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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 pre...view item »

Shabazz Palaces
Quazarz: Born On A Gangster Star

Afrofuturist, cosmic hip-hop experimentalists Shabazz Palaces release their third full-length for Seattle’s Sub Pop label. Here, the group’s lore is at its most dense and intriguing, their sound resides in both the past and the future simultaneously, and their list of collaborators continuously expands; Julia...view item »

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,...view item »

Illa J
Yancey Boys

Yancey Boys is an album wherein J Dilla’s brother Illa J flows over the top of some of the many Dilla beats left behind by the great man. Though this 2008 album was a posthumous collaboration, the fraternal connection is strong with this one, and it really feels like it could have...view item »

K.O.T. (Anthony Shakir)
Da Jit / Wett

K.O.T. (King Of Thoughts) was Anthony "Shake" Shakir, an undeniable godfather of techno and the motor city sound working with Carl Craig and Derrick May as a producer for the Metroplex label in Detroit. Black Bottom Records reissue these incredibly rare tracks f...view item »

Bleep Bloop
The Fifth Pupil EP

The new EP from Bleep Bloop features three fresh new cuts that chuck chunky blasts of sound around with the flair and thrill of vintage Ninja Tune experimental hip-hop tracks, Except that Bleep Bloop is ...view item »

NxWorries, Anderson .Paak and Knxwledge
Yes Lawd! Remixes

Madlib remixed his own album on Stones Throw so why shouldn’t Kxwledge give it a go? Nxworries are a duo comprising of producer Kxwledge and singer/rapper/multi-instrumentalist Anderson. Paak. They originally released their debut Yes Lawd!...view item »

What's That Noise?

Spin your ears back to 1989 and enjoy the debut album of Coldcut once again! The bouncy good-time cut-up party people got started with What’s That Noise?, a particularly lively swirl of breaks, acid house and hip-hop. The guest vocalists on the album includes both Queen Latifah and Mark E....view item »

Tuff City Records 33 1/3 Anniversary Box: Original Old School Recordings 1982-1986

Some of the earliest and greatest hip-hop came to the world via Tuff City Records back in the day, and this tasty box gives you a whole treasure trove of the stuff from the premium period 1982 - 1986. The 33 ⅓ Anniversary Box: Original Old School Recordings contains five 12”s and a 7”, featuring a total of 32 tracks. Plus!...view item »

Aesop Rock
Labor Days

While his nasally tone, awkward delivery and surrealist imagery make it evident why he has not risen higher in mainstream hip-hop, Aesop unleashes the most potent stream-of-consciousness styled lyrics heard. While it all may sound like a garbled bunch of nonsense to the uninitiated, spend some time with these rhymes and you may find that elusive...view item »

Godfather II

The twelfth studio LP from hip-hop and grime mainstay, Wiley. Godfather II is the follow-up to 2016’s Godfather. An expansive 20-track affair from one of the scene’s most well-established figures, including features from the likes of JME. Released on CTA and available on double LP vinyl....view item »

The Spectacular Empire I

Gaika continues his stay with the legendary Warp Records with a synth and sample heavy trudge through dystopian soundscapes and pulsing beats. The fuzz clears to make way for vocals to swerve in, but the overall dark atmosphere remains throughout. Deep stuff from a torchbearer of political electronic music....view item »

Cypress Hill
III (Temples Of Boom)

The third album from the stoner-hop legends Cypress Hill is back back back on vinyl baby, courtesy of your friends at We Are Vinyl. Cypress Hill III: Temples Of Boom is a dark and spooky listen, rich with that classic Cypress Hill sound. Includes ‘Throw Your Set In The Air’. Double LP reissu...view item »

Wu-Tang Clan
Wu-Tang: The Saga Continues

The Wu-Tang’s seventh full length. Eighth if you’re perverse enough to count the single-copy Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, and Lesson Learn’d makes a point of dissing that item’s purchaser, appropriately cartoonish supervillain Martin Shkreli. That string-driven track and single People Say a...view item »

