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Monochrome dreams in the latest video from Atmosphere and their recent surprise album. On Love Each Other, we hear Slug examining the pitfalls and positives of taking relationships with sexual acquaintances to the next level, as Ant’s soothing, guitar-laced production eases into your ears. The video for Love Each Other was made by Tomas Aksamit and the album, Whenever, is out now on Rhymesayers. Read the rest of this entry »

Good news is scarce this morning, but luckily I do have something to brighten these post-election blues. At midnight, Minnesota hip hop pioneers, Atmosphere, decided to release a surprise new album, following on from the release of last year’s, Mi Vida Local. Kicking off with their recent single, Bde Maka Ska, the album then weaves its way through 11 more finely crafted tracks, with Slug and Ant as reliably on point as ever before. Atmosphere have released so many solid albums over the years, that at this point the only surprise is going to be if they hit us with a dud. Luckily, Whenever falls into their usual category of reliable rap. Features come from a mix of new and more familiar names, including fellow RSE artist, Nikki Jean, Dynospectrum veteran, Musab, and rising Minnesota rap star, Haphduzn. The album is available to stream in full below and there is also a video for the Jean assisted track, Lovely. Other streaming options are also available.

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I’ve got three fantastic new videos in a row for you today, kicking off with the latest from one of my favourite albums of the year, the weird and wonderful Malibu Ken collaboration from Aesop Rock and TOBACCO. The video contains the condensed life story of a strange mould baby – for want of a better phrase – as Aesop breaks down his unsavoury living arrangements, which certainly ring true with virtually every shared house I lived in during my early 20’s, e.g. “One plate, one fork, itty-bitty lamp/I would offer you a drink, but I literally can’t”. The video was directed by Rob Shaw. Malibu Ken is out now on Rhymesayers. Read the rest of this entry »

“Let me hear you rap on these”, proclaimed Evidence on Twitter this week, as he pushed the new beat tape that was given life earlier this month. Squirrel Tape Instrumentals Vol. 1 is a great blend of heavy drums and soulful melodies, from an arguably underrated top tier producer. As well as the digital release, which you can stream in full below, there are also limited edition vinyl and cassette versions which have been made in three different colours. For more info on all that, check the Bandcamp page.

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Minneapolis favourites, Atmosphere, return to the fore once again, as they release a brand new track. Bde Maka Ska is the first single from the Rhymesayers duo, since last year’s excellent Mi Vida Local album. Atmosphere are gearing up to go on tour once again, kicking off in January in their hometown. More info is available on the Rhymesayers site.

Last week, Evidence announced the imminent arrival of new music from Step Brothers – the creative alliance he formed with long-term friend and collaborator, Alchemist. Today saw the release of their new single, which arrives five years after the success of their Lord Steppington LP. Burnt Tree continues in the same spirit as their earlier material, with the duo trading bars over some drum-heavy, soul tinged production from Alchemist. The only real difference is in Alc’s flow, as it sounds slightly more in your face than on previous records, which is definitely not a bad thing. As it stands this is a standalone single, with a limited edition 12″ vinyl version available via Tuff Kong Records. The video was made by The Digggers.

Happy to see the arrival of Nikki Jean’s debut release on Rhymesayers. Having first come to my attention as the lead singer of Nouveau Riche, alongside The Roots affiliate, Dice Raw, Nikki’s voice was always especially captivating. Having teased us with a couple of singles over the last year or so, including the atmospheric, People & Planes, the Philadelphia-based vocalist proves her worth with this seven track, hip hop infused EP. There is a lone feature from regular collaborator, Lupe Fiasco, who drops in on the previously released single, Mr Clean, with the rest of the project allowing Nikki’s lyricism to simply shine through. Downloads of Beautiful Prison are available over on Bandcamp and the full EP can be heard below. Read the rest of this entry »

The latest video from Atmosphere was just given life, as they continue delivering the gems from their most recent album. On Earring, the Minneapolis duo draft in one of their oldest friends and collaborators, Musab FKA Beyond, with the video shot against a backdrop that feels like it could have been a Coen Brothers brainchild. Earring is lifted from Mi Vida Local, which is out now on Rhymesayers.

Brand new visuals from Atmosphere, for yet another gem taken from their latest album. The video was directed by Johannes Roth and Slug. Mi Vida Local is out now on Rhymesayers.

Great track from deM atlaS as he drops the latest video from his recent Bad Actress album. Bad Days Are Over also features fellow RSE label mates, Atmosphere, and the video was made by Beth Saravo on the recent Mi Vida Local tour. You can find downloads for Bad Actress here.