YOGOCOP TAKEOVER – Day 3 – Benaddict – Bullet Boy VIDEO PREMIERE


WE BACK AT IT!
The Yogocop takeover keeps rolling, and to alude fears and questions. NO, Yogocop have not bough Wordplay! They have simply barged into Wordplay Towers, stuck the kettle on, opened the Jaffa Cakes and decided to stick around for a week (and a little bit!).

This week (you lucky lot!) we have for you –
Day 1 – 10/07 – Yogocop x Wordplay cypher (Video)
Day 2 – 11/07 – An exclusive goody bag competition rammed full of rare and sold out Yogo goodness!
Day 3 – 12/07 – The exclusive video premiere for Bennadict – Bullet Boy
Day 4 – 13/07 – The full stream of Bennadict’s forthcoming album
Day 5 – 14/07 – Another edition of Wordplay’s Just Jammin’ series, this time with Bennadict
Day 6 – 15/07 – Exclusive Interviews with the whole Yogo crew! Like….all of them!
Day 7 – 16/07 – A Best of Yogocop mix
Day 8 – We sleep!

Today! If you weren’t spoilt enough already, we’ve got the exclusive video premiere of Benaddict – Bullet Boy! Madness!

If you’re feeling the track, produced by Tom Yum, and filmed by Mr.Slipz, the  you can pre-order The Garden Of England here – http://bit.ly/2rBOwct

See you tomorrow you lovely lot!

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YOGOCOP TAKEOVER – Day 2 – Yogocop Competition


YES YES PEOPLE!
We’re back at it again! It’s day two of the Yogocop Records Takeover of Wordplay Magazine.

This week (you lucky lot!) we have for you –
Day 1 – 10/07 – Yogocop x Wordplay cypher (Video)
Day 2 – 11/07 – An exclusive goody bag competition rammed full of rare and sold out Yogo goodness!
Day 3 – 12/07 – The exclusive video premiere for Bennadict – Bullet Boy
Day 4 – 13/07 – The full stream of Bennadict’s forthcoming album
Day 5 – 14/07 – Another edition of Wordplay’s Just Jammin’ series, this time with Bennadict
Day 6 – 15/07 – Exclusive Interviews with the whole Yogo crew! Like….all of them!
Day 7 – 16/07 – A Best of Yogocop mix
Day 8 – We sleep!

Today is competition day. That lovely Yogo gang have got a WHOLE heap of goodness to get you guys feeling like you’re part of the family. However, this does not mean you can pop round Mr.Slipz house for a cuppa! Comprende?!

SO! Here’s what’s up for grabs……

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The mad tasty prize is:

1 X Yogosport T-shirt
1 X Wundrop ‘The X-Brain Yo Yo Tape CD
1 X Harvs & KLB ‘Leanworks’ CD
1 X Nuphzed ‘Dreebalicious’ CD
1 X Team Dreebs ‘Vol.2’ CD
1 X Benaddict ‘Feelin’ So High’ 7″ (SOLD OUT!)
7 X 1 Of each of the 7″ series- (ALL SOLD OUT!)
The rules:
Entrants must Like & Share the post on Wordplay’s FB & Tag 3 friends who would be interested in YGC!

The deadline:

Monday 17th July at 12pm.

It’s that simple!
We’ll see you tomorrow.
WP out! (insert firms emoji here!)

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Yo! – Joey Bada$$, DJ Shadow, Apollo Brown & Planet Asia, Damian Marley, Vard, Mura Masa + more

Yes folks! It’s that time again. Hopefully the Monday blues have disappeared but if not, fear not! We’re here to hook you up with a weekly fix of new material and excerpts from new releases over the past seven days. As ever, we’re going to let the music do the talking…

Joey Bada$$ – 500 Benz / Too Lit / Love Is Only A Feeling

Apollo Brown & Planet Asia ft Wille The Kid – Dalai Lama Slang

DJ Shadow – The Mountain Has Fallen EP

O.C. – A New Dawn

Run The Jewels – Don’t Get Captured

Damian Marley – R.O.A.R

Vard – Majorsound

Chance The Rapper – NPR Tiny Desk Concert

Oddisee – Mental Liberation (Remastered)

Confucius MC – Eye Of The Beholder

Big Lenbo – Strange Days

Chronixx ft Chronicle – Big Bad Sound

Dizzee Rascal – Wot U Gonna Do?

