Song of the Day: Cutie – Deniro5ive & Taifunds

TAIFUNDS‘ and DENIRO5IVE‘s track ‘Cutie’ exploded onto the scene, quickly gained traction on TikTok. The duo’s second release together was further brought to life with a bubbly video, providing roaring energy with friends.

Growing up as childhood friends on the same estate in Clapton, Hackney, with their musical passion commencing in school, Deniro began home recording tunes, with no intention to put them out. Around the second lockdown in November 2020, the teens who are still in school made this single ‘Cutie’. The teens uploaded a snippet and video onto TikTok which stars their mutual friend Araloyin Oshunremi (a main character from Top Boy). The video received 100k views and over 700 organic creations.

Previously putting out a track and music video called ‘Kings’ on Mixtape Madness, the visuals accumulated 27k views for their first ever track. Their follow up track ‘Cutie’ is oozing with energy, a rolling piano that surfs across the rhythm created by the quick percussion and 808’s. A catchy chorus “this track here gonna be a movie”, which explains the fast growth on social media. Both artists bring their own flair and style to the track with inventive flows and memorable one-liners.

This highly anticipated track has all the components to form a serious anthem and this year it is very likely we will observe a loud arrival on the scene from these boys.

Check out the video below…

Song of the Day: Juice -FME

FME is digging into his portfolio of dynamic tracks and ‘Juice’ is next in line. Combining his London and Sierra Leone upbringing, he was able to birth a new experimental method of artistry that enables him to recall on his personal and unprecedented experiences.

The minor key instrumental created by Maniac Beatz is powerful and dramatic with an orchestral feel, as string instruments take centre stage alongside a prevailing melody. The track is filled with liveliness but remains meaningful as FME’s lyrical flows pierce through the strong beat. A catchy chorus acts as the spine of the track with the gaps filled with his life experiences.

The Hoxton rapper has been on this journey since he was 10 when his musical passion sparked. Talent shows and poetry competitions have led to a masterclass in the UK Rap and Drill world. With roadblocks along the way, FME has spent time behind bars, but all these challenging moments contribute to the message he portrays.

Committed to the game, FME is only warming up. ‘Juice’ demonstrates his freedom from genres and leaves his audience poised to what he has in store next. With influence from both sides of his cultural background, expect more lively flows in both English and Krio. Check out the official video for the track below…

Song of the Day: Can’t F With – J-Onyx

Emerging with an air of mystery J-ONYX has a presence that can’t be ignored. Commanding attention with her deep tone and dynamic flows, her first release ‘Can’t F With’ captures her innate and undeniable talent as an artist. Her latest release has already landed support by DJ Target on BBC 1Xtra, DJ Shortee Blitz on his KISS FM and KISS Fresh show and Charlie Sloth will be adding the track as his Hood Heat of the week and he will also support on his Apple Music playlist. Choosing to keep her identity concealed for the time being, J-Onyx wants to let her music do the talking, as often young female artists can be over sexualized in the music industry. Catapulting through the ranks she joins the ‘Champions League’ as she ‘eliminates all of the tournaments’ and earns a rightful place as a one to watch in the UK rap scene.

The serendipitous calling to become a rapper can be pinpointed back to November 2019 where she was teasingly dared by her friends to rap an off-the-top-of-the-head freestyle and upload it onto her Instagram. Gaining an overwhelming reaction, the freestyle uncovered her natural gift with rhymes and flows and allowed her to nurture the talent into a dream career. To date she has released 3 freestyles on Instagram and her second freestyle for ‘Murda Murda’ received some strong support and was picked up by DJ Shortee Blitz and DJ MK on the KISS FM Hop Hop show.

Her exposure to music was planted long before the freestyle and the London based British rapper, singer and songwriter grew up immersed in a musical household. Building the fabric of her musical DNA her mother and elder siblings introduced her to an assorted collection of music, which ranged from Reggae, Dancehall and Hip Hop to UK Garage, Afrobeats, Rock and Indie. Her musical roots grew beyond her immediate family as her uncle was also a member of reggae band UB40.

Going against the conventional route, J-Onyx followed her own path, although she had the encouragement of her family she dropped out of school at a young age and found herself in challenging situations. What became evident was that the music was a constant and the turning point was getting into Brit School and attending drama school. Since her studies her path has led her to explore performing arts as well as pursuing a career in the property business. She has now found herself gravitating towards music as solo artist and ‘Can’t F With’ is a great introduction to her sound.

Check her out below…

Song of the Day: All That Matters – Snowy

Joining forces with long-time collaborator Massappeals on production, the powerful yet dynamic instrumental on ‘All That Matters’ by Nottingham’s finest SNOWY, smacks you in the face and lets you know the GREEZE is here. First written and recorded in 2018, ‘All That Matters’ hasn’t been released until now and still sounds brand new. Snowy’s relentless flow and brash lyrics coupled with Massappeals’ energetic instrumental brings a refreshing 2021 take to the Grime genre. The duo made the record with one goal in mind – great music stands the test of time.

With the pandemic putting the brakes on the music industry at large, Snowy has kept up the momentum, continuing to release music and lending his versatility to many different genres throughout 2020. Funky House smasher ‘Honey Riddim’ with ‘Murder He Wrote’ went back in to the charts 18 months after release and the Dead Beat UK Bassline remix has been dominating dance playlists across streaming services. Drum and Bass ‘Wicked & Bad’ EP with Sam Binga, Hyroglifics and Riko Dan gained international recognition alongside a vinyl release and ‘Butterfly’ is still lighting up raves globally after its digital and vinyl release by underground pioneering label SWAMP81. During this time Snowy has also started his #STR8DROPS series including singles such as Nile Ranger, FOCUS which was featured in New Music Friday and 26 Personalities which helped raised money for the Minnesota Freedom Fund.

This sparse yet frenzied single (part of forthcoming EP release) brings Snowy back to his Grime roots and is here to show that everything else is noise, having bangers is ALL THAT MATTERS. Check this bad boy out below…

Rapper Queenie Comes Through With ‘One Thing’

A true artist in her own lane, South London rapper on-the-rise QUEENIE, slams down one slick delivery on her latest single, ‘One Thing’ once again showcases her lyrical prowess and effortless flow.

Queenie began making a name for herself on the grime scene during its grassroots stages, being known for a Female Allstars track, and her part in DVD’s like ‘Southern Hospitality’ and ‘Practice Hours’. Fellow female rapper Lioness also called on Queenie to join with five other powerful female rappers on the huge ‘DBT Remix’, that went on to gain wide spread support online and across radio. Following this, Queenie decided to give music a real chance and went on to release ‘Smoke’, ‘Laid Out’ and ‘Anymore’. Queenie featured on a track with Taliifah, entitled ‘Open Season’ and her biggest release to date ‘Letting up Now’ is still making the rounds. Right now, Queenie is focused on building her catalogue and finding her tribe of people.

On this project we see Queenie diversifying her sound and showcasing a more rhythmic style pattern, in comparison to the more grime-esque skippy flow we’ve become accustomed to hearing from her. ‘One Thing’ is a sign of great things to come from Queenie.

Look out for the her Forté EP dropping on the 21st May…but for now, wrap your ear around this….