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MOS DEF – SENSEI ON THE BLOCK

Having changed from stage name Mos Def to real name Yasiin Bey not too long ago, the Queens Hip Hop originator regresses a few years for a new track ‘Sensei On The Block’.  The track comes with production from Ski Beatz, on which the bass and percussion heavy instrumental compliments Bey’s hard [-er than usual]…

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MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS – DOWNTOWN

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ latest offering features Hip Hop legends Kool Moe Dee, Grandmaster Caz and Melle Mel.  It goes so whole-heartedly for the throwback vibe that it seems more than a little bit like Hip Hop’s answer to ‘Uptown Funk’; it feels a little dirty but you’re lying if you said it’s not a little…

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JAMMER – ROYAL RUMBLE

With less than a month to go until Lord of the Mics returns in its seventh incarnation [September 23], one of its founding member’s Jammer releases ‘Royal Rumble’.  The track is a start-studded affair, featuring D Double E, Footsie, Lethal B, Hype, Blacks, Jendor, Shorty, Bruza, Ears, Face and Royal alongside the man himself.  “It’s…

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TOM MISCH – BEAT TAPE 2

The modest title of Tom Misch’s ‘Beat Tape 2’ quite simply doesn’t do it justice.  Not satisfied paying homage to the likes of Dilla, Misch takes elements from Jazz as well as features from the likes of Carmody [‘Wander With Me‘], Loyle Carner [‘Nightgowns‘] and Jordan Rakei [‘Wake Up This Day‘] to put together something truly…

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LEAN LOW & DJ DUBPLATES – HIGH AT THE FAIRGROUND

‘High At The Fairground’ unites London producer Lean Low with LA native DJ Dubplates [of Raider Klan fame].  The short, four-track EP traverses Grime, Hip Hop and Trap in a way that would never fall categorically into any of the aforementioned.  Throughout, there’s a “codeine-drenwooziness to the beats that provide a window into the EP’s inception;…

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WILEY – STEP 2001 [PROD. ZOMBY]

Wiley’s ‘Step 20’, the last in his ‘Its All Fun And Games Til…’ series with producer Rude Kid is one of those Grime stand-outs that’s in a league of it’s own.  The 2013 original, filled with bass wobbles, takes big cues from Dubstep as much as it does from Garage.  Fast-forward two years and the track…

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ELWD – TROPIC TV

The concept for ELWD’s new visual ‘Tropic TV’ was borne out of his recently-released beat tape, ‘Tropic‘: “Tropic TV was an idea I had whilst I was creating the album, I wanted to create a TV channel like the old travel holiday infomercials you used to see back in the day, using a mash up of old footage with…