As you may noticed from the lack of new articles on the site I’ve taken a break from writing but don’t fear, you can discover plenty of new music on my new podcast! I’m playing all types of hip-hop as well some grime, R&B, drum & bass, dubstep, footwork and anything else I think is worth sharing. My first episode is a two hour special and going forward I’ll be doing two episodes at a time, split by the type of music I’ll be playing. Check out the first episode below and head to my Mixcloud page here to check out the next two.
2016 is over and although it seemed to many like everything was going to shit it was an incredible year for music. Now that the dust has settled I’ve been looking back over all of the music we’ve been blessed with, but instead of doing the usual “best albums” I thought I’d take the time to shine some light on the releases that didn’t get anywhere near praise they deserved. All of the releases below would are in my favourite 40 of the year but I’ve seen them get little to no praise from blogs, magazines and people in general. So take a look through these releases and hopefully you’ll discover some music that could make it in to your own personal end of year lists.
As with my round up articles I’ve included a link to buy/download each release and a YouTube link to a track from each. You can access a playlist of all the tracks here.
Black Kray – Soulja Luv Rari World
2016 was the year that “mumble rap” became a common and divisive phrase in the hip-hop scene and although I think it’s usually an inaccurate label, in the case of Black Kray it is quite fitting. This is in no way a criticism though, Black Kray’s unintelligible ramblings give his music a unique feel and although it’s certainly not for everyone I love his style. Combine these odd vocals with some spacey cloud rap beats and you have a catchy, interesting album. Imagine Ol’ Dirty Bastard at his most incoherent, rapping over beats that Yung Lean would use and you’re pretty close to the vibe on this album.
Cappo – Dramatic Change Of Fortune
I loved a lot of albums from last year but this is undoubtedly my favourite. Cappo’s 2004 release ‘Spaz The World’ is one of my all-time favourite albums so I’m always excited when he puts out new material. I certainly wasn’t disappointed when I heard this latest offering from the Nottingham native, this album is nothing short of a masterpiece, meticulously constructed it is a beautifully cohesive piece of music.
Cappo raps like a heavyweight, every word lands with power and precision, switching up his flows to match the multitude of bizarre rhythms that span this LP. The lyrics on this album are superbly poetic and Cappo uses repetition in a way that I have never heard before in hip-hop. Throughout the whole project there are lines that Cappo keeps coming back to which excellently tie up all the tracks. The line “never in your wildest dreams restore your faith” crops up numerous times which innovatively signifies the end of the song or a beat change.
As good as everything else is on this album, the beats are what really give it an edge. All of these instrumentals are sublime, there is such a richness to the sound and an inventiveness to how they’re put together. Cappo produced all off the tracks himself with some help from Theorist on a few tracks and you can tell that he’s taken influence from his previous collaborators The P Brothers because the drums on here are especially hard and crisp. These almost industrial sounding drums punctuate a large range of samples and some wonderfully deep basslines. What makes these instrumentals stand out even more is how they evolve throughout the tracks, riffs are brought in and out while subtle sounds creep in the background.
From the straight brutality of ‘Ellelle’ to the beauty of ‘North’ this album is close to perfect. I implore you all to stop what you’re doing and listen to this album right now, you won’t regret it.
Dälek – Asphalt For Eden
Dälek were one of the first acts to be labelled with the term “noise rap”, it was certainly the first time I heard the phrase used and it instantly grabbed my interest. I loved the group’s 2007 album ‘Abandoned Language’ but a few years after that release in 2010, they took a hiatus from making music. Fast forward to 2016 and we get Dälek’s triumphant return with ‘Asphalt For Eden’, a desolate and brutal hip-hop soundscape. The instrumentals used by Dälek are unlike anything else I’ve heard in hip-hop, heavily distorted guitar riffs drone and saturate these tracks creating a wall of sound that is backed with steady, unrelenting drums. MC Dälek completes the intense aesthetic with his distorted raps that burst through the powerful instrumentals.
Greenova South – Kome Ryde With Us
Pepperboy, Squadda B (of Main Attrakionz) and Young God (of Blue Sky Black Death) revive the cloud rap sound and push it to dreamy new levels on one of the year’s most relaxing albums. This is 10 tracks of pure good vibes, an audio massage to put you in a tranquil state. Young God’s production is simply luxurious, packed with sweeping synths, gentle keys and euphoric pitched up samples all combined into subtly complex compositions. Pepperboy and Squadda B deliver unadulterated positivity via their laid back flows that breeze over those lush beats. This is an LP oozing with love and joy, which is something we all need more of in life.
Havoc & The Alchemist – The Silent Partner
It’s perplexing that a collaborative LP between one half of Mobb Deep and such a legendary producer as The Alchemist could be included in this article but somehow this release has gone almost completely unnoticed. I absolutely loved The Alchemist’s 2013 album with Prodigy and this project with the other member of Mobb Deep is just as good, if not better. If you’re familiar with these two then you know exactly what you’re getting, but that’s in no way a bad thing. Havoc is the king of dark, street rap and The Alchemist conjures up the perfect understated, gloomy beats to back him up. Throw in some stellar guest verses from Prodigy, Cormega and Method Man (who drops one of the best verses I’ve heard from him in years) and you have an excellent album that fulfils that 90s nostalgia but still brings something fresh to the table.
Ivy Sole – Eden
There are a lot of amazing independent artists on Bandcamp so it’s became a great place to browse and discover new music. I stumbled across a lot of great albums on the site last year but Ivy Sole’s ‘Eden’ has to be my favourite. Ivy Sole has such an enchanting voice, there’s a sincerity to it that you don’t often hear, like she’s completely putting her true self in to the music without any pretence. Sole’s lyrics also reflect this truthfulness as she reflects on her relationships, goals and the desires in life. The instrumentals on the release are soulful and serene, drifting along as Sole’s vocals freely switch between rapping and singing. ‘Eden’ is a highly personal album with a warmth that I rarely feel, Ivy Sole is definitely a young talent to look out for.
