Memories Of Home (feat BJ The Chicago Kid & Samora Pinderhuges)
Show Me That You Love (feat Jill Scott & Samora Pinderhuges)
My Fancy Free Future Love
God Is Love (feat Leon Bridges & Jonathan McReynolds)
Review: Hip hop giant Common remains hugely prolific despite a career spanning the best part of thirty years. Let Love is his 12th studio album and third in three years. It pulls in collaborators like Jill Scott, Swizz Beatz and A-Trak, but retains his trademark sense of storytelling. As the title suggests, it's a lovestruck affair with golden production and gently lilting beats that make for a touching listen. Shouting out his respect to Cardi B, ASAP Rocky, and Tyler The Creator along the way, this is an album of pure positivity, a place of light in these dark times, and another winner from this legendary artist.
Review: The unstoppable force of Czarface is back yet again with another heavyweight hip hop assault. This time around the super group of Wu Tang's Inspectah Deck and 7L & Esoteric are joined by the mighty Ghostface Killah - as you'd expect the results are big. The beats are wild, with the sample sources veering from Hammer horror dread to cosmic synth wobbles and dubbed out bass, as hard rocking as it is trippy and loose. Meanwhile the lyrical flows are razor sharp, with Esoteric, Inspectah and Ghostface all sparring at the top of their game. This is deadly modern hip hop that recognises what made the golden era special without cashing in on old tricks.
Review: DJ Muggs links with New Jersey rapper Crimeapple for a new album of hardcore east coast rap and hip hop that proves why he is still so big in the game more than 35 years after he first emerged. In that time he's been a key part of Cypress Hill's most successful years, launched his much loved Vs. series and keeps on turning out hot beats. Crimeapple is the latest in a long line of choice collaborators, and one who drops his Colombian heritage into bilingual verses while hard hitting beats and dark soul production prickle around him. This is hard hitting and vital work from both.