LoFi, UK Hip Hop

Album Review: Coops – Life In The Flesh

On ‘Life In The Flesh’ Coops hooks up with Talos to take us on an introspective journey deep into his consciousness as he reflects on life, death and everything that comes between. The North London rapper describes this as a concept album that was “recorded as a reminder that life is a test”, and that… Continue reading Album Review: Coops – Life In The Flesh

Grime

Album Review: Ghetts – Ghetto Gospel: The New Testament

On Ghetto Gospel: The New Testament, Ghetts refines his usual sharp staccato sound, moderating his delivery to fit to an eclectic assortment of instrumentals from the likes of Sir Spyro and Nutty P. The album demonstrates the maturity you’d expect from a Grime OG now in his thirties; but is impressive in its scope and… Continue reading Album Review: Ghetts – Ghetto Gospel: The New Testament

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

Grime

Album Review – D Double E – Jackuum

As an MC who has been shelling down jungle raves and pirate radio sets for 20 years it’s almost unbelievable that this is D Double E’s first solo studio album. Featuring production from Grime scene staples Swifta Beater and Sir Spyro, long-time collaborators Swindle and Diamondz, fellow Newham General Footsie and more; Double uses his… Continue reading Album Review – D Double E – Jackuum

Experimental, R&B

Album review: Negro Swan – Blood Orange

Hynes has created an intricate collage of samples and sounds taken from a deep introspection. The fragmented nature of the album shows us a slightly different side to the multi-instrumentalist. He etches elements of his own hopes, anxieties and mental state into a stream of consciousness that meanders both smoothly and abruptly throughout. We are… Continue reading Album review: Negro Swan – Blood Orange