Lt Headtrip: Steinway (Stream)

This week we were treated to the release of the new album from Lt Headtrip, following on from a couple of very enticing singles. Steinway serves as an ode to Headtrip’s home, studio and general safehouse for the orbiting artists that have played a part in WATKK’s story to date. Many of those same artists make up the guestlist on the album, with features from the likes of Googie, Duncecap, Samurai Banana and Gruff Lion. I’m not sure if this is the last we’ll hear from the label this year, but if it is then it’s a fitting finale for an exceptionally strong 12 months. Steinway is available to stream below, while downloads are available via Bandcamp.

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miles cooke: Oprah

I’m still playing catch up with some of the year’s releases, including this track from miles cooke, which came out at the start of last month. As if the song itself wasn’t enough to make me a fan, the video features miles walking the streets carrying a houseplant, thus combining two of my favourite things – walking and plants. Oprah is lifted from the album, i used to feel things, which is out now and signifies another win for the WATKK gang.

Lt Headtrip ft. Googie: Out My Damn Mind

More music from the Karma Kids camp, as Lt Headtrip readies the troops for a new self-produced album. Enlisting the help of Googie on the first single, Out My Damn Mind, the resulting track is a heady blend of vocals from two equally imposing flows. The rest of the album is set to feature a bumper cast of support from the likes of Samurai Banana, Duncecap and Gruff Lion. It’s due out on 29 November, with pre-orders available now via WATKK.

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Teddy Faley: VHS

Yet another album that didn’t get the praise it deserved from the blog this year was Teddy Faley’s January release of Teddy Brown Brown. It was a heady mix of emotions, cynicism and humour – often all found within the same song – that included some of my favourite moments from the rap year so far. VHS was the album’s opener and today saw the release of a new video, which brings even more poignancy to the lyrics, thanks to old home movie footage that has been spliced into the clip. Teddy Brown Brown is out now via WATKK.

Teddy Faley: An Incomplete List

Hard to put this into words, but somehow Teddy Faley has written a song that is at once one of the most powerful and sorrowful songs I’ve ever heard. Having dealt with more than my fair share of grief over the years, the lyrics to An Incomplete List hit harder than most and Faley’s delivery only serves to make the tears swell stronger. He begins the song by saying he wants to get this one right and I’m so grateful he succeeded. Stream it below, then check the WATKK Bandcamp for a download.

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