Review | Mick Jenkins – The Healing Component

Irrespective of the continuing discussion as to whether certain sub-genres of Hip Hop – specifically that known as “mumble rap” – should be considered within the genre, there is clearly enough evidence that conventional lyricism is still being illustrated by many musicians. An exceptional example of such can be found in the form of Mick…

Music | Louis VI – FreeParking

Louis VI has added further reason for anticipation ahead of his EP, Lonely Road Of The Dreamer, by dropping the thoughtful and intelligent ‘FreeParking’. As usual, the OthaSoul mc touches on a range of multifaceted topics, giving his perspective on his own well-being, in addition to providing some social commentary. The Dame Grief produced track…

Music | SumoChief Ft. OthaSoul – ChilliFlake Honeysap

London based Jazz/Hip Hop band, SumoChief, have initiated the anticipation for the October 19th release of their project, SumoTreats, by sharing the first single, ‘ChilliFlake Honeysap’. The track, which features Louis VI & Dozer Carter of OthaSoul and is produced by Ben Hayes, is typically smooth, incorporating the shared influences of all the musicians involved. The piece…

Music | NK-OK – Blue Sounds & Ideas Vol. 2

Following the recent release of ‘Sweet Thing’ – a single from the Blue Skies EP as part of Blue Lab Beats with Mr DM – skilled producer, NK-OK, has treated listeners to Blue Sounds & Ideas Vol 2, which acts as the latest instalment of his beat tape series. The 10-track display of his varied boom bap…

Music | PW – Other Day

PW has commenced the next chapter of his career with ‘Other Day’ – his explosive new single. It’s been a year since his single, ‘I Swear’, made an impression and since then PW has been plotting his next moves. ‘Other Day’ is a heavy-hitting banger that follows the same formula as its predecessor, confirming that…

Top 5’s | Olivia Louise

Within Hip Hop culture, determining one’s Top 5 is a debate that will seemingly continue forever. So, with that being said, I’ve asked artists to share and justify their Top 5 selections… Olivia Louise – Top 5 Albums Lauryn Hill – The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill  “I’ll never forget the first time I heard this…

Music | Blue Lab Beats Ft. Melo B Jones – Sweet Thing

NK-OK & Mr. DM – the two components that combine to create Blue Lab Beats have released the beautifully soulful ‘Sweet Thing’, which features luscious vocals from Melo B Jones. The song’s 3 minutes are shared between showcasing the production abilities of the duo and the ear-catching vocals from Melo B Jones, who meshes seamlessly…

Review | Isaiah Rashad – The Sun’s Tirade

After a wait of almost three years since the January 2014 release of his acclaimed Cilvia Demo, Isaiah Rashad has presented his anticipated debut studio album, The Sun’s Tirade. The title of the album is derived from Rashad’s perception that living in L.A. can sometimes feel like one prolonged day, mostly due to the weather,…

Interview | Scott Xylo: Analogue Eyes With Digital Minds

To mark the release of Analogue Eyes With Digital Minds, I spoke to Scott Xylo about what inspired the project and its development. Can you explain the overall concept behind Analogue Eyes With Digital Minds? “I really wanted to make a psychedelic album that would feel like it’s a weird lost demo from the 60s, because…

Music | Scott Xylo Ft. T’nah – Fireflies Coloured In Violet

Ahead of the September 5th release of Analogue Eyes With Digital Minds, Scott Xylo has dropped the second single from the aforementioned project entitled, ‘Fireflies Coloured In Violet’, which features vocals from T’nah. The track takes the form of something that would have come out of the acclaimed Soulquarian era, with the Scott Xylo’s contribution carrying influence…