Waajeed from Slum Village and the Platinum Pied Pipers does over T’s tough Afrobeat protest song from scratch: jazzy and soulful, percussive and a little bit bruk, with stirring singing by Zaki Ibrahim.
Abstract, red-eyed hip-hop from Sacramento, aligned with Madlib and Flying Lotus, featuring Del The Funky Homosapien… well worth a listen.
Rocking hip hop — BM riding a live band, fat drums, hard guitar, full horns, and raw Jack White production.
His fifth album is probably his best so far. Perhaps raised a level by guests like Dwele and the brilliant Blue Note pianist Robert Glasper, amongst others.
Scott La Rock and KRS-1 — stone classic hip hop from the South Bronx (South South Bronx), 1986. Double vinyl, in a decent gatefold, with full notes and a big poster.
Hip hop meets cosmic soul for starters from this Japanese outfit — with guests including Jneiro Jarel, Amp Fiddler, Mark De Clive-Lowe, Bembe Segue.
Tripping, B-boy variations in two-step soul, with a tasty case of the gospel tremors. Vivid, layered, spaced-out — the aural equivalent of 3D glasses — and stuffed with fresh ideas.
Covers of Pete Rock classics like The World Is Yours, Straighten It Out and T.R.O.Y.; interspersed with new instrumental originals.
With Erykah Badu, Stereolab, Prince, Pharrell, Mary J., Jill Scott, Bilal, Omar and Zap Mama, for starters.