HEADIE ONE – & FRED AGAIN – GANG

Headie One changes tack on new album ‘GANG’, teaming up with Fred Again to create an altogether different sound.  Almost all gone are the bars about Drill staples like selling drugs and inner-city violence, replaced by genuine introspection and the exploration of some of the Tottenham rapper’s darkest and most personal thoughts.  Features are sparse,…

SKEPTA, CHIP & YOUNG ADZ – INSOMNIA

Only announced only less than a week ago, BBK head honcho Skepta, Cash Motto [jheez, remember them?] founder Chip and D-Block Europe front-runner Young Adz release ‘Insomnia.’ The collaborative album is a real mixed bag, shuffling around a variety of UK Rap sounds.  There’s a whole lot of autotune, and in the main it feels…

RUN THE JEWELS – YANKEE AND THE BRAVE / OOH LA LA

In these troubling times it feels only right that El-P and Killer Mike answer the clarion call with the first two tastes of ‘RTJ4’.  First came ‘Yankee and The Brave [Ep. 4]’, the title of which references the North/South divide between the two collaborators, in this case referencing their respective home baseball teams.  El-P first…

CHILDISH GAMBINO – 3.15.20

Childish Gambino’s new album ‘3.15.20’ was released with very little fanfare; just a blank website, a blank cover, and timestamps for most of the track titles.  In many ways it’s comparable to Kendrick Lamar’s 2016 release ‘untitled unmastered.’ in that it’s an incredibly worthwhile album in and of itself, even if it’s packaging appears intentionally…

PRINCESS NOKIA – EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL / EVERYTHING SUCKS

New York’s Princess Nokia presents two albums, ‘Everything Is Beautiful’ and ‘Everything Sucks,’ a double album project exploring her own duality.  The latter was reportedly made in 10 days with producer Chris Lare [aka owwwls], and is “a brash, ruthless and insistent collection,” while the former “a representation of the sensitive, feminine side of the…

MAC MILLER – GOOD NEWS

Before his untimely death in September 2018, Mac Miller was reportedly working on a sister project to his fifth studio album ‘Swimming‘ entitled ‘Circles’. “At the time of his passing, Malcolm was well into the process of recording his companion album to ‘Swimming’, entitled Circles,” reads the official statement from his family.  “Two different styles…

RAGZ ORIGINALE – 4AM [FT. ELIZA]

Ragz Originale offers up ‘4am’, a new track featuring Eliza [formerly Eliza Doolittle]. The slow jam is the first taste of an upcoming project entitled ‘txt ur x’, centred around that late night call from a lover.  Stream the Charlotte Toon-directed video below via YouTube.

GUEST MIX: DJ SKY

DJ Sky [Safiya Yekwai] is a London based DJ, stylist and tastemaker specialising in a range of UK sounds from Grime to Hip-Hop to Afrobeat and R&B. She’s played at some of London’s best clubs and hosted on Rinse FM and NTS, and now she’s here! In between styling for the likes of Stormzy &…

MS BANKS – THE COLDEST WINTER EVER PT. 2

Ms Banks follows up last year’s ‘The Coldest Winter Ever‘ with part two; a 12 track project featuring Tiggs Da Author, Moelogo, Kida Kudz & Geko.  The south-east Londoner’s switches gears from a more menacing brand of trap to upbeat Afropop with ease.  Originally slated for a release earlier this year in May, the project…

TOP 10 ALBUMS OF 2019

2019 in Britain has been tumultuous; despite endless discussion, we’re no closer to a harmonious Brexit, and Boris Johnson has the overwhelming support of the majority – trying times, to say the least.  And it’s been reflected in the music.  This year’s Mercury Prize Awards was possibly the most angry in history.  Bands like IDLES…