Interview: Imperial

Imperial is the first guest in our new mini interview series. It’s difficult to find a balance between long form and short form writing. Long form is extensive but takes time to read. Short form is quick to absorb but might not offer as much in comparison. We’ll never cease long form content but we appreciate readers might not have as much time to spend….

Eahwee – !Healxng_ [Side​.​A]

London producer Eahwee gives us !Healxng_ [Side.​A] A lot of the lo-fi scene comprises of American producers but there are plenty on this side of the Atlantic. One such artist is Eahwee (pronounced errr-wee). The London beatmaker has been around for a few years but his latest tape, !Healxng_ [Side​.​A], is our focus today. A defining feature of the scene is the ability to stimulate….

Carns Hill, Anime and Samples – A Match Made in Rap Heaven

Our guest writer Zweli Chibumba gives us the lowdown on London producer Carns Hill and his penchant for sampling. No doubt when you think of Carns Hill you consider SRB Separation Confirmed, The Countdown from 10 or the simple yet iconic Hills Productions soundbite. You might also associate Carns with drill or trap thanks to 67/86/Reekz MB. Or other collaborators such as Blade Brown, Young’s Teflon,…

VIDEO: Kareem Jamal – Matter

Nottingham’s audio maestro Kareem Jamal returns under a new name and new video for single, “Matter.” You may remember way back in 2014 when we did a One to Watch profile on Nottingham rapper KJ Palmer. Much like Mount Kimbie, a lot has happened in that time but the musician returns with a new name and new music. Kareem Jamal is still self producing and…

Leo Napier – Before I Go Away (Le Wanderer Remix)

Leo Napier gets the remix treatment by Le Wanderer on latest single Before I Go Away. A move from the US to Ladbroke Grove may puzzle some but there’s no mistaking Leo Napier’s vocal qualities. The US-born London-based singer has made a bit of a name for himself, lending his talents to Gramatik’s Native Son and now he looks to embark on his solo career…

MALIKA – Run

London soul singer MALIKA just wants to be free on new single, “Run”. We’ve been blessed with some burgeoning talent in our inbox this week. MALIKA is a singer-songwriter from London and Run blends heavy percussion with beautiful vocals in a song about breaking away from an unfulfilling life. The track will feature on her upcoming debut EP Songs About C, due out later this year….

VIDEO: Reppatwa – Until Further Notice

Reppatwa takes a “spin” around Chinatown in London for his latest video. At the tail end of last year, Reppatwa put together a short video for the title track of his upcoming LP. “Until Further Notice” sees Repps spitting over a wntr-produced beat (a great sample of “Gypsy Woman” I might add) and generally having fun. Look out for more news on the full album…

SumoChief – SumoTreats

Ashton James Brown takes a look at “SumoTreats”, the latest and greatest from London-based jazzy-hop supremos, SumoChief. The DNA of hip hop has been imbricated with jazz since its birth in the 70s. From the raw drum beats and relentless energy to the intrepid spirit of improvisation, hip hop has both tacitly and overtly sampled from its forbear for decades. Live hip hop quartet SumoChief are a successful example of…