Adam WarRock - Juggernaut

Normally, if someone was releasing material at the rate that Adam WarRock does, I’d be a little concerned that the level of quality. However, even though it seems like WarRock releases and EP or mixtape every other month, everything sounds well thought out and produced. While much of his material can be categorized under the subgenre of nerdcore, this EP veers more toward his traditional hip hop side, in both sound and subject material.

Georgia Anne Muldrow - Owed To Mama Rickie

Georgia Anne Muldrow has emerged over the past few years as a unique talent. The prolific artist has worked as singer/songwriter/producer to combine elements of hip hop, soul, jazz, R&B, gospel, and rock to form a sound that is all her own. After an extremely busy 2010, which saw the release of three albums, she has returned this fall with an album dedicated to her mother. The parallel that best fits with Owed To Mama Rickie is Erykah Badu’s New Amerykah Part One and New Amerykah Part Two.

Lateef the Truth Speaker - Firewire

Lateef the Truthspeaker has been around for quite a while. As one of the founding members of Quannum Projects, he’s been a part of groups like Latyrx, Maroons, and The Mighty Underdogs. If I approached this album with caution, it’s only because Quannum has lost the luster it once had. I attended the Quannum World Tour in 2004, which featured Blackalicious, Latyrx, Lyrics Born, Maroons, Lifesavas, Gift of Gab, Joyo Velarde, and DJ Shadow.

Eligh & Amplive - Therapy at 3

After collaborating with The Grouch earlier this year on Heroes in the Healing of the Nation, Zion I producer Amplive has teamed up with The Grouch’s frequent collaborator and fellow Living Legend Eligh. Amplive approached Eligh about working together after Eligh released his solo album Grey Crow last fall. Eligh original thought they’d do an instrumental EP together, but discovered that Amplive was actually interested in producing all the beats while Eligh rapped.

Tanya Morgan - You and What Army?

I had the pleasure of seeing the duo of Von Pea and Donwill this past spring during SXSW. I still feel bad for them, though, since they were first on the bill that was headlined by OFWKTA. I’m not going to go into my feelings about that group right now, but what it meant at the moment was that lines were crazy along with security, and as a result, not that many people got into the venue in time to see Tanya Morgan.

AK Kids - The gassAKu EP

Rotterdam-based Lowriders Recordings is back once again to deliver some innovative (mostly) European instrumental electronic/hip hop music. On their fourth release they take us to Edinburgh for AK Kids, a production duo featuring Tommy Forrest and Steven Hyslop. This EP is the first in what AK Kids hope will be a four part series of collaborative efforts. They originally wanted it to be one full length album, but realized that it would take too long to track everybody down that they’d like to work with and coordinate schedules, so they decided a series of EPs would be more feasible.

D-Sisive - Run With The Creeps

Having released Jonestown 2: Jimmy Go Bye Bye earlier this year, Toronto emcee D-Sisive is already back for another round. Run With The Creeps makes for a pretty natural follow up album, in part because he enlists the help of producer Muneshine again. Others contribute as well, though, including Bird, Pigeon Hole, Techtwelve, The Dirty Sample, and Metty the Dertmerchant. If you’re already a fan of D-Sisive’s dry, self deprecating sense of humor and penchant for pop culture references, you won’t be disappointed.

JNaturaL x DJ Tramlife - Love Lapse Mixtape

After releasing her strong debut album earlier this year, Love is on Hiatus, JNatural has spent a lot of time on the road. In anticipation of her tour this fall, the Project Blowed emcee got together with DJ Tramlife to create a bonus mixtape. They went the more traditional route with it, making one continuous stream of music as songs blend into each other. There are remixes of JNaturaL, along with songs about love that she and Tramlife felt kept with the theme.

Sadistik & Kristoff Krane - Prey for Paralysis

In April of this year, St. Paul emcee Kristoff Krane found himself on tour with Seattle’s Sadistik. The two quickly realized that they had great chemistry together. When Krane turned on Sadistik to the work of experimental noise rock drummer/producer Graham O’Brien, the pieces began to fall into place, and they knew they needed to record together, and they needed to work with O’Brien. One listen to Prey for Paralysis, and you’d think these guys have been working together for years.

Doomtree - No Kings

Now in their tenth year, the Minneapolis collective Doomtree have really been stepping up the game the past few years. Since their first full length as a group in 2008, they’ve seen their notoriety grow through a combination of constant touring and a string of incredibly strong solo releases. Not only are they all inventive albums, but they are also varied and helped define each member’s identity within and without the group.