Yes peeps! After an extended festive break, we’re back in the mix with our fortnightly round up of tracks we feel you should be checking. Naturally, we’re kicking off with a bumper edition to make up for the delay…
Elz x Kevin Jazz x Coops – We Don’t Play
We’re starting off with something really smooth. Produced by Talos, Elz has teamed up with Swedish MC Kevin Jazz and album of the year nominee Coops for a vintage boom-bap head nodder. We’re certainly keeping our ears on Elz and if you’re got a minute or two, we suggest you check some of his other offerings…
J. Cole – High For Hours
Fresh from catching everyone off-guard with his 4 Your Eyez Only, Cole’s starting off 2017 with more new music. His recent addition to his Soundcloud finds him as deep and reflective as ever – discussing homeland affairs, social injustices and conversations with the President.
Strange U – Shots
The first of two tracks from the HF camp. Lifted from the forthcoming #LP4080, the trippy video compliments the distorted, off-kilter drum loops as King Kash lyrically tears the beat a new one.
Loyle Carner ft Tom Misch – Damselfly
Ahead of his highly anticipated debut album Yesterday’s Gone which arrives on Friday, Loyle’s given us the final teaser in the shape of the Tom Misch assisted Damselfly. It doesn’t stray too far from what you’d expected from the duo – sharp lyrics, mellow vibes and the perfect precursor to the album’s release.
Stik Figa ft Elzhi – Down Payment
You should know by now that anything dropping via Mello Music Group is guaranteed to be big. The final track from to be released ahead of the release of Central Standard Time in a couple of weeks, Stik Figa teams up with the ever-impressive Elzhi over an absolute monster of a beat from Nottz…
Mystro – MMA Rap Up 2016
He might have wrapped-up doing the annual re-caps of what went down but his passion for mixed martial arts has enticed MysDiggi back. It’ll definitely mean more if you’re a fan of the sport but you’ve got to give props to the man as he highlights the big movements of last year.
Micall Parknsun – Practicing Tag Team Moves
One of the hardest working in the scene, Parky’s been self-promoting the shit out this EP for the past few weeks and months and now it’s finally landed. Featuring cameos from long-term collaborater and friend Jehst and underground legend Durrty Goodz, this is can’t be missed.
Black The Ripper ft Coops – London Zoo
Another Coops feature, another heavy throwback beat courtesy of Talos. On this occasion, Black The Ripper hosts as both artists deliberate about their hometown habitats and extra curricular herbal activities.
Sleaze & Sonnyjim – Paranoid City
This is the second collaborative effort between the duo. Boasting production from the likes of Illinformed, Reklews, Sumgii, Sam Zircon and more; it’s gritty, it’s raw and it’d pretty dope!
Leaf Dog – Intro
Dose number two from the High Focus gang and this time it’s one of the highest. Leafy’s back with a new solo LP and to gear up for the release, he’s dropped the intro for Dystopian Dialect. There’s no further release info as of yet but if this is anything to go by, it’s going to be big!
Tha 4orce & Confucius MC – More To It
Let’s get a bit funky. Tha 4orce flips some old-school jazzy loops for Confucius to wax lyrical over. One beat. One mic. One DJ – there’s very little better.
Mattic, Yago & Pitch – We Left With No Expectations EP
The Mouse Outfit’s Pitch once again teams up with Mattic for an EP outside of the usual Outfit vibe. This time Mattic’s fellow Charlotte native Yago’s along for the ride as the duo trade bars over Pitch’s crisp production.
BLVK BLVD – BrappTV
We first became aware of the project when Gearrzz & Remus featured alongside Theme and Chester P a couple of issues back. Since then, we’ve been keeping an eye on the duo as they’ve worked on their album and even been privileged to hear a few tracks. Now featuring as the latest episode of BrappTV, BLVK BLVD showcase why they’re some of the fiercest lyricists around and we’re excited to hear more from them!
Da Flyy Hooligan – FLPM
Following on from his recent Ray Winstone project, the artist formally know as Iron Braydz has dropped a new addition to his repetoire in the shape of Fucc Ya Life Praise Mine. It’s dark, moody and 100% pure and uncut.
L’Orange & Mr. Lif – The Gentle End
Lifted from their eccentric joint effort The Life & Death Of Scenery that dropped back in October, L’Orange & Mr. Lif have recently dropped an equally obscure set of visuals for The Gentle End. Visually bizarre but somewhat hypnotic, L’Orange’s floaty melody and crisp drums contrast Lif’s gruff tones perfectly.
SK Invitational ft John Robinson & J.Hoard – Golden Crown
Feel good vibes from the SK Invitational camp. The first track to be taken from their impending third LP Golden Crown, it’s a nod to the old school, NY boombap sound. We’re feeling it and think you guys will too.
Corners ft Jester Jacobs, eMCee Killa, Gee Bag, Oliver Sudden, MNSR Frites, Cheech & Louis Cypher – Perfect 10
Monster posse-cut alert! Lifted from the upcoming self-titled Corners LP, Beit Nun, Benny Diction & Deeflux assemble under their collaborative moniker and call-on a host of heads to trade 8-bars. The album’s been brought forward to the end of this week and if you can’t wait until then, go and check our exclusive stream now.
Roughcut Collective – Individual
Another new group effort to keep an eye on. Twizzy and Ambush Tactics have linked up under their new namesake to drop visuals for the first track to be taken from their soon to be released Lions EP.
Dream Mclean & The Last Skeptik – Doing Bits
Wrapping things up, it’s a little bit of a wild card. Regular collaborators, Mclean & Skeptik release the first track to be taken from their Cheese On Brown Bread EP (which is due out on the 23rd), the bouncy and brash Doing Bits.