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…

Song of the Day: Mood – Ricky Banks x C Cane

Standing out like a diamond in the rough, South London Rapper RICKY BANKS comes through with latest single ‘Mood’. After releasing his EP Zero Balance, he began to see traction and gained listeners and supporters, which has seen him push more boundaries and take things more seriously to hone his craft and become an all rounder in the UK music scene.

Contributing to his wins so far, RICKY BANKS has made a name for himself by consistently releasing standout music over the past year and this time it comes in the form of ‘Mood’ ft North London rapper C Cane.

Produced by SSK, ‘Mood’ explores the different feelings, emotions that we all encounter, with an uplifting choppy beat complimenting and showcasing both RICKY BANKS and C Cane’s versatility and lyricism.

Talking about the single, the Old Kent Road based artist says ‘Sometimes we can be up, happy, excited, prideful, confident, however there are also times where we are down, frustrated, confused, upset, anger and depressed. I wanted to find a middle ground between both sides and feel the message of the track is too remain level headed. Never let situations and circumstances as hard as it sounds effect you because its all in your head. This life is a short one so you gotta enjoy it, even in the bad times.’

With a passion for creating memorable music Ricky is known for his aggressive delivery but versatile style, he has nailed punchline rapping with smooth flows and concepts as highlighted on ‘Mood’, with humble beginnings, Ricky is now ready to take his career to the next level…

Check out the video for ‘Mood’ below on GRM Daily…

Song of the Day: Skin Good – Madison Paris

With her previous single ‘Triple’ with Bobii Lewis going down a storm and reaching new heights, rising songstress MADISON PARIS looks ready to go again with her next offering of 2019, the seductive new single ‘Skin Good’.

Enticing from the offset, it’s a smooth R&B cut that blooms into a truly tropical vibe that ways with its infectious melody. Her unmistakable soft and sensual vocals are the commanding centrepiece, enhancing the appeal of this track.

Since gracing the music industry two years ago, she has proven her worth, with a supporting slot for trio M.O, and her 2018 full of massive releases including ‘Excuse’, ‘Rum& Wine’ (which was BBC 1Xtra’s Introducing Track of the Week) & ‘Oh Mama’ featuring Micah Million, rounding off the year by becoming the face of Footasylum’s Nike Utility Boot campaign.

Between those feats and gaining US and UK radio support from Alaysia Navarro on Dash Radio and BBC 1Xtra’s DJ Ace, Madison is not just a pretty face with vocal talent but has all the makings to be a force in music. There’s a lot to come this year from this aspiring artist. She’s built a solid fanbase and caught the attention of many within the industry and now looks to dominate in 2019 so be sure to keep tabs on soon to be superstar…

Check out ‘Skin Good’ below…

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…

New Music Video: Good Life – Olaedo Ibe

MOBO-nominated singer/songwriter OLAEDO IDE has unveiled the video to her latest single, ‘Good Life’ on Friday.

The four-minute production encompasses the up-tempo vibes of Luke ‘GKID’ Grant-produced banger, where the London songbird’s smooth vocals, along with guest vocalists Leke and Becca Folkes, compels you to sing on top of your lungs!

Written by Olaedo and Luke ‘GKID’ Grant, ‘Good Life’ is taken from her LP ‘Grow To Glow’ set for release this summer.

Check her out below: