ELWD – THERE’S LIGHT SOMEWHERE

ELWD returns with his third LP on Bad Taste Records, ‘There’s Light Somewhere’.  Retaining the glitchy, chopped-up, experimental sound we’ve come to know and love, the Northern beatmaker goes slightly darker this time round.  Hip Hop is the major undercurrent, but the record dips the occasional toe into Chillout, Ambient, Jazz and Soul, as well as Jungle, Breakbeat…

LENKEMZ – FEAST ON FOOLS

The ability to tell a story through an album made up primarily of instrumentals remains one of the most difficult tasks in contemporary music.  Lenkemz, however, successfully draws you into his world through a series of dark, grimy instrumentals on his latest mixtape ‘Feast On, Fools!’.  The vocal cuts on the album add a completely…

ODEENO – PUZZLEE

Napoletano producer Odeeno releases a fourteen track collection of characteristically lo-fi beats.  Since the Italian beatmaker got in touch with us this time last year, we’ve enjoyed no fewer than four exceptional beat tapes from him [namely ‘MΔnd‘, ‘My Fem [Pt. 2]‘, ‘Sandwn‘ and ‘Crater‘.  Stream the brand new ‘Puzzlee’ below via BandCamp.

NOVELIST – STREET POLITICIAN

Novelist calls new track ‘Street Politican’ “anti-establishment music”.  This, coupled with the track’s artwork and the fact that it samples David Cameron’s House of Commons address following the 2011 London riots, doesn’t exactly add up to a subtle account of inner-city political unrest.  Grime, however, isn’t about proceeding with caution: Novelist openly vents over an aggressive beat from Fool’s…

SANGO – DA ROCINHA 3

Sango’s new collection is the concluding piece of his “experimental musical study of Brazil’s Baile Funk”. ‘Da Rocinha 3’ brings together contemporary Hip Hop and traditional Brazilian styles.  For Sango, it’s all about “keeping the funk carioca roots true and paying homage to the ones that helped start it. I want to respect and show Rocinha in a positive…

WALTER EGO – RADIO BITS

On new EP ‘Radio Bits’, Walter Ego pays homage to the range of UK sub-genres that influence his sound.  Fusing elements of UK Garage, Bass and Grime, the EP shakes and wobbles right from the get-go on first track ‘Smoke Bomb‘, and doesn’t let up.  Crackling samples of pirate radio stations abound, tying the project together and rooting…

ODEENO & IKEN – CRATER

Italian producers Odeeno and Iken bring their very different styles together on new beat tape ‘Crater’.  While the former has developed a dusty, lo-fi sound, the latter brings an electronic flavour to proceedings.  The project nestles itself deep within the Instrumental Hip Hop category, but a variety of glitching synths and samples give it a completely…

SPORTING LIFE – 55 5’S

Sporting Life [the production mastermind behind NYC trio Ratking] goes it alone on his new album, ’55 5’s’.  His first solo project is named after his beloved Roland SP-555 sampler, and sees the producer explore a far more experimental take on sample-based electronic Hip Hop.  While the vocal chops on first single ‘Badd‘ may be reminiscent of his work…

MODEL 86 – SELF HELP DANCE

Model 86 releases ‘Self Help Dance’, an EP that is so engagingly weird we simply can’t stop listening.  The Manchester-born, London-based producer moves effortlessly between the frantic Glitch Hop of tracks like ‘Friend‘ to the ambient etherealism of ‘CTRL‘ on an EP that brims with ambition.  The angular, other-worldliness of ‘Self Help Dance’ starts to make a…

LEAN LOW & DJ DUBPLATES – HIGH AT THE FAIRGROUND

‘High At The Fairground’ unites London producer Lean Low with LA native DJ Dubplates [of Raider Klan fame].  The short, four-track EP traverses Grime, Hip Hop and Trap in a way that would never fall categorically into any of the aforementioned.  Throughout, there’s a “codeine-drenwooziness to the beats that provide a window into the EP’s inception;…