2020 – a year few of us will have witnessed before or hopefully will in the future. Tragic in so many ways, and we offer our condolences to those who have lost friends or loved ones either directly or indirectly due to the Covid-19 virus, and offer our sympathies to those whose livelihoods have been adversely affected by the impact of multiple lockdowns and restrictive measures.

Tragic also in the sense that history will not judge this well. Nations were warned 4 years ago of the impending likelihood of such a global pandemic and the relatively simple measures which would be required to mitigate the worst impact. Few heeded these warnings, prioritizing economic considerations in assessment to risk, instead of carrying out their fundamental duty of care to their citizens.

Hopefully with the roll out of vaccines and the precedents set by countries such as South Korea in how to handle such an event and avoid a catastrophe, as we move forward into 2021 lessons will have been learned and people can finally look forward to a brighter future. We wish everyone well.

The first half of the year saw the bulk of our releases, beginning with “The Seymour Chronicles” EP by New Jersey rapper Tru Trilla, a high quality offering in its own right and the warm up for the explosive album “God of Barz” which followed soon after.

With production by Barcelona’s Sumerio Square, the UK’s Chat One, Chicago’s DNA Beatz and Jamal Nueve (NJ/LA), it’s all thrillers and no fillers. Rammed full of banging beats and turntablism, featured artists Prince Ak, Middy Murdock, Confucious and Fly Kwa all bring fierce rhymes and killer bars to the table. Literally a hip hop classic.

From the album, check out the snippets of “God’s Sympathy” and “Fake Views”

Both releases available to stream on all digital platforms including Spotify, Apple and Tidal. Also available to download at Bandcamp

The term “masterpiece” is often over used, but in the case of “Panacea” by London’s rapper and producer duo Phoenix da Icefire & Husky Brown, it’s no exaggeration. Nominated for “Best Independent Album” at this year’s AIM Awards, Husky’s rare blend of hip hop, r&b, soul, electronica, dub and funk provides the backdrop for a narrative which would prove uncannily prescient for 2020. Phoenix addresses mental health, racism, well being & spirituality, climate change, knife crime, aspiration, social justice and equal opportunities with the skills of a lyricist at the height of their game, all delivered with the refreshing underlying message of hope and reconciliation.

A quite phenomenal record which will stand the test of time for years to come. From it, a snippet of the single Cosmic Soul

“Panacea” is streaming on all digital platforms, and also available to download at Bandcamp

As we reached early summer, we had great pleasure in releasing the new album “Dopeliss” by New Jersey rapper and producer Az Izz, once of the legendary group The Outsidaz. His first official album for some considerable time after time taken out to pursue other production projects for tv & film, it was a welcome return to the fold.

Encompassing hip hop sounds through the ages from boom bap to high octane electronica, a number of his fellow group members including Pace Won, D.U. and the late Slang Ton also appeared as featured guests, with further production by DJ Profluent, DJ 3rd Rell and Quazmo. An album with a narrative that mixes beefs, street tales, social justice, aspirations and humour in equal measure, and as always reppin’ Brick City.

Add them to your Spotify playlists, and you can also download the album at Bandcamp

In the past few months we’ve been heavily involved in the developing of a new producer album featuring hip hop heavyweights from the USA, UK and Canada in what will be a unique and exceptional release. With the hardships everyone has shared worldwide in 2020, it’s just our own way of giving the global hip hop community something a little more positive and special to share in 2021. Expect an announcement in the not too distant future.

Meantime, as ever, we thank everyone for their continued support over the past year and wish everyone the best of health and success in 2021.

Team NDR

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To mark what has felt an incredibly quick, but also a busy and fulfilling first year back since re-launching, we got DJ Santoi to put together a special “Re:Generation” mix of singles and tracks we have released in the past 12 months

Included in the set are Underground Cartel, Tru Trilla, Belles in Monica, Az Izz, Phoenix da Icefire & Husky Brown and Krash Slaughta, artists from the USA, UK and Europe. Cool blend of hip hop beats, dope rhymes and turntablism….a little somethin’ to beat the lockdown blues.

