Genre-Defying Artist Rufus has Dropped His New Track, ‘Taking Flight’

Coming on the back of his glorious debut single ‘One Eye Open’, which introduced listeners to his outlier fusion sound of R&B, alt pop and trap music, and caught the attention of tastemakers such as Capital Xtra, Earmilk, GUAP Magazine, 9Bills, Wordplay Magazine and Noctis Magazine, new genre-defying UK artist and producer RUFUS circles back to unveil his brand new single, ‘Taking Flight’ as he continues to build momentum towards his upcoming debut EP,

Written and produced by Rufus, ‘Taking Flight’ sees the young Wiltshire native pouring his heart out about the realities of following your dreams, persevering through and keeping to your chosen path, no matter how hard the terrain gets. According to Rufus, we should “always have the ultimate belief that you will reach your favoured destination in the end – maybe not today but one day for sure”. Sonically, the track is an exquisite R&B-trap offering with nuanced indie alt-pop sensibilities, and honest relatable songwriting.

Speaking about the inspiration behind ‘Taking Flight’, Rufus says, “the track came about when time was dragging on negotiating my deal (as always is the case when lawyers get involved). I woke up after another night shift of flipping burgers and washing dishes and felt real frustration. I decided to put it all into a song – I wrote, recorded and produced it in my bedroom on my small rig. The lyrics in ‘Taking Flight’ about not wanting to work in restaurants, cleaning dishes is not a diss on people that do, but rather a cry for something different for me as I’ve done it my whole life so far”.

Hailing from Wiltshire in the southwest of England, the gifted singer, songwriter, musician and producer fell in love with music from an early age and showed instant promise. From writing and performing at local venues as a teenager to producing for his peers while at college, Rufus has been honing his craft as an artist and is ready for the world to take him in. The exciting British talent has been hard at work with fellow producers such as TheElements (Stormzy, Headlie One, Zara Larsson), Remedee (AJ Tracey, Unknown T, Not3s), Kxlla K (Lethal Bizzle, Sneakbo) and Chris Rich (DigDat, Abra Cadabra) to bring the vision for his outlier fusion sound to life.

Here’s your chance to witness a newcomer on a rise; listen to Rufus’ new single below…

Song of the Day: Grinder – Johnny

Making an impressive music debut, producer/rapper JOHNNY is emerging from the home of some of the biggest names in the UK scene including Dizzee Rascal, Lethal Bizzle, Wiley, Kano and Roll Deep – the epicentre of today’s black music explosion, BOW E3. With such a rich tapestry of influence, culture and inspiration plus such a high pedigree of neighbouring artists to contend with, JOHNNY has studied the blueprint of his peers enabling him to step straight into the mix with strength, confidence and skill as he drops his aptly titled single ‘Grinder’.

The East London rapper has already started turning heads on the underground. Delivering on both production and vocals, JOHNNY creates the perfect blend for ‘Grinder’ as the heartbeat of the record thumps with kick drums and sharp snapping sneer drums before mix with his luxurious, melodic rap/singing. He nails the ability to automatically make your head bop along to the riddim and winds it up to a belter of a sing-a-long hook.

Setting the bar even higher, JOHNNY teams up the audio with a well thought-out, one-take, vlog style visual on his stomping ground Roman Road, premiered on GRM Daily. Slick camera edits, angles and the vibrancy of colours, culture and the London skyline, package ‘Grinder’ into one of the most impressive, refined and cultured debuts of recent times.

Check out the video below…

Song of the Day: Rolling – Ratlin (ft. Dun D)

Mozart Estate native RATLIN finishes up 2018 by teaming up with Dun D for latest cut ‘Rolling’, lifted from his currently untitled EP set to drop early 2019.

Released via GRM Daily, RATLIN, Dun D and their squad roll up in Amsterdam and capture their escapade for the visuals. Having been teased to snippets and behind the scenes shots of the video on his Instagram account, ‘Rolling’ has been eagerly anticipated by RATLIN’s fans and the likes of Spotify and Apple Music have heard that call too as the record instantly hit the ‘Best Of the Week’ playlist as well as ‘New Music Friday’ and ‘Rap UK’.

Classed as one of the most relevant and revered figures in the UK rap landscape today, RATLIN is a notable figure across platforms such as BBC 1Xtra, GRM Daily and Trench Magazine. He performed at Wireless Festival last year, sharing the stage with WSTRN and long-time collaborator Fredo, who he also supported on both of his sold-out UK tours this year and has worked with some of the scene’s most exciting artists including Avelino, Sneakbo, Abra Cadabra, Stylo G and Ayo Beatz, as well as veterans such as G FrSH, Lethal Bizzle and Blade Brown.

Warm up for RATLIN’s 2019 arsenal by taking in ‘Rolling’, tipped to be his biggest joints to date.

New Track: Things You Do – Cherri V

As she gears up to release her long-awaited and highly anticipated debut album, ‘Brown Eyed Soul’ in early 2018, London singer-songwriter CHERRI V has released her brand new single titled ‘Things You Do’, the third single from her forthcoming album, following ‘Without You’ and ‘Leave Me Be’, which have been supported by BBC 1Xtra and MTV Base.

With three critically acclaimed EPs, a UK top 20 single with Lethal Bizzle, successful collaborations with Wiley, Jessie J and Dawn Richard, and millions of views and streams already under her belt, CHERRI V is a revered musician in her own right, and one of the best pure vocalists to come out of the UK, with the likes of The Telegraph, Yahoo Music, MOBO Awards and BET, all singing her praises.

Her new single ‘Things You Do’ is a “fun-loving track about love, attraction and the highs that come with that”. Produced by Joey Sticks, who she worked with on previous single ‘Leave Me Be’, the infectious piano and drums-led offering, with its resounding R&B/Pop sensibilities, showcases CHERRI V’s amazing vocal performance, and her carefree and relatable songwriting…have a listen to her latest masterpiece…not to be pass up!

New Music Video: Without You – Cherri V

Radiating an abundance of soul and endearing, yet playful reality, singer and songwriter CHERRI V released the visual for her single ‘Without You’.

Produced by the Grammy award-winning UK producer, Harmony Samuels, who is responsible for a catalogue of hits from Fifth Harmony, Ariana Grande, Kelly Rowland and Chip, CHERRI V’s velvety tones echo over a piano-led instrumental that is laced with percussion allowing her powerful voice and emotion to burst through the seams.

Painting a vivid picture on the construct of a relationship, the visuals are presented in a sprightly and flirtatious form which capture the mischievous and lighthearted aspect of CHERRI V‘s charming character.

The accomplished songstress, recognised for her striking, fiery red hairstyles, has always kept it real with her straight talking lyrics. Unafraid and eloquent in her ability to discuss the truths of her life and her battles, she has previously been ‘Cherri-picked’ to work and perform alongside Wiley, Dawn Richard and Lethal Bizzle, with whom she celebrated the top 20 hit ‘The Drop’.

Opening the page on a new chapter, ‘Without You’ opens the gateway on CHERRI V‘s journey to releasing her captivating album ‘Brown Eyed Soul’, which is set to be the most personal and autobiographical project to date. Having nurtured, matured and cultivated her music for the album, it is set to tell a story its entirety via her compellingly rich and dynamic voice.