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Genre pick of the week Cover of FW14 - Bonus Disc Edition by Christian Rich.
'FW14' is the debut album from Christian Rich AKA DJ and production duo and twin brothers Taiwo and Kehinde Hassan. The album features Vince Staples, JMSN, Goldlink, Sinead Harnett, Niia, the legendary Steve Arrington and more.

The Nigerian raised, Chicago born, LA-based Christian Rich recently contributed to #1 Billboard albums for Drake, J Cole, Earl Sweatshirt and Childish Gambino, as well as recently producing tracks for Vince Staples’ upcoming album.

Inspired by their fascination with the future, time travel and the worlds outside our galaxy FW14 is a time stamp for the journey and the start point of exploration. The album’s concept is influenced by Phillip K Dick works "VALIS Trilogy", "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale" and the Christopher Nolan directed sci-fi motion picture, Interstellar. There are interludes that sound like a person traveling in space and time. That person is the main character of the album; the female depicted on the cover standing next to an Audi prepared for her expedition. She is also narrating in the interludes, a nod to the classic 'Midnight Marauders' LP. 'FW14' is the vessel she travels in.

Staying true to their roots the duo incorporate footwork and hip hop with unique percussion inspired by Nigerian fugi music and Brazilian bossa nova. Taiwo and Kehinde mix bossa style chords with high energy drums and string heavy productions create the sonic experience that is 'FW14'. 


LP Info: Heavyweight vinyl. Includes limited edition "Production Mix 2015" CD while stocks last.

CD Info: Includes limited edition "Production Mix 2015" CD while stocks last.

Thatmanmonkz Sheffield house imprint Shadeleaf drop their eighth release, and it's another solid release.

Joseph Caserta (now known simply as Caserta) is a DJ / producer based out of Boston, Massachusetts, who has worked with Razor N Tape, Soul Clap Records, Midnight Riot, BBE, and Kon's Star Time imprint.

'Ricky' is a little slice of traditional East Coast, soundsystem / basement club house. It's a simple but textured workout aimed squarely at the floor, with its lascivious narration and repetitive hook - sweet. On the flip the 'Jeep Mix' harks back to those mid 90s B2 hip hop beats mixes othat all Big Apple house twelves included.

Digging royalty and a bona-fide master of the art of the re-edit Kon handles the first of the B-side re-rubs. Stripping things back a little and letting the bump and hustle ride to an altogether more hypnotic and atmospheric destination, the weight of the bass on this reminds me of Mood II Swing etc.

Finally label boss Thatmanmonkz adds more than a little Sheffield grit to proceedings, amping the rhythm section, laying out a deadly bassline and aiming for the proper Sheffield ravers. Another Shadeleaf sureshot! 

Method Man

The Meth Lab

It’s been nearly a decade since the world was treated to new official music from celebrated rapper and pop-culture icon, Method Man. The Wu-Tang Clan’s most successful member is getting back to music with his new album ‘The Meth Lab’ via Hanz On Music / Tommy Boy (Ghostface Killah / Sheek Louch). Recorded in Staten Island and featuring lifelong cohorts and SI residents Redman, Raekwon, Hanz On, Streetlife, and Inspectah Deck, along with Uncle Murda, Cory Gunz, and Mack Wilds. The album features production from Ron Browz, Allah Mathematics, J57, and 4th Disciple and is exactly what his fans have been craving - 17 new and gritty tracks dripping with Mef’s lyrically imaginative, deliberate and laid-back style.


2xLtd LP Info: 2LP is limited and pressed on clear blue virgin vinyl in gatefold sleeve.

Two and a half years on from the sad and untimely passing of Ewan Robertson aka Offshore, his label Big Dada can announce the release of a last album from the Aberdonian musician and designer. The tracks for the new record, 'Offshore' were all more or less completed before his death in 2012. His family, his partner and the label have pieced the album together as close to his original intentions as they could manage, to create a suite of music which in its openness, beauty, humour and joyfulness, both hints at what Ewan could have gone on to achieve, and celebrates what a unique and lovely human being and musician he was.

In addition, artists including Ikonika, Amon Tobin, Blue Daisy, Slugabed, Mamiko Moto, Lockah and Enchanté have all contributed remixes and expect videos and photographs from long time collaborators.

All profits from the record are to go to the Marfan Trust at his family's choosing, it was the condition that affected Ewan.

The sadness felt by those who knew and loved Ewan is still very real, but this record is a chance to celebrate what a unique and talented individual he was.


LP Info: Limited blue and white marbled vinyl pressing. Comes in colour sleeve with printed outer PVC sleeve.

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