West 2 West
Vol 2

West 2 West is an alias of John Daly, a figure searching for atmosphere in the scrubby outlands of leftfield hip-hop. Turns out he's found it, and over 'Vol. 2', indeed the sequel to 'Vol. 1', you'll find all manner of twisted beats and sonic environments for deep dive brain somersaults and late night beat journeys. ...view item »

Cypress Hill
Cypress Hill

Cypress Hill was a major breath of fresh air when they came out. They were rapping from a latinos perspective, they dropped beats that were more than dope, and wrote lyrics about everything including weed. You can't deny that as soon as you hear B-real, you know just who it is. I'd hesitate to call this the best album of theirs, but I like it ju...view item »

Original Hip Hop Classics Presented by Sugar Hill Records

Sugar Hill should be a name exquisitely familiar to fans of hip-hop’s vintage early days, so you should all know to pay attention to this compilation. Original Hip Hop Classics Presented by Sugar Hill Records...view item »


Overcast! by Atmosphere was originally released back in 1997 - that’s a whole twenty years ago now. Since then the debut by the Minneapolis hip-hop group has become a bit of an underground classic. It features both of the group’s original rappers, Slug and Spawn, the latter left some three years later, along with pro...view item »

Andy Rantzen

Australian native and electronic music polymath Andy Rantzen was best known for being one half of ‘90s rave duo Itch-E & Scratch E. Two of the tracks for 1/66, a four track retrospective 12”, were originally intended for a dub album he was making. They never made the cut but have appeared on Crea...view item »

DJ Vadim & Blackstone
Double Sided

DJ Vadim’s seventh album on Barely Breaking Even is a collaboration with Californian songstress Katrina Blackstone. Double Sided is an LP that makes good on the pair’s link-up on Vadim’s 2014 record Dubcatcher. The fourteen tracks across Dou...view item »

West 2 West
Vol 1

West 2 West is a new project from John Daly, head of Ireland’s Feel Music. While four albums under his own name have explored the realms of more four four flavoured music, here he indulges his love of hip hop beats. Largely constructed via an MPC, its heady, atmospheric stuff that still brin...view item »

Silicon Valley: The Soundtrack

A good TV series needs a good soundtrack, and Silicon Valley is no exception! It boasts a righteous quantity of classic hip-hop artists, from Nas, Wu-Tang Clan and DJ Shadow to Run The Jewels and Hudson Mohawke, with some artists even providing new excl...view item »

Return Of The Boom Bap

Music On vinyl present this special reissue of KRS One’s debut full length album Return Of The Boom Bap, on vinyl for the first time since 1995. Includes the defining...view item »

Wu-Tang Clan
Iron Flag

Sometimes it's hard to be impartial when reviewing a band/group/artist you really like. That is the case at hand, but I must admit that this is by far the weakest album by Wu-Tang. Don't get me wrong though, the lyrics are tight, typical Wu style. The two people that make this album good, Method Man and Inspectah Deck. A surprise in this album i...view item »

Gabriel Garzón-Montano
Jardín Instrumentals

Currently best known for being sampled by Drake, Gabriel Garzon-Montano’s recent signing to Stones Throw is a big step forward for one of neo-soul’s most promising talents. Here we have the instrumentals to GGM’s Jardin LP. Stripped of his vocals, GGM’s great ear...view item »

Fitz Ambro$e
Doe Quarterz

A globetrotting record this. Canadian-born, Tokyo-based producer Fitz Ambro$e sees a UK release of his 2014 Doe Quarterz album via Dublin’s All City (Knxwledge, FaltyDL). The fourteen beats here are reminiscent of some of the great turn-of-the-century beatniks - ...view item »

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 »

Remember Last Summer

NxxxxxS or N-five X-s (yep thats how they want us to pronounce it) are back with a twelve track record entitled Remember Last Summer. This fairly independent rap/hip-hop group have given us a record that combines 'gangster' styled sampling and meshed it together with chilling horror film vibes. Available on Vinyl LP on ...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 »