The Kleenrz – Season 2
The Kleenerz is the duo of underground Los Angeles MC Self Jupiter and Los Angeles producer Kenny Segal. I’m familiar with Kenny Segal from his exceptional work with the likes of Busdriver and Milo but although I’ve often heard the name Self Jupiter, I’ve never actually heard him rap so this album served as a great introduction for me. Self Jupiter’s style is quite unique, he’s very expressive and his delivery often sounds as though he’s reciting poetry in a constant stream that could sound off beat if you weren’t paying attention. This complex flow lends itself to the vivid lyrics as he paints Tarantino-eque imagery, telling tales of Los Angeles’ violent underbelly. Segal’s beats are equally cinematic, building tension and working as a fitting score for Jupiter’s tales. The production style that Segal uses is distinctive, his instrumentals feel almost hand crafted, they’re intricate and always switching up slightly with subtle layers of sound. To end most of the songs on this album Self Jupiter lets the beat ride out, giving Segal a chance to shine as he morphs samples into complex and catchy little interludes. This LP is another example of Kenny Segal’s ability to work with some of the most uniquely creative MCs around and mould his sound to them to make something memorable.
Mr. Lif – Don’t Look Down
10 years ago Mr. Lif was one of the biggest names on the underground hip-hop scene as one of the heavyweights on seminal record label Def Jux, but having taken a 7 year break from his solo hip-hop career the name Lif had faded in to the background for a lot of people. Even though it’s been a while, Lif hasn’t lost a step and has put together a concise and thoughtful album. Every track on the LP serves a purpose, right from the first two tracks that tell the story of an altercation with a home invader which bring Lif to a dark place, then moving on to the next few tracks which become more uplifting but still introspective. The album continues with some epic imagery on ‘Whizdom’ which is features a legendary beat from Edan (I really hope this means he’s going to be releasing more music soon, he’s been missed). We’re then treated to some flawless back and forth raps with fellow Perceptionist, Akrobatik who as always works very well with Lif, especially over the punchy beat on here. Throughout this project the beats are raw and funky, building tension on the earlier songs then lifting the mood as the album progresses. We’re finally lead to the gargantuan finale of the title track with a leviathan of an instrumental layered with a floating organ sweep, sombre piano and a groaning bass sound bubbling up from underneath as Lif closes the album out. On top of this superb album Lif also released a collaborative EP with L’Orange so it’s looks like he’s definitely back for good, and that’s fantastic news for any hip-hop fan.
Ocean Wisdom – Chaos 93′
High Focus is one of the biggest record labels on the relatively small UK hip-hop scene and although I’m not a big fan of most of their releases this one really stood out. There are so many people making boom bap at the moment (especially in the UK), all trying to capture the much loved sound of the 90s but often ending up with something dull and unoriginal. However Ocean Wisdom has come with his own version of that golden age vibe that breaks away from the generic formula. Classic boom bap style samples and drums are laced with chest rattling bass, the production provided by Dirty Dike is some of the best I’ve heard from him. Lyrically, Ocean Wisdom drops killer punchlines with a classic British flavour while his rapid fire flow is reminiscent of Das EFX (if he was from London). If you’re feeling nostalgic for the 90s but need something with a bit of an edge then look no further.
Open Mike Eagle & Paul White – Hella Personal Film Festival
Open Mike Eagle gained a lot of critical praise for his stellar 2014 album ‘Dark Comedy’ which gained him a lot of fans and really got his name out there. Unfortunately this buzz seems to have died down because this project with Danny Brown collaborator Paul White has gone mostly unnoticed, and that’s a massive shame. There’s a strange vibe to this album though, I wasn’t sure about it at first but it really clicked with me after a few listens and became one of my favourite albums of the year, so maybe other fans didn’t give it the time it needs to nestle it’s way in to your brain. The project has a very euphoric, psychedelic feel, but there’s something a little unsettling lying beneath, as if you’re having a serene hallucinogenic trip but you’re on the edge of it turning dark.
As with most of Open Mike Eagle’s music the lyrics are often profound, delving in to some serious issues, but at the same time he uses a lot of humour and bizarre imagery. Like on the track ‘Smiling (Quirky Race Doc)’ about the prejudices black people face in public places, it’s a serious topic that Eagle poignantly explores but then goes on to use the line “Grown man avoided like a ghost fart”. This mixture of politicism with joviality makes for a thought provoking and thoroughly entertaining listen.
It’s a real tribute to Paul White’s talent that he produced the entirety of this album and the majority of Danny Brown’s ‘Atrocity Exhibition’ all in one year, because the two sounds could not be more different. While ‘Atrocity Exhibition’ was coarse and abrasive ‘Hella Personal Film Festival’ is flawlessly smooth, using funk and soul samples to construct these floaty, uplifting tunes. There is a richness and depth to the music that you don’t often hear, White is a true musical expert able to create some of the most pleasurable music I have ever heard. Together this pair have made something truly special, an album that is soothing yet sombre, easy listening with a deeper meaning, music that will stay with you long after you’ve heard it.
Trim – 1-800 Dinosaur Presents: Trim
1-800 Dinosaur is a collective of electronic music producers from the UK, comprised of Foat, James Blake, Airhead, Mr Assister and Klaus. On this project they call upon UK MC Trim to provide vocals for the crew’s vibrant instrumentals. Trim is known for his work on the grime scene but he’s always had a unique flow and has worked with Blake previously, making him a great fit for the unconventional compositions on this release. You could probably slap some silly label like “post grime” on this music but that’s only because you’d struggle to find another way to describe it. The instrumentals here are varied, from stomping, bass heavy tracks to others that with little to no percussion, but despite the range of vibes there is a general aesthetic that links everything together. There are a lot of grime type sounds in the production but the use of space and insane progression takes it outside of that genre. Similarly, Trim uses grime flows at times but his pure poeticness and astute pacing sets him apart. Simply put, this stuff sounds like the future, it’s vibrant, challenging and at times even shocking, a prime example of what forward-thinking music should be.
Vic Spencer – St. Gregory
Chicago has been an incredible city for music for the last few years with acts like Chance The Rapper, Mick Jenkins, Lucki Eck$, Supa Bwe, Noname and many others putting out great projects, but one of my favourite and also most overlooked artists is Vic Spencer. For years now he’s been putting out his own twisted style of hip-hop with killer bars, jazzy beats and deep bass. This album is one of Spencer’s most refined so far, packed with punchlines and wordplay, also showing his aptitude for storytelling on ‘Gone Fishin’ Pt1,2,3′. With an instantly recognisable voice and unpredictable flow, Spencer brings his A game over off-kilter beats that are almost Madlib-esque but with more bass.
