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Kanye West
808s & Heartbreak

As one of the most pioneering electro-rap albums of the century, 808s & Heartbreak is a golden left-turn from modern hip-hop king Kanye West. In swapping his customary classic hip-hop sounds for synthy electronica, this is one of West's esteemed highlights - which has gone on to...view item »

Guru
Jazzmatazz

2018 marks a quarter-century since the drop of Guru’s groundbreaking Jazzmatazz, Volume 1. With the likes of Kendrick Lamar and Ghostface Killah making great records with a live jazz group in recent years, this re-pressing of the late Gang Starr MC’s 1993 ma...view item »

Wu-Tang Clan
Enter The Wu Tang (36 Chambers)

Do you want me to introduce this record to you? Really? Because if you don’t yet know what happens when you Enter The Wu Tang, you should probably just buy this on sight. For existing Wu-Tang Clan fans, this is the classic debut reissued, pretty crucial for your collection....view item »

A Tribe Called Quest
We Got It From Here... Thank You 4 Your Service

East Coast icons A Tribe Called Quest return after disbanding almost twenty years ago. Somehow they manage to sound as dynamic, funky and angry as during their prime. We Got it From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service is a vibrant double vinyl LP of old-school charm, dense rhymes and forward-thinking beats. ...view item »

Why?
Alopecia (10 Year Anniversary Edition)

Ah 2008.... when we nodded to the sounds of 'Alopecia', the Brudenell Social Club full to bursting with backpacks. All those guys are dads now so it's time to squirrel away bits of the childcare money on a lavish re-treatment of the album featuring a bonus demos LP and Boards of Canada and Dntel remixes. It's the 'star' record, the 'road' r...view item »

Madlib
Pinata Beats

I’ll keep this snappy as ‘Pinata’ has already had the review treatment from our boy Mikey. Madlib needs no introduction, he’s the one and only, you know this. He’s the hardest working man in the biz and with cuts that are always worth your time, ‘Pinata’ being no exception. Infact, ‘Pinata ...view item »

Archy Marshall
A New Place 2 Drown

Archy Marshall (also known as King Krule) isn't one for sitting still. He currently has three monikers including The Return of Pimp Shrimp. It might be helping to destroy his career but if it keeps him influenced then it's our gain as his music is invariably excellent. Here he soundtracks a book that was co...view item »

Farai
Rebirth

It’s unclear whether Farai is to be seen as a new solo project of vocalist Farai Bukowski-Bouquet or as a collaboration between herself and producer TONE...view item »

Public Enemy
It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back

No hiphop collection should be without the 1989 breakthrough LP from PE. Chuck D’s lyrics and delivery matched with The Bomb Squad’s confrontational production represented a new high-water mark as to what rap could be capable of. The track listing is jaw-dropping - Bring the Noise, D...view item »

Public Enemy
Fear Of A Black Planet

Chuck D. and Co.’s third album will hit 25 in 2015, so this vinyl reissue couldn’t come any sooner. In fact, Fear of a Black Planet hasn’t been repressed since 2000! Really, there’s very little that can be said about Public Enemy that hasn’t been said already -- deadly serious politica...view item »

Earl Sweatshirt
Doris

Earl Sweatshirt, real name Thebe Neruda Kgositsile, is an American rapper and member of hip-hop crew Odd Future who also include the notable artists Tyler, The Creator and Frank Ocean among their ranks. Doris was Earl Sweatshirt’s debut solo album...view item »

Pan Amsterdam
The Pocket Watch

Pan Amsterdam is the project of Professional Jazz Musician thatmanmonkz alongside Leron Thomas. Both have lots of pedigree in the worlds of hip-hop and house and together they have formed Pan Amsterdam. Giles Peterson has long been a fan of Monkz previous outfit Madison Washington and is fully on board with this project which perfectly blends j...view item »