Mura Masa ft Desiigner & 67 – All Around The World

Scrufizzer – More Time

Snowy – Going On

K Koke – Listen Likkle Man

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YOGOCOP TAKEOVER – Day 1 – Yogocop X Wordplay Cypher


A year on from Soundsci’s takeover, Wordplay HQ once again has been overrun with a group of motley musicians, who’s musical talent is so undeniable that we had to offer them a cuppa and stick around for a week!

SO! This is the YOGOCOP RECORDS takeover of Wordplay Magazine! We’re super hyped, we have a whole bag of exclusive content, competitions and generally good stuff for you this week to get you finding out a little more about one of the UK’s finest exports of recent years.

The label consists of –
NuphZed, Hank Hiller, Wun Drop, Mr Slipz, Bo Bribery, Harvs & KLB, Terry Tonks & Tom Yum

This week (you lucky lot!) we have for you –
Day 1 – 10/07 – Yogocop x Wordplay cypher (Video)
Day 2 – 11/07 – An exclusive goody bag competition rammed full of rare and sold out Yogo goodness!
Day 3 – 12/07 – The exclusive video premiere for Bennadict – Bullet Boy
Day 4 – 13/07 – The full stream of Bennadict’s forthcoming album
Day 5 – 14/07 – Another edition of Wordplay’s Just Jammin’ series, this time with Bennadict
Day 6 – 15/07 – Exclusive Interviews with the whole Yogo crew! Like….all of them!
Day 7 – 16/07 – A Best of Yogocop mix
Day 8 – We sleep!

Today! DAY 1!!!
Well! What a fine way to start proceedings, we have an exclusive cypher from the Yogo gang, pottering around places in Brighton, doing random stuff, spilling drinks and doing some of the those fine raps that they do rather well! LET”S DO THIS!!!!…..

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YO! – Jay Z, Illa J, Public Enemy, Skrabl, Genesis Elijah, Datkid, Skepta, Donaeo + more

Yes folks! It’s that time again. Hopefully the Monday blues have disappeared but if not, fear not! We’re here to hook you up with a weekly fix of new material and excerpts from new releases over the past seven days. As ever, we’re going to let the music do the talking…

Jay Z – The Story Of O.J.

Illa J – Home

Public Enemy – Nothing Is Quiet In The Desert

Kendrick Lamar – Element

Datkid – Who’s Dat There

Genesis Elijah – 36th Chamber

Vic Mensa ft Pharrell & Pusha T – OMG

Action Bronson – Let Me Breathe

Skrabl – 26 Letters

MC Eiht ft Kurupt – Gangsta Gangsta

Da Buze Bruvas ft Ruste Juxx – U.S Embassy

Incisive – U.P.S

Tyler The Creator ft A$AP Rocky – Who Dat Boy

Skepta – Hypocrisy

Donaeo – Sixteen


Mercston – Top Bins

Chip ft Ghetts – Gets Like That

AJ Tracey – False 9

Shocka – Grenfell Tribute

Bugzy Malone – Bruce Wayne

Dot Rotten – Fire In The Booth Pt.2

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PREMIERE: Jazz Spastiks – Bananas (Unzip A Banana)

Evening folks! The weekend is finally upon us and what better way to kick it off than something so brand new, we’re the first to tear off it’s metaphorical wrapper?! The Slipmat Brothers themselves, Jazz Spastiks, are back with a brand new, conceptual project Scratch & Sniff and they’ve blessed us with the video for it’s next single, Bananas (Unzip A Banana). If you’re familiar with the guys’s sound, you’ll know they’ve mastered that vintage, head-nodding Hip Hop and their latest offering is just as smooth as you would expect.

To further stimulate your senses, the full LP will be accompanied by a book which as the title might suggest, you’re literally able to scratch and sniff alongside the dope instrumentation. With each track based on a certain scent, it’s going to hit you from all angles and make consumption just that little bit more interesting!

Scratch & Sniff is due to drop in September. If you’re wanting to support the guys and get involved with their crowd-funding project and secure yourself the album and related goodies, hit up the banner below and keep your eyes and ears peeled for more updates.

