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Kid Koala
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Everytime I listen to Kid Koala's work, I'm always struck by how well he exhibits what's missing from hip-hop today: irrelevance. No, I'm not talking about the "funny-guy," Colt 45-drunken gangsta-mack who pays thong-clad ladies to let him harass them in his $2 million videos, I'll taking about a DJ who actually found and samples Winnie the Pooh as...view item »

Polar Bear with Jyager
Common Ground

Polar Bear have taken samples from a vinyl copy of their Peepers LP (in true hip-hop style!!) to build new tracks with the addition of London MC Jyager. An unexpected move but a most welcome one. Jyager straddles the hip-hop grime bridge with slick flow and well decent lyrics. Polar Bear's new compositions really shine and the pair gel brilliant...view item »

Nothing Else

Not to be confused with the Black Metal act of the same name. This is the pseudonym of Marcos Ortega who joins the ranks of Ras G, Samiyam and the Gaslamp Killer with his debut release on Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder label. This is dark techy hip hop with a slight dubstep swagger at times and even nods to the darker end of the old Bristol trip-hop ...view item »


Food is the 6th album by Harlem born songstress Kelis.It has been described as being her most lyrically honest album to date. As well as being a singer, Kelis is a qualified Le Cordon Bleu sauce chef, so unsurprisingly her love of food influenced the album. Food was produced by...view item »

Stanley Odd
Chase Yirsel

Macabre instrumentations, eerie soundscapes, and to top it all off, a scary Scott dropping frustrated flows straight into your brain. Stanley Odd’s new limited edition 10”, featuring instrumental and a capella tracks of both songs, is a haunting hip-hop experiment. Go ahead, check it out....view item »

Joasihno & Jel
Lay Down / Hypnotize

Neat little 7" from The Notwist’s Alien Transistor label. Anticon man Jel constructed ‘Hypnotise Us’ out of fragments sourced from Munich duo Joasihno, while ‘Lay Down’ is a brand new track from the German pair. Looped acoustic strums, somnambule...view item »

Brandt Brauer Frick

Techno is good, but a techno mix is better. You know this. We know this. Brandt Brauer Frick definitely know this, and their DJ Kicks mix drives the point home. With two vinyl records thumping onward, they have made it possible for you to lose yourself in smooth mixes of today’s finest techno artists....view item »

Incredible Bongo Band
The Return Of The Incredible Bongo Band

The Return Of The Incredible Bongo Band by The Incredible Bongo Band is the follow-up their 1973 classic, Bongo Rock. Bongo Rock was plundered by rappers and producers for samples helping to build the foundation of hip-hop and many other facets of popular music. The Return Of The Incredible Bongo B...view item »


Do you want to float across pretty horizons while dreaming of nicer days? That’s all producer D33J ever does, and his new 12” EP Gravel is a fancy continuation of his work so far. Floaty beats and trippy vocals is really all you need to have a good night by yourself, and DEEJ wants to be there with you....view item »


Lithuanian Mamiko Motto curates a mix of electronic music from producers across the globe. Obey City weighs in with some dreamy chords, whilst Bobby heads straight to the dancefloor with the funky ‘Tame The Shrew’. There’s enough variety to maintain interest whilst offering a c...view item »

Med, Blu & Madlib
The Buzz

I don’t really get to review much hip-hop here at HQ so this is a nice surprise for me on this dreary winter afternoon... This is one of those typical hip-hop records that have so many names attached to it it’s hard to work out exactly whose record it actually is. The only name I am really familiar with is Los Angeles based D...view item »

Rap Album #1

Jonwayne didn't need to start rapping. Instrumental albums like Bowser already established his reputation well enough in glitch hop and beat music circles for his music career to continue. Yet, here we are with Jonwayne's first rap album appropriately titled Rap Album One, which happens to be excellent from its production to Jonwayne's lyricism....view item »

Kanye West

I am giving a great review for this album; Kanye has helped pull experimental hip-hop into the mainstream with 'Yeezus'. Daft Punk are on production and you can tell with the pounding bass on tracks such as 'I Am A God', 'New Slaves' and 'On Sight'. There is a heavy Death Grips influence as already mentioned with ...view item »

A$AP Rocky

The great thing about this artist is he is unique. He openly references his influences, where he's not biting them, he's just taking them, combining them and taking them into the future. He isn't trying to be the next Nas here either, his talent isn't in storytelling or lyrical skills. Its in his flow, riding the beat, vocabulary, the way the wo...view item »

Aesop Rock
Bazooka Tooth

Nothing on Bazooka Tooth is simple: the production is reminiscent of a room full of broken electronics that coincidentally sounds like something to which you can rap. Ace Rock does just that with words that have no obvious connection to anything resembling a theme. Don't be fooled, though, there is an essay lurking below the surface. Many of the...view item »

Sandwell District
Fabric 69: Sandwell District

Techno at 8.30 in the morning. Well unless you are our Brian on one of his marathon good time japes, then its a fairly alien concept. I’ve just had an enormous bowl of porridge and am settling down to this superb compilation of the very best of the legendary Sandwell District imprint (comprisin...view item »