Jehst
Billy Green Is Dead

This is the first new album from criminally underrated British hip-hop artist Jehst in more than 6 years. He's obviously used the time wisely concocting this ambitious sprawl of an album which follows his fictional character Billy Green through a turbulent life which leaves him at breaking point and eventually (spoiler alert) de...view item »

Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad presents
The Midnight Hour Instrumentals

Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad have previous. In the past they’ve teamed up to score the 2016 Marvel series Luke Cage, and you might also recognise a snippet of The Midnight Hour Instrumentals’ ‘Questions’ from Kendrick Lamar...view item »

Quasimoto
The Further Adventures Of Lord Quas

The Further Adventures of Lord Quas is the Trout Mask Replica of rap. Madlib, much like Captain Beefheart, has a unique style that is hard to penetrate and hard to pin down. The songs on this album aren't really songs per se, they are more like random clips and odd ball samples...view item »

$uicideboy$
I Want To Die In New Orleans

It’s $uicideboy$, a ferocious rap duo from 7th Ward, New Orleans whose name refers to their agreement to end it all if they didn’t make it in the biz by age thirty. They’ve certainly put the hours in trying to make this happen, for though a ...view item »

Digable Planets
Reachin’ (A New Refutation of Time and Space) - 25th Anniversary Edition

Finally: a reissue of Digable Planets’ 1993 debut, Reachin’ (A New Refutation of Time and Space)! It's the first time the record has been on vinyl since those heady days, now expanded to 2 discs. Their laid-back, finger-snappin' jazzy sound spawned the huge hit 'Rebirth Of Slick (Cool Like Dat)' - and - the ...view item »

Agnarkea
Black Helicopters

Seriously gritty and also seriously lengthy hip-hop from Richmond, Virginia artist Agnarkea (one Keaton Transue), an artist as furious with oppressive and racist authoritarianism as he is young (to wit, very). Limitation can be a great condition for creativity and Transue, who produced these tracks with inexpensive equipment, ce...view item »

Boogie Down Productions
Criminal Minded

In listing the greatest albums in hip-hop history, one title never seems to stray from the upper echelons, no matter how many years pass: Boogie Down Productions’ undisputed classic from 1986, Criminal Minded. Released amidst a battle between BDP and MC Shan that would redefine the New York rap landscape as it was then kno...view item »

MC Paul Barman
(((echo chamber)))

MC Paul Barman has kept a relatively low profile since the release of 2009’s Thought Balloon Mushroom Cloud LP, offering only a mixtape and a handful of guest verses in the intervening years. A near-decade on and the wordsmith’s wordsmith drops (((echo chamber))). The LP’s lengthy track list a...view item »

Shabazz Palaces
Shabazz Palaces

Shabazz Palaces, whose Lese Majesty has been a pretty big deal this year, have elected to reissue this early self-titled mini-album from 2009, on red vinyl no less! Features the earlier, more embryonic version of the experimental hip-hop duo’s sound, valuable both for Shabazz historians and straight-up interested ...view item »

Kendrick Lamar
GOOD KID, m.A.A.d CITY

Kendrick Lamar's debut effort Good Kid: M.A.A.D City [Deluxe Edition] materialises just at the right time to give West Coast rap some renewed notability. Kendrick Lamar is one today's most unique rappers. Left of centre, he joins the likes of Drake and KiD CuDi, paving his own pathway. Good Kid m.A.A.d City is not only one of 2012's best rap alb...view item »

Contact Field Orchestra
Vol. 1

Now this is an interesting one. For the first few years of its existence LA label Hit+Run was best known for releasing kush-hazed hip-hop tapes from the likes of Jonwayne and Teebs. However, their releases from the Contact Field Orchestra changed perceptions of the label. ...view item »

Kid Cudi & Kanye West
Kids See Ghosts

Here it is at last after some delays, the short & very sweet  collaboration between artist, rapper and actor Kid Cudi and Ye, the artist and perplexing bosom buddy of Trump formerly known as Kanye West - it’s Kids See Ghosts (directed by M. Night Shyamalan). Stron...view item »

