High Focus go from strength-to-strength, here giving us a lipsmacking preview of JB's newest opus '... So We Ate Them Whole'. Great to hear that Chemo aka Telemachus has produced the entire album and 'Leash' features all the usual musical intrigue and suggestiveness you'd expect. Nice rubbery phat beat which pulls along a snaking tangle of tactile bubbling sound, theremin sighs and low-level unsettling static. The album also features Dirty Dike and is out in time for Xmas. You know what to do.
Produced this one together with my UK homies and with great result.
Great to hear Black Milk back, here backed by Sean Price and Guilty Simpson on this mindbending new joint. The beats here are startlingly sparse and bare, no hi-hat at first, pure toms and kick, occassional bits of fizzing percussion swimming into the mix. The effect is ancient/futurist in the best anti-traditions of Premo and ESG — the moment 90 seconds in when it all gets suddenly monstrously heavy and Price starts tearing chunks out of your face with his rhymes is one of 2014's most astonishing hip-hop moments so far. Then, with a minute left he takes another swerve into noxious fuzzed-out funk for Guilty's verse — if the musical reach and lyrical incisiveness of 'Scum' is any sign, BM's just-dropped 'If There's A Hell Below' could be one of the late-breaking highlights of the year. Drink deep.
This is a deadly little release from the Horizons camp. 'Thunder' gives the track a natural feel, which makes the ubiquitous, organic and ponderous bassline so much more intense. The tight percussion is adorned by drips and drops of delicate rain, adding to the natural vibe.