Monthly Archives: May 2020

New Joint – DRS

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DRS – “Somebody Pray For Us” (@MCDRS / 2020)

Manchester’s DRS offers a stirring sonic response to the tragic murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the subsequent protests which have occurred over recent days.

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New Joint – Brothas Keeper

Brothas Keeper – “One” (Soul Bro Music / 2020)

Positive, soulful vibrations off the “Keeper Of My Brotha” release from Detroit trio TNV, King Cameelio and Rocdwell.

New Joint – Kenautis Smith x Race Bannon

Kenautis Smith x Race Bannon – “Mmmhhmmm” (Race.BandCamp.Com / 2020)

Lyrical bravado coupled with a bluesy sonic swagger off the Chicago-based duo’s 2019 album “Out To Lunch”.

Royal Spheres EP Stream – MentPlus

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Brooklyn-based music man MentPlus has drawn on a diverse selection of influences to craft this eclectic instrumental project, featuring cuts which range from the sparse and atmospheric to the lush and soulful.

FLIPS Album Stream – Vitamin D

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Veteran Seattle producer Vitamin D expertly manipulates classic music and vocals from the likes of Stevie Wonder, Patrice Rushen and Loose Ends on this thoroughly satisfying smoothed-out journey into sound.

Ten Toes Down Beat Tape Stream – Sultan Mir

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The Las Vegas-born, Florida-based producer dives into soulful waters for this collection of mellow, melodic mood music.

New Joint – L-Biz / Planet Asia / Twiz

L-Biz ft. Planet Asia & Twiz – “Move Us” (iStayBizzy.Com / 2020)

Big French-produced track from the Buffalo-based artist’s forthcoming album “Ladder Day Saint”.

New Joint – Genesis Elijah

Genesis Elijah – “Cancel” (@GenesisElijah / 2020)

Topical verses from the UK’s Genesis Elijah as he makes his feelings about how 2020 has unfolded so far crystal clear.


New Joint – Dabbla x Sumgii

Dabbla x Sumgii – “Nobody” (@PotentFunk / 2020)

Horror-influenced visuals, drama-laced beats and sharp, visceral rhymes make up this title track from the UK duo’s new collaborative album.

New Joint – Spit Gemz

Spit Gemz – “Guilty Until Proven Dead” (@SpitGemz / 2020)

In the wake of the tragic murder of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis earlier this week, Queens, NY’s Spit Gemz delivers a scathing William Bostick-produced look at law enforcement off his new album “A Dove In The Snake Pit”.

New Joint – Freddie Black x Tone Spliff

Freddie Black x Tone Spliff – “Luxury Poems” (EverybodyLuvBlack.Com / 2020)

Rhode Island rhymer Freddie Black flows effortlessly over the solid, thumping beats of LA’s Tone Spliff.

New Joint – Coops

Coops – “Laws Of Nature” (@CoopsOfficial / 2020)

Talos-produced head-nodder from the High Focus Records camp showcasing the understated lyrical dexterity of the talented Coops.

New Joint – Chrome

Chrome – “Go!” (Chrome.BandCamp.Com / 2020)

Uptempo feel-good b-boy funk from the veteran UK artist’s forthcoming limited edition seven-inch release.

New Joint – Archie Shepp, Raw Poetic & Damu The Fudgemunk

Archie Shepp, Raw Poetic & Damu The Fudgemunk – “Tulips” (DamuTheFudgemunk.BandCamp.Com / 2020)

Taken from the ambitious “Ocean Bridges” collabo album from jazz legend Archie Shepp and Redefinition Records regulars Raw Poetic and Damu The Fudgemunk.

New Joint – Zackey Force Funk

Zackey Force Funk – “Jam Likely” (MoFunkRecords.Com / 2020)

Sweet, sticky f-o-n-k produced by Cali’s XL Middleton and dropping June 5th on limited edition vinyl.

New Joint – George Fields / Ill Conscious

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George Fields ft. Ill Conscious – “Tabernacle” (GeorgeFields.BandCamp.Com / 2020)

Talented UK producer George Fields calls on the lyrical skills of Baltimore’s Ill Conscious for the lead single off his forthcoming project “Tomorrow’s Sun” which also features Rasheed Chappell, Phat Kat and Edo.G.


New Joint – Otis Mensah / Hemlock Ernst

Otis Mensah ft. Hemlock Ernst – “Breath Of Life” (@OtisMensah / 2020)

Poet-slash-emcee Otis Mensah ponders the subject of mortality through creative wordplay and intriguing imagery on this mellow, jazz-infused cut produced by Brelstaff – this is the first release in the #OtisMensahExists series which will see the Sheffield-based artist dropping a new track every three weeks.

New Joint – Spit Gemz

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Spit Gemz – “Son Of Abbadon” (SpitGemz.BandCamp.Com / 2020)

The Rotten Apple rhymer unleashes a barrage of sharp lyrical darts on this atmospheric Vic Grimes-produced single.

New Joint – Dom Pachino

Dom Pachino – “Gem Star” (@PRTerrorist / 2020)

Slidebeatz-produced rawness off the Staten Island emcee’s “T-3” album.

New Joint – Stack Skrilla

Stack Skrilla – “Devil May Cry” (@Stack_Skrilla / 2020)

Taken from the Bronx, NY emcee’s 2019 Benji Socrate$-produced project “God Amongst Men”.