MeLo-X-GOD: Pièce de Résistance (Full Album Stream)

After a few short years of releasing mixtapes, EP’s, instrumental albums, collaborations, and traveling around the world, MeLo has finally released an official solo LP for sale. This year has been filled with amazing visuals and a EP series leading up to November 5th. Watch the shift occur.

So, there were several big album releases this [...]

Mike G-DAM ft. Left Brain

There’s something about Mike G’s rapping style that is completely hypnotic. I can’t really figure it out, but almost everything you hear him on, he commands the flow of the track quickly and bounces along it with incredible ease. It’s quite unique in terms of his sheer synchronicity with any production he’s met with, and [...]

Sampha-Too Much (Video)

Of those who enjoyed Drake’s recent Nothing Was The Same album (and yes, I’m one of those folk), a large percentage cited this as the album’s standout or their current favourite. That widespread praise was heavily indebted to Sampha’s work on the intro, hook and outro, and it appears that was just a taster of [...]

Lloyd Banks-F.N.O. (Failure's No Option) (Mixtape)

If you’re lacking that little bit of bite on your car playlist, or you just want something to make a screwface too, Lloyd Banks is your man. His mixtape work over the last few years has been impeccable in that sense, serving up powerful, speaker-rattling beats under his gristly, versatile raps on a fairly consistent [...]

Mogwai-Remurdered

As much as I like these guys, they seem to be in a small group of bands that I do really enjoy, but always forget to check out whatever their upcoming album is after its release. I’ll buy into the singles, get on board with the promo, but come crunch time, I’ve forgotten everything I [...]

Jhene Aiko-Bed Peace ft. Childish Gambino (Video)

Having enjoyed this song on its release, it’s good to see Jhene give the fun single a further push with this easygoing, simple visual that pays homage to John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s ‘Bed Ins For Peace’.

A gentle, relaxing track of this nature doesn’t need too much complexity to be fully utilised visually, and they’ve [...]

Mickey Factz-Zen ft. Yelawolf

Mickey’s debut LP The Achievement, is due in February, and to get things moving he lets this single out. It’s an interesting situation he’s in: the massive buzz from a few years ago has quietened down, and yet arguably his work has actually improved since then. An example: Mickey Mause was released around 18 months [...]

Snoop Dogg-That's My Work 2 (Mixtape)

A (presumably) unintentional consequence of Snoop changing personas more than he changes underwear (we’re at Snoopzilla now, after Snoop Lion) is that when he reverts back to hip-hop under the regular Dogg guise, it’s almost a relief and has much more of an appeal than it did before the name-switching.

This project is seemingly a [...]

Linkin Park-I'll Be Gone (Vice Remix) ft. Pusha T

Can you believe Hybrid Theory came out 13 years ago?

LP’s decision to remix that entire album for the Reanimation project was an interesting one at the time that I slightly struggled with. The years have been kind though (puberty eventually passed), and some of its highlights have become top tier pieces in the Linkin [...]

Childish Gambino-3005

Assumedly, this is the latest release from his upcoming Because the Internet album, and it’s one longtime Gambino fans should quite enjoy.

The production has an interesting rawness to it- the melody for the first third is almost (this isn’t meant negatively) amateurish in nature, and creates a throwback vibe. The beat’s progression to a more [...]

Holy Ghost!-Hold On, We're Going Home (Cover)

A lot of readers won’t like this at all, but there’s something about the retro funk take on the ubiquitous Drake single that’s quite endearing. It’s not technically perfect or the cleanest cover in the world, but instead is a rough-around-the-edges slice of bouncy alt pop that makes for fun listening.

Stripping out the R&B-styled production, [...]

Snoh Aalegra-The Fall

I heard this for the first time about a month ago, but didn’t really pay proper attention. Having recognised I didn’t seem to dislike it, I still downloaded it but added it to my mountainous backlog- I happened to make a dent in said backlog this weekend, and rediscovered this frankly brilliant piece from a [...]

Yuna-Someone Who Can

Yuna’s self-titled debut album was an excellent piece of music, combining laidback soul sounds with rousing pop numbers, all held together with her wonderful vocal set.

This effort is taken from her upcoming Nocturnal album, set for release on 29th October, and again demonstrates those addictive, near-hypnotising vocal qualities, with a gentle, mostly mellow performance [...]

Lupe Fiasco-Old School Love ft. Ed Sheeran

On paper, this is everything an OTU fan could want. Lupe’s first single from the upcoming Tetsuo and Youth album, and a feature from longtime OTU favourite (and once interviewee, of course) Ed Sheeran.

Here’s the thing: this isn’t on paper. This will be really, really divisive.

Ed’s hook is delicate and heartfelt, and realistically [...]

