Tag Archives: Village Live Records

Breakfast In Dystopia EP Stream – AVER

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Originally from Manchester, England, currently residing in Berlin, Germany, talented producer AVER delivers some speaker-pounding beat science on his third release for UK label Village Live.

New Joint – Voodoo Black

Voodoo Black – “Sitting At The Table” (@VoodooBlackUK / 2020)

Sublime, piano-laced title track from the Manchester crew’s new debut album for Village Live Records,

New Joint – Voodoo Black

Voodoo Black – “Know Broke” (@VoodooBlackUK / 2020)

Sparkz, Ellis Meade, Dubbul O and Cutterz of Manchester’s Voodoo Black crew deliver a  hazy, jazz-tinged roller off their forthcoming Village Live Records album “Sitting At The Table”.

New Joint – Voodoo Black

Voodoo Black – “Fizzy” (@VoodooBlackUK / 2020)

Manchester’s Sparkz, Ellis Meade, Dubbul O and Cutterz have dropped this laidback, jazz-influenced head-nodder as the lead single off their forthcoming Village Live Records album “Sitting At The Table”.

New Joint – Ash The Author x FTHMLSS

Ash The Author x FTHMLSS – “Flowers” (@VillageLiveRec / 2019)

Talented UK emcee Ash The Author weaves thoughtful, stream-of-consciousness wordplay around hazy, horn-laced FTHMLSS beats on this quality new single from the Village Live label.

New Joint – Ded Tebiase & Ash The Author / Evil Ed

Ded Tebiase & Ash The Author ft. Evil Ed – “Mr Murphy” (@VillageLivRec / 2019)

Sublime beats from Ded Tebiase, sharp rhymes from Ash The Author and swift cuts from Evil Ed, off the album “Apex” dropping this Friday on Village Live Records.

New Joint – Ded Tebiase & Ash The Author

Ded Tebiase & Ash The Author – “Transmit” (VillageLiveRecords.Com / 2019)

Talented UK emcee Ash The Author gets “so fresh, so clean over dirty loops” provided by drum scientist Ded Tebiase on this lead single off the pair’s forthcoming collabo album “Apex”.

New Joint – Micall Parknsun & Mr Thing / Joker Starr / Jehst / Essa

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Micall Parknsun & Mr Thing ft. Joker Starr, Jehst & Essa – “Klingon Face – Remix” (VillageLive.BandCamp.Com / 2019)

Huge line-up of heavyweight UK talent on this raw, breakbeat-driven reworking of one of the many standout cuts off the brilliant 2018 Parknsun / Thing album “Finish What We Started”.

New Joint – DJ Obsolete / Jake GHNM

DJ Obsolete ft. Jake GHNM – “Outlined In Chalk” (VillageLiveRecords.Com / 2019)

German producer Obsolete laces US emcee Jake GHNM with a hazy, horn-laced head-nodder off his new album “The Mandela Effect II”.

New Joint – DJ Obsolete

DJ Obsolete – “Got Shot 5 Times” (VillageLiveRecords.Com / 2019)

Melancholy-yet-melodic boom-bap from the German producer’s new album “The Mandela Effect II”.

New Joint – Cappo & Cyrus Malachi

Cappo & Cyrus Malachi – “Aqua Lungi” (VillageLiveRecords.Com / 2019)

Lyrical mastery from the UK duo’s brilliant collabo album “Postmodernism”.

Crystals Album Sampler – KLIM Beats

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I’ve been checking for KLIM Beats since stumbling across his music on Bandcamp back in 2016. The Ukrainian producer’s brand of 90s-influenced instrumental flavour never disappoints.

Peep the promo mix below for an idea of what to expect from KLIM’s forthcoming album “Crystals”, dropping via the UK’s Village Live imprint.


New Joint – AVER / Cappo

AVER ft. Cappo – “Something From Nothing” (@VillageLiveRec / 2018)

Producer AVER of UK crew The Natural Curriculum calls on the undeniable rhyme skills of Notts bomber Cappo for the lead single off his forthcoming album “Dressed For CCTV”.

New Joint – Remulak

Remulak – “Division” (@RemulakBeats / 2018)

Atmospheric roller from the UK producer’s new instrumental project “One” released via the Village Live Records imprint.

