January 2004

January 15th, 2004

Aspects will drop their second album in April or May whilst its lead single will drop at the end of February. The album will be released on Antidote Records which is also home to Madlib and DJ Yoda. The album features Alkaline, The Bee’s and Little Barrie and according to group member El, is of a ‘new style, still no gimmicks’. Of the project, he goes on to say of it’s title that ‘As we’ve taken 2 1/2 yrs to make it and we’re within 2 days of finishing you’d think we’d have decided but unfortunately not….We got about 10 titles and they all seem inadequate in explaining the highs and lows of our last 3yrs…Hmmm The design will definitely involve skulls in some shape or form…The new LP is a real departure for us, Correct English was in black and white where as the new LP is full Technicolor with “Jaws 3D” style effects (including the free glasses in “Shreddies”
cereal…It’s got straight up bangers but there is a mass of new influences. Electro, Reggae, Psychedelic Rock and a generous helping of old school BLUES ACTION!! As for Tours the action will begin 23rd April with Deadbeat Festival. Then a “Heducation” collabo tour of the British isles and Europe. Then OZ/Japan with Yoda and Greenpeace but were still working that ish out.

Rawkus OUT Royce In News dropped this week that the slow and painful to watch collapse of Rawkus Records has finally come to a climax, the independent label having announced that it’s out of business and is folding. The record label was home to such fantastic artists as Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Pharoah Monch and Skills who’s new albums were plagued with delays and little support from the label as it was, and now are left hanging in the ‘release date AND record label/distributor tbc’ category. There is however a slight sigh of relief for underground listeners as Royce Da 5’9 has publicly regretted trying to go mainstream, and is set to return with a new solo album of few producers and no guest spots, including even his crew! The album is titled ‘Death Is Certain’ and will drop on the 24th of February through Koch.

Fopp in Covent Garden, London are selling the classic must see hip-hop documentary ‘Style Wars’ for twenty odd quid. (No I didn’t get paid to say that)