Swet Shop Boys
Sufi La

Swet Shop Boys (respect for that name) present a brand new EP of politically-driven party music. Sufi La features more from the excellent combination of ex-Das Racist member Heems and actor / rapper Riz MC, utilising hip-hop, grime and South Asian styles to make their o...view item »

Rage Against The Machine
Rage Against The Machine

‘Rage Against the Machine’ is the eponymously titled debut studio album by American rap metal band Rage Against the Machine. The album was originally released on November 3, 1992. It’s contains the tracks ‘Killing In The Name Of’, ‘Bombtrack’, ‘Bullet In The Head’ and ‘Take The Power Ba...view item »

Various
The Man With The Iron Fists

As one might expect from a film co-written and directed by RZA, The Man With The Iron Fists comes with a pretty mighty soundtrack. RZA produces many of the beats here - the rest are handled by, among others, Isaac Hayes and BADBADNOTGOOD - and the whole thing generally oozes that specia...view item »

DJ Shadow
The Private Press

DJ Shadow. A god to some perhaps. Always been a personal hero of mine and when I saw him live the other week he rocked my world in a slight hip hop bouncy fashion . Now his new album didn't impress me when I first heard it months ago. But after months and months of perseverance as I couldn't believe th...view item »

Travis Scott
Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight

Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight was the second album by US rapper Travis Scott, or Travi$ Scott to his friends. It was originally released in 2016. The album features an impressive guest cast including Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, An...view item »

Drake
Views

Canadian rapper Drake returns with his smooth blend of hip-hop and R&B. With poetically crafted love stories, exotic dancehall beats, and record-shattering sales statistics, Views boasts international chart toppers One Dance and Hotline Bling...view item »

Atmosphere
Mi Vida Local

Mi Vida Local is the seventh album from long time "alt-rappers" Atmosphere. It's coming up on three decades now that the duo of Slug and Ant have been practicing their craft, but more importantly it's been two years since their last album. America's last two years have been troubled and in response the band...view item »

Petite Noir
La Maison Noir / The Black House

Three years on from the debut LP by Petite Noir we get a new mini-album/EP/whatever you call something that’s six tracks long these days courtesy of the one born Yannick Ilunga. La Maison Noir / The Black House is another ambitious project from the Cape Town-based artist. The smorgasbord sound of tunes like &...view item »

DJ Krush
Cosmic Yard (Special Edition)

DJ Krush -- pioneering hip-hop DJ and producer -- is back! Famed for his abstract-leaning contributions to the legendary Mo'Wax roster during the trip-hop heyday of the 1990s, his latest album Cosmic Yard (Special Edition) arrives as a 12-track LP or CD on Gamma Proforma. The keys are woozy and inf...view item »

Homeboy Sandman & Edan
Humble Pi

Humble Pi sees alternative rapper and Berklee College of Music dropout, Edan and New York rapper, Homeboy Sandman team up for the first time. The much-anticipated collaboration will please fans of MF Doom, Madvillian,...view item »

Travis Scott
Astroworld

Travis Scott’s name may sound like one of those overly patriotic new country singers but I can assure you that he is something quite different. The US rapper, singer and producer has been bothering top 10s all over the place with his single Sicko Mode, so why not check out his third album, A...view item »

Kojaque
Deli Daydreams

Dublin producer/rapper Kojaque drops his debut LP via Soft Boy Records. Deli Daydreams is a likeable, slightly rag-tag collection that plays to Kojaque’s strengths. The beats are sloppily pretty - think Samiyam and Mndsgn - with enough space to allow Kojaque&rsquo...view item »

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CLPPNG

Fucking weird one this. It got missed last week, possibly because it's a slightly abrasive, startling and forward thinking hip-hop album. On perusal at home rather than the office (where CLPPNG was starting to righteously piss Auntie Norman's babies right off) the vowel-devouring CLPPNG is much easier to handle and dissect as you're not staring ...view item »

