Song of the Day: Madness – H.O.M.A (ft. Reynbow)

Nigerian singer/songwriter H.O.M.A‘s, vocals stretches beyond the dreamy state of endless elasticity, sings about loneliness and call towards a lover in track, ‘Madness’. The Afro/R&B banger features fellow native/singer Reynbow, who responds in an eclectic, Rihanna-esque tone of her desire to be in the arms of a lover.

Citing fellow African-bred Giant and Burna Boy, as well as Allan Rayman and Jacob Banks as his main influences, H.O.M.A  released his debut single in 2018 when he joined indie label, Black Federation. So far, H.O.M.A has been featured on a number of tracks and has a mixtape to his name.

His latest release ‘Madness’, was met with great reviews and was verified on Audiomack’s playlist. Have a listen below…

EP Review: Igbotic – Ike Chuks

One of UK’s hottest talents, IKE CHUKS‘ new EP, ‘Igbotic’ sees him slamming down a laid-back smooth flow delivered in English as well as Pidgin and Igbo.

The first half the collection delivers a gutsy warmth of Afro-Swing tribal-esque bass, featured in ‘What Happened To Kate’ and ‘Ego’. Influences of UK urban/hip-hop creeps in, creating a seamless fusion with the beats originated from the Motherland, as featured in the wavy joint, ‘Money’ and ‘Fire’

In this mini five-piece set, Ike has created really special here, that can be easily appeasing to the audiences beyond the UK urban circuit. Check out Ike’s EP below…

Must Listens: What Happened To Kate, Never Been 

Romaine Dixon Shares New Single, ‘Vibe’ + Video

Known for her R&B repertoire, South London singer/songwriter, ROMAINE DIXON‘s latest single, ‘Vibe’, takes on Afro-swing approach which demonstrates her versatility.

The accompanied video gives an insight into the growing chemistry or vibes between two people.

Available now on all major download and streaming sites, the salacious upbeat number is Romaine’s first release of the year and marks the rebirth of the 26-year-old.

Check out the video for ‘Vibe’ below…

Craze 24 Drops Track, ‘Can’t Let You Go’, Featuring Kyla

Being a major player in the UK rap game since the days of Channel U, CRAZE 24 gears up to release debut album, ‘Dying to Live’. The fifteen track mixtape features some of Craze’s finest freestyles and freshest new tracks alongside his hit remix of ‘We Run the Roads’ and the highly acclaimed R&B single, ‘Everybody’s Got 2 Learn’, the album travels through various genres and spoken word to tell a larger tale of positive progression on a personal, social and cultural level. The album has features from D Double E, P Money, Stylo G, Kyla, Koder, Sickman and many more.

The lead single ‘Can’t Let You Go’ and album follows on from his previous hard-hitting release ‘Everybody’s Got 2 Learn’, where Craze 24 tackled the subject of gun and knife crime and launched his own youth diversionary project, leading to interviews with local press such as a double page spread in South London Press and Craze 24 being featured in Big Issue’s top community projects to look out for in 2020.

‘Can’t Let You Go’ fuses British hip-hop and modern Afrobeats and features the UK’s sweetheart Kyla, most notably known for her appearance on Drake’s smash hit record breaking number one single ‘One Dance’.

Check out the lyric video for ‘Can’t Let You Go’ below…

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…