Yung Simmie – Simmie Season
The first time I head Yung Simmie was on Denzel Curry’s monstrous tune ‘Threatz’ and I’ve been a huge fan ever since. Simmie just has one of those voices I could listen to for days, his cadence is soothing and relaxed yet there’s this underlying violence to it that adds strength to everything he does. His flow shares this type of contradiction in that it’s uniform and laid back but there’s an energy there that gets me hyped. The beats on this tape are beautifully simplistic, facile but effective samples looped over fiercely sharp and punchy 808 drums. Shortly after this release Yung Simmie dropped ‘Simmie Season 2’ which is also well worth checking out, but I give the edge to the first one because of the more varied production sounds and magnificent verse from the mighty Denzel Curry (on ‘Shoot Da 3’).
2016 is very nearly over and before I put out my top 40 albums of the year, here’s a round up of all the best releases from July-November. Unfortunately I’ve been too busy recently to include descriptions of the releases so you’ll have to check them out yourself.
As always I’ve included a link to buy/download and a link to listen to a track from the release on YouTube. You can get a YouTube playlist of all the tracks here.
$uicideboy$ – Radical $uicide and Eternal Grey
2 Chainz – Daniel Son – Necklace Don and Hibachi For Lunch
2 Fly – Level Up
21 Savage & Metro Boomin – Savage Mode
89 Godzilla – Interplanetary Frequencies
Araabmuzik – Dream World
Abra – Princess
Ace Hood – Starvation 5
Acomplex – Songs 4 Friends
Adrian Younge – The Electronique Void – Black Noise
Aesop Rock & Homeboy Sandman – Lice 2: Still Buggin’
AKTHESAVIOR – Blessings In The Grey 2
Apollo Brown & Skyzoo – The Easy Truth
Archibald Slim & Ethereal – Slum Beautiful
Asaad – Sabbath Trap
A$AP Mob – Cozy Tapes Vol. 1 Friends
Ashland Summit – Casper Gulch
Atmosphere – Fishing Blues
Audio Push – 90951
The Avalanches – Wildflower
Banks & Steelz – Another World
DJ Base – West XL 16
Beatking – Gangster Stripper Music 3
Beenie Man – Unstoppable
Belly – Inzombia
Benny – My First Brick
Bernz – See You On The Other Side
Big K.R.I.T. – 12FOR12
Big Scoob – H.O.G.
Bishop Lamont – The Reformation G.D.N.I.A.F.T
Block McCloud – The Book Of Ishmael
Blu & Fate – Open Your Optics To Optimism
Blu & Nottz – Titans In The Flesh
Blu & Union Analogtronics – Cheetah In The City
Bones – GoodForNothing, paidprogramming2 & SoftwareUpdate1.0
Bonkaz – Fuck Fame
Boogie – Thirst 48 pt II
Boosie Badazz – Happy Thanksgiving & Merry Christmas
Brian Fresco – Casanova
Brodinski – The Sour Patch Kid
BZZY – A Part Of Everything
BSN Posse – Summer Madness
Cakes Da Killa – Hedonism
Calez – Baby
Cam Wallace – Cold Summer Playlist
Cappo – Dramatic Change Of Fortune
Cassius Jay – Trap Sinatra
Chase N Cashe – Cashe Rules 2
Chip – Power Up
Chloe x Halle – Sugar Symphony
Chris Brown OHB x Section Boyz – Attack The Block
Chris Rivers – Medicated Consumption 2.0 The Refill
Chris Travis – Shark Boy
Chuck Inglish – Texturizer
Chuuwee – Economics
Cisco Kid – Nostalgia
Clams Casino – 32 Levels
clipping. – Splendor & Misery
Clyde Carson – Time
Common – Black America Again
Conway & Prodigy – Hell Still On Earth
Conway – Bullet
Corner Boy P – Clientele
Cousin Stizz – Monda
Craig David – Following My Intuition
Curren$y – Andretti 930, Andretti 1030 & The Carrollton Heist Remixed
Curtis Williams – Danco SZN
Czarface – A Fist Full Of Peril
Dae Dae & London On Da Track – The DefAnition
Dame D.O.L.L.A. – The Letter O
Danny Brown – Atrocity Exhibition
Dave – Six Paths
Dave B & Sango – Tomorrow
Dave East – Kairi Chanel
Dawn Richard – Redemption
Daye Jack – Surf The Web
De La Soul – And The Anonymous Nobody
Dem Atlas – MF Dem
Demrick & Dizzy Wright – Blaze With Us
Dibiase – Bakers Dozen
Die Antwoord – Mount Ninji And Da Nice Time Kid
Digital Trapstars – Screens On Lock 3
The Dillinger Escape Plan – Dissociation
Dillon & Paten Locke – Food Chain
D.I.T.C. – Sessions
Divine Council – Council World
Dizzy Wright – The 702 EP
Dominique Larue & J. Rawls – Almost There
Dora & Dolly – Family Ties
D.R.A.M. – Big Baby D.R.A.M.
