Vandal Savage x Claude Money: Raoul Moat

Nottingham maintains its rep as a hotbed of rap talent, thanks to this new project from Vandal Savage and Claude Money. The VVV MC seems to have found an ideal match in the rising Nottingham beat-maker, as he weaves his way through an array of woozy jazz samples and solid drum loops, ably assisted by Juga-Naut and Sonnyjim along the way. You can hear the full album above and it’s also available on Spotify.

Juga-Naut: Bem (Stream)

Never one to rest on his laurels, Juga-Naut returned to the fore yesterday with the release of his latest album, Bem. It follows on from his acclaimed collaboration last year with Giallo Point, and on this latest outing we find Jugz’s pen game reaching exactly the same dizzying heights as we heard on its predecessor. The Nottingham resident has long been favoured as an MC’s MC and with Bem it is easy to hear why, as the ease with which he delivers the most intricate bars is almost criminal. And his talents don’t stop there, as the majority of Bem is self-produced, with a couple of exceptions courtesy of the Beat Punisher himself, Stu Bangas. The more soulful side to the album is backed up with some nicely placed features, including Liam Bailey and Tyler Daley, as well as guest spots from Tommy Nova, Taja, Oliver Rees, and fellow VVV rapper, Vandal Savage. You can hear the album for yourself below and there are plenty of physical bundles available via Bandcamp. Plus it was Jugz’s birthday yesterday, so go and celebrate by buying some of his art. Continue reading “Juga-Naut: Bem (Stream)”

Juga-Naut & Giallo Point: Back To The Grill Again (Stream)

Another incredible album is released into the world today, as Juga-Naut and Giallo Point drop the rightly anticipated, Back To The Grill Again. Both artists have steadily climbed the ranks of recognition over the past few years and are now viewed by many as two of best in the UK. The argument for that recognition is very strong on this new album, with Jugz’s lyrical prowess seemingly more attuned than ever and Giallo providing the perfect accompaniment for him with each beat. It’s definitely one to satisfy the older generation, as you can guess from the opening lines of the blurb – “This album is best listened to on MiniDisc in Nottingham, wearing Air Max Uptempo’s while going to watch Space Jam the day it dropped at the Odeon 1997” – but I can see it easily enticing fresher faced fans too, thanks to the production values and the often luxurious lyrical content. Fine list of features too, with Milano Constantine, Scorzayzee, SmooVth, Napoleon Da Legend, Vandal Savage, and SonnyJim all on the assist. There are various physical and merch deals available over on Bandcamp and you can hear the album in full below. Continue reading “Juga-Naut & Giallo Point: Back To The Grill Again (Stream)”

Chong Wizard: The Soul Stone

Vancouver’s favourite mixtape wizard, Chong Wizard, assembles a particularly strong line-up for his latest project. The Soul Stone manages to cram in some superb features into just six tracks, with artists like Vic Spencer, Juga-Naut, El Ay and Vandal Savage all stepping up to the plate. You can hear the full release below and downloads/physicals are available over on Bandcamp. Continue reading “Chong Wizard: The Soul Stone”

Juga-Naut: Bon Vivant (Stream)

Pleased to see the arrival of Juga-Naut’s latest solo album, Bon Vivant. It rounds off another strong year for the Nottingham artist, following on from a string of solid collaborations, including his Purple Door project with SonnyJim, as well as his own Found Objects release back in February. Bon Vivant sees Jugz summoning the collective strength of a number of UK luminaries to assist with the project, including Joe Buhdha, Micall Parknsun and his fellow VVV brothers, Cappo and Vandal Savage. You can stream the album below and there are physicals/merch available via Bandcamp. Continue reading “Juga-Naut: Bon Vivant (Stream)”

Juga-Naut ft. Scorzayzee & Vandal Savage: Silk Portraits

We’re only two days away from the release of Juga-Naut’s latest album and to get us in the mood, he has blessed us with a single serving of dope from the project. Silk Portraits is a self-produced affair, with features from two fellow Nottingham mic killers, Vandal Savage and Scorzayzee. The full album, Bon Vivant, is up for pre-order now over on Bandcamp, with the release set for Friday. Continue reading “Juga-Naut ft. Scorzayzee & Vandal Savage: Silk Portraits”

Juga-Naut x SonnyJim: The Purple Door (Stream)

Pleased to see the arrival of the new album from Nottingham favourite, Juga-Naut. The Purple Door is produced in its entirety by SonnyJim, which in itself is a testament to Jugz’s popularity amongst fans and peers alike, as Sonny has been pretty vocal in the past about how few UK Mcs he holds in high regard. The album weighs in at 12 tracks and there are features from fellow VVV members, Vandal Savage and Cappo. You can stream the album below and physicals are available via EatGood Records. Continue reading “Juga-Naut x SonnyJim: The Purple Door (Stream)”

Apollo Brown ft. Juga-Naut, Vandal Savage & Cappo: Time’s Different

Was hyped to see this drop into my timeline last night. Apollo Brown is the first producer to be involved with a new series of releases in conjunction with Sydney-based label, Low Key Source. Across the Globe is going to see well-known producers collaborate with MCs and other vocalists from all over the world, including this gem featuring VVV’s finest. There is also a track featuring Jehst and Tyler Daley, which sounds like it will be worth our attention. You can stream Time’s Different below and pre-orders for the EP are available now. Continue reading “Apollo Brown ft. Juga-Naut, Vandal Savage & Cappo: Time’s Different”

VVV: Polo Zeus

Check out the latest video from one of last year’s UK rap high points, as VVV unleash a fresh visual for Polo Zeus. Superbly retro feel to this one too, complete with a nod to Teletext, which is all the more welcome for an 80’s kid like me. Cappo, Juga-Naut and Vandal Savage are all formidable MCs in their own right, but something extra is added when they all get together on a track. Bozo Boyz is available to purchase now over on Bandcamp.