RAGZ ORIGINALE – NATURE

London’s Ragz Originale has been busy behind the scenes for a long time, producing for the likes of Skepta as well as his Minikingz cohorts, but has waited until now to release his full-length debut. ‘Nature’ contains the singles ‘She Said Run‘ and ‘Disaronno Straight‘, nestled in between which is the superb ‘En Route’.  In…

COOPS – LIFE IN THE FLESH

“‘Life In The Flesh’ is a conceptual album primarily focused on the cycle of life, death & reincarnation of the spirit/soul,” says Coops.  “Everything that happens in the middle is what makes us who we are. All of our decisions and choices shape and mould our futures in this life and possibly even the next.…

LUPE FIASCO – DROGAS WAVE

‘Drogas Wave’ is Lupe Fiasco’s first album since his departure from Atlantic Records. With no singles and minimal fanfare it may just hve passed you by, which would be a shame – it’s quietly masterful. Fiasco revealed the main idea of the project to Billboard: “It’s about a group of slaves on a slave ship…

LIL WAYNE – THA CARTER V

Initially slated for release five years ago in 2013, ‘Tha Carter V’ is finally here. Released on Lil Wayne’s birthday, the fifth instalment in the series comes in at twenty three tracks long, and features XXXTentacion, Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj, Travis Scott, Snoop Dogg and more. All in all, it’s a real mixed bag. ‘Dedicate’…

YUKI AME – ANAMNESIS REVISITED

London label Panel return to Yuki Ame’s ‘Anamnesis’ for a re-imagining of the Bristolian producer’s EP. The stems are handed over to friends of the label new and old, with Ted Jasper, Taika, similarobjects and Yuki Ame himself. Each track is fresh and minimal, with one exception; similarobjects’ powerhouse re-working of ‘Blue Room’. Stream below…

LAZY H – ONLY AN OUTLINE

North London producer Lazy H has been working behind-the-scenes for years as a producer, multi-instrumentalist, engineer and songwriter. Releasing his own material for the first time, his debut EP is a vibrant fusion of misbehaving electronics and exotic samples that draws as much inspiration from modern electronic artists like Sam Gellaitry and Photay as it…

GHETTS – GHETTO GOSPEL: THE NEW TESTAMENT

Despite being an original Grime fixture, Ghetts has never crossed into the mainstream to the extent that the likes of Skepta, Wiley, Kano and Dizzee Rascal, mostly due to a ocmplete lack of interest in the genre’s noughties flirtation with chart Pop.  That hasn’t stopped him assembling something of an all-star cast for new album…