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Sleaford Mods
Austerity Dogs

Austerity Dogs is the 6th album by Nottingham duo Sleaford Mods, but it’s the one that got them noticed. Since its release in 2013, the band have gone from strength to strength, being a necessary mouthpiece and cathartic outlet for many in the these austere times. They mix a punk snarl with ...view item »

Operation: Doomsday

Simultaneously hailed as an underground classic and cast aside as poorly produced backpack rap, Operation: Doomsday inaugurated the reign of MF Doom in underground rap from the early to mid-2000s. The pretext for the album is very similar to that of Marvel Comics supervillain Dr. Doom; after MF Doom, then known as Z...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 »

Ras G & The Afrikan Space Program
Stargate Music

Leaving Records (Matthewdavid, devonwho) provide a home for the latest LP by LA beat-smith Ras G. ...view item »

Earl Sweatshirt
I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside: An Album by Earl Sweatshirt

Earl Sweatshirt 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. I Don't Like Shit, I Go Outside was Earl Sweatshirt’s second album and foll...view item »

The Notorious B.I.G
Life After Death

Rhino are commemorating the 20th anniversary of the release of Notorious B.I.G.’s Life After Death with a triple LP reissue. Originally released less than two weeks after his murder the album lived up to it’s title and brought some of the most well known tracks in hip hop, dealing with violent streets and ga...view item »

Cibo Matto
Viva! LA Woman

Cibo Matto (‘crazy food’ in Italian) were a New York duo with sharp creative instincts and a sense of fun! Their debut full-length Viva LA Woman was first released in 1996, where it absorbs the period’s popular trip-hop sound and views it through a New York ...view item »

Missy Elliott
Da Real World

Reissue of Missy Elliott’s second full length album Da Real World, originally released in 1999. A much straighter affair than surrounding albums, Da Real World is a pure R’n’B Hip-hop crossover. Features guest appearances from Timbaland, Aaliyah, Beyon...view item »

Filling Spots

Woolymammoth is a San Francisco-born, Los Angeles-residing DJ and producer who is not to be confused with the Washington DC hardcore punk band Wooly Mammoth. This Woolymammoth, apart from disregarding spaces, trades in beats, bass, experimental electronic and samples. Filling Spots is his new al...view item »

Bones & Beeker
Inside A Different Mind

Bones & Beeker are Anthony Newes and BK-One, who off the back of their 2015 debut album, have let loose some of their friends to create Inside A Different Mind. Featuring remixes from big names like Cut Chemist, Brother Ali, and Open Mik...view item »

PRhyme 2

The second collaborative LP between veteran beatsmith DJ Premier and veteran wordsmith Royce da 5’9” picks up from where the first PRhyme LP left off. PRhyme 2 sees the duo bridging the old- and new-schools with aplomb. Single ‘Era’ balances the gr...view item »

Champion Sound: The Remix

Where Madlib and J Dilla come together, beatheads collapse left right and centre from sheer amazed joy. This release has Madlib remixing Dilla’s Champion Sound track, as well as a previously unheard collaboration that dates back to the pair’s original ...view item »

Run The Jewels
Run The Jewels 2

The first Run The Jewels record capped a victory lap of a year for producer EL-P and rapper Killer Mike, who respectively released the bombastic 'Cancer 4 Cure' and poignant 'R.A.P Music' -- they then went on to release their collaborative self-titled record, which showed off the affection and understanding they share for each other's work. They...view item »

Don Leisure

Don Leisure’s name about sums up his approach to music. Shaboo is the latest release from the Welsh music producer and it comes in the form of a complete mash of different genres. Elements of Middle Eastern music, rap and of course hip-hop make up this massive twenty-five instrumental track record. Available on Vi...view item »

Ruff Kutz

'Ruff Kutz' is a re-release of a mixtape originally issued by Spectre as a run of just 100 cassettes in 1998. Now mastered and pressed over two 140g LP's this is experimental hip hop infused with dub, featuring artists such as Bill Laswell, Kevin 'The Bug' Martin and Djini Brown. Ruff Kutz revisits the...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 »

