Dave Drew – SynthBASED

The impressive element to any good instrumental lies within its ability to breakdown a structure, stripping proceedings back to the basics to reveal a raw beauty throughout the beat. Soulful beat-smith Drew Dave provides such form across his new, 41-minute long …
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Physiks – Money Troubles Beat Tape

Scottish producer Physiks as become well known, not just for his skills on the mic, but in the lab as well. He has a few mixes to show for it and is proving his progressively experimental expertise on his new …
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Jman – Free Dank

Jman dropped Free Dank on March 1st from Greasy Vinyl Records as a free offering to compensate for the incredible reception he received from his 2013 debut Auranography. It’s essentially a taste into the exciting material he’s dropping over 2015, …
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#GutterButter 5 with Griff

#GutterButter with @GRIFFandish is back once again, to spread the grimy love. If you want to know what’s going on in the roughed up cousin of hip-hop, this is your one-stop place to go. Check out our picks of the …
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Azizi Gibson – The Last EP

Having given us a taste of his style with the mixtape Ghost In The Shell released in June 2013, Azizi Gibson returns on our radar with The Last EP, with production from the likes of Kamandi, Mori and Scoop Deville. …
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28th Feb – Blueprint @ Shapes (London)

28TH FEBRUARY 2015 – SHAPES, LONDON, E9 Featuring Hot 97’s Peter Rosenberg and US rapper Stalley Blueprint is a cultural festival celebrating the pillars of the arts in the new hub of creativity that is Hackney Wick. 1000 people will descend …
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Electric Koolade Tour Preview

Brooklyn has always been a fertile breeding ground for hip-hop greatness and the Flatbush area in particular is gaining notoriety among international hip-hop fans in its own right. The Underachievers and The Flatbush Zombies collectively form Clockwork Indigo. These gifted …
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Your Old Droog – Kinison EP

Your Old Droog, the Brooklyn native with Ukrainian blood, returns to keep our hip-hop hopes alive with his new alt-rock flavoured EP, Kinison, an interesting little number that celebrates through nostalgia, the experimental genre so prominent in the ’90s, blending …
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Moon Dials – Moon Dials EP

Moon Dials is the new project that’s whipping all the kids up into a frenzy – and rightly so. It’s a classic one MC / one producer scenario, but combined, they add up to much more than the sum of …
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Chrome & Ill Inspired – All C N I

Legendary UK rap aficionado Chrome of Deftex, teams up with Ill Inspired on All C N I and the pair offer up a set of unashamedly old-school, out-and-out-B-boy flavoured, truly boombastic productions (think classic Bomb Squad meets early Ced Gee). Couple …
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Skittles – Bumba EP

Manchester based MC Skittles’ latest release is a four-track EP. With his last album, Poor with £100 Trainers being released nearly three years ago to strong reviews, Bumba comes as a sweet reminder of what the 29 year old is capable …
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Demrick – Losing Focus

Since 2005, Demrick has been going hard at making his own way in music. After meeting up with Kurupt with his crew Tangled Thoughts, Demrick moved to California to pursue his musical goals. After that, it has been all a …
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The Four Owls – Leeds University – 07/02/15

I don’t think I’ve ever been to a High Focus show and not experienced a non-stop onslaught of quality hip-hop with a real party atmosphere. The Four Owls’ tour in support of their recently released second album Natural Order came …
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Sadat X – Never Left

You gotta love Sadat X. As part of pioneering, socially-conscious trio Brand Nubian, he burst on the scene way, way back – and whilst Never Left is far from his finest hour (Wild Cowboys still retains those honours on my timeline), …
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Wu Block – Hidden Gems

Wu Block have put out some cracking material over the course of their existence. With an unabashed, stree-orientated flavour to their steez, Ghostface and Sheek Louch bump that hardcore, NYC rap with flagship gusto. Hidden Gems is made up, unsurprisingly, …
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