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Yo! – Confucius MC, Sparkz, Wu-Tang Clan, The Mouse Outfit, Lando Chill, Lunar C, Frisco + more

Yes folks! It’s that time again. Hopefully the Monday blues have disappeared but if not, fear not! We’re here to hook you up with a weekly fix of new material and excerpts from new releases over the past seven days. As ever, we’re going to let the music do the talking…

Confucius MC x Mr Brown – The Artform

Sparkz – Angle Three

Wu-Tang Clan – Don’t Stop

The Mouse Outfit ft Ellis Meade & Dr Syntax – Revolution

Vince Staples – Rain Come Down

DJ Khaled ft Travis Scott & Nas – It’s Secured

Landon Chill – The Boy Who Spoke To The Wind

Berner & Styles P ft Jadakiss & Sheek Louch – Fam 1st

Royce 5’9″ – The Bar Exam 4

Lunar C – Chicken

VersesBang – Versace Rings & Chest Pains

Denzel Curry – 13 EP

Denzel Curry – 13 [EP Stream]

Frisco – It’s Changed

Tempa – Gimme Respect

Donae’o ft Fredo – Whole Life

JB Schofield x Kamakaze – King Of The Ring

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Yo! – Jehst, Upfront, Action Bronson, Domo Genesis, Joyner Lucas, Kabaka Pyramid, Cypress Hill, Big Zuu + more

Yes folks! It’s that time again. Hopefully the Monday blues have disappeared but if not, fear not! We’re here to hook you up with a weekly fix of new material and excerpts from new releases over the past seven days. As ever, we’re going to let the music do the talking…

Jehst – Billy Green Is Dead

Ramson Badbonez & DJ Fingerfood – Hypnodic

Upfront – Contagious

Action Bronson – Let Me Breathe

Domo Genesis – Red Corolla

AZ ft Raekwon & Prodigy – Save Them

Joyner Lucas – Keep It 100

Run The Jewels ft Joi – Down

Cypress Hill – Reefer Man

JR & PH7 x St. Joe Louis – Coral Cadavers

Remulak ft Melody Myla – Passing Time

Kabaka Pyramid – Accurate Mixtape

Zedo – Late Nights & Lucid Dreams

Rejjie Snow – Unborn

Ray Of Light & Mook – 5000 Kelvin

Ill Dando ft Physiks & Datkid – That’s Life

Jyager – 100k Ain’t Enough

Big Zuu – Grenfell Tower Tribute

Dizzee Rascal – Space

AJ Tracey ft Swoosh & Sloane Evans – LA4AWEEK

Capo Lee x P Money – Mula

Bugzy Malone – #NoBigDeal Freestyle

Mr. Mitch ft P Money – Priority

Dash Villz – Long Time Coming

Yungen ft Yxng Bane – Bestie

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Ramson Badbonez & DJ Fingerfood – Hypnodic

Few domestic labels have as much clout or an ear for adding talent to their roster as High Focus. We could spend ages reeling through the list of names but let’s get straight to the point in hand! After enticing the underground workhorse that is Ramson Badbonez to drop his conceptual colloborative project with Charlie Mac on their imprint a few years back, Badbonez has re-surfaced to follow up A Year In The Life Of Oscar The Slouch with his brand-spanking new release, Hypnodic. This time around, he’s teamed up with Squared Roots head-honcho DJ Fingerfood to set the backdrop for him to weave his raw and gritty verbal tapestry over.

For heads in the know, Badbonez has been grafting within the scene for an absolute age and will be accustomed to his signature hard-hitting delivery. To that extent, Hypnodic doesn’t deliver any surprises. Don’t get it twisted though, he’s still “greazy like graffiti on these London streets” – perhaps even more so than ever. From front to back, he attacks each beat as if it’s the last one he’ll bless; with his complex and intricate wordplay taking us deep into his psyche and surrounding environments.

The other element to the project that impresses the most is Fingerfood’s prowess behind the buttons. To put it crudely; the beats bang. Hard. Whilst the melodies and samples vary throughout, the foundation of the album is built on his ridiculously heavy drum loops. We were reaching for the neck brace about 30 seconds into the second track and by the time we reached the Gadget assisted Sideways, we’d been signed off work with concussion.

