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Tyler, The Creator
Igor

Despite only just being released, Igor has already been pretty much universally recognised as one of the best records of Tyler, The Creator’s career. And who could deny this thing? The latest LP from the OFWGKTA badboy-turned-goodboy is as gorgeous as they come, a heady brew of neo-soul, The Neptunes-esque beats, hypnagogic pop and outsider art. More of this please.
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DJ Yoda
Home Cooking

DJ Yoda, an artist much beloved of the summer festival circuit, here develops his craft beyond funky beatmaking, bringing in live instrumental artists to complement his samples and tasty turntablism. Songs are the key here, with musicians like Theon Cross, Nubya Garcia and Eva Lazarus helping Yoda craft a real jazz and soul mood. Home Cooking is released by Lewis Recordings.

Beastie Boys
Paul's Boutique

Its interesting to remember the fuss that was made over the Beastie Boys when they first came to parochial old Britain. For one this they started a craze in which young hoodlums stole badges off Volkswagen Passats to the anger of dads across the country. Paul's Boutique was probably the first sign that this was not just some New York novelty sent to ruin your hard earned hatchback. A more varied and sonically experimental work, it was a multi-hued record full of bravado, three-pronged vocal attacks but also inventive sampling which re-wrote the rule book of what hip-hop could be.    
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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 to make something intriguing and unique. Comes with a disc of dub remixes by Mad Professor. 
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Anderson .Paak
Oxnard

Oxnard is the album Anderson.Paak always wanted to make. As a schoolboy in his hometown of Oxnard, Southern California, he would dream of making an album that could match up to The Blueprint by Jay-Z, College Dropout by Kanye West or Documentary by The Game. The talented multi-instrumentalist has certainly pulled out all the stops, releasing on Dr. Dre’s label, and getting Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Kadhja Bonet, J. Cole and Pusha T to make guest appearances. 2LP on Aftermath/12 Tone Music.
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Kool Keith
KEITH

New solo business from prime Ultramagnetic MC, the one and only Kool Keith. Simply titled KEITH, this record offers ample opportunity for fine rhymes to be spun, by Keith himself and guests like Paul Wall and B-Real of Cypress Hill. Production was taken care of by Psycho Les, out of The Beatnuts. On Mello Music Group.
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Drake
If Your Reading This You're Too Late

If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late is either an album or a mixtape, but whatever it is, it grabbed the whole internet’s attention when it suddenly dropped without warning last year. Drake can certainly play the game. Now this high-grade release gets pressed to wax for a double LP issue on Island.
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Sarathy Korwar
More Arriving

Sarathy Korwar now lives in the UK. He was born in the USA and grew up in India. His music has grown from a Jazz foundation to incorporate traditional and modern indian, electronic, rap and folk sounds over time. More Arriving is his second album and is fired up by a divided Britain and his own experiences of living here. Confrontational, at times abrasive, Korwar is sending his passionate message out there.

ScHoolboy Q
CrasH Talk

Quincey Matthew Hanley, or ScHoolboy Q, as he likes to be known, has collaborated with Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock and Ab-Soul in the group, Black Hippy. CrasH Talk is his fifth album and features guest performances from Travis Scott, Ty Dolla Sign and 21 Savage among others. He's a man who likes to capitalise his Hs. CrasH Talk was released on CD back in April, but now you have your chance to own it on vinyl too.  
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Pigeondust
Moon, Wisdom & Slackness

Pigeondust, aka Japanese DJ,  producer and member of the En Tokyo crew, Yuta Yamaoka, has made his latest album, Moon, Wisdom & Slackness, from samples, a process he views as collaborative. Hip-hop made with the spirit of jazz and a willingness to experiment running through its veins. On Cold Busted.
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Epic Beard Men
This Was Supposed To Be Fun

Second release but first official full-length album from indie-rap collaboration project Epic Beard Men, consisting of Sage Francis and B. Dolan. Following on from their debut EP Season 1 released last year, This Was Supposed To Be Fun marries the carefully curated results of crate-digging with lyrics that mix gravity with levity. 
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Inspectah Deck + 7l & Esoteric
Czarface

Following the success of Boston hip-hop duo 7L & Esoteric’s previous collaboration with Inspectah Deck (Wu-Tang Clan) on the former’s debut EP, ‘Speaking Real Words’, the pair have put their undeniably explosive chemistry to work on this epic double LP release featuring an all star, power line up of talents such as Roc Marciano, Action Bronson, Vinnie Paz (Jedi Mind Tricks,) Oh No (Gangrene,) Mr. MFN eXquire, Ghostface Killah and Cappadonna.
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Boca 45
Forty Five

Boca 45, AKA, Scott Hendy from Bristol, has been DJ-ing for the past 20-odd years using the concise 7” single to fill dancefloors. The format is limited in length, which generally means you get a lean pop hit, allowing Boca 45 to make punchy sets. His original offering got him to play opening night at Banksy’s 2015 Dismaland show. 

