Tree & Parallel Thought: The Wild End (Stream)

Somehow this new one from Tree and Parallel Thought slipped under my radar when it was released at the end of last month. I’ve been a fan of Parallel’s production ever since I heard his work on Tame One’s solo album, as well as his collab with Del. Pleased to report this project sustains my admiration for his beats and if you’re a regular visitor to the blog, you will already know I’m a big fan of Tree as well, so this collaboration was always going to go down well with me. The Wild End is available to stream below and head over to Bandcamp to find digital downloads. Continue reading “Tree & Parallel Thought: The Wild End (Stream)”

TREE: We Grown Now (Stream)

Chicago MC and producer, TREE, returns with a new full-length project, We Grown Now. Having established himself as a standout figure on the Chicago scene with a number of strong releases, including 2013’s Sunday School II and the more recent Nothing is Something alongside Vic Spencer, the gravel voiced Soul Trap pioneer now blesses us with one of his most cohesive projects to date. As the name suggests, this new album goes heavy on progression and growth, all delivered with TREE’s grizzled yet often melodic flow. We Grown Now can be streamed in full below, with downloads available via Bandcamp. Continue reading “TREE: We Grown Now (Stream)”

Blockhead: Free Sweatpants (Stream)

Blockhead has been a favourite producer of mine ever since I first heard his work with Aesop Rock on Labor Days. Over the years he has maintained a steady stream of solid solo releases – Music by Cavelight and Uncle Tony’s Coloring Book, being two personal favourites – as well as some excellent production credits for some equally excellent rappers. The one thing I have always wanted to hear from him though was a production album, featuring loads of good MCs rapping their asses off, which is exactly what the New York producer delivered today.
Following on from last year’s Funeral Balloons – his debut release on his new label home, Backwoodz Studioz – Free Sweatpants merges quintessential Blockhead instrumentals, with plenty of strong features from a whole host of talented writers. As if it’s not enough having Tree, Hemlock Ernst, Aesop Rock, Armand Hammer, Homeboy Sandman, Vic Spencer and Marq Spekt involved, Blockhead kicks off the album with a track featuring Open Mike Eagle, billy woods AND Breeze Brewin. The result is as good as you would hope for and more. I spent years waiting for this album to happen and I am happy to be able to say it has surpassed all my expectations. Free Sweatpants is available to stream in full below and you find downloads over on Bandcamp. Continue reading “Blockhead: Free Sweatpants (Stream)”

Chris Crack: This Will All Make Sense Later (Stream)

Another new release from Chris Crack, less than a month after he blessed us with Being Woke Ain’t Fun. This Will All Make Sense Later is released in conjunction with another hardworking rap entity, Chong Wizard, and the project is produced in full by August Fanon. There are features too, with cats like Vic Spencer, Ugly Boy Modeling and Tree all gracing various tracks with their presence. The album is available to stream below, with downloads and limited edition cassettes to be found over on Bandcamp. Continue reading “Chris Crack: This Will All Make Sense Later (Stream)”