MarQ Spekt & Gary Wilson
Broken Mazes

Collaboration between MarQ Spekt (Broady Champs/School Of Sharks) and Gary Wilson (Stones Throw/Cleopatra Records). Mixing hip-hop and the psychedelically mad world of Wilson’s back catalogue they plunged into his archival recordings sampling it into slick joints for Spekt to flow over. LP on Grilchy Party....view item »

Wounded Healer

New solo EP from west coast rapper Opio, who most known for his work in groups Souls Of Mischief, and Hieroglyphics. Comes with three takes on the ...view item »

Too Many T’s
South City

Dynamic duo Too Many T’s see the release of their much-anticipated debut LP South City. Brimming with South London positivity and quick-fire ping-pong flows, the record is a harkening to the golden age of rap. They've honed their craft touring all over since 2013, in support of icons like Snoop, De La an...view item »

Shedding Skin

In football terms Ghostpoet has gone from mid-table Championship to nailed on Champions League place with this, his third record. In short: he's really upped his game. Where previous records were interesting but a little niche, Ghostpoet has now made a record everyone can enjoy. It's bold, it's bright, it's tuneful. With a background in UK hip h...view item »

Asphalt For Eden

Welcome to the first new Dälek release since Gutter Tactics, released a whole 7 years ago! Asphalt For Eden reawakens their mission to meld hip-hop with experimental sonics, with  a line-up that now includes DJ rEk and Mike Swarmbots in addition to MC Däl...view item »


Montreal based producer Lunice has readied his long awaited debut full length album. After working with Hudson Mohawke as TNGHT, being featured on Kanye West’s Yeezus he returns to his roots at the Glasgow based LuckyMe label. 11 tracks of his dynamic and individu...view item »

MC Bin Laden
É Grau EP

MC Bin Laden (not that one) is described as the king of São Paulo’s Baile Funk scene. I admit, it is a scene that has been passing me by but from a quick Google and Youtube search, it’s like a Brazilian version of ...view item »

Til The Casket Drops

Legendary rap duo Clipse get Til The Casket Drops on vinyl for the first time ever. The third in their iconic album series that stretched from the exuberant Lord Willin' into the stone-cold classic Hell Hath No Fury, this Neptunes-produced g...view item »

Main Attrakionz
808s & Dark Grapes II

Has the world changed since I last looked? When did Type start releasing hip hop records? And when did '808s and Dark Grapes 1' come out? I have no idea what the answers are. What I do know, though, is that I'm waaaaaay behind on my clipity-clop and am in urgent need of a 'catch up' on wh...view item »

Endangered Philosophies

Dalek have long been one of our favourite bands here at the Towers. They have constantly been striving to blend Public Enemy styled socially conscious hip-hop with the sorts of vicious noise that appears on records by the likes of My Bloody Valentine, Flying Saucer Attack and ...view item »

The Steoples
Six Rocks

This sounds sweet. Gabriel Reyes-Whittaker and Yeofi Andoh have long been collaborators but this is their first full length album. It's silky, soulful and slightly eerie sound is a perfect fit for Stones Throw. Expect golden blurry melodies that recall unfinished Stevie Wonder demos all shot through with that wondrous LA ha...view item »

DJ Shadow
The Mountain Has Fallen EP

Still riding ever strong, nearly 30 years after he created his intriguing electronic hip-hop universe, DJ Shadow extends his mammoth back-catalogue with The Mountain Has Fallen EP. Featuring Danny Brown and Nas, this material shows no sign of Shadow slowing down; Instead the gears are lo...view item »

The Impellers
As Sampled By

The Impellers are a twelve-piece funk outfit with some serious weighty chops, and As Sampled By is a fabulous concept for a record: forty-four classic breaks from music history, played live. You’ll recognise grooves left right and centre, for these breaks have been Sampled By anyone and everyone from the ...view item »

Gotts Street Park
Volume One

There is so much to Leeds based outfit Gotts Street Park. A mash of the more chilled lounge and piano indie that is around today, Volume One is a compilation of varying artists from the area. There is no better music for relaxing and embracing your thoughts than triplet swinging easy jazz. Released on ‘Blue Flower...view item »