DJ Drama – Quality Street Music 2
Dreezy – No Hard Feelings
Ducko McFli – The Lost Beauxs
Duckwrth – I’M Uugly
Dumbfoundead – We Might Die
The Du-Rites – J-Zone & Pablo Martin Are The Du-Rites
Dyme-A-Duzin – 2 Piece Tape
Ed O.G., Shabaam Sahdeeq & Fokis – Recognize Your Power
Eli Sostre – Still Up All Night
DJ Ends – Last Summer
Esperanza Spalding – Emily’s D+Evolution
Ethan Sacii – SaciiWeen
Fabolous – Summertime Shootout 2
Famous Dex – Dexter The Robot & Different
Flip Major – Road Trip
Flowdan – Disaster Piece
Frank Ocean – Blonde and Endless
Fredo Santana – Fredo Mafia
French Montana – MC4
Fudge – Lady Parts
G Herbo – Strictly 4 My Fans
The Game – 1992
The Gaslamp Killer – Instrumentalepathy
Gensu Dean – Raw
Gensu Dean & Denmark Vessey – Whole Food
Ghostemane – Plagues
Giggs – Landlord
Gonjasufi – Callus
Greavous – II
Gucci Mane – Everybody Looking, Guctiggy and Woptober
Gucci Mane & Future – Free Bricks 2 (Zone 6)
Hardo & Jimmy Wopo – Tranpnese
Has-Lo – I Am The Has-Lo Version
H.E.R. – H.E.R. Vol. 1
Hodgy Beats – Dukkha
Hoodrich Pablo Juan – Master Sensei
Horseshoe Gang – 4 Brothers
Hot Sugar – Seductive Nightmares 3
Hus Kingpin & SmooVth – HNIC
Hustle Gang – Hustle Gang Over Errrrythang
Iamsu – 6 Speed
Ibn Inglor – Honegloria
!llmind – Blond (!llmind Remixes)
ILoveMakonnen x Danny Wolf – Red Trap Dragon
Innanet James – Quebec Place
Invisibl Skratch Piklz – The 13th Floor
Isaiah Rashad – The Sun’s Tirade
IshDarr – Broken Hearts & Bankrolls
J $tash – No More Distractions
Jabee – Black Future
Jae Millz – Savage
Jamila Woods – HEAVN
Jarren Benton – Slow Motion 2
Jay 5 & OG Maco – Dynasty EP
Jay IDK – Empty Bank
Jayaire Woods – FREETHEFALL
Jeezy – Trap Or Die 3
Jeremih – Late Nights In Europe
JGRXXN – Ra
Joe Snow – I Know You Know Me You
Johnny Rocket – Trial And Error Day By Day
JP Moregun – JP Moregun
JR Writer – Meet Zeus
J. Stalin – On Behalf Of The Streets 2
Juice – Until The Post Interview
Juicy J – Lit In Ceylon and #MUSTBENICE
K$ubi Kayy – Make It Happen
Ka – Honor Killed The Samurai
Kam – Mutual Respect
Kay The Yacht – Before The Fab
K-Def & El Da Sensei – The Jersey Connection
Kelechi – Before The Quarter
Kemba – Negus
Kembe X – Talk Back
Ken Rebel – Indicted Mind
Kevin Abstract – American Boyfriend: A Suburban Love Story
DJ Khaled – Major Key
Kidd Kidd – Fuk Da Fame 2: American Trapstar
K. Locke Traxx – Lab Experiments Vol. 3
Kool A.D. – Official, Peyote Karaoke, Zig Zag Zig and Have A Nice Dream
Kool Keith – The Preacher (as Tashan Dorrsett) and Feature Magnetic
K. Roosevelt – Neon Haze
Krtz – Courtesy
Kur & Dave East – Born Broke, Die Rich
Kush Kelz – I Think The Neighbours Know
KXNG Crooked – Valley Of The KXNGS and Good vs Evil
La Coka Nostra – To Thine Self Be True
Lance Skiiiwalker – Introverted Intuition
Lando Chill – For Mark, Your Son and Madera Canyon EP
Lantana – More To Go
Le$ – Olde English
Like – Songs Made While High
Liki – Ruckus (Assorted Footwork Trax & Remixes 2014-2016)
Lil Flip – The Art Of Freestyle
Lil Uzi Vert – The Perfect Luv Tape
Lil Uzi Vert & Gucci Mane – 1017 vs. The World
Lil Yachty – Summer Songs 2
Lil Twist – Anger Management
Lloyd Banks – All Or Nothing Live It Up and Halloween Havoc 3: Four Days Of Fury
Locksmith – The Lock Sessions
L’Orange & Mr Lif – The Life And Death Of Scenery
Lord Infamous – Anarchy
LowRise Sounds – LowRise Sounds Vol. 3
LucioS – ONE LOVE
Lucki Eck$ – Freewave 2
Mac Miller – The Divine Feminine
Machinedrum – Human Energy
MadeinTYO – Thank You, Mr. Tokyo
Marcellus Juvann – The Great Escape
Marty Baller – Marty G Raw
Master P – The G Mixtape
Max Wonders – Hues To Blame
Maybach Music Group – Priorities 5
Mayer Hawthorne – Party Of One
Meek Mill – Dreamchasers 4
Meltycanon – Old Compilation 3
Mick Jenkins – The Healing Component
Mic Righteous – Dreamland
Mickey Factz & Nottz – The Achievement Circa ’82
Migos – 3 Way
Mike Zombie – Humble Genius
Mike Zombie & Benzi Ayo – Ea$tside Story
Mist – M I S To The T
Mitchy Slick – Lost In The Yay
Moneybagg Yo x Yo Gotti – 2 Federal
My Guy Mars – No Days Off
Mykki Blanco – Mykki
Nacho Picasso – AntiHero Vol. 1
NapsNdreds – Bloodclaat!!!
Nature – Queens Classics
Navie D – Music For Rap Vol. 1
Nef The Pharaoh – Fresh Outta Space 3
Nicolas Jaar – Sirens
Nick Hook – Relationships
Nipsey Hussle – Slauson Boy 2 and Famous Lies & Untold Truth
No Panty – Westside Highway Story
Noho Fidel – Telegraph
Nolan The Ninja – He(art)
Noname – Telefone
NxWorries – Yes Lawd
Nxstalgic – Motorola
Ocean Wisdom – Chaos ’93
Odd Couple – Liberation
OG Maco – Breathe 2 Episode 1 (Unite), Blvk Phil Collins and For Scott
The Other Guys – Life In Analog
OT Genasis – Coke ‘N’ Butter
The Outfit TX – Green Lights Everything Goin’
P Money – Live & Direct
PARTYNEXTDOOR – PARTYNEXTDOOR 3
DJ Paul – Mafia 4 Life, Year Of The Six Pt. 1 and 2
Paul Wall – Houston Oiler
Peanut Da Don – Back On Simpson 2
Peewee Longway – Longway Sinatra
Perfect Game – HYPE REALITY OF RANDOM PIECES
Phonte & Eric Roberson – Tigallerro
Phora – With Love
PJ – Rare
Planet Asia – Asiatic Prince
PnB Rock & Fetty Wap – Money, Hoes & Flows
Pollari – Lil Llari World
Polyester The Saint – American Muscle
Post Wolfey – Come Down
Prodigy – Untitled EP
Project Pat – Street God 3 and 4
Prophets Of Rage – The Party’s Over
Psycho Les – Dank God Vol. 1
Que – The Dogfather
Rae Sremmurd – Sremmlife 2
The Range – Potential
Rapsody – Crown
Ras Beats – Control Your Own
Ras Kass – Intellectual Property SOI2
Red Pill – Instinctive Drowning
Reks – The Greatest X
Remi – Divas And Demons
RetcH – Lean & Neck
Rich Forever Music – Rich Forever 2
Rich The Kid – Keep Flexin’
Richie Wess & Metro Boomin – Richie Boomin EP
Riff Raff – Balloween
Riz MC – Englistan
/r/ Making Hip-Hop – MHH Mixtape 2016
Rob Stone – I’m Almost Ready
Robb Bank$ – C2
Robert Glasper Experiment – ArtScience
Route 1 Audio – Free Compilation 2016
DJ Rude One – ONEderful
Saba – Bucket List Project
Sarboza – Fountain Of Youth
