GAWD Status: Interview

When it was first announced that King Kashmere and Joker Starr – two highly respected and established artists within UK hip hop – were joining forces to form GAWD Status, my interest was undoubtedly piqued. But I was not expecting it to reach the experimental, psychedelic heights it did. Firmamentum earned them a lot of much deserved critical praise from far and wide, including from the good people at BBC 6 Music. Not long ago, Joker Starr and King Kash announced they were doing a Q&A session on their Instagram stories, to which I jokingly replied that I might try to turn the opportunity into an interview. I say jokingly, but I had been speaking to Kash about doing an interview for ages and so when they both replied telling me to go for it, I couldn’t resist. So what follows is the result of a casual back and forth via Instagram DMs, over the last week or so. We discuss the old days, the 6 Music angle and how GAWD Status came to be, among other things. Their album is also available to stream at the end. Continue reading “GAWD Status: Interview”

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)”

The Leonard Simpson Duo: GUILTY / Nobody

Following on from my earlier post about the new collaboration between Detroit rapper, Guilty Simpson, and Auckland producer, Leonard Charles, I thought I would share a couple more tracks from the album. GUILTY and Nobody continue in the same psychedelic vein as the opening track, thanks to Charles’ stash of 60’s and 70’s New Zealand acid rock records. The full album sees its release this Friday, with pre-orders available on Bandcamp. You can stream the three already released tracks below. Continue reading “The Leonard Simpson Duo: GUILTY / Nobody”

An Ode to Dummy

On this day in 1994, an album was released that encapsulated what was known back then as “the Bristol Sound”. Trip hop was in its infancy and I don’t know if the term had even been coined at that stage – even though the main players all hated it when it was – but it existed and it drew on elements from multiple genres, including hip hop, funk, dub and sprinkle of psychedelia.
When Dummy was released I honestly didn’t know what to think of it. I was 14 and already well into hip hop, so there was plenty of stuff within the record that intrigued me, like the scratching on Mysterons or the beats on Strangers and Glory Box. But for the most part I was unsure. I think it probably took another year or so for me to fully appreciate its importance; then as with most things like that, I got obsessed with it. This was pre-internet so all my knowledge came from the liner notes and Geoff Barrow’s interviews.

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