Lazy Habits The Atrocity Exhibition – 25 Facts

• May 19, 2016
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Lazy Habits The Atrocity Exhibition – 25 Facts

In our very popular 25 facts series, we speak to Lazy Habits regarding their upcoming album “The Atrocity Exhibition”. Lazy Habits The Atrocity Exhibition will be available on the 27th May 2016 to fans.

1 From inception to completion the album took 2 years.

2 Whilst mixing the album our studio mates were The Cure, who were production rehearsing for a live tour at the time.

3 We may have used some of Royal Bloods equipment in the mixing process.

4 The track-listing for the album has changed a couple of times since the recording process, with one track coming off the original list and two being added.

5 It’s the first time we have ever worked with an outside producer/beatmaker, we co-produced three tracks with Benny Aves.

6 It’s the first time we have ever had guest rappers on an album, with Dizraeli and the returning Skin Horse among the guests on the new album.

7 The album was recorded at three studios in London including a purpose built studio at the Hub where some of us live, this set up was used to record vocals for most of the album, to create a space that was less sterile than a normal recording studio can be at times.

8 We mixed the album at Brighton Electric, where I lived on and off for the six months it took to finish it.

9 Before starting the recording process we road tested a whole bunch of material at some festivals over the summer, under different titles and sometimes only playing small section of these songs was a great way for us to see how the new material worked next the older stuff and also to see what reactions we would get for those songs amongst crowds that were not totally made up of people that had come to watch our show.

Lazy Habits The Atrocity Exhibition - 25 Facts

Lazy Habits The Atrocity Exhibition – 25 Facts

10 Between recording the two albums I started a side project alongside Josh Whitehouse of ‘More Like Trees’ and ‘Fjokra’, called ‘High Cross Society’. In the process of writing and recording with this project I felt I learnt a lot that I took back with me to record “The Atrocity Exhibition” working with Fjokra on most of the pre-production demos and getting both him and Josh to guest on the album both in name and also in other small ways to add to the soundscape of the whole project.

11 We shot the video to The Breach before the track was mixed and mastered, it had a guide vocal on it too but still had the dramatic feel which lead to the overall impact and theme of the video.

12 At one point we almost had Taron Egerton come and do some backing vocals on it, he was around a lot when it was getting made and he does have one hell of a voice.

13 We originally thought the album was going to come out in October last year but it took a little longer to get everything in place before we were given our actual release date, that’s one of the reasons we decided to work a little more on it and add a couple of extra tracks.

14 It started as project of releasing weekly music starting in 2016 with Benny Aves producing, this stopped pretty soon when we realised these tracks were still 100% relevant to theme of the album.

15 We almost had to clear our first ever sample for a recording.. We ended up deciding against it.. The track is called “How it Used to Be” it’s up on our soundcloud and a part of the current live set.

Lazy Habits 25 Facts

Lazy Habits 25 Facts

16 There are a lot more strings on this album, on the first one I think it was 4.. this one is 8 I think, two different composers too.. John Pickup worked with us on the first album and we had him back again but also used award winning composer Simon Dobson who was also on board for trumpet duties on some of the tracks.

17 We used a harp for the first time ever. The amazing talented Bethan Griffiths plays on the opening and closing of the album.

18 In a weird kind of reverse sample type thing we wrote a small section of music with the High Cross Society to infuse into one of the songs on the album, it sounds like its sampled from a song but we only wrote 8 bars of a loop, to give that impression… That loop is now going to be a part of a song by HCS.

19 I wrote Babysol’s hook on this album, but then I ended up using one she had written for another one of the songs.

20 The title of the album is taken from a collection of short stories by JG Ballard, a British writer born in Shanghai, China. A lot of the album’s themes were also explored whilst staying in Taiwan and Hong Kong after touring.

21 The artwork for the album was created by Cranio from Spain. He designed the initial artwork for the album front cover.

22 We decided to get artwork for each of the tracks from the album but using the original artwork as a stating point. Each artist was send a vector of the front cover and the song they would be working to.

23 Artists on the album include Ed Hicks, John Chan, director Lee Lennox, long term collaborator Josh Whitehouse and Harry Yeff (aka Reeps One).

