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,…

SLOWTHAI – NOTHING GREAT ABOUT BRITAIN

Slowthai’s debut album ‘Nothing Great About Britain’ makes every bit as much of a statement as its title might suggest.  It’s a searing treatise on what it means to be British in 2019; one that deserves to be held aloft next to the likes of ‘Original Pirate Material’, ‘Boy In Da Corner’ and ‘Never Mind…

TYLER, THE CREATOR – IGOR

News of Tyler, The Creator’s fifth studio album came initially via a leak from Colombia parent label Sony Music, before Tyler began to roll out a series of bizarre video vignettes on YouTube, teasing 50 odd seconds of album tracks ‘IGOR’S THEME,’NEW MAGIC WAND,’ ‘WHAT’S GOOD’ and ‘A BOY IS A GUN.’  On ‘IGOR’ it…

SCHOOLBOY Q – CRASH TALK

ScHoolboy Q’s fifth studio album arrives almost three years after his ‘Blank Face’ LP, and postponed several months due to the passing of Q’s close friend and collaborator Mac Miller.  “You know I drop albums every two years, right?” said Puffy during a November 2018 concert.  “But listen, with my nigga gone right now, I…

ANDERSON .PAAK – VENTURA

‘Ventura’ is Anderson .Paak’s fourth studio album, and has to be one of the most hotly anticipated this year so far. Following the West Coast place name theme of his previous albums, .Paak makes his way up the California coast on ‘Ventura.’ Again following a theme, it also comes executive produced by none other than…

DAVE – PSYCHODRAMA

Dave only officially announced ‘Psychodrama’ a matter of weeks ago on February 21 with the release of lead single ‘Black‘, but fans of the South London rapper have been waiting a long time for his debut album.  The LP comes in the form of excerpts from a year-long course of therapy; 11 songs that see…

LITTLE SIMZ – GREY AREA

“At the time I was writing, I was in a very confusing headspace,” Little Simz told The Guardian of her third studio album. “Everything was in this weird area, and it was all a shade of grey. Being in your mid-twenties feels like a strange place to be. I’m still discovering myself and things are…