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A raucous new project here from Steel Tipped Dove and pioneering 90’s psych rap advocate, Nosaj, of New Kingdom fame. Together they have knocked up a very wild and enjoyable EP. Nosaj’s energy on the mic is akin to the energy you get from punk singers and in fact his whole approach to rapping is pretty anarchic, in the best way possible.
I spoke to Steel Tipped Dove about how the project came about and he told me that it was a spontaneous collaboration, sparked by an introduction from a mutual friend. Dove played Nosaj some beats, which he described as “heavy handed industrial weird beats”, and they were a perfect fit for his unruly style. The fact they both lived close to each other helped push things along and within three days, they had come up with four strong tracks. They were so keen to get the music out into the world that they eschewed the idea of approaching labels and perhaps waiting for labels to find them instead. Based on the strength of this opening gambit, that seems highly likely. With more tracks already done and dusted, and a creative partnership that seems like the perfect match, I am hoping to hear a lot more from these two. You can stream the EP below and you can grab a download on Bandcamp. Read the rest of this entry »

Almost full gang in the latest video from Blah Records, as Children of the Damned release their first new music in two years. OFFIE is the first of two new tracks, which are also getting a limited 7″ vinyl release. The track features, in order, Lee Scott, Milkavelli, Barebase, Bill Shakes, King Grubb, Sly Moon and Salar, on top of some murky production from Wholesome Fun and Lee. It’s a great track, made all the more better thanks to a full verse from Barebase, which is pretty much a guaranteed improvement in any area of life. The video was made by Siim Parisoo and Lee. More info about the vinyl is available over at the Blah site.

Another tight single from Booda French, as he keeps the pace going after his last release at the start of the month. For Fortune Cookies, the Ipswich MC has roped in Jaisu for production duties, leading to a soul-tinged but drum heavy number, with Booda delivering solid bar after solid bar. Releases from Booda have been intermittent over the last couple of years, but I’m hoping that these two recent singles are a sign he’s got something bigger en route, because he remains one of the better lyricists to reside on these shores.

Never one to rest on his laurels, Juga-Naut returned to the fore yesterday with the release of his latest album, Bem. It follows on from his acclaimed collaboration last year with Giallo Point, and on this latest outing we find Jugz’s pen game reaching exactly the same dizzying heights as we heard on its predecessor. The Nottingham resident has long been favoured as an MC’s MC and with Bem it is easy to hear why, as the ease with which he delivers the most intricate bars is almost criminal. And his talents don’t stop there, as the majority of Bem is self-produced, with a couple of exceptions courtesy of the Beat Punisher himself, Stu Bangas. The more soulful side to the album is backed up with some nicely placed features, including Liam Bailey and Tyler Daley, as well as guest spots from Tommy Nova, Taja, Oliver Rees, and fellow VVV rapper, Vandal Savage. You can hear the album for yourself below and there are plenty of physical bundles available via Bandcamp. Plus it was Jugz’s birthday yesterday, so go and celebrate by buying some of his art. Read the rest of this entry »

Another week, another cold cut from Boldy James and Alchemist, as they deliver the latest video from their recent album. This time round, the Detroit native is joined by one-time Odd Future affiliate, Vince Staples, and they’re accompanied by a tight video from Lonewolf. The Price Of Tea In China is out now.

Another tantalising drop from R.A.P. Ferreira, as he delivers the next single from his forthcoming album. Leaving Hell is the next piece of the puzzle that is Purple Moonlight Pages, which is entirely produced by The Jefferson Park Boys aka Kenny Segal, Mike Parvizi and Mr Carmack. The video, including the excellent animation, was created by Ben Clarkson. Stay tuned for the full album when it’s released on 6 March on Ruby Yacht.

A second drop this week from Lunar C, as he hits us with the next video from his most recent album. Desperado is brimming over with the same punchlines and braggadocios lyrics that have earned Lunar his tight following (“I’m not messing, Bradford repping/Where a 12 year-old gypsy girl will smash your head in”), along with some slick production from Killmoney. The album, Very Important, is out now.

Ever since PENGSHUi announced their formation a few years back, it has become clearer with each new release and live performance, that these were three seasoned artists who had found the ideal home for their respective crafts. Illaman, Prav and Fatty decided to carve their own niche at the riotous frenzied point at which punk and grime meet, drawing on the parallels between the two genres to devastating effect. Now with the arrival of their debut album, the trio have cemented their position as one of the most rousing and important acts to emerge from the UK in recent times. The self-titled debut is a perfect encapsulation of everything that PENGSHUi stand for, packed to the rafters with the raw energy of their live shows, the humour and sheer entertainment of Illaman’s lyricism, the fierce antiestablishment spirit that permeates both punk and grime, and the absolute FUCK YOU attitude of three artists who are making exactly the type of music they want, because they can. Read the rest of this entry »

A superb project here from ialive, as he achieves his vision of assembling a group of his favourite artists to go to work on a selection of his favourite beats. It’s a fantastic array of names on the tracklist, including Philly affiliates Zilla Rocca, Curly Castro and Torito, as well as the likes of Uncommon NASA, Sleep Sinatra, Unsung and Googie. It’s an ambitious album to pull off, but that’s precisely what ialive has done in spades, simultaneously shining a light on the talent both within his peer group and within his own production techniques. I’ll Wait Forever is out now via Bandcamp and you can also stream it below. Read the rest of this entry »

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. Read the rest of this entry »