As the temperature starts to drop and the evenings get darker, it’s best to have a good source of heat at hand to stave off the winter woes. Thankfully Frosty just released his new mixtape and it’s packed full of enough flames to melt what little is left of the Arctic.
Continue reading “Frosty: Crush (Stream)”
Next month on 18 April, as is now customary in Bristol, High Focus will roll into town en masse to celebrate their 9th birthday. Following on from last year’s success, once again they will takeover the SWX nightclub which is situated bang in the middle of town and will bring with them a selection of the finest artists that their ever-increasing roster has to offer.
On the bill this year we have performances from The Four Owls, Jam Baxter, Coops, Onoe Caponoe, Ed Scissor, Strange U, Ronnie Bosh and Pitch 92 as well as their latest signing Datkid, plus loads more MCs and DJs to get the place jumping. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of reaching one of these events in the past, then you will know what to expect and that what to expect is something special.
As is also customary, I have the opportunity for one of you lucky so-and-sos to win free entry for you and a faithful companion on the night itself. All you have to do to win is answer the following question:
What is the name of the forthcoming album from Datkid and Leaf Dog?
To enter, stick the answer in an email along with your full name and I will pick a winner at random on 1 April. The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. For the full line-up check the poster above and if you’d rather invest in some tickets instead, you can find them here.
Next month Bristol welcomes back High Focus Records for their infamous Summer Block Party. Held in the courtyard of legendary venue, Lakota, for the past few years the event has proven to be a huge success and judging by the summer we are currently experiencing, we could see it reach it new heights this time round. Continue reading “High Focus Block Party: Competition”
Next month Bristol once again plays host to one of High Focus Record’s legendary parties. In the past the city has given a stage to their summer roadblocks and winter parties, but this time they will be one of two cities taking part in the label’s 8th birthday celebrations. Stepping away from their usual haunt of Lakota for this one, HF are headed to SWX in the centre of town. This means more room, better acoustics and a better sound system, which equals a better night for all involved. Continue reading “High Focus 8th Birthday Party: Competition Time”
It was already in the mid-20’s when I rolled down to this year’s High Focus Block Party in Bristol and it was only going to get hotter, given the days running up to the event. Last year’s party had been a smash and this year looked set to at least rival it, if not surpass it. Doors opened at 2pm so I got down there at about 3pm and already had to deal with the huge queue that had formed; a teeming mass of the new generation of UK hip hop fans all fully loyal to the HF brand (and all of whom I’m pretty sure I was old enough to be their dad). Continue reading “High Focus Summer Block Party: Review”
Sticking with the theme of welcome returns, Jehst also makes his comeback this month, following a string of features over the past few years and his recent UK tour.
Arguably one of the most influential artists to ever emerge from these shores, The High Plains Drifter has given us the first leak from the album, in the form of 44th Floor. Continue reading “Jehst: 44th Floor”
Fresh off the reels comes the latest video from the excellent Strange U album. Terminator Funk is the opening track from #LP4080 and sets the tone for the rest of the audible dope that follows. The video was shot by Huw Caddy. You can buy the album over at the HF store.
In case you’ve been living under a rock the past few weeks, Strange U dropped their new project #LP4080 and it is already a contender for album of the year. This is the latest video from the project and was filmed by AboveGround. #LP4080 is available to buy here.
Tomorrow sees the arrival of arguably one of the most anticipated albums of recent times, as Strange U release their debut LP on High Focus. For the past few years Kashmere & Dr Zygote have been making brilliantly weird and unique rap, building up something of a cult following in the process. The two are no strangers to the scene, thanks to years of solo work behind the mic for Kashmere and behind the boards for Zygote, but Strange U seems to have given the pair a new lease of energy, resulting in some of the best music they have ever made. Continue reading “Strange U: #LP4080”
This is the latest video from the forthcoming Strange U album, which is released on High Focus next month. This particular joint features fellow UK vet, Cappo, who provides some suitably spaced out bars to accompany the left field vibes from Kashmere & Zygote. Pre-orders for #LP4080 are available here.