Exclusive – Skrabl: Lion of the Zodiac

Starting off the week on a high note, as I bring you an exclusive new joint from TrollGang representative, Skrabl. Lion of the Zodiac sees the Wordplay Records artist teaming up with his old friend and fellow TG member, Oozhe, with the duo delivering a piano laced, lyrical bonanza, perfectly highlighting Skrabl’s style of vocal architecture. You can hear Lion of the Zodiac below, with streams available on all the other usual platforms.

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Skrabl: Wood for the Trees (Stream)

The release of Skrabl’s latest album, Wood for the Trees, is a notable occasion on two counts. Firstly it’s the debut release for the newly formed Wordplay Records and secondly, the album signifies a change in Skrabl’s sound. He’s still very much the same MC in terms of skillful wordplay and dexterity, but the overall production has taken a different turn with elements of trap creeping into certain tracks, as well as a general air of new wave throughout the whole project.
Which is all fine by me because if you can do something well and it still sounds banging, then go for it. I’m all for artists exploring new avenues in terms of defying their usual, often self-imposed, artistic restrictions. The production is handled in full by fellow TrollGang representative, Oozhe, and save from a solo feature from final TG member, Verses Bang, the rest of the album allows Skrabl to take centre stage and flourish. Wood for the Trees is available to stream below and you can cop physicals/downloads over on Bandcamp. Continue reading “Skrabl: Wood for the Trees (Stream)”

Verses Bang ft. SonnyJim: Hanger In My Coffin

Verses Bang recently announced that he is one of the first artists to be signed to the newly formed Wordplay Records label, alongside his TrollGang associates, Skrabl and Oozhe. Hanger In My Coffin is the latest track to be lifted from last year’s Dressed To Kill… Myself and features the forever dope tones of SonnyJim, with Oozhe on the beat. Keep an ear out for a lot more music coming from the TG boys real soon.

Oozhe: Pigeon Feed 5

UK producer, Oozhe, takes a break from smashing out beats for the likes of Verses Bang and Ocean Wisdom, to bless us with the fifth instalment from his Pigeon Feed beat tape series. From the triumphant slaps on the appropriately named opener, Enter, to the scratch infested head-nod vibes of Stage 33, Pigeon Feed 5 is a perfect addition to the series. Oozhe is able to straddle the line between boom bap styles and more contemporary flavours, without sounding like he’s pandering to the stalwarts from either group. You can stream the tape below, with streams and downloads available from the usual spots. Continue reading “Oozhe: Pigeon Feed 5”

VersesBang: Versace Rings & Chest Pains

There is a big album from TrollGang affiliate, VersesBang, which came out yesterday and deserves to find a way into your collections. If his recent posts on FB are anything to go by, then this album is not the by-product of happiness, rather the opposite, but that is often the best catalyst for brilliant art as far as I’m concerned. Having enrolled fellow TG member and prevalent producer Oozhe to build all the foundations, the result is 11 tracks of perfectly blended beats and rhymes.
There is definitely an emphasis on life’s ups and downs, but all laced with Verses’ brand of humour and wordplay, which brings any notions of self-pity and self-deprecation into a more palatable mix. There is only one feature, from Tommy Dockerz, but that’s good cos Verses is rightfully the star of this show. The album is available to stream below and you can download your copy over at Bandcamp. Continue reading “VersesBang: Versace Rings & Chest Pains”