Sometimes joint releases don’t deliver and one of the artists outshines or overshadows the other. This definitely isn’t one of those instances. Both Badbonez and Fingerfood knew what they needed to provide and in turn, well and truly delivered. Dope beats, stellar verbals; what more could you ask for? If you’ve got any common sense then make sure you cop Hypnodic now. If you’d prefer to indulge in something a little more physical, then head over to the High Focus store.

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Yo! – Ice Cube, Vic Mensa, Remulak, Damian Marley, Dotz, Heavy Links, Illa J, Jammz + more

Yes folks! It’s that time again. Hopefully the Monday blues have disappeared but if not, fear not! We’re here to hook you up with a weekly fix of new material and excerpts from new releases over the past seven days. As ever, we’re going to let the music do the talking…

Ice Cube – Good Cop Bad Cop

Vic Mensa – The Manuscript EP

Damian Marley ft Stephen Marley – Dedication

Remulak – Earth

Must Volkoff ft Adam Koots, Joe Snow & One Sixth – Haze

Dotz – I Bootleg My Own Shit!

Heavy Links – Represent To The Fullest

Dutch Mob – Little Brother

Illa J – Home

Nyck @ Knight – Off The Wall

Darrell Cole – BOATS

Vince Staples – Rain Come Down

Marlon Craft – Showoff Radio Freestyle

Obdadiah – Thoughts Manifest Reality

Jammz – Oh Please

Cashtastic ft Moelogo – I Remember

Compa ft Footsie – No Hype

Lethal Bizzle – Wigback Ting

Charlie Sloth ft Giggs – Wake Up

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Yo! – Datkid, Benaddict, Kool G Rap, General Steele, Jay Prince, Juga-Naut, Jack Jetson, Blay Vision + more

Yes folks! It’s that time again. Hopefully the Monday blues have disappeared but if not, fear not! We’re here to hook you up with a weekly fix of new material and excerpts from new releases over the past seven days. As ever, we’re going to let the music do the talking…

Datkid – Honey I’m Home

Gensu Dean & Wise Intelligant – Game Of Death

Benaddict ft NuphZed – Does Anybody Care?

Ramson Badbonez & DJ Fingerfood – Hypnodic

4orce & Jae Mann – Everyday Struggle

Jay Prince – Late Summers

General Steele ft VVS Verbal & Napolean Da Legend – Err’Day

Kool G Rap – Return Of The Don

Big Boi ft Killer Mike & Jeezy – Kill Jill

Juga-Naut & Micall Parknsun – Know Your Worth

Mongrels – Attack The Megalith

Jack Jetson x Sleazy F Baby & Toshiro Steel – Demon Dash

Joe Blow – The Smoking Ace


Denzel Curry – Ultimate (BADBADNOTGOOD Session)

Binary Star – Water World 3

L’Indécis – Plethoria

Dave – 100Ms

Blay Vision – Turner Ave.


Milli Major x Manga – No Check

Scrufizzer – Chill Out

Subten ft Double S – Oh What A Shame

Fekky x Ghetts – Call Me Again

Sinead Harnett – Chapter One

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Dutch Mob – Passport EP Review

Bristol, stand up for your biggest and best hip-hop duo since… ever.

Introducing Dutch Mob, consisting of home-bred veterans Res One and Mistafire, representing Split Prophets and Se’Fire respectively. Together they are set to enhance Bristol’s hip-hop acclaim to new heights with their hard-hitting debut, the ‘Passport’ EP – Which is out now!

The Dutch Mob alliance formed over many years of friendship, as both rappers have known each other since back in the days. Although Res used to be considered Mistafire’s younger, they shared a brotherly relationship as strong connections tied them together from early. In 2015, both lyricists jetted to their first visit of New York City, exploring overseas culture and taking influence from underground elements of America’s modern and old-school hip-hop styles.

Afterwards, Mistafire moved in with Res and the makings of the ‘Passport’ EP unfolded from there. After completing their first collaboration track, the ‘One Take’ single, they decided to find a name for themselves. As their research turned to century-old gang names, they discovered stories about a pickpocketing collective formed in the 1860’s, the Dutch Mob, which became one of the biggest pickpocketing gangs in America before they disbanded by the 20th century.