Swarvy
Anti-Anxiety

‘Calidelphia’ producer Swarvy comes through with a feast of beats for his new Anti-Anxiety LP. Swarvy’s nineteen entries here are moody little vignettes r...view item »

Denmark Vessey
Sun Go Nova

From urban Detroit via the heart of New York City, Denmark Vessey jettisons his latest 7-track EP, Sun Go Nova on the gigantic Mello Music Group. Punchy, kaleidoscopic soul combines with raw beats and Vessey's loose flows on a record produced by Earl Sweatshirt and Knwledge. There's oodles of charm and humour here and i...view item »

Kev Brown
Delve Into Classical Moog

“This is a journey into sound” I think that’s what Washington DC hip-hop artist and producer Kev Brown of the Low Budget Crew is trying to achieve with his latest experimental work, Delve Into Classical Moog. The Moog has been used in many genres since its invent...view item »

Poor Boy Rappers
The D.J. Rap

Old-school hip-hop single, back when rap was still straightforward. With a tight electro beat, The D.J. Rap is something of an early shout-out to the West-Coast G-funk, more than a decade prior. Poor Boy Rappers only released 2 singles in their day, each going for around a 1000 quid--until this reissue, of course....view item »

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib
Thuggin' EP

Re-issue of marvellous 12" initially released ahead of the duo's debut album released back in those hazy days of 2012. Is this good? Of course it its. Its motherfeckin' unbelievable. Madlib's skills are almost unsurpassed in his field, it's as smooth as silk and Gibbs vocals cut in just the right way. This ain't no Snoop snoozeathon. He rea...view item »

Nas
Illmatic XX

Originally released in 1984 Illmatic is a masterpiece that eloquently harmonises positive self-determinism with a stark reality, defining a generation of hip-hop that has inspired and informed up and coming artists and performers for decades. ‘Illmatic XX’ is a special twentieth anniversary edition featuring all kinds of ext...view item »

Quasimoto
The Unseen

The history of Quasimoto is complicated by producer Madlib's various tellings and re-imaginings and embellishments. The most commonly told version of events goes as follows: super prolific hip hop producer Madlib took some 'shrooms, raided every section of his vast record collection (it apparently weighs more than a ton), and quickly cooked up t...view item »

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib
Piñata

Yes, this is the real shit here. Hip hop royalty Madlib's collaboration with wordsmith Freddie Gibbs have teased us with a couple of EPs already which were more tantalising than satisfying. Now, however, there's something meaty to get your teeth into; a massive 17-song double LP which, as a sticker on the front boasts, "feat. all the mother fuck...view item »

Massive Attack
Mezzanine [2018 Remaster]

Very exciting 20th anniversary remaster of Massive Attack's 1998 album Mezzanine, the kind of album that constantly finds itself on lists of the best albums of all time without losing any of its cool. Massive Attack took the trip-hop sound they had helped define and mixed it with a more rock-y energy t...view item »

MIKE
Renaissance Man

The prodigiously talented Bronx teen MIKE swiftly follows May’s Black Soap tape with a new LP on Lex (Andrew Hung, JJDOOM). Across the thirty-odd minutes of Renaissance Man, the 19 year-old rapper/producer offers up a wealth of hazily soulful beats a...view item »

Nas
Illmatic

Illmatic was the debut album from New York rapper, Nas. Upon its original release in 1994, when Nas was just 20 years old, East Coast hip-hop was losing its identity. Illmatic, with tracks like N.Y. State Of Mind, gave the genre’s birthplace a much needed shot in the arm....view item »

Jean Grae & Quelle Chris
Everything's Fine

New album from the recently engaged hip-hop artists Jean Grae and Quelle Chris. A political album about our impulse, when every conceivable thing is going wrong, to say Everything's Fine. They do this with help from comedians Michael Che, Hannibal Buress, Nick Offerman, John Hodgman...view item »

