AMUN – SETTLING SCORES

We fell in love with Amun’s sound having heard ‘Not Everything,’ a soulful yet hard-hitting cut from here debut EP ‘Separate‘.  A year later, having since signed with Sony imprint Since ’93, the West London singer and rapper is back with fresh new material in the form of ‘Settling Scores.’  The six track EP reflects…

HAICH BER NA – EVERYWHERE’S HOME

Haich Ber Na’s new EP ‘Everywhere’s Home’ is a fascinating hybrid from an artist who wears his influences on his sleeve.  Opener ‘Forgetful‘, for example, is a musical shape-shifter; luring you in as an ambient dance cut, but just as you’re hoodwinked into thinking it’s some kind of Indie-Pop a la Metronomy, it’s punctuated with…

DANNY BROWN – UKNOWHATIMSAYIN¿

Danny Brown is back with new album ‘uknowhatimsayin¿’, three years after the Detroit rapper’s highly acclaimed ‘Atrocity Exhibition‘.  The new project finds Brown retaining his singular style, quirky humour, unflinching honesty and innovative approach, and comes executive-produced by Q-Tip, and with features from Run The Jewels, Blood Orange, Obongjayar, JPEGMAFIA.  Stream below via Spotify.

KANO – HOODIES ALL SUMMER

Kano’s sixth studio album ‘Hoodies All Summer’ comes after a three year hiatus following his last LP ‘Made In The Manor.’  Kano, one of Grime’s “old guard” re-enforces his vital importance in the scene with an album that addresses the nation; it’s fiery and provocative, but more considered and precise, potentially, than anything the genre…

NAS – THE LOST TAPES 2

‘The Lost Tapes 2’ is a compilation of previously unreleased tracks by legendary New York MC, Nas, taken from recording sessions for his previous four albums; ‘Hip Hop Is Dead,’ ‘Untitled,’ ‘Life Is Good’ and NASIR. The last instalment in the series came in 2002, and this time around tracks left on the cutting room…

DÁMÌ SULE – THIS LOVE I HAVE

At just three tracks, Dámì Sule’s ‘This Love I Have’ doesn’t ask for much of your time, but it truly deserves it. MAARS-produced opener ‘You Could Be The One’ brims with a shuffling Funk that’s completely infectious, as is ’80s-imbued bubbler ‘With You.’  Think Anderson .Paak meets the likes of Pomo & Kaytranada, via Kojey…

FREDDIE GIBBS & MADLIB – BANDANA

Five years ago Atlanta rapper Freddie Gibbs and Oxnard producer Madlib released ‘Piñata‘ and it was low key the album of 2014.  Only a handful of people would attest to it, but it was.  The duo oft hinted that a follow-up was on the cards, but there appeared to be no rush.  Gibbs in particular…

SKEPTA – IGNORANCE IS BLISS

Skepta’s fifth studio album and the follow-up to his May 2016’s ‘Konnichiwa’ is here. ‘Ignorance is Bliss’ features fellow UK rappers J Hus, Lancey Foux, and Nafe Smallz, as well as a selection of Skeppy’s Boy Better Know cohorts.  Originally titled ‘SkLEVEL’ [which Skepta has since dubbed a ‘2018 pattern,’ ‘Ignorance is Bliss’ features singles…

BEAST COAST – ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK

There was a time [2014, to be precise] when it felt like the most fresh and exciting Hip Hop music was coming out of New York again.  The Odd Future bubble had begun to burst, and three New York collectives were beginning to put out their respectively different takes on a classic sound; Flatbush Zombies,…