PREMIERE! Prido – Sauce

Manchester based multi-talented artist of Zambian origin, Prido returns with his new track Sauce, which comes with accompanying visuals.

Sauce is the follow up to his most recent track, WKD which was shown a lot of love by many popular radio stations and music blogs in the scene. Aside from the success of WKD, Prido is best knows for tracks such as Take Time, Layback and 2011 which have all been recognised internationally on platforms such as Channel AKA, BBC Introducing and Flava TV.

As an emerging UK artist, Prido is doing bits and putting Manny on the map. Over the past years he has made some bangers, worked with local music group MMRecords and performed live at a number of shows. Prido is definitely one to keep your eyes on, as he plans to release an EP later this year.

Keep up to date with Prido on Social Media:
Twitter – @Pridoz
Instagram: @Pridoz

Listen to Sauce here:

Click here to watch the visuals:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B3YBr9Zy8hZyTnlPVjdZaDAyQ1k

Adejosh – Money Bounce

Afrobeat artist, Adejosh has released his new track, Money Bounce, produced by ATGMusick. The track was premiered by DJ Abrantee on Capital Xtra last week, and is set to be a summer vibe. The idea behind the track is to encourage his listeners and fans to work tirelessly until they achieve their dreams.

The 24-year old musician of Nigerian descent has already experienced attention to his music from all over Africa, including Nigeria. This exposure has had a vital role in his determination and consistency, the key to success.

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Money Bounce showcases the musician’s lavish lifestyle, a result of his big dreams and high work ethic.  The solid message and the robust culture, United Kingdom and African, in the song will earn the new track a position among the top afrobeat hits in the United Kingdom.

It is his second release under Lante Music Entertainment, and if the first release, Test Me is anything to go by, Money Bounce is set to thrill Adejosh’s army of fans across UK and around the globe.

Buy on iTunes or stream on Spotify. 

Wireless Festival 2017 – Saturday

This was my first year at Wireless, after wanting to go for as long as I remember because on paper it always has my dream festival line-up. This years line up wasn’t the best I had ever seen as previous years included Drake and Kendrick Lamar, but all of the homegrown talent made it one to remember.

One of the first acts I saw on the day was Cadet on the Pepsi Max stage. As I always imagine from a Cadet performance, the energy levels were sky high. All he had to ask is “who?” and suddenly the whole of Finsbury Park are chanting “Cadet, Cadet”. And this was before he even came on stage, as Yung Filly opened for him playing songs alike Robbery to get the whole crowd gassed. From the slower songs such as Letter To Krept and Instagram Girls, to Corn, he had it all. But, the most energetic point in the performance? When Cadet himself got in the middle of the moshpit.

Then of course, Sean Paul supplied us with our dose of dancehall for the day. Although, as it was so early in the day, the crowd were dead. If he would have been further on in the day, there would have been a lot more whining, for sure. Young Thug, again, not the most live performance of the day as the crowd let him down  until the last couple of songs on his set. Best Friend was of course the most popular song during his set.

Rae Sremmurd came on stage mid-way through the line-up and this was when things started getting much more lit, obviously the alcohol was starting to take its toll. You actually don’t realise how many bangers Rae Sremmurd have until you find yourself knowing the words to the majority of their set. No Flex Zone, No Type, Black Beatles, Come Get Her and Throw Sum Mo to name just a few.

Then, it was time for Travis Scott. The whole park turned into a madness. Bottle’s flying everywhere and the whole crowd basically merged to make one big moshpit. He of course brought out his signature, huge fake bird which makes very loud chirping noises throughout the set and looks king of creepy with worms dangling from it’s mouth.

Finally, the moment everyone was waiting for. SKEPTA!! Or in other words, the whole Boy Better Know crew. Frisco, Jammer, JME, Frisco etc etc. Basically everyone apart from Wiley, as he cancelled his own set at Wireless previously that day. Skepta seemed to fit a lot of songs into his set considering it was an hour long. Ace Hood Flow, Too Many Man, That’s Not Me, Skepta Interlude and Konnichiwa. You name it, he most probably did it. Skepta was definitely the perfect act to finish the day, making everyone proud to be British grime lovers and the day was definitely finished on a high.

Parklife Festival 2017: BBK, Wiley and AJ Tracey to name but a few.