Kanye West
Late Registration

Roc-A-Fella’s reissuing of Kanye West’s earlier albums continues with his second full length album Late Registration. Includes his massive hits Gold Digger and Touch The Sky alongside another big name list of featured artists, including Jamie foxx, Adam Levine...view item »

Brian Reitzell / Various
Kicks (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Brian Reitzell has built up a potent CV of big-ticket movie soundtracks (including Lost In Translation), not to mention his career in Air. His new accompaniment work, for teenage-sneaker-chase movie Kicks, sits nicely next to tracks by Wu-Tang Clan and RJD2 on ...view item »


After multiple releases on Obey and Hit+Run, and doing a mix for Ninja Tune, Kutmah makes his debut for Big Dada with THROBBB!. High octane mash of fiery hip hob beats and a spitting punk attitude. Think Death Grips meets Run The Jewels and Edan. Features tracks with ma...view item »

DJ Harrison

Afteer albums on Thrash Flow and his own imprint Jellowstone, DJ Harrison makes his debut on the Stones Throw label. From playing a jazz band (Butcher Brown) to discovering his love of sampling with Sons Of Frod his solo work is a crate digging love affair, deep and heavy hip hop instrumentals w...view item »

Rat Boy

“Homer, are we in some sort of fiduciary trouble?” “Oh, Marge, my loyal wife. Of course not. And Lisa, my little princess. And who could forget dear Rat Boy?” “Rat Boy? I resent that.” “Rat Boy, I told you before. Stop gnawing on the copy of Slaves...view item »

Apollo Brown & Skyzoo
The Easy Truth

Detroit meets Brooklyn with producer Apollo Brown (Danny Brown, Ghostface Killah, Guilty Simpson) and rapper Skyzoo locking productions. Heavy hitting and big Premier beats backing a lyrical concept album that ain’t about hustling, but str...view item »

Lavender (Night Fall Remix) feat. Kaytranada and Snoop Dogg

Collaborations are rarely more effective than this. The coming together of the rapidly ascending Kaytranada and rap veteren Snoop Dogg makes Lavender (Night Fall Remix) by BADBADNOTGOOD a perfect fusion of hip hop and electronica. Its video als...view item »

Cypress Hill

The kings of smoked filled room hip-hop Cypress Hill released their fourth full length album IV in 1998, originally released on Ruffhouse/Columbia. Solid down beat boom bap, hazy head nodders. You know what this is for. Features Rapper Barron Ricks spitting on several cuts. Double LP reissue from We Are Vinyl....view item »

The Notorious B.I.G.
Born Again

This was the phenomenally successful 1999 album by the late rapper which included guest spots from Busta Rhymes, Redman and Method Man, Missy Elliot, Ice Cube and Snoop Dogg. Pressed onto vinyl to mark the 20th anniversary of his death, this is a timely re-issue for a record out of print since the early 2000's.  ...view item »

The Heliocentrics
A World Of Masks

The Heliocentric, renowned for their collaborations with Mulatu Astake and Dj Shadow (among others), here add a new singer to their rich international brew, in the form of Barbora Patkova from Slovakia. A World Of Masks is another adventure in sound, mostly improvised, ...view item »

Wu-Tang Clan
Legend Of The Wu-Tang: Wu-Tang Clan's Greatest Hits

GZA, RZA, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, Ol' Dirty Bastard, Method Man, do I need to say more? Double vinyl reissue of the greatest hits compilation actually put together by Wu-Tang Clan. Includes an the “Bloody” version...view item »

The Heliocentrics
The Sunshine Makers (Original Soundtrack)

Soundtrack to The Sunshine Makers, a documentary from the makers of Searching For Sugarman about two notorious LSD producers in the 60s and the beginnings of the war on drugs. The Heliocentrics are regular releasers through the once sub-label of Stones Throw, Now-Again. Their mix of psychedelic rock, jazz, funk...view item »

DJ Krush

A pretty big collection of music on this release from DJ Krush who commemorates his twenty-fifth anniversary with a release entitled Kiseki. Pretty standard from the Japanese DJ as he continues down the path of dark rap and fierce soundscapes that ignites the two vinyls like the fire he clearly sits in when writing his ...view item »

