EP Review: Summer ’98 – Zee

Hailing from Canada now based in L.A. artist/producer ZEE‘s new EP is definitely a throwback to the late 1990’s, paying homage to hip-hop and R&B of that era. Although this is a nostalgic collection – which evidently draws influences from 90’s R&B heavyweights including Usher, Destiny’s Child and Aaliyah – I couldn’t help but hear some influences of fellow Canadian artist/rapper Drake, particularly in introductory track, ‘Amazing’.

Further along the EP, Zee makes use of samples from some of the R&B classics, such as Kelly Rowland’s/Nelly’s hit ‘Dilemma’, putting a lick of a misty urban/hip-hop bass to the original through fourth effort, ‘All I Need’.

There’s also an air of the late 1980s included in the EP, when Zee put his stamp on Brenda Russell’s classic, ‘Piano In The Dark’ through concluding track, ‘Letting Go’, by dropping a modern R&B/pop version, giving off a summer hazy feel.

Documenting the events of his first summer love (presumably back in the late nineties), Zee encourages us to re-immerse into our most treasured memories – or create new ones – with his feel-good mini collection. Check out the song recommendations and EP below:

Must Listens: Amazing, Crazy Enough, Mean It  

Uprising Star Nápoles Shares Brand New Single,’Circulate’

Photo Credit: Elle Johnson

Coming on the back of the success of her debut single ‘Slowzy’, which has been garnering support from the likes of BBC 1Xtra, Rinse FM, Spotify, DSTNGR, Kingsize Magazine, and PUMA, fast-rising Swedish songstress and creative NÁPOLES circles back for the release of her brand new single,  ‘Circulate’, the second offering from her forthcoming debut EP ‘Slowin It’, slated for release later this summer.

Produced by fellow Swedish creatives Chapee and Wihib Sulaiman, and co-written by herself and Joe Lefty, ‘Circulate’ sees Nápoles making full use of her intoxicatingly enchanting vocals which weaves throughout a captivating fusion of soul jazz, R&B and hip-hop.

Alongside her blossoming music career, Nápoles is also one-third of the popular Swedish-based DJ and creative collective Ladieslovehiphop, with whom she has opened for Beyonce and Jay-Z on their ‘On The Run II’ European tour, collaborated with adidas and PUMA, toured with Sweden’s biggest female rapper Silvana Imam, and collaborated with Red Bull Music to host the Ladieslovehiphop Music Festival, among other accomplishments.

This is too good to pass up…have a listen to ‘Circulate’ below…

Album Review: Dream Team: A Stokely Hathaway Joint – Griff/Scorcese

GRIFF/SCORCESE‘s latest project, ‘Dream Team: A Stokely Hathaway Joint’ serves as a time machine, possessing  mainly hazy boombap tones and, at times, a menacing b-line (mafia -style) inspired by the golden hip-hop era of the late eighties/early nineties.

In parts, the mammoth album leaves the nostalgic feeling  and goes bang up to the date. ‘Slick Talk’ could be described as a union of old school and new school hip-hop, with a real slick flow that (personally) uncannily resembles the likes of Jay-Z.

Towards the end of the set, the guys gets all experimental with the genre, through ‘It’s Personal (Lucky Lefty)’ for example, where the distorted guitar riffs create a sound that’s disorientating yet soothing.

So if you fancy taking a journey with hip-hop through the years, well ‘Dream Team: A Stokely Hathaway Joint’ is your perfect guide…let me tell you; this is one bada** set. Check it out below…

Must Listens: Peruvian Encrusted Swordfish, Classie Freddie Blassie, Slick Talk, Flex Kavana 

New Track: Maytrix – Maydien

Combining hip-hop, neo-soul and future beats to make a fresh new hybrid soundscape, MAYDIEN  first joined the Roche Musique roster in 2017 with his first EP ‘Tea and Loveseats’. Now he’s back with a brand new track ‘Maytrix’, taken from his forthcoming EP baring the name same – due for release on 12th April 2019.

Having supported the likes of Jay-Z, Frank Ocean, Snoop Dogg and Anderson. Paak, MAYDIEN has gained support from the likes of BBC Radio 1Xtra, Soulection, HYPEBEAST, Crack Magazine & Mass Appeal.

This guy is effortlessly fly – CHECK-HIM-OUT BELOW:

New Music Video: Pain Killer – Torii Wolf

Premiered on Billboard, TORII WOLF‘s video for, latest single ‘Pain Killer’ documents the past struggles she has endured.

Produced by OVO’s Mike Zombie (of Drake’s ‘Started From The Bottom’ & DJ Khaled’s ‘They Don’t Love You No More’ featuring Jay-Z, French Montana, Meek Mill & Rick Ross fame), ‘Pain Killer’ is the audio equivalent of an opioid, replete with Torii’s pleas to euthanize her anguish, yet so ultimately stimulating it creates a high you can’t stop craving.

Speaking of her  latest single, Torii explains: “If anyone has ever had any substance abuse problems, or has used in the past at all, you feel this feeling of needing something. This dependency on getting high and these drugs, so to speak, are what we need so badly; end up turning on us,” Torii commented to Billboard. “They don’t care about us is what it feels like, you use them too much, it ends up biting you and hurting you either way. You need to get high and the only thing that can get you high is that drug and sometimes you’re high and it still doesn’t feel good anymore. And the same thing with a person–some relationships feel that way.

‘Pain Killer’ is from her solo debut EP ‘Flow Riiot’, released via DJ Premier’s TTT (To The Top) imprint. The 15 track collection is now out on all digital platforms.

But for now, it’s time to check out the video…