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
At home, in the islands of Cabo Verde, there was grog, or grogu, a strong sugarcane moonshine copiously consumed at Funaná parties. In the diaspora, in Europe, there was leite quente (hot milk).
“I can still remember the taste of the first leite quente I drank in Lisbon,” says Antonino Furtado Gomes, Pilon’s drummer and current band leader. Following Synthesize the Soul, Ostinato Records’ second compilation, Grupo Pilon represents the second chapter of the Krioulu diaspora story.
In smaller pockets, second generation musicians were independently contributing to one of the most lush periods of cultural innovation by immigrants in Europe. In Luxembourg, in 1986, a group of teenagers formed the largely unknown (outside of Cape Verdean circles) but consistently brilliant band named after the blunt instrument used in the islands to pound corn for the country’s national dish, cachupa.
Pilon combined searing estilo Krioulu drumming and the hybrid ColaZouk style with blissful synth work and rugged guitar licks, creating a stripped-down, addictive sound that masterfully straddled two worlds, a seductive electro-Funaná carnival born from the first few sips of hot milk.
Today, Antonino and what remain of the original quintet are slowly piecing back together the puzzle of their once mighty outfit from an unlikely pocket of Europe. In its heyday in the 90s, Pilon serenaded audiences in Paris, Lyon, Marseille, Lisbon, Rotterdam and Frankfurt, securing their reputation as a respected and unifying cultural force.
This LP, drawing from the six most powerful songs from Pilon’s three-album catalog, is the serving of still fresh leite quente to spice the summer.
Tracklisting: 1. Longi Di Bo 2. Rabes 3. Txada Liton 4. St'a Contente 5. Kanto Nstaba Nobu 6. Liberdadi
Planet Mu Recording artist, Gobstopper label boss, and Boxed club night founder Mr.Mitch provides the third PRESSURE release of 2019. This strictly limited, blue and yellow splattered vinyl platter is futurist dancehall at its most exhilaratingly demented.
Random synth patterns, chaotic bleep emissions and all round oscillating madness ensures this furiously fresh track, flows freakily, like a bogle frenzied droid transmitting from Kingston, Jamaica, year 2049.
Kevin Martin aka The Bug, nagged Mitch into submission, to release this Acid Ragga killer, after the PRESSURE label CEO, heard ‘Not Modular’ standing out clearly from Mitch’s gobsmacking one hour ‘Techno Dancehall Mix’ at the end of 2018. And as a tribute to South East London don dada Mitch, The Bug himself decided to slice, splice and dice ’Not Modular’ into two additional atomised remixes.
The Bug’s ‘Straight’ remix, is sub aquatic bashment, pulsating deeply from the bottom of the ocean, buried in a blizzard of white noise and disembodied, hypnotic chimes, with panic sirens set to stun.
Whilst the ‘Raw remix’ is no less disorientating and funky, sounding like Lenky’s classic ‘Diwali’ riddim rewritten by an 808 clap addict, with hips set to full rotation.
Conclusively alien and ridiculously infectious.
Tracklisting: Side A: 1. Not Moduar;
Side B: 3. Not Modular (The Bug 'Straight' Remix) 2. Not Modulare (The Bug ‘Raw’ Remix)
Death by name, death by nature; this debut EP from these Berlin maniacs storms the gates with raw intensity.
Defined by intelligent and nuanced songwriting, The Bleakest Force holds a maturity which belies the band's relative youth. It's been a long road to here; founded in 2012, after years of struggle, primogenitor Costa (ex Satan's Wrath) relocated Early Death from London to Berlin.
Recruiting members of Essenz and Evil Spirit, the final lineup came together in 2016 to craft these four hymns of evil. Pure old school thrash / death is the game, with an inventiveness that demonstrates immaculate taste and consummate knowledge.
Reminiscent of Nifelheim in its intensity, diversity and finely crafted approach, ED are firmly in the camp of death as opposed to dwelling in blackness. This is just the beginning...and the future is dark indeed.
Tracklisting: 1. Bleakest Force 2. Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark 3. The Hanging Clergyman 4. Reanimation
Pale Mare is loud, heavy metal trio blending elements of heavy groove with punishing riffs. “Sounding like Motörhead developing a penchant for doom, this self-titled EP is raw, heavy and filthy in the best possible way” - Metal Hammer.
"The self-titled debut EP from Toronto, ON-based post-metal/sludge act Pale Mare contains three songs of utter heaviness. Filled with dense, High On Fire-style groove-laden riffs, the release combines crushing aggression with doomy rhythms and harsh noisy soundscapes... ...the EP is super heavy on the distortion and has an extremely raw sound throughout, yet it's well-executed. It's an extremely solid debut and an indicator of great things to come; Pale Mare are definitely a band to keep an eye on." - Exclaim! Magazine