RKZ – Impossible feat. Sonni Mai

The RKZ/Handbook partnership serves up an “Impossible” delight with guest vocalist Sonni Mai. Understated imagery is a beautifulĀ art form. The concept fuelled decades of art in the mid-20th century and minimalism is all the rage today. When RKZ and Handbook weave their musical threads, the finished product is indicative of that style. But with added colour. And that’s what shines through. You listen with your…

VIDEO: RKZ – Notes

RKZ goes down the minimalist route in his video for his latest single, “Notes”. Knowing the intricate workings of a music video from concept to final presentation is a rarity in real time. If you follow RKZ on Instagram – or quite frankly anywhere – you’ll have seen what went into this video. ButĀ despite being privy to this visual information, you’re still captivated by the…

Chillhop Records – Chillhop Essentials Fall 2016

Chillhop Essentials Fall 2016 is out now and ideal for your autumnal music needs. Chillhop Records always comes with the goods and their Fall 2016 compilation is their latest release. With tracks from the likes of Mecca:83, Handbook and Bonus Points, this comp is hot cocoa for your eardrums. The styles from every track complement each other, with each artist adding their own touch of…

RKZ – They Don’t Know Nothing Feat. Chino XL (Prod. Handbook)

Our man RKZ drops his hardest bars of the year on They Don’t Know Nothing, partnered by Chino XL and Handbook on the beats. Let me just preface this post with one word: WOAH. In arguably the Sampleface coup of the century, RKZ enlisted the talents of Bronx emcee Chino XL and Handbook on the beat for new track They Don’t Know Nothing. Over some…

RKZ – Visionaries (Prod. Handbook)

RKZ keeps it smooth like butter with his latest track, Visionaries. There are some rapper/producer partnerships that just click and RKZ alongside Handbook go together like Batman and Robin. Visionaries is the third song involving Handbook’s production and jumping straight off the mellow sounds from Favourite Song and Think Of Me, RKZ performs accordingly with some equally fine lyricism. Visionaries is a quiet fire for…

Italdred – The Beginning (Compilation)

The London label release their first compilation starring class acts such as Handbook, All These Fingers and Doc Heller. I don’t know whether Italdred Records have been rifling through our posts or we just happen to share a kinship for good music but their amazing debut compilation “The Beginning” is full to the brim with the most amazing talents this side of the interwebs, all…

European Hip Hop Tour #1: England

Welcome to the Sampleface European Hip Hop Tour. Our first stop is England. This is the first in a series of posts written for a now-defunct publication about European hip hop. Originally, it was to mirror a European tour of countries that participated in the 2012 European Championships. My knowledge has grown since I wrote this last year, so you’re getting my old research but…

FREE DOWNLOAD: RKZ – Favourite Song (Prod. Handbook)

RKZ’s latest track, Favourite Song, is free to download and produced by fellow UK producer Handbook. While you prepare for the Notting Hill Carnival festivities today, you might want to consider throwing this track on to keep the vibe going. The multitalented RKZ (who recently became the Head of UK Content here at Sampleface) continued along his spiritual hip hop/spoken word journey with help from…

FREE DOWNLOAD: Handbook – Dustworks

Handbook puts out Dustworks, an EP in conjunction with Pragmatic Theory. The dopeness never stops with this guy. The UK’s Handbook, with Pragmatic Theory and Rhythm22, releases “Dustworks”. Judging by the production on this, we can see where the “dustiness” comes from as the Scunthrope-born producer lays down nine tracks (including a bonus beat) with that sweet vinyl warmth with all the necessary crackles and…

FREE DOWNLOAD: Handbook – You & I

UK producer Handbook gives us that boom bap with his new track, You & I. Just when you thought it was safe to leave Soundcloud, Handbook drags you right back in. You & I is a fantastic arrangement of vocal sampling and classic boom bap percussion and it’s free to download on Soundcloud. The UK producer has been busy on the music streaming websites, uploading…