J DILLA – MOTOR CITY

A new J Dilla compilation project has surfaced in the shape of ‘Motor City’. The posthumous collection features twenty exclusive, rare and unreleased cuts put together by Maureen “Ma Dukes” Yancey, Dilla’s mother.  The album serves as a fitting tribute to the city of Detroit and one of its greatest exports/  Stream below via Spotify,…

KENDRICK LAMAR – DAMN

Kendrick Lamar first whet our appetites for his fourth studio album on ‘The Heart Part 4‘; a track that warned we had “’til April 7th to get our shit together.”  A week later came our first taste of the album ‘HUMBLE.‘, followed by the album’s controversially simplistic artwork and news of the tracklisting.  ‘DAMN.’ is now…

JOEY BADA$$ – ALL AMERIKKKAN BADA$$

Joey Bada$$ follows 2015’s ‘B4.DA.$$‘ with ‘All Amerikkkan Bada$$’; his second studio album proper.  “This new project is very powerful,” explains the Pro Era kingpin.  “That’s the best thing I can say about it: it’s very strong music. It’s like hella vegetables. It’s hella good for you, and it’s almost my hesitance with it: the fact that…

FREDDIE GIBBS – YOU ONLY LIVE 2WICE

Having only recently been released from prison following a false accusation of sexual assault, you’d forgive Freddie Gibbs if his new album wasn’t quite up to scratch.  Not the case – Gibbs doesn’t put a foot wrong on ‘You Only Live 2wice’.  With no features and only one reference to the aforementioned [on single ‘Crushed…

BEARCUBS – UNDERWATERFALL EP

Having already shared the title track, Bearcubs releases the ‘Underwaterfall’ EP in full.  His debut release on All Points is beautifully and densely textured, but exercises restraint in all the right places.  The immersive, electronic project of twenty five year old Jack Ritchie, Bearcubs’ music touches on the emotive post-Dubstep of James Blake and Mount Kimbie,…

OSCAR #WORLDPEACE – RECLUSE

Oscar #Worldpeace makes his full length debut with ‘Recluse’, a short but perfectly-formed introduction to the Tottenham MC.  The album features singles ‘That’s Alright‘ and ‘Tate Modern‘ and production by fellow Mini Kingz member Ragz Originale, and establishes a quietly astonishing sound that’s quite unlike anything else that’s currently on the UK market.  Stream below via SoundCloud,…

STORMZY – GANG SIGNS & PRAYER

Having absolutely floored us with album’s first single ‘Big For Your Boots‘, the expectations placed on Stormzy’s debut album could not have been higher.  It’s clear right from track one, however, that the South Londoner isn’t going to disappoint.  ‘First Things First’ sets the tone of the album; he’s progressed and matured immensely since he blew…