South West producer and Beat Bandit Recordings co-founder Rob McLeod has unveiled his new project Mac Lloyd, combining his writing, production and vocal talents in a new seven-track digital album, It’s Not All Bad, I Promise.
The 24-year-old from Chippenham has been previously producing hip hop beats under his Apollo Phox alias, releasing an eponymous 13-track album on his Beat Bandit imprint last summer. Our first introduction to the new project was the album’s first single Trapped, which he released at the start of February, along with an official video from This and That Media, shot in and around Bristol.
Subtly grooving production moves effortlessly between electro, hip hop, jazz and soul that could make a perfect soundtrack to a lazy summer day in the garden, or hangover session spent hiding behind the curtains.
Subtly grooving production moves effortlessly between electro, hip hop, jazz and soul
The rest of the album, dropped yesterday, falls far from short with another six expertly produced tracks featuring Rob’s drowsy, sometimes hard-hitting lyrics, with guest appearances from fellow South West talents Cassie Madly and Jman.
While Rob has ventured into singing over tracks before, this is the fullest project that combines his multitude of talents, from production, to sampling, to guitar and vocals, which on occasion veer towards rap.
While Rob has ventured into singing over tracks before, this is the fullest project that combines his multitude of talents
Rob explains how the new project came about: ‘Leading up to the start of Mac Lloyd I was producing a lot of hip hop beats under the alias Apollo Phox. I went on to form Beat Bandit Recordings alongside fellow producer and friend Charlie Allan to showcase some fine instrumental hip hop. ‘The project is still operating and we have many exciting collaborations and releases lined up for 2018. Mac Lloyd is a separate project altogether and isn’t being released on Beat Bandits.
I just wanted to do something different (again) and cultivate all of my skills in to one are
‘I just wanted to do something different (again) and cultivate all of my skills in to one area: singing, producing, guitar, sampling etc. And wanted to call it something new as it differs from the Apollo Phox stuff. I’d done all of those things separately in past projects and bands, but never had one project that tied all those elements together for me.’ You can download the album now from his bandcamp page. Or listen to the full album on SoundCloud below –