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Flying Lotus – Coronus, The Terminator

Flying Lotus lets loose ‘Coronus, The Terminator’, another track from his upcoming album You’re Dead – and it’s absolutely spectacular. It starts off with a mournful series of reversed instruments, before sending into a majestic body of deep bass and gospel choir. I literally can’t put in to words about what ‘Coronus, The Terminator’ invokes within me; just that I can only wonder how you make music quite like that. The dude is a genius.

You’re Dead is out in about two or three weeks. Buy it.

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Sunset Strip Music Festival: MURS 316 Stage Lineup!

For its seventh year, the Sunset Strip Music Festival will be taking place this weekend in West Hollywood, and there’s another surprise: MURS will be having his own stage participating in the festivities! This is definitely great news, which definitely makes up for the unfortunate news about his Paid Dues Festival, which didnt happen this year. Check out the lineup for both days below, and purchase your tickets asap if you haven’t done that already!

IMPORTANT: Sunset Blvd will be closed from 2-10pm on Saturday and Sunday (b/t..

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R.I.P. Praverb | praverb the wyse

Word Is Bond was deeply saddened to hear about the death of Praverb the Wyse yesterday. He was someone we wrote about many times, and in fact was about to be invited on to our podcast. His sudden death has shocked many of the underground hip-hop community, who knew him as a warm and wise individual who was generous with his time, knowledge and expertise. Here is a written tribute from Guillermo Antonini of the Collab Projekt. This has been reproduced with his permission, originally posted here.

The numbness I felt this afternoon after hearing about Earl McNease’s (aka..

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Budamunk & Joe Styles – Soul Quest

Prepare for an adventure of soulful self in Budamunk and Joe Styles’ latest collaborative project Soul Quest. This 15-track session is packed full of jazzy vibes, warm beats, snapping snares and calm flow (as well some some not-so tuneful hooks). Budamunk takes control of the production, and with it brings glittering pianos and those swinging hi-hats, and although stylistically it switches up there’s a consistent mood across the whole album. Meanwhile Joe Styles is on the vox, matching the production stride for stride with his bluesy form of lyricism. Very dope.

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RIS – Maple Syrup (Canada)

This newcomer to Word Is Bond is RIS, an emcee I came across on the internet many years ago.  He has been juggling student life with handling microphones so his body of work may be a little small, but the man in question is prepping a new project called ‘Boxing With God’. The laid back, retrospective cut ‘Maple Syrup’ is one of the few singles from the release, and the young man takes some minutes to reminisce about life, the future and everything that comes in between.

“…Up North where the day’s short and the night stay longer

Drinking out..

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Jai Nitai Lotus – Noir feat. Sam I Am Montolla & Vox Sambou

Montreal’s Jai Nitai Lotus kicks off with some energetic, highly colorful visuals for an upbeat, exotically flavored cut called ‘Noir’. The song features regular collaborator Sam I Am Montolla and Vox Sambou (from Nomadic Massive).

The track is taken off his recently released mixtape Acknowledgement, a 13 track that boasts features from CeasRock, The Narcicyst, Sam I Am Montolla amongst others.

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Diabolic – Fightin Words

Finally the public can get their hands on Diabolic‘s latest effort Fightin Words. The LP is released through his own imprint, and so he’s able to display his art in full glory with no label restrictions. The 18 track project has collaborations with legends like RA the Ruggedman, Celph Titled, Sean Price, Vinnie Paz amongst others, while on the production side of things we have the likes of DJ Premier, 5th seal, C-Lance and SnowGoons. We can all bear testament to Diabolic’s verbal prowess on the mic but he takes it up a notch with some much needed socio-political commentary and tales of personal struggle..

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