SauceLord Rich – Know Me (King Wolf)
ScHoolboy Q – Blank Face LP
Sean Brown – Life Of A Dreamer
Sho Baraka – The Narrative
Show Banga – Show Time 2
Sir – HER
Skeme – One Night Only Vol. 1
Ski Mask The Slump God – Drown In Designer and Slaps For My Drop Top Minivan
Skippa Da Flippa – I’m Tellin’ Ya
Skizz – Cruise Control
Slim Thug – Hogg Life, Vol. 4: American King
Slipmat Brothers & Penpal – Made For The Underground
SmooVth – SS96J Smoothest Since ’96 J
Slug Christ – The Demiurge
Solange – A Seat At The Table
Sonny Digital – GOAT
Soulja Boy & Bow Wow – Ignorant Shit
Spuf Don – Element Of Surprise
Starlito – Red Dot Free
Stephen Marley – Revelation Pt. II The Fruit Of Life
Sterling Hayes – Antidepressant
Stwo – DTSNT
Supa Bwe – Dead Again 3
Supreme Ace – Something I Put Together
Swet Shop Boys – Cashmere
T.I. – Us Or Else
Taku & Waifu – Median
Tall Black Guy – Lets Take A Trip
Talley Of 300 – Thanksgiving
Tanya Morgan – Abandoned Theme Park
Tasha The Amazon – Die Every Day
Taylor Gang – TGOD Volume 1
Termanology – More Politics
Thane – Topia
Tinashe – Nightride
Tink – Winters Diary 4
Topaz Jones – Arcade
Toro Y Moi – Live From Trona
Tory Lanez – I Told You
Towkio – Community Service 2
Tragedy Khadafi – The AuraPort
Trapo – Shade Trees
Travis Scott – Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight
Tree – I.B. Tree
A Tribe Called Quest – We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service
A Tribe Called Red – We Are The Hallucination
Trim – 1-800 Dinosaur Present Trim
Trizz – Leatherface 2 and Lost Recordings
Troy Ave – Roland Collins
Tsu Surf – 2am
Tunji Ige – Prince Of July
Ty Dolla $ign – Campaign
Usher – Hard II Love
Vast Aire – The Heir Vast
Vic Spencer – St Gregory
Villa – Fluorescent
Vince Staples – Prima Donna
Vinnie Paz – The Cornerstone Of The Corner Store
Waka Flocka & Sizzle – Lebron Flocka James 4
Waldo – Be Ever Wonderful
Wdng Crshrs – CrshrsGotWings
Well$ – The Way I’m Living Makes My Mother Nervous
Westside Gunn – There’s A God And There’s A Flygod, Praise Both and Hitler Wears Hermes 4
Willie Green – Doc Savage
Wordsworth & JSOUL – Blame It On The Music
Ye Ali – Private Suite
YG – Red Friday
Young Buck – 10 Bodies
Young Chop – Album 2
Young Dolph – Rich Crack Baby
Young Greatness – I Tried To Tell Em 2
Young Thug – Jeffery
Yung Simmie – Simmie Season and Simmie Season 2
Zoey Dollaz – Port Au Prince and October
Z-Ro – Drankin’ & Drivin’ and Legendary
Zuse & Nard & B – Trench Zuse
2016 got off to a great start and the onslaught of fantastic releases hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down. Here I’ll be looking at all of the releases from April-June 2016 (and a few that I’d missed from the months prior) that I think are worth checking out.
I know this round up is ridiculously late, it was nearly finished in July but then I moved house and our internet provider took over a month to get everything sorted. There were too many releases that deserve to be mentioned so I felt I still had to put this article up.
As always I’ve listed the albums with a short description, a link to buy/download and a link to listen on YouTube where possible.
3rd Eye Magic – Abracadabra
Charles Hamilton temporarily puts down the mic and gets behind the boards to produce a mixtape for MC C.Young. I really enjoy Hamilton’s beats here, they’re soulful but lo fi and rugged while C.Young has an entertaining style with some clever lyrics.
6Blocc – Deadly Dubs 4
Seriously heavy dub / jungle / footwork madness from a masterful producer.
600breezy – Breezo George Gervin (Iceman Edition)
Pure trap music with some great bangers.
9th Wonder – Zion
Super producer 9th Wonder continues to bring the soul with this beat tape.
A.CHAL – Welcome To GAZI
Moody, electronic hip-hop with strong trap and R&B influences.
AD & Sorry Jaynari – By The Way
West Coast gangsta that really slaps.
Aesop Rock – The Impossible Kid
The golden child of backpack rap brings his super lyrical style to great effect.
Alex Wiley – Tangerine Dream
I haven’t been a massive of Alex Wiley previously but I was very impressed with this release. He has a great flow that switches from rapid fire to smooth and uplifting.
Aloe Blacc & Rhettmatic – Blaccmatic
We all know Aloe Blacc now for his fantastic singing voice and catchy soul songs but it seems he had this little gem hidden away the whole time. Recorded around 2004 with producer / DJ Rhettmetic, Aloe Blacc shows his versatility as he raps and sings over some great soulful, funky beats.
Antwon – Double Ecstasy
It’s hard to know what you’re going to get with a new Antwon release but it’s always a treat. On this EP he creates this twisted, down beat, club infused sound with unsettling synth sounds and bumping percussion.
Apathy – Handshakes With Snakes
Underground hip-hop with thoughtful lyrics and boom bap beats.
A$AP Ferg – Always Strive And Prosper
A$AP Mob’s second biggest player take his music in a different direction with his second album. Ferg seems to be going for a more accessible sound on this release, losing a lot of the darkness of his first album and bringing more party vibes. I’m not enjoying this as much as ‘Trap Lord’ but there are some superb bangers in here.
Audio Push – The Stone Junction
Audio Push have been one of the most exciting young acts in hip-hop over the last couple of years and they proceed to improve on this EP. The vibe here is a lot heavier than their work from last year but it really suits them. The duo sound extremely hungry over these dark, bass heavy beats.
AyOh – III EP
This is the second beat tape I’ve heard from this guy and I’m loving it. Dreamy, soulful instrumentals with more complexities than many other producers on the scene.
Azizi Gibson – A New Life
Spaced out and macabre trap infused hip-hop.
BADBADNOTGOOD – IV
Young jazz fusion band who strike a spot on balance between accomplished musicianship and funky grooves.
