Grime, UK Hip Hop, UK Rap

Album Review: Jam Baxter – Touching Scenes

It’s not necessary to listen to all of Jam Baxter’s catalogue of releases, a remarkably consistent ten in ten years, to understand that the North London rapper is a master of his craft. The meticulous craftsmanship of his lyrical wordplay often appears at odds with the debauched, gruesome content – but the marriage of the… Continue reading Album Review: Jam Baxter – Touching Scenes

Spoken Word, UK Rap

Album review: Shay D – Human Writes

On Human Writes, North London rapper Shay D’s sophomore album, the artist harnesses all her emotions, from bitterness to bravado to deliver an intense, hard hitting project that definitely requires multiple listens to digest. Drawing on the pain of broken relationships, both familial and romantic, struggles with mental health and burning ambition, Shay D takes… Continue reading Album review: Shay D – Human Writes

R&B, UK Rap

Mixtape Review: Octavian – SPACEMAN

"Octavian manages to conduct a guided tour with a perfectly planned itinerary...his ability to meld motivational speech into materialistic boasts before turning his gaze inwards to his feelings – [is] a combination that results in a tape that feels honest, personal and beautifully complete." Whether it’s the extreme lows and highs that he’s already experienced… Continue reading Mixtape Review: Octavian – SPACEMAN

Alternative, UK Rap

EP Review: Slowthai – Runt EP

Runt EP represents yet another fantastic body of work from the incredibly prolific Slowthai. On this project he doesn’t quite abandon, but certainly moves beyond, much of his usual irreverence, focussing instead on the darker sides of his consciousness and existence. The rapper once again teams up with Kwes Darko, a vital ingredient in Slowthai’s… Continue reading EP Review: Slowthai – Runt EP

UK Hip Hop, UK Rap

Album Review: Fliptrix – Inexhale

High Focus head honcho Fliptrix is synonymous with the sound of UK Hip-Hop. Boom-bap beats, piano-laced melodies and not to mention his intelligent, multi-syllabic bars have made him a colossus on the UK scene. Inexhale represents a continuation of this sound, a journey into the depths of his consciousness that wends a path through space… Continue reading Album Review: Fliptrix – Inexhale