Song of the Day: Hectic – Manu Crooks (ft. J Emz)

After racking up close to 500K streams in just over two weeks and support from the likes of Ebro at Beats 1, MANU CROOKS and J Emz drop the latest joint ‘Hectic’

Taking his sound international, Manu Crooks has earned his stripes in the UK and the U.S. He’s previously been highlighted by i-D, The Fader and Pigeons & Planes and had Australian tours with both Stormzy and Tory Lanez. He’s received major support with the likes of Charlie Sloth, DJ Target, Zane Lowe and Ebro. Meanwhile, J Emz and ONE FOUR have been spun into UK headlights throughout 2019 thanks to their live shows with Octavian and cosigns from UK music visionaries Skepta and Dave. Though both artists come from Western Sydney, the collab offers geninuine similarities to the roots and understanding of the UK trap world that it finds inspiration in. The reocrd sees two worlds merge into one: Polynesian crew ONEFOUR’s drill and UK trap inspired style – talking about their real life experiences in highly neglected areas of their neighbourhood, and African-Australian Manu Crooks’ internationally recognised sound and lyrics – swerving genres, styles, and trends and touching on broader aspects of his world and lifestyle.

This collaboration is deeper than the music itself. Bringing the two sub-genres together not only showcases the diversity of the music coming out of Western Sydney, but also the unity amongst the Australian urban scene.

Check out the video for ‘Hectic’ below…

 

 

 

Song of the Day: Flames – Valencia James

VALENCIA JAMES edgy debut, ‘Flames’ stems from when her family home was burnt down in the infamous Waldo Canyon fire in Colorado Springs.

“The song also represents how easily a relationship can be destroyed through words and actions” reveals Valencia, “anyone that has ever had relationship difficulties or been hurt because of words or actions can probably relate to this song”.

‘Flames’ is now available on all streaming/download sites. Check it out below:

New Track: Throw It Back – Manu Crooks

Fresh off its premiere via DJ Target on 1Xtra, Australian rapper MANU CROOK$ reveals huge new single ‘Throw It Back’.

The blistering  record  is produced by  MANU CROOK$ and co-produced by DOPAM!NE, featuring fellow African-Australian  artist B Wise after the pair previously collaborated on Manu’s single ‘Best Years’. ’Throw It Back’ serves as a follow-up single after the success of “Fuego” (feat. Anfa Rose) released earlier this year.

Manu has just finished a national tour supporting Alison Wonderland, and recently performed to thousands of people on the main stage at Listen Out Festival. 2019 sees Manu as the only Australian artist on the bill for the first Rolling Loud Festival outside the US. Praised as the biggest hip-hop festival in the world, Manu joins massive names such as Future, Lil Uzi Vert, Playboi Carti and Tyga for the first ever AU edition to be held in Sydney in January.

With over 10 million collective views on YouTube, and 20 million collective streams on Spotify, MANU CROOK$ closes the year with another certified banger.

Check it out below:

New Music Video: Fuego – Manu Crook$ (ft. Anfa Rose)

Polishing off a world tour, African-Australian artist MANU CROOK$ has blessed us with the visuals to match his sultry single ‘Fuego’ (produced by DOPAMINE),

Filmed through cognac-tinted lenses and dripping in Parisian luxury, CROOK$, alongside model Jelena Markovic, is as enviously smooth in his presence as he is in his melodies in this Jaen Collective directed masterpiece.

Frequent collaborator Anfa Rose, whose vocals are responsible for the crescendoing hook, also finds his renaissance in the clip. This release is an easy reminder that CROOK$ makes no waste of his ability to make fire from left field, teasing a possible successor to the ‘Mood Forever’ EP.

Continuing his elevation to new heights, ‘Fuego’ made its UK radio premiere via DJ Target on BBC Radio 1Xtra and has since received over 1 million streams on Spotify alone. He has received an accolade of praise from tastemaker sites such as i-D, The Fader and Pigeons & Planes, as well as his contemporaries including Big Boi and ASAP Ferg who brought him on stage during a recent Sydney performance.This momentum has MANU CROOK$ touted as one of the most exciting emerging artists of 2018.

He released his debut EP last year and consequently toured his home country with both Stormzy and Tory Lanez before headlining his own Australian tour sponsored by Noisey. His global reach was extended upon the release of breakthrough single ‘Everyday’ which is closing in on 2 million views on YouTube and the video for ‘Day Ones’ also passing the 1.5 million mark, whilst Spotify streams for both records soar beyond 1.5 million each. Manu Crooks then closed out 2017 by teaming up with close friend and collaborator Anfa Rose for the double drop of ‘Presence’ and ‘All I Need’, which have since amassed 2 million streams respectively.

Hit the play button to the visuals for ‘Fuego’ below and follow CROOK$’ epic journey here.

Song of the Day: Fuego – Manu Crooks (ft. Anfa Rose)

MANU CROOKS steals today’s hop spot for the second time this month with another sizzling hot number, ‘Fuego’.

The African-Australian’s latest gem made its UK radio premiere via DJ Target on BBC Radio 1Xtra. Immersed in an eclectic sound and seamlessly exploring musical territories, ‘Fuego’ is a hybrid of trap, saturated with Flamenco to its core. The track boasts a hypnotic vocal loop courtesy of Anfa Rose which delicately entwines through the acoustic guitar led instrumental whilst his “raw lyricism and seamless flow” (The Fader), remains firmly centerstage.

Having received an accolade of praise from tastemaker sites such as i-D, The Fader and Pigeons & Planes, as well as his contemporaries including Big Boi and ASAP Ferg who brought him on stage during a recent Sydney performance, MANU CROOKS is quickly becoming the face of urban music in Australia.

He released his debut EP last year and consequently toured his home country with both Stormzy and Tory Lanez before headlining his own Australian tour sponsored by Noisey. His global reach was extended upon the release of breakthrough single ‘Everyday’ which is closing in on 2 million views on YouTube and the video for ‘Day Ones’ also passing the 1.5 million mark, whilst Spotify streams for both records soar beyond 1.5 million each. MANU CROOKS then closed out 2017 by teaming up with close friend and collaborator Anfa Rose for the double drop of ‘Presence’ and ‘All I Need’, which have since amassed over 1.2 million streams respectively.

Currently embarking on his ‘Mood Forever’ World Tour taking in his opening dates in Canada, MANU CROOKS‘ enthralling versatility as an artist is one of his main attributes as he is able to draw upon, yet distinguish himself from, the hubs of US and UK hip-hop. His Australian upbringing has enabled him to draw on authenticities that the hip-hop scene thrives upon, whether that be through his non-conformist outlook to his experimental ear. With performing dates throughout April to June across Canada, the UK, Netherlands, Denmark, Germany and France, MANU CROOKS is destined to break down borders.

Be sure to check out ‘Fuego’ before you check out…