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Marlowe
Marlowe 2

Marlowe is an alternative rap duo made up from hip-hop producer L'Orange and rapper Solemn Brigham. Marlowe 2 is their second album. The duo look to give an old school sound a refresh with their mix of beats, vinyl samples and slick, rapid rhymes taking on social issues, the police and deprivation. On Mello Music Group. 
  • Vinyl LP (MMG001501)
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Apollo Brown & Joell Ortiz
Mona Lisa

So there’s this bit in Never Stop Never Stopping, the extremely underrated feature-length film from The Lonely Island, where Andy Samberg’s Justin Bieber-type character sings a song about the Mona Lisa. It’s so, so, so funny and has imprinted itself on the brain of this young blurb writer for the rest of time. As such, every time I see the words ‘Mona Lisa’ I can’t really pay attention to what’s going on for a while afterwards because I just start singing Samberg’s song in my head. Seriously, go watch it, it’s amazing. Basically I haven’t been able to concentrate long enough on Apollo Brown and Joell Ortiz’s collaborative LP Mona Lisa to properly appraise it. What I can tell you is that the tracks here are sort of rappity-ass rap music that will survive the nuclear holocaust. I can also confirm that it’s out on Mello Music Group.
  • Vinyl LP (MMG001191)
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Apollo Brown
The Reset

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Psypiritual & The Lasso
Kirlian

Ojala Systems member Psypiritual moved from Tucson to Detroit to link up with producer Andy Catlin - also known as The Lasso - on a set of music fusing dub, synth and bossa nova stylings. Catlin performed all instruments and helmed the production, with Psypiritual working on the lyrics, and Kirlian is the rather magnificent result. 
  • Vinyl LP (MMG001431)
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Quelle Chris & Chris Keys
Innocent Country 2

Following the success of his collaboration with producer Chris Keys five years ago, Gavin Christopher Tennille (a.k.a. rapper Quelle Chris) delivers a sequel to the beloved Innocent Country. Astonishingly, it’s even more ambitious than the original, including collaborations with comedian Josh Gondelman and hip-hop star Earl Sweatshirt. 

Quelle Chris
Innocent Country

Innocent Country was born from a close kinship, in both musical and personal terms, of rapper Gavin Christopher Tenille - better known as Quelle Chris - and producer and composer Chris Keys. Burning through a dozen tracks in under 33 minutes, the collection is vivacious fun yet also clear-eyed and philosophical. 

Dueling Experts
Dueling Experts

Chicago-based artist and sometime Ugly Heroes member Verbal Kent and Ghanaian rapper Recogniz Ali team up for another studio album as Dueling Experts. This self-titled effort is produced by the brilliant Lord Beatjitzu, and sees the duo reaching even more left-field territory than they ever have before. 
  • Vinyl LP (MMG001421)
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Elaquent
Forever Is A Pretty Long Time

With Forever Is A Pretty Long Time, hip-hop producer Elaquent has created an album that can happily sit alongside classics by J. Dilla, Marley Marl, Pete Rock and The Neptunes. Whilst he has made an album which included one or two collaborations in the past, he’s never pushed himself to work with so many different artists before. Contributors include Oddisee, Blu, Chester Watson, Cavalier, and Guilty Simpson.

Jean Grae & Quelle Chris
Everything's Fine

New album from the recently engaged hip-hop artists Jean Grae and Quelle Chris. A political album about our impulse, when every conceivable thing is going wrong, to say Everything's Fine. They do this with help from comedians Michael Che, Hannibal Buress, Nick Offerman, John Hodgman. Comedians after all are often the best at deconstructing the weird things people do.

L'Orange & Jeremiah Jae
Complicate Your Life With Violence

Producer L’Orange and former Flying Lotus collaborator and rapper Jeremiah Jae team up once again for another album, following the critical success of their 2015 hook-up The Night Took Us In Like Family. Featuring 17 new tracks, Complicate Your Life With Violence ought to be another compelling collection. 
  • Vinyl LP (MMG001371)
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Nolan The Ninja
Illphoria 2

Nolan The Ninja AKA Nolan Chapman has built a reputation for himself by taking opportunities when they come to him and being able to grow and change. This has meant he’s found himself working with the likes of Royce Da 5'9", Quelle Chris, Phat Kat, Denmark Vessey, Chris Orrick and Guilty Simpson, among others. His latest record, Illphoria 2 is a lo-fi hip-hop instrumental album and features a bonus track with a guest appearance by Emcee Blu. 

Skyzoo + Pete Rock
Retropolitan

Rapper, DJ and producer Pete Rock has joined forces with rapper Skyzoo to make Retropolitan. The pair of rappers fear their beloved New York City has succumbed to a situation where its inhabitants are losing integrity and traditions are being papered over rather than preserved. They are calling for the city to wake up. Styles P, Benny The Butcher, Conway The Machine, Westside Gunn, Elzhi and Raheem Devaughn all feature.

Apollo Brown
Sincerely, Detroit

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Homeboy Sandman
Dusty

He's good. And so prolific. Too prolific perhaps as I can never keep up. New York rapper Homeboy Sandman is now up to his 9th solo album since 2007. Last years Humble Pi (with Edan) was a stunner but he's back solo again with Dusty. Expect intelligent, literate hip-hop in a myriad of styles. Aesop Rock on some production duty too as an added bonus. 

Chris Rivers
G.I.T.U.

'G.I.T.U.' stands for Greatest in the Universe which is what we presume Chris Rivers thinks either he or his new album is. Rivers may be confident but so far his career has been in the shadow of his dad Big Pun,famous for his work with Fat Joe and the Terror Squad. It's time then for Chris to step out from the shadows of his father and tell the story of his life experiences so far.  

