Aloe Vera & Steel Tipped Dove: Days Pass Strange (Stream)

Following on from last month’s post which introduced Ohio artist, Aloe Vera, to the blog, this month saw the release of their full album. Days Pass Strange is a collaborative project with Backwoodz affiliate, Steel Tipped Dove, who is at the helm for the duration of the album’s production.
It’s an album that’s rooted in the idea of personal change, while also examining social and societal issues on a larger scale. The pairing of Dove’s production with Aloe’s writing works perfectly within that framework and leads to an engaging nine track run, which warrants closer examination than simple background music. You can listen for yourself below, then head over to Bandcamp to grab a download and / or cassette.

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Aloe Vera: Demarcus Kain Needs Money

Pleased to bring a new artist to the blog and to me personally, and one I am very much looking forward to hearing more from. Aloe Vera came on to my radar thanks to some tweets from Steel Tipped Dove, who is the brains behind the beats on this latest single and the entirety of Aloe’s forthcoming release, Days Pass Strange. More and more these days I find myself searching for some intrigue in the new artists I discover, or else they tend to fade away without much thought, and that is precisely what is on offer here, in both the production and the delivery. Stay tuned for the full project, which is due to arrive on 11 November.

ShrapKnel: Lazy Dog

A brand new video from the equally new ShrapKnel album, as Curly Castro and PremRock reconvene in their faultless combination to deliver another essential set of raps. Lazy Dog features production from Steel Tipped Dove, while the video was made by Owen Taylor and Mike Petrow. The album, Metal Lung, is out now on Backwoodz Studioz.

Steel Tipped Dove: Call Me When You’re Outside (Stream)

After well and truly getting the world excited with a teaser from his album, yesterday marked the full release for Steel Tipped Dove. Having amassed a list of features to make the average underground rap fan weep tears of joy, Dove went on to craft a selection of beats that each marry perfectly with their guest stars. As well as the previously shared, NFT, featuring The Koreatown Oddity and billy woods, there are also cuts with SKECH185, Fatboi Sharif, SHIRT, ELUCID, KeiyaA, Fat Tony, Pink Siifu and Fielded, as well as a few more with woods. You can experience a taste of the joys available below and then head to Bandcamp to show your support.

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Steel Tipped Dove ft. The Koreatown Oddity & billy woods: NFT + LP News

Very happy to bring you news of the forthcoming album from Steel Tipped Dove. Not only will it be a pleasure to hear an album from one of the scene’s more secretive weapons, but the guestlist he has drummed up for the project is the stuff of rap dreams. Call Me When You’re Outside is due for release next week and features appearances from the likes of Fat Tony, Pink Siifu, Fielded, Fatboi Sharif and ELUCID. The first track came out this week as part of the Adult Swim Singles Series, and it features The Koreatown Oddity and billy woods. You can hear NFT below and then get your pre-orders for the album in via Bandcamp.

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Wrecking Crew: Steel’s Kitchen (Stream)

Wrecking Crew assemble in full for their new project, which channels the spirit of the crew and label compilations that came before them. Every aspect of the album is on point, from the production picks and the artists they’re paired with, down to the song titles and artwork. Some stand out moments for me, include the Alaska assisted ShrapKnel track, Broken Handstyle, which features some rousing production from Steel Tipped Dove, and one of two fresh new Career Crooks joints, Looks Easy When it Works, which is further bolstered by Marcus Pinn’s precision cuts. The whole thing is worth your attention though and you can peruse it at your leisure below, with downloads, physicals and merch stacked up over on Bandcamp.

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Nosaj x Steel Tipped Dove: NOWNOWNOW (Stream)

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. Continue reading “Nosaj x Steel Tipped Dove: NOWNOWNOW (Stream)”

Steel Tipped Dove & billy woods ft. keiyaA: Kingston

Kingston is a new track from Steel Tipped Dove, a loosie from the recent Terror Management recording sessions with billy woods. woods is joined on the track by vocalist, keiyaA, whose mellow tones work well next to woods’ urgent flow. You can stream Kingston below and downloads are available via Bandcamp. The artwork, created by Myra Musgrove, is available in a limited run of prints, which you can find on Musgrove’s site.

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Zilla Rocca: Future Former Rapper (Stream)

Good to see the long-awaited solo album from Zilla Rocca has finally been given life. Future Former Rapper is the culmination of a career which spans 13 years, all of them as a totally independent artist – which is no mean feat given how many fellow independents have been swallowed up or broken beyond repair during that same period.
The album is the perfect showcase for the talents that have kept Zilla afloat through those years and finds him accompanied by some of the artists that he has been associated with during that same time frame.
Guest spots are held by the likes of Armand Hammer, Serengeti and fellow Wrecking Crew representative, Curly Castro, as well as a bunch of high-end production credits from Steel Tipped Dove, Messiah Musik, Disco Vietnam and Small Pro. Future Former Rapper is ready to stream below, with downloads available via Bandcamp. Continue reading “Zilla Rocca: Future Former Rapper (Stream)”

Zilla Rocca ft. Serengeti & Sid Sutra: Enemy Stranger Friend

Wrecking Crew representative, Zilla Rocca, continues to build the hype for his long-awaited solo album, Future Former Rapper, with a brand new track lifted from the project. Enemy Stranger Friend features two notable appearances from Serengeti and Sid Sutra, with production from Steel Tipped Dove. Future Former Rapper is due for release on 9 November, on POW Recordings. Continue reading “Zilla Rocca ft. Serengeti & Sid Sutra: Enemy Stranger Friend”