Be warned, if you’re looking for some progressive Hip-Hop with innovative beats and provocative lyrics, look away now. If, however, you need to silence your rumbling appetite for Hip-Hop in its 90s heyday with something new, then Joey Bada$$ is your guy.
You would’ve thought signing to Warner could allow Wiley to loosen the reigns a bit, but this boy just don’t stop working. His latest effort sees him rapping over Julio Bashmore’s Battle For Middle You about (unsurprisingly) a nightclub called Glam. A quick Google leads to a club “in the heart of Wales’s capital city” so this may not be the said venue but they’ll definitely be getting more hits in the next few days from inquisitive Wiley fans.
You might remember a bike mad, London Hip-Hop group we posted a while back called 2morrow’s Victory. If not, go check ’em out. If you do and approved as much as we did, then you’re in for a treat. Despite the name, A Yellow Man it is not one man, but two – brothers Sam and Emmanuel – plus the soulful sounds of Demae.
Belgium beatmakers Loscobeats serve us a 30 minutes extravaganza for Stamp Mix #7…
Music x Vibes = JoLeon Davenue. So reads his Facebook page, so if you add a bit of Jazz and Hip-Hop into the mix it should give you a pretty good idea of what to expect.
Japanese beatmaker Mabanua has his fingers dipped into a number of projects (including Green Butter and Ovall) but on his own his work is just as fine. On Mystery, the jazzy piano beat and sweet tones of Nicholas Ryan Grant go really nicely together, prefect for this fine weather (in the UK anyway) on a Sunday afternoon.
Californian MC Pheo has been on the scene since the 2009 release of Word to Your Blogger, but he first caught our eye with his outstanding collaberation with Soulection Radio and UTB Life$tyle.
Golden Down is a three-day boutique festival launching this year with an absolutely stella line-up including Four Tet, Ghostpoet, Mount Kimbie, Lee Scratch Perry and Roots Manuva. Tickets just £90 + bf. See inside for more details.
Robert Luis has been co-running Brighton’s brilliant Tru Thoughts label for over ten years. He might have a good eye for talent, but judging by this re-edit of a Wiley track we came across recently, he’s also a pretty mean producer, as Nirobi.
East Anglian rapper Booda French (a.k.a. Don’t Flop battle rapper Truth) has recently released this video to accompany the audio for his track ’61 Grace’, off his upcoming E.P. ‘Ventolin’. Set on his home turf of Ipswich, the video follows Mr French round as he raps (and sings) about his rainy hometown. The beat is spilling over with pure soul, courtesy of producer J57 (part of The Brown Bag Allstars collective), whilst visuals come from the Don’t Flop/Be Established camp. Big up this new fresh talent.