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Demonic Florida rapper, producer and Raider Klan member SpaceGhostPurrp has spent the last couple months spookin’ hard – his name scattered across blogs with a steady tirade of disquieting releases. Not surprising he recently came to wider attention after producing two A$AP stand-outs ‘Keep It G‘ and ‘Pretty Flacko‘, when he’s fluently connecting the dots between five borough bleakness and Bay Area/Dirty South leaned backs. Whilst on some mystical gangsta shit, Purrp (much like his pal Rocky) proves himself a clever curator of aesthetic. God of Black Vol. 1 punches above the belt of current trends, taking 90s southern underground Rap hair relaxer and dousing it in Horrorcore hair-raiser.

The lo-fi, cavernous sound can grip on the same wavelength as last year’s Shabazz Palace‘s, but it’s Robitussin roots certifiably trace back to Three 6 Mafia’s early work, and at times creep into grim Gravediggaz territory. With spaced out hood dweller rhymes stretched across tracks like some jet black glue and stand-out cuts like ‘Suck A Dick 2012’, there’s little mercy in this character’s world.

Fill your codeine cup and bring on the next volume.

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At the top end of Jan, I got my analytical panties in a twist about a new, mystery (whooo whooo), cross-electronic producer Evian Christ. Whilst levels of innovation and also semi-arbitrary ‘to whom hype is bestowed’ model of bloggosphere should always be up for question, a couple Christ cuts have still rotated heavily this past month in the office (particularly ‘MYD’ and ‘Go Girl’). Meanwhile, emerging from the cyber woodwork is 22 year old UK resident Joshua Leary as the shaded soul behind the sobriquet. Having just been snapped up by contemporary Brooklyn label Tri Angle, they’ve released his YouTube greatest hits (so far) as a mastered collection available to download free.

Have a butchers below as he works his way through these nocturnal Footwork and Ambient bass exercises, plus you can his catch his face down at Tri Angle records showcase in Hackney Downs Studio, London alongside Balam Acab, oOoOO, Holy Other, Romy XX and others.

This chap is securing a very promising year for himself right now

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In preparation for her summer debut album, Atlantic signed artist Delilah relinquishes a mixtape to get listeners to understand what she is all about.

Eight fresh sounding tracks, showcasing the musical strands that make up Delilah, she offers up daring future R’n’B with underground sounds, including a dubbed remix of ‘Love You So’, provided by Joe Goddard. Her versatile voice effortlessly transcends across smooth, yet gritty melodies held in ‘The Gospel’ to the throwback sounds in ‘Love Drug’.

Definitely one to be watching form the British Isles in 2012.

Roses Gabor – young female songstress who uses London as her roots, but has shared a fair amount of stages, singing alongside the likes of Gorillaz all across the world. And of course who could forget last year’s summer tune with SBTRKT ‘Pharoahs‘.

With very little of her own solo material floating around the interwebs, it was perfect timing for Gabor to release her first official mixtape. Entitled The Wonderful World of Roses Gabor, going by the mixtape, I assume her world is full of partying, dancing and more partying. With fall to floor beats, dance samples and instrumentals provided from Hudson Mohawke, Redlight, Dizzee Rascal, Mac Band and Dead Prez, what else is there to think other than… party!

Great pre-shoobz music… stream below and download.


PinBoard is in (snowy) Amsterdam right now for reasons of sheer musical pilgrimage, and a couple hours ago the dreadful news that D’Angelo had cancelled the fourth sold out night of his comeback as hopeful fans queued caused impending uproar, but worse – broken hearts.

At present it’s speculated tonight’s cancellation is due to the artist sustaining a leg injury during his Paris show last night. Tomorrow’s gig at Paradiso is currently said to go on as planned. Fingers crossed the idol returns to shape and we all manage to get to the holy grail. Otherwise… inexplicably pissed.

For all our Dutchies and other international wayfarers in the city here tonight aswell as the UK fams back home, throw up one mo’ gin thanks to OkayPlayer who’ve just dropped this ‘fantasy concert’ tape of high quality live D’Angelo recordings compiled by expert NY producer/connoisseur Sam Champ. You need this tonight.

