Felt: Felt 4 U (Stream)

Following on from the surprise arrival of their first single in 11 years, now Felt are back with a whole new album. Felt 4 U is Murs and Slug’s first full-length project since the release of Felt 3 back in 2009, and on it we find the duo reuniting with arguably the most favoured producer from their earlier offerings – Ant. He’s cooked up a batch of beats which draw on his trademarks influences – funk, blues, country – resulting in an album where Ant is very much the driving force, representing a shift in the dynamic from their previous projects. Some superb guest spots too, with Blimes bringing her vocal excellence to the mix, as well as appearances from Felt 1 and 3 producers, The Grouch and Aesop Rock respectively. And finally a feature from Blueprint, but under his singing alias – Shepard Albertson. The whole album is a welcome surprise for fans and critics alike, judging by the initial reaction, and it also serves as a fitting next chapter in the duo’s journey. You can listen to the album in full below and physicals are available via Rhymesayers. Continue reading “Felt: Felt 4 U (Stream)”

Felt: Name In Ya Mouth

Good news from the Rhymesayers camp, as Murs and Slug reunite as Felt after an 11 year hiatus. 2009 was the last time the duo got together, when they released the Aesop Rock produced, Felt 3: A Tribute to Rosie Perez. This latest single sees them once again joining forces with Ant, who held down the beats on their second escapade, with the Atmosphere producer crafting a funk-heavy banger to reintroduce the crew. Name In Ya Mouth is out now on all the usual platforms.

Aesop Rock: Drums On The Wheel + EP Stream

New music here from Aesop Rock, as he lets his latest creation loose into the world. This new EP is actually the soundtrack from a computer game, Freedom Finger, which is made by one of Ace’s old friends, Travil Millard, who reached out to the Rhymesayers artist to ask him to make some original music for the game. He provided six instrumentals, which crop up at various stages throughout the game, but he also decided to make three brand new vocal tracks which would appear later on bonus levels. Now Rhymesayers have issued a vinyl release of the new music, featuring the three new tracks, plus all the original instrumentals. It’s available on limited edition 10″ vinyl, as well as digital, which you can stream below. Physicals and downloads are available via Bandcamp. Continue reading “Aesop Rock: Drums On The Wheel + EP Stream”

Evidence: Unlearning

A fresh track from Evidence, as he puts his social distancing to good use by writing, recording and releasing this song over the course of a couple of days. It’s an LA to VA connection, as Evidence drafts in Mutant Academy’s Graymatter to handle production, with the video capturing parts of the creative process. The track is also available to stream now via Rhymesayers.

Atmosphere ft. Musab & Muja Messiah: Dearly Beloved

An alternative Valentine’s message from Atmosphere as they release the latest video from their most recent album. Dearly Beloved features a couple of excellent guest spots from fellow Minnesota veterans, Musab and Muja Messiah, as well as plenty of animal heads, cocaine and a limousine. The video was made by Blood $moke Body. The track is lifted from Whenever, which is out now on Rhymesayers. Continue reading “Atmosphere ft. Musab & Muja Messiah: Dearly Beloved”

Sa-Roc: Hand of God

As the world waits patiently for the release of Sa-Roc’s long-awaited album, the Rhymesayers MC has released a new single to tide us over. Hand of God is another sublime display of Sa-Roc’s sharpened lyricism, which earns her a place as one of the most consistent MCs around. As usual, it’s Sol Messiah on the production and the video was made by Tommy Nova. Continue reading “Sa-Roc: Hand of God”

Aesop Rock: Rogue Wave

“A little bread, a little circus, it serve as a diversion for devils and death merchants” – and so begins the surprise new single from Aesop Rock, Rogue Wave, which saw its release yesterday. Sadly, the Rhymesayers artist is mourning the loss of a close friend at the moment, so a portion of proceeds from the single’s sales will go to the family of Kurt Hayashi. There are also two portraits of Kurt included in the video, which as you will see, is made up of portraits drawn by Aesop Rock, before being expertly stitched together by Rob Shaw. As well as the single itself, there are also t-shirts and stickers available, plus a limited edition 7″ version. All of which can be found here. Continue reading “Aesop Rock: Rogue Wave”

Atmosphere: Love Each Other

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. Continue reading “Atmosphere: Love Each Other”

Atmosphere ft. Nikki Jean: Lovely + LP Stream

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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Aesop Rock & Tobacco: Tuesday

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. Continue reading “Aesop Rock & Tobacco: Tuesday”