This week Gilles meets one of the most exciting lyricists to emerge in recent years, Kendrick Lamar.
The 25 year old rapper released his critically- acclaimed debut album Good Kid mAAd City last month on Interscope. Hailing from Compton, a LA neighbourhood with a rich history of producing era-defining acts like NWA, Kendrick appears to be the next great MC to emerge from that lineage.
His debut album is a complex series of intertwining tales discussing the struggles of growing up in inner-city America. It showcases his lyrical dexterity and creative ambition, as well as an acute social conscience and empathy for the struggle of others.
Bosq Of Whiskey Barons Feat. Kaleta - Dem Know [Ubiquity]
Jets - Sin Love With You [Leisure System]
Nosaj Thing - Home [Brainfeeder]
Sohn - The Wheel [Aesop]
Album Of The Week: Ultraista - You're Out [Temporary Residence]
The Dells - Walk On By [Cadet]
Tom Tom Club - Genius Of Love [Island]
Chico Mann - Say What [Soundway]
Meridan Bros Brothers - Guaracha UFO [Soundway]
Wayne Shorter - Golden Mean [Blue Note]
Austin Peralta Tribute
Austin Peralta - Algiers [Bbc Session At Maida Vale]
Austin Peralta - DMT Song [Bbc Session At Maida Vale]
Stubborn Heart - Starting Block [One Little Indian]
Jozif Feat. Little Bear - The 508 [Crosstown Rebels]
Yuna Feat. MeLo X - Live Your Life [Motherland]
Jesse Boykins III - The Perfect Blues (Machinedrum Remix) [Ninja Tune]
War - Slipping Into Darkness (Tom Moulton Mix) [MCA]