Mobb Deep
Hell On Earth

Solidifying the sound of hardcore, east coast hip hop, Mobb Deep’s ‘Hell on Earth’ is back on vinyl where it belongs. Get on Down Records have repressed this archetypal N.Y. street rap record. Economical beats made from three note basslines, taut snares and 8-bar piano loops, dense verses and classic guest spot...view item »

I'm An Arabian Knight (Egyptian Lover Remixes)

Left Ear Records were responsible for one of 2017’s better reissues in the form of Shahara Ja’s 1989 jam ‘I’m An Arabian Knight’. A sleek, sultry electro-funk number that nodded to Sade...view item »

Up High Collective

Belgium based audio-visual group, Up High Collective started making waves in 2010 with their first single Blend. Now their experimental trap and bass heavy beats come through their own Tangram imprint. After several EPs Solitude is their first LP and brings equal measure of abstraction and oddness alongside hea...view item »

MED & Guilty Simpson

Detroit native and J Dilla protégé Guilty Simpson is no strangers to collabs, and on this 10-track EP, he once again joins forces with Madlib's California ward M.E.D. on a bangin' precursor to their full-length, out later this year on Bang Ya Head Entertainment. Ferocious beats by Black Milk, MNDSGN, Exile and Prem...view item »

Young Fathers
Only God Knows feat. Leith Congregational Choir

Young Fathers new track is extra notable in two ways: first of all, it features in the big-deal new film T2: Trainspotting. Secondly, it features Leith Congregational Choir, who enable the Young Fathers to ascend to amazing levels of gospel-powered electro-punk-hop. What a wonderful ecs...view item »

Cut Chemist
Die Cut

Jurassic 5 member, Brainfreeze co-founder and very able turntablist Lucas MacFadden aka Cut Chemist? He comin’ to your town with his dextrous, guest-studded new album Die Cut. Moreover, judging from the cover art he intends to huff, puff and blow your record shelf down unless it&r...view item »

One / Three

Ghostly International serve up a remastered version of Dabrye’s seminal 2001 One/Three to drop concurrently with the producer’s new LP Three/Three. Often cited as one of the most important beat-tapes of the early millennium, One/Three offers so much more than mere D...view item »

Mr. Hood

Everybody remembers KMD for launching a young Zev Love X’s career, during which he became known as MF DOOM. But the group’s work is not to be overlooked: Mr. Hood is a classic piece of '90s hip hop with a tonne of twisted sampling, tight flows and catchy beats in general. Part of your hip hop education, son!...view item »


The third track from this record (No Child Of God) was, apparently, on a mac & cheese 'commercial' in 2015. Kind of cool being as this record was released in the early 2000's when the hip-hop scene was well and truly in full swing. Instrmntl by Dabrye has been granted a reissued from the mighty powers that be on Ghostly and ...view item »

Anderson .Paak

Off the back of six tracks on Dr. Dre's 2015 record and a single with the wonderful Kaytranada, there's now an album in store for Anderson .paak. Following up a couple of 2014 releases, Malibu originally came out back in January and earned its hype with collabs ...view item »

Pure Beauty

Queens based artist designer and all round mystery person SHIRT is the first hip-hop artist to be signed to Third Man. This is an intelligent and thoughtful take on the genre exemplified in the fact that this album is an ode to conceptual artist artist John Baldessari.  Focusing on raw and simple beauty the album is a ...view item »

The Skull Eclipses
The Skull Eclipses

This coming-together between Spencer Stephenson (Botany) and Raj Haldar (Lushlife) has produced an intriguing LP. While in aesthetic it skirts close to the stables of Brainfeeder and Liquid Amber, the sonics reference everything from Matthewdavid to The ...view item »

