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Blockhead has been a favourite producer of mine ever since I first heard his work with Aesop Rock on Labor Days. Over the years he has maintained a steady stream of solid solo releases – Music by Cavelight and Uncle Tony’s Coloring Book, being two personal favourites – as well as some excellent production credits for some equally excellent rappers. The one thing I have always wanted to hear from him though was a production album, featuring loads of good MCs rapping their asses off, which is exactly what the New York producer delivered today.
Following on from last year’s Funeral Balloons – his debut release on his new label home, Backwoodz Studioz – Free Sweatpants merges quintessential Blockhead instrumentals, with plenty of strong features from a whole host of talented writers. As if it’s not enough having Tree, Hemlock Ernst, Aesop Rock, Armand Hammer, Homeboy Sandman, Vic Spencer and Marq Spekt involved, Blockhead kicks off the album with a track featuring Open Mike Eagle, billy woods AND Breeze Brewin. The result is as good as you would hope for and more. I spent years waiting for this album to happen and I am happy to be able to say it has surpassed all my expectations. Free Sweatpants is available to stream in full below and you find downloads over on Bandcamp. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tomorrow sees the release of the new collaborative project from Confucius MC and Morriarchi. Known collectively as Old Paradice, the duo have combined their ample individual talents into one refined rap entity, which sits in its own niche thanks to a sound and style reminiscent of days past, while keeping a steady finger on the pulse of the new wave.

We have already been treated to a couple of samples from The Last Resort, but the full project is going to surpass those expectations as they deliver songs with solid features from both Violet Springs and Blu.
I am also pleased to be able to announce that the EP will be available on limited edition cassette (as pictured), which comes complete with stickers and a mini personalised Old Paradice Polaroid. Pre-orders for all of this is available over on Bandcamp and you can stream the EP below. Read the rest of this entry »

Surprise drop from Sylla B, as he brings us his new EP. Lagged features three weighty tracks, all produced by Just Sayin and with a solo feature from Aristocrats member, Stil Bizzy. You can expect this to be the start of a domino effect for Sylla, as he has a whole heap of new music poised for release this year. The Lagged EP is available to stream below and you can cop a download over on iTunes. Read the rest of this entry »

Ramson Badbonez joins forces with Illinformed for Sticks & Stones, the lead single from his forthcoming album. Mic Day 13th is due for release on 31 January on High Focus.

More Manchester music for your eyes and ears, courtesy of The Bluntskins and their new lucha libre-inspired video. When The Rain Goes is produced by Pro P, with vocals from Bill Sykes, Cheech and Martin Connor. Downloads are available via Bandcamp.

Not content with dominating 2018 with a string of solid releases, Mutant Academy are back with the first instalment for 2019, from Big Kahuna OG and Fly Anakin. Big Fly 3, follows on from the previous chapter which saw its release back in September. It’s the same M.O. as the two MCs trade bars over five tracks, featuring production from Ohbliv and TUAMIE. You can stream Big Fly 3 below and you can find downloads, as well as the other releases, over on the M.A. Bandcamp. Read the rest of this entry »

Strong start to Skrabl’s new LP, as he releases the first video from the project. Wood For The Trees is the title track and is produced by fellow TROLLGANG member, Oozhe. The album is due for release on 25 January, on TG’s new label home, Wordplay Records.

New video from the J5 legend, as he releases another single from his Instrumentality EP. How We Do is produced by House of Vibe.

New DIY video from Lunar C, as he knocks up some homemade visuals for Rise. The track is produced by HashFinger and is lifted from last year’s triumphant Dirtbrain album.

Great track from Manchester crew, Voodoo Black, as they kick off the year with Gettin Dum. Dubbul O, Ellis Meade and Sparkz take the tempo up to 140, demonstrating their shared dexterity in the booth, with Cutterz production hitting the right notes as standard. Lots more to come from Voodoo Black this year, so keep those eyes peeled.