“Who are you when nobody’s looking? Are you pretending to be who you’re not. This thing called life, is not black and white. I am just a human, trying to do what’s right”, sings a mellow Maka on her new single “Sinner”. Developing a following out of Lagos, Nigera, Maka’s new single sounds like something you remember from the past, but something from the future as well. Teck-Zilla gives a somber back drop with a fretless guitar and smooth rimshots that is just as cool as the song itself. Boogey finishes up the song with a stellar verse saying “Forever goes unnoticed, really when I made a deal with the devil, no one knows it. He’s telling me that I may get to Heaven, though, I’m hopeless. Try to hide it from God, but I know he watch. He just turns a blind eye like Fetty Wap”. This is a great song, and for Maka, this may open even more doors for her.
Ok, I know exactly what you’re going to say when you listen to this song. “What the fuck is this? This isn’t even Hip Hop”. Being that it’s on a Hip Hop blog, and not even Hip Hop means that it’s so fucking dope I had not choice but to post it. The last artist to make it out of New Zealand on a large scale is a group called OMC with a record called “How Bizarre”. Other than that, you don’t hear much about the music scene out there. I really believe this will change with Wallace. The soulful songstress collabs with Crooked Letters for “Diaspora”. This song is pretty amazing to say the least. A smooth electric piano and synth pad combination slowly brings in the record, and then the production gets even better with a piano chord progression surrounded by shakers and an off set snare. Wallace distinctive vocals takes over from there and she smoothly sings her soul out. “Digging my roots up, now that I’m older” she almost mournfully sings and the piano and guitar drops out, only leaving her voice and the bassline and percussion section. It’s very rare that you run across a song, and upon first listen you say “Wow”. I’ve said it a million times while listening. This is a record that the world needs to hear.
New Zealand born future-soul singer Wallace is back with her first offering for 2017, “Diaspora”. A collaboration with Sydney producer and vocalist Crooked Letter, “Diaspora” is created on a beat that samples Nigerian funk. Stemming from an exploration of his parents homeland, Jerry Agbinya aka Crooked Letter delves deep into African inspired sounds as Wallace sings of her own diasporic experience, with her Scottish father living in New Zealand.
“I wanted to highlight the connection that we both feel towards places where we didn’t grow up”, says Wallace on the track. “We bonded over the idea that looking back at our roots gave us a sense of affirmation and appreciation for what makes us who we are“.
“My Granny Gollan has always joked that if my dad was any further away he’d be on his way back. Back being Dundee, Scotland, which he left when he was in his early twenties. So excited to have his beautiful voice make a sneaky cameo on the track.”
Wallace is a refreshing talent, whose music is a mosaic of jazz, blues, hip-hop and soul. Her trademark jazz-influenced, soulful vocal and magnetic presence are a marker of a dynamic artist who vibrantly creates music which showcases her absorbing vocals and clever songwriting.
A new single produced by LX-Beats collaborating with Mayhem of EMS, Alyssa Marie, Revalation of EMS, Deacon The Villain of CunninLynguists and DJ Grazzhoppa on cuts. This tune is dope, it’s got a 90’s vibe flow similar to a Gangstarr or Big L tune so I love it as it’s just the kind of style I listen to all the time, a great mix of mc’s and big ups to DJ Grazzhoppa’s appropriate scratching on the track that really completed the track for me.
LX is a music producer from Jyväskylä, Finland, I haven’t found much to say about him sadly, but I like what he does, he makes really good beats, the track “Born to win” is taken from his upcoming album this year so I look forward to hearing that. After checking out his other stuff he is defiantly a artist I will be keeping track of, there’s not been a single track I’ve heard so far that I don’t like and from the perspective of someone who scratches, I would more than happily have his instrumentals to add to my collection.
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Cover art by Ricky: www.instagram.com/ricky400ml/
So, here in the UK we have been able change the outcome of christmas number ones more since the age of social media, well, we try anyway, last year it was Stormzy who was up for it but sadly he had no luck. A few years ago there was a massive campaign for rage against the machine’s ‘killing in the name of’ and it actually got there so this year, Rag’n’Bone Man has entered into it with his song ‘Human’, but it seems like, it’s probably going to be something awful again. So if you have a spare moment please check him out so we don’t have to have some choir song for our christmas number one this year. This song is a beautiful and soulful tune, as is all of his music, he’s got a insanely bewildering voice that’s one of a kind and he deserves it more than anyone else in the charts in my eyes, this man never seises to amaze me with his talent.
