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…

Song of the Day: Paint Me Ugly – IYKZ

Premiered at BBC Radio 1Xtra by DJ Target as his #UKUnsigned track  the highly relatable and meaningful track ‘Paint Me Ugly’ by IYKZ explores the losing battle people face when they don’t share the same perspectives in a relationship.

IYKZ is an upcoming, homegrown talent who has ventured from the grime world over to the rap scene in his older years. He started out in the Channel U days of grime as a 14-year-old emcee and as he has matured in sound, influence and person, he has found rap to be his outlet. He has previously collaborated with Maleek Berry and has over half a million Spotify streams on his previous single ‘They Know (wan mo)’.

The emotional, inspirational and thought-provoking stamp on his music is typical of the themes and rhymes that IYKZ explores. Most recently he has released commercially successful singles like ‘Clarity’ and ‘No Commercial’ gaining attention of J.U.S.T.I.C.E League and BBC 1Xtra whilst singles such as ‘Kilo’ professes greatness for IYKZ.

‘Paint Me Ugly’ is coming from his full-length album entitled ‘Closure’.

 

Song of the Day: Came Up – Lights (ft. Levelle London)

LIGHTS teams up with Levelle London for his latest single, ‘Came Up’. Laid-back soul and jazz tones meet a familiar sample for hip-hop fans and the honest and genuine lyrics from the East London emcee, that has a history of striking a chord through his music.

Presenting the video via GRM Daily, LIGHTS, formerly known as ‘Lightnin’, shrouds the record with sun-filled, good-time vibes as he kicks back in the Dominican to tell his tale. Enlisting the harmonious talents of Levelle London, the hook and ad-libs make for the perfect recipe against the truth and real-talk from the man himself.

Taken from the upcoming EP of the same name, due for release in early next month, the record is the first to come from LIGHTS since his well received mixtape ‘I Ain’t Signed But I’m Nice’, which preceded a sold out headline show. However where some fail to make an impression upon their re-emergence, LIGHTS has walked straight back into his role as an honest, reflective and genuine emcee with a talent for making relatable music.

The upcomer has been a fixture in the scene since the early days of UK’s Grime and Rap. Coming up under East London’s legendary Nasty crew, which also housed the likes of Ghetts, Kano and D Double E, LIGHTS found solo success with Channel U classic ‘Hard Life’ ft Taley Riley thanks to his ability to capture the pain and frustrations of a young generation. He is now part of an independent label called “NO Stars” which includes the likes of fellow emcee and renowned producer, Pepstar.

Check out this SUPERFLY single…