This diverse production and sharp lyrical feast resonate K-Lash s trademark status as a lyrical connoisseur and one of the pioneers of the UK hip hop scene. It s what old fans will love and new fans will enjoy. Four words : beats, bars, flows, jokes.
Dat Time sets the undertone for the album with heavyweight producer Beat Butcha providing that raw gritty beat which will have you snapping your neck in agreement with every drum kick and snare. K-Lash equally brings fire to this track with punchlines galore and an intoxicating chorus, making it a certified anthem this year.
In contrast there are songs like Got To Be Right, produced by Show And Prove, with its soulful almost West Coast classic laid back vibe, sprinkled with Klash s descriptive word play and effortless delivery. It will transport the listener back to that Sagas feel, but with a new found energy.
Ftlt , the title track for the album, features production from up and coming producer B Clever, who K-Lash met in Portishead through fate. They have been working closely ever since, and Ftlt' has all the ingredients needed for a classic underground hit. Raw intro, raw beat, raw bars...check, check, check. Banger!
The album also features production from DJ Whoo Kid & Red Spyda, Beat Butcher, Last Resort and more. This is a confident comeback that illustrates Klashnekoff s legendary status and assertive originality. He describes it as new energy, same essence.
Classic production and lionhearted lyrics, juxtaposed with an array of effortlessly comical skits make Ftlt an impressive addition to Klashnekoff s catalogue, showcasing all his different talents. Here is an accomplished artist that can produce seriously good music without taking himself too seriously. And the album speaks for itself.
There's no theme to the album, just vibes. Half of it was made in London when I was thinking a bit more introspective, and the other half when I was outside London and more relaxed. So it s a combination of both vibes, but more to the point it s just good music. Ftlt..F*** The Long Talk!
Tracklisting: 1. Intro 2. Dat Time 3. Wobble Wobble [Skit] 4. Brand New Day 5. Do It Like 6. Clear My Throat [Freestyle] 7. Got To Be Right 8. FTLT 9. DJ Meloss Part 1[Skit] 10. Match Time 11. DJ Meloss Part 2 [Skit] 12. Stick N Move 13. In At The Deep End 14. Life In The Bits 15. Battle 16. Cause & Effect ft Gentleman [Freestyle] 17. Heed My
With infectious melodies and razor sharp bars, rapper AWATE flows over psychedelic funk by producer, Turkish on debut album Happiness – a record written and recorded on bail. The MOBO supported artist weaves together stories from Maiden Lane Estate in Camden and his refugee experience to build on his reputation as one of London’s most visionary artistic forces.
'2018 will see the release of AWATE's debut LP, 'Happiness', written and recording in a two year period while AWATE was on bail for four cases which he was was eventually cleared.
The release has had support from Charlie Sloth on BBC 1Xtra, DJ Semtex on BBC 1Xtra, Matt Wilkinson on Beats1, The Line of Best Fit, Complex and MOBO and is entirely produced by Turkish of Dcypha (Sway, Tiggs Da Author). A rapper and producer from Maiden Lane Estate in Camden. Honing his craft from the age of 12, he made a name for himself at the legendary hip-hop spot, Deal Real at the age of 15.
AWATE learned from mentors such as Poisonous Poets rappers, Stylah and Lowkey, BBC 1Xtra's DJ Semtex and one of his heroes, Yasiin Bey. As a refugee from Eritrea via Saudi Arabia, AWATE's lyrics are a complex train of thought on subjects like self-esteem, racism, pride and class.
Building a reputation as an electrifying and engaging live performer, AWATE has toured worldwide with Lowkey since 2010 and has supported the likes of Jay Electronica, Ghetts, Big Daddy Kane, and Blackstar (Mos Def & Talib Kweli). He has also headlined and performed regularly at The Roundhouse as a Resident Artist at the iconic venue.
RIYL: Chris Franck, Turkish
Tracklisting: 1. Jewels 2. ACAB 3. Guillotines 4. The Ghetto 5. Wake Up Aneurin Bevan 6. An Intermission for the Struggle of Black Life 7. To Whom It May Concern 8. Incantation 9. Brutalism 10. Bianco 11. Fresh Product 12. Ghost
Here’s some sweet relief at last for hi-fi fans! Yes, Dope’s obscure ‘cassette-only’ album is now available on white vinyl, again from Bristol’s Environmental Studies record label.
Packaged in fluorescent orange and white, this limited edition LP of 500 copies features two side-long epics each of over 20 minutes in duration, and both tracks replete with that same gargantuan sonic overload of the band’s two previous releases.
Side One’s ‘The Dee Dee Ramone Story’ commences with Julian Cope’s epic tale of 21st century gender bending and sexual en-freeing before its low-key pulses become o’erwhelmed by the stratospherics of the Dope crew. Imagine very early Ash Ra Tempel through the filter of Brainticket’s LP COTTONWOODHILL, and then some … er, and then some more. Dope are The-Not-Back-Off Kids, for sure.
