Complicate Your Life With Violence (Stream)

Yesterday was a good day to be a rap fan, as we were blessed with the arrival of three very strong albums from across the board. One of those was the reunion album from L’Orange and Jeremiah Jae, as they returned to the studio to build on the successful foundations of their 2015 offering, The Night Took Us In Like Family.

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L’Orange & Jeremiah Jae: After Alley Life

The third single from the forthcoming L’Orange and Jeremiah Jae album emerged this week and it’s another good omen. Featuring some excellent conceptual animation from Eric Power, the track is laced with pitched down sample, with Jae’s lyrical stream flowing freely as per. Complicate Your Life With Violence is due for release on 4 October via Mello Music Group.