Established in 2010, High Focus Records is the UK based hip-hop label with the likes of Fliptrix, Jam Baxter, Leaf Dog, The Four Owl and Ed Scissortongue on their extensive roster of talented rappers. This month however the limelight is on another three of their established artists in Dirty Dike as well as Verb T and Illinformed, both of which have just released new albums and will be touring them around the UK throughout October.
High Focus has grown into one of the most popular and innovative record labels at current, propelling UK hip-hop from the relatively unknown to one of the most breakthrough genres of recent; now its releases are picking up more and more followers on the underground scene and beyond. One of the labels biggest names Four Owls have even collaborated with US hip-hop royalty and one half of Gang Starr, DJ Premier, on the track Think Twice.
Sucking On Prawns In The Moonlight is the new LP by Dirty Dike, with Verb T & Illinformed’s new album The Man With The Foggy Eyes also being released in short succession. Both Verb T and Dirty Dike will be taking to the length and breadth of the UK this month as they bring their brand new musical treats to a host of venues up and down the country. Bristol, Southampton, Nottingham and Leeds are just a number of the cities that will see the outstanding artists grace a standout venue in each.
Joining the tour will be a selection of special guests from the High Focus roster including Fliptrix, Lee Scott, DJ Sammy B-side, Molotov and a few others that will be kept a secret.
8th Oct – Motion, Bristol
10th Oct – Concorde 2, Brighton
14th Oct – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
15th Oct – 24 Kitchen Street, Liverpool
16th Oct – West Indian Centre, Leeds
17th Oct – Gorilla, Manchester
Words by Josh Plews
Photos courtesy of High Focus