Bristol’s Dutch Mob returned to New York to record more of the Passport EP in Spring 2017, taking DJ Simiah with them as he handles the cuts throughout the project. Dutch Mob were invited to Fred One’s studio, meeting with multiple underground NYC rap affiliates such as Kgaines & L.I.F.E Long, each playing a part in inspiring and influencing the recording process, ensuring the debut would sound as relentless as possible.

Bin Juice is the intro, setting the stage for the lyrical onslaught to come. Illinformed drops some murky bass, booming alongside classic boom-bap cymbal and snares, before Res One spits with “swagger like Mcgreggor” but “still lacking cheddar.” Mistafire follows like a loose lyrical cannon, firing multiple shots again and again before the rowdy duo finish sneering, “We let the madness begin / We living in the gutter like kings / Never beg forgiveness for the sins / We got that juice for your bins.” Simiah spins out with slick, rhythmic cuts to finish.

Track two is Dead The Soundsystem, leaving little pause for breathe, featuring a six man cypher: Dutch Mob, Kgaines, Slack Jaw, Lifelong & Mac Motion. There’s few things rarer in hip-hop than hearing a New York accent back-to-back with a Bristolian emcee, however the transatlantic connection doesn’t sound twisted in the slightest. Wordplay separates boys from men, Dutch Mob keep it as rugged and raw as their collaborators do. It’s incredible how much heat is contained within two and a half minutes. Don Piper surely played a major part in this, as he handled production throughout the track. The beat bangs like a Bronx-recorded cypher should. A badass hood anthem which demands a reload.

Dutch Mob come through with another illicit anthem on track three, Lift Music. Packing a loud BadHabitz production, Mistafire spits first with a “head spinning, jaw spinning like a rubix cube” whilst Res is “dabbing acid til I’m passive and the room shifts view.” If you hadn’t realised by now, the chorus confirms, “This ain’t lift music / it’s drug music / lift you up music / … straight from the heart, true music.” A bumping tune which was made for good times.

Boasting a homemade visual shot on a GoPro is track four, Clouded Thoughts, featuring Jman & Datkid over a gloomy, headbanging instrumental from Illinformed. Simiah spins the listener in with sharp cuts, before Jman commences with conscious wordplay and quickfire flows, rhyming with an edge of militarism. Mistafire follows, laying down rhymes which profess his supremacy. Simiah separates the verses with more neat cuts, before Res swings through with a smooth flow and mature wordplay, asserting his dominance over rival rappers with rhymes portraying his explicit perspectives. Datkid makes clear that he’s not to be messed with, then sprays clever metaphors to finish, “work will make a breh king / the same way a bird will make a breh sing / only a certain type of breh though, beware / even words can clip a brehs wings.” A tight UK collaboration which would be hectic to witness live.

Taking the edge off with a more heartfelt topic, track five Little Brother sees Res One address the youngers on his ones, instilling some sensibility as well as self-respect. Laying down lessons lifted from his own misdemeanours, without barking like a bulldog wanting attention, Res relates to those who went through similar upbringings, emphasized by the chorus, “I’m not your father or mother / but I’ve been through the same as you / I ain’t trying to patronize you / because we been through the same issues.”

Have you had enough of the political system? Are you ready for war? Then get prepared to ante up against the One Percent alongside Edo G, spitting over another bleak yet riveting beat by Illinformed. Res expresses anger for social situations, calling out the political peado rings escaping jail through payouts, and people left starving on the streets without Government aid. Edo G follows on the same political tact, however addresses issues closer to his home over the pond, such as immigration. Then Mistafire finishes, spitting with utter contempt for our nation’s dire financial inequality.

This leads into Remedy. Mistafire leads the intercontinental connect before L.I.F.E Long matches the verbal finesse, with his own unique, quick-fire flow that sounds too fresh on the crazy Badhabitz production banging hard in the background. King Raa comes through a more conscious approach, unafraid in the face of hate, keeping it cold as ice before Res finishes the cyper in trademark fashion.

