The Maghreban: The Monster VIP (R&S)

Older headz may remember an old Jungle tune on Juice Records from 1995 called ‘The Bomb’ by Ayman? A fine piece of concept Amen darkage using Oppenheimer’s famous Bhagavad-Gita “Now I am become Death” quote…

Well whadda ya know? Turns out this is he, Ayman Rostom, back from a long hiatus and with a new moniker and new vibes, racking up releases since 2014.

This sounds like it could almost be a Jungle tune played on 33rpm? Heavy, syrupy, and psychedelic. “Rave navel-gazing back to his roots”  according to R&S heh.

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Passive Smoking

An instrumental/beat based around a bike chain sample! Making the ‘grinding’ of beat making literal. Pure genius. The album is dope too. I’m particularly into the first two cuts, produced by Thook. Pure red eye business, dripping with louche, hydroponic street smarts. You don’t even have to inhale to feel baked off this.

And speaking of dusted business, I only just discovered Earl Sweatshirt a while back. I’m always behind with hip hop. This tune off his 2015 album “I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside’…