Song of the Day: Duro Dada – Bimbi Philips

Closing in on half a million YouTube views, the video for ‘Duro Dada’ from BIMBI PHILIPS is his latest to gain an exceptional response seeing the African sensation build a closely watched and exciting profile in the music scene.

Taken from his ‘Go Getta’ Afrobeats musical film series, the track is part of an eight-track EP soundtrack and is already his most streamed release to date, with an instant addition to the Afro Bashment playlist at Spotify. With the video directed by Luke Biggins (Stefflon Don, Skepta, MO Music, Chip) and shot in the beautiful town of Johannesburg, it shines a unique light on African fashion, focussing on urban African prints and designs, following the trail of the Black Panther movie and capturing the deeply rooted musical essence of the track itself.

Beautifully melodic and caramel tones from Bimbi lead the skippy Afrobeats number. The laidback party anthem packed full of dance, feel-good vibes and sweet musings for a loved one holds all of the essence for dancefloors and the airwaves.

Here’s your moment to check out the explosive visuals below:

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Premiere: Ogogoro (video) – DeanKelly

After sweeping the airwaves from radio stations across the globe with track ‘Ogogoro’, DeanKelly unveiled some fire visuals for the Afrobeats/R&B banger. Named after a Nigerian alcoholic drink, ‘Ogogoro’ is the latest single from his EP, ‘The MissTape’ – click HERE to listen.

The NinjaFilmWorks-directed production features the newcomer – who is often dubbed as Chris Brown of Afrobeats – with male companions, admiring and making the most of the female company, making them go all Ogogoro!

‘Ogogoro’ peaked at number six on North Manchester FM’s International Music Chart in the UK and received heavy airplay in three continents on stations including: CCGTop40 radio (New York), ABN radio (London), Unique Radio (London) and WinFM (Nigeria). The fiery track continues to gain momentum as it currently sits at number two on Ujima Radio’s chart show in the UK.

‘The MissTape’ EP earned DeanKelly a spot on Made In Nigeria festival, with previous single Senorita and also gained support from the likes of The Hype Machine, 1stDayFresh, Vents Magazine and Niji Magazine.

Check out the video below:

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Song of the Day: No Way – Hudson East

Fresh off his two releases of the year (Give Me Loving & Better Things – featured on NEW LEASE MUSIC), HUDSON EAST makes a return into the blog’s hotspot with banger ‘No Way’. Produced by Hazard (Krept & Konan, Geko) This tropical track is going to be lighting up the clubs this summer – and will brighten up your day.

‘No Way’ is available for streaming on Spotify & Apple Music. Check out the video below on GRM Daily.

EP Review: The MissTape – DeanKelly

I don’t usually don’t do reviews on Mondays, but I had to drop this set entitled ‘The MissTape’, coming all the way from Nigeria through newcomer, DEANKELLY.

In a nutshell, ‘The MissTape’ is a love note where the singer/songwriter and producer declare his love for a special lady he had an eye on for a while, desperately hoping that she responds favourably to his declaration.

From the get-go, the EP presents infectious and vivacious hooks, that’s inspired by his Nigerian heritage, with a subtle backdrop which (to me) gives off a R&B pop vibe, taking influence from his idol, Chris Brown.

DEANKELLY strategically uses a smooth and seductive rhythms of the Motherland to achieve   that across the broad appeal.

Check out the EP and my songs recommendations below:

Must Listen: Parole, MonaLisa, Gbam!

Song of the Day: Control Me – BRKE

Adding to her rising popularity with bloggers and tastemakers after the success of her last release, ‘Cupid’ – which clocked over a million views on YouTube, BRKE launched her single, ‘Control Me’.

The last few years have been a progressive journey for BRKE, (pronounced Brooke) as she’s curated her sound, an eclectic blend inspired by the London Hip-Hop, Afro-swing and Grime movements, seen and heard in ‘Control Me’. Also influenced by, and echoing late 90’s to early 00’s R&B from the likes of Destiny’s Child (‘Writing’s On The Wall’) and Brandy (‘Full Moon’), her music sits in a distinct pocket, capturing the intricacies of love, sprinkled unapologetically with youthful undertones, as she openly invites you in to her own experiences.

BRKE’s attitude and determination is to never back down from a challenge and has a desire to have her voice heard, or as she puts it, “I just want my story to be heard”. With close to 2 million views on her own YouTube channel coming from just 2 previous singles her stealthy and unwavering approach to her music is unquestionable and clearly having the right effect.

Emerging as an entity not to be overlooked, BRKE has an ability to paint a vivid picture via her lyrics and with her sassy, loveable persona she is relishing the prospect of engaging new audiences, as she aims to become the defining sound of the UK.