We haven’t heard much of late from metal-masked rapper DOOM, but whilst it’s tempting to imagine the self-styled supervillain holed up plotting in some secret mountain hideaway, the reality is somewhat more mundane: born in ’70s London, the MC known to his family as Daniel Dumile moved to the USA as a child but was never nationalised, a fact that came back to bite him on the ass when he returned to the UK to play some dates in 2010 and was then told he couldn’t go back home. Exiled for the past two years in good old Blighty, DOOM understandably got restless and engaged in a long-distance recording relationship with New Orleans producer Jneiro Jarel (Shape Of Broad Minds, Dr. Who Dat?), resulting in one of hip hop’s most fruitful collaborations since… well, since DOOM met Madlib and made the classic Madvillainry. There are some high-profile guests on Key To The Kuffs (Damon Albarn and Portishead’s Beth Gibbons contribute vocal hooks) but there are only two real stars of this show; with Jarel’s subtly psychedelic sample-collages and crunchy beats as a backdrop, DOOM’s imagination is in overdrive, spitting out surreal bars peppered with Cockney rhyming slang and obscure British cultural references. Check out the hyperactive tongue-twister “Banished”, along with the video for “Guv’nor” below, and be sure to grab the album which is out now via Lex Records.