Tyler, The Creator

this album is beautifully made you hear a lot of progression from tyler and wolf is one hell of a ride from start to finish one of my favorite albums of 2013...view item »

Star Slinger (featuring Teki Latex)
Ladies In The Back

“Pretty girl shake that ass for me, not too fast that’s a blast for me do that bump and grind right in front of my face, slow and sexy what’s the race?” Not my words believe it or not although that’s sort of the stuff I tend to say on a Saturday n...view item »

Rage Against The Machine
Rage Against The Machine - XX

It would be hard for me to believe that over 20 years have passed since the RATM's first album came out, but it's true, and this masterpiece came out again as such a great edition. Amazing collectable this package is nothing but bells and whistles to a great album. This entire album is the Bombtrack. If you're new to the Rage Against The Machine...view item »

Jesse Boykins III & MeLo-X
Zulu Guru

The production is as always with these two simply amazing. The lyrics are poetic, alive and full of emotion. Plus JBIII does his usual great singing and MeLo-X adds his usual honest and deep lyrics. One thing though, this doesn't feel like a 'collab album', it feels like a Jesse Boykins album with some great verses from "MeLo-X" I love both of t...view item »

Main Attrakionz
Bossalinis & Fooliyones

Rap duo Main Attrakionz consist of obsessive mixtape makers Squadda B and MONDRE MAN, who released the amazing 808s & Dark Grapes last year backed with a roster of supreme producers (including the lush sounds of Friendzone). On Bossalinis and Fooliyones they go full-time with a...view item »


The duo MellowHype, of collective alternative rap group Odd Future, did a great job defining their sound with the Numbers album. With funky, unique bass heavy beats provided by MellowHype producer Left Brain and witty lyricist Hodgy Beats, the two gave die-hard Odd Future fans something new and exciting to listen to. Because of the independence ...view item »

Homeboy Sandman
First Of A Living Breed

The musical choices of this album are very moody and sound-effect heavy. The sound effects are used as instruments, which is a welcome sonic quality to play off of Homebody Sandman's vocal inflections. There isn't a particular recurring theme in the album, but as the album winds down the songs definitely have a 'tapering' feel to them. However, ...view item »

The Gaslamp Killer

The mad-as-a-spanner turntablist that is The Gaslamp Killer is back with his debut album proper on Brainfeeder records. I loved this guys’...view item »

Dam Funk
I Don’t Wanna Be A Star!

The ever impressive future_funk flag bearer Dam_Funk returns with a taster of what’s to come from his sophomore effort (the follow up to awesome ‘Toeachizown’) on Stones Throw...view item »

Jeremiah Jae
Raw Money Raps

Ah...new rhyme spitter, huh? Thanks very much. Jeremiah Jae hits us with his debut for Flying Lotus’s Brainfeeder label. Discovered b...view item »


Now here we have a pretty mad, bad and powerful record. I don’t know what it means but I’d say this is a progressive bass music/ghetto twelve and the men involved are our HudMo and his mate Lunice who I’m ...view item »

Sine & Moon

I love this LP! Had it on mp3 DL from Stonesthrow for ages - its on repeat on my i-pod all the time - reminds me of some kind of Californian surf beach / Oriental paradise psychedelic world of sunrises. Gorgeous sounds all round - every track a dream. So glad Ive found it here on vinyl then I can play it out :)...view item »

Interludes After Midnight

I honestly didn't like this album at first, but after listening to it more and more it really is true, classic Blockhead. His music has a way of eluding you at first, then all of the sudden you "get it". Creeps Crouchin' is my favourite track right now. It has elements of true downtempo, then part way through the typical Blockhead samples find t...view item »


Quakers are a hip hop collective boasting 35 members and produced by Portishead's Geoff Barrow. The collective includes some big names who rap over some great beats, I think the 50 something track album, as with many hip hop albums, really shines from a rhythm perspective more than lyrically where it can occasionally feel a little limp. G...view item »

The Mercury Craze

Speaking of SUBTLE they have a new single out called ' The Mercury Craze' which features a Soft Pink Truth mix and a guy from Wolf Parade singing on some track or other. I could be more informative but hey that's why you love us right? We don't care. Honest.... I quite like this but mainly cos I'm a fan of Dose One...view item »

Dross Glop 2

I'm getting a little jaded by the 12” remix project. There seems to be tonnes of them about at the moment and they don't really add anything to the albums they purportedly are promoting. Here, Battles are reworked in by various luminaries. Firstly The Alchemist does a dark take on '...view item »

Grimm Reality

Grimm Reality takes Dimlite even further out into 'left field', with the grit of "You Very Rich Believer" suddenly turning into a psychedelic pop song. The pop feel returns on "XY," but "Pour Some Blood, We Got This" and "Blur, Blur, Blur, Blur" drift into their own bizarre realms. "Healing a Random Tyrant" has more focus, evoking a post-rock fe...view item »

