Marlowe: Marlowe 3 (Stream)

After more than a two year wait and a steady stream of enticing singles, Friday saw the release of the third Marlowe album from L’Orange and Solemn Brigham. The answer to the question, “do you make better music with your friends?”, Marlowe have been drawing acclaim for their output since their first effort back in 2018.
Four years on and we find the same winning chemistry laying the groundwork for a hefty 18 track running time, with only a few features sprinkled into the proceedings. Blu and Joell Ortiz make an appearance on the previously released, Royal, while Deniro Farrar adds his flavour to Godfist, which stands out as a personal highlight for me. To be honest, there isn’t anything that lets the album down, which shouldn’t surprise Marlowe fans, or anyone familiar with L’Orange and Solemn’s consistency up to this point.
You can explore the album for yourself below, then get over to Bandcamp to secure your download / physical orders.

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Marlowe: Light Trip

Here we are with another sample from the forthcoming Marlowe album, as we edge ever closer to the full release. Light Trip is apparently one of L’Orange’s personal favourites from the project and it is easy to hear why, as Solemn Brigham brings the pace of his flows down a notch, resulting in the perfect blend of beat and bars. Marlowe 3 is due for release on 28 October via Mello Music Group.

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.