Cambridge representative and long term pillar of the national rap scene Inja is back down to business ahead of his forthcoming EP titled 'First World Living' set for release on the increasingly explosive label, Audio Danger Records.
The track is rather aptly titled 'The Cooking Song' and serves as an excellent recipe as well as an insight in to the mans psyche . Check the video below and keep your eyes peeled for the EP!
Def Ill is an Austrian bad man who's distinctive flow got him 3rd place in the recent R.A The Rugged Man 'Definition Of Rap Flow' contest.
Check out his entry in the video below and more of his music, mosty of which is free, on the Bandcamp page here.
In case you haddn't noticed, we quite like these meece. They don't go on all phelpsy and are proper sick and chatting rhythmically in time to beats produced by the almighty P739.
They've got a new video for their video game influenced tune 'Mario Mashup'. It's lifted from their debut 'Moose Tape Vol. 1' out now on Audio Danger Records and it absolutley fucking bangs!
Check it the full video below and you can find more from them HERE.
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There is a man know in UK Hip hop and Reggae alike as builder. The creator of one of the first, and therefore the longest running outlets for artists to distribute their music. Without this man a lot of your favorite artists wouldn't have the cash in their pocket to put out the next project or the infrastructure in place to promote the first one that got you hooked.
The sentient being in question is bad man selecta Disorda and his outfit is Suspect Packages which is your one stop shop for UK Hip Hop.
Remember, if you don't buy your music from artists or outlets like Suspect Packages then you wont have a scene left to openly criticize on social media!
Anyways, Disorda puts together 2 regular radio shows. One Hip Hop and one Reggae.
Here's the October 'Suspect Packages' radio show which contains 2 hours of back to back hop hop bangers. Listen, follow, share but mostly... ENJOY!
Ahead of the show, Doc Synners has agreed to some mild mental probing. Here are the results:
OLS: Please state your Name / Age / Location / Occupation?
DS: Dr Syntax / knocking on a bit / Manchester / Rap Singer
OLS: Talk us through your first ever stage show?
DS: I think it was hosting my friend’s drum and bass set when I was about 15 at the Mill arts centre, Banbury. It was a busy room brimming with teenage angst, a good deal of it coming from me. I think it went okay though.
OLS: What kind of student were you at school?
DS: I was pretty good I think. I’d daydream a lot, but I don’t think I was too much of a little shit. Quite introverted really.
OLS: How did you first get into music and when were you first inspired to be involved in making it?
DS: My babysitter when I was about nine brought hip hop tapes round. Stuff like Public Enemy, Ice T etc. It wasn't long after that really. Someone’s definitely got a tape somewhere of me rapping in an American accent before my voice broke.
OLS: How did the name Dr Syntax come about?
DS: It’s originally the name of a 19th century satirical character invented by William Combe. The name struck a chord with me; quite grand and pompous but also very sensible and clinical. Could be a rapper’s name, but also very stuffy and British-sounding.
OLS: Do you recall the first release you featured on?
DS: I think it was my old crew The Menagerie’s album ‘Wild Kingdom’. I was maybe 22 or 23. The producer was Tom Caruana, who I did the ‘A Slice Of Fried Gold’ album with recently. The DJ was Nick Maxwell and the other MC was Elemental (now Professor Elemental). Good times!
OLS: Okay, imagine the usual cliche ‘stuck on a desert island situation’. You get 3 albums,2 friends (alive or dead) and 1 type of food – what/who would you take?
DS: This sounds awful, whatever decisions I make! The music bit is the easy bit. I’ll go for John Cooper Clarke ‘Disguise in Love’, Odd Squad ‘Fadanuf Fa Erybody’ and David Axelrod ‘Songs of Experience’. Friends are where it gets tricky. Do I take 2 women? Or 1 man and 1 woman? I don’t know. Someone’s getting killed, aren’t they? Erm, broccoli. Wait, is it one meal, one type of food, like Mexican or Chinese, or one food type, like a particular vegetable? There are just too many variables, this is chaos.
OLS: Okay, you're right, there are too many variables there, and someone would probably get killed. Lets move on to something less murderous. What have been the highlights of your career so far?
DS: Touring with Foreign Beggars years ago was amazing. We were all young and excited and new to it all, and to see it grow and for us to be a big part of that scene in 2004/5 was incredible. I remember we performed at Hip Hop Kemp in Czech Republic to about 15,000 people, which was ridiculous. It was like a CGI crowd.
