This year, to keep up with the wealth of stuff coming out of UK shores, we'll be dropping our 'out now' articles. Not full reviews, but a head up to what's fresh from the UK's healthy hip hop scene. Brand new this week is something i've been eager to bless my lobes with. A stalwart of the UK hip hop landscape and supporter of the scene Vice Beats comes through with his brand new EP 'Directions'.
"Directions" is the beginning of Vice beats' journey as a solo producer after focusing on collaborations and a variety of musical ventures. Having worked with the likes of Why G? (Zulu Nation), Panacea (Rawkus Records), Gardna, Great Scott and many more including the successful Genius Collective band, and his on-going work with Donnie Numeric.
With nine tracks featuring on the project, this serves as an introduction to the Bristol based producer's sound. With a passion for hip-hop (in other guises working as the Managing Editor and Podcast Host for Wordplay Magazine) and teaching music as a youth worker, Vice Beats' love of music is clear in every track. Featuring a number of long term collaborators, and instrumental versions of prior released tracks, the project sways effortlessly between instrumental and vocal elements, whilst remaining rooted in Jazz and hip-hop. With plans to release a full production album later this year, "Directions" is just the beginning of Vice beats' solo endeavours.