So, this was my first ever festival, although I’m not quite sure how because I am a very regular gig-goer. It was everything I expected it to be and more; a weekend of unhealthy eating, an excessive amount of alcohol and a whole lot of mud. Everyone’s first festival is definitely a once in a lifetime experience.

Parklife festival isn’t usually known for it’s all star grime line-up, but this year they pulled out all the stops. However, with the increase of grime popularity, I’m sure every festival will be booking urban artists left, right and centre. But, lets not forget that Parklike is organised by The Warehouse Project, so of course there was plenty of house and dance music throughout the eight stages.

One thing that really baffled me, was how they placed certain artists on stages in which they did not belong. For example, The Temple was the stage I basically lived at for the weekend as it featured J Hus, BBK, Wiley, and AJ Tracey. So if I told you that Stormzy was also a headliner, you would expect him to perform on The Temple, no? Well, a shock to me, he actually performed on The Sound of The Near Future stage, which was very house/chilled music orientated, and correct me if i’m wrong, but Stormzy is not a sound of the future, he is a definite sound of the present.

Boy Better Know‘s set was always going to be my favourite set. JME, Skepta, Wiley, Jammer and Shorty all within an hour time frame and you’ve seen your yearly dose of grime artists live in the flesh. The lighting and effects were phenomenal. Although, I’m not sure many paid attention to that with the mass of moshpits throughout the crowd. Which by the way, seemed as though every single person at the festival came to see BBK’s set, they really should have been main stage.

All in all, I was pleasantly surprised at the level of urban music throughout the festival, particularly grime. They really catered for us rap lovers, resulting in a very successful weekend, and I can say that I’ve now seen the majority of my favourite artists live.

Bryson Tiller – True To Self Review

Trapsoul part two? It may as well have been.

On 26th May, Bryson took to twitter to announce the release of True To Self, a whole month earlier than the planned released date. With a huge track-list of nineteen songs! With a two year break from his previous album, and no single releases in this gap, Bryson has been touring the world as he sold out various venues.

Can Tiller only do so much? This is the main question I found myself asking when I listened to his second album. The only song throughout the whole album which sounds like it didn’t belong on his debut album, Trapsoul’s tracklist is Money Problems/Benz Truck which is a vibeee!!!! If every song could have been on the same wave as that, the album could have been another timeless masterpiece. But unfortunately it isn’t.

I’m not saying that Bryson’s sound isn’t good, because it is. But, two albums in and it just ends up sounding all the same-ish. Sometimes you just have to mix it up. For a lot of R&B lovers, Trapsoul is hands down one of the best albums. However, I have to say, Bryson’s music has let me down this time.

Click here to stream the album on Spotify.

 

Jafro – Am I Me

Singer and songwriter, Jafro from Leicester has released a new album, Am I Me which is highly influenced by comics, as he celebrates his love of cartoons from a young age. Due to the influence, the album features artwork from comic and anime artists from across the globe including Brotherman Comics, Red Origins and Angry Vikings.

The album features artists from across four different continents including Europe and North America. The songs from this EP which stand out for me personally are: Dark Knight, Bankai and We Ready as they truly showcase his lyrical talents, bar for bar. The whole concept of the EP is clever, and is accurately presented through each track.

Jafro is celebrating his album launch rightly so, by performing at some of the UK’s largest common conventions including Birmingham’s Comics festival which is open to 5,000 visitors. Jafro definitely has a talent when it comes to spitting bars, which was demonstrated earlier in his career as he featured in the Red Bull UK rap battle, reppin for Leicester. (Click here to watch)

Click here to listen to the EP. 

Kwakzino – 2 Legit 2 Quit

Inspired by a mixture of artist’s including, Oxide and Neutrino, So Solid Crew, Styles P, Kirk Franklin and Mary J Blige; Kwakzino has released his new project, 2 Legit 2 Quit. With a sound which can only be described as different, the messages portrayed in Kwakzino’s music can take some time to grasp. However, he is working on perfecting his craft so that listeners can understand the message after the first listen.

Coming from Croydon, London, Kwakzino talks about many issues surrounding him including drugs, guns, women and money. However, he points out that he does not celebrate these, as he portrays positive messages about the reality of living in South London. The positive spin on these issues creates a refreshing sound.

The motivation behind the music is his family, having two young sons under the age of two years old, and a partner who has supported him throughout his journey in music, he wants to provide as much as possible to them.