Ben Butler & Mousepad
Gif N Run EP

Electro squelch and skwee rhythms are aplenty on this great EP, courtesy of Ben Butler & Mousepad. It's progressive, but without the 15 buses and fur coats, it's techno with a brain. That doesn't mean that you have to sta...view item »

Mayer Hawthorne
How Do You Do

Although Detroit singer Mayer Hawthorne is new to the soul music world, he is anything but a new artist. As DJ Haircut, he was a member and producer of the hip hop group Athletic Mic League. As always, all of the songs were written, produced, performed and played by Mayer Hawthorne himself. Only this time around, he makes a concentrated effort t...view item »

Steel Yourself

The 2nd bugger is by Portland, Maine's SONTIAGO and switched things around a bit. It's like proper crashing future-hop with sassy, soulful & brooding female vocals, thumping drums, twinkling samples & an eerie kaleidoscope of uncluttered, invigorating sound. I can hear spots of Nicolette here, early Luscious Jackson there, even...view item »

Runge Kutta (featuring He Man)
He Man Theme

Sadly I can't play this 5 1/4" floppy disc as we are now in the future but handling it does take me back to the glory days of the BBC computer. A time when it seemed that the internet was the stuff of science fiction. So what we have here is some very silly hip-hop all executed tongue in cheek. MC He-Man even adm...view item »


I love Hodgy Beats flow. It's so different from any other rapper. Left Brain's beats are different, in a good way. It leaves you bewildered that it's a simple beat, but it's not. I wish they could have left the song "Hell" on the album! That's the best song I think that they ever made. My only other complaint is that Chordaroy isn't on here. Tha...view item »

James Pants
Seven Seals

The sound on this thought-inspiring mixup is a big, room-filling flood - the faux-dancey background for the white-walled art gallery-opening in your head. The keyboards are classic, pre-1980s Human League synth; beats are fast, funky and swingy. Big drum sounds rumble through the rocky bottom, crispy snares and cymbals mixed up front. Guitar and...view item »

Black Milk
Brain / Royal Mega

We've got a couple of 7"s from Third Man in this week. I tried to review the Stephen Colbert/Black Belles one first but quickly tired of the TV funny man's cod-Tenacious D stylings (best line of that single: "If I wasn't over you, why would I write this song? Think about it." Honestly, that's all you really need ...view item »

Sam Baker's Album

First clock this guy's material when he made his Hyperdub debut back in 2008. Sine then releases have been fairly few and far between, keeping the quality control high. This is the second album for his right hand man and fellow L.A dweller Flying Lotus's Brainfeeder label and it's dro...view item »

Lost Zoo Keys And The Animal Spirits That Haunt Them

Scott Da Ros. Great name, great guy. But it's not his brand of dark, brooding stumble-hop I'm talkin' 'bout today but 3 CD releases on or associated with his fine label Endemik. First up is a bloody great work by Seattle's FILKOE with the delightful title of 'Lost Zoo Key...view item »

Walk Into The Light

Automato -a 12"on Dim Mak. You get 5 versions of the came song for your hard earned cash. Its reasonable hip hop. Again its fairly uninspiring stuff....view item »

Aloe Blacc
Good Things

I keep trying to think of someone else that he reminds me of, but nobody else really compares. It's not that Blaac's voice is that unusual or anything, but it is distinctive. As for this album, it's a very good one, mixing soulful originals with surprising effective covers such as the Velvet Underground's "Femme Fatale." If you enjoy Al Green, S...view item »

Depth Affect

Breaking up the slew of indie stuff is one of those wonderful little releases that always serve us well. I.E. the forward thinking electronic hip hop album. There's been plenty to scoff about in the French music biz over the years (remember Les Thugs??) but their current hip hop scene sounds a hell of a lot more s...view item »

Haulin' Grass and Smokin' Ass

A very odd album that always seems to satisfy. Incomprehensible flashes of lyrics mesh with shifting tones creating the predictably unexpected at every listen. Simple and always beautiful. ...view item »

Telephone Jim Jesus (Restiform Bodies)
A Point Too Far To Astronaut

Here's something new on Anticon by Telephone Jim Jesus who is a member of Restiform Bodies. It's instrumental music in that Anticon style of not really being hip hop but not really being anything else either  - think Odd Nosdam, Dosh etc. The first track is incredibly Christmas-y. All cut up spoken...view item »

Walter Pico
My Alter Ego

Here's a CD by Walter Pico. He's a new chap to the towers... I like his name. It's nice. The opener of 'My Alter Ego' is a 60's spy fueled hip-hop scratch-a-thon instrumental job which nicely leads you into the varying styles of hip-hop on the album which our walter has apparently grown up with. It's an 11 track EP which varies in quality but throu...view item »


I did really like the first couple of Themselves albums... I remember eventually tracking a copy of Them down on vinyl (top album) which made me well happy for a short time. It's still a great album and it's definitely my favourite Anticon thing. Lately the label has struggled to find it's identity releasing a bunch of uninspiring records which wer...view item »

Devlin & Darko (Spank Rock)
Fabricdead 33.3

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