New Music Video: The ArtForm – Confucius MC & Mr Brown

‘ The Artform’ is a collaboration between two unique and very talented hip-hop artists: CONFUCIUS MC and MR BROWN.

The production showcases a classic sense of groove and masterful use of samples, producing a solid mixture of unique beats. Confucius’ intelligent lyrics and superb flow combine perfectly with the beats to make a riveting and dynamic collection of songs. The accompanied video was shot during a brief visit to Morocco, displaying a journey through the vibrant and art filled streets of the city of Essaouira, once the home of the late Jimi Hendrix.

Possessing a unique voice which cuts through the clichéd conversations, CONFUCIUS MC has been active in the London hip-hop scene for several years, garnering praise as one half of live act ‘Con+Kwake’ and supporting the likes of Mos Def, Public Enemy and Slum Village .His debut release ‘The Highest Order’ (YNR Productions) has firmly established him as one of London’s emerging new talents.

We Stay True’s recruit MR BROWN has been quietly producing tracks for nearly two decades. After a handful of releases including 2 volumes of his ‘Beats for Days’ instrumental series and a spattering of collaborations (Planet Asia, Copywrite, Beneficence, MCM) he crossed paths with CONFUCIUS MC through a mutual friend and instantly knew they could make something special. Henceforth… and ‘The Artform was born.

Check out the video.

EP Review: 07946 – Nick Blackos

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ONV Records recruit NICK BLACKOS has dropped a seven-track project, entitled ‘07946’ released last month.

Your speakers will sure get a good workout through the introductory track, boasting a dub-style bass which seamlessly reverberates and rips through the grittiest fusion of grime and hip-hop. ‘07946’ will also take you by complete surprise by taking a detour into the contrasting arrangements of bar-lounging, Slum Village-esque hip-hop.

The old speakers will (as Jane Fonda would say) ‘feel the burn’ one more time as East London spitter’s latest set concludes with the return of that hefty drive.

This one’s a cheeky number – why not check it out!

Must Listens: Our Family (Blue Hills), Moon Rock, The Pain

Album Review: Staring Into Space – Oloff

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After four months releasing his EP Life’s Got You Riveted ( once voted Album of the Week by NEW LEASE MUSIC) OLOFF rounds off the year with his 15-piece album, Staring Into Space, released last month.

The latest project predominantly includes three-minute bursts of his old instrumental recordings dating back to 2012, where this young artist put his smooth spin on vintage/Slum Village-esque hip-hop. This guy is cut from a different cloth; he’s worth a trial – check him out!

Must Listens: Never Was Feeling Poorly, DECRACS, Someone Took.

EP Review: Mirrors Episode 1 – Fly Anakin

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If you’re a fan of SLUM VILLAGE, well here’s a perfect Christmas gift from me – Mirrors Episode 1 from Richmond- based emcee FLY ANAKIN.

This 5 Track EP features on-point 90s hard-hitting hip-hop with delicate and introspective sounds. Mirrors Episode 1 was produced by fellow emcee and producer EWONEE – if you’re not familiar with this guy, his tracks are HOT, HOT, HOT! Sample his work by checking out his collaborative mixtape with STANLEY IPKUSS, Indefinite.

But  for now, have a listen to Mirrors Episode 1 and download a copy for FREE! Merry Christmas!

 

Mixtape Review: Long Overdue – FLYAC

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1. Chip Vegas x Anonimous Sound x Coca – Wake Up
2. Legend Guevara x Xander – Red Wine (feat. Ray)
3. Double D – Awwwe
4. Legend Guevara x Double D x Coca x Nico Green – Crenshaw Soul
5. Xander x Legend Guevara – Rhythm4TheMind
6. Chip Vegas x June Black – Asphyxiation
7. Xander x Anonimous Sound – Vibe
8. Legend Guevara x Nico Green – Next $hit (feat. June Black)
9. Legend Guevara x Double D – Adventure Time
10. Chip Vegas – When The Chips Are Down
11. Legend Guevara x Xander – Sacred
12. Xander x Anonimous Sound x Chip Vegas x Double D – All My Life
13. Another Planet Ent. – The Plug (Forever Living Young And Comfortable)
14. Gilroc – Dreams (feat Double D)

Know FLYAC? Nope…well let me introduce you…FLYAC (which stands for Forever Young and Comfortable) is a six-piece hip-hop group from Woodbridge VA, consisting of MixMasterAle (Engineer),  (Engineer), Nico Green (Engineer/Producer/Artist), Legend Guevara (Artist), Xander (Artist), Anonimous Sound (Artist), and Double D (Artist). Started out two years ago, they recently joined up with another local group called Another Planet Ent and together they came up with a 14-track mixtape Long Overdue.

Released last month, the mixtape starts off with some smooth vintage beats then hits you with in-yer-face beats coupled with straight talking, reality-bites wordplay. Think SLUM VILLAGE meets a mild WU TANG CLAN.

Tracks  Wake Up, Red Wine Awwwe and Vibe features that vintage hip-hop drive where the raps that cruises with the production. The mixtape heats right up with the old-school, head rolling Rhythm4TheMind and When the Chips are Down (SUPERHOT TRACK, MUST LISTEN). Long Overdue goes out with a BANG with the super smooth, super-slick, SLUM VILLAGE-esque, Dreams.

This is ONE mixtape for serious hip-hop heads. So if you haven’t heard these guys in action, I suggest you have a quick sample of Long Overdue…and there’s no better place to start than the beginning….

