Review: Hip-hop super group Run The Jewels aka Brooklyn-based rapper-producer El-P and Atlanta-based rapper Killer Mike return with their fourth in their self-titled album series. Once again the American heavyweights call on a big roster of collaborators with DJ Premier, 2-Chainz, Pharrell Williams and Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme all appearing. The tracks remain hard-edged and direct, with cacophonous synths and oversized hits making each track an attention grab. The rhymes are of course on point throughout, with standouts including the machine gun bars of 'Walking The Shadow.'
Made In America (feat Dufflebag Hottie & Elcamino)
The Hunter 2 (feat Skyzoo)
A Lot (feat Dufflebag Hottie & Elcamino)
Jackpot (feat Elcamino)
Review: Buffalo's finest Benny The Butcher leapt from Upstate New York to the world with his tough rhymes and real talk. A Friend Of Ours marked a major step forward for the rapper, drawing serious praise thanks in no small part to the heavyweight production spots from Rick Hyde, Chup, DJ Shay and Marc Spano. Rolling somewhere between a mini-album and EP, and packed with cameos from 38 Spesh, El Camino, Dark Lo, Dufflebag Hottie and Skyzoo, this is a sure shot of modern day hip hop with more than a few nods to a certain seminal mob series.
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.
Take Flight (feat Big Shug & Freddie Foxxxo - Militia part 4)
Bless The Mic
Review: A new album from Gang Starr is no joke, 16 years on from the last after Guru's passing in 2010. With DJ Premier on the beats, you need not question the quality spilling out of the speakers throughout this powerful return from one of hip-hop's holy grails. The spots showing some of the late Guru's skills act as a bittersweet reminder of his lyrical gift and that voice, but the space he left behind is amply filled out by a hit list of guest spots on the mic. MOP, Q-Tip, Jeru The Damaja, Talib Kweli - as if any of these legends would pass up the chance to lend their bars to this late entry from hip-hop royalty.
Beauty & Essex (feat Daniel Caesar & Unknown Mortal Orchestra)
On Sight (feat JID, Kadhja Bonet & MIKNNA)
Shibuya (feat Syd)
Apartment (feat Benny Sings)
Gidget (feat Anderson Paak & T Nava)
RENE (feat Callum Connor)
Time (feat Kali Uchis & Mac Miller)
Cut Me A Break (feat TI)
Eternal Light (feat Chronixx)
Oslo (feat Callum Connor & T Nava)
The Rivington (feat Conway, Westside Gunn & Joyce Wrice)
Review: Free Nationals are of course best known as the live band for Anderson .Paak, but their debut album tries to set them apart on their own musical terms. The future retro, funky and soulful sound that denies their monstrous rise with Paak still abounds here, however. Guests, including Syd, Kali Uchis and the late Mac Miller, all help add character and a melange of rock-riffs and trap vocals, smooth r&b stylings and genre-bending moments of bliss also make this an interesting and innovative affair. While The Free Nationals will struggle to ever hit the heights they do with their front man, this is a damn fine effort.
Calendar - "Comin' On Strong" (Jamie Basement edit)
Review: Since first emerging a few years ago, Jamie 3:26 has carved a career out of offering up seriously sweaty scalpel jobs. Here he continues that trend with a new batch of edits of classic Chicago cuts. He begins by brilliantly chopping up BSTC's samba-fired disco-era heater "Venus & Mars", before adding his Midas touch to the squelchy Afro-Cosmic throb of Mighty Science's "The Lesson". His sparse but percussive tweak of Jungle Wonz's "Jungle" and drum machine-heavy revision of Quest's "Mind Games" are both essential, as is his stomping, high-octane, Ron Hardy style take on Braxton Holmes' "Stomps N Shouts". The revision of Chip-E's early house gem "It's House" is suitably sweaty, while the edit of Calendar's disco slammer "Comin' On Strong" is arguably the best of the lot.
Review: When this album was initially released way back in 2008, it was Kaidi Tatham's first under his given name (previously, he'd released solo records as Afronaught and appeared on all manner of collaborative releases). Since then, he has of course gone on to greater critical and commercial success, but as this timely reissue proves, "In Search of Home" still hits home hard. Like much of his work, it deftly showcases his Herbie Hancock-like jazz and jazz-funk keyboard skills within tracks that variously join the dots between broken beat, hip-hop, deep house, Latin fusion and sumptuous slow jams. Colourful, rich, jazzy and impeccably performed throughout, the album remains one of the high points of Tatham's career and is well worth adding to your collection.
Twin Hype Back (feat Prince Paul As Chest Rockwell)
A Christmas Fucking Miracle
Pew Pew Pew (feat DJ Qbert)
Sea Legs (Dave Stiek remix)
36" Chain (BSBD remix)
Review: Having first appeared on Fools Gold last year, Run The Jewels' acclaimed, self-titled debut album gets a swift re-release on Big Dada. With El-P at the controls and Killermike on the mic (sorry), Run The Jewels was never going to be anything less than essential. Its' blend of fuzzy electronics, booming hip-hop beats, ghetto swagger and robust rhymes seems to inhabit a space all of its own, somewhere between the high production values of commercial hip-hop, the next-level electronic experimentation of LA's MPC beatmakers, and the forceful intensity of independent rap. There are plenty of confirmed dancefloor moments, but some curious curveballs, too. In other words, it's one of the best hip-hop albums of recent times. Don't sleep.
Review: Having previously offered live, orchestral style interpretations of works by Madvillain (AKA Madlib and MF Doom) and J Dilla, Leeds collective Abstract Orchestra has decided to tackle the early works of Slum Village, and specifically their "Fan-Tas-Tic" and "Fan-Tas-Tic Volume 2" albums from the late 90s. The resultant two disc set is inspired, delivering warm, soulful and jazzy interpretations of Dilla's brilliant beats and layered backing tracks that makes extensive use of strings, woodwind, brass and some suitably soulful singers. Excitingly the remaining members of Slum Village add their distinctive flows to a number of key cuts, too, adding an air of legitimacy to a project rooted in love for two of hip-hop's greatest albums.
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