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 …


INTERVIEW: Taelor Headless

Ashton James Brown brings us an interview with Taelor Headless, the mastermind behind Headless Flywear. We first encountered Headless Flywear way back in February of 2014. While that may seem like a relatively short expanse of time, in this internet age where information is exchanged at breakneck speed, a little over two years is akin …

Hip Hop

Richie Saps & Scott Xylo – Infinite

East London based wordsmith Richie Saps joins forces with Leicester based producer Scott Xylo to deftly regale us with a tale of his immortality… The relationship between producer and emcee has been an integral part of hip hop since its nascent days. On rare occasions, the artistic understanding between these two individuals can be exceptionally …

Hip Hop Jazz

SumoChief – Gator Season (2Late Remix)

London based jazz/hip hop quartet SumoChief have enlisted the services of High Focus beat-wizard 2Late to deliver an intriguing reinterpretation of “Gator Season”. The pursuit of musical complexity can sometimes be futile, as it is often done at the expense of the overall “vibe” of a track. When there is a perceptible lack of this …


Interview: Sumochief

Ashton James Brown interviewed the exciting jazz/hip hop quartet Sumochief and discussed their origins, their thoughts regarding London’s vibrant music scene and how music technology is incorporated into their creative process.

Hip Hop

Scott Xylo – 2003 // HeERO Scott

Scott Xylo offers up a mesmeric piece of nostalgia, with the release of his latest project ‘2003 // HeERO Scott’. Concept albums are often attempted but poorly executed. The idea of basing a project around one central theme allows for it to be far more sonically cohesive; something prominently lacking in LPs/Eps of thematically unrelated …


VIDEO: Fliptrix – Duppying The Style

High Focus label boss Fliptrix delivers some visuals for Duppying The Style, a track taken from his new project ‘Out The Box’. 2014 is shaping up to be a monumental year for High Focus Records with their release schedule containing some of the most intriguing hip hop albums of the year. In just 4 years, …