Knife Knights
1 Time Mirage

Given that the pair of Shabazz Palaces LPs that dropped in 2017 really stank out the place, it’s probably a good thing that Ishmael Butler has found a new project to focus on. Here he teams up with Erik Blood - who, among other things, was engineer for SP’s Lese Majesty - fo...view item »

Kanye West
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Roc-A-Fella are reissuing some of Kanye West’s earlier albums. Here we have My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy over 3 vinyls. Originally released in 2010 featuring Monster as well as a huge swathe of guest producers and artists, including The RZA, Elton John, Raekw...view item »

Bomb The Bass
Into The Dragon

The current rave revivalism of acts like Etch, Dream Cycle and Special Request jacks just as much steez from records like Bomb The B...view item »

Poor Boy Rappers
Low Rider Rap

When your original 1982 pressing is going for a grand on Discogs, it may well be time to consider a repress. Thus, for a limited time only, Poor Boy Rapper is no longer only available to Rich Boy Record Collectors. The track itself is a nice, LCR-mixed gem of 1980s narrative rap, with that classic, funky b-boy/girl rhythm....view item »

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib
Deeper EP

Two vocals, two instrumentals and two bonus beats on this super-fresh EP from the hip-hop superteam of Madlib and Freddie Gibbs. The two are brilliantly paired, with ‘Lib’s deftly constructed beats giving Gibbs a feather light bounce to spit his rhymes over. Phil ju...view item »

Planet B
Planet B

Star-studded, self-titled debut album by hot new electro-hardcore duo Planet B (Justin Pearson of Dead Cross, Retox and The Locust plus Luke Henshaw of Sonido de la Frontera). They are joined by fellow Locusts Gabe Serbian and Joseph Karam, Kool...view item »

Sudan Archives
Sudan Archives

Experimental violinist Sudan Archives offers succinct examples of her work here, drawing on Sudanese fiddlers, R&B and the electronic leftfield; the record is both emotive and surreal, serving not only as a deconstruction of her instrument but an opening up of new possibilities. Already one of Ston...view item »

The Lytics
Float On

Haldern Pop (Wildbirds & Peacedrums, Dry The River) release the third LP by Toronto hip-hop group The Lytics. While the five-piece’s Souls Of Mischief/Pharcyde-y boom-bap might not be much in vogue at the moment, on Float On t...view item »

Death Grips
Year of the Snitch

Year Of The Snitch is the sixth album by Californian experimental hip-hop punks Death Grips. The three-piece of MC Ride, Andy Morin and Zach Hill like to give very little away about their records prior to release and the same is true here. One thing that’s guaranteed is that this will supply some aggression catharsis for o...view item »

Cypress Hill
Black Sunday

Reissue of Cypress Hill’s second full length album Black Sunday, which is arguably their biggest and greatest. Pretty much every track has become classic since it’s release in 1993. Includes huge hitters Insane In the Brain, I Wanna Get high, Hits From The Bong. Double LP from We A...view item »

Fugees
The Score

Classic album reissue alert. Remarkably, The Score is the final album from Fugees. Well, go out on a high right? Continually rated as one of the best rap/r&...view item »

Ghostface Killah
Twelve Reasons To Die

We’re not getting the LP of vocal versions in until next week but I’ve got this platter of Adrian Younge’s instrumentals for Ghostface Killah’s latest, ‘12 Reasons To Die’, here renamed ‘Dodici Ragioni Per Morire’ and given a Giallo-style sleeve design...view item »

Lootpack
Soundpieces: Da Antidote!

