Interview | YourHostRob talks to Izzie Gibbs about his Ying Yang EP, Stormzy Co-sign + More

Izzie Gibbs sat down with YourHostRob to discuss his new E.P., Ying Yang as well as talk about his single 'Chillin' with Island Records' Doneao.  Izzie talks about his rapping style and what he thinks of Stormzy co-signing him as the next big thing.

Watch the interview below. 

Shivz releases new single Slush Puppy

Rapper Shivz has released his first single of the year titled 'Slush Puppy'. The summer tune provides a different vibe but keeps the East London native's usual gritty style with a touch of a dancehall swing on production from Emeka Melon and the hook from Dre.

Slush Puppy is available on all digital platforms. Check out the single below. 

Slush Puppy - Single by Shivz on Apple Music

Listen to songs from the album Slush Puppy - Single, including "Slush Puppy". Buy the album for £0.99. Songs start at £0.99. Free with Apple Music subscription.

Hak Baker drops 7AM video

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East London artist Hak Baker dropped his debut video for single 7AM. Pictured in the eyes of a young lady, the visuals take you on a journey of discovery and self reflection as Hak Baker drives you through a barrage of emotions with his guitar as his trusted weapon.

7AM is a great single accompanied by a breathtaking video. Watch the visuals below

Hudson East releases East Ave EP


Fiery young artist Hudson East has released his anticipated East Ave EP.

The 12 track EP features new tracks including the hit single "Fuego" with features on East Ave coming from Elle May, TE dness and ESTA. Hudson East who featured on Nines' One Foot Out album is a force to be reckoned with, as he continues to come with a crisp vibe.

Stream East Ave below.

East Ave by Hudson East on Apple Music

Listen to songs from the album East Ave, including "Everything & Nothing", "Again & Again", "How Do You Want It" and many more. Buy the album for £7.99. Songs start at £0.79. Free with Apple Music subscription.

Eklipse presents the anticipated: Intimate Affairs 2: After hours

Intimate Affairs 2: After hours attempts to offer the perfect blend of R&B infused with Grime and Hip-Hop. Following the first instalment of #IntimateAffairs, Eklipse returns with a penetrating dose of Grime rooted R&B vibes., After Hours edition which offers a more mature and in-depth perspective of those intimate subject matter.

Intimate Affairs 2 features production from Wondz, Kamara Bernard, Darkos Strife, Earbuds with tracks featuring Shemzy & Monty. Eklipse explains the process behind #IAF2 stating “ I found a style that I quite enjoy and simply wanted to give something more of that same niche fan base that so consistently support me”.

Stream Intimate Affairs below.

Happi delivers a refreshing dose of creativity on new EP, Boy and His Imaginary Friend #BAHIF


Happi delivers a refreshing dose of creativity with his new EP, Boy and His Imaginary Friend. The EP takes you through a soft journey of love, joy and hope of a young man from London.

The EP takes a experimental passage as the introduction skips from bass to afro-pop, with a hint of garage as Happi demonstrates what is, uncanny versatility. Southside is track that wouldn't be far off your favourite Afrobeat track and is one of the main reasons you can trust #BAHIF to offer more than just one vibe for the avid music fan. The EP continues with 'Lie interlude' - an R&B infused track which takes #BAHIF from up-beat back down to mellow which continues on 'For A Minute' and '10 feet tall' as Happi satisfies with silky vocals to accompany his gentle acoustics.

The EP concludes with lead single 'Forever' which captures the spirit of Boy And His Imaginary Friend with a jumpy smoothly produced instrumental from Komenz and confirms what is a solid, refreshing project from Happi.

Purchase and Stream, #BAHIF below :

Boy and His Imaginary Friend - EP by Happi on Apple Music

Listen to songs from the album Boy and His Imaginary Friend - EP, including "The Introduction", "Southside", "Lie (Interlude)" and many more. Buy the album for £5.94. Songs start at £0.99. Free with Apple Music subscription.

