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Track: Boardgame James – Daydream EP

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Alternative artist and producer, Mulini’s new track ‘Keep Moving’, articulates a self-deprecating mental state that many of us have had to drag themselves through over the past 12-months.  This record features Nuneaton-based rapper GSQ2, and is definitely not one to sleep on in this blurred space between alternative Hip Hop and grunge. The track was …

The funny thing about TYRON is how clearly slowthai intends towards something, but never quite approaches it. Nothing Great About Britain was excellent – not to mention very clear in its concept – and bought him considerable goodwill, but it may also have painted him into a corner. Tyron Frampton approaches things differently this time …

Hip Hop’s original champions of change are back with a new track and album. ‘Public Enemy Number Won’ from the album, ‘What You Gonna Do When the Grid Goes Down?’, is an animated visual treat with contributions from Ad-Rock, Beastie Boy Mike D and Run-DMC. The track is a homage to the original 1987 tune …

Here at Backseat Mafia we were upset when we heard that London rapper Ty had died, a man we had written about quite a bit on the site, and interviewed as well. So we were delighted to receive the news that there is a new permanent Brixton mural pay homage to himafter he passed away …

Mixing up hip-hop and smooth R&B beats, John Dole is becoming a real player in the North East hip-hop scene and beyond. The Newcastle MC describes his sound as ‘alternative rap’, and there’s certainly a sense of that in his new single ‘Collective Thoughts’. Wonky synths and and warm R&B descending lines open the show …

Boardgame James has announced the release of his debut,  ‘Daydream’, a four-track EP of string-led instrumental grime released via 1000Doors on May 1. Part of grime’s great radio resurgence in 2015 as one half of Handsome Boys with Moleskin, Boardgame James offers up four tracks from the vault, developed and reworked to form his debut EP. …

Thundercat has released a new track, ‘Fair Chance’, taken from his forthcoming album ‘It is what it is’, out on Brainfeeder on April 3rd. It’s produced by Sounwave (Kendrick Lamar / TDE) and features Ty Dolla $ign and Lil B. “This song is about Mac… when he passed it shook the ground for the artist …

Taken from Apollo Brown’s ‘Sincerely, Dertroit’ album, which brought together over 50 artists from the area to make a true celebration of motor city, ‘365’, featuring Ro Spit, NameTag & Ty Farris is this warm, laid back cut, dripping in old soul, as all the participants trade rhymes and verses, focusing on their roles/lives within …

TTY are our sort of band. Ahead of the release of their EP this coming Friday on the ever brilliant Young Turks label, they’ve shared a track, Buttercream. But it goes way beyond that. As the label say: They definitely slept in the Young Turks studio for about 18 months. They would emerge from the …

Sometime Sampha drummer and rapper/producer has released a new video for the track Buss Case. It’s accompanied by a new video that sees Pauli as an astronaut out in space – something of a dream come true for the space head who says “I believe the artist and the astronaut aren’t too dissimilar – we both …