slowthai releases I WISH I KNEW EP

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Northampton rapper Slowthai has released his anticipated I WISH I KNEW EP. Wholly produced by Kwes Darko, I WISH I KNEW is raw, punchy and epitomises the rock-star spirit of Slowthai and a breath of fresh air to the rap scene.

The EP takes you from the straight punk rock with 'IDGAF'  taking you on a roller coaster of gritty and calm emotions with singles like 'Kenny' demonstrating the lyrical prowess of the young Northampton rapper. Joined by Dutch based artist Yung Nnegl on DUMB, I WISH I KNEW delivers with energy, energy and even more energy. 

Stream the EP below : 

 

Watch the video for 'Round and Round' below

An evening with Estée Blu : #EsteeSoul at Thingy Studios

Singer/Songwriter Estée Blu premiered her debut single at an intimate gathering at Thingy Studios in Hackney Wick. Hosted by Moyesa & Co, and with support from Arieleno. An evening with Estée Blu proved to be a raw insight into the woman behind the music.

Check out #EsteeSoul in pictures, below and Buy/Stream 'All' from November 3rd.

Melvillous releases latest project 'Local EP'

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London based artist, Melvillous has dropped his latest project Local EP. The project which is produced wholly by East London's Komenz, Local EP is a showcase of Melvillous, roots with songs like 'Pray and Pattern' showcasing lyrical prowess with a subtle message for the spiritual listeners but its the track, 'Trap or Lie' which hits the nail on the head. The production and lyrics packing a heavy punch for the people from the manor. 

Listen to Local EP below : 

Fred Fredas releases visuals for 'Ain't Fooling Me'

Fred Fredas has dropped his awaited music video for ‘Ain’t Fooling Me’, taken offthe sophomore EP ‘P.A.U’ (Politics As Usual),. The 22 year old Artist/Songwriter/Musician released his latest EP on January 27th 2017 which showed his versatility and poetic tone as an artist.

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Written from a female’s perspective towards the scenario of being emotionally and mentally broken by a male. ‘Ain’t Fooling Me’ follows the spectrum of emotions within a destructive relationship, and displays the internal battle between the females past and present self. This tale of heartbreak effortlessly evolves within a short duration 3 minutes and 39 seconds. The Ain’t Fooling Me’ music video – directed by Yasmin Afifi, is a dramatically vivid display of the females internal battle between her past and present self.

Fredas explains, “To summarise this video… when situations happen to us, we are constantly battling within ourselves, it feels as though we are trapped and the question we ask ourselves is…Will we allow the demon within us to prevail, or the love within us to prevail?”

By casting twins to play the females two different sides, ‘Kindness’ and ‘Hate’, it is a clear demonstration of the scenario that unfolds throughout Fredas’ story-like, lyrical flow. In the video we see ‘Kindness’ try to consul ‘Hate’ – however this proves unsuccessful and the two sides battle; until fate forces them to become one. 

Check out the music video for 'Ain't Fooling Me' below 

Notting Hill Carnival 2017 in Pictures

Notting Hill Carnival has always been a paradise and this year was no different. Yes, it's a problem to go to the toilet; and yes, every shop will charge above price for every alcoholic drink – but so what? This is a rare and special celebration of culture, music, food and life which also sometimes includes some vomit. Look on below to see how this year's festivities went down:

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Monster Florence x Foreign Beggars release EP '48'

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Monster Florence and Foreign Beggars have released their joint EP titled 48. The self titled EP, was created in 48 hours with an idea turning into an 11 track project. Calling on a host of talented musicians, including Pepstar, Earbuds, Marcello Spooks, New Machine, Rinse The Nerd, Chisora Ahor, Sumgii, Bekile Music, they all hooked up together with a plan to generate a creative storm.

48 bounces from hip-hop to experimental to electronic with a dash of Soul as Artists with tracks ranging from the lyrical 'Scumbag', the humble Black Fairytale to a mixture of eclectic music like Bleeding Time, One More Day and Baobab. 48 demonstrates what can happen in a room full of musicians in 48 hours and also why it should happen more

Monster Florence and Foreign Beggars will be launching the EP with a co-headline extravaganza at The Jazz Cafe, London as they plan to bring the whole project to life. 

Stream The EP 48 below 

New Currency set Alibi London with Lue:B, Shaybiz, DJ Jampak and Ralph Hardy


Toronto collective New Currency arrived in London with a plethora of great ideas and vibes as they held their first event in London at The Alibi London.

New Currency + Friends featured a stellar line up of DJs with DJ Shaybiz, setting pace early with a mix of UK trap and Rap which was followed by Grime connoisseur DJ Jampak creating the mood in Dalston. As the night continued, Lue:B and Ralph Hardy made sure the night was one to remember for those in London and for those who travelled from Toronto to sample the so similar London culture.

