New Rapper Mikano Reflects On Gender And Identity With Single, ‘Silhouette’

French-Cameroonian hip hop newcomer MIKANO, reveals pop-driven, Afrotrap single ‘Silhouette’ released last Wednesday (27th November).

The brand new cut is the first installment from his forthcoming mixtape, ‘Melting Balloons’, planned for release in Spring 2020.

On the meaning behind the song, Mikano explained: “It celebrates the female beauty in all its diversity. The word ‘Silhouette’ entails an outline with a featureless interior, we can see it’s a woman, but we can’t see her skin colour”.

Entirely produced by up and coming Parisian producer Sutus, the single mixes a pop-driven afrobeat melody with trap-tinged beats; “I wanted to create a genre-blending track, unifying different music cultures, the African element with British and American styles,” clarifies the young rapper.

Growing up in cities as diverse as Abu Dhabi, Cairo and Amsterdam, Mikano – who now resides in Paris –  is the perfect example of a Third Culture Kid whose music has been dramatically influenced by his rootless past. Inspired by artists from different genres such as Agnès Obel  and Alabama Shakes, Mikano’s first two EPs ‘No Devices Found’ and ‘Blind Man Dreams’, have seen support from some of the most prestigious French music publications including Tsugi and Rolling Stone.

Most French speaking rappers struggle to find fame outside France – even though the country is the second biggest market for hip-hop. It is time for a French, English speaking rapper to break the rules, and Mikano’s ‘Silhouette’ has the potential to set the young rapper on the right path for international success.

Check out for video for the single below…

Reggae Collective Kioko Releases Brand New Single, ‘Let’s Be Frank’

Fresh off their 36 date UK and European tour with reggae giants UB40, Birmingham-based group KIOKO hit the ground running with the release of their new single ‘Let’s Be Frank’.

Focusing on candid, heartfelt lyricism and heavyweight rhythms, the single captures the impeccable live sound of the reggae collective, encompassing the energy from their high octane performances. ‘Let’s Be Frank’ is bristling with fresh reggae rhythms, captivating horns and buoyant vocal energy, sitting comfortably within a timeless reggae tempo.

Performing alongside UB40, The Wailers, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry and garnering support from Louder Than War, Huffington Post UK, London Live as well as airplay from BBC Radio 1, 1XTRA and BBC 6 Music, ‘Let’s Be Frank’ is an effortless display of KIOKO’s ability to curate empowering anthems infused with blistering reggae rhythms.

Check out the video below…

Tunnel Traffic Returns With Third Single, ‘I’ll Be Sorry’

TUNNEL TRAFFIC makes a quick return with third single, ‘I’ll Be Sorry’.

The smooth/slight racy arrangement, which makes way for the satisfyingly roaring guitar riffs towards the end, serves as the perfect lead up to his album, ‘Age Of Conviction’, out on next Tuesday (3rd December).

Have a listen to the final installment below:

 

Kyra Mastro’s Brand New Single, ‘Tread Lightly’ Questions The Meaning Of Dreams

QUESTION: how many of you guys pay attention to your dreams? Well Toronto singer/songwriter, KYRA MASTRO finds dreams very fascinating and ponders whether nightmares reflects fears and insecurities…or do they mean nothing at all.

Her latest single, ‘Tread Lightly’ explores having a haunting nightmare about someone close to you.
In the dream, they hurt you, a side of them you have never seen before. However in the waking life, you’re left shocked by how real the dream felt, leaving you with a degree of fear of the monster they may potentially became.
What do you think? Answers below please! In the meantime, watch the lyric video for the single below…

Vlade Kay Unveils Brand New EP ‘Interlude’ Ahead Of Debut Collaboration with DJ Snake

For years, VLADE KAY has been a prominent figure on the pop music scene in his native country Russia – and now he’s planning to make waves across the globe. The first wave comes in the form of his brand new EP, ‘Interlude’, released last Friday (15th November) via Subtone/Kobalt.

Inspired by The Weeknd and Michael Jackson, the 19-year-old singer and dancer will take you on a ride through an atmospheric bed of seamlessly smooth alternative urban and pop music with his melodic/trance-like vocal instrument.

The album comes ahead of Vlade’s major debut single featuring DJ Snake, set for release via Mad Decent in December, with a music video (directed by Drew Kirsch) to be shot in Dubai in January 2020.

The highly anticipated collab with DJ Snake – who has over 7 million followers on Instagram – is sure to place Vlade under the one-to-watch radar for 2020.

Check out Vlade’s first installment of international dominance below…