Album Review – Micall Parknsun & Mr Thing

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Micall Parknsun & Mr Thing

“Finish What We Started”

(Village Live Records)

Genuine creative chemistry is something that’s hard to come by in any artistic partnership. It’s something magical that can’t really be fully explained by those involved, but it can definitely be felt, heard and seen by those on the outside of the process.

Chemistry doesn’t even just come down to having talent – two of the most gifted individuals in their respective fields may choose to work together, but if they’re not on the same page creatively then the end result is likely to be hollow and underwhelming.

Thankfully, that isn’t a problem UK duo Micall Parknsun and Mr Thing need to worry about, with their brilliant new album “Finish What We Started” pulsating from beginning to end with an energy that can only be achieved when people share the same drive, focus and passion for what they do.

As two of the most consistent figures within the UK Hip-Hop scene, both Parksnun and Thing have spent years building concrete-solid reputations as reliable purveyors of true-school flavour, with the pair deciding to join forces last year for the well-received single “The Raw” (which is included here in all its rugged glory).

The overwhelmingly positive response to “The Raw” inspired the duo to complete “Finish What We Started”, with DMC DJ champ Mr Thing handling all of the production, leaving Micall Parknsun, a talented producer in his own right, to concentrate on delivering lyrically throughout the project.

The anthemic album-opener “Started” sets the tone in no uncertain terms, as London-raised rhymer Park-E drops confident, self-assured bars over full-bodied, sample-driven beats.

The head-nodding “Certain For The Win” showcases some of Thing’s best work behind the boards, with the former Scratch Perverts member blending slow, deliberate drums and a hypnotic piano sample, topping it all off with some deft cuts.

“Don’t You Care” is a relentless, bass-heavy, soul-laced banger, featuring Parknsun showing the rap game some tough love via no-nonsense rhymes which come from a genuine place of love and concern for the culture (“What happened to the emcees? What happened to stage presence over dope beats? How come we keep on forgetting ’bout its history? It seems we never learn our lesson ‘cos we don’t teach…”).

“Klingon Face” is an up-tempo floor-rocker, with MP being joined by fellow UK wordsmith Joker Starr to trade quick-fire lyrics over explosive break-beats, paying tribute to Hip-Hop’s golden-era in the process. All that’s missing here is a multi-syllable late-80s verse from either Big Daddy Kane or Rakim.

The head-nodding “I’m So Glad” signals a shift in the album’s mood, with Essa (pka Yungun) and Parknsun displaying sincere gratitude for their blessings, which include marriage, fatherhood and family bonds, whilst the stirring “Still Struggling” balances the uncertainty of life as an artist with the responsibilities and financial pressures of the wider world.

An album with real replay value, “Finish What We Started” is the sound of both Micall Parknsun and Mr Thing at the top of their game, mixing old-school values with now-school skills.

Let’s hope neither of them have finished just yet.

Ryan Proctor

New Joint – Micall Parknsun & Mr Thing / Melanin 9

Micall Parknsun & Mr Thing ft. Melanin 9 – “8 Bricks” (@VillageLiveRec / 2018)

Subterranean beats and rhymes of the highest quality from the UK duo’s new collabo album “Finish What We Started” dropping via Village Live Records.

Finish What We Started Album Sampler – Micall Parknsun & Mr Thing

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UK Hip-Hop vets Micall Parknsun and Mr Thing have joined forces for this epic full-length journey into the art of lyricism and science of beat-digging, with the likes of Melanin 9 and Children Of Zeus’s Konny Kon offering support – pre-order here via Village Live Records.

New Joint – Liphe

Liphe – “Orbit” (VillageLiveRecords.Com / 2018)

Dusty drums and jazzy vibes combine on this mellow cut off the producer’s new album “Reforestation”.

New Joint – Kuartz

Kuartz – “Oh Dam” (@VillageLiveRec / 2018)

The Manchester-based producer puts his pads to work in the latest visuals from his new album “Kuartz FM”.

New Joint – Kuartz

Kuartz – “Smile” (@VillageLiveRec / 2018)

Melodic, soul-infused boom-bap from the UK producer’s new album “KuartzFM”.