The full track versions can be heard on the corresponding Spotify Playlist we set up here, but meantime give it a spin on Mixcloud…enjoy!

Stay the course and stay safe people

Team NDR

We are proud to see out the year of our return, and coincidentally the end of the decade, by presenting this classic slice of hip hop.

Krash Slaughta vs B.I.M. ” ’18 Showdown ” includes all the digitally remastered remixes produced by legendary turntablist DJ Krash Slaughta (DMC Finalist 1998 / II Tone Committee) for the Belles in Monica crew.

Now available to stream and download for the first time, with the exception of new joint “Venom”, all originally appeared on several of our 12″ vinyl releases. A limited number is still available direct from our STORE

The digital EP is available everywhere, AMAZON APPLE BEATPORT NAPSTER DEEZER SOUNDCLOUD and SPOTIFY

Definitely one of the hip hop heads, Krash Slaughta is renowned for his imaginative production, powerful beats and unique scratch skillz, a perfect backdrop for the hard bars rammed full of conscious rhymes and wordplay. Still releasing new material and performing live sets, you can connect with him on FACEBOOK

” ’18 Showdown ” is the fourth and final EP in our initial series marking our return after a 15 years hiatus. It is exactly 9 months since we relaunched and a lot of work has gone on behind the scenes in that time. As a result, we look forward to announcing our new release schedule for 2020 by artists from the USA and UK shortly.

Thanks again to everyone for the support in these past months, including our distributor Ingrooves, artists, media, club & radio DJ’s and the general public. Very much appreciated

100% hip hop

TEAM NDR

We have just released the single today, taken from the Krash Slaughta vs B.I.M. “18 Showdown” EP out on December 6th which contains all the remixes produced by the legendary turntablist DJ Krash Slaughta (DMC Finals / II Tone Committee) for the Belles in Monica crew.

Available on all digital formats for the first time, you can stream or download from Apple, Napster, Beatport, Tidal, Amazon, Soundcloud, Deezer & more, including Spotify

The single is also available on 12″ vinyl which you can order online directly from us at our official store We ship to all countries worldwide.

Our in house promotional division UrbanElite PR are currently assisting a number of artists from the USA & UK as they put the final touches to various EP’s and albums which we will look to schedule for release in 2020. Official announcements will be made here & on our various social media platforms shortly.

Thanks again to everyone who has supported us since our re-launch 8 months ago

TEAM NDR

It’s been a hectic time since we relaunched in the Spring after a 15 year hiatus !

First there were the Underground Cartel and Belles in Monica EP releases taking us up to the summer, then there were wider label developments including setting up our direct online store where we re-released some of our classic vinyl from days gone by, and more recently planning a release schedule for 2020 with new signings from the USA and UK which will be announced over the next couple of months.

We appreciate the support & encouragement we’ve received from so many people around the world in this latest part of our journey, and so will wrap up this historic year with the release of a new EP on December 6th.

Krash Slaughta vs B.I.M. ” ’18 Showdown ” includes all the remixes the legendary turntablist DJ, DMC finalist and II Tone Committee member produced for the Belles in Monica crew, some of which previously appeared on vinyl and others we unearthed in our backroom vaults. Fans of this particular form of hip hop are in for a pre-Xmas feast !!

On November 19th we’ll release the single “What D’Ya Need – H.A.R.D. Remix” which will be available to stream and download from all the regular platforms and stores, and just as with the EP itself, the first time ever these classic joints will be in digital format.

We have just published a film video trailer of the EP on Youtube, as well as an audio teaser on Soundcloud. Check them out below.

Keep up to date with all our news here or via our social media accounts (Instagram, Twitter & Facebook

If any members of the public would like more information about our releases including digital and physical availability, feel free to drop us a line via our Contact Page If any members of the media, press or DJ’s have enquiries, please contact our in house promotional division UrbanElite PR, their details are available HERE

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