Song of the Day: Saw Her – Pound

After gaining rapid support from DJ Target and DJ Melody Kane across BBC Radio 1Xtra for their previous single ‘I Can’t Wait’, East London trio #POUND are ready to repeat their success with latest single ‘Saw Her’,

‘Saw Her’ flawlessly blends Afrobeat and Dancehall elements with a refreshing mix of wavy electro, produced by SupaWave, who is part of the upcoming trio. With vocals from SMXK£ and Darkboi on hand, #POUND achieved a current sound that commands attention. Filmed on the streets of Brick Lane, the energetic video features female passers by who just can’t get enough of that beat.

Starting out as rappers in Grime collectives like Kidz In The Hood and Mucky Wolf Pack, they started their career collaborating with respected MC’s like Crazy Titch and God’s Gift. At 15 years old, SMXK£ was even part of one of “Bow For The Wolves” a massive hit for Mucky Wolf Pack, which saw nationwide success in the heydays of Channel U.

Having supported Kojo Funds and Abra Cadabra, #POUND are getting ready for live performances across the UK.

Check out the blazing video for ‘Saw Her’ below…

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Song of the Day: No Limit – Hannah V (ft. Shystie and Pepper Rose)

Celebrating boldness and individuality, ‘No Limit’ is a 6-track testament to the fearless and their pursuit to break barriers, and with the lead single of the same name featuring UK Rap great Shystie, the power combination can’t help but set the unstoppable tone of this EP.

The lyric video is representative of the feminine strength on this record. Pastel hues delicately swirl into a watercolour backdrop as the bold, courageous lyrics stand with power on the screen

Having written, produced and played for artists including Stormzy, Rihanna, Jessie J and scoring a Top 10 album in JP Cooper’s ‘Raised Under Grey Skies’, HANNAH V is a music pioneer. Her determination and desire to always navigate to success irrespective of gender, ethnicity or class has remained her driving force and within her latest release, it is exactly that which she captures.

Rooted in friendship, the music is a by-product of teamwork, fierce resolution and the talent within her circle. Premiered by DJ Target at 1Xtra, lead single ‘No Limit’ features Shystie and Pepper Rose and is anthemic in its charm with a valiant hook and the infectious, quick firing delivery of rap. Within the other 5 records that make up the EP, Misha B, Cherri V, Ama Schreyer, Nicky Brown and Mike Ellison join HANNAH V on the journey and it’s packed to the brim with soul, depth, meaning and instrumental heaven. Think of it as a road trip, with all of your friends and different discussions happening along the way, emotions pouring out at varied pace, some getting soulful and deep whilst ten minutes later you’re all singing together with the windows down. Hannah V captures it perfectly on this EP, only on this trip, there’s ‘No Limit’ as to where the road will take you and how fast you need to go, just as long as you continue to break down barriers and keep it moving….

Check out the bold and beautiful lyric video for ‘No Limit’ below…

Song of the Day: More – Benny Bizzie

BENNY BIZZIE teams up with UK producer Cee Figures (Afro B, Tion Wayne, Chip) for the summer charged R&B/Afrobeat track entitled ‘More’, the second release from his forthcoming EP.

The UK R&B singer has previously collaborated with the likes of Ghetts and Wretch 32. Bizzie also received airplay from DJ Ace (BBC 1xtra), Ras Kwame and Charlie Sloth. He was also nominated for the UMA awards and featured on the SBTV top ten artists alongside Ed Sheeran and Jessie Ware.

‘More’ follows Bizzie’s debut single ‘Emotions’, which reached over 100k views on YouTube with the singer’s fanbase growing rapidly across all platforms.

Check out the smooth joint below…

Song of the Day: Gidon Schocken – Sunn (feat. Afik Doari)

Born in the USA now residing in Tel Aviv, electronic artist GIDON SCHOCKEN has shared his track ‘Sunn’, featuring Afik Doari alongside its idiosyncratic music video.

The single has already racked up over 50,000 streams and he has received support from the likes of Music News, Essentially Pop and Neu Futur. Citing influences from acts such as Massive Attack, The Prodigy, The Chemical Brothers, DJ Shadow, Lorn, and Throwing Snow, Schocken’s sound is reminiscent of the trip-hop beats of Portishead while Doari’s vocals verge on a parallel to the smokey breathings of Lana Del Ray.

Speaking of the track Schocken explains: ‘For me ‘Sunn’ is about getting stuck in behavioural loops – sometimes we don’t realize at first that we’re going through one of these, but eventually we can learn to detect them, move through and release ourselves from them. The song features lyrics and vocals by Afik Doari, I’ve always been a fan of her unique accent, vocal colour and style, she really brought the track together.

The video, directed by Stephan Stelman, centres around a girl sitting at a dining table with her parents. She loses herself for a few moments and is soon stuck in an ever-changing loop. Throughout this, she’s seen going into her own little world, where she begins to learn, discover and try to free herself.’

Check out the video for Gidon’s ‘Sunn’ below:

Song of the Day: The Way You Love – Rèe Cliene

South London born singer-songwriter RÉE CELINE graces the blog with her debut single, ‘The Way You Love’ (#TWYL)

‘The Way You Love’ may be her first offering as a solo artist, but Rée has been enchanting audiences with her silky, soprano vocals for years. Often compared to Ariana Grande, H.E.R, Jhené Aiko and Brandy, the young songstress has worked on the UK Music scene providing backing vocals for Buddy, Jermain Jackman, Yxng Bane and Charlotte.

Showing lyrical and vocal maturity at just 19 years old ‘The Way You Love’, (#TWYL) explores themes of her first love and the idea of being lost in love. Through this silky smooth joint, Rée was inspired by diverse influences such as Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, and Brandy.

Out now on all download and streaming sites, ‘The Way You Love’ is taken from her forthcoming  EP ‘Deserve’. Check it out below: