Prince – Sign o' the Times

In his first studio release after breaking from the Revolution, Prince’s ‘Sign o’ the Times’ celebrates it’s… 30th birthday today!!!

The co-lead vocal with Scottish songstress Sheena Easton on the massive hit ‘U Got The Look’ marks what truly was one of the greatest album releases of Prince’s phenomenal career.

This blog is posted with the sad knowledge that it was nearly a year ago that we lost Prince. His music however continues to excite and undoubtably will for years to come.

Miami Horror – The Shapes [EP]

#NewMusic from Melbourne, Australia

Colourful Australian group Miami Horror have released an upbeat EP that has all the hallmarks of an 80s funk / disco classic, but we’re in 2017! ‘The Shapes’ brings in the season of spring rather nicely.

If you want to brush up on your language skills, why not check out one of the tracks ‘Leila’ in Spanish.

Pick up your copy from their bandcamp page.

Pacific Coliseum – Ocean City

#NewMusic from London, UK

Something blissed out to mellow your midweek courtesy of Pacific Coliseum.

We enjoyed kicking back to this over the weekend and then they dropped another track…

…with even more to come. The LP (on flipping cassette) going by the same ‘Ocean City’ name is due to come out 3 April on Coastal Haze. You can pre-order your copy on their bandcamp page.

Northlane – Citizen

We caught this new offering from Northlane off their ‘Mesmer’ album which dropped out of nowhere last week and were totally taken back to being a teenager washing dishes in the basement of a cafe where we binged heavily on Nu Metal.

There is so much going on, particularly on the drums, behind the sometimes sweet, other times aggressive lyrics. Boy does it carry you through at a relentless pace.

Radio Days – DV#6

Back for the sixth time, that’s the saying right? Get ready for some UK hip-hop heavyweights; Roots Manuva, Dizzee, MF Doom (yes he was born in London). Same can be said for the mix where we get the other half of Skully and IQ’s ‘Class in Session’.

Playlist

Gorillaz feat. Roots Manuva / All Alone
Dizzee Rascal / Stand Up Tall
Mass Influence / 2 Tha Left
DJ Mentat feat. Mystro / Waiting
Oh No feat. Roc C & J Dilla / Move
Madvillain / Accordian
Danny Breaks / Windscreen Wiper
Bomb The Bass / Bug Powder Dust (K&D Remix)
Googie Rene Combo / Smokey Joe’s La La
Max Cole / Mo High

[DJ SKULLY – CLASS IS IN SESSION]
Skully & IQ / Intro
Freddie Foxx / The Life
Skoob / Get Down
Haysoos / Street Box
Danny Breaks / Death By A Thousand Kuts
Common / Be
Reef The Lost Cauze / Life As It Gets
Reveal / TRU
Shameless / Belss + Skully Kuts
Diabolic / Ya’ll Don’t Know

Jazzanova / That Night
Fat Freddy’s Drop / Hope For A Generation (3 Generations Walking remix)
Weather Report / Birdland

Raekwon – The Wild

Raekwon ‘Da Chef’ is back with a storming album, yet another from the Wu-Tang camp that just keeps on giving through the members’ solo releases.

The clarity of sound that flows through this album is sublime. The crispest drums, perfectly positioned samples, mellow guitar licks, soft horns and of course Raekwon’s trademark laid back flow. Even more synthesised offerings like ‘My Corner’ get it right. The balance is spot on.

As you’d expect, there’s plenty of guesting. Expect CeeLo Green, Lil Wayne, P.U.R.E, Andra Day and G-Eazy. What an honour to be working alongside an artist who has consistently nailed it, from Wu-Tang to today.