Side Two’s bumpy ‘Absalom & Ahitophel’ appropriates the sentiments of John Dryden’s epic poem from 1681, then feeds it all through Holy McGrail’s space echo to achieve what could be called the most true rastakrautpasta.
Get your online self down to the nearest record emporium and pronto –¬ this stuff has a long shelf life but it’s still best served fresh, all you prevaricators!
Tracklisting: 1. The Dee Dee Ramone Story. 2. Absalom & Ahitophe
Intergalactic archeologists Moviestar prepare to astound and amaze with their new collection of sci-fi infused punk-rock tracks.
The first single to be taken from the album, Stupid People, is a fuzz-filled, electro-punk anthem about people on earth….The track is instantly catchy from the offset, filled with a plethora of futuristic sounds and a shit ton of reverb.
Moviestar are not just a band, they are a reality experience. Their live shows encompass performance, art, storytelling, fashion and music in a whole new transcending form.
Okay, cards on the table, we are quite smitten with this. truth is we don’t know why, it just kind of sloped beneath our radar and sneaked by our defences, it might be down to the fact that it purrs day dreamily and thoughtfully with a head in the clouds nonchalance, partly slacker-esque yet irresistibly trimmed in a twinkle toning cuteness that catches you off guard, its softly teased sunny disposition snoozing amid a becoming lazy eyed radiance that sweetly curdles and coos with a lilting pastoral phrasing. Adorable. LOSING TODAY
Tracklisting: 1. Introduction 2. Stupid People 3. Chosen Ones 4. Fortune Teller 5. Ronny 6. Lonely 7. Killer Fans 8. Lovesong 9. Technology 10. Trip To Mars 11. Happy Days
Limited orange vinyl LP (500 only), gatefold sleeve with inner and download card.
Interrobang‽ - with a clear vision to create something current and relevant. Something that speaks to the generations who grew up in the shadow of punk, with hopes and dreams, full of rebellion.
Bruce and Hamer both have previous form as awkward troublemakers in the anarcho-pop-cabaret troupe Chumbawamba whilst Griffin was a former enfant terrible in the London louts, Regular Fries. What happened to that spark? How do we express our anger now? How relevant are we? How do we make ourselves heard and where do we fit in now? The eponymously entitled Interrobang‽ album is vocalist Bruce laid bare, torn open asunder, as he finds himself deep in those 50-something blues.
Lyrically the album is an exploration of his determination to never give up the struggle despite his own malaise. He questions and rails against his own demise with song titles such as Curmudgeon, Mad As Hell and Am I Invisible Yet? whilst still full of thatanger about the state of the world in songs such as Are You Ready People? and Here Now. He veers from the personal to the political, from the poignant to the pithy, never pulling any punches, always being brutally honest but with an ability to laugh at himself as well.
The music of Griffin and Hamer is short, sharp and urgent. Interrobang‽ pride themselves on their tightness and economy in these rapid-fire assaults and with their crisp, cutting backing vocals the band have created an album that is pointed and precise, exciting and exhilarating.
This is an album’s worth of hard hitting songs for hard hit people with Griffin’s guitar technique building layers of scorching sonics which when seen live will astound. From such statements of intent as Here Now to the lament Do You Remember? about Bruce’s difficult relationship with his father to the uplifting and inspiring Love It All, we are taken on a rollercoaster of an adventure. This whole journey is all based on a true story of discontent but Interrobang‽ have thrust themselves back in the fray, with something to say; they are determined to not fade away and this is their cri de couer!
Line up: Dunstan Bruce vocals. Stephen Griffin guitars. Harry Hamer drums.
Formed in 2012. Interrobang ‽ create their very own agit-punk-funkstorm. It’s angular, taut, urgent, pulsating and intense. And it’s tight, terse and to the point. We're totally wired, can't you see? This isn’t comfortable or retro; we reject wholeheartedly the idea of nostalgia, we refuse to live in the past, there’s no misty-eyed looking back; this is all forward, forward motion. “Having spent a significant part of my life with a deep affection for Chumbawamba, the prospect of seeing Interrobang (featuring former Chumbas frontman Dunst and drummer Harry) play a support slot to a small crowd at The Cluny actually made me a little anxious. I needn’t have worried.
Fromthe moment Dunst strode from the crowd onto the stage declaiming through a megaphone, it was clear that Interrobang are pretty damnspecial. Guitarist Griff was a marvel – creating loops on the fly to give extra attack to a taut, clear style that’s equal parts Ian Mackaye and Pete Townshend – and with Harry’s economical drums (there’s no bassist), the band sound lean and urgent.
Dunst was always a compelling, charismatic frontman and that still holds - there’s poise and a quiet anger to his vocals and his soi-disant “grumpy curmudgeon in a state of high dudgeon” persona is refreshing and affecting.” Lee Fisher, NARC.
Tracklising: 1. Here Now 2. The Inclement Weather 3. Asking For A Friend 4. Are You Ready People? 5. Mad As Hell 6. Curmudgeon 7. Music Of The Gross 8. Taciturn 9. Do You Remember? 10. Love It All 11. Based On A True Story 12. Billingham 13. Breathe 1. Am I Invisible Yet?