Joell Ortiz
Monday

Mondays are just awful for those of us on the working treadmill. Early starts, last night's Antiques Roadshow just a golden distant memory. Joell Ortiz loves Mondays though and that's because his job is rap and the start of the week is the opportunity to get back to work. His work is full of the verbal wordplay of hip-hop's golden age and shows a quick and dexterous delivery perfectly exemplified in blitzkrieg opener 'Captain'.    

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.

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!

Seba Kaapstad
Thina

Seba Kaapstad is not a person but a group, and a highly-international one at that. They’ve assembled a real wonder of a record, with positive grooves and good-vibes tunes spread over twelve tracks. I guess Thina is global future-pop, rich with colours and touching on all the loveliest genres. Out on Mello Music Group.

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.

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.

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.

Apollo Brown
Grandeur

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Apollo Brown
Trophies (Instrumentals)

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Illingsworth
You're No Fun

Illingsworth AKA Dr. Illingsworth is an MC and hip-hop producer from Detroit, Michigan. You’re No Fun is his latest album. He is very prolific and his vast back catalogue has been released on Fat Beats Records, Low Key Source, 616800 Records and Illingsworks among others. This, however, comes courtesy of Mello Music Group, on LP and CD.

MC Paul Barman
(((echo chamber)))

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Denmark Vessey
Sun Go Nova

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

Apollo Brown & Ghostface Killah
The Brown Tape

Ghostface Killah, one of the most prominent members of the Wu-Tang Clan, has collaborated with producer Apollo Brown, on The Brown Tape. The album is the story of the Deluca family, and the restless presence hunting them down. It's delivered in Ghostface's trademark flow, while Apollo Brown provides a worthy backdrop of chopped, crackling soul.

Marlowe
Marlowe

If you like your rap rappity and your hip hoppity, then Mello Music Group is probably the label for you. The Arizona imprint, now more than a decade old, cranks out wise-old-head boom-bap like clockwork and has laid to wax LPs by artists including Guilty Simpson and Quelle Chris. This seventeen-track eponymous drop from Marlowe - a North Carolina duo of beatmaker L’Orange and MC Solemn Brigham - sees MMG delivering once again.

Apollo Brown & Locksmith
No Question

Having helmed records for lyricists including Guilty Simpson and Ghostface Killah in recent years, Apollo Brown teams up with West Coast MC Locksmith for his latest collaborative LP. The pair bounce off each other well across the eight tracks of No Question. While Brown’s simple, soulful beats bring to mind J Dilla’s early 2000s hot-streak, Locksmith drops bars of hard-won street wisdom.

Chris Orrick
Portraits

Michigan native Chris Orrick, formerly known as Red Pill, is known for his searing documentation of decay, family troubles, industrialisation and addiction. His latest album, 'Portraits', is a savage criticism of Trump's America, Orrick's melancholic piano-led balladry lending a particular kind of poignancy. 

Calvin Valentine
Plush Seats

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L'Orange
The Ordinary Man

L'Orange takes samples of early 20th century jazz and film and using a sampler and an MPC transforms them into to create stripped-back hip hop beats. The Ordinary Man is the producer's third album and features the likes of Del The Funky Homosapien, Oddisee alongside entirely instrumental tracks. On Mello Music Group.

Lando Chill
The Boy Who Spoke to the Wind

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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 so often subjected to.

Mr. Lif & Akrobatik (The Perceptionists)
Resolution

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 tackle much easier to swallow. 

Apollo Brown & Planet Asia
Anchovies

Powerful collab with former half of Cali Agents, Fresno’s Planet Asia, providing the rhymes over deep and scratchy soul selections from Detroit’s Apollo Brown. Willie the Kid, Guilty Simpson and Tri-State each make an appearance. Raw, minimal and basic with a lazy small hours feel and an intoxicating and utterly underground vibe. Green / black smoke coloured vinyl or CD.

Gensu Dean
RAW

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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 striving to succeed. Features guests Stalley, Conway, Westside Gunn, and Joell Ortiz.

L'Orange & Mr. Lif
The Life & Death Of Scenery

Exciting days for the underground hip-hop heads, with the debut full-length pairing of MC Mr. Lif and producer L’Orange now landing. The flows and the grooves sit perfectly together, and the party is boosted further by appearances from Gonjasufi, Akrobatik and others. The Life & Death Of Scenery is released by the Mello Music Group label.

Kool Keith
Feature Magnetic

Horrorcore/Weird-Hop pioneer Kool Keith has many guises (Dr. Octagon, Black Elvis) and brings a tonne of collaborators along for his latest journey into oddness. Features MF DOOM, Dirty Nasty, Necro and Psycho Les of The Beatnuts. If you look for a little (a lot) more than just a boom bap, this is your man.

Mr. Lif
Don't Look Down

Don’t Look Down is a 2016 hip-hop album that goes deep into the personal and the political. Slick and groovy productions back Mr Lif’s smooth flows, and guest MCs include Del The Funky Homosapien and The Perceptionists. Released as a CD and also a black and grey vinyl (‘Storm Clouds’ is the theme) double LP edition. On Mello Music Group.

Mr. Lif
I Phantom

An awesome reissue of Mr Lif’s debut album I Phantom. Originally on El-P’s now defunct Def Jux imprint it features many of the key players including El-P himself, Aesop Rock, and Vast Aire. If you’ve missed out on anything to do with Def Jux, this is a good place to start, showcasing leftfield hip-hop done well. There certainly aren’t many concept hip-hop albums around.

Apollo Brown
Thirty Eight

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BlackHouse
BlackHouse

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Georgia Anne Muldrow
VWETO

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Georgia Anne Muldrow & Dudley Perkins
Heaven Or Hell EP

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