If you read my recent interview with Verb T, you will know that the Four Owls MC has another album on the way with Pitch 92, following on from their superb 2017 release, Good Evening. On Cold Case the duo draft in the amply talented, TrueMendous and in the process have created a very strong start to the new LP. Question Of Time is due for release at the end of August on High Focus.
Nice selection of tracks from In The Balance, featuring the wealth of talent that makes up their current roster. Regular visitors to the blog will most likely be familiar with some of the tracks already, but having them all compiled together in one place is a great reminder of just how much quality music the label has been responsible for since its inception back in 2015. Continue reading “In the Balance Records: In The Balance Vol. 1”
I remember first hearing Verb T rap when his track Showbitchness was included on a Low Life Records compilation, back in 2003. Since then he has been a constant in my relationship with UK hip hop, thanks to his association with High Focus, most notably as part of The Four Owls, as well as a string of projects with the likes of Pitch 92 and Illinformed. I spoke with him recently about a number of things including maintaining his longevity, setting up his own label and his ongoing struggles with Crohn’s Disease.
Fresh out the gates today, comes the latest visual offering from Moreone, as he makes tentative steps towards the release of his new album. 3991 is produced by Verb T and features cuts from Jazz T. Streams and downloads are also available now via In The Balance Records.
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.
Another blinding debut release right here, as Manchester-based producer, Pitch 92, drops his highly anticipated 3rd Culture album. It’s a debut for a producer who has long been a part of the UK scene, making a name for himself off the back of a string of solid collaborations alongside a number of artists including Verb T and more recently, DRS. He released his Lost in Space EP on High Focus last year to critical acclaim, but now he takes things up to new heights with this full-length project. Continue reading “Pitch 92: 3rd Culture (Stream)”
New album on the horizon from Pitch 92 and he’s kicking it off in style with the lead single. Humanoid features Verb T, Kashmere and MysDiggi, unbelievably marking the first time that Kash and Mys have appeared on a track together. The album, 3rd Culture, is out on High Focus on 28 February.
Verb T returns with some new music to help us beat the midweek blues. For You features fellow label mate, Moreone, with production from Urban Click. The video was made by Parallel Media. If you’re in Bristol this Friday, head down to The Exchange to catch an In The Balance showcase, featuring Verbs, Moreone, Rye Shabby, G00SE, Chillman and Sam Krats. Tickets are available here.
In The Balance Records reppin’ hard on their new video, as Verb T, Moreone and Rye Shabby get busy over a tight beat from Micall Parknsun. If you’re in Bristol, watch out for an ITB showcase happening at The Exchange on 23 November. The video for Hallway was made by WaveyxTimes.
Happy to see the arrival of the debut album from Green Brick Records, as Res One and Illinformed drop the long-awaited A Dogs Dreams. Featuring 11 tracks from the UK stalwarts, plus a whole host of guest spots from the likes of Inja, Verb T, Smellington Piff and Leaf Dog, as well as Res’s fellow Split Prophets, the album is a strong start for the fledgling label. You can stream the full project below, with downloads and limited edition vinyl available over on Bandcamp. Continue reading “Res One & Illinformed: A Dogs Dreams (Stream)”