The album that helped bring prolific rapper/producer Madlib to a wider audience, Soundpieces: Da Antidote! is a masterclass in hip hop beat making. Consisting of Madlib, rapper Wildchild and DJ Romes, Lootpack's debut album was one of the earliest releases on the legendary Stones Throw Records and still remains one of the best in their catalogue...view item »

Nas
Nastradamus

Nas gave us more than we bargained for on his fourth LP Nastradamus. The record was originally going to be an odds-and-sods collection consisting of stuff that didn’t make the cut for previous album I Am…, but bootlegging problems meant that Nas went back into the studio and cut a few fresh du...view item »

Rejoicer
Energy Dreams

After a few years releasing on his own Raw Tapes label, Israeli producer Rejoicer has struck beatsmith gold and signed for Stones Throw. However, ...view item »

Apollo Brown & Ghostface Killah
The Brown Tape

Ghostface Killah, one of the most prominent members of the Wu-Tang Clan, has collaborated with producer Apollo Brown, on The Brown Tape. The album is the story of the Deluca family, and the restless presence hunting them down. It's delivered in Ghostface's trademark flow, w...view item »

N.W.A.
Straight Outta Compton

Reissue Heavyweight 180 gram LP with download card on UMC. This is a reissue of the 20th anniversary edition, and if I need to tell you any more about this then get bloody clicking. This is vital hip hop. Type it into youtube, and start your life already. With the biography film coming up later this year, you better get your homework done, other...view item »

Eric B. & Rakim
Paid In Full

Eric B. and Rakim's Paid In Full is one of their two rap classics that, although it's a little dated sounding, most rap fans will love. Every song here is good or great, and Rakim is definitely just a great MC. He's not one of my favourites, but I'm pretty sure everyone will like him. He flows very well and his delivery is interesting and well d...view item »

Various
The Man From Mo' Wax

The Man From Mo' Wax is the title of a new documentary film about -- yes, you guessed it -- the Mo' Wax label which was run by head honcho and DJ James Lavelle between 1992 and 2002. During that time the label remained a pioneering presence and its influence has had a long reach on trip-hop and beat-makers to this day. ...view item »

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib
Deeper

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib get a timely repress of their sought-after 2013 release, the Deeper EP. All six tracks are included -- vocals, instrumentals and bonus beats. The EP-length collab pre-dates the duo's breakthrough album, the critically lauded smash 'Piñata'. Before the release, Gibbs was considered an un...view item »

MF DOOM
Operation: Doomsday [Remastered]

Operation Doomsday, as an album, disregarding its style, might be considered a less than stellar fair. The sound is kind of uneven and some of the cuts are pretty rough, but everything it lacks gives it more appeal. It sounds like something straight out of the basement of some MCs from the early 90s. It's pretty lo fi and all the rappers, DOOM e...view item »

The Streets
A Grand Don't Come For Free

Upon its release 10 years ago, The Streets second album, A Grand Don’t Come For Free was instantly hailed as another masterpiece to equal his initial clarion call, Original Pirate Material. Unavailable on vinyl for the best part of the intervening decade, Be With Records marks its second release by issuing Mike Skinner’s elec...view item »

King Geedorah
Take Me To Your Leader

We’ll let you in on a little secret: King Geedorah is an alias (a mask, if you will) of MF Doom’s, inspired by a Godzilla monster. Take Me To Your Leader dates back to 2003, when Doom was on the highest of top forms. Fantastic underground hip-hop with mighty flows a...view item »

Grandmilly & Shozae
Adventureland

After two decent collaborative EPs, Raider Klan-affiliated MC Grandmilly and producer Shozae drop their debut full-length via Stones...view item »

Eric B. & Rakim
Don't Sweat The Technique

On their fourth and final LP, Eric B. & Rakim left the stage with one of their most eloquent and soulful performances. Don’t Sweat The Technique combined the strutting jazzy hip-hop style that the pair had patented from Paid In Full-onwards with impassioned bars that took in everything from the G...view item »

Open Mike Eagle
Rappers Will Die of Natural Causes

Reissue of Open Mike Eagle’s second album Rappers Will Die of Natural Causes. Released originally on Hellfyre Club (Milo, Anderson. Paak, Busdriver) in 2011. Mike here already cleverly understating his emotions with regards to art, racial matters, and personal finances in his soulful manner we’ve co...view item »