Action Bronson
Blue Chips 7000

Once confused by our stock buyer with London blues outfit the Archie Bronson Quartet, Action Bronson is instead an American rapper with a neat line in humorous wordplay and tight upbeat musicality. Blue Chips 7000 is his third album and the final instalment of his Blue Chip series with a distinct lack of social commenta...view item »

The Barbershop

London-based beatmaker Todd Worsnip—aka Snips—drops “The Barbershop”, his first vinyl release via Houseology, a banging hip-hop/house hybrid that weaves together his slick-as-butter production skills with a suitably tongue-in-cheek approach to sampling. Eight tracks of funky futuristic dance beats....view item »

Beastie Boys
Hello Nasty

Although only 17 years old, I’m sure we can all agree that Hello Nasty was due for a reissue. Featuring Mixmaster Mike on the turntables, the Beastie Boys prove that they have more skills than yelling and popularizing wide-angle video clips. The album is out on 2x180gr vinyl, and sounds as rich as...view item »

G Perico
2 Tha Left

Second album in one year from West Coast rapper G Perico. As well as being from the West Coast, his music is a masterclass in nostalgia for the golden age of West Coast hip hop with immaculate G-funk production and rapping which oozes that West Coast character. Released by Omerta on clear vinyl with blue splatter....view item »

Nobody Has To Know

With the gritty, non-fi Chinoiseries trilogy officially concluded, Onra returns somewhat to the crispy, soulful retrofunk style found on 2010’s ...view item »

Sampa The Great
Birds And The BEE9 

Born in Zambia, based in Sydney, she prefers coming at her albums from the point of view of a mixtape, hence a wild mix of songwriting, poetics and calls for social action over hip-hop, soul, samba all tied together within the web of modern pop. In many respects an album that simultaneously appeals to those looking for the next K...view item »

Beastie Boys
To The 5 Boroughs

The album may not have the energetic poppin' synth beats that form 'Nasty'. It may not have the raw and distorted ways of 'Ill', and 'Check Your Head.' Beastie Boys have grown a lot from their debut, and in a way they have come back to represent NYC style with 'Boroughs'. Breakin' beats under the typical Beastie lyrics. And in some tracks they s...view item »

Shades Of Blue

Shades of Blue is an incredible sampling of Blue Note, and holds many excellent tracks. In some places, the track doesn't do justice to the artist (and indeed some deserving artists like Quincy Jones and John Coltrane aren't even recognized, though they should be), but when limited to only one 80 minute album, Madlib does a brilliant job coverin...view item »

Tommy Guerrero
A Little Bit Of Somethin'

What a beautiful little release. The album art pretty much sums up the sound on the LP, so as you can imagine, the tracks are mellow and guitar-y. A Little Bit Of Somethin' by Tommy Guerrero has been reissued on vinyl LP on Be With Records and would be a nice addition to the chilled out part of your record collection. ...view item »

Tommy Guerrero
Soul Food Taqueria

Genre-hopping musician and skateboarding legend Tommy Guerrero’s 2003 release Soul Food Taqueria returns as a 2LP reissue from Be With Records. The music dabbles in groovy, guitar-led soul-funk, often with a touch of melancholy. It’s warmly produced and as effectively as relaxed as was Tommy’s skating....view item »

Midnight Club

Hand-numbered vinyl version of the mixtape by LE$ (Boss Hogg Outlawz, Jet Life) produced by D...view item »

Gucci Mane & Zaytoven
EA Sportscenter

10th anniversary vinyl remaster of Gucci Mane, Zaytoven, and DJ Holiday's EA Sportscenter. A great example of the things Gucci was doing that have been so influential for the likes of Future and Migos, raps current kingpins. Pressed...view item »

Bl_ck B_st_rds

This album is a true gem and it is filled with so much funk and soul it's amazing. KMD have definitely got a style of their own. The record manages to be challenging, inventive and deep without ever sounding too arty, weird or inaccessible. What you hear on most of the tracks is fresh jazz sampled production with bouncing beats that are guarante...view item »

Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z...