Drawing towards the end, the spine-chilling beats and bars don’t cease. Rolls Canardly features another greazy, mouldy beat blessed by the infamous Illinformed. Mistafire displays his riveting storytelling and remarkable lyrical finesse on a solo steeze, believe me when I say that it is one of the hardest tracks on the record. Even if I could summarise the depth of the topics he approaches, really no more need be said. Do not sleep on Rolls Canardly.

The finale is hopefully recognisable by now, it’s the classic 1 Take track produced by Illinformed, which dropped September 2016. Booming bass bangs alongside rhythmic snares, raising the momentum for Dutch Mob to tear up the track one last time. If one track could encapsulate the vibe of the EP, it would be this one. A hard-hitting demonstration of their combined lyrical ability.

The Passport EP surpasses expectations with flair.

Words by Ethan Everton

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Yo! – Must Volkoff, Vinnie Paz, Jehst, Conway, Swet Shop Boys, Big Like Baz, Cadet + more

Yes folks! It’s that time again. The extended bank-holiday weekend and has been and gone but don’t let the return of the working week get you down! We’re here to hook you up with a weekly fix of new material and excerpts from new releases over the past seven days. As ever, we’re going to let the music do the talking…

Must Volkoff – Aquanaut

Vinnie Paz – Nineteen Ninety Three

Jehst – 44th Floor

Conway – Reject On Steroids

Swet Shop Boys – Sufi La

Big Like Baz – Ormond

Cyclonious – What’s Your Fate

Disorda – Cold Lampin’

Dezzy Hollow – Outkast

FKJ & Masego – Tadow

Jacob Banks – Mercy (A Colors Show)

King Grizz – West Coast (Mash-Up)

Cadet ft Konan – Instagram Girls

YGG – Three IC3s

Eyez x Maniac – Smoking Fine

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Jehst – New album and single announcement!

Some artists really don’t need an introduction. Jehst, one of the biggest and most influential artists in homegrown Hip Hop, is back with a bang after announcing his new album Billy Green is Dead and has decided to share with us it’s first single, 44th Floor.

Inspired by Gil Scott-Heron’s song of the same name, the ambitious Billy Green is Dead record follows fictional everyman character Billy Green on his solitary journey through an uncaring, individualistic world.  Lead track 44th Floor – produced by Zygote of Strange U, aka The Maghreban – comes midway through the records’ narrative arc and finds protagonist Billy at breaking point; “feeling like my life’s a major fail, standing on the platform waiting for British Rail”.

We caught up with Jehst to press him for more information…

“I don’t want to say too much about the album at this point. I’d prefer to let the music speak for itself. But I will say that ’44th Floor’ is pretty much the lynchpin, the centre of gravity that the rest of the album revolves around. So it kind of makes sense to give people that track when they pre-order the album. Because it draws you into the wider narrative, not necessarily the musical direction but the concept – the story of this everyman Billy Green character.”

Billy Green is Dead is Jehst’s first album of original material in 6 years and will be released on 16th June through his YNR Productions imprint.  Co-executively produced by Beat Butcha and featuring further production by Paul White and Jehst himself, alongside guest vocals from Eric Biddines, Strange U and mysterious R&B man, Ennio Lion, this really isn’t something you’re going to want to miss. Your can pre-order Billy Green Is Dead here

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Renegade Brass Band – Totems (Review)

Sheffield based collective, Renegade Brass Band are back once again with their latest album Totems.

Consisting of 8 horns, 2 percussionists, a scratch DJ and an MC, this 12-piece hip-hop collective certainly know how to capture the unmissable, electrifying energy from their live shows and compose it into a sophomore studio album.

Packing punchy rhythms and a tight brass, Totems delivers the perfect blend of hip-hop, funk and jazz. Stand out tracks from the album include Vicarious Visions and Torches and Pitchforks, echoing sounds of Capdown, Rage Against the Machine and Hot 8 Brass Band combined.

Whilst trying to avoid a cliché review, it’s really hard to deny RBB’s latest album Totems is perfect for this year’s summer playlist.

Renegade Brass Band once again prove they are one’s to look out for with this release, whilst continuing to lay the path of success for other brass band collectives across the UK.

Totems is available now on limited edition CD, vinyl and digitally via Bandcamp.

Review by Abi Lewis

 

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