New Track: London City Anthem – Sonz of Thunder UK

SONZ OF THUNDER UK  are back with the latest single entitled ‘London City Anthem’, out today on  iTunes, Amazon, Spotify  and all major download sites.

The classic reggae number pays homage to the capital.  Despite the recent terror attacks in London Bridge and Finsbury Park, the brothers give a reminder that London is a great place for all to enjoy – without fear. ‘London City Anthem’ also serves as a source of comfort for those who lost their friends and loved ones in the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy.

‘London City Anthem’ is the third release of the year from the reggae duo. Their promo track, ‘For The City’ (sampled from WSTRN’s hit ‘In2’) received support from, Moody Without Music, The Music Site, Exposed Vocals and The Voice Newspaper (online).

Kicking of 2017 with a bang, track ‘Frontline Testimony’, also received online praises from, The Link Up, Choice For Music FM, Guestlist and many more.

Watch the video for their latest single…and if you like what you hear, catch these guys performing at I Love Jamaica Festival Day this Sunday (30th July). For more details, head right here.

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Song of the Day: Dem Gyal Deh – J.Kas (ft. Franz-Von)

J.KAS dropped a fiery Mantra-produced track entitled ‘Dem Gyal Deh’ bang in the middle of the hot season.

For this two-and-a-half minute deep house number, the Sheffield emcee enlists local spitter Franz-Von to add that extra kick.

Turn this one up to the max…check it out!

New Track: Feeling You – Island Apollo

Acclaimed indie rock collective ISLAND APOLLO released their new infectious track ‘Feeling You’.

Produced by Eric Lilavois (Saint Motel, Atlas Genius), the single features driving drums, layered vocals, upbeat guitar and synth bass riffs. ‘Feeling You’ is an anthem of true loyalty and devotion, Kilpatrick “it’s a song about standing by someone even when they’re at their lowest point: because that’s really when they need you the most”.

Since their inception in 2014, ISLAND APOLLO has established themselves as one of Southern California’s hottest bands who has seen success with being featured on various Spotify curated playlists and VH1, CBS, PBS, USA Network, Fox Sports, and numerous national ads including Sprint and Sobe.

Combining a classic surf vibe with funky urban grooves, ISLAND APOLLO captures the spirit of a West Coast daydream come to life. With members from Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego, ISLAND APOLLO is authentically Southern Californian and isn’t afraid to show it. The band has been named Orange County’s “Best Pop Artist” from the OC Music Awards.

New Track: Hit The Ceiling – Lion Babe

New York-based duo LION BABE have unveiled their song, ‘Hit The Ceiling’. Produced by the band’s own Astro Raw – aka Lucas Goodman – the summer-ready track features a psychedelic (ish)  mix of funk, soul, electronics along with singer Jillian Hervey’s signature sultry vocals.  The latest single is taken from their forthcoming new project, which is set for release this summer.

Earlier this year, the band shared the first taste of the project via the funk jam ‘Rockets’ featuring Moe Moks, which received its first look on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 program. The forthcoming project will be the first studio release from LION BABE since their 2016 debut album, Begin. The album, which was released amid a wave of acclaim and attention, featured the career-defining singles ‘Jump Hi’ and ‘Treat Me Like Fire’ and found the duo collaborating with the likes of Pharrell Williams and Childish Gambino.

Last summer, the duo released the sun-kissed mixtape, ‘Sun Joint’, which coincided with their first headline US tour and a string of international festival performances, including Glastonbury, ESSENCE, Afropunk, Reading & Leeds and more.

Recently, LION BABE’s Astro Raw shared his debut mixtape project, ‘rawmix vol 1’. The 14-track project mixes Astro Raw’s stellar, one-of-a-kind production with his infectious, genre-defying sounds, seamlessly mixing R&B, hip-hop, soul, funk and dance…when you have the time, check it out.

For now, charge up for weekend and listen to ‘Hit the Ceiling’.

 

Song of the Day: Effortless – JSkillz

Today’s song comes from Davenport soothing spitter by the name of JSKILLZ.

Whilst in high school, JSKILLZ pursued his music career in 2005 by starting a rap and R&B group called Midtown Underground. The group became well-known in the local rap scene and were signed to Ensemble Records that same year. They enjoyed some success with single, “This Is Midtown”, before parting ways in 2006. This when JSKILLZ embarked on a solo career.

