Apollo Brown continues to stake a claim as one of the most consistent and prolific beatmakers out there. Time Goes is taken from his forthcoming collaborative album with Chicago MC Philmore Greene, a project which lands in November and promises to explore “the complete idea of introspection”. Yes, please!
The opening bars on Hustle Don’t Give – “Raisin’ Hell, but the shit that I’m rhymin’ was Heaven-sent / Went broke and bounced back, I’ve been grindin’ out ever since” – perfectly sum up the vibe on most of As God Intended, the album it’s taken from: confident, defiant and by turns humble and elegantly self-aggrandising. the Roots’ Black Thought delivers a typically thoughtful verse and both his and Che Noir’s vocals shine through the sample-heavy, soaring production like hazy sunbeams glinting off rolling waves.