Review: The Saturday Knights are a culmination of three freaks, a jaw-jacking combination of performing personalities: storyteller and entertainer Tilson, who can tickle any lady's funny bone; low-income yarn spinner and urban graffiti poet Barfly; and pumped up by the big beats and psychedelic turntable-artist, DJ Suspence.
Memories Of Home (feat BJ The Chicago Kid & Samora Pinderhuges)
Show Me That You Love (feat Jill Scott & Samora Pinderhuges)
My Fancy Free Future Love
God Is Love (feat Leon Bridges & Jonathan McReynolds)
Review: Hip hop giant Common remains hugely prolific despite a career spanning the best part of thirty years. Let Love is his 12th studio album and third in three years. It pulls in collaborators like Jill Scott, Swizz Beatz and A-Trak, but retains his trademark sense of storytelling. As the title suggests, it's a lovestruck affair with golden production and gently lilting beats that make for a touching listen. Shouting out his respect to Cardi B, ASAP Rocky, and Tyler The Creator along the way, this is an album of pure positivity, a place of light in these dark times, and another winner from this legendary artist.
Review: The unstoppable force of Czarface is back yet again with another heavyweight hip hop assault. This time around the super group of Wu Tang's Inspectah Deck and 7L & Esoteric are joined by the mighty Ghostface Killah - as you'd expect the results are big. The beats are wild, with the sample sources veering from Hammer horror dread to cosmic synth wobbles and dubbed out bass, as hard rocking as it is trippy and loose. Meanwhile the lyrical flows are razor sharp, with Esoteric, Inspectah and Ghostface all sparring at the top of their game. This is deadly modern hip hop that recognises what made the golden era special without cashing in on old tricks.
Sex Murder Party (feat Jamie Principle & Zebra Katz)
She's My Collar (feat Kali Uchis)
The Elephant (interlude)
Halleujah Money (feat Benjamin Clementine)
We Got The Power (Version 2:18:482) (feat Jehnny Beth)
Review: 17 years on from the release of their infamous debut album, Jamie Hewlett and Damon Albarn's "virtual band" returns with a fifth full-length. This time round, they're rather angry, delivering a set that lyrically muses on everything from wars in the Middle East, the alt-right and racism, to mental illness, the Internet echo chamber and, most peculiarly of all, the importance of soul to Essex suburbanites in the 1980s. As usual, it's a thrill-a-minute mesh of musical styles and intermingling ideas, with a cast list of supporting characters that includes Chicago original Jamie Principle, De La Soul, Grace Jones, Jean-Michel Jarre, Mavis Staples and, most bizarrely given his history with Albarn, Noel Gallagher. Just sit back and enjoy the ride.
Metal Banshee ( Mad Professor Mix One) (CD2: Mezzanine Mad Professor)
Angel (Angel Dust)
Teardrop (Mazaruni dub One)
Inertia Creeps (Floating On dubwise)
Risingson (Setting Sun dub Two)
Exchange (Mountain Steppers dub)
Wire (Leaping dub)
Group Four (Security Forces dub)
Review: Two decades have passed since Massive Attack signaled a new stage in their career with the dark, paranoid and claustrophobic brilliance of "Mezzanine", their third studio album. Given the current global political climate, it arguably sounds even more relevant 20 years after it first hit stores. This time round, the re-mastered original set comes accompanied by something none of us have heard before: Mad Professor's complete dub translation, which was slated for release around the turn of the Millennium but for one reason or another never came out. Like his take on "No Protection", it's an inspired set of revisions that takes 3D and Daddy G's dense and red-eyed originals into wild new bass-heavy places. Even if you own the original version already, it's well worth picking up this special edition just for that alone.
Thundercat - "King Of The Hill" (feat BADBADNOTGOOD)
Lapalux - "Opilio"
Ross From Friends - "Squaz"
Georgia Anne Muldrow - "Myrrh Song"
Dorian Concept - "Eigendynamik"
Louis Cole - "Thinking"
Iglooghost - "Yellow Gum"
WOKE - "The Lavishments Of Light Looking" (feat George Clinton)
PBDY - "Bring Me Down" (feat Salami Rose Joe Louis)
Jeremiah Jae - "Black Salt"
Flying Lotus - "Ain't No Coming Back" (feat Busdriver)
Miguel Atwood-Ferguson - "Kazaru"
Taylor Graves - "Goku"
Little Snake - "Delusions"
Strangeloop - "Beautiful Undertow"
Mono/Poly - "Funkzilla" (feat Seven Davis Jr)
Teebs - "Birthday Beat"
Moire - "Lisbon"
Locust Toybox - "Otravine"
Review: Anniversary compilations tend to fall into one of two camps, with labels either offering up a straight retrospective or a collection of previously unheard material. "Brainfeeder X", the tenth anniversary set from Flying Lotus' eclectic and experimental imprint, delivers the best of both worlds. Disc one tells the story so far, joining the dots between ambient, jazz, instrumental hip-hop, distorted techno and wonky house via cuts by the likes of Martyn, Daedelus, Taylor McFerrin, Thundercat and DJ Paypal. Disc two, meanwhile, showcases exclusive, unheard material, with highlights including the dream-time soul of Thundercat and BADBADNOTGOOD's "King of the Hill", the sunrise-ready deep house of Ross From Friends, the madcap IDM rush of Dorian Concept and the high-octane jazz-rap madness of Flying Lotus and Busdriver's "Ain't No Coming Back".