To celebrate the release of Rah Zen’s sophomore album, Upon The Apex, and the rich culture of music he is bringing to the world, PulpLab is presenting an exclusive interview with the Boston artist about his new album and the voyage that brought its finality. Order a limited edition tape of Upon The Apex from Dome of Doom via Bandcamp and stream the album’s single second “New Beginnings feat. Kadeem” during the read.
Homeboy Sandman & Edan Humble Pi Stones Throw by Neil Weeks Homebody Sandman and Edan’s collaborative debut, Humble Pi, is a pivotal release for the year, adding another landmark group effort to the Stones Throw catalog. They are charting a new path for modern hip-hop in the 2010s and one that couldn’t be needed any […]
By John-Paul Shiver Responding to a sense of missed opportunity, Toronto artist Harrison made a freestyle meets wavy synth-funk earworm of a jam with the track Celica Supra. It’s the first from his forthcoming sophomore album, due this fall via Last Gang Records. His début, Checkpoint Titanium, received a 2017 JUNO nomination for Electronic Album […]
ALEPH Vol. 1 Renraku ** FIRST-LISTEN** Vol. 1 “The Evil Spirit” By John-Paul Shiver On the forthcoming EP Vol 1 by ALEPH, there is a thru-line that runs from the early grumbles of 90’s Jungle/Drum and Bass rave stabs and amen breaks. Experimental hip-hop mutations of the mid-2000’s, and runs right through to the current bass […]
Your Old Droog Bangladesh (ft Heems) PACKS By John-Paul Shiver Displaying the well-paired ying-yang punch of grimy flow versus nasal tone, the single Bangladesh by Your Old Droog and featuring Heems from Das Racist, is the “straight-talk no-filter” poster child for what genuine NYC hip-hop has been and remains. Droog, the Ukrainian-born, and Brooklyn based […]
Come Meh Way Sudan Archives EP Stones Throw By John-Paul Shiver What started as just a lark, mixing the violin playing style of Northeast Africa with electronic beats production, has quickly brought the unique talent of Sudan Archives upfront. “I started mixing my violin into beats,” she says, “It wasn’t complicated — I’d just sing […]
The second film in the “Boombox Collection”, a series of portrait and performance films on the class artists of hip hop.
Quelle Chris Calm Before By John-Paul Shiver Around 3:45 in on the Tammy Mercure directed “Calm Before” Quelle Chris video, featuring Cavalier and Suzi Analog, we see the Detroit MC and producer holding a rather large yellow snake around his neck. Next, he is holding a lizard or baby alligator in his hands, without pause. […]
Xuly Bët (“Keep an open mind” in Wolof), the label founded by Mali-born designer Lamine Kouyaté, showed a collection inspired by his mother and her fight for women’s rights at the Kelly Cutrone/People’s Revolution show on Wednesday morning. One printed dress directly referenced International Women’s Day.