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…

PREP – COLD FIRE EP

PREP’s new EP ‘Cold Fire’ comprises four vibrant tracks that give off 80s vibes mixed with Funk, Jazz, Electronic music and great production throughout, with a little help from Kaytranada-approved producer Pomo and a co-vocal from Korean megastar DEAN. It’s Yacht Rock but with an irrepressible edge, landing just in time for the bank holiday…

WILEY – GODFATHER II

Wiley’s follow-up to last year’s ‘Godfather‘ was initially slated for release in February, but was delayed after a the album has been delayed in part due to “last minute” Shakka collaboration ‘Certified’.  Now standing at twenty tracks including singles ‘I Call The Shots’, ‘Bar’, ‘Been A While’ and ‘Remember Me’, ‘Godfather II’ sees Eskiboy spending…

THE ALCHEMIST – LUNCH MEAT EP

Hip Hop production mastermind The Alchemist showcases bars from Roc Marciano, Action Bronson, Styles P, Westside Gunn, Benny The Butcher and Conway on new EP ‘Lunch Meat’. Alchemist provides cinematic, often mafioso undertones for his guests, culminating in the smooth, lush ‘The Hopeless Romantic’ featuring long-time collaborator Action Bronson. Stream below via BandCamp.

NOVELIST – NOVELIST GUY

Still proudly independent, Novelist releases his debut LP ‘Novelist Guy’ on his own label, MMMYEH Records.  His beats are as harsh and synthetic as ever, a far cry from his production on last project ‘Be Blessed,’ but in a lot of places his bars are far more thoughtful.  Lyrically, Nov often appears at a crossroads…

AMUN – SEPARATE EP

The first taste of Amun’s debut EP ‘Separate’ came with chic, Beyonce-indebted single ‘So Cold’, but the best introduction by far is her video debut ‘Not Everything‘.  The Link Up TV-premiered visual sees the British-Somali Singer/Songwriter glide around her native London set to the crispest Hip Hop beat.  Although a little rough around the edges…