Run-DMC
Raising Hell (picture disc)

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Pusha T
Fear Of God II: Let Us Pray

After embarrassing one Aubrey Drake Graham on the public stage with 'The Story of Adidon' it's only fair that he get to blow his own horn a little. This reissue of Fear Of God II: Let Us Pray is a good way to do that. First released in 2011, it says the ex-Clipse man working with the likes of Tyler, The Creator and Kanye West.
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KOKOKO!
Fongola

KOKOKO! not to be confused with the similarly stylised KOKOROKO is the Kinshasa based group formed of not just musicians, but dancers and most intriguingly, inventors. Fongola is energetic, percussive, and can write a catchy hook, the sort of band who are almost certainly fun live. on Transgressive. 

Shafiq Husayn
The Loop

Shafiq Husayn is one well-connected dude, with the cream of Los Angeles’ alternative bass music scene joining him for his new album The Loop. Thundercat plays some bass, Kamasi Washington brings his royal jazz, and Erykah Badu and Anderson .Paak feature on a track each. An essential scene-overview through the prism of one man’s creativity.

Pete Rock
Return Of The SP-1200

Legendary hip-hop producer Pete Rock launches his own label Tru Soul with a Record Store Day 2019 exclusive of tracks that have never before been released on vinyl. Return of the SP-1200 collects 15 different instrumentals that were recorded between 1990 and 1998, when Rock was just a 19 year old making beats out of a basement in the suburbs.
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Princess Nokia
1992 Deluxe

The New York rapper’s 2016 mixtape gains a remaster and eight unreleased tracks on this first-time CD and double vinyl edition. At a career point where others might feel happy to start making concessions to the mainstream, Destiny Frasqueri maintains her unflinching individualism and uncompromising feminism, and refuses to dumb down the complexities of her Afro-Latin background. A set of air-punchingly uplifting and direct lyrics delivered in a versatile style over raw underground productions.
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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 and features a guest spot from Rihanna. Released as double-vinyl LP on Island Records.
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Yung Lean
Unknown Memory

Melancholic hip-hop with a leftfield twist from eighteen year old Yung Lean. Debut album Unknown Memory blends off-kilter autotuning and sombre synths, all wrapped up in a distinctly digital aesthetic that could have only come out of the Youtube generation. Dark as a Swedish winter.
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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 jazz and underground hip-hop. 
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clipping.
Face

A deluxe re-issue of last year’s wonderful Face EP by experimental hip-hop group clipping., originally released in a run of just 100 cassette copies and which showcase Daveed Diggs’ tongue-twisting rapping flow. There are seven tracks on the vinyl edition, and a further three available via download. 

Injury Reserve
Injury Reserve

Injury Reserve are a rap trio from Arizona. They mission is to make make experimental hip hop more accessible. This self-titled album is their debut although they’ve been together for 6 years. It follows two critically successful mixtapes - Live From The Dentist’s Office (2015) and Floss (2016). LP and Cd on Loma Vista.
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Wu-Tang Clan
Disciples of the 36 Chambers: Chapter 1 (Live)

A remastered reissue of this Wu-Tang Clan live album yields its first-ever vinyl edition. Disciples Of The 36 Chambers: Chapter 1 showcases their 2004 set at Californian festival Rock The Bells.* Aside from being an extensive run-through of both various Clan hits (both solo and ensemble), Disciples Of The 36 Chambers is also notable for being one of the group’s last performances with the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard. *For those of you wondering about Chapter 2 - it’s a video of the same set and it's not present on this edition.
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lojii & Swarvy
Due Rent

With the small buzz generated recently by lojii’s excellent Lofeye LP, it seems a good time for Portland label Fresh Selects (Mndsgn, Knwledge) to re-release Due Rent, the collaborative record he made with Philly beatsmith Swarvy back in 2016. It’s an LP of quiet anger - lojii’s muffled yet pointed raps come off like Earl Sweatshirt at the nadir of his self-loathing, and the beats sound like early MF Doom tapes played through a car stereo on a really hot day. Good stuff.
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Atmosphere
When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold (10 Year Anniversary Edition)

This thing’s ten years old already?! Blimey, that came around quick. With When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold, Atmosphere solidified their rep as one of the foremost duos in underground rap. In fact, this album was so successful that the group were briefly a very much overground act - the record shifted 36,000 units in the USA in the first week alone. The combination of Ant’s pretty post-bap beats and MC Slug’s new penchant for narrative storytelling remains winning a decade on.
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Ghostface Killah & Adrian Younge
Get The Money feat. Vince Staples / Powerful One b/w Serato Control Tone

Limited edition double 7” picture-disc package containing two singles from Ghostface Killah’s Twelve Reasons To Die II project, originally released back in 2015 in conjunction with producer and composer Adrian Younge. ‘Get The Money’ features the dextrous flow of Vince Staples, now a mainstream star. 
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Young Fathers
Tape One / Tape Two

