The Lasso, Jordan Hamilton & The Saxsquatch: They and I

Fresh sounds from The Lasso, as he introduces the world to his latest project. Continuing to broaden his musical horizons, the Mello Music Group producer has teamed up with regular collaborators, Jordan Hamilton and The Saxsquatch, who play cello and saxophone respectively. If you caught The Lasso’s earlier release, 2121, then you will have heard the three of them at work together on a number of tracks and now they are continuing that inventive magic on Tri Magi. They and I is the lead single from the album and what a welcome it is. Check out the video above and then secure your pre-order in time for the 16 July release.

Mello Music Group: Bushido (Stream)

As reported a few weeks ago, Mello Music Group have put together a compilation featuring a whole bunch of new material from their increasingly dope roster and some equally compelling guests. The album kicks off with a track from Quelle Chris and Alchemist, which should give you some idea of the levels at work here, if you’re not already familiar with Mello’s insanely consistent back catalogue. As we progress we’re treated to new joints from The Lasso and Zackey Force Funk, Cambatta and Apollo Brown, Homeboy Sandman and Eric Lau, as well as three new tracks from Oddisee, including the previously featured No Trouble. You can explore the full array of musical brilliance below and then go check the usual spots for all your streaming/download needs.

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Small Bills: Don’t Play It Straight (Rooftop Performance)

While music fans around the world try to fill the void that has been left by the absence of gigs, there are still a number of artists trying to give us a taste of the live experience. Last November, on a Brooklyn rooftop, Small Bill – aka ELUCID and The Lasso – did just that, with a riveting rendition of their debut album, Don’t Play It Straight. They were joined by fellow album players Kayana, Malachi Mabson and Saxsquatch, and the performance was filmed by Richard Ross. Don’t Play It Straight is out now on Mello Music.

The Lasso: 2121 (Video)

The Lasso is gearing up to release a new solo album, following on from a very successful 2020, which saw the release of three superb collaborative projects. 2121 is the name of the album and it features a cavalcade of features from the likes of Hemlock Ernst, Ill Camille, Fat Tony and previous collaborators, Psypiritual and Lando Chill. A video for the title track saw its release this week, featuring the awesome vocal work of Rachele Eve and A. Billi Free. You can watch it above, and pre-orders for the album are available via Mello Music. The album is due for release on 19 February. Stay tuned for my review coming in next month’s edition of The Wire.

Small Bills: Banneker’s Almanac

A new arrival from Small Bills, as ELUCID and The Lasso continue to deliver the gems from their recent collaboration. Standing as one of the highlights from last year, the abstract brilliance of the project is experienced in all its glory in the glitchy joy of Banneker’s Almanac (Google: Benjamin Banneker). The track is accompanied by some absorbing visuals from Joseph. Don’t Play it Straight is out now on Mello Music Group.

Small Bills ft. Koncept Jack$on: ET Diamond

From one intriguing collab to another, as Small Bills (ELUCID and The Lasso) continue to build the anticipation for their debut. ET Diamond also features Koncept Jack$on, which apparently marks the beginning of a string of collaborations between him and ELUCID; more news on them when I have it. The Small Bills album is due for release on 30 October via Mello Music.

Small Bills ft. Fielded: Safehouse + LP News

A newly formed duo have emerged under the Mello Music banner, as ELUCID and The Lasso join forces to become Small Bills. Both artists are already celebrating wins this year, thanks to Armand Hammer’s triumph with Shrines, and The Lasso’s psychedelic adventure alongside Psypiritual. Now they look set to rack up another one with Don’t Play It Straight, if the first single is anything to go by. Featuring fellow Backwoodz affiliate, Fielded, The Lasso’s punchy horn-flecked production gives a new sense of vigour to ELUCID’s rhyming and leaves me intrigued as to what the rest of the album will offer. Features throughout, including billy woods, Koncept Jack$on and Moor Mother. The album is due for release on 30 October. Continue reading “Small Bills ft. Fielded: Safehouse + LP News”

Psypiritual & The Lasso: Kirlian (Stream)

The Lasso returns with a new collaboration, this time with Tucson MC, Psypiritual. As the title and artwork might suggest, this is an album with heavy psychedelic influences at work, one that sounds like it could have concocted in the midst of an 70’s acid binge in the deserts that surround Psypiritual’s hometown. Elements of funk and soul collide with psych rock guitars, while Psypiritual unleashes his lyrical streams, which put him in a similar class as the likes of Jeremiah Jae. The full album can be heard below and downloads are available over on Bandcamp. Continue reading “Psypiritual & The Lasso: Kirlian (Stream)”

Chris Orrick & The Lasso: I Read That I Was Dead (Stream)

Having already been blessed with one album from Chris Orrick this year, I feel particularly lucky to be able to share another stunning release from the Detroit MC. Departing from the sound of Out To Sea, this time round the Mello Music Group artist has teamed up with label-mate, The Lasso, to create an altogether different album but one which is still very much a Chris Orrick project. I Read That I Was Dead was sparked by Orrick reading about the death of a cryptozoologist who shared his name, which then began a journey into new creative territories. The majority of the album is occupied by the two stars, but there is another MMG related appearance from Quelle Chris, on the previously released single, Specimens. The album can be heard in full below and downloads are available via Bandcamp. Continue reading “Chris Orrick & The Lasso: I Read That I Was Dead (Stream)”

Chris Orrick & The Lasso: People

Another sample from the forthcoming Chris Orrick and The Lasso album, as they unveil their second single, People. The Michigan duo are promising a heavily abstract album, which serves as a good reminder of both Orrick’s dexterous approach to writing and The Lasso’s prowess behind the boards. It’s due for full release on 15 November and pre-orders are available over on Bandcamp.

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