JAY PRINCE – LOVE IS / GLAM

With very little warning, Jay Prince drops a new A/B side.  First track ‘Love Is’ sees Kojey Radical contribute the perfect counterpoint to the laid-back, celebratory refrain.  B side ‘GLAM’ rests around syncopated percussion and a driving bassline, over which we get singing and bars from Prince, as well as some mellow, pitched-up vocals.  In…

OSCAR #WORLDPEACE – NO WHITE GOD [VIDEO]

Taz Tron Delix was responsible for Oscar #Worldpeace’ innovative video for ‘En Route‘, and is back behind the lens for ‘No White God.’  His searing take on the realities of blackness in overwhelmingly white spaces is taken from his upcoming EP ‘IC3’, and the visuals are no less striking.  Cloaked in water and smoke, #Worldpeace raps…

KOJEY RADICAL, MAHALIA & SWINDLE – WATER

Kojey Radical’s new single ‘Water’ features Atlantic vocalist Mahalia and production from Swindle, who add Soulful, Jazzy tinges to his work. “I wrote ‘Water’ to document the moments where ignorance no longer feels like bliss,” says Kojey.  “I wanted the record to feel familiar, like having a conversation with a person you worry about because of…

SKEPTA – PURE WATER

Skepta sparks rumours of a 2018 album release with new track ‘Pure Water.’  The signs are there; a GQ cover, a top billing at this year’s Lovebox festival, the list goes on, but Skepta’s first release as a Nigerian chief feels a little throwaway.  While the hard, minimalist Grime beat is up there with the…

MS BANKS – THE COLDEST WINTER EVER

Although Ms Banks’ ‘The Coldest Winter Ever’ is officially billed as a mixtape, it has all the statement and intent of a debut album, and at twelve tracks long it feels like the first in-depth conversation with the the British MC.  Especially since the star’s cosign, Nick Minaj comparisons feel lazy, but in terms of…

FALSIDE – RELENTLESS AND UNFORGIVING

‘Relentless and Unforgiving’ may not be the most welcoming EP title you’ve ever come across, but we certainly suggest you forego any associated reservations about hitting play on this new five track offering from New York beatsmith Falside.  Opener ‘Yoppa’ is a stark, spacious affair on which long, drifting synths are propelled by harsh percussion…

CHILDISH GAMBINO – THIS IS AMERICA

Although Donald Glover has previously alluded to not quite being finished with his Rap alter-ego Childish Gambino, new single ‘This is America’ came relatively out of the blue. Speculated to be the first single from an upcoming album, the track comments on the condition of black Americans in 2018, as does the Hiro Murai directed…