Who would have expected, the return of Roots Manuva? He's back with the aptly titled So Jazzy a gentle production full of trumpets and double bass. A slight change in style, his voice also is a bit cleaner. In the chorus Rodney Smith pays homage to Jazzie B. Rhymes are made overt in part due to special emphasis and pronunciation exaggerated by Root's unique style.
The UK Hip-Hop pioneer is back as imaginative and diverse as ever. There is a tendency in music, and indeed life, to want to categorise everything. Things placed in boxes are easier to digest and understand, safer to consume and less likely to scare.
After releasing his debut album 'K In Da Flesh' back in 2006 K*Ners has gone on to share stages with the likes of Sugar Hill Gang, Mos Def, GZA/Genius (Wu-Tang), Tinchy Stryder and Mark Ronson, as well as homegrown legends such as Rodney P, Blak Twang, Ty and more. K*Ners long awaited album V.O.T.C. (Voice Of The City) signed to Bristol's urban heavyweight label Reel Me Records is now ready to go for the end of the summer 2014.
Sony Music have announced the release of the legendary "lost" debut Blak Twang album 'Dettwork SouthEast' on Monday 22nd September. An un-released British masterpiece that has reached almost mythical status, and undoubtedly the holy grail of UK hip-hop, the album has been re-mastered and includes a brand new 2014 bonus track, 'Dettwork London Revisited (Dettwork SouthEast Remix)'.
After years of work-in-progress status, the archival global hip hop documentary Hip Hop: The New World Order announces its worldwide release. This groundbreaking film explores the global impact of hip hop music and culture highlighting eight international cities: Tokyo, Havana, London, Paris, Hamburg, Amsterdam, Rio de Janeiro and Johannesburg and has mushroomed into a rare archive and video survey of pioneering artists and communities at the turn of the 21st century. Filmed between 1998 - 2000, the documentary features intimate and rare interviews with an unprecedented list of international pioneers / all-stars including:
Skitz returns to the affray with this multi faceted audio gem. Produced alongside the mighty musical scientist Engine-Earz who is imminently destined for greatness, the track encompasses two of Skitz's trademarks - low end theory and cream of the crop emcees and vocalists.
Speech Debelle returns with the lead single from her forthcoming sophomore album, Freedom Of Speech. And it’s a love song. Probably the most accessible and simply enjoyable moment of an amazing new album, I'm With It sees Speech showing a different side to her character from either her more introspective earlier work, or some of the politically charged moments on the new record.
Two years since winning the 2009 Mercury Music Prize for her debut album, Speech Therapy, and having ridden a rollercoaster through life since then, Speech Debelle is ready to drop her second collection of music. Entitled Freedom of Speech, the album sees Speech turning from introspection to stand up, face and engage with the world around her, spitting confident themes of revolution and love.
The Mercury prize nominated artist Roots Manuva will headline a huge musical fundraiser at Fiesta in the Park in Oxford on Saturday, July 2nd to raise cash for the city’s Cowley Road Carnival. A source from the rapper’s management team has confirmed that Roots will play new material from 4everolution during his headline set in Oxford which comes just two months before the album is released in September.