Essential re-issue of the early years of eventual Mercury Prize winners Young Fathers. 'Tape 1' and 'Tape 2' saw the band honing their near unclassifiable sound which blends hip-hop with influences from indie, jazz and soul. 'Tape 1' in particular is totally magnificent  - a call to arms that ensured that we were in the presence of something really special. 
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Eric B. & Rakim
Paid In Full

Hip-hop debut albums simply do not get more legendary than Eric B. & Rakim’s Paid In Full. This 180g double-LP re-issue marks one of the touchstones of the golden age of hip-hop, raising the benchmark for rap lyrics. Released in the summer of 1987, it yielded no fewer than five smash singles. 
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Skepta
Ignorance Is Bliss

Act like a wasteman? That’s not Skepta. Lips any girl? That’s not Skepta. Drop the eagerly-anticipated follow-up to his Mercury Prize-winning LP Konnichiwa? That is Skepta, actually. Ignorance Is Bliss is the Boy Better Know mogul’s first full-length to drop since his ascendence into the upper echelons of the cultural sphere, and with all eyes on him he’s pulled out the stops on this one. 
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Big Daddy Kane
Set It Off

7” vinyl re-issue of Big Daddy Kane’s legendary 1987 hip-hop smash ‘Set It Off’, which has been a battle-rap classic for decades. Part of the brilliant re-issue label Dope Demand’s series that’s dusting off stone-cold classics and forgotten gems from golden age of hip-hop. Features the instrumental version on the reverse. 
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Rich The Kid
The World Is Yours 2

Last year, breakout rapper Rich The Kid shot straight to no.2 in the US with his debut album The World Is Yours. In 2019, Dimitri Roger is looking to go one better with the direct sequel The World Is Yours 2, featuring superstar collabs with Young Thug, Offset, Ty Dolla Sign and Miguel among others. 
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Ceschi
Sad, Fat Luck

Purveyor of hip hop tinged with indie and singer-songwriter elements Ceschi Ramos sallies forth an emotional ride through subjects such as lost friends, ageing, breakups and Deplorable Donald’s substantial contributions to the current state of the US. Sammus and Astronautalis feature, to say nothing of many contributing musicians.
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Abstract Orchestra
Madvillain Vol. 2

Rob Mitchell’s Abstract Orchestra go back to the well for another edition of their Madvillain homage albums. As anyone who copped 2018’s Volume 1 will know, these records feature the beats from Madlib and MF Doom’s legendary collaboration reinterpreted by a contemporary big band. As such, Madvillain Volume 2 is sort of like Count Basie for a post-?uestlove world.

Tyga
Taste

Tyga - a man, it should be noted, who is not exactly renowned for his good taste - dropped a single called ‘Taste’ back in 2018. A track that featured Offset and saw Tyga rhyme the word ‘claim’ with itself three times in almost as many seconds, it turned out to be his biggest hit since the (in)famous ‘Rack City’ seven years earlier. Now 'Taste' is given the ultimate accolade of a massive hit single - the commemorative picture disc edition. Looks nice eh.
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Chris Orrick
Out To Sea

Chris Orrick, the Michigan rapper famed for his bleak view of an admittedly bleak world, has returned with his fifth studio album to date, 'Out To Sea'. Lyrically, expect brutal, almost Steinbeckian viewpoints of everyday problems facing America. Sonically, expect stripped-back beats and spacious instrumentation. Stick it to the man!
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Flying Lotus
Flamagra

Fresh off making people throw up in the cinema with Kuso, Flying Lotus is back at it again with his latest album Flamagra. As always, the album is a frenetic maelstrom of hip-hop, R&B, jazz, soul, funk, beats, and whatever else Mr Lotus managed to put on between joints. He's also managed to fit in enough guests for a decent music festival with Solange, Tierra Whack and George Clinton appearing as well as lots (and lots) more.

Jack Waterson
Adrian Younge presents Jack Waterson

Is there anything Adrian Younge won't present? I'm yet to find something, but do let me know if you have any luck. On Jack Waterson Younge and Waterson marry their expertise in hip hop and psychedelia to make a record that is worthy of a press release that mentions acid. Think Tame Impala with breakbeats. On Linear Labs.

