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Weekly Roundup: 27th January – 2nd February

Happy Sunday everyone! It’s been a difficult week personally, but we move! J Hus dropped an absolute gem over the last week with Big Conspiracy, and there have been some more excellent releases to come out throughout the last week or so. So here we go, the weekly roundup!


Features

Incredibly produced, cohesive and thoroughly enjoyable, J Hus’ sophomore Big Conspiracy is an absolute masterpiece

The album as a whole showcases an artist at the peak of his creative powers, flexing his musical prowess over some bold, fierce and thumping production. J Hus is one of the most talented young musicians working today, and Big Conspiracy is an album that embodies black excellence. Read more.


Releases

Prophet – Don’t Forget It (1984 Reissue)

Legendary San Francisco multi-instrumentalist Prophet has released some incredible music in the past, such as the incredible Wanna Be Your Man with Mndsgn. Don’t Forget It is another unreleased gem that brings beautiful and funky compositions highlighting his talents as an artist. It’s an engaging and wonderfully composed release that I’ll be listening to for a while.

Bobby Obsy – Robo Boy

London-based musician Bobby Obsy comes through with a terrific 3 track EP titled Robo Boy. Beautifully textured, quirky in its electronic effects and synth leads throughout, this boom bap release is fun and engaging. There was a lot of head nodding and a lot of stank faces during these three tracks. An excellent release indeed!

Werkha – The Rigour

Manchester-based musician Werkha has released a pretty great 5 track EP titled The Rigour. Funky basslines and soulful vocals are complemented by a groovy backdrop of synth, guitar, piano and drum-heavy instrumentation. It’s an undeniably catchy and engaging release that captures an infectious energy that reverberates throughout the entire project. A great release.

Nick Walters – Active Imagination

Trumpeter and composer Nick Walkers comes through with a sublime new jazz record titled Active Imagination. With a plethora of talented musicians, he is able to create a meditative body of work that brings mesmeric trumpet solos and rhythmic drumming among horns and piano leads. It’s an excellent album, really highlighting his talents as a a composer and arranger.

Om Unit – Submerged

One of the UK’s finest electronic musicians Om Unit comes through with a pulsating new release titled Submerged. I get caught in the broken beats and heavier rhythms that permeate throughout the 6-track EP. With thumping beats, aggressive synth leads and a trance-like quality, this project is the recipe of mind expanding electronic music.

Fly Anakin – at the end of the day.

Mutant Academy come through with another KILLER album from member Fly Anakin. The album is titled at the end of the day. and features the usual soulful boom-bap sound. Fly Anakin himself continues to establish himself as one of the best emcees out right now. His visceral and vivid lyricism paints beautiful landscapes. His pen game is phenomenal, and his consistency is like nothing else right now.

The Leonard Simpson Duo (Guilty Simpson x Leonard Charles) – LSD

Detroit meets New Zealand on this new collaborative album titled LSD. Legendary rapper Guilty Simpson teams up with the talented and psychedelic producer Leonard Charles, and the results are exciting! The murky soundscape surprisingly complements Guilty Simpson’s gritty lyricism. The drums hit, and he flows impeccably over the synth-heavy production. A great release!

Tha God Fahim – Lost Kingz

The Atlanta underground hip-hop king Tha God Fahim has released a brand new album titled Tha God Fahim. The eerie and slow-paced soundscape perfectly captures his poignant wordplay and smooth flow. The project features Mach-Hommy and Vinnie Paz, two tremendously skilled rappers who are welcome additions to this introspective and honest album. There’s a lot more to say about this project, and unpacking the details and nuances of this release is what will make this fun.

JWords – Numb ft MIKE (Single)

Talented New Jersey-based electronic producer JWords has released a brand new single titled “Numb” featuring the legendary MIKE. It’s one of the lead singles off her upcoming debut album to be released on the 14th February. With its infectious footwork production and MIKE’s subdued and murky flow, this single is incredibly hypnotic and highly addicting. Really looking forward to the album!

Seinna & Scientific – Mother Tongues ft Lex Amor (Single)

Dresden-based producer Scientific and London-based rapper Seinna come through with an incredible new single titled “Mother Tongues” featuring the incredible Lex Amor. The hard-hitting drumming and Seinna’s impressive introspective verse makes for an engaging and incredibly poignant track. Lex Amor’s contribution is so ethereal, as it usually is, with colourful synths and electronic effects that add so much soul to the vibe of the record.

Gorillaz – Momentary Bliss ft slowthai & Slaves (Single)

Legendary virtual UK band Gorillaz have come through with a brand new single to kick-start 2020 titled “Momentary Bliss.” The heavy, rock inspired track features the enigmatic and wildly talented slowthai, as well as the punk band Slaves. It’s driven by a spoken word-like verse from both slowthai and Damon Albarn, as well as an engaging soundscape. The track feels very English, as their accents jump out at you, really bringing an engaging and fun tone.


Weekly Playlist

Tracklist
JWords – Numb ft MIKE (Single)
Boldy James – Speed Demon Freestyle (Single)
Your Old Droog – Generations (Jewelry)
Tha God Fahim – Blade Fordge ft Mach-Hommy (Lost Kingz)
Griselda – Chef Dreds (WWCD)
The Leonard Simpson Duo (Guilty Simpson & Leonard Charles) – Friends (LSD)
J Hus – Triumph (Big Conspiracy)
J Hus – No Denying (Big Conspiracy)
Lil Wayne – Mahogany (Funeral)
Seinna & Scientific – Mother Tongues ft Lex Amor (Single)
Isiah Rashad – Menthol ft Jean Deaux (Cilvia Demo)
Archy Marshall – Buffed Sky (A New Place 2 Drown)
Gorillaz – Momentary Bliss ft slowthai & Slaves (Single)
Prophet – Be the One for You (Don’t Forget It)
Bobby Obsy – Astral Venture (Robo Boy EP)
Werkha – Favourite Corner (The Rigour)
Nick Walters – So Long Chef (Active Imagination)


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