I wanted to write about new albums every week, but all that I had available was Roots Manuva’s new album Bleeds, which Ed had said was the best album of the year. I don’t like the production on Bleeds, it’s annoying to listen to. So many grating samples and tracks clearly made for 6Music. So I’m reviewing Kelela’s (quite) new EP: Hallucinogen instead. It’s much better.
It’s not very good.
Everyone’s favourite MC most likely to rhyme the same word for an entire 16 is finally back with new bars.
Three of Stones Throw’s finest have released a collaboration album! Maybe I was sleeping, but I had no idea this was on the cards. Blu: your favourite underground rapper’s favourite underground rapper, MED who released the solid Push Comes to Shove album a few years ago, and Madlib: Dilla’s BFF and hands down one of the best producers in the last fifteen years and producer of two of my favourite albums of all time: JayLib – Champion Sound and Madvillain – Madvillainy. This was something to get excited about.
It was bound to happen sooner or later. All the D&B producers -who were producing in a genre that hasn’t really had anything good dropping since Zinc switched to producing house- have started making grime tracks.