Skinny Pelembe
Dreaming Is Dead Now

Skinny Pelembe’s debut album, Dreaming Is Dead, mixes dub, hip-hop, sun-drenched folk and blissed-out soul. Giles Peterson has championed the Johannesburg-born, Doncaster-raised artist. James Lavelle and Ghostpoet have also been singing his praises. The album was produced by Malcolm Catto of Heliocentrics. If you like Massive Attack, this is probably for you. LP and CD on Brownswood Recording.

ewon12bit
One Time for Your Mind

ewon12bit is a Finnish producer who makes his music from vinyl samples, analogue tapes and some classic equipment. His sample-based hip-hop harks back to the golden age of hip-hop in the early ‘90s. One Time For Your Mind is an album of laid back beats à la NYC back in the day. I hope he gets to visit New York one day. LP on Phatventures.
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Mahatma X
A Mobtown Suite Vol. II

This MALK kid, eh? Fresh from winning our Album Of The Year with 'Death From A Love', here he returns with his future-legendary hip-hop trio Mahatma X and a welcome follow-up to the acclaimed A Mobtown Suite Vol 1. Volume 2 carries on from where Volume 1 left off, but puts it in technicolour adding an incredible array of loops and beats creating a sound collage of dusty beats, Avalanches-like magpie enthusiasm and haunting nods to the golden age of hip-hop.
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Quasimoto
The Unseen

One of the greatest achievements of Stones Throw records, Quasimoto's 'The Unseen' is a classic of experimental hip hop. Acclaimed crate digger Madlib fashioned his Quasimoto alter ego after indulging in some mushrooms of the magic variety, creating the devious yellow anteater by pitching his voice up a few octaves. Sounds weird huh? Well 'The Unseen' is a bit of a wacky record, though it's psychedelic playfulness shines through jazzy beats, obscure samples and humorous rhymes. It's a Madlib record so you know the beats are going to be top-notch too! 
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slowthai
Nothing Great About Britain

Grime up-and-comer slowthai could be a big fan of mid-2000’s indie also-rans The Holloways - there’s a chance that Nothing Great About Britain is titled after the ‘Generator’ group’s 2006 LP So This Is Great Britain?. Mind you, that’s pretty much where the similarities between the acts end. The Northampton MC goes hard on his debut full-length, blending the sharp-tongued fury of early Dizzee Rascal with the observational nous of Mike Skinner. Probably the start of something.
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Joe Budden
Rage & The Machine

Re-issue of the eighth and final solo album by former Slaughterhouse rapper Joe Budden, originally released in late 2016. Rage & The Machine may have grabbed headlines at the time for Budden’s feuds with other hip-hop stars such as Drake and Meek Mill, but its focussed and political lyrics make the music within interesting and worthy. 
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Freddie Gibbs
Shadow Of A Doubt

A much-needed re-issue of the second studio album by American rapper Freddie Gibbs, himself teaming up once again with producer Madlib for a collaboration in 2019. Shadow Of A Doubt was originally released back in 2015, and won much critical praise for Gibbs’s versatility and stylistic diversity. Vinyl edition includes five extra tracks compared to the CD version. 
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Digable Planets
Blowout Comb

'Blowout Comb' is the embodiment of jazz rap. Released in 1994, one of the strongest years for hip hop, Digable Planets second album takes lush, stripped down instrumentals and pairs them with mellow nocturnal beats. Lady Bug, Butterfly and Doodlebug's rhymeplay is relaxed, conscious and poetic, and Guru, Jeru the Damaja and Sarah Webb's guest spots augment the whole midnight recording vibe. If you're into your A Tribe Called Quest, Gang Starr, The Roots, Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth and Common, then this rap classic is for you.
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Nobody
All Too Familiar

Nobody here turns away from the world of samples and creates an album with live instruments. Delightfully, All Too Familiar’s guitar-bass-drums-and keys set-up still produces some really head-knodding tracks, with the sonic breadth and fizzing play of ideas that you’d expect from Nobody’s past works. Cool stuff on Ubiquity Recordings.
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Mac Miller
Blue Slide Park

Mac Miller left us way, way too soon. For someone who's career was so tragically short, Miller had more than his share of many great moments - plenty of hit singles, a (posthumous) Grammy win for 2018 LP Swimming, and a number one album in the form of debut full-length Blue Slide Park. Rostrum are now reissuing Miller’s opening statement, full of head-nodding beats and playful rhymes, on double-vinyl. 26 is no age to die.
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Loyle Carner
Not Waving, But Drowning

Loyle Carner returns with Not Waving, But Drowning - his much-anticipated follow-up to 2017’s Yesterday’s Gone. The rapper manages something that many artists fail to do - balancing popularity whilst actually being pretty good. Expect more sharp, observational lyrics and effortless flow. Sampha, Jorja Smith and Jordan Rakei are among the guests stars. LP and CD on AMF.
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DJ Muggs x Roc Marciano
KAOS

There’s a comfort to knowing that, whatever mutations hip-hop goes through, there will always be a strain of it that sounds like it was cooked up in a Brooklyn tenement block during the Clinton presidency. DJ Muggs and Roc Marciano have long been prime exponents of this such sound, so their collaboration on new ten-track record KAOS makes sense. The modern ears it’s now apparent just how much influence Wiki has taken from these two.
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Odd Nosdam
Mirrors

