Dream McLean has freed up his latest effort, Network, which came with a crisp-as-you-like video earlier this month. This one's a freebie and comes with a refix from topboy production outfit Chase N Status too.
New school enigma CAS rides the melancholy of this Verve-sampling beat, recounting the ills of drug abuse and suicidal paranoia. Warped genius. If this piques your interest, look out for his Commercial mixtape.
Braydz drops a vid to accompany Grey Skies, off his Holla@Braydz mixtape and which pilfers probably the best/most popular beat of last year next to Jay and 'Ye's Niggas In Paris - Just Blaze's Lord Knows.
A sharp video, a butter-smooth beat from Leaf Dog and Verb T at his most pensive, The Morning Process ticks all boxes. Be on the lookout for his High Focus debut of the same name, available to pre-order now.
You may have passed him in the street or sat next to him on the Tube unawares 'cause Doom has called London is home for the past two years. British-born, the metal-faced villain hasn't had much luck with his green card. Or he never had one. Regardless, he'll be performing the first live set of his new album with Jneiro Janel at Bestival next month.
The first number to be given the video treatment off JJ Doom's Key To The Kuffs is Guv'nor, shot in an unidentified location in the capital and littered with Brit speak and references.
UPDATE: So it looks like ol' Doom sent another one of his imposters out, this time replacing him for a DJ set at London's Livin' Proof night over the weekend... The promoters responded to the whole palaver with the following:
To everyone who came down to our Livin' DOOM event on Saturday and are questioning whether that was the real DOOM - we are in the same position as you. We had a legitimate contracted gig from his official booking agent and were in contact throughout the booking process with his US management, and label. We were even talking and working with the promoters of DOOM's forthcoming London live shows in October and November.
As far as we were concerned, the real DOOM was going to appear… we received news from DOOM's management on the morning of the gig that DOOM wanted more money or he would not show up. This show was done and intended as a very special and intimate show which was not about making money but putting on an incredible party in a very small capacity venue. As we wanted the show to go ahead and was left to ransom to this extortionate request, we agreed this even though this was a breach of our agreed contract. In hindsight, we should have cancelled the show then and there…
At 9.30pm after we had open the doors, we were told by management that he would appear but would not DJ and was just going to sign autographs. We said this was unacceptable as we had agreed and paid for a DJ set… 10 minutes later we received a call saying that he would DJ… Or that's what we were led to believe.
As many of the people in the venue noticed, there is a very strong possibility the person that was finally sent down was not DOOM himself.
Doing this show has taught us a lot about how some artists operate and how they feel they can treat others and, most importantly, their fans. As fans of DOOM ourselves, this has left a very sour taste in our mouth.
Anyone who has been to Livin' Proof parties always know that we do our utmost to provide the best quality show and we are so sorry for anyone who came down and were disappointed by the DJ set from the artist supposedly meant to be DOOM.
We will do our utmost to make this up to anyone who purchased a ticket for this event. We paid the fee upfront to Daniel Dumile's bank account and have the receipts to prove this. We will be seeking legal advice and are doing our best to get his show fee refunded from DOOM and his management and will then take suitable steps after this action.
All the best,
Livin' Proof Crew.
The opener on Kinetik's Kinesis Thesis Vol.3, Here We Go is about as on-point as trad hip hop gets in this country and proves the North-West London artist's pairing with Parky sets them apart as a force to be reckoned with.
"I'm like Benjamin Button in black skin / I'm the Peter Pan of this rap ting."
Mystro and Rodders show how it's done for this dedication to 1Xtra's tenth birthday, going verse-for-verse and justifying the unknockable reps they've built over the past ten years and counting.
After drawing praise from the likes of Annie Nightingale, Lowestoft electro-house producer Zombie Robot gave Delusionists frontman Ben Black the call for his first vocalled track. This debut release for label Bass+Bars - an offshoot of Bass=Win - sees Mr Black switch up the status quo and, like he says, show another string to his bow. This one's available from all the big digital outlets.
"Tinchy had a number 1, I'm happy for the bloke / but that don't change the fact I wanna stab him in the throat."
Stiggie Smalls tells it like it is on this moody heart-on-sleeve outtake that didn't make his looming Cannon Fodder EP with Pete Cannon. You can pre-order the release ahead of its 31 August landing date, but before then The Truth Is... is all yours, gratis.
Stig Of The Dump - The Truth Is...
Quaranteam member Skillit is joined on this brisk Iron Braydz-crafted headbobber by the Harlesden MC/producer and none other than Stones Throw's Homeboy Sandman, who recently jetted back to NY after touring Europe.
UK All Day caught up with Homeboy Sandman on the London leg of his tour, but owing to our strict focus on Brit-hop, the article was published with the venerable Broken Culture. You can read that here.
With only a week to go until Klashnekoff unveils DJ Whoo Kid-sponsored mixtape Fuck The Long Talk, the Black Russian is whetting appetites with a sampler that gives you a rundown of all ten tracks. For those patient few, you may want to hang on until the whole shebang is out next Monday. For the rest of us tainted by the internet's immediacy, hit the link below for the download.
DJ Whoo Kid Presents: K-Lash FTLT (Sampler)
Jon Phonics laces Piff Gang affiliate ItsNate with a spacey and detached doozy that could as happily be the break in a dance track as hip hop. Is this "cloud rap"? Who cares, it works either way. Keep tabs on ItsNate as he gears up for the release of his NeverAverageTalkingExcellent mixtape.
