Introducing… Deceptabeatz

deceptaDevised by homegrown Shropshire artists Chris Buiie (BUIIE) & Hamish Spruce-Carter (PHRAKTAL), Deceptabeatz was inspired by a dire lack of drum and bass in a town where opportunities for local producers to get heard are scarce. But with huge support from the community this task has become possible. From the very first DnB Deceptabeatz back in March, a back to back performance between the resident DJ’s, their intention has been to provide straight-up, no BS DnB music by the heads, for the heads. They’ve recently taken residence in Al’s American Diner, who provided them with a raised stage and a slamming PA system that allows them to perform their music with no holds barred. To mix things up and add a separate dimension to Deceptabeatz they’ve previously invited local hip-hop/grime collective Eye Grade Records to the stage, combining their lyrical versatility to vigorous drum and bass, jungle and grime sets.

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Jam Baxter x Chemo – ‘… So We Ate Them Whole’ LP

So We Ate Them Whole Cover 1440From dedicating a track to a burning fixation with brains in Gruesome Features to releasing an entire EP devoted to FreshFlesh, Jam Baxter’s been making undeniable waves within the underground cannibal scene, but in doing so Baxter’s also achieved a tremendous profile in UK hip-hop, stemming from early collaborations with Contact Play and his 2010 solo début Rinse Out Friday / Spack Out Monday. Today High Focus drop Jam Baxter’s most experimental project to date; the ‘…So We Ate Them Whole’ LP. Be prepared to encounter Baxter like you’ve never witnessed before. Following a surreal year spent touring some of Europe’s biggest stages and attracting the same crowds as hip-hop legends, Baxter began penning down inspiration for the release which he says involved:

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TGP Presents: Jehst x Strange U featuring Sonnyjim, Lee Scott & Wonky Logic

1978324_684475004928643_1787068994_oThe heads running The Guilty Party have been putting it down for UK hip-hop over the past year, hosting some truly memorable occasions which have seen performances from the likes of Devilman, Lunar C and most recently Jehst, who visited West Yorkshire alongside Strange U (rapper Kashmere and producer Dr. Zygote) at the Belgrave Music Hall on November 7th. The supporting lyricists were artists who share an impressive trait with Jehst, the notorious label owner of YNR Records, one of the UK’s most esteemed hip-hop labels. Sonnyjim, the remarkably established founding artist of Eat Good records, built his reputation over the past decade with dozens of releases defining his uniquely intellectual brand of lyricism, formidably becoming one of Birmingham’s most celebrated hip-hop artists. Then there’s Lee Scott, who began the initially obscure cult following of his homegrown Blah Records label at the start of the new millennia, upholding a cult manifesto of “cold saggin’ moon funk” music and overlooking its gradual progression into a nationwide following. He was to make his first live performance in Leeds alongside Black Josh and Stinkin’ Slumrock. A bill filled with iconic artists, it’s fair to imagine that nobody really anticipated anything other than a classic.

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Cappo – ‘Unicron’ EP

Unicron---Cappo_StealfThe legacy of Nottingham’s most prolific lyricist Cappo surpasses a vast majority of artists over the past two decades, who have struggled to continuously adapt in an ever-changing hip-hop climate. Having performed his first gig at the Nottingham Carnival in ’97 he went on to support the likes of Public Enemy in his early 20’s. His first vinyl  ‘Cap 3000′ EP (SON 011) dropped 15 years ago in ’99, developing a workrate nothing short of admirable to produce an extensive discography critically acclaimed by hip-hop aficionados alike. Each release portrays a fresh chapter of Cappo’s progression as a lyricist. The recently dropped ‘Unicron EP’ alongside veteran producer and De Facto Entertainment label owner Stealf highlights his increasing innovation like none other, maintaining an intimidating edge to his verbal ferocity whilst tackling pessimistically prophetic concepts throughout the release, effectively reinstating his position as one of the UK’s most lyrically dynamic artists to date.

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10 Questions with Lee Scott – ‘CactusOwlMoonGoat’

cactusowlmoongoatRuncorn raised rapper Lee Scott has been making unnerving impressions in the UK hip-hop scene for the best part of 10 years, keeping generally quiet since the May release of his psychotropic ‘Tin Foil Fronts’ project. He’s hailed as a founding artist of the increasingly infamous Blah Records label, building a reputation with his distinctive style of unsettlingly conceptual lyricism as a solo artist on top of features within the Children Of The Damned, Antiheroes and Mcabre Brothers collectives.

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Fliptrix – ‘Polyhymnia’

Fliptrix - Polyhymnia FRONT CoverIn little under a week Fliptrix, founding artist of the virally prolific High Focus Records label, is due to release his 5th solo album ‘Polyhymnia’. The wait is finally coming to a close. We’ve been in awe at the intricate album illustration devised by artist JayPee, depicting the 9 Muses (ancient Greek goddesses of inspiration) which the album centres on, and over the past two months we’ve been teased with the lifted singles ‘Vultures’, ‘Praise The Sun’ and ‘Here Today, Gone Tomorrow’. Since listening to the album in its entirety, it’s clear to us that it’s potentially his most progressive work to date.

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Verb T – Medicated Dreams EP

Verb T _ Medicated Dreams coverVerb T shared the above “hospital bars” video last night, filmed on December 2011 in St. Thomas’s Hospital, London. This is kind of a pre-text to the Medicated Dreams EP. For years Verb T has struggled with Crohn’s disease, a long-term condition involving inflammation of the lining of the digestive system. In essence the Medicated Dreams EP gives his personal account of the illness, but in particular the effects experienced under the influence of various medications whilst also depicting his defected dreams, inescapable depression and the optimisms gained from experiencing these different aspects of his illness. Having released his seventh full-length studio album I Remain last October, on the back of an incomparable career which has seen his infamous legacy survive through the Lowlife, YNR and High Focus era’s and still continue to thrive, we’re thrilled to hear Verb T back on his feet to gift us with more musical material.

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