Disorda All Day...

Back in early ninetysomething an eager teenager with a passion for music was regularly driving his mum’s car out of his hometown with two turntables and a bag of vinyl on the backseat. Having linked a local graf writer named Solo One, he was now hitting up Hinckley town every weekend to take the reins at a pirate station and hijack the airwaves with carefully selected picks of the freshest hip hop. The broadcasting bug had sunk its teeth in long ago whilst recording tapes with a best friend in his bedroom and supplying mates with improvised exclusive shows. Now he was beginning to satisfy his hunger more substantially. With his eyes on a bigger prize, however, he soon decamped to the capital to start making in-roads proper and get a foothold in the game that he’d already come to love.

Fast forward to 2010 and it’s very much business as usual for Disorda - the UK hip hop scene’s most faithful and longest-standing proponent. With more knowledge and experience than you’d care to shake a stick at, and his fingers in all manner of independently baked pies, UK All Day thought it only right to pay the man a visit at the Suspect Packages bunker to pick his brains.



You’ve probably been asked this a lot, but what one record first got you into the hip hop scene in the UK?

“It's hard to pin it down to one. Possibly Battle Creek Brawl by Gunshot, or something from Blade, Hardnoise or Hijack. I think Battle Creek Brawl was when I first heard proper breakneck, hard drums and tongue-twisting, rapid-fire lyrics that you just weren't hearing anywhere else. It was the early Britcore scene that got me into the UK sound. And that was it – I latched on and just had to buy everything and immerse myself in as much of it as I could.

“Back then, Hip Hop Connection was a vital lifeline for knowing what was going on. If you didn't live in the capital, you didn't have the Richie Rich radio show, Dave Pearce's show or Westwood doing the pirate thing – we had National Fresh with Mike Allen, which was syndicated, and even he didn't play much British stuff. Or John Peel for the odd UK hip hop track he’d randomly play. I can remember the day I bought Hip Hop Connection, the first issue that came out. Before that I was buying Smash Hits to get that one little bit of hip hop, like Public Enemy lyrics or something like that. Then I started collecting vinyl and am still collecting today.”



You’ve been running the online store for as long as I’ve been into hip hop from this country; you also host your own show and are running one of the scene’s top nights. What do you enjoy most about your work and how did it all jump off?

“Radio's a big love of mine. Once I'd moved to London, I was promoting my group, Intelligent Maddness. Through that I got to meet people like DJ MK, who was at Handspun Records at the time. This was around '94 and by then I was a fully fledged hip hop head. I linked up with a guy called Sticka, who was doing a show on Beat FM, which was a reggae station in Harlesden. I ended up doing a drive-time show on there, playing anything from reggae, R&B, soul, hip hop. Then Itch FM started up and I was asked to do a hip hop show on there, which is where the Suspect Packages Radio Show started. Ever since then I've kept the format I had on Itch, and when they stopped going I carried on with a monthly online show. It's been going for nearly ten years. Now people from all over the world can download it, and they do. The amount of people we get listening to the show is crazy.”


Suspect Packages was the main outlet for buying UK hip hop when I was a kid and the only online shop I knew of. How did it come about?

“It started when I first moved to London because that's when I was selling the Intelligent Maddness EP. I realised that I could sell other people's mixtapes too, as I had a mailing list – a physical mailing list that I printed during the day at work. I was cutting corners everywhere! That was the start of the shop. I sent out leaflets advertising the UK Hustlerz tapes, because no-one was pushing UK artists. I had all this product and knew MCs that could come through and spit to make the mixtapes a bit special. Then I started selling MK's mixtapes, DJ Kuku’s tapes, Ruf Beats. Then came the vinyl sales and it just snowballed from there.”


Suspect Packages Live is a platform for both established acts and newcomers to reach an audience. What made you set it up?

“We need more live shows. A lot of live shows have gone from the scene. Kung Fu was massive and that wrapped up a while back now. They were always rammed. It'll be interesting to see how this night is gonna go off, whether the interest is still there – I'd like to think it is.

“Saying that, it's fine putting artists on but they've got to deliver a show. They can't just stand there looking at their feet, shuffling around and mumbling into a microphone. If you've been given a platform it's even more important now to deliver a show. It's fine rehearsing, it's a different matter when you've got a really hard crowd in front of you.”



