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wun two – ocean ep (Germany)

I am likely to be wun two‘s number wun fan; the way his ear can procure the most gorgeous loops and manufacture the nicest drums. It’s just supreme music to vibe out to0, and while we wait for his Penthouse LP to drop in December (on vinyl and cassette) we have the ocean ep to fill the void, [&hellip


A-Villa – Live From The Villa feat. Action Bronson, Roc Marciano & Willie The Kid

I am going to make the proclamation that A-Villa’s debut album Carry On Tradition is a project that you shouldn’t sleep on. Villa’s second single ‘Live From The Villa’ is cold blooded, with Action Bronson, Roc Marciano and Willie The Kid assisting on bodying bars. This basement banger prevails as a hot joint, reaching to the masses with the [&hellip

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PREMIERE: Dex Amora – manym00ns

Dex Amora brings us ‘manym00ns’, the first single from the Word Is Bond-sponsored project Aura. Among a mellow, piano-driven backdrop (the on-point production is provided by Goldenbeets), Dex displays his ability to navigate the profound whilst maintaining his characterful flow. Aura is a real leap forward from his previous works, so get a taste of what he’s about and expect [&hellip


Kid$ Next Door – Sunset$

The duo Kid$ Next Door have dropped Sunset$, a 15 track project which I would categorise as ‘cloud rap’. The chemistry is evident between producer/emcee Frander and singer/emcee Esther, and their styles have this off-kilter, El-P-esque feel to it. Musically it is exactly what you would expect: ethereal, dreamy soundscapes, but it still sounds dynamic and different. [&hellip

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The Cancel – Criminal (Ukraine)

Something outta Ukraine as production duo The Cancel returns from their hiatus with Criminal. It seems to be an ode to the streets and graffiti life, but it’s full of The Cancel’s tight drums and jazzy samples. It’ll be interesting to see how they proceed from now as well, with their Facebook page saying it’s ‘about to [&hellip

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Lupe Fiasco – Lilies feat. Sirah

Consistent readers of Word Is Bond will know that I consider Lupe Fiasco‘s descent from greatness is one of the most tragic things to happen to hip hop in the new Millenium, and while it’ll take something phenomenal to truly arrest that decline ‘Lilies’ is the best thing I’ve heard from him in a while. Soulful production [&hellip

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King K.O.N.G. & Teck-Zilla – Kongzilla

The two beasts King K.O.N.G. and Teck-Zilla join forces for a monster collab release called Kongzilla. With the lizard on the production and the ape on the mic, the heavyweight duo demonstrate their force on a series of eclectic bangers, reinforced by some fresh features. Check it out! Continue Reading

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