Is 2019 the year when everyone finally gives in and accepts that Odd Nosdam is one of the finest producers on the planet? His latest record sees the Anticon co-founder and clOUDDEAD alumni release MIRRORS  - an album he made entirely out of found sounds and samples from rare and private press vinyl. Sure to be an important addition to his already impressive canon of work. 
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Dialect / Talkboy
In My Zone / Wasting Time

The latest 7” from Yorkshire singles club Come Play With Me puts MC Dialect alongside Leeds group Talkboy. ‘In My Zone’ and ‘Wasting Time’ are rather contrasting tunes - Dialect’s a grime tongue-twister with a flow that recalls Ghetts, while Talkboy are a peppy indie-pop band - but for whatever reason they work nicely back-to-back here. Are we witnessing the rebirth of grindie? This Norman Records™ lackey surely hopes so.

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 Are Vinyl.
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Mac Miller
Watching Movies With The Sound Off

Time will tell if the late Mac Miller comes to be considered as one of the greats. What we can definitively say is that, despite him passing tragically young, Mac’s star will shine bright for years. Watching Movies With The Sound Off, Miller’s 2013 sophomore LP, was the record where people really started to take notice of this Jewish stoner from Pittsburgh. More musically and lyrically ambitious than Blue Slide Park, this crisp hip-hop record boasts an enviable features list that includes Earl Sweatshirt and Tyler, The Creator. Watching Movies With The Sound Off has now been reissued via Rostrum.
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Quelle Chris
Guns

Detroit rap is having a moment right now, and Quelle Chris is one of those leading the charge. His latest LP Guns is one of those records that forces you to pay attention. Across this album Chris brings Danny Brown-style bizarro-auteur vibes, the crushed soul-hop of Black Milk, MF DOOM’s command and Kendrick Lamar’s wisdom. It’s a heady brew and one that will likely end of in plenty ‘Best of 2019’ lists. Guns features a diverse guest list - Mach Hommy, Bilal Salaam and James Acaster all show face. Which Chris indeed.
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The Carters
Everything Is Love

The Carters are a duo made up of obscure musical couple Beyonce Knowles and Jay-Z. I jest, of course, everybody knows who they are. Yes, is the mega superstar couple who have finally got together musically too. Everything Is Love, as you can probably imagine the album mixes rap and R&B. It has been reviewed well pretty much everywhere so why not give it a spin yourself? LP and CD on Columbia
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The Streets
The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living

This was the third the Streets album and the first to openly discuss the 'pressures' of fame. It was later described by Mike Skinner as a "guilt ridden indulgence" but is an interesting document of an artist trying to hold it together whilst slowly losing their mind. First re-pressing since the giddy year of 2006 and now comes on not one but two heavyweight discs.  

Kool Keith
Blast

A new 7” EP from the indefatigable hip-hop icon Kool Keith, this time stepping out from behind his many and varying monikers. This shark-coloured vinyl contains two brand new tracks on one side, with rap/punk group Planet B hooking up with him once again for a remix of ‘Blast’ and a mash-up of ‘Uncrushable’ with Dead Cross’s ‘Church of the Motherf***ers’ on the flip. 
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Don Leisure
Shaboo vs. Halal Cool J

Darkhouse Family’s Don Leisure indulges a couple of his alter-egos on this new 7” for First Word (Children Of Zeus, Bastien Keb). Both Shaboo and the wonderfully-named Halal Cool J get a run-out here. You may recognise the former from Leisure’s 2017 LP Shaboo, and anyone who enjoyed that Donuts-esque beat buffet will dig these two joints. Halal Cool J takes the same brand of head-snap hip-hop and gives it a Middle Eastern twist. Both ‘Kazakh Honey’ and ‘Kaymak’ whet the appetite for HCJ’s upcoming LP.
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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, Mike Eagle, Guilty Simpson and Blu & Exile. In short, you know this is going to be good. LP on Stones Throw.
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Lil Baby & Gunna
Drip Harder

Here it is, the hyped collaboration between Lil Baby and Gunna - young men who, judging from a recent music video, both take great delight in the female form. Their musical reputation precedes them anyhow - Lil Baby’s stream count, for example, is nothing to sniff at. Drake, Young Thug, NAV and Lil Durk guest.
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Czarface
Czarface Meets Ghostface

This week on CZARFACE! After facing off with the nefarious METAL FACE (MF Doom) our hero has to face his greatest challenge yet, the unstoppable GHOSTFACE (Killah). Fortunately for him, he's not alone. 7L, Jeremy Page, Inspectah Deck and Esoteric all offer a helping hand to give CZARFACE a fighting chance.  Will CZARFACE previal? Or will GHOSTFACE have him by the neck? All shall be revealed on CZARFACE meets GHOSTFACE.
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August Greene
August Greene

Augustus Greene is the intriguing supergroup consisting of Common, Robert Glasper and Karriem Riggins. The trio produce a sound that is as much hip hop as it is jazz. Common confidently cruising over an elegant backing of Glasper's keys and Riggins' drums. Some supergroups make me wonder why this is happening to me. Augustus Green make wonder how it took so long. 

