black midi, Hellfire
The third LP from the insanely talented lads of black midi picks up where their last record Cavalcade left off, then takes a u-turn and plunges into the depths of their self-created underworld, where the grotesque spectacles of medieval banquets and boxing matches, for instance, are carried gleefully to their most sinister conclusions.
DJ Premier, Hip Hop 50 Vol 1 EP
DJ Premier is one of hip-hop’s greatest living legends, so it’s only fitting that Mass Appeal has chosen him to strike first in a series of 10 five-track, producer-led tapes to celebrate the genre’s forthcoming 50th anniversary. Hip-Hop 50 Volume 1 features eight rappers from several generations, bonded by their considerable talent, proven dedication to the game, and mutual respect for one of its elder statesmen.
Goon, Hour Of Green Evening
Goon’s sophomore LP is awash with color — not only the titular green but also the saturated lavender hues of frontman Kenny Becker’s echoing guitar lines and the golden warmth of his vocals, blending with the rest of the band’s melancholy palette to build vibrant new textures.
Endlessly interesting Scottish producer Steve Goodman returns with a multimedia sci-fi saga — the new album being only one dimension of an interactive exploration of such heavy themes as his homeland’s quest for independence from the UK and its involvement in the transatlantic slave trade.