Quannum - Lyrics Born & The Poets Of Rhythm - I Changed My Mind

DJ Shadow and the Quannum collective in full effect on this great modern day soul track. Do yourself a favour and check out Shynola's still fresh promo video.  

Lotek Hi-Fi - Showdown

Wayne "Lotek" Bennet ventures away from his work as Root Manuva's "director of music" (does he mean programmer?) with the release of an excellent hip-hop meets reggae long player. Enjoy.

The Roots - The Seed (2.0) feat. Cody Chesnutt

Have you seen these guys live? They play this shit! Great players and production which veers from pure pop to pure experimentation. Can be hit and miss but at least they try and this one is most certainly a winner.

Handsome Boy Modeling School - I've Been Thinking (feat. Cat Power)

A slow burner from Dan The Automator and Prince Paul . These guys are just consummate producers. Pure gold.

Handsome Boy Modeling School - The World's Gone Mad

I want this to become essential listening for all would-be b-boys and b-girls out there. The world's slowly disolving into a bling bling me first quagmire of bad boy attitude. Where's the love?

Coo Coo Cal - My Projects

Electro classic from Tommy Boy. My favourite hip-hop has always been about meaningful raps and social realist lyrics. This delivers the bomb and with such a tight funky groove. Whatever happend to the guy?

Afu-Ra - D&D Soundclash feat. Cocoa Brovas & Jahdan

Great hip-hop reggae crossover - hopefully the good vibes will have an impact on the mindless gangster scene which seems to have taken over in recent years.