180g vinyl reissue of the ever-influential 2Pac's second album for its 25th anniversary. This was 2Pac's breakout album, getting singles into the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time. Though the production is a bit more radio ready, 2Pac is as sharp, critical and political as he was on his debut, 2Pacalypse....view item »

East Man
Red, White & Zero

Anthoney Hart - he of Basic Rhythm and Imaginary Forces fame - drops the first release of his East Man project on Planet Mu. Red, White & Zero is a whip-smart take on grime also incorporates elements of jungle, techno and hardcore, with an over...view item »


One of those acts who very quickly achieved ubiquity after their 2015 debut on XL, Ibeyi are here to make good on the promise of that record with another LP of emotive soultronica. As befits their elevated status, Ash includes guest spots from Kamasi Washington and Chilly Gonzal...view item »

Akadama Bros

Some J-rap larking about from the Akadama Bros here, a crew who boast Bo Ningen’s Taigen Kawabe in their numbers. ‘Sunshine’ is a wry and fun cut that boasts a squelchy, vaguely jukey instrumental. Contains remixes Clock Hazard’s Technoman and Shi...view item »

Joe Germlin
No Master Dynamics

Banana Oil/Gay Against You noisenik Joe Germlin drops an album of strange sort-of-hip-hop on Adaadat. Taking cues from the Scandi Frankengenre of Skwee, the funk/rap/chiptune-hybrids across No Master Dynamics make this an LP you can’t get comfortable with. This is...view item »

Mahatma X
A Mobtown Suite Vol 1

If the new A Tribe Called Quest record has reignited your fire for new sounds straight out of rap’s golden age you could do a lot worse than A Mobtown Suite. The Dilla and Jay Rock comparisons are obvious, but the subtly evolving live instrumentation gives these 17 instrumentals c...view item »

Planet Asia
The Golden Buddha

Boston’s Brick Records (MF Doom, Statik Selektah) drops some mighty throwback goodness from Planet Asia. The beats provided by izznyce have that same balance of class and whomp that tends to bring the best out of Ghostface Killah. The snar...view item »


Recommended to Mobb Deep fans or people who like what classics have came from QB in the past. Just about all the cuts are mostly uptown grimy normal Queensbrigde cuts. There are some tracks I didn't like that much - like "Rock Dat Sh**" which uses elements from the Mobb Deep hit back in 1999 "Quiet Storm (remix)" to make the hook. Overall Prodig...view item »

Ghostface Killah

Ghostface's debut record, Ironman, came in the Wu-Tang's golden era, following on from Only Built 4 Cuban Linx and the unmoveable chess-rap classic, Liquid Swords. Like his buddies Rae and the GZA, Ghostface's wicked fast,...view item »

Pizza Party

Samiyam’s second LP on Stones Throw is a delightful tape. Entirely sample-free, the beats here sit somewhere between Fly Lo, Karriem Riggins and Knxwledge, with the kindly spectre of Dilla blessing everything with some low-end theory. Be h...view item »

Every Hero Needs A Villain

Czarface is a hip-hop trio that pulls together the talents of Inspectah Deck, 7L and Esoteric. They love their comic-book / super-hero culture, which comes through both in their fluid lyrics and through the frankly incredible artwork for Every Hero Needs A Villain: a fu...view item »

Nightmares On Wax
Carboot Soul

Nightmares On Wax provided the constant chill vibes for Warp Records back in the day, and 'Carboot Soul' kept a steady hand on proceedings, melding together trip-hop sounds with the same old jazz affections and haze of 'Smoker's Delight'. It's being reissued with all its siblings as part of the N.O.W. Is The Time Campaign, which will hopefully i...view item »

Talib Kweli
Radio Silence

Rapper Talib Kweli’s new album, Radio Silence features a bunch of interesting guests including Rick Ross and Anderson. Paak with production from The Alchemist, Oh No and Kaytranada, among others. If the track Heads Up, Eyes Open is anythin...view item »