Raising Hell

Reissue of Run-DMC’s classic album Raising Hell from 1986. Includes huge classic tracks It’s Tricky, You Be Illin’ and Walk This Way, but the whole album is a stone cold killer and is a key player in breaking hip hop into the mainstream. Co-Produced by the legendary R...view item »

Wu-Tang Clan
Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) (Deluxe 7inch Casebook)

Presented as a 7” box set for the first time ever is the Wu Tang Clan’s classic debut. It’s a beautiful thing spreading the tracks over six 7” records and including 56 page book with interviews and lyrics etc. Wonderful for Wu Tang obsessives but just imagine how many times you are going to hav...view item »

Ras G
The Gospel Of The God Spell

Initially released late 2016 on cassette only, Street Corner Music have revisited this beats tape by Los Angeles producer Ras G to bring it out on vinyl for the first time. Made up of quick beats that he put together from sampling the gospel section in the record store where he works it’s a crate-digger’s vinyl strai...view item »

Mr Jukes
God First

Jack Steadman is certainly known for being the guitarist and frontman of Bombay Bicycle Club, but to the side of the indie he has been working on his passion of crate-digging, soul and hip hop. His debut album as Mr Jukes brings slick, sunny, soul-filled beats and grooves and a load of guests, i...view item »

James P Honey & Joel Simeus
Book of Marion

Don't know a lot about either of these fellas. Nothing at all, in fact. One thing I can say on listening to this is that if your attention has been grabbed by the phrase “curiosity grindcore” in the press release, let me tell you now that this record and grindcore haven't so m...view item »

Vince Staples
Big Fish Theory

North beach Wunderkind Vince Staples is finally releasing his sophomore full-length album. Known for being from Norf Side Long Beach and sketching a grim view of life around Ramona Park, Staples’ voice is always lucid, and his tracks both catchy and moody. Here's to Big Fish Theory treating us to more of...view item »

The Road: Part 1

The fifth UNKLE full-length is here! As per usual with an UNKLE record, James Lavelle is joined by a whole swathe of guests, from Mark Lanegan and ESKA to members of Primal Scream, Queens Of The Stone Age and The Duke Sp...view item »

Moor Mother
Moor x Jewelry: Crime Waves

Two of Philadelphia’s finest producers, Moor Mother and Mental Jewelry, team up for a collaborative EP. The resultant Moor x Jewelery: Crime Waves is dense and heavy with samples, cracked-up beats and all sorts of other special sounds, bound together by powerful lyrics dealing with racist violence...view item »

Manila Ice

Being described as somewhere between Connan Moccasin and Frank Ocean is no mean feat, with previous releases on XL through their Abeano sublabel and working projects Bee Eyes and Mind Slums Lex records have snapped the 26 year old Filipino up for a full length. Expect woozy guit...view item »

Speakerboxxx/The Love Below

Speakerboxxx/The Love Below is the 2003 album from OutKast. This release contains over two hours worth of jazz, psychedelic and punk inspired Southern hip-hop. It can only be described as one of the most influential releases from a hip-hop group that went on to inspire so many of today’s h...view item »

Lupe Fiasco
Lupe Fiasco's The Cool

Really popular rap man Lupe Fiasco gets his most popular album 'The Cool' re-issued on special vinyl of clear colour. He's a master of the sort of laid back grooves and insouciant vocal styles that recall the golden days of Warren G and enjoys guest spots from Unkle, Snoop Dog...view item »

Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... Pt. II

How do you make a sequel to a classic hip hop album, yet alone one which practically birthed and entire subgenre of rap music? Well, for the most part, like this. Anyone who has some hip hop knowledge will know the Wu-Tang Clan, but hopefully they'll also know Raekwon's debut solo album Only Built 4 Cuban Linx. One of the shining stars ...view item »

Wu-Tang Clan
Wu-Tang Forever

The Wu-Tang followed up hip-hop's greatest and most notorious classic, 'Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)', with 1997's 'Wu-Tang Forever', a record that expanded the Clan's roster (bringing in new member Cappadonna) while continuing to stay on point with their brand of raw, forceful rap. RZA gives the production an upgrade this time around, i...view item »