The new project 2 Legit 2 Quit is definitely one to inspire, motivate and empower those who are living in similar situations. As he says that he wants to motivate anyone who’s living a negative lifestyle to switch to a more positive approach. After listening to the project it is clear that Kwakzino is one to watch, I’m excited to hear any future work from him.

Click here to listen to the full project.

Buy the project here.

 

nobodyisMAINE – Eenie Miney Moe

MAINE is a 20 year-old musician from West London who also goes by the name nobodyisMAINE, following his lifestyle brand NobodyIsUs. NobodyIsUs is all about finding an identity within a misfit culture and owning the stigma that society has given you as a ‘nobody’ by confidently making it known that you shouldn’t fit in because you are one of a kind. Maine feels as though this is reflected in his lyrics, as he aims to reference situations or subject matters that others will be familiar with.

He describes his sound as a mix of rap/hip-hop/indie/rock/pop. While being influenced by a number of artists, both new and old school including Wretch 32, Skepta, Drake and Tory Lanez. As well as some more old school artists, including JA Rule and 50 Cent. Although, he doesn’t have a set genre as he also listens to musicians such as Twenty One Pilots, The 1975 and Arctic Monkeys who inspire him to experiment with other sounds. As he says, his experimental approach to music is what sets him apart from everyone else.

Eenie Miney Moe is Maine’s latest song, following his debut song’s Hitta and Rockstar which are available on Spotify. Eenie Miney Moe is about his experiences with a certain type of people, those who will complain about the promoting of his own songs but when it suits them they claim to be proud and supportive. Although the song is mainly addressed to his female interest, the song can be applied to almost everyone including ex’s, old friends and fake friends. This certainly hits the criteria of being relatable, one of those situations earlier talked about in which others will definitely be familiar with.

Maine definitely has his own unique sound mastered, a fusion of many different genre’s as well as a unique voice, but it works. Eenie Miney Moe showcases both his production and vocal skills. He is definitely one to watch this year!

Listen to Eenie Miney Moe below:

@nobodyismaine on Twitter/Instagram/Facebook

Click here for Maine’s Spotify

 

Tinie Tempah – Mojo Club, Hamburg Review 05.04.17

This was the second from last show of Tinie Tempah’s European Youth tour, with Cologne being the penultimate, ending the tour on the 6th April. This tour showcased Tinie’s career from the release of Pass Out in 2010 all the way through to some unreleased songs which come from his studio album Youth which is due to be released on 14th April.

Although he performed many songs which were unknown to the audience, he kept us thoroughly engaged. Most of his unreleased songs came with a great deal of energy, obvious from Tinie’s on stage topless antics and champagne spraying in the crowd. While DJ Charlesy launched himself into the centre of audience completing Tinie’s job of making sure everyone was drenched in champs from head to toe.

The venue was very intimate, with a capacity of only four-hundred, as Tinie said himself on stage ‘It’s hard to get shows in Germany’. Nevertheless, Tempah can easily entertain a packed out O2 arena capacity of twenty thousand as well as a cosy capacity of four-hundred.

Tinie obviously wanted to accommodate the German crowd, as halfway through the show he brought out the national flag, as well as occasionally using some German phrases. This most defiantly won some fans over as they put their all into participation from singing along to moshpits and the Tsunami dance.

Pre-order Youth on iTunes by clicking here. 

 

Artists to look out for in 2017

6LACK – I came across 6LACK on Spotify and haven’t stopped listening to him since. With his recent release of ‘First Fuck’ featuring Jhene Aiko, similar releases and collaborations will make 2017 his year.

Yxng Bane – What a year it has been for him already and it’s only the beginning of March. With rumours of G Frsh becoming his manager, he will have the whole Disturbing London team behind him including the expertise of Dumi and Tinie. All this success mainly coming from his Ed Sheeran – Shape of You remix and his debut single Fine Wine.

Dave – Dave had a massive year in 2016 with Drake’s remix of ‘Wanna Know’. But, this is the year he can truly make anything of himself with the platform provided by Drake. With 6 Million views on Samantha in only one month; his first song of 2017  feat. J Hus shows just what he is capable of.

Jorja Smith – She killed it in 2016, there’s no doubt about that. But with a sneak peek of Drake’s More Life tracklist, she’s featuring on it. That is big. We all know the capacity of attention that is on an artist once they are associated with Drake.