SKATERS-Deadbolt

There isn’t a damn thing wrong with recapturing that Californian punk/skater vibe, especially given that I’m part-way through a rediscovery of the punk genre. SKATERS bring those sounds right back to the fore, blending them with a sense of British indie that will surely give them a much more universal appeal.

It’s energetic, loud and [...]

Bloc Party-Obscene (Kele Okereke Remix)

“I’ve been exploring the idea of remixing other people’s music recently and I’m really enjoying it. You can be a lot less precious about things. I turned what is a rather sombre ballad into a jacked-up early ‘90s house track”.

When artists remix their own tracks (and I don’t mean in the hip-hop sense, by adding [...]

Lloyd Banks-Drop A Diamond ft. Raekwon

Whilst I’ve proclaimed I’m listening to very little hip-hop these days, one act has endured this and remains a fixture within my go-to playlist. That man is Lloyd Banks, whose mixtape work gets regular play in my car and house, and though he’s been very quiet this year, this release is hopefully a sign that [...]

Quadron-Hey Love (Ryan Hemsworth Remix)

In the weeks leading to Quadron’s Avalanche album release, I was certainly excited about it. However, I got somewhat distracted (probably a shiny light or ball of string) and have only got around to giving it a proper listen in the last few weeks. What it proved was that I’m self-sabotaging: it’s a superb LP [...]

Archer Season 5 (Trailer)

There are several good contenders, but Archer is definitely up there as one of my favourite modern-day comedies. None of the 4 seasons can really be considered weak, and unlike most animated comedies, it doesn’t rely on the format for its laughs- it could easily be adapted into a live action series, and be just [...]

Game-Operation Kill Everything (Mixtape)

My internet has been out for days, so I apologise for the delay. That being said, hip-hop’s current malaise means even obvious releases like this are completely slipping under my radar. I generally enjoy Game’s material, but even he hasn’t escaped the effects of my boredom with rap as of late.

Nonetheless, it’ll be a project [...]

Louis M^ttrs-War With Heaven (Catching Flies Remix)

I’m not familiar with the original, but I’m not really sure that I need to be after this. It’s another great release from an OTU favourite in the past year or so, with upcoming producer Catching Flies dropping off one more strong addition to his growing and reputable back catalogue.

Opening in gentle, atmospheric fashion, the [...]

Childish Gambino-Yaphet Kotto (Freestyle)

It’s been a couple of years in the making now, but it looks like the follow-up to Camp could be on its way. Because the Internet (yep) is coming this ‘winter break’, which I believe loosely translates to the Christmas holidays for us folk, and assuming it’s an LP rather than a mixtape, it’ll make [...]

Nipsey Hu$$le-Crenshaw (Mixtape)

As good as Kendrick Lamar is, in absolute truth, if you’d asked me before GKMC who my favourite upcoming west coast rapper was, I might have said Nipsey. He’s hugely underrated, but a great talent that is slowly breaking down doors and getting more believers on board with his movement, and doing so purely via [...]

Toro Y Moi-Rose Quartz (Video)

Almost 9 months removed from the release of Anything In Return (which is close to holding on for my “best album of 2013″ accolade), and Toro manages to get more mileage out of it with a video for what is emerging as my favourite song from the album. Though a large chunk of it remains [...]

Lupe Fiasco-Pound of Flesh / Paris, Tokyo 2

So unexpected is the relative flurry of recent material from Lupe, that I’m actually slipping a little with keeping on top of it. Minor problems though, and I expect this freestyle over Drake’s Pound Cake beat will be many listeners’ favourite Lupe track from the batch released in the last few months.

As I’ve not listened [...]

Martina Topley-Bird-Crystalised (Cover) ft. Mark Lanegan & Warpaint

The original has probably been out of our collective memory for quite some time now, and not only is this a nice reminder of its qualities, but it’s also a fantastic cover that warrants just as much attention.

The track is taken in a rough-edged direction, contrasting the smooth, rounded sounds of the laidback original with [...]

Mickey Factz-The New Rockstars (Culture)

Everyone and their horse has heard Kanye West’s interview with Zane Lowe, and now Mickey Factz grabs a couple of choice soundbites from that now-infamous conversation for a pretty strong hip-hop jam.

The production is one that’ll thoroughly assault your speakers, combining a thunderous percussion with a dash of vocal samples and bassy synth for an [...]

HAIM-Days Are Gone (Full Album Stream)

For whatever criticism they may field, HAIM’s unique blend of styles and sounds still wins me over almost every time. It’s good to see that they’ve achieved relative mainstream success, and with their debut LP due out tomorrow, they let the full thing go (a few days ago) for streaming. I’ve said several times previously [...]

Daley-Look Up

Following Daley’s progress has been nothing but a pleasure over the last few years. From upcoming, unknown soul singer full of potential to the well-rounded, widely-lauded performer he is today, it’s been a rise that’s completely earned and has led to the forthcoming release of his debut album, Days and Nights.

Those you work with tend [...]