Album Review: Konfidence – Kit Rice

Previously featured tracks, ‘Just A Kiss’ and ‘Always Been This Way’ have set a curious tone for KIT RICE‘s brand new album entitled ‘Konfidence’, released on Monday (25th June).

I was very privileged to be invited to Kit’s album release launch party on Monday at London’s  229 The Venue Club and I gotta say this newcomer’s – along with the backing singers – well-poised vocals has compelled me even more to the eight-track collection.

‘Konfidence’ certainly matched the full-on confidence of the live performances I witnessed, by kicking off with a boisterous sound of the UKG scene, before offering up more club filling makeovers of the original R&B/soulful offerings, ‘Always Been This Way’ and ‘Just A Kiss’, with the help of producers Operator S and DJIMON.

The combination of that UKG vibes and smooth R&B offers the perfect balance throughout the album, topped off by the 2017 Voice contestant’s soulful vocal which effortlessly flows between the two genres.

With this pretty neat set, KIT RICE firmly holds onto the title as one of the most exciting and promising artists that the UK has seen in a very long time…

Make sure you check him out below:

Must Listens: Just A Kiss, Always Been This Way (original versions)

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New Track: Always Been This Way (Operator S Remix) – Kit Rice

KIT RICE‘s latest single, ‘Always Been This Way’, is back with a full-on UKG dance makeover from London DJ and producer Operator S.

Operator S has become a fast rising star in the UK Garage & House scene in recently years, receiving a seal of approval from BBC 1Xtra, Rinse FM and Beat London.

Coming from KIT RICE‘s forthcoming ‘Konfidence’ album, the new remix follows a string of massive remixes from UK Garage & House legend DJ Fen and Brazilian Future Bass newcomer DJIMON.

Your weekend begins right here…check out Operator S’ remix to ‘Always Been This Way.’

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 Music Video: Lines – Franko Fraize (ft. Great Skies)

Taking you back to the days of old school garage raves, Reebok Classics and gold chains, FRANKO FRAIZE reveals the retro visuals to his latest single ‘Lines’, alongside Great Skies via his VEVO channel.

The blurry video captures the bright lights of London’s skylines and the essence of the night life that used to fill the city, while complementing the laid back garage style beat from Great Skies and Franko’s unmistakable vocal.

The track has generated support on BBC Introducing across Kent, Norfolk and Suffolk and Franko has just played a show with UKG legends Oxide & Nuetrino. He will also be performing in Ipswich, Swindon and Norwich at Tropico alongside Ghetts this month.

First broadcast by BBC Introducing in Kent, ‘Lines’ draws on influence from the UK electronic music scene and showcases Frankos’ vocal delivery over a melodic laid back beat from the Great Skies. The lyrics detail the exhilarating feeling of throwing shapes on a night out until everything starts to blur. Known as the “voice for the everyday”, he talks tales of everyday life that resonates across the board. His lyrics and presence are archetypally English and strike a chord with many a listener for their charm and wit.

Last year was phenomenal for the charismatic rapper from Thetford, seeing him support Rudimental and Chase and Status as well as completing a busy festival period that included the 1xtra stage at Reading & Leeds festival.

With an E.P alongside Great Skies due for an imminent release, a massive collaboration in the pipeline and a wealth of support already behind him, FRANKO FRAIZE presents ‘Lines’.

New Track! Sensi – Project X

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Producer Ben Johnson ventured out as PROJECT X and has dropped his brand new debut track, Sensi.

Although the 12-hour old slammer displays  bold use of two-step garage and drum’n’bass, Johnson is also influenced by jungle and house music and will make an appearance in future releases.

Before PROJECT X, the south Londoner  produced drum & bass releases supported by Zinc and Ram Records, remixed for Florence and the Machine and received praise from Ibiza Rocks, NME Radio and Kiss FM. With this latest release, this one-man show will unquestionably crank up even more support.

Sensi is now available as a free download via SoundCloud.