Quelle Chris & Chris Keys ft. Merrill Garbus, Cavalier & Homeboy Sandman: Sacred Safe

More new music from Quelle Chris and Chris Keys as they continue the promo run for their forthcoming Innocent Country 2 album. On the almost prescient Sacred Safe, Quelle is joined by Cavalier, Homeboy Sandman and Tune-Yards instigator, Merrill Garbus, for an exploration on the theme of finding peace while your mind is waging war. The track premiered over on Hypebeast yesterday, along with a Q&A with Quelle.

Quelle Chris & Chris Keys ft. Joseph Chilliams & Cavalier: Living Happy (Video)

Quelle Chris and Chris Keys stay providing the upbeat soundtrack we need right now, with the next single from Innocent Country 2. You might have already heard Living Happy when I posted some details about the album not long ago, but now there is an equally cheerful little animated clip to accompany it. Also accompanying are fellow MCs, Cavalier and Joseph Chilliams, with the latter deserving some sort of prize for rhyming ‘Maury Show’ with ‘glory holes’. Innocent Country 2 is out on 24 April on Mello Music Group.

Quelle Chris & Chris Keys: Living Happy + LP News

Some good news to break up the seemingly endless stream of fear pouring out of every media outlet right now, as Quelle Chris and Chris Keys announce the forthcoming release of a new album. Acting as a successor to their previous collaboration back in 2015, Innocent Country 2, has all the tell-tale signs of yet another win for Quelle and his label home, Mello Music Group. The lead single from the album was released a few weeks back and came as a welcome surprise, as Quelle swapped rapping for singing resulting in a joyous 3.5 minutes of escapism. The latest single, Living Happy, is available to listen to below, with the two Chrisses(?) being joined by Cavalier and Joseph Hilliums. The rest of the album boasts features from billy woods, Homeboy Sandman, Pink Siifu, Earl Sweatshirt and lots more. It’s scheduled for release on 24 April and pre-orders are available now. Continue reading “Quelle Chris & Chris Keys: Living Happy + LP News”

Elaquent: Forever Is A Pretty Long Time (Stream)

It always seemed like a safe bet to say that the forthcoming album from Elaquent was going to be a winner, and now that it is out in the open, I am happy to confirm the Ontario producer has done it again. In a step away from the instrumental projects he’s blessed us with over the last couple of years, on Forever Is A Pretty Long Time we find Elaquent bringing in a number of artists to accompany him. Kicking off with the lead single, Guidelines, featuring fellow Mello resident, Oddisee, the album also features some great contributions from Chester Watson, Guilty Simpson, Cavalier and Blu. The vocal tracks are mixed in with a few instrumental joys, including one of the album’s highlights, Joloff, along with the stone cold flyness of the Blu assisted, Reminisce, and the G-Funk echoes of Lottery Check, which features Brainorchestra. The album can be heard in full below and you can find downloads over on Bandcamp. Continue reading “Elaquent: Forever Is A Pretty Long Time (Stream)”

Psypiritual & The Lasso: Kirlian (Stream)

The Lasso returns with a new collaboration, this time with Tucson MC, Psypiritual. As the title and artwork might suggest, this is an album with heavy psychedelic influences at work, one that sounds like it could have concocted in the midst of an 70’s acid binge in the deserts that surround Psypiritual’s hometown. Elements of funk and soul collide with psych rock guitars, while Psypiritual unleashes his lyrical streams, which put him in a similar class as the likes of Jeremiah Jae. The full album can be heard below and downloads are available over on Bandcamp. Continue reading “Psypiritual & The Lasso: Kirlian (Stream)”

Dueling Experts: Dark Ninjas + LP Stream

Another rugged gem from Dueling Experts (Verbal Kent and Recognize Ali), following on from the release of their debut LP at the end of last month. The Chicago and Ghana representatives have opted for a single producer on the album, namely underground legend, Lord Beatjitzu, and together they have cooked up an album which feels steeped in that rough around the edges, DIY, 90’s dingy basement studio vibe. It also helps that both Verbal and Ali are impeccable wordsmiths. The video for Dark Ninjas can be seen above and the full self-titled album can be heard below, with downloads available via Bandcamp. Continue reading “Dueling Experts: Dark Ninjas + LP Stream”

Quelle Chris & Chris Keys: Sudden Death

A nice surprise release from Mello Music Group, as Chris and Chris (Quelle and Keys, respectively), combine their talents once more on Sudden Death. The video finds Quelle surrounded by bodies, as he delivers a repeated reminder to give yourself time to focus and recalibrate “cause life ain’t perfect”. The track was co-produced by the duo, with Chris Keys providing the instrumentation. Continue reading “Quelle Chris & Chris Keys: Sudden Death”

Dueling Experts: The Cause of My Ignorance

Another gem from the newly formed Dueling Experts (Recognize Ali and Verbal Kent), following on from their entrance on to the scene last week. The Cause of My Ignorance is the latest track to be taken from their forthcoming self-titled debut, which is entirely produced by Lord Beatjitzu. You listen to the track below and pre-orders for the album are available now over on Bandcamp. The album is due for release on 31 January. Continue reading “Dueling Experts: The Cause of My Ignorance”

Dueling Experts: The Dueling Experts + LP News

A new project is looming from the Mello Music Group camp, as Verbal Kent and Recognize Ali join forces to form Dueling Experts. The album is produced in full by Lord Beatjitzu, with Kent describing the beats as sounding like they “were dropped on the floor.. while at the same time exemplifying that 90’s RZA peak”. If that doesn’t pique your interest, then I don’t know what will. The first single from the self-titled album is available to stream below and pre-orders are available now via Bandcamp. The album is set for release on 31 January. Continue reading “Dueling Experts: The Dueling Experts + LP News”