Yung Lean
Warlord

Warlord is the second album by Swedish rapper Yung Lean. His clean production matches the ice-white vinyl it’s pressed on. It was originally released in 2016, three years later a vinyl reissue is deemed necessary - but it looks nice, so why not give it a go? White vinyl LP in matt board sleeve on Year0001.
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Grup Ses and Ethnique Punch
Deli Divan

Interesting stuff here from Grup Ses, with an album of two halves The intoxicating beat tracks that Grup Ses puts together, using distant Turkish samples and flavoured grooves, are powerful both on their own and supporting vocals, and that’s what we get on Deli Divan: the same tracks twice, once with verses by Ethnique Punch and once without. Fabulous beat atmospheres on Souk Records.

DJ Krush
Jaku

'Jaku' was originally released in 2004 and became something of a legendary record in the field of instrumental hip hop. The man behind it all, DJ Krush, worked in hip hop for years and has worked a slew of music related jobs; the result is a musician who can ruthlessly collage sounds together. Krush is in good company, here, with vocal contributions from rappers such as Mr. Lif and the tongue-twister himself, Aesop Rock. 'Jaku' sees reissue from Music On Vinyl.
  • Genre(s):
  • Hip-Hop / Beats / DJ Mix

UNKLE
The Road: Part II

UNKLE releases are always, if nothing else, interesting. After seven years of silence, label boss James Lavelle finally returned with last year’s massive comeback effort Part I. It was diverse, but he promises even more variation on 2019’s The Road: Part II. We’re expecting a somber soundtrack to a post-apocalyptic road trip, but who really knows what the man from UNKLE will bring?

Wu-Tang
Wu-Tang Meets The Indie Culture Vol. 1

2005’s Wu-Tang Meets The Indie Culture was one of those records that came out in the wake of Danger Mouse’s Jay-Z/Beatles blend The Grey Album. The brainchild of Dreddy Krueger, the ‘indie’ of this LP’s title refers more to mid-2000’s underground rap scene than, say, Echo & The Bunnymen. We’re talking MF DOOM, Del Tha Funkee Homosapien and Aesop Rock. Mind you, Jim Jarmusch does feature on this thing as well. Wu-Tang members like RZA and GZA keep the group’s end of the bargain.
  • Genre(s):
  • Hip-Hop / Beats / DJ Mix

MED featuring Guilty Simpson
Child Of The Jungle

Exciting collaboration and reunion between two hip-hop heavyweights. Guilty Simpson (who's worked with J Dilla) and MED (who's worked with Madlib) come together for Child Of The Jungle on BangYaHead. Excellent flows, smart lyrics and top beats from the likes of Black Milk, MNDSGN, and Apollo Brown. Also features Georgia Anne Muldrow.
  • Genre(s):
  • Hip-Hop / Beats / DJ Mix

The Lasso
The Sound Of Lasso

Hello Lasso my old friend, we’ve come to jam with you again. Andy Catlin’s fourth LP under this name is entitled The Sound Of Lasso, and it seems fitting that Catlin has chosen to identify this collection as the closest he’s gotten to a core ‘Lasso’ aesthetic. This is a record of aquatic, woozy and often very beautiful beat experiments that take in ambient music, MPC funk, hip-hop and bedroom pop. Think Arthur Russell, Huerco S. and Karriem Riggins all getting together and having a lovely old time.

Lil Yachty
Nuthin' 2 Prove

He’s right, you know. At this point Lil Yachty really does have Nuthin’ 2 Prove. Despite still being just 21 years old the MC already has a classic album under his belt (2016’s Lil Boat) as well as a slew of massive singles and legions of followers. His third LP, full of the kind of bouncy beats and cheeky bars on which Yachty made his name, will only continue to grow his legend. Features Cardi B, Offset, Lil Baby and a bunch of others famous rappers.
  • Vinyl Double LP (7724056)
  • £29.08 £26.17 (saving: £2.91)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Hip-Hop / Beats / DJ Mix

N.E.R.D
Seeing Sounds

Seeing Sounds was the third album by Pharrell Williams-led hip-hop-pop-rock-production duo N.E.R.D. This ain’t no ordinary vinyl version either - you get two bonus tracks! One of those tracks, a remix of Everyone Nose, features Kanye West, Pusha T and Lupe Fiasco. That’s a lot of ego for one track. 180g 2LP vinyl reissue on Universal.
  • Genre(s):
  • Hip-Hop / Beats / DJ Mix