Check out pictures below from New Currency + Friends

Keedz drops 'Let me introduce myself' EP


Artist Keedz has dropped her debut EP 'Let me introduce myslef'. The grime artist who has been making noises for the past year introduces herself with a plethora of grime bangers on her EP. The lead single 'Grimeonology' was released last month via Soundcloud and was just a taste of what was to come from the young artist. 

Following her involvement in CapitalXtra's Music Potential and Levi's x Skepta's Project, Keedz has sounded out her position in the scene with a number of appearances on Pyro Radio, Radar Radio and performing at KOKO for the second time in a year.

Check out Keedz' debut release below 

0790Music present Unauthorised Absence at Birthdays, Dalston.


Independent Music label 0790Music are launching their flagship night Unauthorised Absence at Birthdays, Dalston on July 12th! With headline acts including Monster Florence's Dream Mclean, Eklipse, Shizz McNaughty and Reload. 

The night will also be host to music collective Earbuds 'Road to Rio' EP Launch who produced '0790Music's +44' EP which premiered on ComplexUK. DJs on the night include Lue:B, Kwes Darko and Shaybiz with a guaranteed night of head bopping and leg shaking.

Buy Tickets : UNAUTHORISED @ BIRTHDAYS

 

 

Ollie Gabriel is spearheading a new soul movement with Running Man


Having cracked the code for an authentic catchy sound, paired with meaningful and relatable lyricism, Ollie has been compared to the likes of James Brown and Otis Redding. He creates music that is both fun and of substance, a rarity in music today. “I think that today there isn’t enough music that makes people happy”, Ollie states. “I’m not a preacher nor a saint but my songs come from a place of joy, deep love and a lot of happiness”. 

Hailing from a small town in Louisiana, Ollie Gabriel grew up in a family of artists. As a child he listened to soul stars like Bobby Womack and Tyrone Davis. He would hear his parents playing those records in the living room, which entranced him and made him want to try everything. Drums, church organ, guitar, trombone, and singing - he learned to play it all in his school band and at church. “Like most I wanted to be Michael Jackson as a young kid, I wanted that power to move people emotionally. The biggest thing that I learned from my idols is that it is not about trying to copy something, but about creating something unique. I’m a lover of all things music and my knowledge of music usually surprises people, who don’t expect me to know certain songs or groups. I fell in love with Motown. I liked the gritty street soul music of Curtis Mayfield and those types. I’m also a big fan of bands like Metallica, Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones. I appreciate music of various different genres. From artists like Garth Brooks to Tupac and Biggie - it is the diversity that has made me into the artist that I am today.”
 

After his move to Los Angeles, Ollie continued to work tirelessly towards his goals. Soon he was securing music placed in ads and on TV networks such as NBC, MTV and TNT. He has had hundreds of synchronisation placements to date. “My story is one of perseverance, determination and patience. I had a lot of obstacles and made many mistakes along the way, but I've been lucky enough to grow stronger through everything” admits Ollie. Last year he was selected out of thousands by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences for its Grammy Next Program, which supports aspiring artists. Following in the footsteps of many international stars, he decided to go to Europe and debut his freshmen EP there. “Europe has always embraced soulful music and many US artists have started there before they became famous in the states. So, I feel very excited that I got to debut my music in Europe first”.

In February of last year, he released his single “Running Man” to massive success. Distributed by Sony Music via Jive Germany, the single was an instant radio hit. "Running Man" charted at #5 in Austria, top 20 in Switzerland, and in the top 30 in Germany. Despite him not even being in the region very long, he entered the top 40 on the iTunes charts, and generated over 2 million Youtube views. Throughout 2016 Ollie was performing all over GSA on several of the most popular televised shows and events, as well as live performances at radio festivals playing in front of over 40,000 fans. "Running Man" also hit the top 10 on the German Spotify’s top hit’s playlist, and to this day has garnered over 10 million streams. He returned to the states in November of 2016 with his goals set on dominating his home country, the USA.

With a good portion of earned laurels and a lot of experience, Ollie is now ready to release his debut single “RUNNING MAN“ in the USA. The single is a highly infectious anthem about following your dreams and overcoming obstacles. That is the message the video for the single carries as well. The video shows the Paralympic athlete Blake Leeper. Leeper was born missing both of his lower legs, yet the American was equipped with prosthetics at the age of 9 months. At the Paralympic Games in London in 2012, Blake managed to earn a silver and a bronze medal, in two different sprint disciplines - there is not a more obvious and authentic metaphor for Gabriel’s message. “I can only imagine how many times he's been told he can't do something. But look at what he's done!” "Running Man" is directed at everybody who has big goals and feels disheartened or alone on the their way there. “I hope that this song pushes someone to keep going.“

Listen to Running Man Below

Eklipse releases visuals for Mr.E off Intimate Affairs 2

Eklipse has released the first visuals for his R&B influenced project Intimate Affairs 2. Starring Naomi Minott and Produced by Wondz, the video sends you through the method to the madness behind Eklipse's love interest. The video was filmed by Rey of Box Motion.