Review: The Life Vol. 1 – King Dice O

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1.Intro Feat. King Dice O
2. Art Of Life Feat. King Dice O Ft. Dice Cannon
3. Roll The Dice (The Come Up) Feat. King Dice O Ft. Dice Cannon
4. My Soul Feat. King Dice O Ft. Dice Cannon
5. Dark Knights  Feat. King Dice O Ft. Dice Cannon, Swey Cannon
6. Move Forward Feat. King Dice O Ft. Dice Cannon
7.  My Story (Prod TW$) Feat. Dice Cannon Ft. Frass As Hell, King Dice O
8. Drive (Prod TW$) Feat. Jason Black Ft. Dice Cannon, King Dice O
9. Story of Sam Feat. King Dice O Ft. Dice Cannon
10. Realest Shit Feat. King Dice O Ft. Dice Cannon
11.Something To Tell. Feat Dice Cannon Ft. King Dice O
12. Lounge Music  (Prod Juice Cannon) King Dice O Ft. Dice Cannon
13. Sex Music King Dice O Ft. Dice Cannon
14. Swagg vs Class Feat. Dice Cannon Ft King Dice O
15. Retrospect Feat. King Dice O
16. Suicide Feat. Jason Black Ft. Dice Cannon, King Dice O
17. Structures Of Struggle Feat. Jason Black Ft. Dice Cannon, King Dice O
18. Poetry In Motion (Outro) Feat. King Dice O Ft. Dice Cannon

It’s good to have KING DICE O and his long-time collaborator DICE CANNON back here on NEW LEASE MUSIC. These guys were featured with tracks Drive (produced by TW$) and the loved up Something to Tell and the announcement of the long-awaited mixtape The Life Vol.1 back in August.

Now it’s finally here and I have the pleasure of reviewing this mixtape –these guys are not afraid to mix (at times) atmospheric, spaced out hip hop with a little old time soul, acid jazz and reggae– and they definitely not afraid of delivering their innovative raps with straight up, truth-need-to-be-told lyrics.

Tracks The Art of Life, My Soul, Move Forward and My Story feature that spaced out hip hop where these rappers deliver first class spoken word freestyling of obstacles that life presents. The Life Vol. 1 is just like a chocolate sundae – as you dig deeper it gets sweeter. Still featuring the hard-hitting lyrics, track Story of Sam, nicely switches the tone of the mixtape with its easy gliding grooves. The lyrics lighten up in the SLUM VILLAGE-esque Lounge Music and old school funk/spaced with reggae infused Swagg vs. Class.

The Life Vol.1 ends on a high with Struggle of Structure. Sampled from INCOGNITO’s track Deep Waters, these guys raps just oozes into the acid jazz infused production – this one is a must listen

Now I’m not just saying this for the sake of it, but this mixtape definitely deserves the hype, as these guys definitely worked hard to perfect their on-point fusion of hip hop, acid jazz, and soul with a touch of reggae. The fact the they mix hip hop with all these genres is at least a little intriguing  – so quench your curiosity  and head right here to check out the mixtape.

Review: Blunder – Dorm Sessions

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1. Rain Dance (Prod. Kno)
2. Kill Em With The Beat (prod. Nick Wisdom)
3. Faith (prod J. Dilla)
4. No Sense (prod.  DA)
5. Scottie Pippen Freestyle (prod. The Alchemist)
6. Mean Something (prod. Freddie Joachim)
7. Look of Love (prod. j.Dilla)
8. Be Like Them (Prod. Dot)
9. AFO (prod. Kan Kick)
10. That’s Definitely Marijuana (prod. Loopnuts)
11.  Fuck You (prod. Freddie Joachim)
12. All Night Freestyle (prod. Lord Finesse )
13. The Hard Way (prod. Freddie Joachim)
14. Crew Love (prod. TephLon
15. Timeless (prod J. Dilla)

After working on his mixtape (in a dorm room), from November 2012 to March of this year, hip-hop upriser BLUNDER now presents Dorm Sessions. In his bio the New Yorker said there’s no concept to the mixtape – just a ‘complications of tracks that come of out those late night recordings’. Dorm Sessions is definitely a personal roller-coaster journey that life presents. There are lyrics full of love (especially for hip-hop), hate, fear, hope and uncertainty stretched over this 15-track production. It’s been quite a journey for the teenage unsigned rapper as he was diagnosed with a form of non-Hodgkins lymphoma called mediastinal large B cell, and he is currently undergoing chemo treatment.

His battle with the disease is documented in Rain Dance and Look of Love. These tracks deserve to be heard as beyond the personal journey, there are some undeniably dope beats topped BLUNDER’s faultless flow.

If you haven’t heard of this guy’s material, take time out and listen to the mixtape as there some seriously cool (and may I add very relatable) tracks that can become favourites in an instant (to be honest, it was a struggle to find my star song!) In Mean Something, hip-hop upriser raps about his upbringing and relationship with parents over a superfly, old school-inspired beats.

Dorm Sessions certainly don’t end in anticlimax as it takes on the love theme with super slick tracks All Night, Crew Love and SLUM-VILLAGE influenced  Timeless. In these tracks, you really get to witness and appreciate this guy’s second-to-none flow that perfectly grooves into each production.

In a nutshell, from start to finish, Dorm Sessions is absolutely wicked – a MUST listen. It’s been a rocky journey for BLUNDER to produce this mixtape – but with these well-polished tracks, it must have been worth the bumpy ride.