THE STREETS – NONE OF US ARE GETTING OUT OF THIS LIFE ALIVE

Mike Skinner & co bring us the first album from The Streets in 10 long years.  Originally intending to make a TONGA album themed around his balloon-filled club nights, NOUAGOOTLA is essentially the bi-product that came together whilst Skinner worked on a film accompanied by another album.  Given these circumstances, and the dizzying array of…

ANDERSON .PAAK – LOCKDOWN

Anderson .Paak celebrated Juneteenth this year with a new protest song titled ‘Lockdown,’ on which he details his experience at the Black Lives Matter protests held in Los Angeles in June. It’s a poignant and powerful contribution to the movement featuring an equally heartfelt verse from TDE’s Jay Rock. Stream below via YouTube.

NOVELIST – STAY WITH ME

Novelist has always made it clear that he’s not interested in staying in one lane. Having cut his teeth as a Grime MC with lightning flows, projects like 2017’s ‘Be Blessed‘ have shown that he’s keen to experiment.  That said, R&B slow jam ‘Stay With Me’ still comes as a complete surprise – its accompanying…

RUN THE JEWELS – RUN THE JEWELS 4

“The world is infested with bullshit so here’s something raw to listen to while you deal with it all. We hope it brings you some joy. Stay safe and hopeful out there,” is the message from Killer MIke & El-P.  Their new album comes amidst equal rights protests following the brutal murder of George Floyd…

FREDDIE GIBBS & ALCHEMIST – ALFREDO

Freddie Gibbs’ collaborative album with legendary producer Alchemist deserves every bit as much cult status as either ‘Bandana‘ & ‘Piñata‘.  Gibbs really is an artist at the top of his game, and thanks to Al’s production his flows sounds timeless, luxurious even.  The Rick Ross-featured ‘Scottie Beam’ is a perfect example of this, while Tyler…

FLOHIO – SNUB

Flohio drops new SPEECH-produced cut ‘SNUB’, complete with a new video directed by Ethan Barrett & Tom Gullam.  ‘Ain’t no way that you can come for me / I’m feeling my steez, my stack in my jeans, I’m not begging for companies’ she raps on the self-assured hook.  It’s an anthem for independence and self-sufficiency. …

LITTLE SIMZ – DROP 6

Little Simz releases Drop 6, an understated yet powerful short collection that nearly didn’t see the light of day thanks to lockdown. We’re very glad it did. Stream the five track collection below, and read Simz’ short essay on the project whilst you do. Little Simz · Drop 6   “I don’t mind being alone.…

SLOWTHAI – ENEMY / MAGIC / BODYBAG

Slowthai broke his silence and addressed his shameful behaviour at this year’s NME Awards on ‘Enemy,’ a track followed swiftly by Kenny Beats collab ‘Magic’ and his third release of 2020, ‘Bodybag.’  A recent Instagram post suggests he’s working on a follow-up to 2019’s ‘Nothing Great About Britain,’ but for now, stream the three new…

THE STREETS – CALL MY PHONE THINKING I’M DOING NOTHING BETTER

The Streets are back!  Mike Skinner has long been dropping hints at a forthcoming mixtape, the first proper taste of which comes in the form of new single ‘Call My Phone Thinking I’m Doing Nothing Better’ featuring Tame Impala.  Kevin Parker’s dreamy hook slots in beautifully amidst some classic Streets-sounding keys, synth strings and an…

THUNDERCAT – IT IS WHAT IT IS

Thundercat’s fourth studio album, the follow-up to 2017’s ‘Drunk‘, is, in his own words: “about love, loss, life and the ups and downs that come with that.  “It’s a bit tongue-in-cheek,” he continues, “but at different points in life you come across places that you don’t necessarily understand… some things just aren’t meant to be…