PremRock: Death on the Installment Plan

Next week we will be blessed with the latest release from PremRock, as he makes his official debut on the ever-strengthening Backwoodz Studioz label. Death on the Installment Plan is the first single from the album and sees Prem drafting in fellow Wrecking Crew member, Small Professor, to handle the production. It’s a wise move and sets the bar high for the remainder of the album. Load Bearing Crows Feet is due for release on 25 June.

Juga-Naut & Jazz T: Marble & Granite

A legendary link-up here, as Juga-Naut and Jazz T combine forces to bring us Marble & Granite. If you’ve got ears, you will know that Jugz is one of the best rappers the UK shores have ever birthed and Jazz, whose DJ career has spanned the generations, is always worth investing in when he flexes his production muscle. The single is out now on Boot Records, accompanied by a very apt video from NS Visuals.

Little Simz: Rollin Stone

Despite the three month wait until the album release, Little Simz keeps the anticipation building with yet another new single. Rollin Stone is the third taster we’ve been treated to over the last couple of months and for my money, it’s the one that hits the hardest. That’s mainly thanks to the filthy production, which is a joint affair between regular Simz collaborator, Inflo, and multi-genre specialist, Jakwob. The track is taken from Sometimes I Might Be Introvert, which is due for release on 3 September.

Your Old Droog ft. Aesop Rock & Elzhi: Field Of Dreams

Your Old Droog released a new album yesterday, continuing a run that has seen the release of seven projects since 2019. Arguably the track on Time that has people most excited is an MF DOOM collaboration with production from Edan, but the track that really caught my ear is Field Of Dreams, which features guest spots from two of my favourites – Aesop Rock and Elzhi. The production is handled by Roper Williams, who was the brains behind the Gandhi Loves Children album, alongside Fatboi Sharif. You can hear the track below, then head to Droog’s website to find all the streaming and download links for the full album.

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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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Conway The Machine ft. Ludacris & JID: Scatter Brain

A supreme cut from Conway The Machine here, as he delivers a video for one of the more explosive tracks from his recent La Maquina album. With two generations of rappers on the features, both JID and Ludacris are on top form, with the latter sounding as good as he ever did. Conway’s switch up in his flow is a nice touch too, matching the energy levels of his co-stars. Scatter Brain is produced by Don Cannon.

Fly Anakin: Pixote (Stream)

More new material from Fly Anakin, who is quite rightly still riding the wave from his collaborative successes with Pink Siifu. Pixote is his latest EP and it’s a Mutant Academy affair, with the entire project produced by Anakin, plus features from Big Kahuna OG and Henny L.O., as well as a nice appearance from the ever-prolific, BbyMutha. Pixote is available to stream below and downloads are available via Bandcamp.

Armand Hammer & The Alchemist ft. Earl Sweatshirt: Falling Out the Sky

Another treat for Armand Hammers fans this week, as we saw the release of the latest video from their Alchemist produced masterpiece, HARAM. It arrives in the same week that the trio unveiled their experimental film, alongside regular AH artistic collaborator, Joseph Mault, with both releases featuring accompaniments from Earl Sweatshirt. Earl sounds as good as ever on Falling Out the Sky, with woods and ELUCID reaching their usual absorbing heights in his wake. HARAM is out now on Backwoodz Studioz.