24 Reeps One is also on the album too, as part of the High Cross Scoiety loop. This album really was a family thing so there were a lot of the family around when it was being recorded so some of them are on there somewhere.

25 We have already already started working on the next album.

You can also watch Lazy Habits “Answers with Questions” on the YouTube player below.

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Beat Bruisers ft Ruste Juxx and Pawz One – Now

• May 17, 2016
Beat Bruisers ft Ruste Juxx and Pawz One - Def by Stereo

Beat Bruisers ft Ruste Juxx and Pawz One – Def by Stereo

Beat Bruisers ft Ruste Juxx and Pawz One – Now. I wanted to share the excellent new video from Beat Bruisers for their single “Now” which features Ruste Juxx and Pawz One. Premiered by B-Real TV, the video has been uploaded to Below System Records’ official YouTube channel and is gaining support from the biggest Hip-Hop blogs and publications.

The single “Now” features on the recently released Def By Stereo album which has been released via Below System Records. Beat Bruisers ft Ruste Juxx and Pawz One – Now is track 10 on the album, which also contains guest appearances from Dro Pesci and Spit Savage. The collaborative effort between Beat Butchers, Ruste Juxx and Pawz One is avialable to download from the Below System Records bandcamp page, and I have posted the official artwork and track listing below. Below System Records also have an offer at the moment for 24 albums for just €54.08. It’s available when you scroll down on the bandcamp page.

During the recent “Kings of New York” video series, we spoke with Ruste Juxx regarding his upcoming album International Juxx. You can watch the interview HERE and please make sure you subscribe to the YouTube Channel and check out the other interviews from the Kings of New York channel as well including Masta Ace, Torae and Awkword among others.

1. Intro
2. Def By Stereo
3. Knock Your Head Off
4. Unphuckwitable
5. How Real Is That
6. Intermission
7. Give It Up feat. Dro Pesci
8. Beast Out The Cage
9. LA 2 NY (Director’s Cut) feat. Spit Savage
10. Now
11. Count Em Down
12. Outro

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CLBRKS Crocodile (Video)

• May 17, 2016
CLBRKS Crocodile

CLBRKS Crocodile

CLBRKS Crocodile is the first single that is featured on Hip-Hop Kings, and we anticipate the first of many. The new video has been premiered by Blatantly Blunt and opens an invitation to new fans to check out his back catalog of music as well.

English born CLBRKS spent part of his childhood in Africa, which gives his music a recognisable influence. CLBRKS Crocodile has been shot and edited by Henry Croston and produced by ATLS. CLBRKS has teamed up with American-based record label “Equal Imports” who uploaded the single to their official soundcloud page. The official video is starting to receive support from the UKHH blogs and has a wider appeal which will undoubtedly see international coverage.

Look out for more music from CLBRKS in the forthcoming months as Hip-Hop Kings will be keeping a close eye on the progress of the rapper. Check out his official soundcloud page for previous released tracns and collaborations with other artists. You can watch the official video for CLBRKS -Crocodile on the YouTube player below.

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Cutt For President – Constant Deviants

• May 17, 2016
Cutt for President - Constant Deviants (Omerta)

Cutt for President – Constant Deviants (Omerta)

As we gear toward the new album titled “Omerta” from Constant Deviants, we have a new track from the album called Cutt For President. The single serves as another teaser to fans before the album release date of June 28th 2016.

Cutt for President is a bonus track which will appear on Omerta, alongside the singles we’ve already heard from the album which include “Hard on These Streets” and “So Underated”. MC M.I delivers a typically liquid flow while DJ Cutt does not disappoint on the 1’s and 2’s. Cutt for President has been uploaded to the Urban Elite soundcloud page which I have also embedded below.

The duo are also performing in Baltimore for LoudPalooza on June 25th. MC M.I is also filming scenes for the new movie Six2Six which features Treach, Selena Johnson and Chief Busy Bee Rocker. Lastly, Constant Deviants are in New York for a series of press interviews (radio and press). Make sure you check out the exclusive 25 facts on Omerta that Constant Deviants have provided, giving great insight into the album and some facts you won’t know about the singles.

