Review: Five years after their collaborative debut, Madlib and Freddie Gibbs reconvene for a follow up that goes even deeper. Madlib is of course a celebrated producer who has worked with some of the best in the game, and Gibbs is a raw street rapper, so it is the differences as much as the similarities between the two that make this such a compelling listen. At times complex and challenging, at others effortless and charming, it's an album stuffed with a myriad of different sounds, styles and references that is hard to categorise but easy to admire.
Sex Murder Party (feat Jamie Principle & Zebra Katz)
She's My Collar (feat Kali Uchis)
The Elephant (interlude)
Halleujah Money (feat Benjamin Clementine)
We Got The Power (Version 2:18:482) (feat Jehnny Beth)
Review: 17 years on from the release of their infamous debut album, Jamie Hewlett and Damon Albarn's "virtual band" returns with a fifth full-length. This time round, they're rather angry, delivering a set that lyrically muses on everything from wars in the Middle East, the alt-right and racism, to mental illness, the Internet echo chamber and, most peculiarly of all, the importance of soul to Essex suburbanites in the 1980s. As usual, it's a thrill-a-minute mesh of musical styles and intermingling ideas, with a cast list of supporting characters that includes Chicago original Jamie Principle, De La Soul, Grace Jones, Jean-Michel Jarre, Mavis Staples and, most bizarrely given his history with Albarn, Noel Gallagher. Just sit back and enjoy the ride.