SLOWTHAI – DOORMAN

Slowthai’s latest offering is produced by Mura Masa, but you’d hardly have guessed it.  The scuzzy, lo-fi drive of ‘Doorman’ sounds more like Joy Division mixed with Young Fathers.  It’s as raw and as visceral as any Punk track you’re likely to hear, tied together by Slowthai’s brilliantly unhinged delivery.  ‘Doorman’ just goes to show the…

VINCE STAPLES – FM!

FM! is Vince Staples’ third studio album, following 2015’s ‘Summertime ’06‘ and 2017’s ‘Big Fish Theory‘.  Released via Def Jam, the album comes primarily produced by Kenny Beats, and features the likes of Jay Rock, Kehlani, Earl Sweatshirt, Buddy and Tyga, among others.  Framed as a radio station takeover, ‘FM!’ features recurring skits hosted by…

SWIZZ BEATZ – POISON

Swizz Beatz’s highly anticipated album ‘Poison’ dropped last week.  Executively produced by the Hip Hop stalwart, the album’s list of features reads like a roll call for the genre’s hottest, with J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Lil Wayne, Giggs, Nas, Pusha T all delivering verses.  Singles ‘Pistol On My Side’ and ‘Come Again’ are the obvious…

SERIOUS KLEIN – YOU SHOULD’VE KNOWN

Emerging from the underground Hip Hop scene in Germany, Serious Klein releases his debut album ‘You Should’ve Known’.  The Ghanaian MC describes his music as ‘Art Rap’ – a blend of Hip Hop, Jazz and Soul, with influences ranging from 2Pac to Luther Vandross. At sixteen tracks long, this is a real statement from Klein,…

DENZEL HIMSELF – BE THERE / HIGHER

“’Be There / Higher’ is a double A-side single I conceptualised earlier this year,” says Denzel Himself.  “I wanted to create and pair two songs that sounded like motorsports and anarchy.  For the artwork, though, I wanted to purposefully undersell the ruckus that the music encompasses, as to have a subversive affect.  I wanted each…

MICK JENKINS – PIECES OF A MAN

Mick Jenkins’ long-awaited sophomore album is here, and ‘Pieces Of A Man’ is well worth the wait.  Asked about the meaning behind the album, the Chicago MC said it’s “just as simple as it sounds.  It could definitely be broken down into a couple different things.  I think there’s a lot to unpack but essentially…

RAGZ ORIGINALE – NATURE

London’s Ragz Originale has been busy behind the scenes for a long time, producing for the likes of Skepta as well as his Minikingz cohorts, but has waited until now to release his full-length debut. ‘Nature’ contains the singles ‘She Said Run‘ and ‘Disaronno Straight‘, nestled in between which is the superb ‘En Route’.  In…