Aside from their live performance, what advice would you give newcomers in terms of their music and how to push it?

“Be good. After that? Get their names out there. Artists need a buzz about them and to get in people's faces. They need to do shit for free. They can't bring out a CD and just expect people to buy it. People need to know about them. Do live gigs, do radio shows. There are so many different avenues these days for getting your music heard. It is difficult. With the whole MySpace explosion, there are so many more artists coming to the foreground. A lot of the fans have turned into artists and there are less fans.

“If you look outside of hip hop at Arctic Monkeys, they were doing shows, probably for a pittance, and giving away CDs. That created a buzz. Instead of standing on the corner trying to hustle their product, they need to be giving it away. People stop me trying to sell CDs when I'm on Oxford Street, and I explain to them what I do and how I can help them – and they still wanna sell me it! Sometimes you need to give your music away, to be heard. That’s the biggest way to promote these days. At the same time, it's got to be fucking good. If you don't think it's any better than your favourite artists, then why the hell are you doing it? Why are you wasting your money?


“There needs to be more quality control as well as it's too easy to press stuff up and get it out there. I’m all for helping artists sell their product but it has to be good and people have to want to buy it. You can't just put out a CD and expect it to sell. There's only so much work I can put into selling stuff on the website. If artists are backbiting and saying ‘Disorda only sold x amount’, I've done what I can: I've played tracks on the radio, I've got it up on the website with snippets. It's about physical awareness of that product. If you're promoting it in your areas and doing what you've got to do and no-one buys it, what does it come down to? It's down to the music.”


What's the end game to that strategy? Is it that you'll generate enough interest that when you put out your next release you can charge for it?

“You can't put out just one release for free, you need to keep doing it and build up a rep by doing guest spots and networking, getting to know other artists and getting on their releases. If you take someone like Sonnyjim, he's done lots of guest appearances, gone out and battled, and only now are Eat Good starting to get somewhere with their label and what they're doing. But if you look at what he's done so far, it's all been very consistent and very good. That's how you create longevity in the game – you keep coming with quality music and don't expect money straight away. Let's face it, there isn't much money in this scene anyway, so if you want to be around for a while you have to be good at what you're doing. Give away free releases, then you need to make an album that people will think is worth buying.”


Selling music these days is tough and people are constantly uploading material on the internet for fans to get hold of for free. You’ve been vocal recently about bootleggers. Anyone in particular you want to address?

“I don't think there's any need to name names; I think most people know who the main blogs are, and if they don't, could find them with a two-second Google search. I'm guessing most people know places to download a certain album without paying for it. It's killing the music industry. I've been in direct contact with these blogs and the people behind them, and they think they're helping. They say it's all promotion and they're helping the scene, when I've been involved in the retail and distribution of UK hip hop for 15 years and can say for a fact that they're not helping the scene. Their argument is, 'We bought it in the first place, so, surely, it's fine for us to upload it.' Try telling that to the artists that spent their money putting it out. And it's blatantly journalists and DJs doing it, because they're the ones getting the advance copies. And then sometimes the fans themselves. Why?

“The younger generation are growing up not having to buy music, knowing that you don't have to buy music. That's what's scary. In the bigger scheme of things, kids who are just starting to get into music, when they get a bit older they'll take for granted that music is at the click of a button, for free, a throwaway culture.”


I always got the feeling there was a sensibility in this country where fans wanted to look out for their own and support domestic hip hop by buying it.

“You would think so. As one of the main retailers, I don't see that. Sales-wise, Suspect Packages is doing half of what it was in 2006. And that's when a lot of this blogging first started. Another factor is that a lot of the fans have turned into artists and don't seem to be supporting other product coming through. There also hasn't been a steady stream of solid product in the last three or four years like there used to be. There is solid product, but not as much of it. There are good up-and-coming artists that are making noise, but you don't have that foundation of solid labels, like Low Life, that used to put shit out every two or three months. There aren't many labels like that anymore. YNR's still going, which is great, and when they release something it's always solid, and what you need is them and labels of that size coming with something every month.”


Over the last five years the line between UK hip hop and grime has started to blur. You previously mentioned that you weren't a fan of grime, but what's your take on it nowadays and what's your opinion on how quickly it’s penetrated the mainstream?

