ANDERSON .PAAK – LOCKDOWN

Anderson .Paak celebrated Juneteenth this year with a new protest song titled ‘Lockdown,’ on which he details his experience at the Black Lives Matter protests held in Los Angeles in June. It’s a poignant and powerful contribution to the movement featuring an equally heartfelt verse from TDE’s Jay Rock. Stream below via YouTube.

NOVELIST – STAY WITH ME

Novelist has always made it clear that he’s not interested in staying in one lane. Having cut his teeth as a Grime MC with lightning flows, projects like 2017’s ‘Be Blessed‘ have shown that he’s keen to experiment.  That said, R&B slow jam ‘Stay With Me’ still comes as a complete surprise – its accompanying…

RUN THE JEWELS – RUN THE JEWELS 4

“The world is infested with bullshit so here’s something raw to listen to while you deal with it all. We hope it brings you some joy. Stay safe and hopeful out there,” is the message from Killer MIke & El-P.  Their new album comes amidst equal rights protests following the brutal murder of George Floyd…

FREDDIE GIBBS & ALCHEMIST – ALFREDO

Freddie Gibbs’ collaborative album with legendary producer Alchemist deserves every bit as much cult status as either ‘Bandana‘ & ‘Piñata‘.  Gibbs really is an artist at the top of his game, and thanks to Al’s production his flows sounds timeless, luxurious even.  The Rick Ross-featured ‘Scottie Beam’ is a perfect example of this, while Tyler…

FLOHIO – SNUB

Flohio drops new SPEECH-produced cut ‘SNUB’, complete with a new video directed by Ethan Barrett & Tom Gullam.  ‘Ain’t no way that you can come for me / I’m feeling my steez, my stack in my jeans, I’m not begging for companies’ she raps on the self-assured hook.  It’s an anthem for independence and self-sufficiency. …

LITTLE SIMZ – DROP 6

Little Simz releases Drop 6, an understated yet powerful short collection that nearly didn’t see the light of day thanks to lockdown. We’re very glad it did. Stream the five track collection below, and read Simz’ short essay on the project whilst you do. Little Simz · Drop 6   “I don’t mind being alone.…

THUNDERCAT – IT IS WHAT IT IS

Thundercat’s fourth studio album, the follow-up to 2017’s ‘Drunk‘, is, in his own words: “about love, loss, life and the ups and downs that come with that.  “It’s a bit tongue-in-cheek,” he continues, “but at different points in life you come across places that you don’t necessarily understand… some things just aren’t meant to be…

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.