ROUNDUP: Ice Cold Cuts


We’ve survived another week, and to celebrate, here’s a selection of recent releases worth your time. It’s been a busy December, and this weekend has a lot of promising shows coming — check the lineup here. If you’re in Burlington tonight, check out Maine emcee B. Aull at Sidebar; if you’re near Brattleboro, there’s DJ Lucas & Friends at the Stone Church. Time for some tunes.

First up, we’ve got R.O.D. — which stands for Real Ova Deceit. He’s been prolific and hard-working, especially during the second half of 2018, dropping a slew of videos and singles. His output has been improving fast, and on this latest cut, “Animal,” he’s catching a killer wave. Everything works here, this slaps. Props.

Yung Breeze has been dropping almost too many gems lately. Almost. “Song Cry” is his ‘BreezeMix’ take on the Jay-Z classic. Since that Just Blaze instrumental is one of the most blapping rap ballads of all time, Breeze opts to just flex bars over this one. It’s another strong piece of work, and more proof that he’s in the studio building a monster.

Up next, a new track from BL Spitz — who is scheduled to battle Yung Breeze onstage at some point in 2019. “BARZ PLEASE” is cold, non-stop wordplay & threats over some dark, funky Face One production. His label, Heartless Ent., is currently doing a radio promo campaign for “After The Storm,” a single they haven’t released yet. Check his Facebook for more details.

Finally, a slice of summer from SynCro, the interesting & hyperactive emcee formerly known as BioZone. “I’m Back” is precise flows over a stripped down funk breakbeat. I dig it. More like this, please. And welcome back.


Justin Boland