In 2001 Harlem duo Cannibal Ox released The Cold Vein, a record that – in my opinion – still stands as one of top ten hip hop albums of all time. But then… well, who knows? Years of contradicting rumours that MCs Vast Aire and Vordul Mega were either in the studio or had split, fuelled by news of a falling out with their label boss and producer El-P; guest appearances on one another’s solo releases, but no actual follow-up. Until now, that is. On April 16 the group will digitally release the Gotham EP – a three-tracker teasing their new, Kickstarter-funded LP – via Below System (with a vinyl pressing due May 3); no El-P this time around (unsurprisingly), but new producer Bill Cosmiq does a fine job of recreating his dystopian sci-fi horror flick soundscapes, whilst Vast and Mega still sound as poetically pissed off as ever spitting their world-weary urban blues. You can hear the whole EP in advance below; let’s hope the album isn’t far behind.