“If you look at what's in the mainstream, it's not grime. It's pop music to me and they wouldn't be at No. 1, or even in the Top 10, with one of the songs that got them where they are. The problem is you still have to water down your product to get it heard by a mass audience.

“In terms of authentic grime, I grew up on early 80s hip hop, so I have and always will come from a lyrical perspective when listening to an MC. When I hear certain grime MCs, their flow, the structure of their lyrics and what they're actually saying...That's why I initially dismissed it, most of them have come from a garage scene, not hip hop culture. Slowly but surely the MCs have evolved and are creating proper songs, as opposed to throwaway tracks. Also, from a hip hop angle, the scene has split and you've got street MCs and a whole street hip hop scene, where MCs rap over grime beats and hip hop. Things are crossing over so much. British music has always been like that, though. We've always been the leaders in new music forms.


“What angers me is when you read articles in the mainstream press that say ‘UK hip hop artist this’ and ‘UK hip hop artist that’ when they talk about grime MCs. That annoys me because, as I said, most of them have come up from garage raves. None of them know a Jehst, and that's what gets my back up. They started rhyming on garage beats and called it grime – now they're labelled as UK hip hop because they're rapping! Everyone's got their own opinions on it and it's hard to say what's what.

“With Suspect Packages it's always been a hip hop thing and when we've tried selling grime, it’s not sold. The crowd that know about Suspect Packages are hip hop-minded. That's not a bad thing because it means I've got that market cornered.”



It’s easy to see why Disorda has become disillusioned with the artist-fan relationship. Nowadays it seems to be a one-way street, with artists slavishly giving and fans blithely taking. The grime scene blew up quicker than you could cry “sell-out!”, and is now labelled UK hip hop by the mainstream media. It’s enough to make anyone want to pack up and start afresh.

So far, and thankfully, it’s not been enough to dissuade him from putting in work. Others haven’t had the same patience: artists have come and gone, pockets filled with nothing but lint, and even the biggest record label to have done it packed up shop – its owner escaping the Big Smoke for sunnier climes and a life away from the scene he helped create.



I've got a hot potato for you. You’ve toured with and had a working relationship with Braintax through selling the Low Life back catalogue. What's your view on the dissolution of undoubtedly the biggest hip hop label in the UK and former signees badmouthing Braintax for how he went about business?

“It's really hard for me – and this is the story of my life – because I'm good friends with pretty much everybody I work with. Before this all came about, I used to work at Low Life. I went out to Australia a few years back to DJ and when I came back I told Joe he should be out there. He booked up a tour and asked if I wanted to come. We went out with Mys and had a wicked time going all round the country. I know Brains really well, we were good friends and still are. And to be honest on all this, you’d really need to speak to him direct, it’s not my place to talk on the subject. Yeah it’s a real shame he decided to stop running Low Life Records, as it was a dope label releasing some groundbreaking hip hop. Not many have come close to them since.”

Do you ever want to get away from the music business like him? Do you see yourself still at it in five years’ time?

“Will we even be here in five years' time selling music? Probably not, the way things are going. I hope we are – it's brought an immense amount of joy into my life. I don't wanna stop, I'm still mad passionate about it. Fifteen years later and I still love it; I still get hundreds of CDs sent to listen to every week and I love it. I feel like the John Peel of British hip hop!”


Copyright © 2010 UK All Day


Get yourself over to Disorda’s blog
to see what he’s supporting, visit his outlet to do a spot of shopping and get yourself along to the monthly Suspect Packages Live nights @Vibe Bar, Brick Lane, for a right good time and the chance to see the UK’s best hitting the stage.

Charlie Sloth & Black The Ripper - Where Did It Go? (Video)



I can't work out whether this is ironic or not. I understand the sentiment, even if it is one of the most hackneyed in hip hop. What I don't understand is if the backdrop is supposed to be aping the music it's throwing potshots at, or whether everyone on board agreed that this is sonically a good song. It's not.

The best way to show that music has become stale and formulaic is by being original, not complaining that music has become stale and formulaic. Otherwise you're just being... yeah, you guessed it.

No shots (or whatever it is that hip hop bloggers are supposed to say).

This is off a compilation that DJ Gone is working on.

