In this politically charged time, FOREIGN BEGGARS call for a ‘MATRIARCHY’ with their final album. After announcing they are to split at the start of 2020, the album (produced by Seemore Beats) sees the seminal electronic/rap crew revisit a more hip hop-driven sound, harking back to the sounds and inspiration of their early days.
Foreign Beggars ‘Matriarchy’ (out 13th December 2019) streams
‘Young Kings & Queens Ft. Maverick Sabre & Mali Hayes’ music video: https://youtu.be/WuC_K2yxVg0
‘Reveal ft. Laville’ music video: https://youtu.be/NUyiNrhoWLY
“We thought it important to release it this side of the year to give our fans one last gift, and set a clean slate for the New Year and new life.”
“Matriarchy represents an energy/paradigm shift that we feel the world needs — moving away from the Patriarchy and the combative, toxic masculinity that has shaped society for generations. We worship greed, financial success, plagued with violence and lack empathy which are at the core of many of the world’s ills. The feminine energy also represents the nurturing of the self both physically and mentally and is a step in the direction of nature that so many of us are now completely disconnected from.”
Since their formation in 2002, multi-genre UK trio Foreign Beggars’ unique trajectory has seen them evolve from underground hip hop heroes to a trailblazing electronic crossover act. Having already announced they are to part ways at the end of this year, they are set to drop their final album, acting as a parting gift to their loyal fan base and marking the end of an incredible 18 year run.
On 13th December they release ‘Matriarchy’ (both digitally and on vinyl) — a twelve track album produced by Seemore Beats which sees the collective revisit a more hip hop-driven sound, harking back to the sounds and inspiration of their early days. This nostalgic mix of alternative street anthems, boasts bars which truly celebrate UK street culture whilst delivering impeccable forward looking electronic productions that they are already famed for. On the mic they’re joined by a host of featured artists including; Maverick Sabre, Blak Twang, Jammer, Flowdan, Greentea Peng and Liam Bailey.
Having always embraced their own different musical influences and backgrounds, it’s this unique approach which helped set them apart from their contemporaries. It hasn’t always been easy working this way but the collaboration of these separate energies and vision is what has made the group what it is. Speaking of the split and forthcoming album, Pav aka Orifice Vulgatron, explains further:
“We simply reached a point where we wanted embrace unbridled exploration of our individual solo journeys and tell our stories as solo artists. Having known Toby and Ed (Seemore Beats) for nearly 25 years now, we’ve always crossed paths musically and their production really touched something in me that opened the floodgates for some real heart on the sleeve expression.”
“It also felt important and natural to express the messages and experiences on the type of hip hop beats that propelled us into existence and are truly representation of our era of music. When we started the album it hadn’t intended to be the last album but that’s the way things transpired so it added more emotional gravity to the creative process.”
During their critically acclaimed career, the collective (Orifice Vulgatron, Dag Nabbit, DJ Nonames and Metropolis) have built a reputation as one of the UK’s most versatile, creative and prolific acts — with a Top Ten Hit, over 80 million YouTube plays and a string of international headline dates to their name.
They have released seven studio albums to date, with their last being 2018’s ‘2 2 KARMA Deluxe’ which featured collabs with Rag’n’Bone Man, Kate Tempest, OG Maco, Kojey Radical, Flux Pavilion, Alix Perez and lots more. The record was championed by Billboard, Mixmag, Fact and DJ Mag with radio support from DJ Target, Mistajam, Annie Nightingale, Tom Ravenscroft and Julie Adenuga. Highlights on the road include sets at Glastonbury, Exit, Outlook, iTunes Festival, Field Day, SW4, Lovebox, headline shows at O2 Brixton Academy and so much more.
As Foreign Beggars look to wrap up the year in style, they look forward to new projects whilst looking back with this contemplative and nostalgia driven album.
‘Matriarchy’ track listing:
Young Kings & Queens Ft Maverick Sabre & Mali Hayes
London Links ft MysDiggi
3 AM ft Bess Cavendish
It’s Gonna Be Fine ft ADMT
Reveal ft Laville
Forget Dem ft Jammer & Flowdan
Glow ft Greentea Peng
Jet Skeet ft Lee Scott & Sonnyjim
Fading Out Ft Liam Bailey
Know The Vibe ft Jehst & Blak Twang
Lay You Down ft Liam Bailey
Fade Away ft DRS & Abri
‘Matriarchy’ is out on all digital platforms 13th December with vinyl copies also available online