Massive Attack
Blue Lines

Ah 'Blue Lines'. That time hip-hop, reggae, R&B, and soul all together under the mysterious cinematic umbrella of Massive Attack. The first time their special blend of breakbeats, sampling and rapping was heard and it's presence is still being felt 25+ years on. The usual guests are in place, Horace Andy, Tricky...view item »

Lil Yachty
Lil Boat 2

After the mess that was Teenage Emotions, Lil Yachty returns to form with the sequel to his Lil Boat Mixtape. Lil Boat 2 manages to recapture the charm of Yachty’s breakout record, highlighting his strengths - the affable persona, cartoonish beats and sing-song flow - while also displaying a mark...view item »

Kev Brown
Homework

Kev Brown’s first solo LP since 2005 drops via Redefinition Records (Pete Rock, Damu The Fudgemunk). Despite thirteen years passing between this record and the last, Homework - which has nothing to do with the Daft Punk album of the same name -&nb...view item »

Samiyam
Animals Have Feelings

The Stones Throw label is the perfect fit for Samiyam’s fourth album of soulful, loop heavy hip-hop. Animals Have Feelings is sumptuous and woozy, post-Dilla beat music with a host of incredible vocalists involved as well. Earl Sweatshirt, Action Bronson, Jeremiah Jae and Oliver the 2nd al...view item »

Cypress Hill
Elephants On Acid

Elephants On Acid. Eight years to name your record, and that’s what you come up with. Cypress Hill are old enough to know better. Anyway, the group’s ninth LP is … well, it’s Cypress Hil...view item »

Denzel Curry
TA13OO

The press release for Denzel Curry’s long-awaited third LP TA1300 (pronounced ‘Taboo’, though you could probably get away with calling it ‘Tattoo’) is written in all-caps. It’s fitting considering that, once this record is on, you won’t be able to concentrate on anything else. C...view item »

The Internet
Hive Mind

You know all the kids who get onto the ‘Jazz & Pop’ course at music college and end up in naff neo-soul ensembles? The Internet is the band they all think they're in. Hive Mind, the fourth LP from Syd The Kyd et al, is as cool as a cloud of smoke being blown by someone in silhouette. The...view item »

Sami Baha
Free For All

As he's partly responsible for one of the greatest tracks of all time (Total Freedom's Bitch Better Have My Money edit), I've always had a soft spot for Sami Baha. His new album is a compelling document of the state of contemporary "club" music, and features guest spots from UK Drill superstar ...view item »

Young Fathers
Cocoa Sugar

Cocoa Sugar is the third album by Edinburgh hip-hop threesome Young Fathers. It follows on from the critically acclaimed second album White Men Are Black Men Too and the single Only God Knows which featured on the soundtrack to Trainspotting 2. It’s available on CD and two vinyl versions - coloured, indies only limited edi...view item »

Everything Is Recorded
Everything Is Recorded by Richard Russell

Richard Russell may have made his name as the boss of XL Records, but he has some production pedigree too - among others, he’s helmed LPs for Bobby Womack and Ibeyi. The cosmopolitan, soulful production style he displayed on those records translates nicely to Everythin...view item »

Tricky
Maxinquaye

Tricky’s Maxinquaye has retained its power and significance long after the term / scene that it first appeared in, trip-hop, has faded from favour. Working closely with vocalist Martina Topley-Bird, Tricky lurks his way around some real classics. 180 gram vinyl reissue for the 20t...view item »

Open Mike Eagle
Brick Body Kids Still Daydream

Prolific podcaster and rapper Open Mike Eagle, returns with Brick Body Kids Still Daydream. A concept album about the Robert Taylor Homes (a series of council flats in Chicago) and the people who live inside them, it provides a warm and thoughtful counterweight to the usual hostility public housing is ...view item »

Kendrick Lamar
DAMN. (Collector's Edition)