Big Boi

Big Boi of Outkast fame brings his third full length solo album, and first in 5 years via RCA. On Boomiverse collaboration is key, and features works with Adam Levine, Killer Mike, Snoop Dogg, Gucci Mane, Kurupt, ...view item »

Tuxedo II

The second record by Tuxedo (Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One) is, remarkably, yet more funky than their first! Tuxedo II seems to be making a pitch for Tuxedo as the heirs of George Clinton and Nile Rodgers, being packed with grin-inducing...view item »

J Dilla
Jay Dee aka King Dilla

It is frankly astonishing that previously unreleased J Dilla tracks are still being unearthed today, more than a decade after his death; and even more astonishing that they can still be of such extremely high quality. Jay Dee aka King Dilla is a set of eight very fine beat tracks from the Ne’Astra Music Group arch...view item »

Blacastan & Stu Bangas
The Uncanny Adventures Of Watson & Holmes

Cinematic underground hip-hop from Blacastan (of Demigodz) and beatmaker Stu Bangas, also featuring guest MCs like Ill Bill, Tragedy Khadafi, Nutso and Apathy. The Uncanny Adventures Of Watson & Holmes has been four...view item »

Homeboy Sandman

Veins is the latest ten-track release from Homeboy Sandman. Although he’s a pretty modest guy, his music is solid, real and relatable. A nice mix between hip-hop and rap that would fit in the 90’s amongst the greats of the genres, and it’s a little bit humorous in places. A great record available on Vi...view item »

Dr. Octagon
Dr. Octagonecologyst

Kool Keith’s filth extraterrestrial character Dr. Octagon is notorious to say the least. Having reunited with Dan The Automator and Q-Bert to celebrate the 21 year anniversary of the release of Dr. Octagon know he has teamed up with Get On Down to present this del...view item »


David Cohn’s bizarre and comedic hip-hop and indie mashup moniker Serengeti’s breakthrough album from 2006, Dennehy is made available on vinyl for the first time, and it includes a bonus track called Amateur Surgeon and four further tracks that made up an unreleased EP called Be...view item »

Tougher Than Leather

The fourth album by Run-DMC gets a nice new re-pressing for 2017. Tougher Than Leather, first released in 1988, has a couple of the gang’s big tunes on it (‘Run’s House’, ‘Mary, Mary’), plus a particularly rich flurry of sampladelic turntablism from Jam-Master Jay. Vi...view item »

Addictive TV
Orchestra of Samples

Graham Daniels and Mark Vidler (Go Home Productions) are VJs and mash-up artists extraordinaires, probably most well known for their Blondie vs The Doors melding into Rapture Riders. Taking this idea to a huge scale they have been travelling for the las...view item »

BOOMBOX 2: Early Independent Hip Hop, Electro And Disco Rap 1979-83

Soul Jazz delve into the buzzing world of early hip-hop, choosing records from the period 1979 to 1983 for your present day delectation. BOOMBOX 2: Early Independent Hip Hop, Electro And Disco Rap is full of funky-fresh delights from the likes of Harlem World Crew, Busy Bee and MC Rock Lovely...view item »

Afrika Bambaataa
Bring It Up

Oh my: new recordings from legendary originator Afrika Bambaataa are here! Bring It Up and its accompaniments find Bambaataa wandering into EDM territory, which might come as a surprise. As well as the original tracks, this 12” is stuffed to bursting with alternate mixes, acapellas, and one &lsquo...view item »

Bad Neighbor Instrumentals

Madlib’s 2015 collaboration with M.E.D. and Blue gets stripped back to the instrumentals and served up afresh for the keen beat-heads among you. The subtraction of the flows just lets the listener relish the details of Madlib’s woozy funk-sample constructions, and ...view item »

El Michels Affair
Return To The 37th Chamber

El Michels Affair, who have worked directly alongside members of The Wu Tang Clan, follow up their 2009 album Enter The 37th Chamber with (what else?) Return To The 37th Chamber, another album of live-band Wu Tang reinterpretations. But this isn’t an ersatz middle-class n...view item »

