There'd been rumblings of Paul White collab'ing with former Roll Deep member Trim a few months back and it wound up on his Watch The Ants EP in July. Now comes the video, which takes in both cruising around an empty car park in a black Ford Capri to the sound of a jaunty bassoon.
"Grown men throw salutes like Zulu sticks."
Associated Minds deliver a double-whammy from Metabeats and Ralph Rip Shit, the two videos for Music taking in the summer and winter seasons. Given the cold outside, part one is above, but come this way if you want to warm your cockles.
Metabeats' Caviar Crackle, packed with acts from both sides of the Atlantic, is available now.
It's always official when EatGood passes through. Sonnyjim and Kosyne have just repackaged their joint EP It's About Time as a deluxe edition with tons more music and without the profanities edited out. Cop that here.
The Purist solidifies his rep with this collaboration featuring Chicago's so-called soul trap pioneer Tree. With his work now encompassing everyone from Action Bronson to CAS, the London producer has quickly earned his stripes as a studio maven with a knack for boom bap and way beyond.
The man behind so much of the UK's renaissance era has let a collection of his work go over on Bandcamp. This masterful collection can be yours for less than the price of a pint, worth it for the Done It Again instrumental alone.
Even if Jamal Edwards has already made grand strides with SB.TV over the last seven years, they're about to get even bigger. The upstart has just received investment from Miroma Ventures, a venture capital firm based in London that already owns Pinterest among other companies.
So what do we know about the deal and what does it mean for SB.TV? Neither the investor or Edwards have disclosed the size of the investment, but Miroma has committed to take part in a £1m financing at a later date. Since the company will be scaling up over time, this implies SB.TV has received something in the range of £500,000 or less, especially considering that Miroma has taken a minority stake.
And what can you do with £500,000? A fair bit when you consider the YouTube channel was set up with next to nothing. Half a million can get you a sales team to grow ad revenues, web bods to build you new apps and promoters to roll out events. That's not to mention the gains to be had from a Pinterest shareholder at your disposal – Miroma's founder Marc Boyan will take a seat on the board.
So what's the end game? When you look at News Corp's recent purchase of Vice, it wouldn't be surprising if other media groups wanted to take over SB.TV in due course – if they don't already.
The big question, however, will be how the channel continues to cater to what is still largely a hip hop and grime audience while at the same time growing. It already dominates that market in Britain. To go beyond it will mean diversifying and risks alienating a core readership and diluting the brand. That doesn't mean it can't succeed: Vice has no shortage of readers, it's just that Rupert Murdoch's money blunted its hipster edge, if only momentarily. For now, expect SB.TV to make its commanding presence felt even more.
To that end, The Economist's sister title Intelligent Life has just run Mr Edwards on their latest cover.
Playing on the obvious oppositeness of his subjects, video director Nabil shoots James Blake and Chance The Rapper cruising around the sticks in an old US low-rider, to admirable effect.
ItsNate already offered up a taster of his latest work with the Ginuwine and Aaliyah-sampling AFTN a few weeks back. Now the North London MC shares SoSlocal in its entirety, taking up the mantle for the UK's vanguard.
After threatening to leave music behind for good in light of Chief
Glasgow has had its stamp all over the last couple of weeks. Not only does Hudson Mohawke crop up in the liner notes of MNIMN, but his Lucky Me labelmate Rustie contributed three songs to the new Danny Brown album, Old.
Baishe Kings could well be an English Pharcyde crossed with who knows what. The latest act to sign to the ever unafraid Big Dada, their latest work, 'Like', can be found on mixtape E.O.M., which the record label is sponsoring.
For all the "me too" acts and rappers that populate this country's cottage scene, it's refreshing to see an outfit that can stand tall on their own.
Misty-eyed nostalgia is arguably hip hop's biggest weakness. But instead of obsessing about the good ol' days when music sounded oh so much better, Subculture Sage's Childhood is a fond retrospective of those formative years when windmilling zoots in playgrounds and chugging 3l bottles of cider was par for the course.
DJ Roast Beatz has called on UK favourites Jehst, Stig of the Dump and Dabbla as well as longtime cohort Phoenix da Icefire for his latest offering. Not only that, ginger-bearded wonder Action Bronson features on Ear Play, due for release on 6 November. Check the snippets below.