Dave - Professor X
With Top Boy back on the scene, and Dave back on form, the world feels a better place. ‘Psychodrama’ lacked the firepower his earlier singles ignited so naturally; in the context of the album, it arguably wouldn’t have worked, but at least we have ‘Professor X’ now. Congesting a depiction of ‘Modey’, his character in the show, into a 3 minute biopic, the Streatham native unleashes himself over an infectious, and highly sinister beat. Go and watch Top Boy now if you haven’t already.
Kojey Radical - Cashmere Tears
In the height of our business, we couldn't quite get around to reviewing Kojey Radical's new album 'Cashmere Tears'. The title track off the LP, produced by none other than Swindle, sounds straight from the West Coast, it is a more accomplished and diverse take on what Snoop Dogg was doing on projects like 'Doggystyle'. 2020 is another banger on that record, so give the whole album a listen.
CASSO - Remedy
Under the alias ‘CASSO’, ‘Last Orders’ is the London rapper’s first mixtape, which credits Jeshi, PULLEN and LYAM as collaborators. ‘Remedy’ is our pick from the project, as it dabbles in hallucinogenic melodies and trancy trap drums. The enigmatic emcee flows over this beat in an effortless manor; self-reflecting on his sins and the “demons” within him. Check it out.
Danny Brown - Dirty Laundry
Danny Brown has finally returned, after his 2016 experimental masterpiece 'Atrocity Exhibition'. He is no longer pulling from punk and noise rock influences, but instead opts for a playful instrumental produced by none other than the iconic Q-Tip. It's an unlikely pairing, but the chemistry between Danny and the beat shines as he spits his comedic bars like 'she gave me head, had me moaning and groaning, guess who I saw doing laundry next morning'. Brown is just as weird as ever, and his album drops October 4th.
Lava La Rue - Biscuit
After a hectic few weeks, in which Lava put on a space in London with The Face Magazine and none other than Tyler, The Creator’, La Rue is back with her second official EP ‘Stitches’. ‘Biscuit’ is certainly a highlight, and was clearly made with her upcoming tour in mind. The intensity of Mac Wetha's production compliments Ava Laurel's punchy, direct delivery; we will see you at her show in Manchester.
Bone Slim - Switchbook
It took us a while to get round and listen to Bone Slim’s new EP ‘ifiwas2015’, but jesus christ are we happy we did. Highlighting the Londoner’s effortless storytelling, and ear for unique, vintage beats, ‘Switchbook’ sees the Nine8 collective member addressing addiction, and the reasoning for his distinctive phantom of the opera-esque mask. Check out the whole EP below.
Bakar - Stop Selling Her Drugs
In an interview with Skinny Macho, of Bone Soda Radio, Bakar claimed that his new EP was a veer away from the music he has been making for his next LP. ‘Will You Be My Yellow’ takes the acoustic elements of ‘Badkid’, to soundscape a sincere and highly vulnerable body of work. Our highlight, is ‘Stope Selling Her Drugs’, featuring Dominic Fike; the duet is pretty irresistable. We are ready for this next album.
KEYAH/BLU - Til Bliss
In previous singles, Kayah has raw and uncensored - 'Choker' for example is far more darker and restless, But 'Til Bliss' feels like a more vulnerable offering from the South East Londoner. The tune therefore has a melodic edge that Choker didn't, expressing her versatility and willingness to flip her sound right on the head. She also featured on Denzel Himself's latest project 'Gotha', be sure to go and give that a listen too.
Ameer Van - Glock 19
Ameer Vann returns after his controversial departure from collective Brockhampton, with his aggressive, hard hitting EP. Vann takes no prisoners on the standout track 'Glock 19'. On this track he flexes what he does best; heavy, hardcore rhymes, over a bouncy instrumental. Ameer sounds just as passionate and hungry as he did on tracks like 'HEAT', and 'GOLD', hopefully he keeps this up on a debut album.
Earthgang - LALA Challenge
Earthgang are back with their long awaited release 'Mirrorland'. The Atlanta duo wear their influences on their sleeves on the opening track 'LaLa Challenge', showing off their southern Outkast roots. Their vocal inflections are wild and hypnotic, and the beat continues to switch up without warning. This song is sure to have you nodding your head, and they have will definitely have a bright future under J Cole's Dreamville label.
IDK - 42 Hundred Choices
IDK's new album 'Is He Real?' is full of back to back bangers. The second track, '42 Hundred Choices' kicks things off with a bassy, grimy beat. IDK has never sounded more fiery, as he rides the instrumental with intense triplet flows. The rising Maryland star definitely has us fiending for more, especially if he continues down his lane of murky, hard hitting belters.
Vegyn ft JPEGMAFIA - Nauseous / Devilish
Vegyn, London based producer best known for his production credits for Frank Ocean and Travis Scott, is finally releasing an album. Following up his 71 track mixtape full of demos and ideas, he has released a single with JPEGMAFIA entitled 'Nauseuous / Devilish'. His production skills shine with this glitchy, electronic beat that quickly slips into a chopped and screwed style, whilst Peggy flows over the beat with his usual hectic style.
Slowthai & Denzel Curry - Psycho
Teased unbearably at Slowthai’s gigs over the summer, ‘Psycho’ sees two of rap’s punkest individuals embellishing Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film through visceral lyrical delivery and a piercing beat made by Kwes Darko. If you’ve seen the Northamptoner on tour, then you’d know this song generates a riotous atmosphere among the crowd, and closes the show too. Now though, it is for your listening anywhere on your favourite streaming service.
Master Peace - Night Time
No one is doing what Master Peace is right now. His indulgence in Indie guitar work, that could be likened to the twangyness of a young Johnny Marr, makes him a peculiarity in London's up and coming rap scene. The post-grime era is becoming increasingly exciting, and Master Peace is certainly someone you should have on your radar. Big up Kadiata once again for the production on this one, what a guy.