DJ Mek - UK Hip Hop Flashbacks Pt.1 (Mix)

What DJ Mek's saying:

"Been meaning to tackle some UK rap classics for ages and finally got round to knocking up some mixes. This is part one of a 3 part set. Most of the old school UK rap mixes doing the rounds seem to focus on the ‘britcore’ style (angry raps/ noisy loops/ frantic scratching). I’ve included a few of those jams (Systematic Terror & You Need Discipline), but i tried to focus more on the midtempo steppers for this one.

All of these tunes will be familiar to brit-rap diehards but were largely ignored outside of the UK
. It’s a shame because some of them were way ahead of the curve. Part two will go a bit deeper into the ragga hip hop vibes. enjoy."

Tracklist:

01-Depth Charge feat. Alkaline – Silver Fox Vs depth Charge
02-London Posse – Jump Around (remix)
03-Caveman – I’m Ready
04-Katch 22 – Service with a smile (remix)
05-Prime Rhyme Masters – You need Discipline
06-S.L. Troopers – Systematic Terror
07-The Sindecut – Wisdom
08-The Sindecut – Demanding Cycle (of a wordbound hammerhead)
09-Stereo M.c.s – Lyrical Machine
10-Stereo M.c.s – Bring it on
11-Manu Dibango & Mc Mell’O’ – Mincalor
12-Mc Buzz B – Mr. Smooth
13-Mc Mell’O’ – Open up your mind (remix)
14-Krispy 3 – Destroy all the stereotypes
15-Evaready & Unanimous Decision – Flowmotion
16-Krispy 3 – G’s Summary
17-Standing Ovation – Shadows of Mayhem (inst)
18-M.C. Duke – Night Train

Download or stream.

Mystro Investigates - Episode 8



Mystro takes it up the dirt track, seeing what monster trucks and alternative off-road vehicles are all about. I hope his "kushkees" have recovered from rolling the buggy.

I always come away from these feeling like I've learnt something new.

Shortee Blitz - The Standard Vol.1 (Mixtape)

Longtime representative Shortee Blitz chops and blends up the best from the UK and US for the first volume in his The Standard mixtape series. And, no, this isn't standard, it's just that he's setting a new one.

Get to listening below.


TY - Don't Cry (Video)



TY offers up a neat video for his ethereal Don't Cry, off of Special Kind Of Fool - in all good stores (and some bad ones) now.

Klashnekoff - Back To The Sagas (Out Now)

Back To The Sagas was made fully available today. I've recently seen this album get praise and also get panned in the mainstream media, and nothing I read was especially insightful.

I don't know if it's the staggered release, with iTunes getting the album weeks ago, or the fact that this was ready way back, then had to be started from scratch due to a studio break in, but this album doesn't feel completely fresh and new. Essentially it's not. Though it's newer than anything else you've heard from Klashnekoff, so that shouldn't really be an issue.

LP Lionheart was just as divisive as this is likely to be, with many people criticising his sophomore effort for not matching up to Sagas. If you weren't one of those people, get yourself a copy of Back To The Sagas and check the Black Russian address the Terra Firma breakdown and more on the opener, do what only he can do on the badder than bad Soon Come, and make a deft link-up with Wretch-32 on the yearning Somebody Tell Me.

Welcome back Klashnekoff.

Klashnekoff - Somebody Tell Me feat. Wretch 32 & K9


Klashnekoff - Back To The Sagas (iTunes)
Klashnekoff - Back To The Sagas (HMV)
Klashnekoff - Back To The Sagas (Amazon)

Or buy from good ol' Play.com, who definitely didn't send an email to let me know my pre-order was ready to download.

Pete Rock, Funky DL & Dynamite MC On Kiss FM (1998)

The UK's Funky DL and Dynamite MC were joined by Pete Rock for this 1998 show with Max & Dave on Kiss FM, with live backing from D'Influence.

Download

Thanks to Step One for this.

Grand Central - Baby You Know (Video)



Grand Central, made up of Kinetik and Mr Drastick, bring you Baby You Know - lifted off their upcoming debut effort God Loves Grinders Volume 1.

