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.
Configa has been deep in the trenches for several years and has finally emerged with an album the world needs to hear. Having refined his production process, Configaration Vol 1 can rightly be called a Magnum Opus (he wont mind me saying!) due to the quality of the music and selection of features who do not disappoint, from the endorsement of Public Enemy's Chuck D, to the Godfather of rap, Spoonie Gee, to Juice Crew legend Craig G, a banger with Reks, a welcome introduction to a dope emcee called Vietnam and even a feature from the late great Sean P!
The talisman of disassociated mind-craft is back to unveil the grim depths with his personal warped lyrics of the darkest disclosure from his suppressed cerebral. This release is a mix of Boom Bap, electronic, featuring live instrumentation on tunes like UFO Contraception and Jibber Jabber.
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.
Back with another fresh LP, instrumental this time, Scratch and Sniff is another great addition to the rapidly expanding Jazz Spastiks discography. For this album, the Scottish production duo have cooked up more of their funky grooves, overlayed with crazy informative vocal snippets, cut up throughout with each track dedicated to a specific theme, a smell, with a booklet included that I'm afraid to actually scratch and sniff.
Here we have a jazzy instrumental Hip Hop album produced by Serbians Zupany and DeeJayDee getting heavy with the chops on the jazz samples, cuts, live instruments and crunchy beats. They are joined by saxophonist Ivan Blanuša adding another live element to the mix.
New single "In the Streets" by eastcoast rapper / producer duo Tone Chop and Frost Gamble, the third to be released from their album "Respect Is Earned Not Given" out on September 29th through 22 Entertainment following "Walk the Walk" featuring Kool G Rap and "Guillotine Chop" featuring Planet Asia and White Rhino.
The elusive Tokyo Dawn Records brings us yet another fuse of atoms and elements with their latest instalment entitled The Move Volume 2. On this 15 track compilation which marinade influences of Hip Hop, Soul and House music, It's nothing that you wouldn't expect from TDR. But there are some very nice touches on this full length player.
In case you didn't already know, Big Toast has steadily made a name for himself on the UK hip-hop circuit over recent years. From helping to grow notable independent label
Revorg Records, as part of critically acclaimed rap troupe TPS Fam, to a burgeoning solo discography, and most recently as part of British mega-group
Gatecrasherz, he's certainly been stacking up quite the discography.
New single "Guilltone Chop" by eastcoast rapper and producer duo Tone Chop and Frost Gamble, the second to be taken from their album "Respect Is Earned Not Given" out on September 29th through 22 Entertainment.
From the familiar scenes of south the famous Station Rd, or take a stroll along the renowned Coldharbour Lane, you will undoubtedly embark upon what could only be described as a haven of true multiculturalism.
Producer Remulak has come a long way with his Village Live label in the last few years, putting out many gems and now his debut LP is here and it's a banger. Mainly instrumental, 'Earth' has a great organic sound with laid back pianos and smoothly chopped layered melodies while keeping the drums hard throughout. The album features two tracks with vocalists, 'Hookah Pen' featuring Justo (emcee from group The Physics) and 'Passing Time' featuring Melody Myla (singer), both on point.