Rather an epic Reaping but I suddenly seem to have been inundated with fantastic tunes this week. Stick with me til the end if you can, there’s some seriously exciting new Reggae and Hip-hop in particular but whatever your vibe I’m sure you’ll find something to love in here.
Nuala Honan – All Is Not Lost
First up is a singer I went to see last night. I had no idea what to expect and was simply tagging along with some friends. I had heard her previous collaborations with Smerin’s Anti Social Club and in fact had been listening to their Swing track The Alibi (it’s on a forthcoming mix of mine, keep an eye on these pages) only the day before, complementing the singer. Her solo material is very much along the Folk and Country lines and if that’s your vibe then she’s one of the best singers I’ve seen of that ilk in a long time. With various members of Sheelanagig in her band also, she provided one of the best stumble upon shows I’ve seen since unwittingly discovering Damien Rice at The Toucan Club many moons ago. You can pick up her debut album here.
The Lee Thompson Ska Orchestra feat. Bitty McLean – Fu Manchu
Nuala had some great incidental stories between tracks, mostly regarding her family and her father in particular. This leads nicely into the next tune as his name was Ignatius and the new album from the ex Madness member fronted Lee Thompson Ska Orchestra is called “The Benevolence of Sister Mary Ignatius”. Depsite the band name, this is very much on a Rootsy Lovers Rock tip and Lee takes a back seat on vocals in favour of Bitty McLean, a classic 90s UK Reggae singer who has been making some thing of a come back over the past year thanks to heavy support from the likes of David Rodigan.
Shanty – Waiting
On a similar vibe, though markedly less seasoned is this first video from new Reggae band Shanty. This reminds me a little of early Mr Hudson & The Library (pre Kanye). Shall be keeping an eye on these guys for sure.
Kabaka Pyramid and Protoje – Warrior
If you like your Reggae a little more raw then try this straight up Jamaican Conscious Roots Dancehall from Kabaka Pyramid and Protoje out of Kingston Town, complete with Nyabinghi drums. If you like this and missed the Protoje album earlier this year then it’s definitely worth checking that out too.
Them & Us – Happy Never After
Hitting the heavier side, here’s an excellent video from my boy Killa Kela and his lovely lady Ami Carmine. They’ve been performing under the Them & Us name for a little bit but they’ve properly found their feet and sound now it seems, going for the Indie meets Bass music vibe. This is the first official single which you can download for free at their website.
You can also catch them both live in London on the May 30th supporting Kelis at Proud Camden,
Action Bronson – Strictly 4 My Jeeps
I took my eye off Action Bronson for a little while but he’s on full form with this classic late 80s / Early 90s sounding Hip-hop jam. Comes off like Ultramagnetic MCs meets Kool G Rap, and the video is hilarious.
Dillon Cooper – State Of Elevation
Another classic sounding Hip-hop tune that still manage to come off current. The beat and flows lean towards my favourite early 90s stylings.
Dizraeli & The Small Gods feat. Jam Baxter – Sailor
Think I posted this after watching Dizraeli & The Small Gods live a couple of months back, but now it has a video to match. Besides, as one of my favourite tracks from the album, I have no shame in a repost anyway.
The Last Skeptik & Jehst – Lullaby
One of the UK’s finest Hip-hop beatsmiths, The Last Skeptik, has just dropped a new album on BBE called ‘Thanks For Trying’. This is the only vocal track on the album and shows Jehst in fine form once again.
onlyjoe – Wicked Land
Forgot to post this last time. It’s the latest video / single from onlyjoe, a great young Reggae band from London who have always smashed it any time I’ve caught them live and are definitely making a strong reputation for themselves this year. They shall be rocking both the Lion’s Den and the Hidden Woods at Boomtown Fair this year.
Gentleman’s Dub Club – Riot
Also rocking the Lion’s Den will be one of my favourite live UK bands full stop. I wasn’t 100% convinced of this new single outside of their live shows at first but it’s heavyweight Steppas vibe has grown on me massively and the video helps to really bring it to life.
The Mouse Outfit feat. Truthos Mufasa & Black Josh – Sit Back
Seeing as we’ve gone on a Boomtown tangent, here’s a new video from The Mouse Outfit who will also be doing a few sets at the festival (Poco Loco, Chai Wallah and I believe Asbo Disco too). I’ve already stated how much I love the album in the last Reaping but their live shows are top class also.
Fat Freddy’s Drop – Clean The House
And a band who are yet to play Boomtown Fair, despite tons of people being convinced they were the Secret Headliners last year. I’m sure it will happen one day and the fact they can still turn out fantastic tracks like this is always a good sign for the future.
Mount Kimbie feat. King Krule – You Took Your Time
Still need to find time to listen to the new Mount Kimbie album properly. Crooks & Lovers was never going to be an easy album to follow up but from what I’ve heard so far it seems like they’ve done a damn good job.
Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate: The Boat Sessions #02
All bias aside, there’s nobody on this vibe that I’m feeling as much as these boys. This is a great little session for Songlines, a top (or rather THE top) World Music magazine, which I recently rediscovered again. Joe & Sekou are on tour at the moment so make sure you catch them live and if you’re anywhere near North Wales, we’re both playing Kaya Festival in Bangor this Sunday.
Frameworks feat JP Cooper – Old Friend
And finally this was a pleasant surprise for my inbox. I think he might have found me via my Typesun post as they have both recorded collaborations with Sabira Jade. In fact, I’ll include one of those too. Lovely way to end a post.