Great production on this video representing East London's Run Dem Crew, of which Skrein is a dedicated member. In fact the sports nut has gone so far as swimming the Channel and has riden from Lands End to John O Groats, no less. Dubbledge arguably takes the gold on this one.
The pop charts might be his playground but Wretch 32 still needs to Wretchercise his range by straying from the mainstream limelight for a second. You may have heard Tour Blues and Drinking In The Sky already, both of which feature here, but there's much, much more for ya - jacking Drake to James Blake.
You can download the full tape by signing up with UKAD affiliate Download A Mixtape.
What better way to spend this Sunday than at Relaxation Generation's mini one-day festival @Vibe Bar? You've got bashment, dub, dancehall, drum and bass and of course some hip hop thrown in for good measure.
Cop an earlybird ticket for just a fiver before it's too late.
Jack and Wiz don't mess about on this one and Alec Townsend's indie falsetto fits the bill. This is taken off their joint album, Progression. Wizard has got material for days and seems to be everywhere right now.
A minimalist feature on Chemo Presents... My Mate Does Beats, Lamplighter's Rain has been synced with some quite disturbing imagery that includes some lass with her face sellotaped up to look like a deranged mannequin and a bloke playing Icarus.
Get your fill of this eclectic beat compilation over here.
The ex-Mud Family member and former representative of the One Crew with Sway, Pyrelli and Sincere comes back off hiatus. Black Dynamite is all triumphant and uplifting, and it's heartening to see Little Derek is just a phone call away.
With the dust barely settled on Quantum Leap, Phoenix Da Icefire is back with more music. Donning his auteur's hat for a second, Cinematic is the title track off an EP entirely produced by Strange Neighbour that is rumoured to boast a couple of surprise features.
With Klashnekoff and Keith Murray both turning in verses on The Point of No Return, there's a good chance those rumours will come good.
More #pizzy pizz from Piff Gang, this time Don Silk going for dolo to toast sippin' from that candy cup. Jolly Ranchers are hard to come by in the UK, so presumably popping a Fruit Pastille in your codeine-and-Sprite mixer is the way to go. Alternatively, try the bitter beaker - plop a Werther's Original in a pint of Tetley's.
Anyway, PG stay on their steady ascent to the top, leaving backpack rap fanatics fussing in their wake. This one is available on the team's recent Plant Life offering.
Snapping at the heels of Where's My Parade? Vol.1, released in March, 184 shows off more of his credentials with the second edition. "Who's who" is thrown about a lot, but is more than apt with this compilation and its predecessor - dude's worked with just about everyone in the scene at one point or another. Get your fill of just a part of his discography below.
Savvy and TB collude on this laconic, sunned-out ditty that sees the pair get pensive over soul chops and tooting horns. This one's not only out of the blue but available for a limited time only, so get downloading stat before it's too late.
TB & Savvy - I See You
Not brand spanking new, but well worth your attention. The broadsheets and hypebeast feeders have been fawning over Two Inch Punch in recent weeks and going off his Saturn: The Slow Jams EP the praise is warranted. Now the London "lovestep" producer - who has an uncanny knack for slicing vocals to shreds and creating something simultaneously faithful to R&B and dubstep - has reworked Waka Flocka Flame's ode to getting chickenheads in his Ferrari. When two worlds collide.
This is an official release on Warner and surely spells future remix work for T.I.P once America cottons on and the UK's busying itself with the next next big thing.
"Fuck around and I'll shoot you in your tiny dick."
Metabeats makes it happen with New York's man of the moment. Bronsolini utters profanities in his signature nasal brogue on top of thumping drums and a bassline that harks back a decade and counting.
The Associated Minds producer is all set to release his second album, Caviar Crackle. Expect features from familiar Brit faces as well as stateside spitters Oddisee, Von Pea of Tanya Morgan and Marvwon. If you can't wait for that, first single Hookers is available now.
This is a huge step up for Essex's Dream Mclean as he showboats over a pared back, industrial composition that surely draws comparison to Tyler's Yonkers. With the stamp of approval and assistance from Chase and Status, expect this man to take things that much further this year.
Following on from 2010's The Landing, precocious producer Mr Boss returns with more of his lush, thick production married to the likes of Sonnyjim, Verb T, Fliptrix, Dirty Dike, Ramson Badbonez and a whole load more. Boss knows his worth and this one is going for £8, but surely worth every penny.
And if you need a reminder of his last outing, then here's a refresher.
Sonny and his rapper/producer labelmate Kosyne rip it up over Wizard's recent trap sound, that was prevalent on his Lobster Music beat tape. Expect more beast music from Sonny and Wiz as they prep their joint venture, The Executive Branch.
UPDATE: The Executive Branch is out now. Try the sampler below before you buy.
In the run up to the release of Bad Influence, Boot Records have let go of this reworking that was recently dug out after being sidelined a couple of years back. Zygote takes his film-score funk double-time for Badbonez to bark at outsiders over.
MysDiggi trains his sights on the perpetrators and fakes in the game - hardly groundbreaking but plenty of conviction regardless. Enough is definitely enough for Mys on this one.
Long-awaited debut Mystrogen can be pre-ordered on iTunes now.
"Let's take it back to
Prose reflect on the yesteryear of 1994 with their back-to-basics boom bap delivery, The Class of '94 brought to life with a masterful video. You can pick this and the rest of Back In The Habit up now.