ELUCID: Spellling + LP Stream

Having teased us with the promise of another 12 month bounty of stellar projects at the start of the year, Backwoodz continue to keep to their word with the release of the latest album from ELUCID. I Told Bessie landed last week and helped to further carve out ELUCID’s niche as one of the most captivating artists of a generation. Wielding his voice as a weapon, the Armand Hammer MC wades through production picks from the likes of Child Actor, Sebb Bash, August Fanon, The Lasso and The Alchemist. There is also a strong supporting cast of vocalists, including billy woods, Quelle Chris and Pink Siifu. You can watch the video for the lead single, Spellling, above and then head to Bandcamp to grab a copy of the full album.

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Mr MFN eXquire: Huzzah! (Vinyl Release)

Good news from Brooklyn, as Mr MFN eXquire answers our rap prayers with a new vinyl release for one of his most popular songs. Huzzah! and its remixed accompaniment, The Last Huzzah, are now available on vinyl for the first time since the track was initially released back in 2011. The track features production from Necro and the remix is blessed with additional verses from Das Racist, Danny Brown, Despot and of course El-P, who drops what many consider to be some of his greatest bars. The vinyl edition is available now via Bandcamp, along with the official digital version which you can listen to below.

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Namir Blade: Mephisto

Very happy to see the arrival of the latest solo effort from Namir Blade. Having caught my attention with his stunning Mello Music debut back in 2020 and then again last year when he teamed up with L’Orange for Imaginary Everything, Namir has proven himself time and time again, to be one of the most interesting voices on the label’s roster. The latest album, Metropolis, is out now and you can check out one of the tracks above, in the form of Mephisto, on which we hear Namir offering his take on the German folklore tale, Mephistopheles. Streams, downloads and physicals for the album are available now via Mello.

Pan Amsterdam & Damu the Fudgemunk: EAT (Pre-Order + Tasters)

Food and hip hop have been bedfellows throughout the ages and now the rap / cuisine collaboration is getting a fresh boost, thanks to the latest opus from Pan Amsterdam. His forthcoming album, EAT, will see the rapping horns player uniting with fellow Def Pressé representative, Damu the Fudgemunk, for a 14 course audible banquet. The full album is due for release on 24 June, but in the meantime you can tuck into a couple of early amuse-bouches in the form of Rigatoni and Duck Wok, which are both available to stream below. Pre-orders for physical and digital formats are also available now via Bandcamp.

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Danger Mouse & Black Thought: No Gold Teeth

Better late than never, as far as covering new Black Thought releases goes. This video emerged a few weeks back, heralding the forthcoming release of a collaborative project with Danger Mouse, entitled Cheat Codes. The pairing of Thought with one of the most prolific and consistent producers of his generation, should be the cause for jubilation and this first taster is the perfect example of why. Pre-orders for Cheat Codes are available now.

They Hate Change: X-Ray Spex

Another album that you should all be exploring, is the latest from They Hate Change. The Tampa duo were raised on a diet of distinctly British beats, the sounds of which echo throughout their Finally, New LP. X-Ray Spex is a fine example of this cultural exchange, as their southern flows manoeuvre perfectly along the frantic drum lines of the DnB tinted production. Good shit indeed. Finally, New is out now on Jagjaguwar.

Quelle Chris ft. MoRuf & Pink Siifu: The Sky Is Blue Because The Sunset Is Red

Just one of the many beautiful moments to be found on Quelle Chris’s most recent album, DEATHFAME, which was given life earlier this month. The Sky Is Blue… sees Quelle once again joining forces with Chris Keys, who co-produces the track alongside Knxwledge. He is also joined on the mic by MoRuf and Pink Siifu, who bring even more pleasantries to an already satisfying song. The video was made by Jabari Canada. DEATHFAME is out now via Mello Music Group.

Davis: Portrait (Stream)

An enticing new project from Davis aka The Dorchester Bully, as he blesses the world with Portrait. A study in self-reflection, Portrait is a single track affair that separates into four parts and boasts a feature from Defcee, as well as Davis’ own on-point lyrical insights. Portrait is produced by Joshua Virtue and is available to stream below, with downloads over on Bandcamp.

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