You can listen to the new bonus track “Cutt for President” by Constant Deviants on the soundcloud player below.

 

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Illerstate Suicide (Video Premiere)

• May 9, 2016
Illerstate Suicide (Video Premiere)

Illerstate Suicide (Video Premiere)

“Somewhere in the underbelly of North Manchester a storm is brewing… A malicious cocktail of raw rap, aggressive beats and big bass has been cooking up and is ready to erupt onto the global hip hop scene.” Illerstate Suicide is the premiere from Hip-Hop Kings.

Illerstate are a three piece hip hop collective hailing from one of the city’s most notorious council estates, Langley. Illerstate Suicide is the latest offering from the Manchester based rap collective.

Bad Newz, Sadiztik and WZ came together from a mutual love of dark and heavy beats, intricate flows and clever word play. With influences from metal and punk to trap and dubstep, their unique brand of intense and energetic hip hop has gained them a solid fan base across the UK, gaining support from industry taste makers such as BBC 1xtra’s DJ Semtex. With regular play on Chanel AKA the group became a mainstay in the UK urban scene and anticipation has been high for their latest slab of dopeness “Evilution EP”. The EP sees the Illerstate boys return to fine form with neck snapping beats and bone rattling bass mixed with their dark humour and cleaver word play.

With all production handled in house it’s clear to see why the Illerstate boys are fast gaining the hype and recognition they deserve and stand out as leaders of the pack!” We have featured Illerstate before and are more than stoked that they are bringing out yet more material! This is that raw UK hip hop and there is much more to come from the boys.

Be sure to check back here for our interview with them on their new material as they look to support the mighty Iron Man Ghostface Killah on 10th May! You can watch the new video from Illerstate Suicide on the YouTube player below.

 

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Ill Poetic The Silhouette Project

• May 1, 2016
Ill Poetic The Silhouette Project

Ill Poetic The Silhouette Project

Announced by Hip-Hop Kings earlier in the year, we can now share the news that Ill Poetic’s “The Silhouette Project” is now available to download. Ill Poetic The Silhouette Project is the latest offering in the form of a brand new EP which is available for just $3.99.

Along with Ill Poetic The Silhouette Project, fans are also treated to a Midwest US tour, which has started on the 29th of April at Cincinnati @ Urban Artifact, and will finish on the 7th of May @ The Riot Room in Kansas City. The Silhouette Project will be available as a physical purchase at the merch table. Please make sure you support Ill Poetic by downloading The Silhouette Project EP from the links listed above. I’ve also posted the Ill Poetic Midwest tour dates below.

04.29.16 – Cincinnati, OH @ Urban Artifact
04.30.16 – Rock Island, IL
05.01.16 – Columbus, OH @ Ruby Tuesdays
05.04.16 – Evansville, IN @ PG
05.06.16 – Columbia, MO @ Rose Music Hall
05.07.16 – Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room

I have also embedded the soundcloud player so you can stream and purchase Ill Poetic’s The Silhouette Project below.

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Havoc and The Alchemist – Buck 50’s and Bullet Wounds ft Method Man

• April 28, 2016
Buck 50's and Bullet Wounds (The Silent Partner)

Buck 50’s and Bullet Wounds (The Silent Partner)

As we announced recently, Havoc and The Alchemist will be releasing a collaborative album titled “The Silent Partner”. We have the first track from the project titled “Buck 50’s and Bullet Wounds” which features Wu-Tang Clan member Method Man.

Much has been said about the upcoming album which is regarded as a purists dream. We expect no compromises from either artist and a line-up of Hip-Hop’s elite. Havoc and Method Man both contribute vocally with The Alchemist on the beat. The song was premiered by Rap Radar and we’re expecting all of the major blogs and publications to support the single, along with the remainder of the campaign in the forthcoming weeks.

The Silent Partner will be released on the 20th of May 2016 via Babygrande Records and is now available to pre-order via iTunes. Please make sure you pre-order the album and support the music by clicking on the iTunes link highlighted here. We will be sharing more singles and leaked tracks from the album as we receive them, along with the inevitable visuals that will be used during the promotional campaign.

