RALEIGH RITCHIE – YOU’RE A MAN NOW, BOY

18 months in the making and involving six producers [including Chris Loco, Sounwave and Mike Elizondo], Raleigh Ritchie’s debut album ‘You’re A Man Now, Boy’ is pretty neat for a side project.  Much of the LP follows the narrative verse and swelling chorus format, but Ritchie makes it sound fresh with his engaging lyricism.  His ability to…

GOLDLINK – AND AFTER THAT, WE DIDN’T TALK

GoldLink’s debut album ‘And After That, We Didn’t Talk’, arrived a week early via Soulection.  We guess he just couldn’t wait any longer, and from the tracks he shared in the build-up to the LP drop, neither could we. The variety of producers involved in AATWDT [Tom Misch, Medasin, Galimatias and long-time partner Louie Lastic] is…

AZEALIA BANKS – BROKE WITH EXPENSIVE TASTE

  Azealia Banks’ debut LP ‘Broke With Expensive Taste’ has been a long time coming.  Originally slated for a 2012 release, the Harlem MC dropped the album unannounced last Thursday, which contains tracks from hear ‘Fantasea’ mixtape as well as previously released tracks such as ‘212’, ‘Heavy Metal & Reflective‘, ‘Yung Rapunxel‘ and ‘BBD‘.  At 16…

DELS – PETALS HAVE FALLEN

DELS releases ‘Petals Have Fallen’, an absolutely superb record that brims with the confidence and ability of one of the UK’s most exciting Hip Hop prospects.  His label, Big Dada, sum up his current sound as “intensely personal and poetic but also funny, scuzzy, raw and sonically adventurous”, which is pretty much spot on.  Production…

WILEY – SNAKES & LADDERS

Featuring lead single ‘On A Level‘ as well as contributions from the likes of JME, Cam’Ron, Chip & more, Wiley releases his latest album ‘Snakes & Ladders’.  Originally slated to be his last [a rumour which he recently put to bed], the album represents Wiley’s ‘Magnum Opus’, and even comes with its own Grime version of…

BLACK MILK – IF THERE’S A HELL BELOW

Black Milk’s upcoming album ‘If There’s A Hell Below’ isn’t scheduled for release until October 28, but is now available to stream exclusively via NYTimes.com.  The advanced stream follows singles ‘Detroit’s New Dance Show‘, ‘Gold Piece [ft. Bun B]‘ and ‘Scum [ft. Random Axe].  Click here to check it out via NY Times, or stream in full…

SBTRKT – WONDER WHERE WE LAND

  SBTRKT’s hotly anticipated debut finds itself upon us this week, and the double-sided collection is an absolute goldmine, featuring contributions from Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig, Warpaint, Chairlift’s Caroline Polachek, Jessie Ware, Sampha, Koreless, Andrew Ashong, Denai Moore and more.  Over the eighteen tracks (including singles ‘Voices In My Head’ [ft. A$AP Ferg] and ‘Higher’ [ft.…