Lords Of The Underground
Here Come The Lords

Lords of the Underground’s 1993 debut gets a 25th anniversary reissue with Music On Vinyl (in this case, music on green vinyl). Unmistakable golden-age early 1990s hip-hop with a lingering trace of swinging 80s electro, ol’ LOTUG hold their own brilliantly both as witty MCs and as groovemakers....view item »


Future’s early 2017 album HNDRXX, which you can pronounce Hendrix if you like, gets a nice vinyl pressing here, courtesy of Epic. The album is fully ...view item »

Nightmares On Wax
Shape The Future

Nightmares On Wax now make a welcome return with Shape The Future, the first full-length we’ve seen from the project since 2013. All your favourite Waxy sound-tropes are in place, plus guest spots from vocalists including Sadie Walker, LSK and Andrew Ashon...view item »

Chinoiseries pt. 3

Onra’s very popular and somewhat addictive Chinoiseries is designed around the simple conceit of sampling only from Chinese vinyl records, crafting short-and-sweet hip-hop instrumentals out of the dusty source material. Volume Three of the results are dripping with character and invention. CD / double LP ...view item »


Future presents Future, his present album, on bumper 2LP format via Epic. As with past Future releases, the Atlanta rapper presents various characteristic techniques, such as autotune-heavy vocals and trap backi...view item »

Dead Prez
Let's Get Free

Yes yes yes, the hard and heavy 2000 debut from political hip-hop crew Dead Prez reissued on Get Down. Let’s Get Free speaks on Black Nationalism and murderous white racism, backed with thick and chunky analogue basslines. There is even a sighting of a young Kanye West, whose remix of ‘It&rs...view item »

Lando Chill
The Boy Who Spoke to the Wind

With comparisons being made to Frank Ocean, Kendrick Lamar, James Blake, and Saul Williams Lando Chill...view item »

Take Care

Take Care is the second album by critically acclaimed Canadian rapper Drake. It was originally released in 2011. The album features a host of producers including Jamie XX, The Weeknd, T-Minus and Just Blaze. There is also a guest contribution from an un...view item »

Beastie Boys
The In Sound From Way Out!

Yes, it's the most instrumental of all their canon -- it's the Beastie Boys with a timely reissue of The In Sound From Way Out! It was high time the Boys' raw and funky shout-free versions from their best two albums -- Ill Communication and Check Your Head -- were made available on nice crisp and loud 180-gram vinyl LP ...view item »

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 rem...view item »

Kanye West
The College Dropout

Roc-A-Fella’s reissuing of Kanye West’s earlier albums goes right back to the beginning with this double vinyl of his debut full length album The College Dropout. Includes his defining huge hitters Jesus Walks and All Falls Down, with guests Jay-Z, Common, ...view item »

Sean Price
Imperius Rex

Sean Price may no longer be with us, but plenty of his music is still waiting in the wings to be heard. Imperius Rex is a collection of tracks that features a colossal quantity of excellent rappers and producers...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 »

Mr. Lif & Akrobatik (The Perceptionists)

First album in 12 years from ex Def Jux-ers Mr Lif and Akrobatik as The Perceptionists, though this time it's just the two of them. The pair's chemistry comes very easily, unsurprising as they both beat death to get here, and makes the heavy topics they tackl...view item »

Adrian Younge Presents Venice Dawn
Something About April

Why not sit down and play the sample-spotting game with Adrian Younge’s album Something About April? You might recognise catchy fragments used elsewhere by Jay-Z, 50 Cent or DJ Premier, a fact that indicates the kind of psychedelic swinging soul that Young...view item »

Ennio the Little Brother
Bunk Beds / Cacophony

If you thought Welsh hip-hop started and finished with Goldie Lookin’ Chain, think again. Ennio The Little Brother hails from North Wales and makes soulful music - dream pop-meets-hip-hop, but all with a bedroomy, DIY aesthetic that adds grit to his conscious and aware lyric...view item »


