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HIP HOP / RNB 27 7 Issue 54 / 2013 album of the month: Circus in the sky Finally, the long awaited Circus In The Sky has officially been released! Bliss 'n' Eso have released their debut album, "Circus In The Sky" Throughout the past few months, this Australian hip hop trio has exposed their album piece by piece, each track surpassing the last and exciting its audience more and more. Listening to Circus In The Sky is highly enjoyable because it is full of witty rapping, gorgeous vocals, tight beats, and poignant use of violins and pianos. The lead up to this album's release was huge, with trailers and a documentary., both enjoyable watches! Before you satisfy your hip hop ear-drums, first catch up on the Circus In The Sky Documentary, and watch the making of Bliss 'n' Eso's enthralling new album! Event preview: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis @ Brixton Academy Guestlist recommends: SHAD Shad's a Canadian rapper with a knack for humour and self deprecation who keeps his production as varied and engaging as his rhymes. Calling Shad a 'Canadian rapper', although technically correct, is a bit misleading. Shad's one of those artists you just can't box. He's conscious yet extremely lighthearted, his rhymes littered with 'clever' references (the dude's got two degrees, one a master's) that are reminiscent of the style of Das Racist, but with a touch less silliness. His breakthrough came with his self financed 2005 debut LP 'When This Is Over'. The album was well received and is actually a great place to start if you've never listened to him before; lyrical content ranges from the Rwandan genocide to more abstract things like the concept of imagination. Shad's actually had a very consistent set of album releases since 2005 so honestly you'd be fine starting anywhere. Production on his mixtapes can sometimes be a little shakey but if you're into Shad's lyricism you'll find this easy to overlook. More recently he released a free EP over bandcamp with Skratch Bastid called 'The Spring Up', its supposed to be a little taster for an up-coming full length which will also feature Skratch. If it's anything to go by the new LP will be packed with Shad's trademark lyricism and an awesome ghetto funk vibe supplied by Skratch, watch out for it dropping some time this year! More recommends: OUR PLAYLIST Here's the hip-hop on our playlist this month: Freddie Gibbs Came Up White Mandingos My First White Girl Killer Mike & El-P Banana Clipper R.A. The Rugged Man Shoot Me In The Head Last year was a huge year for Seattle based rapper Mackelmore. After years of grafting hard in the underground hip hop scene, building a legion of devoted fans along the way, he was finally catapulted into international stardom after the release of his hugely successful independently released 'Thrift Shop' single with producer Ryan Lewis. Mackelmore and Ryan Lewis will be bringing their electric live show to the legendary Brixton Academy on the 9th and 10th of September in support of their platinum selling collaborative album 'The Heist'. The main thing to expect from a Mackelmore and Ryan Lewis show is the unexpected! Mackelmore has previously rapped wearing outrageous outfits including dog-print waist coats and batman pyjamas and is well known for performing a daring stunt known as 'crowd walking' during his live performances.

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