Pitch 92 – Kingdom Feat. LayFullStop, Jehst & Sparkz
Children of Zeus – Fear Of A Flat Planet ft LayFullStop
Roots Raddix – Raise Up ft. LayFullStop, Zz, The Slept On & Woddy Green
Manchester’s LayFullStop, Zz, The Slept On and Woddy Green are back at it again bringing us a delicious dose of soulful, jazz-infused hip-hop with Clayton on the beat. Up to the unmistakably high standard of what’s been coming out of Manchester recently, this is definitely the vibe to carry you through the weekend. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for more Roots Raddix releases.
The Mouse Outfit – Cut Em Loose ft Berry Blacc, KinKai & LayFullstop
September’s come around again but The Mouse Outfit are still bringing those summer vibrations with ‘Cut Em Loose’. Berry Blacc, KinKai and LayFullStop come smooth as anything with the vocal duties too.
3 Reasons not to Sleep On… LayFullStop
In keeping with #UKHHSummerSickness, our newest contributor Emilia Cox chose one of our Outlook Festival artist recommendations for her 3 Reasons not Sleep On… piece. The melodic Mancunian rapper/singer is 100% UKHH certified fresh. Don’t Sleep!
Among the female artists killing it in the UK scene right now, one who stands out most is LayFullStop; the self proclaimed soulstress hailing from Manchester. An affiliate of Roots Raddix Records, member of the hip hop collective Cul De Sac and a friend of IAMDDB, Lay has been combining her smooth flow with heavenly vocals to create a sound entirely of her own and it’s about time she got recognised for it.
Intact (Cradle Me)
This slick, soulful track has to be the first reason not to sleep on Lay. With Freddie Joachim on the beat and Vanessa Roth on the visuals, Lay’s vulnerability takes us on a journey and creates a rare vibe that makes this track one to remember. It’s the first song of Lay’s I came across, and it’s a true example of her skill set.
Know we now – Cul De Sac
One of four in Manchester’s up-and-coming Cul De Sac, Lay goes in hard on this one. Letting us know she’s just as fierce as she is conscious, she harmonises over the beat and hits us with a verse that completes this track. Big Fugees vibes on this one.
Last but not least is ‘Bohemian Queen’, a stand-out track from her newly released mixtape; Colour Reaction. Through Bohemian Queen, Lay addresses “misconceptions of women and spirituality and what it means to be unconventional in today’s world”; it’s a smooth sound with a fierce message, part of a body of work that comes from the heart. Each song from Colour Reaction tells it’s own story of growth, love and gratitude – personal to Lay but universally relatable. The wisdom, insight and talent Lay projects into her work mean she’s definitely not one to sleep on. Here’s hoping 2018 is her come up year.
UKHH Summer Sickness: A Hip Hop Guide to Outlook Boat Parties
Outlook Festival announced an impressive fleet of boat parties this week with tickets going on sale today. Here’s our pick of which excursions to sign up to for the best hip hop on the decks on the deck. Get on board!
WHAT TO EXPECT: “Expect party vibes start to finish. We have live acts but we’re about DJs laying down the perfect soundtrack for a boat party on the Adriatic Sea under the sunshine. Hip Hop, Trap, Grime, Jungle/DnB & everything in between.” (Ivan – Boom Bap)
WHAT TO EXPECT: Mayhem! The motley crew of MCs and DJs manning this ship/collective have been mad prolific straddling genres, crews and labels over the last few years with affiliations including The Mouse Outfit, Ape Cult and Blah Records. Expect the unexpected. LEVELZ releases have defied pigeon holes but often seen lyricists known for hip hop muscling their way into grime and beyond.
WHAT TO EXPECT: “The yearly High Focus Boat party at Outlook Festival has become the stuff of legends, not only is it one of the first to sell out every year, but I’ve been told by the organisers and the various sea captains that have taken us out over the years, that it’s by far the rowdiest one of them all… don’t miss out and hop on board! JEHEEEZZE!” (Molotov – High Focus)
Diplomats of Sound:
WHAT TO EXPECT: Perfect blends of Neo-Soul and Hip Hop with a Mancunian twist, LayFullStop and Children of Zeus bring the perfect summer sound track. Nostalgic soulful sounds with a new school twist and bars for days.
UKHH Summer Sickness: Outlook Festival
We’re hyped to announce Outlook Festival as the second of our UKHH Summer Sickness recommendations! Renowned amongst festival goers for its unique heartbeat centred around sound system culture and all things bass, the four day event also has a long running history of cramming a tonne of UK hip hop talent onto its line-ups. Growing itself and its reputation steadily for over a decade, the combination of bass, Croatian sun, beaches, a giant abandoned fort and legendary boat parties, makes Outlook the obvious way to see off the summer with a bang!
To celebrate the Festival’s continued support of the UK hip hop scene and general reputation for sun-soaked insanity, UKHH will be hosting a bunch of related content leading up to and after Outlook. Expect features, interviews, line-up updates, exclusive on site bars and highlights of the event documented in HD.
No surprise that the line-up so far is already boasting an army of talent. UKHH ones to watch include Levelz and Friends, Ocean Wisdom, Children of Zeus, Peanut Butter Wolf, High Focus Records (Dirty Dike, Fliptrix, Jam Baxter, Coops, Ed Scissor, DJ Sammy B-Side, Molotov, Talos), Lady Leshurr, Nadia Rose, Kojey Radical, Melanin 9, Sonnyjim, Datkid, Pete Cannon, Gardna, Concept of Thought, Jman, LayFullStop, Free Wize Men and KinKai.
The carnage kicks off with an opening concert on the 5th of September followed by 4 days and nights of bass riddled goodness across 10 stages. For full line-up and tickets visit outlookfestival.com.