Check out The Story Behind #BAHIF the documentary below

0790Music present debut release: +44(0790) EP


Purchase +44(0790) On iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/44-ep/id1215702916

0790Music present debut release: +44(0790) EP. The beat-tape features soulful head bopping production from SVMMO (The Square, Elf Kid, Channel 4), Blakie and music collective Earbuds (CAS is Dead, Dream McClean, PUMA) and was premiered via Complex UK

+44(0790) fuses the foundations of Grime with the essence of the polyphonic ringtone as singles like Pattern and Popping Candy bouncing through the essence of Pirate radio. Dem Way Der, which featured on Frisco’s Pirate Radio documentary is what captures the heartbeat of what 0790Music is all about.


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44, an album by Various Artists on Spotify

Marcello Spooks releases mixtape All Time High


Following on from the success of his most recent single Boom (which received support from BBC 1xtra, Pyro Radio, Fubar Radio and more), London artist Marcello Spooks delivers with an impressive new EP that captures the emotions and battles of a character who finds themselves increasingly engrossed by their own passions.

The 6 track project is a fusing of sounds which shows Spooks’ ability to vocalise his inner thoughts and express them through this very fresh and alluring, 808 inspired body of work.

For production duties he enlists Maschine Man Tim who has recently got himself a huge credit, producing the outro on the brand new Nines album. Tim lends his expertise in the production of both This Side and Morning Love, whilst Birmingham's young producer SPK flexes with the powerful song FDM.

 

Channelling the emotions concerning love, melancholy and self awareness, this project dropped on Valentines Day and sees the East Londoner project some of the struggles faced, as an emerging rapper whilst attempting to sustain what appears as a toxic relationship.

The project is intertwined with a malicious narrative in the form of a disgruntled girlfriend who vents her frustrations at Marcello’s attention being paid to his music career, at her expense...

“The girl represents all the people in your life that doubt you, the people that you might have thought you were the closest to you. I composed this mixtape during a time where I felt certain people in my life claimed they wanted the best for me but in reality, they were looking out for themselves.”

An experience which those in creative industries are all too aware of, All Time High delivers a positivity boost for a dream chasers to be “relentless, selective and secure in your decision making”.

“I feel like the creativity encompassed within the music is a symbolic reference to the freedom of thought that comes with focusing on yourself and concentrating your own energies on what you believe in!”

Stream the Mixtape below.

LondonRebels release 'Shades' compilation

Creative collective, LondonRebels have released their project 'Shades' featuring some of the UK's hottest emerging artists for a 14 track fusion of Hip-Hop, Grime and R&B.

The project features, Kai Jones, Dej the Ego, Knucks, Geovarn amongst many more as it takes you on a journey through the pulse of young london in 2017. Check out the project below!

Ryan de la Cruz releases dope visuals for Know About Me

Ryan De La Cruz is a name creating waves in the UK urban scene and the young artist has dropped the stunning visuals for his new single ‘Know About Me’. The video captures Ryan on an excursion around London with a triple threat of himself in the back seat as they harmonise to the beat of Ryan's drum. 

Check out the video below!

Manny Norte (CapitalXtra) Interview


Radio is a key area within the music industry and a big part of engaging your listeners is through producing great content. We caught up with the name you can trust, Manny Norte, DJ at Capital XTRA who has Dj'd for the likes of Beyonce, Jay-Z! We spoke to Manny about his journey into music, what he looks for in music, what he would change about the industry and top tips for young DJ's looking for a career in the industry!

Watch the interview below and Lock in 10am - 1pm, Monday - Friday on CapitalXtra.com

Weza Interactive Entertainment release Mzito App

Weza Interactive entertainment have released their latest app titled Mzito. Mzito is a 2D Endless platformer adventure game for mobile platforms. You play as one of the two 'Mzitos' - heavy in Swahili and go on an epic journey to save Africa. The game is made to inspire Africa and africans with the potential of awakening Africa through its talents, skills and ideas.

The Lions are asleep. They have been asleep for too long. The Spirits of Africa sought an end to this. Thus, they split themselves and created the first two Mzitos’. The Mzitos’ were blessed with all the potential of Africa. Tasked with the duty of awakening the Sleeping Lions. The Mzitos’ must travel all over Africa and use the skills blessed upon them to spread the new awakening. The awakening of the sleeping Lions.

Mzito is now available on all Android devices. Check out a snippet of Mzito below. Follow