Loki – G.I.M.P. (Government Issue Music Protest)

I remember hearing Loki a couple of years back when I was first digging into the Scottish Hip Hop scene. I liked him the and I like him now, so it’s good to see that his upcoming album already seems to be getting a lot of much deserved love. There’s been solid praise from those stopped clock (still right twice a day despite being generally useless) pricks at Vice as well as the likes of NME. Good times and hopefully a sign of a long overdue expansion of the Scottish scene south of Hadrian’s Wall.

Only had a quick listen to the album so far but it’s enough to keep me listening and past form suggests good things. Personal honesty and proud (and realistic) Socialist politics too so far, without straying into beard stroking ‘conscious’ Hip Hop or smug pontification – always good to see.

Hieroglyphics – Heebie Jeebies

I must have been off daydreaming about space dogs or something but apparently I missed a whole new Hieroglyphics album last year. I’m catching up now though and not only was there an album but there are two new tracks coming out featuring the entire crew, which The Kitchen apparently didn’t. And the first of the two, Heebie Jeebies, only just appeared today.

True to the name there’s an air of ‘evil clown with a knife’ menace to the production and as someone who couldn’t give a toss about Halloween this has provided a fitting bit of token seasonal spirit. No mention that I can find of these two being part of a bigger project but who knows? After Deltron II though the promise of more Del is all I ask.


Dr Syntax & Tom Caruana : A Slice of Fried Gold

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Well it’s UK Hip Hop old timer Syntax and Tom Caruana – variable but undoubtedly talented producer, with a new album which samples Edgar Wright’s work (Spaced, Shaun of the Dead et al) and is loosely related to his work. Although in practice that just means that Dr Syntax’s usual lyrical humour and self-deprecation forms a pretty natural fit with the samples. Early impressions? Good stuff, especially ‘My House’ but I’m still on my first listen so expect more superfluous opinions in due course.

Humble Pious : Nam Kyo

It’s been a while since I reviewed ‘The Crow’ which featured the collective efforts of the Kojak Brothers (Humble Pious being amongst them) and despite my less than glowing opinions at the time I still find myself sticking it on from time to time because, doubts aside, there was some good stuff there beyond the predictably solid beats from Mr Loop (quick recommendation for ‘Hunger Pains’, stand out track from the album and paen to the stoner reality). Continue reading “Humble Pious : Nam Kyo”