Yo! – REKS, Granville Sessions, DJ Shadow, R.A Tha Rugged Man + more

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Welcome to the latest instalment of Yo! – Your go to spot for a bi-monthly fix of the latest releases, videos, news and vibes gathered up neatly in a Yo! sized bundle!

First up it’s REKS with his latest single Jump Shots. The track is produced by Buckwild and features cuts by Statik Selektah. Swoosh!

Granville Sessions
Granville Sessions return with Calgon Sunrise, the first single from their new album set to drop later this year!

Black Square
Black Square delivers tech heavy hip hop beats at their best. Reminiscent of early trip hop from the likes of Portishead and Massive Attack, his intriguing album drops July 15th.

Eloh Kush & Dus
Eloh Kush & Dus deliver perhaps the most self descriptive track of the year so far. B Boy Bonanza ft John Robinson, El Da Sensei, AG & StaHHr off the upcoming AngelDus album (Available June 24, 2016) is sure to get heads bopping and knees knocking.

Lando Chill
This is fresh! From what we’ve heard this is set to be one of the albums of the summer.
For Mark, Your Son by Lando Chill, does a great job of introducing the talented Arizona based MC.

John Phonics
Wordplay are very excited to hear the release of Jon Phonics’ first album in six years Letters to Home. Featuring appearances from Dirty Dike, Lee Scott, Dressin Red and Milktray, the album as a whole offers a versatile sound from one of the UKs most contemporary hip hop producers. To celebrate the release of the long awaited album, a new video for the Lee Scott featured track PPLPERSON dropped to remind listeners why Jon Phonics holds the heavyweight producer title. Roll about in the filth of this one.

Ill Bill
New York native Ill Bill dropped his latest offering this week. Fans of the MC’s recognisable style and voice (as well as his beat selection) won’t be disappointed. The album features Q-Unique and Goretex to name a few. Check it.

The Regiment
The Regiment have been busy working on their new album, but recently took time out to shoot a video to one of their biggest hits from last year… the Diamond D produced Four Finger Ring Music.  Directed by Eyes Bleed Defiance, the video was shot in The Regiment’s hometown of Detroit and features custom made jewlery from Goodwood NYC.

The Avalanches
It’s received a pretty mixed bag response, but whether you like it or hate it, you can’t avoid the excitement for The Avalanches single release Frank Sinatra, featuring Danny Brown and MF Doom. After a 16 year hiatus, The Avalanches have finally returned after an enthralling build up across the past 6 months. The Australian based DJs continue to prove they have that memorable flare we once fell in love with back in their Frontier Psychiatrist days, with a catchy ‘oom-pah-pah’ beat accompanied by the charismatic MC Danny Brown. Verses from Doom feel pretty watered down in comparison, making the feature from the nonsensical MC slightly anti-climactic, but overall the comeback single is an exciting taster for their upcoming second studio album, Wildflower.

Hot 8 Brass Band: 20 Years In The Making
Finally, for something a little different to avert our attention to, Hot 8 Brass Band have released an official mini documentary to tell the tale of how the Tru Thoughts favourite brass band formed and the story and inspiration behind their feel good music.

DJ Shadow
New music from DJ Shadow is highly anticipated and equally as highly critiqued, such is the impact of his debut. Run The Jewels feature alongside ‘the worlds greatest digger’ on this dream collaboration. Be sure to check the album and his previous releases if you haven’t. It’s a must.

Frankie Stew & Harvey Gunn
The Brighton duo continue their rise and rise with brilliantly composed music that feels deserving of more than simply being described as great Hip Hop.

Vic Mensa
Big Vic returns with more heavyweight beats and bars, as well as a letter to his fans (check the website). At just seven tracks it’s a short offering but more than worth your investment.

RA The Rugged Man
Although in keeping with his ‘I really don’t give a f**k’ attitude, this latest release shows R.A. considers this a life motto rather than an character in music. The video (starring his unbelievably cute baby daughter) shows RA in several lights (based around his rumoured crazy behaviour), but all of them are honest. Sharing his true feelings (such as a love for his daughter) with his fans, will ensure RA’s legacy will be unsurpassed.

Pete Cannon
Last but not least for something a little lighter, check out the latest video highlights from the UK’s hardest working producer.