Bankroll Mafia – Bankroll Mafia
Atlanta super crew mixtape featuring T.I., Young Thug, Shad Da God, Peewee Longway and MPA Duke. A sublime example of the current Atlanta scene with plenty of high energy tunes.
Beatking – Club God 5
Trap mixtape with some top notch beats.
Birdman & Jacquees – Lost At Sea
Rich Gang members with a nice EP of smooth, bass heavy tap.
Bishop Nehru – Magic 19
Bishop Nehru takes a step away from the boom bap beats he usually raps on and rides some interesting trap style beats.
Black Milk & Nat Turner – The Rebellion Sessions
Producer / rapper extraordinaire Black Milk teams up with Nat Turner to create a pleasing instrumental album of raw funk and jazz vibes.
Blended Babies – 6
Gritty blend of hip-hop, funk and rock.
Blood Orange – Freetown Sound
Spaced out and retro elctro soul.
Blueprint – Vigilante Genesis
Underground MC Blueprint puts fellow back packer veteran Aesop Rock behind the boards to produce this solid EP. The two work together excellently delivering eloquent raps and dark instrumentals.
Bodega BAMZ – All Eyez Off Me
Grimey New York style hip-hop.
Bones – Useless
Genre defying rapper Bones continues to progress with another inspired mixtape. The usual melancholy trap and cloud rap vibes are here but there’s some real aggression present here as well that make this tape stand out.
Boosie Badazz – Bleek Mode (Thug In Peace Lil Bleek)
Solid trap mixtape.
Brockhampton – All American Trash
Young collective with a variety of styles spanning boom bap, trap and R&B.
BSN Posse – #UOAI EP
Frantic European footwork.
Bugzy Malone – Facing Time
UK MC Bugzy drops a great EP that’s equal parts grime and hip-hop.
Burberry Perry – Burberry Perry EP
Burberry Perry put in a lot of work on Lil Yachty’s catchy but very divisive mixtape Lil’ Boat. Now he’s stepping out with his own EP while keeping the same vibe going. A lot of people are hating this new movement in hip-hop but I’m loving it because this EP is pure fun, catchy autotune hooks, childlike riffs and crisp percussion.
C.Robin – Goofy Tunes
Booming 808 bass and warped auto tune vocals with a bit of a Sad Boys vibe going on.
Casey Veggies – Customized Greatly 4: The Return Of The Boy
Solid mixtape from young MC Casey Veggies. This guy is definitely showing some progression and the use of some interesting beats make this an enjoyable listen.
Chance The Rapper – Colouring Book
It’s been a long wait since Chance’s very popular second mixtape Acid Rap and although I don’t think Colouring Book is quite on the same level it’s still a fantastic collection of tracks. This tape oozes positivity and gets you hooked straight away with how infectious a lot of the songs are, the perfect soundtrack for summer.
Chevy Woods – The Freemix
Nice trap tape with some savage beats and killer flows.
Chiedu Oraka – Not Ya Average Spitting 1.5
My home town Hull, U.K. has never had the biggest or best hip-hop scene. There has been some talent but more often than not they’ve concentrated too much on emulating the U.S. style and taken a lot of influence from 90s hip-hop. This is why Chiedu Oraka is refreshing, his Hull accent comes through strong and he’s looking to the future with more complex flows and high energy. This mixtape is a good introduction to Oraka as he’s starting to truly refine his flow and proves this over some classic beats.
Chris Crack – Troll Till They Fold
Chicago MC affiliated with MC Tree and the soul trap movement delivers some hard bars over beautifully simple soul beats.
Chuck Inglish & Blended Babies – Ev Zepplin
Ex Cool Kids member Chuck Inglish teams up with producers Blended Babies on this lush release mixing classic West Coast hip-hop with psychedelic rock vibes.
Clipping – Wriggle
Noise rap group bringing more of their abrasive, wall of sound hip-hop.
Conway – 50 Round Drum
Grimey East Coast underground rap tape.
Curren$y – Bourbon Street Secrets (with Purps), Revolver (with Sledgren), The Legend Of Harvard Blue and Stoned On Ocean
Curren$y has been unstoppable this year putting out a constant stream of releases. He’s been working with a number of producers, all bringing their own vibe in to the mix while Curren$y keeps it smooth as always.
D.I.T.C. – D.I.T.C. Studios
East Coast legends prove they’ve still got it on this sturdy boom bap album.
Dälek – Asphalt For Eden
Before the days of Death Grips and Clipping, before the term noise rap was even coined, there was Dälek. I remember hearing the group for the first time in 2007 and being mesmerised by the use of droning tones, the type I was more used to hearing in experimental rock music. The group went on a hiatus but are back and as good as ever with this storming barrage of intense instrumentals and vivid raps.
Dawn Richards – Infrared
Deep and intricate neo soul.
De La Soul – For Your Pain & Suffering
Hip-hop legends give us a little taster to tide us over until their long awaited album which was released in the last month.
Deante Hitchcock – GOOD
Hip-hop with electronic beats and some smooth flows.
Death Grips – Bottomless Pit
Hectic and aggressive experimental hip-hop.
Deniro Farrar – Mind Of A Gemini
Some time has passed since I’d heard anything from Deniro Farrar and it’s great to have a batch of fresh music from him. This release has a shift in vibes from his previous work and sounds sublime. Farrar raps with a confidence and wisdom that is unusual for someone as young as him and the new chilled out, jazzy beats that he’s using make for a superb set of tracks.
Desiigner – New English
The guy who got huge off one track finally gives us a taste of what else he has to offer. This release feels a bit incomplete but there are some very high energy tracks to get you hyped.
Die Antwoord – Suck On This
The bizarre South Africans return with a collection of tracks more listenable than their usual material. They’re still insane but there are a few bangers in here.
Doctor Flake – Six
Progressive and atmospheric instrumental hip-hop.
dom.o.b – 3 Years Late
A wonderful selection of jazz and soul beats are a great back drop for dom.o.b’s smooth flows. This guy deserves to get a lot more attention, I’ve heard a lot of unknown rappers on Bandcamp but dom.o.b has to be one of my favourites, his soothing raps put me straight in to a good mood.
Don Mykel – GOD Mykel The Last Martyr
Underground hip-hip featuring some hard beats and well-thought out raps.
Drake – Views
I’m sure most people know about this album by now, far from his strongest work but still has some decent commercial tunes.
The Egyptian Lover – 1983 – 1988
Stones Throw reissue a collection of classic tracks from the electro pioneer.
Elucid – Save Yourself
Lyrically dense and poetic underground hip-hop.