Itunes link to ‘Human’
Spotify link to ‘Human’
Youtube link ‘Human’
I have to say, straight up, I don’t really like this pop feel to his tunes, I think he’s got enough talent and skill he doesn’t need it. After listening to his latest album “Way of the Shao” I think he’s sick, he’s got good rhythm he’s got a good grime like style, he’s got deep lyrics and quite frankly the tracks I like the most on his album are the ones with just him. I understand that the pop like bits are there for entertaining a wider audience, but I personally don’t like it, and think it takes something away from it. Although saying that, I do appreciate the good use of guitars in this album, and if you like the mix of music then fair play, you’ll like this.
‘Accent’ is the sort of tune you can imagine being played in a club or something, it’s the kind of tune you can imagine even ending up in the charts as it has that main stream feel about it, for the sort of style he’s gone for he’s done well, and is something I can see going down very well in the UK, it’s a good tune. Just not my personal taste. The rest of his album is worth checking out just for lyrical skill he’s obviously very intelligent and has great word flow, and I hope I get to see more of this in his up coming work. After seeing his ‘Fire in the booth’ I really got a good chance to see him in action and he is dope! So, on behalf of all those people that like clubby hiphoppy tunes, check out Shaodow’s latest tune with Mc Lean, it’s a proper up beat dancey tune. But, if you, like me, rather real hip hop, check out the link to his ‘Fire in the booth’ below, totally worth a listen along with his last release from his latest album which is also a banger (link also below) ‘Till the casket drops’.
UK-based Sony/ATV producer SRNO (pronounced Serrano) teams up with vocalist Naaz for his new single “Stay Sane” out today on Majestic Casual Records/Evol Music.
A synthesis of genres between dance and urban music, SRNO’s style has deservedly seen massive support from a diverse range of tastemakers ranging from dance music icon Axwell to global fashion brand H&M. This isn’t SRNO’s first release with Majestic Casual – His first single, ‘Give It All Up,’ featuring Gia Koka, premiered with Majestic Casual as one of the hottest tracks of their Chapter 3 compilation. “Stay Sane” is a worthy follow up to his MC debut release that features soothing vocal work from Naaz, a melody that tugs at the heartstrings, and a sultry, yet playful vibe that makes it a listen for any occasion.
“It’s about LOVE and all the difficult decisions, ups and downs, and the mixed emotions LOVE creates and how it affects your mindstate and as much as it does we try to remain sane.”
SRNO started his online emergence releasing a remix of Dua Lipa’s ‘Be the One’ on The XXX via EDM.com. It still remains the most popular track released on the channel this year nearing 600,000 plays.
After his aforementioned Majestic Casual debut, SRNO’s following JC Caelyn compilation saw similar success, charting
to #6 on the Spotify World Viral Charts (#7 in the US). Following this, SRNO treated fans with a re-work of Drake’s iconic ‘Hotline Bling’. His chill version of the hit track attracted the ears of the online community charting to #17 on Billboard and Spotify US Viral Tracks landing in multiple Spotify Playlist.
He made a big impact on the U.K urban scene in 2015 with production for Wretch 32 and Loick Essiens’ ’Too Grown’, K Koke’s ‘Glory’, the soulful sounds of ‘Alaina’s Freestyle’ and K-Koke’s summer release “I’m Back,” featuring Stef London. Having already seen success with his Billboard #1, ‘Feel It,’ off of Yellow Claw’s Album ‘Blood for Mercy,’ in addition to heavy airplay, This summer SRNO released his second single this Summer – ‘Lost and Found’ ft Zack B which was signed by Warner Music UK. With a diverse style and rare versatility with his production, SRNO’s sound is now emerging as one of the most sought after talents in the global music scene.
Beautiful, soulful and truly mesmerising, well worth a listen:
US born / Germany raised rapper George Nicholas releases the first visuals off his upcoming EP “Capital Gain”, which will be released December 20th.
True to his Bay Area roots, George Nicholas delivers a smooth yet trippy joint that’ll make you roll a blunt or two.
Check out the video and grab pre-order the EP below.
German-American rapper George Nicholas releases SORRY4THEWAIT
US born / Germany raised rapper George Nicholas releases his latest effort “SORRY4THEWAIT”, a 4-track free tape of him rapping over hand-picked mainstream instrumentals and classic instrumentals as well. Roughly mixed and unmastered, consider this an appetiser to his upcoming “Capital Gain” EP…No apologies.
Check it out and grab your free copy below.