Obba Supa producer Hey!Zeus is back with another dope production on his new 7″ Holy Cow. Jehst and Kashmere spin a potent lyrical cocktail that measures equal parts eastern mysticism with UK slang, blessing a jangling beat that vapourizes wooden percussion and oriental flutes into a thick haze that lingers between the emcee’s esoteric bars. To celebrate this essential slice of psychedelic wax, the London-based beatmaker has organized a free show next Wednesday at The Silver Bullet. DJ sets come from Evil Ed, Boom Bap Professional’s Oliver Sudden, 7th Dan, Dusty Green Fuzz and Sonny Delight, while the line-up of emcee’s boasts both a Strange U and Kashmere solo set, TD’s Ray Vendetta and Tesla’s Ghost, and a spoken word set from Ma’ankha Bast. Holy Cow will get a digital and vinyl release in early October, with a video dropping soon.
Edinburgh isn’t the first place you’d look for new music that has that classic Hip Hop sound; but this production duo from the Scottish capital have captured that golden era tone perfectly with two dope cuts off their latest album TheProduct. After self-releasing the LP digitally and on CD, this month sees the DJs linking with UK vinyl heads Dusty Platter to release the ill new 7″ single Move. The A side features legendary Polyrhythm Addicts MC Apani B Fly; and finds her cool flows floating on mellow double bass lines on a structurally flawless song. With chorus cuts that assert the crew’s traditional tastes, and verses that deliver witty wordplay untainted by negativity; the title track is exactly the kind of laid-back lyricism that keeps Hip Hop’s original vibe alive.
The B side features one-time Swollen Members MC Moka Only, who’s constant presence in in the Canadian scene over the last decade has brought him deserved recognition as a producer and emcee. On Frequency his rhymes lean on expertly assembled flute chops with an ease you’d expect from his seasoned stature; and as the producers prove their ability with another immaculate instrumental, their tasteful choice of chorus sample makes the single’s flipside as essential as the main cut. As if two first-rate tunes wasn’t enough, they’ve also included the instrumental Tape Deck, with a heavier, boom-bap steez to round off this indispensable wax. If you’re looking to switch up the whiny, nasal, rap aggression pumped into your ears daily with something cleansing; and are feelin the intelligent eccentricity of Del, coupled with the cool rhythmical flows of Lone Catalysts, this one’s for you.
Dusty Platter are pressing 300 copies, with a Shipping date around the 23rd of June.
Pre-order the single here, and check out the rest of the album here.