Hailed by many as the greatest hip-hop album of 2017 by an artist Q magazine once called “The greatest rapper of his generation”. The Collector's Edition of Kendrick Lamar's 'DAMN.' switches up the tracklist, flipping it on its head, to be heard as the artist originally envisaged. There aren't any new tracks on this edition...view item »

Ghostpoet
Dark Days + Canapés

Actually can I stop playing the previous Ghostpoet album 'Shedding Skin'? The answer is a big fat 'no'. I loved his more guitar driven sound on that album and if the press release is to be believed this forth opus delves further into that style. His thoughtful if slightly paranoid delivery could be the perfect voice for...view item »

Thundercat
Drunk

If you move in certain areas of music (the LA Brainfeeder / cosmic jazz axis and surrounds), you will appreciate Thundercat as a god-like figure. The man plays electric bass like nobody’s business, but he is also a mighty songwriter, and Drunk is his own record. It features an amazing cast of collaborators (...view item »

Loyle Carner
Yesterday's Gone

Loyle Carner presents his debut full-length album, Yesterday’s Gone. The Croydon-based rapper is clearly serious about family and roots: as well as various lyrics and the lovely Carner family snap used for the album artwork, ...view item »

Kate Tempest
Let Them Eat Chaos

Kate Tempest's 2014 album 'Everybody Down' earned her a Mercury nomination, and that is just one accomplishment notched up by this serial high-achiever. Performing live at the age of 16 saw her securing gigs opening for John Cooper Clarke and Billy Bragg among others. Add a Ted Hughes award for her writing and a nod from the Poetry Society, and ...view item »

The Avalanches
Wildflower

Not many bands allow sixteen years to pass between their debut album and the follow-up, but Aussie electro-trip hop outfit The Avalanches aren't like many bands. Highly acclaimed first LP 'Since I Left You' attracted a lot of attention, and fans of the band (now sixteen whole years older) will no doubt be frothing at the mouth at the prospect of...view item »

Aesop Rock
The Impossible Kid

Aesop Rock’s first solo full-length since 2012 is The Impossible Kid, and it swings and flows very fine indeed. The dude produced the whole record as well as carrying off the MC duties, and he shows his indie credentials by name-checking Einsturzende Neubauten and The Peel Sessions. The vinyl edit...view item »

Kendrick Lamar
untitled unmastered.

Kendrick Lamar throws out a surprise companion set to his much-loved To Pimp A Butterfly album from last year. untitled unmastered is a set of 8 outtakes from that record’s sessions, many of them carrying an especially jazzy vibe. Not ...view item »

Kendrick Lamar
To Pimp a Butterfly

I'm not sure about pimping a butterfly but Kendrick Lamar certainly knows the smooth. Sampling and influenced by the '70s greats of Parliament, Clinton (George not me) and Marvin Gaye, he twists black anger into new and danceable shapes. Challenging at times but sounds like it's going to be a decent follow up.   ...view item »

Homeboy Sandman
Hallways

Homeboy Sandman is a wordy emcee on Stones Throw records and 'Hallways' is his second ever record. A hip-hop lyricist in the tradition of Ghostface Killah and Aesop Rock for quick-fire rapping, Homeboy Sandman has enlisted a large roster of producers to handle the other side of things for 'Hallways', including Blu, Oh No and Jonwayne.  ...view item »

Madvillain
Madvillainy

Madlib and MF DOOM present an experimental hiphop tour de force that was beset by internet leaks before completion, and initially abandoned midway by its creators before seeing the light of day in 2004 and becoming a crossover hit. Brimming with unlikely samples (Mothers of Invention, Ge...view item »

BADBADNOTGOOD
III

The third album from the three jazz/hip-hop lads (jazz-hop?), BadBadNotGood, or BBNG, create moody, dark hip-hop instrumental beats through some excellent drumming, piano and bass playing. It’s exciting, live music which, like the best instrumental hip-hop from the likes of J Dilla and ...view item »

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