Watch the video below. Download #IntimateAffairs2 via mreklipse.bandcamp.com and stream it via  

Singer/Songwriter Sharlene-Monique releases inspiring music video for ‘You'

Singer/Songwriter Sharlene-Monique releases inspiring music video for ‘You'

Sharlene-Monique, a London-based singer-songwriter, whose silky emotive soulful tones took flight during her church-filled childhood, is due to release her first single on 30th June.

A Media Performance graduate, Identity Drama School attendee and founder of award nominated blog and empowerment Be Uniquely You, Sharlene-Monique is now successfully tackling a new kind of creative challenge; sharing her personal message of self-acceptance, self-love and self-empowerment to any and all who will lend their ear to her first release.

The multi-skilled musician hails from a past of singing dancing and teaching across the UK and Europe, and has successfully earned her stripes in the lead up to a timely decision to begin practicing what she had so confidently shared to others for a number of years.  Starting off her campaign with a very successful headline & support promo tour around the UK, Sharlene is left with just two shows remaining in Glasgow and is finishing off in the city of London.

Speaking of her music video for her debut single ‘You', Sharlene-Monique says, “I’m really excited to be releasing music that I feel so passionate about. I really hope people connect with the message of the song. The video stirred up so many emotions inside because it reflects elements of my past.”

The song was written by Sharlene-Monique and produced by her husband Chris Morris (chrismorrismusic.com). The video was produced by Msmono Productions duo Director Rebecca Coley and Screenwriter Karla WilliamsMixed by Grammy-Award winning mix engineer Alan Branch, 'You' tells a heartwarming tale of a young lady metamorphosing through a series of personal challenges, and her journey to discovering, accepting and enjoying her true self. 

Emotive visuals, together with a cleverly constructed piano instrumental from international Jazz extraordinaire, Robert Mitchell makes for the perfect source of musical inspiration.

'You' is available for download via Spotify, Itunes and Amazon.

 Check out the single & Music Video below.

NYNA releases debut single FACES


Serbian born, London based singer songwriter NYNA has released her debut single FACES.

The Single, Faces is about “ dealing with the badness of this world, and finding love for yourself…It’s just an honest song”. It also comes with a very striking and powerful video with a clear message, which shows the beauties of our world and how we’re living in it, for better and for worse. 

She grew up credits artists such as Alanis Morrisette, Madonna and Nirvana as inspiration from young and draws on these influences alongside newer influences from artists including Lana Del Ray, London Grammar, and Sia.

Classically trained, NYNA has played the piano since the age of 5 and started writing modern classical music at the age of 12, and a few years later started writing pop songs. Although being her first single, NYNA has already built a nice online fanbase through her covers of such songs as Hozier’s ‘Take Me To Church’ and Adele’s ‘I Miss You’ and has recently been featured in 1883 and Fortitude Magazine.

Faces was written and produced by NYNA and her close friend and producer Shemzy whom she met at music college. The track has hints of baroque pop in the dense drums and strings, yet the bubbling electronics and the vocals guide the song towards a more haunting theme. The hook in the song, "This is my world/ Nothing’s gonna break my world", is the message of empowerment and self-love.

Listen to FACES here, or watch the music video below : 

0790Music discuss Unauthorised Absence on Radar Radio with Lue:B

Independent Music brand 0790Music joined Lue:B on Radar Radio to discuss their up coming event Unauthorised Absence at Birthdays, Dalston. Unauthorised Absence aims to give you a taste of the beat of the city with Dream Mclean set to headline and acts including Eklipse, Shizz, Reload and Music Collective Earbuds, launching with some special guests.

Listen to the interview below : 

Estee Blu shortlisted for Afropunk Battle of the Bands


London Singer-Songwriter Estée Blu has been shortlisted for AFROPUNK : Battle of Bands with a chance to perform at AFROPUNK 2017. AFROPUNK Festival is an annual arts festival that celebrates and unifies the cultural cornerstones of AFROPUNK through music, film and art. Estee Blu who has recently supported Ward Thomas and Orchestra Baobab as part of Roundhouse Rising Festival 2017 showcases her soul-soothing vocals with her track 'All' .

Vote for Estee Blu by simply 'liking and/or reposting her single 'All' in the playlist here or by the link below