DJ Esco – Project E.T. (Esco Terrestrial)
This might as well be a Future mixtape as he’s featuring on the majority of the tracks. It’s more of the same from Future but this is far from a bad thing as I’m a big fan of his sound. I don’t think this is quite on the level of Monster or 56 Nights but it has enough bangers to put it on the same level as Evol and Purple Reign which were released earlier this year.
Ethereal – Look At Me
Ethereal of the Awful Records crew gives us an unsettling and macabre EP with lo fi beats and monotone, rambling flows.
Faces Of Def – Hustle Grind Hard
Solid boom bap release.
Famous Dex – Heartbreak Kid
Fat Jon – Tephlon Funk The Free Tape
Beautiful soul based instrumental hip-hop.
Fat Nick – When The Lean Runs Out
New age trap with off kilter beats.
Fat Trel – SDMG 2
Fifty Grand – Summoning Key
Eery, 808 laced instrumental hip-hop.
Fki 1st – First Time For Everything Pt. 1
Producer who’s worked with the likes of Ilovemakonnen and Post Malone drops his own EP of wonky R&B.
Flume – Skin
Electronica full of chunky synths and some stellar guest appearences.
Frank Nitt – Asphalt Runways
Detroit MC best known for his work with J Dilla brings the funk on his latest hip-hop release.
Freeway – Free Will
The name Freeway doesn’t come up anywhere near as much as it used to but he still has that intense, high energy flow.
DJ Fresh & Mistah FAB – The Tonite Show Pt.3
Another solid edition of ‘The Tonite Show’ with Bay Area MC Mistah FAB.
Frisco – System Killer
While Skepta has been making waves all over the world with ‘Konnichiwa’ his label mate Frisco dropped my favourite UK release of the year so far. I’m really loving the Swindle produced tracks on here, those funky beats mixed with Frisco’s grime bars is an amazing combination. The whole album is very consistent and feels a lot more coherent than many other grime releases that feel more like some tracks thrown together rather than proper albums.
Fusion – Rough Kutz & Abstractions, Brave New World, Summer Series V.2 and Pumped EP
Independent label putting out more quality footwork tunes.
The Game – Streets Of Compton
West Coast hip-hop.
Genius & Felipe – A Eastside Story
Gold Panda – Good Luck And Do Your Best
Beautiful electronica with an East Asian vibe. The slow progression and build up in these tracks makes them really stand out, just when you think the track has climaxed it takes it up another level.
Grafh – Pain Killers Reloaded
Hip-hop mixtape with some great beats and hard tracks.
Grand Puba – Black From The Future
Rap veteran of Brand Nubian fame returns with a strong collection of tracks. Puba has taken the best of his old style and updated it to make something that still sounds fresh.
Green Ova South – Kome Ryde With Us
Main Attrakionz MC Squadda B teams up with Pepperboy and Young God (from production team Black Sky Blue Death) to make an amazingly soulful and spacey album. The lush, mellow beats are the perfect back drop for the Squadda B and Pepperboy’s laid back vocals.
GxFR (Westside Gunn, Conway & Mach-Hommy) – Don’t Get Scared Now
Atmospheric EP packed with vivid raps telling stories of organised crime and druglords over some stripped back Wu-Tang-esque instrumentals.
Hak – June
Ex-member of Ratking with his first solo release. More synth lead and less hectic than his previous work the aforementioned group but still with some of that experimental vibe.
Havoc & The Alchemist – The Silent Partner
Prodigy’s album with Alchemist was one of my favourite releases of 2013 so I was really hyped to hear that Havov, the other half of Mobb Deep, was working on his own album with the expert producer. As expected this is a superb LP packed with luscious, cinematic beats and that trademark New York flow.
Homeboy Sandman – Kindness For Weakness
I’d put Homeboy Sandman in the top 10 MCs in the world right now. He has many different flows that he performs flawlessly over any beat he chooses, his lyrics range from profound to hilarious and he has a personality that shines through on any track. The beats on here are funky and soulful with some strange rhythms that let Homeboy show off his rapping ability.
Hoodrich Pablo Juan – Designer Drugz 2
Horseshoe Gang – Anti-Trap Music
Hardcore underground hip-hop. These guys have amazing flows and really bring it on these tracks.
Ill Bill – Septagram
Underground hip-hop veteran and former member of Non Phixion returns with what I think is his strongest release since “What’s Wrong With Bill?”.
Illa Ghee – Illa Matic
Mixtape from one of New York’s lesser known MCs. Illa Ghee has a heavy rap style and makes some classic East Coast hip-hop.
Ivy Sole – Eden
One of the freshest sounding albums of 2016 so far. Super smooth, soulful instrumentals backed with crisp percussion. Ivy Sole has a hypnotising delivery, her voice is so soothing, this LP is simply a joy to listen to.
J $tash – Hood Rich
Fun trap mixtape with some real bangers.
J Dilla – The Diary
A collection of solid tracks from the J Dilla vaults.
Jam Tidy – Jam Tidy EP
High energy band from Birmingham UK who fuse hip-hop, reggae, ska and gypsy music in to one fluid style. It sounds like a strange bunch of influences but it really works and makes for serious party music.
James Blake – The Colour In Anything
Ambient and melancholy album from an expert in electronic music.
Jeremiah Jetpack – Rip Wasabi
Colourful and fun hip-hop mixtape.
Jerreau – Never How You Plan
Fly Union member drops a strong mixtape featuring fantastic production. The melodic and bass heavy beats brought me to this release but Jerreau’s stellar raps kept me listening.
Jigmastas – Resurgence
Boom bap album.
Jim Jones – The Kitchen
New York gangsta rap.
Jody Breeze – No Promo
Joey Purp – iiiDrops
Deep and fluid hip-hop from the young Chicago MC.
John Robinson – Water The Plants EP
Instrumental boom bap EP.
J SOUL – Jane 2 Miami
Catchy trap R&B EP.
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J-Zone – Fish-N-Grits
J-Zone may be the most underrated artist in hip-hop and that is no exaggeration. This guy’s earlier releases were the soundtrack to much of my teenage years and it makes me so happy to have him back making music. Fish-N-Grits sees J-Zone evolve even further as his subject matter matures and he covers a variety of subjects from the modern rap scene to hipsters in New York. I’m loving the beats on this album, he has really perfected the live drums he’s started using and incorporated his signature complexity that made albums like “$ick Of Bein’ Rich” so superb.
