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Mello Music Group – Mandala Vol. 1 Polysonic Flows & Mandala Vol. 2 Today’s Mathematics
Two compilations from one of today’s finest record labels.
Meyhem Lauren and Buckwild – Silk Pyramids
Hardcore underground East Coast vibes.
Mr. Carmack – Dimebag
The variation in sounds on this instrumental album is sublime, from banging trap to funky head nod tracks.
Mumdance – Take Time
Taking grime in to a twisted future.
Nacho Picasso – Trances With Wolves – The Prixtape
Nacho continues his string of strong releases with is best to date.
Nell – Boyz ‘n’ The Hood
As the name suggests this EP takes a lot of influence from West Coast gangsta but steers it in a fresh direction.
Ohbliv – Blk Love Frequency (a)
Ohbliv has a similar sound to Knxwledge, producing instrumental tracks packed full of clattering beats and soul samples.
Open Mike Eagle – Dark Comedy
Hellfyre Club have had a phenomenal year in 2014 and this album was probably the strongest of the 4 that they produced. A wonderfully eclectic album that somehow manages to stay coherent despite switching between funny, insightful, macabre, pessimistic and silly. But most importantly this album sounds magnificent.
People Under The Stairs – 12 Step Program
The B-boy’s favourite hip-hop legends come back with more fun tracks to get you dancing.
Plus – Rapid Eye Movement
17 year old duo drop a fantastic album full of jazzy vibes and complex flows. These guys are going to be really amazing with a few more years of experience.
Prince Po – Animal Serum
It’s a travesty that Prince Po is so forgotten. Having been part of the esteemed Organized Konfusion and releasing the exceptional “The Slickness” Prince Po should be cemented as one of the greats but even when teaming with super producer Oh No, the wily veteran still gets slept on. If you know who Prince Po and Oh No are you need no convincing here but if you haven’t then stop what you’re doing and get educated.