Context MC - Feeling Alone feat. Genesis Elijah & Well Red (Video)



Context MC's synth-led sombre number Feeling Alone gets a video. I don't know if it's appealing to my lesser exercised pop sensibilities, but the hook on this is addictive.

Download the mp3 from his Bandcamp for free and wait on full player The Cadmean Victory.



Don't Stay In...

Suspect Packages Live plays host to sets from both Rhyme Asylum and Mowgli this month. Get yourself to Vibe Bar on Friday 13th (wooo, creepy) before 8pm to dodge the venue's £4 entry and get one extra beer in your gut.

Fresh Cuts Radio - July Show


What they're saying:

"Droppin' Science & Getting Rich Is No Dream Clothing presents...

Fresh Cuts Radio July 2010 edition, hosted & mixed by DMC Champ DJ Matman.
Part mixtape, part knowledge, all fresh! Nothing but the very latest in underground hip-hop music.

Download/stream from podomatic

Playlist:


01. Bun B & Dj Premier - Let 'Em Know

02. Oh No - Chaos

03. Dwele ft. Slumm Village - How I Deal

04. Skyzoo - Blockshit

05. DJ Daredevil - Stress (talk)

06. The Roots ft. Blu, P.O.R.N. & Dice Raw - Radio Daze

07. Realm Reality ft. Termanology - Hustle Hard

08. John Robinson & Lewis Parker ft. Stahrr, Cymarshall Law & 4rce - Planes, Trains, Automobiles

09. Chaundon Ft. Carlitta Durand - Y'All Don't Want It

10. DJ Daredevil - Get Drunk (Talk)

11. Curren$y ft. Smoke Dza - Nothing But Us

12. Raaka - Delilah

13. Klashnekoff (CHECK) -

14. DJ Daredevil - Electron (Talk)
15. Sean Price - Shut The Fuck Up

16. Touch & Nato ft. Vinnie Paz - This Shit is Mad Real

17. Black Milk - Welcome (Gotta Go)

18. Pharoah Monch Ft. Mela Machinko - Shine"

Mr. Boss - The Landing Remix Project

If the name Mr. Boss doesn't ring any bells, shame on you. This young dude put his debut producer album out earlier this year, with the likes of Sonnyjim, Dr Syntax and Delusionists turning his beats into fully fledged songs. You can get that album, The Landing, below.



Now the prodigious 18-year-old's giving you the chance to get involved. The accapellas are available to rework any tracks you like for a possible feature on his planned remix version of The Landing.

Get yourself in the lab, away from the sun and other people, and hit him up at mrbossmusic@gmail.com when you're happy with what you've got.

The Landing acapellas

The Landing instrumentals

Jaisu - Beat Tape Vol.7



Scotland's Jaisu needs no introduction, which is a good job 'cause I don't know too much about him, save for the fact he's seriously nice with the MPC. What's more, he'll soon be putting out a download of his favourite creations.

If you like what you hear here, scope his previous beat tapes.

Iron Braydz - Bop On By feat. Logic & Big Cakes

If you see Braydz walking on road, bop on by.

Willo Wispa - Lollipop Lady's Favourite (Video)



"Chest hairs the waviest, eye bags the naviest."


A great video for Willo Wispa that really brings his abundant character to life. Be on the look out for his album when it's ready.

Jonski - Poorly Rich/Hall Of Mirrors

Jonski's Danny Spice-produced debut, Concrete Jungle, has been lined up for an August release, and these two are on the table to show you what he's all about.

Jonski - Poorly Rich (radio edit)


Jonski - Hall Of Mirrors (radio edit)

See what Certified Banger's saying
about the whole thing.

Genesis Elijah - Still Here


Still Here sees Pro P give Genesis Elijah a backdrop to get pensive on, reflecting on the scene here.

The producer's Pro P Files Vol.2 has been circulating for a little while and now he's freed it up, so as you don't have to spend your giro.



Pro P - Pro P Files Vol.2


Mystro - Council Flats

Off Shortee Blitz's The Standard mixtape, out Monday, Council Flats sees Mystro appropriate Joell Ortiz's The Projects and give it a local twist.

Mystro - Council Flats

Ras Kass - Goldyn Chyld II (prod. Leafdog) (Video)



The UK's Leafdog handles production duties on West Coast veteran Ras Kass's latest single, Goldyn Chyld II. This wicked headnodder is off Rassy's A.D.I.D.A.S. (All Day I Dream About Spittin) album with Rhettmatic.

