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”

Steel Tipped Dove: Cui Bono

Cui bono is more of a question than a statement – for whose benefit? The answer in this case is us, the listeners, as Brooklyn producer Steel Tipped Dove delivers his latest musical selection. The production is sparse in a lot of places, but each track still manages to act as an audible vignette, packed full of feeling. Also I sparse in places because in comparison you have tracks like You Cannot See That, which have an incredible amount going on within its two minute limits. Continue reading “Steel Tipped Dove: Cui Bono”