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ALBUM REVIEW: J. Cole – 2014 Forest Hills Drive

In mid-November, J. Cole surprised the vast majority of the hip-hop community with the announcement that his third studio album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, would be dropping just...

In mid-November, J. Cole surprised the vast majority of the hip-hop community with the announcement that his third studio album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, would be dropping just three weeks later. Promotion was minimal, with no singles released in advance of the record itself and Cole merely tweeting a seven-minute trailer video explaining the reference to his childhood...
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Stream: XO ft. Leo Kalyan – Pulling Me Under

19-year-old producer XO has been making waves with his latest track since its exclusive premiere on Annie Mac’s Radio 1 show a couple of weeks ago....

19-year-old producer XO has been making waves with his latest track since its exclusive premiere on Annie Mac’s Radio 1 show a couple of weeks ago. The Staffordshire-based musician also known as Sunil Heera has garnered a lot of attention over the last eighteen months after bursting onto the scene before he was even legally able to...
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Stream: Shift K3Y – I Know (SLOWOLF Remix)

Danish producer SLOWOLF has undoubtedly been one of the rising stars of 2014, and has returned on remix duty for UK house star Shift K3Y. The...

Danish producer SLOWOLF has undoubtedly been one of the rising stars of 2014, and has returned on remix duty for UK house star Shift K3Y. The Copenhagen-based musician otherwise known as Andreas Asingh attracted a lot of attention over the summer with his Bounty and Wolf Grey EPs featuring vocals from the likes of British wordsmiths Benny Banks and Dream McClean as...
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Stream: Sunless 97 – Pure4Sure

Rinse Records have announced the upcoming release of new music from London-based three piece Sunless ’97. The group will be dropping a two-track project, from which...

Rinse Records have announced the upcoming release of new music from London-based three piece Sunless ’97. The group will be dropping a two-track project, from which the first song is available to stream now on SoundCloud; featuring swirling, distorted synths dancing over an infectious rhythm, “Pure4Sure” is a vibrant piece of club-friendly pop. Big things will no...
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EP REVIEW: Pharaoh K – Embodiment

The beginning of November brought with it the release of a new EP from teenage producer Pharaoh K. The four-track project, entitled Embodiment, sees the Bristol-based,...

The beginning of November brought with it the release of a new EP from teenage producer Pharaoh K. The four-track project, entitled Embodiment, sees the Bristol-based, London-bred artist take a slightly different musical path than fans of his previous work might expect. His debut EP, last year’s Spill, was very trap-orientated, featuring deep, booming bass, rapid-fire claps and...
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Stream: J£zus Million – Taught to Run

Teenage producer J£zus Million returned this week with the drop of a new track and the announcement of a new EP. Hailing from Boston, Masachussetts, the young...

Teenage producer J£zus Million returned this week with the drop of a new track and the announcement of a new EP. Hailing from Boston, Masachussetts, the young beatsmith gained critical acclaim for his work on Charli XCX’s debut album True Romance and followed it up in September last year with a classical-influenced mixtape entitled Cold Shoulder, featuring guest vocals from Chicago...
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Music Video: P Money – Originators

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ho82ziKcjH8&w=560&h=315] Following his infamous Lord of the Mics clash with Big H, grime veteran P Money has returned to treat fans with the visual...

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ho82ziKcjH8&w=560&h=315] Following his infamous Lord of the Mics clash with Big H, grime veteran P Money has returned to treat fans with the visual accompaniment to his new track “Originators” from his upcoming EP of the same name. The track sees P addressing the various ups and downs of the recent renaissance of grime music...
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LIVE REVIEW: High Focus @ The Electric Ballroom

Last Friday night, amongst the usual throng of drunk tourists, punks and goths heading to the various watering holes to celebrate the arrival of the...

Last Friday night, amongst the usual throng of drunk tourists, punks and goths heading to the various watering holes to celebrate the arrival of the weekend, an immense, snaking queue of baggy-shirted young men in bucket hats and snapbacks stretched along the length of the Camden High Street, awaiting entrance to the legendary Electric Ballroom;...
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Stream: Sneakbo Ft. Krept & Konan – Right Here

Dancehall raves across London and the UK have had Sneakbo’s anthem “Real G” on repeat since it dropped last month, and the Brixton rapper has...

Dancehall raves across London and the UK have had Sneakbo’s anthem “Real G” on repeat since it dropped last month, and the Brixton rapper has followed it up with another drop from his upcoming Certified mixtape. “Right Here”, which premiered on Mistajam’s Radio 1 show last weekend, sees Sneaky trading bars with award-winning wordsmiths Krept & Konan...
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Free Download: Malick IV – Apples

MusicUmpire readers may recall London rapper Malick IV featuring on the site a while back on Nick Dre’s “Wordplay”, but the 24 year-old has been pretty quiet...

MusicUmpire readers may recall London rapper Malick IV featuring on the site a while back on Nick Dre’s “Wordplay”, but the 24 year-old has been pretty quiet over the last six months. However, this month he returned with “Apples”, another track produced by his partner in crime Nick Dre. Underpinned by a slow, warm bassline, Malick explains the changes...

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