EP: Red Pill – Learning To Punch

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Red Pill

It feels like I’ve only been posting things coming through Mello Music Group this week (not that I’m even remotely complaining), but what else can I do when they just keep on delivering? The new signee opens his EP with Smile, using production from his now labelmate Oddisee that Red Pill‘s been sitting on for 5 years. Learning To Punch rounds out with Apollo Brown and Duke Westlake behind the boards on one track each. Everyone brings their own on this project and if you aren’t already following everything Red Pill and Mello Music Group, then sort yourself out. Enjoy.

Album: Jakarta Records – Winter In Jakarta

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Jakarta Records - Winter In Jakarta

Following the success of their Summer In Jakarta compilation, Jakarta Records has decided to put out a follow up, Winter In Jakarta. With contributions from Oddisee, L’Orange, IAMNOBODI, StwoLike and more, this makes for a damn good compilation. Enjoy.

Rapper Big Pooh – Stop (feat. Steve Roxx) (Prod. Apollo Brown)

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Rapper Big Pooh - Words Paint Pictures

A week ago Rapper Big Pooh announced he would be releasing an album produced entirely by the great Apollo Brown. If you’ve heard output from either of these guys (preferably both) you’ll already know that this is going to end up being a seriously great album; and so that you don’t have to wait in silence until it’s release on March 24 they’ve given us Stop to spin until then. Stop and it’s Steve Roxx feature will sit alongside features from Rass KassBlakk Soul, Jalen Santoy, Novej and Lute; and the whole thing will be coming out through Mello Music Group. Hit the jump to read what Rapper Pooh has to say (via XXL) about the single. Enjoy.

Pre-order: iTunes or Vinyl

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Oddisee & Phonte – Requiem // L’Orange – Sometimes I Feel (feat. Kool Keith)

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Mello Music Group - Persona

Mello Music Group is one of those labels where you can pre-order an album from an artist you’ve never heard (something I’ve actually done) and feel pretty safe that the project that swings your way will be some dope hip hop, filled to the brim with soul and passion. So the upcoming compilation album is certain to be nothing less that perfect. Check the tracklist on bandcamp. This will not be one to miss. Persona. March 10. Enjoy.

Pre-order: Vinyl

But there’s ultimately no need to do the track-by-track breakdown. This is an anthology in the most traditional well-curated sense. Turn here if you want to find the best hip-hop artists of their generation in raw and unfiltered form. The bars are brimstone; the beats force your neck to swivel. Through all the discontent, rays of hope begin to emerge. If you remember the feeling you got when you first heard Soundbombing, stop searching. The slang has changed, the style remains indelible, the latest personas have emerged. The new sound is here. – Mello Music Group

L’Orange – Need You (feat. Blu)

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The last I heard from L’Orange was the album he produced for Stik Figa, and that a serious project. Need You sees Blu hopping up on an L’Orange produced joint again. This is not the first time these two have worked together, and hopefully not the last. The new single comes off L’Orange‘s upcomong solo album, The Orchid Days, coming in April via Mello Music Group. Enjoy.

Album: Oddisee – The Beauty In It All // Tangible Dream

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On Sunday Oddisee released not one, but two full projects. Firstly the instrumental album The Beauty In It All, which when purchased comes with a free vocal mixtape, Tangible Dreams, which I believe was also produced by Oddisee. Both of these are freaking solid project and recommend you get onto them. Check below to read what Oddisee has to say about the pair of releases. Enjoy.

The Beauty In All is about the flaws & mistakes that give life its character and worth – how even ignorance can give light to knowledge. For me, not knowing how to do something & still trying is a process that helped my production style evolve. If everything we are is out in perfect tutorials, we might never deviate from the teacher. This record is dedicated to imperfection and the sense of pride & accomplishment we get from our struggles. Hopefully, you listen to this record, reflect on the ups & downs of life, and see the beauty in all.

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Oddisee – Appeal

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The amazing Oddisee will be releasing his new instrumental album The Beauty In All on October 1, we’ve already heard Lonely Planet, a cut from that album, but now he’s announced that he’ll be releasing a vocal mixtape on the same day, that’ll come free along with the album. You can hear Appeal, below to remind yourself why you need this. The Beauty In All. Tangible Dream. October 1. Enjoy.