By 2011, he launched his own independent label, M.T.U. REC. (Must Think Unique Records) and released debut LP, ‘Nothing to Lose’ and music video for the single ‘A Million Ways To Love You’, in which both received recognition in the U.S. and internationally. The hype continued when he received a bronze award by Datpiff  for downloads of EP, ‘Great Minds Think Alike’, a collaborative project with fellow Davenport rapper JC. His latest EP ‘Positive Vibes’ cranked up nearly 1.3 million video views and streams since its release in late 2015.

‘Effortless’ was chosen as today’s dish as from the start, the three-and-a-half minute slammer hooks you right in with this young hip-hopper’s flow grooving into the infectious, lazy-in-the-sunshine R&B beat.

Go ahead and check this bad boy tune out!

Mixtape Review: Kid Akeem’s Playground – Kid Akeem

At the age of 24, Adam Falkner – otherwise known as KID AKEEM – received the biggest news of his life; he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. While the news can be devastating and can send anyone into a spiralling hole, it didn’t stop the hip-hop upriser from persevering and laying all his cards on the table through his ten track mixtape, ‘Kid Akeem’s Playground.’

The upbeat New Jack Swing(ish) style beats and the boisterously dense bassline take turns to shed light on various events in his young life: from the carefree moments of chasing girls (featured in ‘Hello, Say Hi’) to the turbulent emotions after the MS diagnosis (featured in ‘My Letter To The Sky’) and seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and becoming a stronger person (featured in ‘Adam’).

With his flow just grooving into different level of tempos from each track, KID AKEEM is very worthy of a place in the underground rap scene and this mixtape deserves a place in any hip-hop head’s collection.

‘Kid Akeem’s Playground’ should be a reminder that no matter how bad things get, you can turn it around – take a look at this guy’s life and sample his mixtape.

Must listens: I Would’t Trade It/Intro, My Letter To The Sky, Good Times, Adam, USA Diamonds.

New Music Video: Sunshine – Quincy

R&B hot property QUINCY returns with a brand new video for his latest track, ‘Sunshine’, taken from the EP, ‘This is For You’, named Album of the Week by NEW LEASE MUSIC last month.

Hit the play button on the visuals for his latest offering…to view the top releases of the week, head over to our instagram account – and don’t forget to follow!

Song of the Day: Come On Over – Nors (ft. Maxine Ryan)

If this track doesn’t get you charged up for the weekend, frankly nothing will.

Today’s dish comes from NORS, an artist collective/production team from different parts of the world, led by Alfredo Norese, a talented producer and musician from Argentina.

NORS is the result of the combined talents of Alfredo producing and composing, Brandon Haygood from Texas (USA) penning lyrics, Tolu Salako from Nigeria, Sahil Dhandia from India and Rob Maude from the UK, providing the vocals.

Come on, shake yourself up and listen to ‘Come On Over’. If you’re feeling this track, head over to their SoundCloud profile as these guys are introducing new songs, throughout the year through different labels worldwide.

New Track: Pretty Girls – SeeJay 100 (ft. TE dness)

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SEEJAY100 is quickly growing into one of the scenes’ secret weapon, thanks to his run of recent bangers, and his latest release ‘Pretty Girls’ continues the ambush on our ears. Teaming up with one of the hottest underground rappers of current times, TE DNESS, the two make for a sharp, infectious track, coupled with a catchy hook, as they rap about their adoration for females with sharp deliveries and flows.

Fresh from his most recent release ‘Pull Up’ featuring Moelogo, SEEJAY100 gained a wealth of new support and kudos from his peers and music platforms alike, seeing him tipped as ‘One To Watch for 2017’ and garnering support from platforms such as Spotify, BBC and Voice Newspaper.

The rapper takes an inventive and inspired approach to his music, mixing up the flavours and inspirations, which has been a catalyst in him working with some of the scenes most highly rated emcees including, Cadet, Big Tobz, Bonkaz and Stormzy over recent months, and now with TE DNESS who has just delivered his first headline show to rapturous applause of fans and the scene.

The last 12 months have seen SEEJAY100 earn the support of new fans alongside the music gatekeepers and tastemakers. With a fresh new single already in the pipeline set to follow ‘Pretty Girls’, SEEJAY100 is set to ensure that his name won’t be missed in 2017.

Check out the video to ‘Pretty Girls’.