billy woods and Kenny Segal – Hiding Places (Backwoodz Studioz)

billy woods and Kenny Segal – Hiding Places (Backwoodz Studioz)

In horror movies, it’s said that what you don’t see is more terrifying than what you do. There’s no need for egregious gore and disfigurement, rather, it’s far more unsettling to imagine that whatever is out there is lurking just off-screen, out of sight - hiding.  And on Hiding Places, billy woods and producer, Kenny [...]

P.O.S – Never Better [Tenth Anniversary Edition] (Rhymesayers Entertainment)

P.O.S – Never Better [Tenth Anniversary Edition] (Rhymesayers Entertainment)

Ten years ago to this day, I put Never Better on for the first time. It seems incredible to say it now but my first reaction was actually slight disappointment. P.O.S had changed his sound, something he would do repeatedly throughout his career, moving away from the raw, punk-infused skittering energy of Ipecac Neat and [...]

MALIBU KEN – SELF-TITLED (RHYMESAYERS ENTERTAINMENT)

MALIBU KEN – SELF-TITLED (RHYMESAYERS ENTERTAINMENT)

Let’s get this out of the way, Malibu Ken’s artwork is not pleasing to the eye. It’s repulsive, visceral, warped -  and yet, the grotesque portrait possesses an odd magnetism. With this adage, on their debut release, Aesop Rock and Tobacco prove that even when the finer details aren’t so fine, ugliness can be strangely [...]

FOUR FISTS (P.O.S + Astronautalis) INTERVIEW

FOUR FISTS (P.O.S + Astronautalis) INTERVIEW

Following the release of their long-awaited debut album, 6666, the SOUTHSIDERS crew caught up with rap duo, Four Fists, comprising P.O.S (Stefon Alexander), a staple of the Minneapolis underground and a founding member of the Doomtree hip-hop collective, and Astronautalis (Andy Bothwell), an accomplished emcee out of Florida and Alexander’s long-time collaborator. Together, they are [...]

James Blake – Assume Form (Polydor Records)

James Blake – Assume Form (Polydor Records)

James Blake's fourth album is an intransigent study of the darker sides to love, strengthening his already abundant appeal among the pop music elite. Adding collaborators such as Travis Scott and André 3000 to a list that consists of Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar and Kanye West to name a few; Assume Form has further cemented James [...]

Atmosphere Madness – Results and Reflections

Atmosphere Madness – Results and Reflections

Inspired by the recent viral 'Kanye Madness' phenomenon, earlier this month the Southsiders gang got together to do our own, more indie-minded bracket - 'Atmosphere Madness'. 64 tracks, carefully selected from every Atmosphere project up until Mi Vida Local. The 64-song bracket aimed to reflect the entirety of the duo's work, ensuring each aspect of their [...]

SINGLE REVIEW: MALIBU KEN – ACID KING (RHYMESAYERS ENTERTAINMENT)

SINGLE REVIEW: MALIBU KEN – ACID KING (RHYMESAYERS ENTERTAINMENT)

“The magic is black.”  In many ways, Aesop Rock’s opening gambit on ‘Acid King’ illustrates his approach. Known for dense lyricism and abstract imagery, Aesop’s style is a verbose nail bomb - yes, the explosion is dangerous, but it’s the little pieces that you need to watch out for.  An alumnus of legendary - and [...]