The rise of Mouse Outfit has been similar, but of course I’m coming at it from a different perspective. I’ve seen hip hop rise and fall and rise again in terms of popularity, which makes it all the more exciting that it’s come back around. It’s also been amazing doing all the festivals we've done - maybe the Hidden Woods stage at Boomtown this year, if I had to pick a highlight. That really felt like, damn, this is a thing now! An actual thing! But then, touring and recording with Pete has been great too. I’m really lucky to have had a second wind, and on two fronts – it’s amazing to be part of a big band show that people buzz off, and also do a classic DJ/MC show where we do what we want and have loads of fun with it.
OLS: What artists did you listen to growing up that you feel have had an influence on your sound?
DS: Slick Rick, Del the Funky Homosapien, all of that classic golden age hip hop.
OLS: Have you ever tried your hand at any of the other elements of hip hop. Graff/Breaking/Deejaying?
DS: Yeah. Rubbish at all of it. I grew up in the countryside so I was mainly influenced by the music as that’s what I had access to – I didn’t know breakdancers or graffiti artists but I could listen to rap albums.
OLS: Where would you like to see The Mouse Outfit as a collective and Yourself, as a solo artist 5 years from now?
DS: I hope that we can build on what we have. I hope we can take the show on the road and see some more of the world, and keep coming with music that’s relevant and interesting. I want to make more albums with Pete, and develop our live show, so it’s more than just an MC/DJ combo but is very different to the Mouse Outfit show. I’d like to push the comedic angle of that show – perhaps it will get more and more ridiculous.
Huge thanks to Dr Syntax for speaking to us - Catch him alongside Sparkz & The Mouse Outfit and oodles more at Exeter Phoenix, 14th November.
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So a close friend of OneLion pointed us in the direction of these 2 video's and, after watching them several times over, we thought it would be an injustice not to share them with you!
Peep both video's below of General Levy along side 2 Austrian dubwise vocalists, Ruffian Rugged & Kinetical. All 3 go in extra hard...nuff said...just watch!
By Lu Kuss
The Moose Funk Squad are a UK Hip Hop power group consisting of all three MC’s from legendary live band Granville Sessions as well as certified legend and long term vocal collaborator Jester Jacobs. Accompanied by SMB representative Fourni P with production from Cambridge beatsmith P739 and cuts from the infamous DJ Sugai. This is Granville Sessions, meets Organised Mess meets some of the finest production and turntablism the south east of this fine isle has to offer.
Each member of this group have been putting in work for a long time. The MC’s from Granville Sessions, Mnsr Frites, Luca Brazi & Archetype, have all been on the circuit with their live band antics and have enjoyed underground success since the release of their killer of a debut EP ‘No State’ released back in 2011 followed by their 2013 album ‘Forward’ which was on the 20 strong short list for Wordplay magazines UK HIp Hop album of the year last year.
Fourni P is an original SMB crew rep and makes up one half of UK Hip Hop double act Organised Mess who were responsible for an underground cult classic EP. Jester Jacobs is the other half of Organised Mess and the enigma behind a string of banging solo projects.
P739 is a Cambridge based producer with a variation of styles that came to everyone’s attention through his collaboration with Makswell Scott and last but by no means least is DJ Sugai who is another SMB crew rep as well as a living legend in the thriving Cambridge scene.
This mixtape does a great job of exploring different lyrical styles and boasts a diverse selection of instrumentals from P739’s vault that really enhance the different territory covered in the lyrics of each track. It becomes clear after you get a couple tunes deep that The Moose have managed to make a thoroughly humorous and comedically entertaining record without it in any way detracting from the sometimes more serious message or observation that’s conveyed in each verse.
There are a number of stand out tracks and most follow a very different theme from the last which makes it very easy to listen to right the way through and the interesting selection of samples and well crafted instrumental interludes break it up well.
A couple of standouts would be the first track ‘Haunted Hoose’ where the whole team get down with no hook and extra fire. Another would be the only solo track on the project in which Jester Jacobs does his thing over a jangling P739 banger.
Overall, these antler bearing quadrupeds got it spot on. A great balance of lyrical styles and production that I reckon we’ll be hearing a lot more from.
The whole thing is embedded below for your listening & purchasing pleasure!
OUT NOW ON AUDIO DANGER RECORDS
New eerie solo offering from Granville Sessions & Moose Funk Squad's Mnsr Frites with Sam Zircon on the boards bringing that sinister heat that'll give you goosebumps!