Dizzee Rascal – “Pagans” (Video)

Inspired by the cinematic and musical influences of “Kill Bill” and Wu-Tang, grime figurehead Dizzee Rascal hits us with a visually engaging and amusing video for his latest single “Pagans.” The song is composed of a deep, throbbing, pounding line of grime production perfectly suited for Dizze’s mid-pitched, rapidly delivered lyricism as he starts off “I don’t speak Queen’s English/but I’m still distinguished/don’t need no suit or tie to let you know I mean business/I  know you into this/even if you were deaf, dumb and blind and awkwardly rhythmless…”

It’s nothing that we wouldn’t expect from one of London’s greatest emcees as he lets loose a barrage of bars to remind anyone that may have forgotten just how wickedly unforgiving he can be with the rhymes. And the revenge saga kung fu flick of a video more than makes the song that much more listenable.

- Ron Grant

Until the Ribbon Breaks – “Revolution Indifference” ft. Run the Jewels

British alternative R&B trio Until the Ribbon Breaks (notably featured on the first Run the Jewels album) is preparing to drop their debut album A Lesson Unlearnt in January. Above you can watch the mannequin-filled video of the outfit’s new single “Revolution Indifference,” which marks another collaboration with Mike and El. The two share an expectantly strong verse, so absolutely do check out this track and video if you’re still on a kick after RTJ2 – you ought to be, given how awesome that album is. Here’s hoping Until the Ribbon Breaks has a win of their own with their debut!

A Lesson Unlearnt is due out January 20.

 

Alt-J – “Every Other Freckle”

Previously loved UK art pop outfit Alt-J drops yet another song from their forthcoming LP, This Is All Yours. The release date: September 22nd via Infectious.

Unlike the previously released songs off this new album, “Every Other Freckle” seems to be more in line with Alt-J’s previous output. There’s a heavy bassline matched with some equally lumbering drum beats, and atop that are the odd, soulful vocals of guitarist-vocalist Joe Newman.

The hook is great, and as the song progresses, the band manages to build the intensity up with more percussive and melodic layers. Alt-J writes catchy, upfront tracks, but their refined approach to arranging their instrumentation is what continues to keep them interesting.

Slugdge – Gastronomicon

A f-fun death metal album? Sure, they exist – the new Slugdge record Gastronomicon is one of them. If you’re unfamiliar with the UK duo consisting of guitarist Kev Pearson and lyricist/vocalist Matt Moss, then allow me to explain: they make music about interstellar slugs and are on a mission to “cover the world of man in a viscous goo.” But I’ve gotta say as ridiculous as the twosome’s concept comes across on paper, it amounts to a staggeringly captivating alternate reality for the run-time of this sophomore LP of theirs. The lyrics of Gastronomicon come off not as parody, but as a surprisingly imaginative mythology. Moreover, the compositions are rather progressive and the production is stellar - this is a properly heavy listen. Hopefully you can get past (or better yet, embrace) the campy concept, because otherwise you’ll be missing out on one of the year’s most enjoyable death metal releases so far.

Gastronomicon is out now with the blessing of Mollusca the Greatfather.

Scuba – “Choke”

Hotflush Recordings founder Scuba drops a track from his forthcoming Phenix 2 EP, which features four new tracks on it. As expected, this cut features a strong 4/4 groove, loads of ethereal sound effects, and the musical progressions are incredibly slow and subtle. It’s electronic tension building at its finest–especially as the track reaches a boisterous highpoint at the 4:03 mark. Enjoy!

Kate Tempest – “Circles”

Kate Tempest is a spoken word artist and playwright hailing from South London, who last year won the Ted Hughes Award for her epic poem Brand New Ancients. But her talents also extend to rap music. She put out her Dan Carey-produced full-length debut Everybody Down last month via Big Dada. You can stream the album in full on the label’s YouTube channel; above we’ve linked one of its highlights, the catchy “Circles.” Happy listening!

Vallenfyre – Splinters

The UK’s Vallenfyre brings together a slew of different death metal styles on this sophomore record of theirs, and feeds them through some incredibly heavy, pummeling production.

ThisisDA – Super Arkane

UK rapper ThisisDA drops his new mixtape, Super Arkane, which you can download here. While he’s not far along enough just yet to have sculpted his own, unique style, the dude’s delivery gets more and more compelling with each new track. The smooth, grooving instrumentals courtesy of Mankub help as well! Enjoy.

Dea Marica – Curse of the Haunted

A lot of death/doom heaviness packed into this debut album from London metal trio Dea Marica. Throughout Curse of the Haunted, frontman Riccardo Veronese’s voice is exceptionally powerful, whether it be clean and operatic or coarse and growled, and multi-instrumentalist Roberto Mura and drummer Marco craft some weighty, emotional arrangements. Give it a listen in full via the above widget through the group’s Bandcamp.

ThisisDA – “Gridlock”

ThisisDA’s new video for “Gridlock” is, like the single it accompanies, chock full of analogue artifacts. The visuals have a worn VHS aesthetic, bleeding/ghosting galore, that pairs nicely with the vinyl crackle of the track’s old-school instrumental (again, courtesy of Mancunian producer Mankub). The track will appear on the Bristol MC’s debut album Super Arkane, due out February 25.