Hang tight, we’ll keep you posted via our twitter.

1. Fantastic Intro
2. Brown Sugar
3. Devil’s Pie
4. Crisco
5. Left & Right
6. Chicken Grease
7. Lady
8. Left & Right (Reprise)
9. Feel Like Making Love
10. Can’t Hide Love
11. Things You Do (Fall in Love)
12. One Mo’ Gin
13. Me and Those Dreaming Eyes of Mine
14. S.D.M.
15. Untitled (How Does It Feel)

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Finally got around to checking to this new tape by LA rapper and extended Odd Future fam Vince Staples that’s been making it’s rounds online. The production coughs out Californian wooziness and clunking drums, that wouldn’t do too shabby sparring as a leftcoast cousin to, say, LiveLoveA$AP – though these 13 tracks are more indebted to the MellowHype or The Jet Age of Tomorrow vibe for obvious reasons. But Staples’s flow unravels some cold quotables at a real laidback but virulent pace; he’s got a real knack for both meditating over and acutely mocking the environment around him.

Overall the combo of buddah cloud beats and unexpectedly penetrative lyricism are ensuring repeat listens for this short, sharp set right now.

Atlanta, Georgia native T.I remains in the limelight with his VH1 show airing weekly in the US and building his acting credits up, but he hasn’t forgotten his bread and butter – the music. In preparation for his forthcoming  eighth studio album,  T.I released a mixtape which this cut is taken from.

With a sample from Kool and the Gang’s “Summer Madness”, this Dre produced beat is whipped with West Coast rays and brash horns,  leaving T.I and Dre to trade back and forth with ease. Great to hear Dr. Dre warming up for that Coachella headline set too.

Grab the free tape F*ck Da City Up now.

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The Bawse is back. Haven’t tucked into this just yet, but with features from Nas, Kelly Rowland, Pharrell Williams, Wale and more – it’s sure to be a corker. Bump it. Sky high.

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As promised, Raekwon presents his New Years’ offering in the form of a new mixtape titled Unexpected Victory. With production credits from the likes of 9th Wonder, Statik Selektah, DJ Semaj et el and features from Mobb Deep, Busta Rhymes, Styles P and CNN – it should be a good way to bring in the new 365.

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Hundreds ‘pon hundreds of songs, albums and PinBoard posts later, our end of season tape. A gift compiled together by all of us here, to say thanks to everyone who’s been with us year on year, readers, peers, old friends, new ones. We’re hopin’ you had a chance to share these with us in 2011. These are SOME (emphasis on some, or all we could fit) of our favourite records popped up in the last 365 days. Oh & if you’re new here… hang tight, peruse, we gotchu’.

Large respect to all the bloggers and independent platforms out there dedicating their hours to documenting the sounds of a post-mod civilization. Larger respects to the culture of  music fans who comprise it. But I guess, largest respects to the artists and creators who nourish our little spiritual obsession. We’d be fucked without all of us…

Below isn’t in award order by the way, more a flight path from 1 to 15 taking you through sexy, bumpin’, shifting musical territory, both up tempo and down. So hit play, do your thing wherever you’re at with the laptops out and the cable jacks shinin’.

Happy new-new. Be safe!

1. Adele – Rolling In The Deep (Jamie XX Shuffle Remix)
2. Sbtrkt Feat. Sampha – Living Like I Do
3. Full Crate – Joy
4. Azelia Banks – 212
5. 14th – Hide Yourself
6. J. Cole Feat. Missy Elliot – Nobody’s Perfect
7. A$AP Rocky – Peso
8. Fatima and Floating Points – Mind
9. CREEP Feat. Nina Sky – You
10. Jessie Ware – Strangest Feeling
11. Gary Clarke Jnr. – Bright Lights
12. The Weeknd – Trust Issues
13. Ifan Dafydd – Treehouse
14. Switch Feat. Andrea Martin – I Still Love You
15. Hudson Mohawke – Pleasure Principle

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