Homeboy Sandman ft. Aesop Rock: Lice Team, Baby

Next month sees the arrival of the new release from Homeboy Sandman, in the form of his Anjelitu EP. The EP is produced in its entirety by Aesop Rock and for his latest single, Sands has treated us to the closing track from the project, which also features a vocal feature from his Lice partner. You can listen to the track below and then pre-orders for the EP are available via Bandcamp, were you will also find a couple more tracks to stream.

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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.

Homeboy Sandman: Go Hard

Yesterday Mello Music Group announced yet another upcoming release, this time from the mighty Homeboy Sandman. The Anjelitu EP will see Sands rediscovering some of the same energy he found on his Lice collaborations with Aesop Rock, as he brings him in to produce the entire project. We can get a sample of that energy, thanks to the first single, Go Hard, on which we hear the star of the show brandishing the sort of flow that has long-established him as one of the more inventive rappers of his generation. The full EP is due for release on 6 August.

Skyzoo: All The Brilliant Things (Stream)

Today sees the release of Skyzoo’s latest album, All The Brilliant Things, which focuses on the gentrification and appropriation that have besieged his beloved New York borough and beyond. If you caught the singles that were released in the run-up, you will have some sense of the direction the production is taking – jazz-soaked beats with heavy dashes of soul – and if you’re familiar with Skyzoo’s reputation, then you will already know that virtually every line is a thing of beauty in its own right. Some strong features too, with the likes of Raheem DeVaughn, BJ The Chicago Kid, Monica Blaire and Hypnotic Brass Ensemble bringing their own strains to the mix. You can explore the album below, then cop a physical or download via Mello Music Group.

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The Lasso, Jordan Hamilton & The Saxsquatch: They and I

Fresh sounds from The Lasso, as he introduces the world to his latest project. Continuing to broaden his musical horizons, the Mello Music Group producer has teamed up with regular collaborators, Jordan Hamilton and The Saxsquatch, who play cello and saxophone respectively. If you caught The Lasso’s earlier release, 2121, then you will have heard the three of them at work together on a number of tracks and now they are continuing that inventive magic on Tri Magi. They and I is the lead single from the album and what a welcome it is. Check out the video above and then secure your pre-order in time for the 16 July release.

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.

Skyzoo ft. Aaria: St. James Liquors

Skyzoo continues to set the scene for his forthcoming album, with the release of the next single. St. James Liquors delves further into the album’s themes about gentrification and appropriation, by painting a picture of the neighbourhood that Skyzoo remembers from the old days and in particular, the artists and musicians who populated it. The track is accompanied by some jazz soaked production from Kenny Keys, along with horn bursts from Sean Taylor and a hook from rising Detroit vocalist, Aaria. You can check out the track below, with the full album, All the Brilliant Things, following on 11 June via Mello Music Group.

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Skyzoo ft. Hypnotic Brass Ensemble: Bed-Stuy is Burning

Skyzoo is preparing to release his new album and today saw the unveiling of the first single. When Mello Music first announced that the NY rapper had a new project on the way, I was particularly happy to see Hypnotic Brass Ensemble listed in the credits, and so I was even happier when they ran with their feature as the lead single. They provide their usual jazzy accompaniment on Bed-Stuy is Burning, Skyzoo’s ode to the rapidly changing Brooklyn neighbourhood. The track is produced by Rashid Hadee. The full album, All The Brilliant Things, is due for release on 11 June.

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.