Mr Key & Illinformed - Bundle (12" Vinyl + Tee) [PRE-ORDER]

  • £50.00


UK rap legend Mr Key returns alongside Illinformed with flash album 'KEZ'.

After yet another extended hiatus, Mr Key is back with an unexpected concept album that combines tongue-in-cheek Viz mag humour, razor sharp lyricism, and pitch perfect boom bap production, to paint a surreal technicolour portrait of life amongst the freaks at the glorious, grotty edges of society. 

Cutting his teeth as 1/5 of UK hip hop supergroup Contact Play, which he followed with two acclaimed experimental segues alongside Greenwood Sharps, Mr Key’s musical journey has been far from mundane. His new flash release - ‘KEZ’ - a concept album which documents the rise of a plucky kestrel through an off-grid anarchist commune - 'Bene' - populated by an ensemble cast of misfits, lost souls, drug dealers, new age healers, and would be cult leaders, is without doubt the weirdest and most wonderful twist yet. 

´KEZ´ is a kaleidoscopic offering which diffracts the four years Mr Key spent in a chaotic off-grid commune in Southern Spain through the conceptual lens of cinematic New York golden age classics like ‘Only Built 4 Cuban Linx’ and ‘Prince Among Thieves’; the zero f**ks given energy of Contact Play and early era High Focus, and the foul mouthed British surrealism epitomised by Monty Python and Viz magazine. Such a strange concoction could easily miss the mark, but in the hands of a trio of veterans - Key, Illinformed and cartoonist Monsta - the results are as exceptional as they are unique. 

With features from Dirty Dike, Jam Baxter, Ronnie Bosh, Smellington Piff, Leaf Dog, BVA and Sammy B-Side, and art from longtime friend and collaborator Monsta bringing the story to life at the crumbling edges of modernity.

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Heavy weight, 220 GSM, Crew neck, Relaxed fit.
100% combed cotton (heathers 15% viscose)

Neck ribbing, side seamed, shoulder to shoulder tape, double needle hems, preshrunk to minimise shrinkage.

Size Chest (to fit): S - 47/70cm M - 52/74cm L - 56.5/77.5cm XL - 61/81cm 2XL - 64/84cm

HF neck & hem tag.

TRACKLIST:

1 - Escape From Bene

2 - Wakey Wakey Feat. Smellington Piff

3 - All Right OK

4 - What Is This Place?

5 - He Say She Say Feat. Dirty Dike & Sammy B-Side

6 - John Connor High Lyf

7 - Bury Me In Bene Feat. Leaf Dog

8 - Why Is It? Feat. BVA

9 - I Dunno

10 - No Time

11 - Yellow Tops

12 - Isabel Allende Feat. Jam Baxter & Ronnie Bosh

 

Kez' is out now on pre-order, scheduled for release on 04/07/2024.

*Ships early August.

*Please be advised that if you order any other products at the same time as PRE-ORDER items, they will be shipped at the same time as the PRE-ORDER items.