K.A.A.N. – Uncommon Knowledge
This was the first I’ve heard from K.A.A.N. and I’m already hooked. His flow reminds me of guys like Fu Schnickens and Daz EFX, it’s fast as hell but fluid at the time and mixed with the chilled, jazzy beats this is a great EP.
Kaytranada – 99.9%
Colourful electronic music with a good cast of guest appearances.
Kevlaar 7 – A Beautiful Soul
Sturdy boom bap mixtape.
Key – Before I Scream
Atlanta trap rapper with an interesting edge.
Key Nyata – Dad Of The Year
Spaced out trap mixtape.
Khary – Intern Aquarium
New school boom bap album.
Killer Bee – Alone
Vibrant instrumental hip-hop.
King Harris – Nightmare On Wolff St
Dope hip-hop album delivers a variety of vibes, from trap style bangers to more soulful, mellow tunes.
The Kleenrz – Season Two
Underground MC Self Jupiter collaborates with forward thinking producer Kenny Segal. The raps are complex and at times verge on spoken word style while the beats are intricate but groovy. Featuring guest verses from the likes of Myka 9 and Busdriver, if you like those two you’ll love this album.
Kojaque – Sunday Roast
I don’t know of many Irish rappers and I know of even fewer who rap with a proper Irish accent. It’s a shame because Kojaque shows just how good that Irish voice sounds over moody boom bap beats.
Kokane – Kokane King Of G-Funk
G-Funk legend Kokane delivers are collection of catchy G-Funk tunes.
Kool A.D. – All Love and Kool A.D. Is Dead
Kool A.D. has really been pumping out a lot of music recently and he shows no signs of stopping. ‘All Love’ sees Kool A.D. trying out some auto tune over big trap beats. It’s ‘Kool A.D. Is Dead’ that really interests me though as there isn’t much rapping on here, instead we have psychedelic instrumentals and weird vocal tracks, I’d like to hear more of this style from the ex-member of Das Racist.
Kweku Collins – Nat Love
R&B / hip-hop blend with complex beats.
LA The Darkman – La Luminati
Lady Leshurr – Queen’s Speech EP
Grime MC Lady Leshurr has gone viral with music videos for her ‘Queen’s Speech’ series, this EP collects all of those catchy punchline filled tracks.
Larry June – Larry
Le$ – Techno Violet
Jet Life member with an interesting mixtape with really long, progressive tracks and influences varying from 80s electro pop to chilled out soul.
Lil Duke – Uber
Infectious trap mixtape from Young Thug affiliate.
Lil Uzi Vert – Lil Uzi vs The World
One of this year’s XXL Freshman with a solid mixtape of moody trap with some heavy beats.
Lil West – Indigo 2
Dark trap EP.
Lotto Savage – Don Slaughter
Lucki Eck$ – Son Of Sam
Chicago is home to some really exciting, boundary pushing hip-hop right now and Lucki Eck$ is a big part of that. ‘Son Of Sam’ is even darker and more drugged up than Lucki’s previous releases and I’m loving it.
Luu Breeze – Something In The Shade
Solid hip-hop mixtape with trap and R&B vibes.
Madeintyo – You Are Forgiven EP
Madeintyo came out of nowhere with his track ‘Uber Everywhere’ which gained a lot of popularity very quickly. This two part EP continues in the same vibe of fun, catchy trap tunes.
Mark Battles – Before The Deal
Indiana MC who often collaborates with Dizzy Wright drops a well rounded album with well thought out lyrics and a great collection of beats that fit the range of vibes.
Masta Ace – The Falling Season
Hip-hop legend and expert storyteller returns with another superb concept album. This time Ace relives his high school years while giving us some brilliant boom bap littered with cinematic skits that tie everything together.
Maxo Kream – The Persona Tape
Maxo got a lot of people talking last year when he dropped his ‘Maxo 187’ tape and although I liked it I thought the beats let him down a little bit. That is definitely not a problem here, the beats are heavy and full sounding, tracks like ‘Choppers’ and ‘Big Worm’ are so evil they’re almost scary. Maxo has improved on the mic too with some crazy flows that fit the nasty beats perfectly.
Mayer Hawthorne – Man About Town
Mayer Hawthorne brings us the summer vibes as he mixes funk, soul, R&B and even a little bit of reggae. You can’t help but smile when you listen to this album.
MED – Bang Ya Head 4
West Coast veteran delivers a sturdy hip-hop EP.
The Mekanix – Under The Hood
Classic Bay Area vibes.
Meyhem Lauren – Piatto D’Oro
Pure filthy New York hip-hop with features from Roc Marciano and Action Bronson.
Michael Christmas – Baggy Eyes EP
Michael Christmas got me intrigued with his album ‘What A Weird Day’ but I’m really loving this EP even more. The beats have my head nodding and Michael’s flow seems effortless but he goes hard at times to keep things interesting.
Miles Davis & Robert Glasper – Everything’s Beautiful
Jazz pianist re-works and samples some classic Miles Davis while a cast of excellent vocalists add their own melodies on this soundtrack to the biopic released earlier this year.
theMind – Summer Camp
Forward thinking R&B with interesting beats.
Mistah F.A.B. – Son Of A Pimp Pt. 2
Bay Area hip-hop album.
Montana Of 300 – Fire In The Church
Great trap mixtape with a stellar selection of beats.
Mr Lif – Don’t Look Down
Underground hip-hop leviathan Mr Lif has been on a bit of a hiatus in recent years but returned with everything we would want from him. This album is classic Lif but still sounds fresh and futuristic. It’s also great to have an Edan beat on the track ‘Whizdom’, it’s been years since I’ve heard new material from that guy and I’ve definitely missed him.
Neroche – Roadside Oddities
Eery instrumental hip-hop with sublime use of obscure percussion sounds.
Nessly – Still Finessin’
New wave trap mixtape with bass heavy beats and good use of auto tune.
Night Lovell – Red Teenage Melody
Melodic trap mixtape.
Noveliss – Mic Swordz
Clear Soul Forces member with an excellent boom bap EP.
Oddisee – The Odd Tape
Producer/rapper Oddisee drops an instrumental tape packed with intricate, jazzy beats.
OG Maco – 7FRVR and OG Maco 2 Episode 1 The Duke Of Summer
OG Maco isn’t quitting his constant stream of releases and although I don’t think he’s quite hit the heights of the OG Maco EP again, there are definitely a lot of great tracks here. I especially enjoy ‘The Duke Of Summer’ which has a raw vibe and some wonky beats.