DJ Manipulator flexes his synth muscles on ARP Revisited, featuring Blu and Louie Gonz. What’s that, another synth stonker from DJ Manipulator? Hell yeah it is! The producer/DJ gave his guest MCs something to rap about on ARP Revisited, a reimagining of the original “ARP” from his Synth Tape album. East Coast met West Coast over Manipulator’s “skillfully blended” scratches and chops, warped together with…

The UK producer drops the second album from his #Road2Switch series. We covered Starchildluke’s last album, Boas Festas, when it came out for Christmas. His aim was to release one album a month in 2019 for his #Road2Switch series, a fund created to buy a Nintendo Switch. January’s album is called VENOMTAPE and uses a variety of rock samples and frantic samples. Inspired by Madlib’s…

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…

An abundance of creative talent come together in the video for Blu & Nottz’s Heaven on Earth. For any hip hop fan, the sound of Blu’s voice trigger memories of a talented – if not tumultuous – career. To celebrate the release of “Gods in the Spirit, Titans in the Flesh”, Blu & Nottz have dropped a new video for single, “Heaven on Earth”. The…

Mass-based duo DJ Manipulator and Louie Gonz leave us with “This Sound”, featuring some focused lyrics from Blu. We have five days to go before DJ Manipulator and Louie Gonz drop their new album, “The Loops”, the pair have offered us a sonic hors d’oeuvre in the form of “This Sound.” Manipulator chose a gorgeous flute/xylophone sample for Louie Gonz and special guest Blu to…

We interviewed Deadpoole about his latest album and his thoughts on last year’s music. Luke: Congratulations on the new album. Would you say this is your best to date? Deadpoole: Thanks so much. I think so, even right from when first I started out I was always working towards an album. The three EP’s that preceded NIGHT/LIFE were me cutting my teeth musically, figuring out…

After the success of Gods in the Spirit, Blu & Nottz return with Titans in the Flesh. We love it when a hip hop plan comes together but we love it even more when they come back for more. Blu & Nottz’s Gods in the Spirit received good press overall and featured some dope guest appearances (Aloe Blacc, Homeboy Sandman and ScienZe) and, three years…

Stones Throw’s Homeboy Sandman tells us why he wants to live under the sea on Blu-produced track “Atlantis”. When he’s not discussing his views on hip hop as a musical art or why he thinks black people are cowards (read on to get the full context), he’s making plenty of music, some of which will be released this year. One of those tracks is this…

MED & Blu drop Peroxide, a funk synth crazy produced by Madlib and featuring psychedelic vocals from Dam-Funk. To get on a release with Madlib is good enough but two in the space of twelve months is pretty special. MED and Blu are the lucky rappers in question and with their latest EP, The Buzz, they collaborate with the likes of Mayer Hawthorne and Dam-Funk….

Peep the video for MED & Blu’s Burgundy Whip, featuring the wonderful Jimetta Rose. You’ve been given a pre-order link and the opportunity to stream the EP, now here is the official video for MED and Blu’s Burgundy Whip. The photo filter visuals work well with the laid back nature of the song and the rappers on it, as the pair cruise around in a… burgundy whip! And to…