Pyro Barz - I Need Medication (feat. Loudmouth Melvin & Mel Gibson)

Fresh off the back of Mel Gibson’s vitriolic and racist leanings becoming public knowledge, again, Pyro Barz and Loudmouth Melvin hit you with I Need Medication. The freebie is also blessed by the spiteful Aussie.

With such a blinkered and malevolent attitude, Gibson would make a pretty credible rapper. I’m sure he’s not welcome round Hollywood anymore.

Pyro Barz - I Need Medication (feat. Loudmouth Melvin & Mel Gibson)

Doc Brown - Jimmy Wiggz (video)



If you like rodent-based hip hop parodies (who doesn't?) you might like this offering Doc Brown made for the BBC.

Cyrus Malachi - The Isis Papers (free download)


Fresh out today on No Cure Records is this likkle mixtape from Cyrus Malachi, mixed by DJ Switch (current world DMC champion) & DJ Furious P (world DMC team champion). Malachi's bezzy mate M9 is all over this and it also features Jon Phonics and Beat Butcha on the boards.

Cop the free download here, and keep 'em peeled for the full album, Ancient Future, when it drops this autumn.

Soul Power Cypher w/ Sarah Love feat. Remus, Kyza, Scorzayzee and Black The Ripper



Remus, Kyza, Scorzayzee and Black The Ripper "going in!" at the Carhartt store round Covent Garden ways for Sarah Love's show on SpineTV.

Unfortunately I'm deskbound, so can't watch this right now. I'm sure they all bum it to pieces though.

Delusionists - Digital Connects (Video)



The Jon Phonics-produced Digital Connects sees Delusionists frontman Ben Black weave a verse that pays homage to the online hip hop community - and has now got visuals to accompany it. The lyrics below show you all the people - including UK All Day! - that get a shout out.

Honestly though, did they really think that Nah Right would give them a look in?! Is Eskay really gonna fit Delusionists in between the Gucci Mane and Nipsey Hussle posts? I think they should've stumped up some payola.

This rap shit Beats Laying About, so I had to take a minute dedicated a shout,
To every Hip Hop Connection Digital direction providers
Who act like a Sensei and guide us.
Through these Hip Hop Chronicles of Riddick like Vin Diesel
U-Music buffs must have been puffing them Cocaine Blunts (just a quick toke),
Hip Hop Isn’t Dead, nah it just eloped to the Big Smoke.
Believe the Hip Hop Hype Dog,
If you ain’t heard of us you ain’t checking for the right blog.
Oh Word? You never heard the fly chatter
Of a Bonafide nutter on a Certified Banger?
My Style43 times nanger than most,
To redefine The Meaning of Dope rhyme patterns and quotes.
The Underground Strikes Back from the great depression
With Bare Beats in them Basement Sessions.
You might hear one or 2DopeBoyz
No Airs N Graces and prone to make noise
Like “mate what you want!?!” Stay Blatantly Blunt
Pushing UKHH straight to the front (that’s us!).
Repping UK All Day,
Be careful ‘cause Life Just Bounces away
When you play with Vocal Swords that slaughter chumps,
Better Wake Your Daughter Up, if that bitch is sleeping.
Had to switch to a Different Kitchen,
‘Cause the raw Unkut left the kitchen reeking.
With something different to these drug-obsessed amateurs
And only push dope via Suspect Packages.
(Yeah) And the beat plays on
And we don’t stop rocking ‘til the DJ Gone (gone).
God willing we can make Top Billin’ Above Ground
Without dumbing down to a club sound.
Strictly Independant, my brothers and me
And you can hit the button marked RWD
And you’ll agree that it’s wack, Nah Right, shit’s Fat
Lace lyrics with links just to give love back
To all the digital connects.

And Basement Sessions' headhoncho Vice recently sat down with Ben Black and Slim Pickens of Delusionists for an interview as part of his on-point podcast series. Go and see what they've got to say for themselves amongst a load of their music, and more of the best from the UK.

Delusionists' new album, Prolusion Plus, is now available.

Sonnyjim - 99% (prod. Wizard)



Lifted off Wizard's looming production album, you can't go wrong with Sonnyjim - especially over beats like this.