Future
Future Hndrxx Presents: The WIZRD

Future continues to play the dark prince on his seventh studio LP. The Hndrxx persona has always taken Future’s air of narcotic-fugged honesty that little bit further - think of Hndrxx as Future’s Thin White Duke - and Future Hndrxx Presents: The WIZRD is another set of cold-blooded trap tales from the superstar MC. Young Thug, Gunna and Travis Scott guest.
  • Label(s):
  • RCA
  • Genre(s):
  • Hip-Hop / Beats / DJ Mix

Asian Dub Foundation
Rafi's Revenge

When I saw the name Asian Dub Foundation I thought, there’s a blast from the past. As it turns out they’re still going and successfully so. It seems I’ve just lost track. From having released 8 albums to turning down MBEs, they’ve never gone away. Their second album, Rafi’s Revenge is a quite literal blast from the past. An high-energy slab of punk-infused dub, rap and electronica, it was originally released in 1998 and shortlisted for the Mercury Music Prize. White vinyl 2LP and CD on London.
  • Genre(s):
  • Hip-Hop / Beats / DJ Mix

Yung Lean
Unknown Death 2002

Yung Lean is a rapper from Sweden. Unknown Death 2002 was his debut release. It originally came out in 2013 when Yung Lean was a teeny 16 year old with a big attitude. Regardless of his age, it announced him to the world and brought focus on to Swedish hip-hop. Natural coloured vinyl LP on Year0001.
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  • Hip-Hop / Beats / DJ Mix

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 special brand of class that one only gets from Wu-Tang joints. The list of vocalists on this thing is frankly ridiculous - Kanye West, Ghostface Killah, Danny Brown, Pharaohe Monch, Pusha T, Freddie Gibbs...

YG
My Krazy Life

YG’s debut LP My Krazy Life was one of the surprise hits of 2014. Despite making a decent name for himself on the mixtape circuit and managing to rope in the likes of Drake and Kendrick Lamar for guest features, no-one could have expected to be this LP to be as massive as it was. However, the success of singles like ‘Left, Right’, ‘Who Do You Love?’ and all-time classic ‘My Nigga’ sent My Krazy Life and YG stratospheric. This reissue allows you to relive the DJ Mustard-powered record in full and also gives us bonus jam ‘459’.
  • Artist(s):
  • YG
  • Genre(s):
  • Hip-Hop / Beats / DJ Mix

People Under The Stairs
Sincerely, The P

After 21 years making some fine DIY hip-hop, L.A. duo People Under The Stairs deliver their twelfth and final album, Sincerely, The P. Despite the old skool sounds and lack of bling associated with mainstream hip-hop, Thes One and Double K, remain adamant that they are not an underground group, I am tempted to suggest otherwise. On Piecelock 70.
  • Genre(s):
  • Hip-Hop / Beats / DJ Mix

Blu & Oh No
A Long Red Hot Los Angeles Summer Night

If you can’t actually visit LA, your next best option (or maybe just your best option anyway) would be to get Blu & Oh No’s album A Long Red Hot Los Angeles Summer Night. Blu has a rich way with words for expressing the magic of the city, and producer Oh No (brother of Madlib) has the perfect feel for what the album is going for. A lush LA hip-hop epic, on Nature Sounds.
  • Genre(s):
  • Hip-Hop / Beats / DJ Mix
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  • Hip-Hop / Beats / DJ Mix

Elaquent
Blessing In Disguise

Mello Music Group tend to deliver when it comes to hip-hop LPs that marry underground steez with old-school nous. Elaquent’s Blessing In Disguise keeps up the good work from MMG. This collection of low-end-theory beats throws together the whacked-out vibe of early Brainfeeder, Statik Selektah’s classy boom-bap and the jazz-loopery of Karriem Riggins. Nice.
  • Genre(s):
  • Hip-Hop / Beats / DJ Mix

Nubiyan Twist
Jungle Run

London’s Strut Records bring you the latest from expert Afro-dub jazz collective Nubiyan Twist. Perhaps they too tuned in to CITV in the early 2000s, for it’s named Jungle Run. Recorded and produced with a muscular and sumptuous sound, the album also wafts between hip hop, soul, Latin and atmospheric electronics. Vocal duties are shared by Nubiya Brandon, Nick Richards, K.O.G., Pilo Adami and Mulatu Astatke.

Various
Gangster Music Vol. 1

Illustrator Gangster Noodles collected over 25 tracks by small and big niche rappers in a Peanut Butter Wolf-like frenzy. The likes of Madlib, Jeremiah Jae, Jonwayne, and Kaytranada joined forces to create a collage of their corner of hip-hop with as of yet unreleased tracks. Disclaimer: Gangster Music Volume 1 is not to be confused with Cardi B’s Gangster Bitch Music Volumes 1 and 2.
  • Vinyl Double LP (ACGDLPX1-CLR)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

