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Nomad – Preludes

UK hip hop label SFDB are back after a good few years in the wilderness. The new release is from Nomad entitled “Prelude” and as you would expect from a SFDB release its a fine blend of solid, funky, head nodding beats and on point rhymes.
Production is handled by brothers Daniel and Mark Richardson, using nice layers of distortion, hints of psychedelia and other effects, to create a sound that set “Prelude” apart from your everyday UK hip hop. Nomad compliments of beats with captivating tales and word play. More laid back than up in your face, but still able to grab and hold your attention.
It’s good to have SFDB Records back, especially as they have some of the best artwork in UK hip hop. “Prelude” is released September 1st.

 

The Difference Machine – A Night in the Life of the Day Tripper

Check out the awesome new video from The Difference Machine. “A Night in the Life of the Day Tripper” is taken from one of our favourite albums of last year, “The 4th Side of the Eternal Triangle“.

Jazz Spastiks – Scratch and Sniff

The Jazz Spastiks are back with a new album, “Scratch and Sniff”. The group currently have a crowdfunding campaing set up to raise money to be able to press up the album along with a book where each track has its own smell.
Each song on the album is based on a smell… banana, chocolate, spray paint, bubblegum and lots more! Whilst listening you can follow along with the included book, turn the page when you hear the chimes.
Every track has it’s own page in the book featuring a special scratch and sniff panel. As you listen you can smell the associated scent.
The album is the perfect mix of scratch heavy, jazzy, summer vibes with funky head nodding beats and a large dose of humour thrown in for good measure.
Pledge your money here and get a taster from the video below.

 

Remark – ?Everything

UK veteran Remark returns with a new track that hits hard both in sound and content. Grab the track via bandcamp and check out the video below.

 

Abstract Orchestra – Dilla

Inspired by the legendary live performances of The Roots with Jay-Z and the 40 piece orchestral arrangements by Miguel-Atwood Ferguson of the work of J Dilla, classic arranging techniques underpin modern loop-based structures.The band itself is based on the classic jazz big band instrumentation of saxes, trumpets and trombones and features the cream of the north of England’s jazz scene who collectively have played with Jamiroquai, Corinne Bailey Rae, Mark Ronson, Martha Reeves, John Legend & the Roots, Roots Manuva and Amy Winehouse.
“Dilla” by Abstract Orchestra is a tribute to the work of the highly acclaimed and influential producer. Opener”Welcome to Detroit/The Diary”takes the the vocal sample from Isaac Hayes’s “Man’s Temptation” and places it against lush brass and driving beats while”Workinonit”Transplants the original 10cc guitar samples from the Dilla original onto biting trumpets and aggressive saxes, underpinned as always by Joost Hendrickx’s on point drumming. On”Stop”vocalist Anna Uhuru handles the Dionne Warwick vocal with assurance while the band lay down an arrangement that is reminiscent of the work of David Axelrod and Don Sebeskey, both big sources of inspiration for Abstract Orchestra.
This album will please any Dilla fans, taking the original Dilla tracks and his sample sources and presenting back to the listener and a new and unique way. The album is released on June 30th on limited vinyl, CD and digital. Pre-order your copy now.

 

Jason Furlow – Last Man Standing

Last year saw the return of Sebash, one half of the classic hip hop freak funkers New Kingdom, via the excellent Mongrels album, “Attack The Monolith”. Now the other half, Nosaj aka Jason Furlow returns with a brand new cassette single, “Last Man Standing”.
Jason lays his unmistakable raspy vocals over a cinematic, electronic, sharp yet laid back hip hop rhythm to great effect. The b-side, “Modern Man” features fellow electro freakster CX Kidtronik, so you know this is going to be something special.
Released on the 30th of June via Dub Ditch Picnic on limited cassette single and digital. If seeing is believing then I believe!

Mr Thing and Micall Parknsun – The Raw

Check out the new track from Mr Thing and Micall Parknsun. “The Raw” is a quality slice of low slung, head nodding hip hop, keeping it unashamedly rugged, real and underground. This is the first single taken from the forthcoming album, “Lets Finish What We Started” and is definitely proving Thing and Parky make a great combination. Oh and it has an awesome video too!

Dr Strange and Friends

The Diabolical Dr Strange is back with a tasty free album featuring the good doctor on production and a roaster of his friends on the vocals. This is 10 tracks of heavy, cellar dwelling hip hop, rough and raw, just how we like it. As ever Doc Strange captures that grimy, underground, early 90’s sound and feel, bringing it up to date and sounding fresh.
Out now for free download!

Bare Beats & Dusty Ohms – The Bare Dusty Beat Tape

UK producers Bare Beats and Dusty Ohms have teamed up to release the beat tape, “The Bare Dusty Beat Tape”. Bare Beats takes control on the first side of the tape, with a little help from Jabba Tha Kut and Dusty Ohms handles side two. The two beat makers have come together to create a beat tape with an overall vibe that links the pairs production and creates a very enjoyable listen. Electronic, wonky, forward thinking hip hop beats are the order of the day here, all perfectly executed over 26 tracks.
Out now on Millennium Jazz  records.

Cryptochrome – More Human

Cryptochrome’s second album, “More Human” is now available for download. Having release a slew of videos to preempt the full length release, you can now grab the album in full and enjoy one of the most entertaining, interesting, genre blending albums of the year. Taking influence from underground hip hop, trip hop, electronica, folk and more, “More Human” is a truly refreshing and unique album. Mixing Una’s Bjork-esque vocals with Anik’s well rounded rhyming skill all over SON’s razor sharp production, the album has something for everyone. We urge you to get your copy and fill your head with cryptochrome!

 

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