Bristol-based producer Sam Krats has been gaining momentum on the UK circuit recently, working with an ever-growing list of international talent. His latest single "Annihilate" pairs El Da Sensei of the legendary US duo Artifacts, with two-time EOW champ, member of the UK super-posse Gatecrasherz, and formidable soloist Gee Bag.
Hailing from the golden era of the early noughties UK hip hop scene, former legendary Universal Soldiers frontman Ric Branson makes an epic return to the booth, aided by renowned producer A.H. Fly. Uh Oh provides an infectious piano bounce for Ric Branson to demonstrate why he has carved out such a formidable reputation as a lyricist on the underground scene. The single precedes an eagerly-anticipated solo album 'Epilogue', scheduled for release in early 2018.
Carpetface is back with a new release after quite a long hiatus. He's now a single dad and has spent a fair bit of time in France amongst other places. He's now back in the UK and living semi-off grid. Commuting to record music has been hard, but he has found renewed enthusiasm and is to embark on the press for his release.
From mods and skinheads with ska to punks's love of dub, right up to jungle and dubstep, Jamaican music and sound system culture has long provided a deeply held fascination for successive generations of young Londoners.
Kay-Dee Records, the online store and label owned and operated by Kenny Dope, takes things to the next level with the debut of its "Book Series". Kenny's vision for Kay-Dee's first book was to create a premium set with a mix of well-known and never-before-seen "Wild Style" photos, in addition to liner notes detailing the stories behind the music of one of his favorite films.
'Life Moves' is the brainchild of prominent London-based MC Benny Diction and prolific Australian beats producer Able8. The two met at a Melbourne hip-hop night in 2011 and have been working together since. Both established artists in their own right, they have combined to turn hip-hop on its head and create something that stands out from the usual format. Able8's signature sound combines the world of dusty vinyl samples with heavy bass-laden electronic sounds and swinging drums, providing the perfect backdrop for Benny to paint his intricate, tightly-woven rhymes. The result is an exciting mix of classic hip-hop with a futuristic, off-kilter sound.
Producers, rappers, recording artists and song-writers Mar2s and Ripz are two talented brothers hailing from Bedford, UK who are set to blow up the Hip-Hop scene with their brand new track 'Champion'. The meaning of Ill Defined is 'not clearly or sharply defined', it's used to describe something that is not understood and something you do not quite know what to do with; it is like a problem. There name separates them from others in the industry as they bring their unique and universal concept of music to many listeners.
Bizarre, the weirdo of the D12 group, leader of the uncontested Weirdo Movement, has just released a brand new video. If you're of a very sensitive nature, I'd advise you not to watch the video, because you might be shocked by some graphic details. If you are a Bizarre fan you should be used to the dose of weirdness, dirtiness and hilarious elements Bizarre instils in his music.
Here is the new 7 inch from DJ Suspect of France's Funk League on Luhna Records. Following on from last year's phenomenal Funky As Usual album, this time Suspect teams up with fellow French MPC enthusiast Doc TMK and enlists UK emcees Carpetface and Audible1, who bring back the Funk yet again over a multilayered production with slamming drums, beat boxes, horns, funky bassline, flute, it's all there. The scratches are crazy - a step above the usual - and the chorus is the kind you end up singing along to without thinking about it.
Divine Count Stone is yet another new moniker for Bionic. Bionic is a legend having come to prominence in 1987 as a member of the London Posse, one of the earliest groups in the UK Hip Hop scene. After an extended hiatus, the original ambassador of UK Hip Hop has returned with a brand new look and a fresh new sound.
Acoustic, neo-soulful vibes and an incredibly soulful and mellow voice, The Dubber got my attention when I heard the lead single With A Feeling off of his forthcoming album Global Warming. This is one of those tracks you just cant get tired of hearing.
Flu-voiced New Yorker John Robinson has hooked up with ex-UK dweller Lewis Parker for his 7" single A Place Called Home on which both MCs rap on point about NY and current economics and the beat is dreamy - similar to Aim's production.
Keelay and Zaire are a bi-coastal team that operates with only one concrete rule; creating music with unlimited range. Complementing each other's styles with precision, Kee and Zee work as a sole production machine that spawns gritty classic hip-hop, soulful R&B, and any other medium that requires an exclusive sound from the team.