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Genre pick of the week Cover of Ye by Kanye West.
Even by his own exceptional and unconventional standards, 2018's been a big year for Yeezy. Fresh from a derailed world tour, free of addiction to prescription painkillers and mostly on top of his mental health, the man responsible for some of the greatest hip hop and pop records (and best selling trainers) of the last twenty years got himself back in studio and slammed out a flawless string of killer releases on his G.O.O.D. music imprint. Sure, he still found time to stand beside Trump, shout out Candace Owens, offer some poorly thought out views on slavery and impersonate a highly conceptual Joseph Beuys piece, but music was his main focus this year - and all those incidents and accidents, hints and allegations make there way into the lyrical content of the mighty "Ye".
His production work for Pusha T, Teyana Taylor, Nas and the Kids See Ghosts LP was fire by anyone's standards, but Kanye always saves the best beats for himself, and "Ye" finds Kanye fusing autotuned soul, trap and the post Dilla sampling of his early years into an unpredictable soundbed, perfectly suited to his confessional lyricism.


Patrick says: Currently splitting the shop down the middle (maybe not but mine's the only opinion that counts here), is controversial musical genius Kanye West. I've spent 15 years trying to figure the guy out, and I still can't give you a consistent opinion of the man or his music. But I can tell you that his wild creativity, impulsivity and willingness to fuck up make his art more vital than most of his contemporaries.

Heavy hip hop hitters here as we come to the next batch of all-time classic hip-hop anthems from the Nervous vaults, pressed onto high quality dinked 45's. Collectors and DJs take note! Remastered from the original source material and featuring the unedited 'dirty' version on the A-side, and the full instrumental on the B-side, these 45's are for the heads who know what time it really is!
The original LP version of the slamming underground jam 'I Gotcha Open' from 1994 sees Black Moon doing what they do best - spitting some serious heat over more Beatminerz grooves. It's all here, the filtered bassline that is a straight Beatminerz trademark, paired with some killer echo-laden drum programming and those sick horns! The perfect vehicle for the Buckshot Shorty to get loose with his inimitable style. This is that classic mid 90's flavour, classic from end to end. If that wasn't enough for you, you get blessed with Evil Dee & Mr Walt's instrumental on the flipside which will definitely get you open, fronting is optional but not advised! You have been warned.


Patrick says: Nod ya head, break ya neck and kick it wit' the wicked - another Black Moon jam resurrected from the Nervous vaults. Pure 90s NYC biz here, you know it.

Blessed be those MFs in reissue land - not only do we get a reissue of ace OG "I Got Cha Opin", but we also get a f-f-f-fresh reissue of the LEGENDARY remix - haevy jams for all the 90s rap fiends out there! That's correct, you all know the video, right? If you were glued to MTV, BET, The Box or any other similar platform in and around late 1993 then you know you definitely got open to this one. Yet again, Da Beatminerz come with that unbridled heat, flipping that (shhh...) sample to maximum effect, people are still sweating tape king Evil Dee 'the number 1 deejay' over this jam. You need this basically. Absolutely timeless sh*t right here, dirty version on the A, instrumental on the flip.


Patrick says: Flippin the script on the OG, Da Beatminerz came through with a sublime soul sample, subtle drums and slick bass, twisting the track into the smoothest slice of late Daisy age cool.

Some Rap Songs is the follow-up to 2015’s critically acclaimed I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside. In the New Year of 2018, Earl promised the release of new music on Twitter, which would bring an end to his close to 4 year absence from the rap game.

After performing multiple unreleased tracks during live shows, and following a personally rough year for the rapper, including the death of his father, Keorapetse Kgositsile, Earl indicated on social media that new music was imminent as we neared the closure of 2018.

During the first week of November, Earl’s social media pages released three daily videos, each featuring complex visuals and snippets of forthcoming audio, strongly believed to be linked to the forthcoming album, with the final video confirming an upcoming single titled “Nowhere2go.”

The album was finally announced on Earl’s Instagram account, after having released the second single for the album, “The Mint.” 

While the Beats brand has kept Dre's name on everyone's lips (even without "Detox" dropping) it kinda felt like everyone forgot about Em. Years of opioid addiction and average records had sullied Slim's reputation, and a whole new generation of rappers hads emerged and taken the limelight away from the 8 Mile Road. Then Machine Gun Kelly did us all a favour, performing the public harikiri of taking shots at Marshall Matthers. Predictibly, Eminem absolutely fucking bodied him...twice, waking from his slumber and coming correct with his hardest bars in over a decade. The endless multisyllabic, tongue twisting rhyme schemes were back, sounding as vital as ever over a slew of bass heavy, rim rattling beats. Back in beast mode, Eminem kills it on "Kamikaze" - be warned. 


Patrick says: Though he may have a man-bun and a track record for terrible records, Machine Gun Kelly will go down in history for one achievement - waking Eminem from his decade long slumber and prompting the brutal brilliance of "Kamikaze". Eminem was always at his best when he was pissed off, and he's fully fuming here - his best release in years.


Coloured LP Info: Green vinyl edition.

RTKal, Fox, Shanique Marie, Equiknoxx & Swing Ting

Jump To The Bar / Rum & Buckfast Riddim

The latest dancehall missile from MCR firm Swing Ting is a bouncy JA-to-UK bashment banger that features a hefty combination of producers and vocalists from both the Equiknoxx & Swing Ting camps. The tune finds each artist at their most playful, riding the sparkly, jiggy riddim impeccably.

"Jump to the Bar" was built and voiced in two days at London Bridge’s Red Bull Studios, late Summer 2017.

Day one involved Gavsborg, Time Cow, Platt & Samrai arriving from various residences of friends and family in the vicinity of the English capital (shout to the Epsom crew). Alway early-birds, Gavs and Cow set to the task on various machines and available gear to construct the rough instrumental, with Platt & Samrai assisting on percussion and programming. Soon lush synths, tough kicks, flanged hats, grimy bass and snappy claps were combining neatly and the backdrop was set.

Day two featured Kingston’s queen of the cool kids club Shanique Marie flying straight into the big smoke to lay down a witty hook in minutes before earning a lie down on the sofa. Original Brum-town don RTKal rolled in from the West-Midlands (driven by Farda Neeko) dropping a one-take freestyle (egged on by an excitable studio gathering including Randy Valentine, Mr Williamz & Specialist Moss) that later became his verse and the pre-chorus. With the clock ticking on the session, the flask was neatly passed to Mancunian stalwart Fox for the final flourish, giving shouts to buckfast tonic wine & organic herbal treats.

Supported by Toddla T (Coldest Record), Jubilee (BBC Radio 1 Residency), Chal Ravens (Top Flight), Max Glazer (Federation Sound Radio) as well as being added to Spotify’s Dancehall Official Playlist.


Matt says: Unstoppable locally bred, now globally-adored phenomenon Swing Ting deliver a ridiculously potent new dancehall hit, complete with clever riddim from avant dubsters Equiknoxx. Unmissable!

Walls Of Dada

Walls Of Dada II

    Chris Olley from six by seven and Peter Holmström from The Dandy Warhols return with their second Walls Of Dada album. Walls Of Dada is a transatlantic cold wave project for fans of Cabaret Voltaire, Joy Division, early Cure and Bauhaus. This album carries on where the first one left off. 


    LP Info: White vinyl LP

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