As the latest addition to Tricky's ever-mounting mammoth back-catalogue, Ununiform is an intricate offering which amounts to his furthest lefturn yet. 13 tracks long, the record firmly cements the British producer's status at legendary - if it wasn't already. Avoid this musical journey a...view item »

Nightmares On Wax
Citizen Kane

Nightmares On Wax has been with Warp for a long time, since the beginning, more-or-less. All these years later, the classic electronic label is still letting him make music for them, which is a good thing, of course. With his new single, Citizen Kane, a fresh approach suggests more different and f...view item »

Jaga Jazzist

Jaga Jazzist have sailed their Norwegian ship through a wide variety of genre waters over the years, and their latest, Starfire, finds them docking in a land of space-funk. One suspects that band leader Lars Horntveth’s move to Los Angeles has found him absorbing the energies of some of Flying Lotus...view item »

No Mountains In Manhattan

Wiki follows up on the promise of earlier mixtapes with the full-length album No Mountains In Manhattan, a comprehensive piece of work about the young artist’s life. New York is of course of fundamental importance, and the city gives back as much as it gets in the form of local talents like Ghostface Killa...view item »

Wu-Tang Clan
Clan In Da Front / Wu-Tang: 7th Chamber

Get On Down are reissuing the entirety of Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) in 7” form. Here are tracks three and four. Clan in the Front is essentially a GZA / RZA showcase. Wu-Tang: 7th Chamber features a chaotic full house consisting of Raekwon, Method Man, Ghostf...view item »

Wu-Tang Clan
Bring Da Ruckus / Shame On A Nigga

As the Wu-Tang release their seventh album The Saga Continues, Boston reissue label Get On Down are dropping every track from the classic debut Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) on a series of seven-inches. In other cases this might seem like a gimmicky or excessive move, but with a record as deathless as this, why the hell not? C...view item »

The Spectacular Empire II

A sequel to, you guessed it, The Spectacular Empire I, sees a continuation of GAIKA's slightly twisted but significantly affecting electronic outings. As another part of the story of empowerment in authoritarian chaos, it succeeds heavily; as an essential addition to the darker end of your record box, same....view item »

Keny Arkana
L’Esquisse 3

Seventh solo album from French-Argentine rapper Kelly Arkana. The third in her L'Esquisse (meaning Sketching) series, this is Arkana flexing her creative clout in a slightly more relaxed mixtape-y format. Her flow is vicious and purposeful, matched by the album's beats, and, I can only assume, its lyrics....view item »

No_One Ever Really Dies

Pharrell Williams has had a pretty massive time of it in the last couple of years, and it doesn’t look like that’s going to stop anytime soon now that he’s bringing back his classic group N*E*R*D. This comeback record featur...view item »

Skilled Mechanics

New tunes from the man Tricky himself! Skilled Mechanics is titled for a certain kind of CIA assassin (not, as I’d hoped, in tribute to some guys who fixed his car), a theme which suits Tricky’s brand of shuffling paranoia. As usual, he pulls in a range of vocalists to help him craft his wor...view item »

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 »

Aesop Rock

Leftfield hip hop champ Aesop Rock is as deft on the buttons as he is on the mic, and his soundtrack to Brooklyn-based civil war drama Bushwick has been the perfect vehicle for him to stretch his legs and show off the hidden depths of his beatsmithery. From noirish mood pieces to more conventional grooves, it’s a ...view item »

Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
The Message

The debut album by the pioneering New York hiphop crew. The title track is the obvious highlight, following in the wake of Sugar Hill Gang’s chart success with Rapper’s Delight, but upping the ante significantly in terms of gritty subject matter and technical achievement. There’s plenty more to enjoy here - the...view item »

