New Track: Every Country – JayKae (ft. Murkage Dave)

Bringing a throwback, old-school garage inspired sound for the summer months, Birmingham hip-hop artist JAYKAE and east London artist and DJ Murkage Dave – also part of Tonga and one half of the UK alt-R&B duo HALFBROTHER – have released their new track ‘Every Country’.

Produced by Skepta, the track came together after the pair previously collaborated on the Tonga record ‘CCTV’ last year. The accompanied visual was directed by Luke Sparrowhawk of Birmingham’s P110 and was shot in Paris, where Murkage Dave had been working on music, bringing to life the refrain of having a ‘peng ting in every country’.

First performing the track as a part of JAYKAE’s headline show at MADE festival in his hometown, the duo are set to perform ‘Every Country’ again at Reading & Leeds Festival during JAYKAE’s set later this month.

Putting Birmingham’s grime scene firmly on the map, JAYKAE first picked up the mic in 2009 which subsequently led to him becoming a part of the city’s prominent squad Invasion Alert. Known for his strong flow, dynamic delivery and authentic style, which draws deeply from his own life experiences, his focus on his solo career recently saw him supporting Skepta on the Birmingham date on the Konnichiwa tour.

He recently featured on Skepta’s all-star remix of the hit single ‘That’s Not Me’ and alongside collaborations with his Birmingham cohorts Dapz On The Map and Lotto Boyzz he has worked with breakout UK rap star Mist. With recent sets at Glastonbury, Lovebox and #Merky Festival in Ibiza under his belt, JAYKAE continues to prove why his electric energy and show-stopping lyrical talent make him a crucial part of the UK’s grime scene and the essential voice to his city.

Watch the video to ‘Every Country’.

New Track: 100 (Remix) – Ricardo Williams (ft. ShezAr)

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After an amazing year with his last R&B smash hit ‘Deeper’ – which was track of the week on BBC’s 1Xtra and also hailed, ‘A soulful R&B banger’ by EarMilk – Birmingham’s powerhouse, RICARDO WILLIAMS has teamed up with fellow powerhouse ShezAr (sister of Singer/producer Labrinth) to deliver a truly sultry R&B classic.

The pair play out these age-old conversations and scenarios on the three-and-a-half-minute smoothie, weaved in with luscious harmonies, sultry vocals and passion.

If you miss that old-style R&B, you better check this one out!

New Track: Madness – Mist

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After smashing 2016 with his debut E.P ‘ M I S To The T ‘, selling out tours and racking up millions of views on YouTube, MIST is back with another heavy Steel Banglez production entitled ‘Madness’.

The Birmingham rapper landed a spot on the highly coveted BBC 1Xtra ‘Hot for 2017’ list and is the most popular unsigned act on Spotify in the UK across all genres; both major accolades to start the year with.

The latest single shows the rapper reflecting on his life and career and the accompanied video, which dropped via GRM Daily last week, has already hit well over one million views. This week 1Xtra’s DJ Target  picked up ‘Madness’, as his ‘Radioactive’ track of the week.

Time to check out the hype; watch the video to ‘Madness’

Upcoming Release: A Place Far Away – Goldsands

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GOLDSANDS’ latest single A Place Far Away tells the story of a faded film star’s unlikely bond with a neglected young woman after crossing paths in Tokyo, drawing inspiration from cult classic movie Lost in Translation. Sonically the five-minute masterpiece perfectly captures the size and scale of the movie’s cityscapes, whilst also encapsulating the mood of the relationship between the two characters. Self-produced in a converted apartment in Birmingham, the track was later mastered by Geoff Pesche at the legendary Abbey Road Studios.

GOLDSANDS’ genre-defying sound is most comparable to groups like Radiohead, The Beatles and Coldplay, and is the result of the band members’ eclectic musical backgrounds. Liam’s rock background provides a driving groove, Tom brings a jazz flare, Ramsey takes his cue from the experimental sounds of the 60’s, James gives suitable guitar ambience and Matt is a sucker for a pop hook. Two of the bands members Matt and Tom Rhodes are brothers, adding to the group’s tight sense of synergy. The group is set to embark on a UK tour spanning from London to Edinburgh – See their website for further details.

A Place Far Away is out on Friday…for now, have a listen.