Brother Ali
All The Beauty In This Whole Life

Brother Ali is wrapped up in a swirling tunnel of his own emotions. All The Beauty In This Whole Life embodies a perfect illustration of that state - each lyric is developed to either "reflect beauty, or expose ugliness", in Ali's own words. This is evocative hip-hop in its most socially conscious...view item »

United States Of Horror

Ho99o9 consider themselves both a hip-hop and a punk group, narrowly skating around the corpse of nu-metal to produce powerful and angry political music with the intensity of a Death Grips. United States Of Horror is their debut album, featuring production from Dave Sitek out of ...view item »

DJ Format & Abdominal
Still Hungry

From Canada to the UK, DJ Format and rapper Abdominal have been entertaining crowds with their creative hip-hop releases, and Still Hungry is the latest combination to add to the collection. As always, Abdominal’s vocals appeal to fans of old school hip-hop and the new wave of hip-hop fans. ...view item »

New Gen
New Gen

This album is born out of a radio show, a show series and a studio space. Under the New Gen banner, some of the finest contemporary MC’s and musicians of London came together, including AJ Tracey, Stormzy, Nines, 67 and many more. Somehow, the results of t...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 »

Splendor & Misery

More diseased-sounding noise-electronics hip-hop from Clipping. Splendor & Misery is something of a concept album, telling an Afrofuturist space story with narrative touches as heavy as the harsh-blast soundscapes they flow over. Indeed, the album’s sounds are intended to be the sounds of the imagined space sl...view item »

Kool Keith
presents: Tashan Dorrsett - The Preacher

New business from old legend and Ultramagnetic MC Mr Kool Keith. Here he’s presenting himself as Tashan Dorrsett, a conceptual alter-ego first introduced in 2009; except now the character is The Preacher. Whatever the narrative, Keith has the flow, and producer Ju...view item »

DJ Shadow
The Mountain Will Fall

DJ Shadow broke new ground in the hip-hop world over 20 years ago with his magnum opus Entroducing. His new album, The Mountain Will Fall sees him continuing with his deeply forraged samples and experimental beats whilst also adding traditional song composition and live instruments such as synths, horns and woo...view item »

The Bongolian
Moog Maximus

How about a ride in a bongo-funk inspired time machine? Ever since Nasser Bouzida, known for his role in Big Boss Man, locked himself up with a bunch of synthesizers, his project The Bongolian has resulted in severely synthesized funky bongo tracks. And Moog Maximus continues ...view item »

Miles Davis & Robert Glasper
Everything's Beautiful

Bold stuff here: Robert Glasper reworks slices of sound from the mighty back catalogue of Miles Davis into R&B-inclined new pieces. Everything’s Beautiful also includes soulful vocals from heavy-hitters like Erykah Badu and Stevie Wonder(!), all paying their r...view item »

BOOMBOX: Early Independent Hip Hop, Electro and Disco Rap 1979-82

Soul Jazz continue to do what they do best. BoomBox compiles a load of the small independent beat makers that made up the first wave of hip hop between 1979-1982. This is the sound most will know as Old School. Featuring the likes of Master Jay, Portable Patrole, The Willie Wood Crew, ...view item »

Jon Hopkins
Late Night Tales

The electronic skyscraper Jon Hopkins is permitted a day off from making serious and thoughtful glitch records to make us a mixtape. His Late Night Tales has an excessively pointy front cover and meshes together the likes of ambient act A Winged Victory For The Sullen with&...view item »

Kate Tempest
Everybody Down

“English rapper - Brian to review” said the post-it. I could not correlate the picture of the sad Dickensian person on the sleeve with those ominous words. I thought it had fallen off something else. Kate Tempest is indeed an English rapper and a bloody good one at that. Street tough, personable and electric with a cheeky, homely Sou...view item »


I’m the same age as EL-P... which is completely irrelevant and in no way related to this review. Now that we’ve established that, I’ll tell you what I think of his new record. Well, it’s pretty amazing, to be honest. All the elements are here which make up the typical EL-P experience – the paranoic-sci-fi-philip-k-d...view item »

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