  • Genre(s):
  • Hip-Hop / Beats / DJ Mix

Smoke DZA x Pete Rock
Don't Smoke Rock

Pete Rock still has a special place in our heart where T.R.O.Y. is playing on repeat. Back in 2016 he teamed up with “don’t call him a weed-rapper” Smoke Dza to create Don’t Smoke Rock, a throwback to Golden Age beats and verses. Smoke's story-telling skills combine very nicely with Rock's jazzy beats. The album is a great window to another era and is itself being reissued on vinyl.
  • Vinyl LP (BBG1087CLP)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Hip-Hop / Beats / DJ Mix

Sole
Destituent

Another round of rhyme-spittin’ polemics from Anticon co-founder Sole. Focused on the lyrical theme of anarchism, this one for Fake Four Inc is a bit unusual as it draws in a gritty, self-produced No Wave environment for the MC’s disgruntled lines. Recorded half in central Denver, half in the Maine hinterlands.
  • Genre(s):
  • Hip-Hop / Beats / DJ Mix

Run The Jewels
Stay Gold Smiff & Cash Remix Collection

The relentless cash cow that is Run the Jewels unleashes yet more merch, taking advantage of your kind-hearted but collectable nature with Stay Gold Smiff & Cash Remix Collection. Two tunes ("Kill Your Masters" and "Stay Gold") with instrumental versions and a remix for the latter. Much like a student loan, you'll be paying off El-p and Mike forever.
  • Genre(s):
  • Hip-Hop / Beats / DJ Mix

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 20th anniversary, on Music On Vinyl.
  • Vinyl LP (6775214)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Hip-Hop / Beats / DJ Mix

Bowery Electric
Lushlife

Bowery Electric’s third and final LP gets reissued via Beggar’s Banquet. Lushlife was originally unleashed in 2000, and boy does it sound it. This one’s got that real Moby/Mr. Scruff/Saint Etienne vibe to it, all mushy old film score samples and crackling breaks. It’s a pleasingly atmospheric listen and worthy of the re-release.

Al Lover
Cave Ritual

Producer Al Lover continues to extend the inexplicable fondness musicians have for diamond shapes on their album covers with Cave Ritual, which I believe also has some music: a fascinating mix of fiery psych riffs, gooey synth and real producer shit makes this one up, the beats as firm and thrilling as ever. If Michael Bay ever makes a film on a handheld camera, he knows who to call.
  • Vinyl LP (SBR014)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Hip-Hop / Beats / DJ Mix

N.O.R.E.
5E

TV show host and podcaster N.O.R.E. (aka Noreaga of Capone-N-Noreaga) is also a musician who's been releasing music for over two decades. 5E feels like a celebration of N.O.R.E.'s career. Twenty years ago he's worked with The Neptunes on 'Superthug', and he's still working with Pharrell Williams to this day.
  • Vinyl LP (MSAP0060LP)
  • £19.99 £17.99 (saving: £2.00)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Hip-Hop / Beats / DJ Mix

Nightmares On Wax
Back To Mine – Nightmares On Wax

Popular album series Back To Mine returns for its 20th anniversary year curated by Nightmares On Wax, AKA George Evelyn from Pudsey, Leeds. The compilation, mixed by Evelyn, features a new Nightmares On Wax track and an exclusive Nightmares On Wax remix of a Fat Freddy’s Drop tune. 2LP and CD on Back To Mine.

Swindle
No More Normal

Swindle comes from grime and dubstep background and builds on these foundations by incorporating UK jazz and hip-hop. No More Normal sees him working MCs such as Kojey Radical, Ghetts, D Double E and P Money, vocalists Etta Bond, Eva Lazarus, Kiko Bun and Daley and musicians Dubya Garcia, Yussef Dayes and Riot Jazz. Hiring such a cast of characters came from his need for everyone to be on his album. LP and CD on Brownswood.

Massive Attack V Mad Professor
No Protection

The Mad Professor does what he does best on the Bristolian trip-hop progenitors second album Protection. No Protection takes Massive Attacks’ claustrophobic paranoia and opens it up, cranks the bass and amplifies the influence of soundsystem culture, for a complete dub remix. 180 gram vinyl reissue on Universal.

Various
The Hurricane (Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture)

These days, one can release pretty much any film soundtrack on vinyl and folks are into it. Here we have 1999 Denzel Washington film The Hurricane, a biopic of boxer and wrongly-imprisoned prisoner Rubin Carter, whose soundtrack features lots of soul (Ray Charles, Etta James and hip-hop, notably including a Bob Dylan cover. Out on Music On Vinyl.

DJ Shadow
Live In Manchester: The Mountain Has Fallen Tour

Disc Jockey Shadow still has quite the reputation despite not producing much of note since his second album and live he's still a blast as he veers between classics to obscurity like the crate digger he is. So it turns out he played in our very own rain sodden Manchester where someone taped his set and committed it to vinyl. There's also a CD/DVD set where you can watch him at work. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Hip-Hop / Beats / DJ Mix

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 (Kendrick Lamar! Kamasi Washington!), and is presented on one CD or four 10” vinyl records.