Song of the Day: Sundown – Juice Menace

Following on from the success of underground hits ‘Bounterfeit’ and ‘Money Dance’, the latter of which led her to be named as Triller’s UK creator of the month, Cardiff hailing rapper JUICE MENACE strikes back with a banger titled, ‘Sundown’ which sees her take on a jumpy, garage influenced instrumental that, lyrically, explores her level-headed sense of ambition and drive.

In an already solid start to 2020, Juice has received props from early champions Gal-Dem, who named her a Ones to Watch 2020 artist, and Spotify, who profiled her in prominent playlist “Rap UK”. She’s also attracting support from UK Rap royalty – taking on Aitch’s 101 Barz Freestyle instrumental, Juice was praised by Aitch himself. Pre-lockdown, Juice had been travelling back and forth from Cardiff to London to collaborate with some of the biggest producers in the game – Flyo, Michelin Shin, SOS and Elevated.

Juice brings a wealth of promise to the scene – with a background in photography, dance and music technology, she is poised for polymath-level success. Taking inspiration from some of the US West Coast’s most formidable figures, such as Mac Dre, YG and Vince Staples, who effortlessly dominate many creative paths from music, to fashion and film, she is bringing this energy to the West Coast of the UK. The video for ‘Sundown’ embraces this multi-faceted ambition. Conceptualised by Juice herself, the video combines her vibrant performance style with a classic summer image of the Cardiff coastline.

Continuing to solidify her place in the scene as one of the most determined rappers in the UK right now, 2020 is looking to be a breakout year for Juice as she experiments with new genres and proves to be an undeniable force to reckoned with. Check out the video for Juice’s ‘Sundown’ below…

 

 

EP Review: Chances Ocean – Isaac B

Released earlier in the year, the piano-led single ‘Love Yourz’ leads the way with in ISAAC B‘s latest EP, ‘Chances Ocean’. The melodic piece which encourages us to be grateful for what we got, rather pining after other’s success stories, sets the tone for this conscious mini set.

‘Chances Ocean’ then takes on a meditative and somewhat a seductive stance on hip-hop and R&B, which arguably has a Tom Misch twang to it. The promising rapper covers a ray of topics – from paying homage to prominent figures who paved the way in hip-hop (in ‘I’m Here’), to contemplating the reason why the good die young and his desire to get a Grammy in honor of his late grandmother (in ‘Did You Further) and having that ego boost, while staying humble, as his career progresses (in ‘Lean’.)

When I first discovered Isaac B through his bass-heavy joint, ‘See No Evil, Hear No Evil (SNE HNE)’ last year, from that moment I knew he was a serious hip-hop contender who isn’t worry about following the crowd. Tracks ‘Oceans and Chances’ and ‘Yourz Truly’ (to me) reveals that side of him as a musician. Although he has sheer determination to make an impressive dent in the game, his priority is to stay true to himself rather than chasing ‘the fame’.

Sonically, I expected to hear some roaring thuds as in ‘SNE HNE’ – but it doesn’t mean that I was left disappointed. ‘Chances Ocean’ reveals to me that this conscious spitter can turn his hand to anything and I cannot to see how far his musical journey will take him.

Have a listen to ‘Chances Ocean’ below…

Must Listens: Love Yourz, Oceans and Chances, Higher Power

Rapper Souls Drops ‘Tears In The South’

Following the successful release of ‘Loyalty’ which was championed on Reprezent radio by Remi Burgz British rising star, record producer & sound engineer SOULS returns with the release of his new single ‘Tears In The South’ the second single off of his forthcoming EP ‘Phoenix 92’, out now.

Crafted in collaboration with Jupiter wave ‘Tears In The South’ combines melodic synths, trap-fuelled beats, soothing tone and witty lyricism. Encouraging listeners to get more acquainted with him as he shares his testimony of perseverance, whilst offering a unique perspective on his life introspectively. Complimentary to current affairs, the track unveils a solution to how a young black man who feels like the odds are against him can change his destiny & become a pioneer in his chosen field.

Speaking on the inspiration behind his new single Souls says “It is a motivator for the listener to know that wherever in life they may be & how ever many times they may fall, there is light at the end of the tunnel.”

Get motivated and check out ‘Tears In The South’ below…

Song of the Day: Both Remix – Kwakzino

Remixing the popular anthem from drill artist Headie One, South London raised KWAKZINO applies his own style and finesse to further build on the catchy instrumental, which is a sampled reworking of the 1990s Ultra Nate track ‘Free’.

In the lyrics, he talks about how he chose to make a change from his illegal lifestyle and turn his attention toward the spiritual pathway, which allowed him to make a positive turn in his life.

Download this track FREE via Duck Muzik.

Check out the video below…

Rapper AyiTe Practice What He Preach In New Video

AYITE‘s long awaited DIY video for track ‘Practice/Preach’ was shot completely in isolation, which encapsulates key themes of the track using projected footage of famous protests and activism as well as subtle religious imagery.

The North London native has really utilise his time during lockdown by churning out a string of fresh material, as well as doing freestyle challenges and performances for Creative Con and Notion’s Lockdown Livestream Sessions, which attracts 85k followers.

Expect more music from this blazing wordsmith…but for now, check out the video for ‘Practice/Preach’ below…