Loyle Carner – Mufasa (Prod. CoryaYo)

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Loyle Carner

Premiered over at DIY, Loyle Carner‘s first release of the new year comes from recordings made while on tour (not including his recent collaboration with fellow London emcee, Kate Tempest). Mufasa comes paired with some soft, yet raw, jazz influenced production from CoryaYo and serves to continue cementing Loyle as a force to be reckoned with.Also be sure to check out the video to the opening track off of last year’s A Little Late EP. Enjoy.

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Imperial – All Is Grace (feat. Joshua Luke Smith)

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Imperial - All Is Grace (feat. Joshua Luke Smith)

Update: Now with video, check it out below.

You should remember Imperial from his work with K.I.N.E.T.I.K., well this time the producer has released a single of his own alongside Joshua Luke Smith. All Is Grace is a pretty good summary of why I love Imperial and makes for a good introduction of what Joshua Luke Smith is capable (for those of us who aren’t in the know). Released through Illect Recordings, this is real hip hop. Enjoy.

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Loyle Carner – Baby Grey

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Loyle Carner

As with the music you’ll find on his A Little Late EP, Baby Grey displays how adept Loyle Carner is at bringing emotion out in his voice, in a way that you just don’t hear with emcees. The South Londoner’s newest release is a response to a nominee to this year’s Turner Prize. Enjoy.

I was asked by Tate Collective London to create a track in response to the Turner Prize 2014 nominated artist Tris Vonna-Michell at Tate Britain.

The exhibition finishes on the 4th of January, so head down soon!

EP: Loyle Carner – A Little Late

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Loyle Carner

Update: Now with video for closing track, Cantona.

Loyle Carner was last seen spitting some bars over Tom Misch‘s latest, thankfully, shortly after this he released his A Little Late EP. Sitting at six tracks long the EP is full of some of the best hip hop I’ve heard come out of the UK in some time. Loyle Carner is a name to remember. Enjoy.

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K.I.N.E.T.I.K. – Whole Life Ahead Of Me (Prod. Jeremy Arey)

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K.I.N.E.T.I.K. - Whole Life Ahead Of Me

Our man K.I.N.E.T.I.K. has linked up with producer Jeremy Arey (formerly Kuroisoul) and resurrected some rhymes written back in 2009 over the nostalgia laced beat. These two worked together on last year’s superb Hip Hop Is Forever (which is now has instrumentals available) so should know the quality to expect. Head to K.I.N.E.T.I.K.‘s Facebook for ‘25 Facts About Whole Life Ahead Of Me‘ to get an idea about what went into making this track. Keep an ear out for K.I.N.E.T.I.K.‘s next single, Just Another Day, coming on the 15th, this time with Imperial behind the boards. Enjoy.

Download: K.I.N.E.T.I.K. – Whole Life Ahead Of Me (Prod. Jeremy Arey)

Parallax – Hip Hop Philosophy

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Parallax

Parallax‘s aptly titled Hip Hop Philosophy sees the Londoner giving us a commentary on the current state of hip hop. Everything about this feels like authentic hip hop, from Sam Zircon‘s boom bap beat to Parallax‘s rhymes and flow, topped off with a dope video. Check it all out below, and get ready because Hip Hop Philosophy will find its home on Parallax‘s upcoming debut EP. Depth Perception coming soon. Enjoy.

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Feature Friday #3: MatchMusik Vol. 2 – Imperial & K.I.N.E.T.I.K.

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Imperial & K.I.N.E.T.I.K.

Feature Friday is a place that focuses on particular genres, places, labels, whatever I can come up with that will allow (force) me to explore some new music and, of course, bring the best of it here. Enjoy.

Track three from the MatchMusik Vol. 2 compilation came all the way from the UK thanks to emcee K.I.N.E.T.I.K. and producer Imperial. Relax is off their collaborative EP Pencils Not Pistols. I’ve been following K.I.N.E.T.I.K. since hearing his lyricism and flow, all while tackling subjects bigger than your typical emcee, on The Kinesis Thesis Vol. III back in 2012; and I’ve tuned into Imperial and his style of soulful boom bap production since they started working together. I know for a fact that these two have a bunch more music recorded together, so while we won’t get another complete album from K.I.N.E.T.I.K. until next year, expect big things from both of them. I’ve added their latest releases below; K.I.N.E.T.I.K. and Kuroisoul‘s first Soul Mates instalment and one of a handful of remixes that Imperial has up for grabs. Of course, don’t forget to get onto their EP.

Stream: Imperial & K.I.N.E.T.I.K. – Pencils Not Pistols