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…

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…

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 &…