You can listen to Havoc and The Alchemist – Buck 50’s and Bullet Wounds ft Method Man on the soundcloud player below.

1. Impose My Will
2. Maintain (Fu** How You Feel)
3. Out The Frame
4. Seize Power
5. Never Trust A Soul
6. The Gun Holds A Drum (feat. Prodigy)
7. Smooth Ride Music
8. Buck 50’s & Bullet Wounds (feat. Method Man)
9. Just Being Me
10.Throw In The Towel
11. Hear Me Now (feat. Cormega)

 

Read more at http://www.hip-hopkings.com/2016/04/havoc-and-the-alchemist-the-silent-partner-track-listing/#R3og0IdibhcECRma.99

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Constant Deviants Hard on These Streets

• April 26, 2016
Constant Deviants Hard on These Streets (Omerta)

Constant Deviants Hard on These Streets (Omerta)

Following the news that Constant Deviants are releasing their upcoming album “Omerta”, we have a brand new video from Constant Deviants Hard on These Streets. Respect Magazine have premired the video.

Constant Deviants Hard on These Streets is the latest offering from the duo which has been uploaded to Vimeo, as part of Tre Volte Freestyle Series. We have already seen the release of So Underrated and expect to see more promotion ahead of the Omerta album release. Due to the reception of the last year’s “3Styles” series, the pair will release a new live freestyles series under the “Tre Volte Freestyle Series” tag. Look out for more coming in the forthcoming weeks.

If you haven’t done so already, make sure you read our exclusive 25 facts on Constant Deviants Omerta. We will be providing the download link and the track listing when it becomes available. Please make sure you watch and share the video and look out for more from Constant Deviants in the very near future.

OFFICIAL WEBSITE | http://constantdeviants.com/

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GKOM Profile (G Koop and O-Man) ft Skipper

• April 24, 2016
GKOM Profile (G Koop and O-Man) ft Skipper

GKOM Profile (G Koop and O-Man) ft Skipper

This is the brand new single from GKOM Profile. GKOM (G Koop and O-Man) teams up with Skipper for the single, which is taken from the Profile EP.

GKOM (G Koop and O-Man) have a highly impressive CV when it comes to production credits. They have worked with the likes of Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Future, Domo Genesis, (co-produced) Atmosphere’s last 4 albums, Royce da 5’9″, The Game, Ghostface, as well as George Clinton. GKOM also document their production via video and upload to their YouTube channel, the latest episode being available here.  Please subscribe to the G Koop and O-Man YouTube page and spend some time looking at the previous videos, including the Atmosphere and Brother Ali collaborative track “Ya Mawalana

I have embedded the Profile EP which you can view on the audiomack player below along with the official artwork and tracklisting.

01. GKOM (G Koop and O-Man) – Profile ft Skipper
02. GKOM (G Koop and O-Man) – Profile Instrumental
03. GKOM (G Koop and O-Man) – Profile Big Bounce Mix ft Skipper & CJ
04. GKOM (G Koop and O-Man) – Profile Smokers Mix Ft Skipper
05. GKOM (G Koop and O-Man) – Profile Mega Dub Mix
06. GKOM (G Koop and O-Man) – Profile Clean Edit ft Skipper

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BLVKBLVD Garden of Deep Roots

• April 24, 2016
BLVKBLVD Garden of Deep Roots

BLVKBLVD Garden of Deep Roots

Introducing the new sounds of BLVKBLVD with the single “Garden of Deep Roots”. Produced by Moteleola, BLVKBLVD Garden of Deep Roots is a brilliant debut track and is the start of many more music we hope to hear from the North London duo.

BLVKBLVD Garden of Deep Roots is produced by Moteleola and is taken from the upcoming debut album “Avalon”. We don’t have the official artwork and track listing for Avalon just yet, but we will share the information when it reaches our inbox. Credits go to Darkos Strife who mixed the record which I’m confident will quickly grow on fans and introduce us to the new music.

“Her frame the shape of an hour glass and the sand was golden”. Thick, rich, ground shaking bass and eerie, delicate sample play.”

Look out for plenty of more music from BLVKBLVD in the upcoming weeks and you can listen to “Garden of Deep Roots” on the soundcloud player below.

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