Verbz: Pathways (Stream)

Pathways is the latest arrival from Verbz and it’s another win for the Croydon-based MC, as he finds a new home on flourishing label, Group Bracil. Following on from his single producer album, alongside Mr Slipz in 2017, this latest project features a bevy of talented beat-makers, including Morriarchi, Norm Oddity, Chuck Enzo and 2Late. There are also some notable guest spots too from CLBRKS, NuphZed, Bador and BaggE. There’s a heavy jazz feel to the album, with Verbz taking his voice into new territory, while still maintaining the level of lyricism that has made him one of my favourite MCs at work right now. You can listen to Pathways below and limited edition physicals are available on Bandcamp.

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Norm Oddity: System Restore (Stream)

A solid batch of sample-based instrumental jams from Norm Oddity, as he presents his latest release, System Restore. Having found his way to the freshly formed, but already mighty, Group Bracil label, the South Wales producer displays his dexterity for beat-making with a varied selection that run the gamut from eerie lurkers to glitchy wonders. System Restore is available to stream in full below, with downloads and cassettes up for grabs via Bandcamp. The artwork was done by Matt Littler. Continue reading “Norm Oddity: System Restore (Stream)”

Illaman: Give Us a Smile EP (Stream)

Potent Funk unveiled their latest release today, in the form of Illaman’s long-awaited solo EP. The MC has been a firm favourite over the years, thanks to his work with ProblemChild, Chinese Man and more recently PENGSHUi, as well as a whole bunch of features and collaborations. Now the time has come for a proper solo release, namely his Give Us a Smile EP, for which he has enlisted the production talents of Norm Oddity. Oddity brings a nice selection of beats to the project, ranging from the simple stripped down pleasure of the opening track, Sequence, to the pure glitchy joy of Air Max & Avirex, allowing for plenty of experimentation (and resultant success) from Illaman. There is a superb lone feature too from Illa’s old pal, DRS, who drops in on Times of Change – the video for which is dropping later today. Give Us a Smile can be heard in full below, with downloads available via Potent Funk. Continue reading “Illaman: Give Us a Smile EP (Stream)”