By The Water

Mike is just 18 years old, and he’s clearly spent all his time developing his skills, as both the verbal flows and sampled-up beats on this EP (Mike self-produces his own instrumentals) are damn potent. He certainly didn’t waste any time thinking up a memorable or distinctive name… By The ...view item »

Little Simz
Stillness In Wonderland (Deluxe Edition)

Little Simz, a dyed in the wool member of the champagne socialist Islington elite, is one of the most exciting new faces in British music. Here her second album Stillness In Wonderland is given the deluxe treatment with a gatefold sleeve, and bonus tracks featuring the likes of Badbadnotgood and...view item »

Yung Lean

Third studio album from Swedish D.I.Y hip-hop artist Yung Lean. The viral rapper has been touring extensively, collaborating with the likes of Frank Ocean and A$AP Ferg, and now returns with Stranger. Drawing on an eclectic range of influences (he also fronts punk band D...view item »

Only Built 4 Cuban Linx

Rae's Only Built 4 Cuban Linx is an early Wu-Tang solo classic, responsible for sequels and known for classic sampling from the RZA in primetime. This is one of the Wu's most intricately told stories, a record about drugs in New York told through some of the best hooks with some of t...view item »

Kendrick Lamar

The biggest of big deals in 2017: a new full-length album from Kendrick Lamar himself. Damn features fairly large guests like Rihanna and, um, U2, but Kendrick doesn’t need any big-name support to tell a narrative and craft wonderful beats. This soon-to-be-album-o...view item »

Porter Ray

If Porter Ray's debut single is anything to go by, then his full length - Watercolor - is to be highly anticipated. Sacred Geometry is a promising and deep electronic expedition, layered amongst a reel of candid lyrics - keep an eye out for this burgeoning Seattle-based inn...view item »

The Avalanches

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 »

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 »

Young Fathers
White Men Are Black Men Too

Boldly titled follow-up album to Young Fathers’ award-winning debut, White Men Are Black Men Too. This group are not afraid to stir things up with their lyrics, their politics and their productions, which continue to mix hip-hop structures with all sorts of not-so-expected sonics. Released by the Big Dada label....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 »

Shabazz Palaces
Lese Majesty

If there was something that I never expected Sub-Pop to start trading in, that thing was hip-hop. Now with them brandishing the second SB album, shaking it in my gormless face and the impressive Clipping. CD jammed in my back pocket, I'm now skipping down the road like a lunatic singing a stupid song about the dawn...view item »

Taylor McFerrin
Early Riser

Oh how we guffawed, “I bet...huh...I bet its Bobby McFerrin’s son”. Well of course it is Bobby’s lad and McFerrin senior even makes a guest appearance towards the end of this lovely album. Rather than saying “don’t worry be happy”, McFerrin Junior soothes your soul and eases your concerns with th...view item »

Young Fathers

Time is crashing on today, certainly not enough of to fully dissect the long awaited debut from this Edinburgh based hip hop troup. But I will try. Their debut ‘Tape 1’ was one of my favourite releases of last year, a tuneful boisterous off kilter take on hip hop that the subsequent ‘Tape 2’ didn’t quite live up to....view item »

Late Night Tales

This is a true gem -- Bonobo surprises me each time he releases his albums and even when this is not exactly his music, he did not failed to surprise me. Often, you buy the whole album and you find you only like one song out of 15 songs. This is not that kind of album. The job is professional and Simon Green did not keep his favourite to himself...view item »

Tyler, The Creator

There's so much shit in the world right now that the last thing we all need is another rapper whining on, even by hip hop standards this bloke is not a happy bunny. The lyrics are a stream of unrelenting, self absorbed, self obsessed misery. By the end of the first track alone you find out he spends his time jerking off in his grandmas house, ha...view item »

Champion Sound

Mad beat-drama here, combining the killer skills of Madlib and J Dilla to form Jaylib! The duo trade beat-making and rap-rhyming skills over the course of the album, which was first released in 2003. Needless to say, each excel in both practices. Champion Sound is a double LP, reissued ...view item »

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