OUT TODAY: Listen To AKS’ single, ‘Up & Up (Heavens Above)’

It’s been a long 4-year stint since South London Hip-Hop artist, AKS, released his sophomore EP, ‘Train of Thought’, seeing the likes of BBC 1Xtra, Earmilk, HipHopDX, DJ Booth and the MOBO Awards among the tastemakers who added their plaudits for the seminal record. The offering went on to earn the rapper two nominations at the inaugural Unsigned Music Awards (Best Record, Best Urban Act) as well as giving him viral moments with his Chas Appeti directed visual efforts for singles ‘Stay with Me’ featuring Sincerely Wilson, and title track ‘Train of Thought’, both being picked up by UNILAD.

Now with the close of 2020 fast approaching and against the backdrop of the current world climate the “three-letter man” returns with his new soul infused single ‘Up & Up (Heavens Above)’, an aspirational offering appealing to each of our underlying ambitions.

Merging unconventional organ phrases with lush and vibrant guitar licks throughout, the track plays as an ode to the jazz greats of yesteryear; fusing traditional musicianship with the off kilter syncopated bounce of contemporary hip-hop and neo-soul. Continuing his previous form as a genuine lyricist, AKS weaves together thought rich rhyme schemes whilst delivering a soulfully melodic vocal in a way that is easily becoming the calling card of the South London native.

Exploring themes of dogged determination and new found responsibility, the passion driven track displays AKS’ lyrical ability as he pens painfully frank verses professing his recent frustrations, the pressures of becoming a new father and questions surrounding legacy.

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Speaking further about the inspiration behind ‘Up And Up (Heavens Above)’, AKS says, “Following the birth of my son, having taken some time away from music in the lead up to his arrival and in the time since, I found myself questioning my existence and contributions both from a parental and an artistic perspective. This song was born out of a desire to do better for my son’s sake and ascend irrespective of the obstacles I may face or how low I’ve felt at times. It’s my reminder to myself of my hopes and dreams, that my contributions are long lasting and impactful, at the very least, on my son”.

‘Up & Up (Heavens Above)’ is the first single taken from his forthcoming project ‘As Plane As Day: Departures & Arrivals’, which concludes the wordsmith’s three-part ‘Modes of Transport’ series, the record sees the rapper award himself production credits under the veiled moniker #3Letters, whilst enlisting the collaborative efforts of prominent musicians Adrian Remedy (Ed Sheeran) on guitars, Benjamin Muralt (Ledisi, Ill Camille, Pixie Lott) on bass, and AdeKeys (AfroB) on keyboards.

Check out the lyric video for the single below…

Benny Bizzie Gets ‘Lucky’ In His Latest Video

Following his feature with single ‘More’, which stole the blog’s Song of the Day hot spot, BENNY BIZZIE returns, teaming up with UK producer Cee Figures (Afro B, Tion Wayne, Chip) on producing the synth-driven record, ‘Lucky’

The latest single is a gratitude song for those people who show up daily for us and the strangers we encounter who smother us with love and affection. In the accompanied production, Benny hooks up with a mysterious lady with promise of love and playfulness.

The UK R&B singer has previously collaborated with likes of Ghetts and Wretch 32. Bizzie has also received air play from DJ Ace (BBC 1xtra), Ras Kwame and Charlie Sloth. His previous second single, ‘More’ received over 11,000 streams on Spotify and over 50,000 views on YouTube.

Check out the video to Benny’s smooth sizzler 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…