Show Announcement: Datkid & Baileys Brown, Team Dreebs, The Thirds @ The Brewhouse

Supporters of the Buk, we have news. We’re very happy to bring you the first of Buktown’s live events and what a way to kick off with some of the best artists in the UK Hip-Hop scene. We’ve got Datkid of SplitProphets coming down with Baileys Brown on the decks, Team Dreebs coming up from Brighton supplying the silliness and The Thirds kicking things off by opening the show. Expecting tickets to fly for this so get ’em quick.





New Music Update: Stinkin Slumrok x Morriarchi- ‘Madness’

The first instalment of the fabled ‘Morrstinkin’ project had just been dropped in the form of it’s first single ‘Madness’. The much awaited single comes after a sordid tale of music industry beef way dating way back to 1993 resulting in the album never seeing the light of day. UK Hip-Hop heroes Blah Records, however, brought peace and love to the situation and plans for a release of the album very soon with ‘Madness’ being our first glimpse. The track itself is very much of the time with the beat making you feel like you just boarded the tube at Brixton and hopped off somewhere in Brooklyn, NYC. The album has received somewhat of a rejuvenation with modern verses added and features from some of the scenes most respected artists such as Bisk, Trellion, Black Josh Ape and Dirty Dike respectively.


Preorder the album here



New Music: Jam Baxter ‘Teeth Marks’ (Prod. Chemo)




Jam Baxter has released the second track to his double-a sided single ‘Teeth Marks’ in the run up to his new album ‘Mansion 38’ coming out soon. The track itself documents his time spent recording in Vietnam and his drug addled mindset is present throughout the track’s lyrical content. The beat (produced by Chemo) couples this perfectly with pitched down vocal wailing making up most of the melody, getting across further this sense Baxter is getting across that he is in a frazzled state but in the most creative way. The release is available on 7″ vinyl and digitally via High Focus Records (who else). Order it here.

New Music – Rye Shabby ‘Black is the New Black ft. Verb T’




In the Balance Records just dropped a brand new single coming from Indigo Frequency’s Rye Shabby. The Ipswich based rapper has collaborated with Verb T of The Four Owls to produce a sinister introduction to new material. It is the first track revealed from a forthcoming EP ‘Arthur Lager’ being released on In The Balance Records soon with visuals from Monsta. The track itself has nice Jazzy samples but lyrical content seems darker than what we’ve heard before from Shabby like on his previous In The balance single ‘Face the World’. Production comes from Verb T.


The Villainy Strikes Back? – Doom and Madlib Return On ‘Avalanche’

And so the villainous ones return. The dastardly duo behind a seminal Hip-Hop album that has been described as having ‘everything’ is back. Madvillainy culprits Doom and Madlib announced the release of an 8′ tall figure which includes a 7″ vinyl of the new track ‘Avalanche’ – a menacing two and a half minute blueprint for their next act of villainy perhaps?  The package is a product of the Madlib Invazion label and is available on iTunes and Spotify as well as the physical release. Sit tight for an album? *




Buy the figure & single here




*I doubt it

Lee Scott – ‘Nice Swan’ Album Review




Lee Scott comes through with a follow up to last year’s High Focus release of ‘Butterfly’ with a notably cheerier, at least on the surface; record this time coming out on Scott’s own Blah Records. Going into this album I expected to hear Lee Scott’s typical story telling rapping style to be continued with the style of instrumentals being thrown back into darker territory as heard with his previous Blah Records releases such as 2014s Tin Foil Fronts. Generally though we get quite a chipper outlook as far as beats are concerned with Boom Bappy tongue in cheek style beats to go with the rhymes being rapped over them as shown in the bouncey opener track ‘Bootl3gliving’. ‘Nice Swan’ is riddled with references to his hometown of Liverpool with Madlib style vocal skits between tracks making the whole thing sounds like one big bleak infomercial selling timeshares in the Merseyside. More somber moments in the record come from some of Lee Scott’s self produced tracks ever present in the track ‘JAMAIS VU’ which shows signs of some internal conflict over a yearning synth based beat. More tender moments occur earlier in the album on the Sam Zircon produced ‘KAPUT’ which stands out as a highlight yet again through Lee Scott’s self criticism being laid bare over a bass line so lamenting it almost sounds like a male vocal sample. Sam Zircon is the only producer on the album that appears more than once other than Scott himself, seemingly to be the gatekeeper of bleak instrumentals for bleak subject matter that Lee is all too willing to provide. Ultimately this record leads you into the false pretense through it’s early beats that it will be plain sailing over some nice jazzy beats however deeper into the album overwhelmingly sad subject matter takes over and hits the soul unexpectedly with themes varying from hating oneself, everyone else and the town where you’re from; all this while commenting on the dreariness of growing up in a place like Liverpool while also experiencing pride from coming from there. The only thing keeping this record from being utterly depressing is Lee Scott’s outstanding ability to laugh at himself and everyone else while he does it. While he might touch upon self-reflection in some of these tracks it isn’t long before he starts taking the piss once more in ‘Same Song’. Overall this is the most complete Lee Scott album with everything sounding more developed than on previous efforts.



Welcome To Buktown

Buktown, not Bucktown – pronounced like how people from the north say ‘book’ is a new music blog that includes a weekly podcast uploaded every Friday as well as written content including album reviews, interviews, think-pieces and everything in between. The aim of this blog is to share with you the music that we love while also putting a spotlight on newer artist that perhaps you may not have heard of. Hip-Hop, Grime, Bass, anything we hear that we think is the cutting edge is the kind of thing you can expect to hear on the podcast, and while it is good to look at the underground, you might hear a few classics or new hits that we’re hyped about talking about. We thank you for taking the time to get to know us and pledge to you new content every week.