And if you hadn't heard already, Sonny's Trading Standard's Remixes is out right now, with M Phazes, Lotek, Kelakovski and more on the boards.

Mystro - Around My Way (Video)



Mystro shows you what it's like around his way with the new single from his Digmund Freud EP, in stores some time in September.

After you watch the video and before you go get Around My Way from Amazon, check Mys Diggi's latest investigative outing as he goes all afrotastic and sees what the 60s were all about.

Nico Lindsay - Let Me Tell You Something (Video)



I've never heard of, let alone heard any music from, Nico Lindsay before. On the strength of this I'll be keeping my eye out for his name in future.

Don't Stay In...

Turntable trickery plus two UK legends, all in one spot? Yep. Hit the flyer for details and the video below for the DMC trailer.

Cyrus Malachi - Praying Mantis/Hell's Gate

Cyrus Malachi is set to drop The Isis Papers a week today. The mixtape will serve as a warm-up to his Ancient Papers set and features Triple Darkness fam Melanin 9 and Crown Nectar, and production from Beat Butcha, Jon Phonics, 7th Dan, Diplamat, Blastah and Endemic.

Here are a couple of joints from the mixtape:





And Cyrus just sat in with Disorda for the latest Suspect Packages Radio, so get familiar.



01> Delusionists - Suspect Packages Radio Show intro
02> Running Punch – CD Shotta - RPMC
03> Willo Wispa – The Lollipop Ladies Favourite – Associated Minds
04> Tempa – Grimey Bars - CRS
05> Ahmos – Ghetto Jam - Banana Klan promo
06> Grit Grammar feat.Genesis Elijah – Hard Times
07> Jimmy Screech – Dats My Girl - promo
08> Skandal feat.Black The Ripper – Everyday - promo
09> Skitz feat.Taskforce & Juni – Rainy Day Science (BVA Remix) – Dragon Drop
10> Ahmos – Shottars - Banana Klan promo
11> Skitz – Slavestep (Urgent Union Remix)
12> Foreign Beggars feat.Chasing Shadows – Typhoon - Dented Records
13> Fused Forces – No Reality - promo
14> Jonski – Concrete Jungles – History Maker Records
15> Assa & Antidote – Repute - promo
16> JC feat.Malik – Soul Search - promo
17> Yungun – Sunshine – promo
18> Cyrus Malachi – Interview pt.1
19> Cyrus Malachi – Praying Mantis - No Cure Records
20> Cyrus Malachi – Interview pt.2
21> Cyrus Malachi feat.M9 & Crown Nectar – Bloodhounds - No Cure Records
22> Cyrus Malachi – Interview pt.3
23> Cyrus Malachi – 7 Plagues - No Cure Records
24> Cyrus Malachi – Interview pt.4
25> Cyrus Malachi – Freestyle

Chima Anya - Power (Video)



Chima Anya takes shots at those in power and the mainstream over Kanye's latest banger. This is (un)officially the first ever rap video shot on the new iPhone4.

Chima's New Day is out now.

Blaktrix - The Houdini Footprints Of Some People Never Go Crazy (Compilation)

For those that have been following the scene for more than a while, the name Blaktrix will be a familiar one. He featured on the Secondson & His Orchestra LP along with Task Force, Lewis Parker and Jehst, and was part of the cream of the crop from out west in Wales.

As a precursor to an album - Some People Never Go Crazy - he's putting together for a release later in the year, Blaktrix has compiled his backcatalogue of vinyl releases for you.

Blaktrix - The Houdini Footprints Of Some People Never Go Crazy

Grit Grammar - Hard Times (feat. Genesis Elijah)

This is the lead single off Grit Grammar's impending album, Life Music, which will also see features from Kyza, Verb T and Iron Braydz.

Grit Grammar - Hard Times (feat. Genesis Elijah)

Don't Stay In...

The Herbaliser headline for Soundcrash @Koko on the 24th.

TY Interview w/ Illatek On Westside 89.6FM

TY recently paid Illatek at Westside 89.6FM a visit to talk about where he's at right now in his career, breaking Europe over the US, his influences and what he listens to, diggin' for prog rock samples and, of course, his new album Special Kind Of Fool.