Alto & Bugseed – ACROSS BEAT TAPE

The Japanese duo return with a new collab project. Japan’s influence on hip hop should not go unmentioned. The nation gave us anime which has become synonymous with the genre’s lo-fi variant. Some of the greatest DJ’s were born there: DJ Kentaro, DJ Krush, The Silent Poets, and the late Nujabes. From the underground, Bugseed continues to reign supreme. His heavy style of boom bap…

J Dilla Changed My Life at The Jazz Cafe (10th Feb 2019)

The iconic night for Dilla is back for another year, featuring usual suspects Spin Doctor, Kidkanevil, DJ Lok, and a live performance from Phat Kat. Due to commitments every year since I last went in 2012, I’ve yet to return to J Dilla Changed My Life. It makes me sad but thems the breaks (pun intended). But the UK’s only official Dilla tribute night continues…

Sean Price & Small Professor – John Gotti (feat. AG Da Coroner, Guilty Simpson & Your Old Droog)

86 Witness, the long-awaited collab album from Sean Price (RIP) and Small Professor is just days away. Until then, enjoy the lead single “John Gotti”. We miss Sean Price. But while his physical may no longer be with us, the spiritual lives on and thanks to Small Professor, there’s an upcoming collab album on its way. 86 Witness is out on 8th February and features a slew of top…

Relive 1959, The Golden Year of Jazz, In A New Photoblog Project

Jazz fan Natalie Weiner launched a blog called The 1959 Project with day-to-day looks at the genre’s most famous year. When researching for my final year dissertation, Ted Gioia’s The History of Jazz was a valuable tome and it helped (I got a First for the dissertation). Jazz history is fascinating and enriching when you travel through every decade of progression. But one year stands out…

Mary J Blige Struts Her Stuff To Solange’s Cranes In The Sky

MJB and Solange fit together so perfectly, and yet, they really shouldn’t. We all know about Mary J Blige and her iconic dancing. She don’t need mo’ hateration on that front. With that in mind, this video should be cognitively dissonant. MJB’s music is hyped and the moves reflect that. But instead, Twitter user @INTERNETBBY threw clips of her dancing over Solange’s Cranes in the…

Aminé – hunnybee remix

When he snaps, he’s like an alligator. Aminé’s huneybee remix is a great way to start the year. Very few artists spark my interest with the hint of a new album, besides the greats. That’s not to say they aren’t worthy of my time but there are so many to keep track of. But I always find time for Aminé and his video teaser for…

AC3Beats – Nostalgia

Lo-fi boom bap with Zelda and Mario samples? AC3Beats’ Nostalgia lives up to its name. I didn’t get my first games console until 1998 but I played on a few in the preceding years. Whether you were like me or you had them growing up, you’ll appreciate the subject matter on AC3Beats’s new album. Nostalgia has been described as “the musical equivalent of a big, warm…

Starchildluke – Boas Festas

An alternative Christmas beat tape by Starchildluke with a worthy cause attached. This is my album; I am Starchildluke. I refrain from promoting my music too much on the site but I thought this was relevant for two reasons: It’s for Christmas It has samples in it It came about while I was on holiday in Lisbon in November (hence the name). I got into…