Album Review: Pinky’s Boy – DeShaunJay

Coming all the way from San Antonio, rapper DESHAUNJAY delivers his highly anticipated album, ‘Pinky’s Boy.’ Weighing in at a solid 16 tracks, the project saw no previous single releases as DeShaunJay gives fans the entire album in one drop.

Jay delivers solid rhymes and clever lyrics throughout the entire album over trap-esque arrangements that are often sinisterly dark coupled with chant-like overtones. The 29 year old artist shows that he could hold his own, as he takes on each beat with confidence and ease, flourishing from the first track to the one with different flows and topics, keeping the prospective listener engaged at all times.

All in all, DeShaunJay offers up dope rhymes mixed with dope beats creating the perfect feast for those who well and truly appreciate hip-hop. Have a Listen to ‘Pinky’s Boy below…

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OUT TODAY: Karen Harding Shares Single, ‘Til The Ocean Meets The Shore’ From Upcoming EP

Following on from the first single release of her Upcoming EP, ‘I’ve Got A Secret’, Melbourne, Australia based singer-songwriter, KAREN HARDING shares the second single, ‘Til The Ocean Meets The Shore’- out today (5th August).

Written during the Melbourne, Australia Covid-19 pandemic lockdowns, ‘Til The Ocean Meets The Shore’ is a deeply reflective and uplifting acoustic guitar focused story that dives into challenges felt and a realisation of how far we have come, and the determination that we can truly achieve anything we put our mind to, if we do not give in.

The four track EP, ‘I’ve Got A Secret’ is being released one single at a time, each month, and will be available in its entirety by October 2022. The EP is available for purchase at Bandcamp in digital download and CD formats.

Have a listen to the stunning single below…

ATO Returns With EP ‘Side B’ + Video For ‘Nu Balance’.

Rising Northern rapper ATO (pronounced: atu) follows his 2021 Side A EP with the second chapter to the story – ‘Side B’ released last Friday (29th July) via MCMXCV.

Featuring recent singles ‘COLD’ and ‘COURTS’, featuring Jay Bahd, and new unheard singles ‘nu balance’, ‘Straight Light’ and ‘outro’, this highly personal body of work was predominantly written in ATO’s bedroom. Always looking to tell his story both visually and sonically, dropping alongside the EP today is the video for ‘nu balance’ that sees a documentary style snapshot into the life of ATO from the other side of the lens.

Speaking on the EP, ATO says:

“In the time of making SIDE B, I was feeling the fragility of the world around me and found myself more committed to pushing through different feelings and emotions. The project is so desperate to find answers that the honesty is admittedly impulsive and naive at times. I feel that as a result, the vulnerable sides collide with the more resilient moments and give a more holistic reflection on the themes of love, mental health, masculinity, coming of age and pride explored.

Whilst SIDE A marks the birth of what now feels like my sound, I believe SIDE B is more refined than any of my previous projects. The wide range of production influences from stevexcooper, Jonathon Ng and singular balance, inspired me to take steps beyond my comfort zone and experiment more with melody and freestyle than I have done in the past.”

Why not check out ATO’s new EP here and his new video below…

Song of the Day: Bonnie & Clyde – Zaneita

North West London’s ZANEITA teams up with South London’s Kiddo 93 for their ride or die anthem, ‘Bonnie & Clyde’.

The track explores the trials and tribulations of a couple young and in love, battling through themes of crime and lust. Zaneita expresses her infatuation with the lifestyle her lover lives, but also the turmoil she feels knowing that it’s not the life she wants.

‘Bonnie & Clyde’ bears a unique and fresh sound, undoubtedly setting Zaneita apart from other artists in an increasingly growing UK R&B scene.

Zaneita’s love for music began after being gifted Alicia Keys’ debut album ‘Songs In A Minor’ on CD, eventually leading her to pursue a career as a fully fledged artist.

Growing up, Zaneita was also influenced by artists such as Toni Braxton, TLC and Lauryn Hill, leading her to develop her own distinctive voice. This, teamed with her infectious melodies and gripping storylines, effortlessly captivates Zaneita’s listeners with each track.

At the start of 2021, Zaneita began work on her debut EP ‘The Girl Who Lived’, with the first single ‘Quarter Life Crisis’ released in December of that year. In signature Zaneita style, the track, produced by BeatzByDB, is an Afrobeat infused offering with smooth R&B undertones.

Have a listen to ‘Bonnie & Clyde’ below…

Listen To WhoisOrion’s Latest Track, ‘Wagwarn King’.

London-based rapper WHOISORION continues with his consistency of releases this year with his latest track ‘Wagwarn King’.

His signature bar-heavy style laces the throwback hip-hop beat produced by established producer, Marow. For this single, WhoisOrion has taken a different approach than usual, touching on more conscious topics. The catchy hook is an easy one for us to sing along to and gives space to take in the message of the record.

‘Wagwarn King’ was released last Wednesday (27th July). Why not hit that play button below…