Song of the Day: Simmer Down – Sakyi 4

You have great potential… It’s just you guys need to work out what group you want to be – SIMON COWELL.

With that sound advice from one of the most respected music moguls on the planet, brothers Reece, Carl, Aaron and Eden Sakyi – aka SAKYI 4 – are determined to become UK’s next promising R&B group. 

For their latest single, ‘Simmer Down,’ the quartet switched it up with rich and bold presence of Afrobeats, fused with their laid-back R&B trademark. Since its release, the music video for the single has cranked up over 8,000 views on Youtube, gaining support from Link Up TV.

Their previous R&B number, ‘Bad As You’, received a seal of approval from SBTV’s Jamal Edwards MBE, clocking up over 31,000 views on YouTube.

Born in North West London into a mixed heritage (Ghanaian and British) , SAKYI 4 were introduced to music from an early age through their parents’ love for soul, pop and African music. The brothers share the same passion for singing and songwriting, crediting Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson as early influences.

Gaining praises from a string of UK’s biggest urban tastemakers, SAKYI 4‘s new offering is just the beginning of their very fruitful journey….check it the video.

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Song of the Day: Simba – Tobi Sunmola

Following the gripping visuals to ‘Never Forget We’re Here/Tales From The East IV’, TOBI SUNMOLA returns with ‘Simba’ – the debut release taken off his forthcoming EP.

‘Simba’ is a gritty and emotional testimony of both heartache and promise providing a compelling insight into the ethnological struggles of being an artist in today’s industry.

Tobi explains: “It talks about who I am as a person, the colour of my skin and how that may either hinder my growth to where I aspire to be.” Throughout the racial upheavals experienced, Nigerian-born Sunmola remains positive and resiliently confides in his unshakeable pursuit of greatness as he sings “through the pain, in the rain, in the night, any day…I’ll preach”. The instrumentation compliments this sentiment where melancholy chords are backboned by a bouncy hip hop beat that underlines his infectious flow and hook patterns. Authentic and unfiltered ‘Simba’ is an intriguing take on modern hip-hop that draws upon the influence of TOBI SUNMOLA’s rich African heritage.

The Manchester-based artist has achieved an admirable amount, since his humble beginnings in the studio of his local youth club. Co-producing ‘Simba’ with local rapper Two4Kay – who has previously featured on Link UP TV and The 405 – this new release is the product of a long-standing relationship that blossomed within the tight-knit Manchester music scene which forged early on in their careers. Named as Mobo’s ‘One to Watch’, this emerging talent has since been championed by Huw Stephens, DJ Booth and Mistajam whilst Complex, Afropunk and Flavour Magazine have been writing about his ‘stunning versatility’ online.

Combined with an array of adept live performances, including BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Exeter last year – the wondrously creative, ‘Simba’ is a perceptive and accomplished piece of work, that will cement Sunmola’s place as one of the UK’s most exciting, rising hip hop artists this year.

Song of the Day: Let Me Be – Reppy Hustle

REPPY HUSTLE has been part of the huge influx of talented rappers the UK has seen within the last 18 months, each fighting for their own slice of the pie and notable success. With a clear determination, visible through his consistent video output across key influencer platforms including GRM Daily and Link Up TV, Reppy has proven himself to be one of the key newcomers and is now making his transition from the underground to the notable ‘one to watch’ stomping ground.

Latest release ‘Let Me Be’ is a well-rounded tune with all of the trimmings, giving a taster of what REPPY HUSTLE is really capable of in his music. A harmonious instrumental is satisfying on the ears, whilst the deep bass adds just the right kick of spice and movement to the mix. Reppy rides out with fluency as his bars and flow meander across the verses before hitting out a big song-a-long hook that is set to become a summer favourite.

Previous records include ‘You Were Acting’ and ‘Council Block Boy’, which shows a harder edge to the flourishing rapper yet, both hold his ability to create proper ‘records’, rather than throw away tunes, at their core. Check him out online and get tuned in and turned to REPPY HUSTLE

New Track: Day Ones – Ms Banks

Showing no signs of slowing down and continuing to prove why she is worthy of all the attention since first bursting onto the scene with her 2014 mixtape ‘Once Upon A Grind’, UK hip-hop artist MS BANKS returns with her new track ‘Day Ones’.

Produced by Donae’O and ProducerWez, ‘Day Ones’ is the addictive, future hit set to extend the summer vibes with its infectious beats and MS BANKS’ inimitable flow. Launched with the must-see visuals shot in south London, the track is available to stream and download everywhere on Friday.

‘Day Ones’ is the follow-up to MS BANKS’ explosive tracks ‘’Get Loose’, ‘OMG’ and ‘Vibes’ which were released earlier this year and saw her causing a stir with her potent lyrical skills and unmatched, deadly delivery which she recently took to the stage with fiery performances at Glastonbury Festival, the Boy Better Know Takeover show at The O2.

With MS BANKS building on the hysteria she has caused over the past year and sharing more new music and electric live performances throughout the rest of 2017 and already garnering support from outlets such as Dazed, Noisey, Dummy, The FADER, The Source, BBC 1Xtra, SBTV, GRM Daily and Link UP TV, there’s no doubt that she is ready to take her crown as the queen of UK hip-hop.

New Music Video: The Warning – Lil Probz

LIL PROBZ returns bolder with a brand new music video for track, ‘The Warning’ taken from his E.P, ‘Concrete Vol.1’, released on Sunday (13 August) via Underground Kulture.

In the two-and-a-half minute production, the grime MC spits effortlessly over a rhythmic bounce of the infectiously heavy bass line – warning every one of his mammoth return!

‘The Warning’ is a the first release from the EP, ‘Concrete Vol.1’. Tracks ‘Thumbs Up’ and ‘All Stars Remix’ inject energy into the six-track collection with a woofer of a bass line. The EP also includes laid-back bangers, ‘No Chill’ (sampled from Mobb Deep’s hit ‘Quiet Storm), ‘Letter to My Son’ (sampled Eminem’s ‘Mockingbird) and the reggae-fused ‘Smoked Out’.

Hailing from East London, LIL PROBZ shot onto the Grime scene like a ball out of a cannon. Having support from SBTV, Link up TV, Rinse FM, and other big channels, LIL PROBZ has also garnered attention from the likes of Tim Westwood where he has previously been a guest on the 1Xtra show.

With a bombastic EP and music video now out for your inspection, 2017 will see this MC on-a-steady-rise go viral.

‘Concrete Vol.1’ is available as a free download right here.

Upcoming Release: I Ain’t Got Time – Cilla Raie

Singer/songwriter CILLA RAIE returns with a bold second release of the year, ‘ I Ain’t Got Time’, which sees the sultry songstress expressing her lack of interest for ‘time-wasters’.

Produced by Sami Dolla, the record features three of UK’s critically acclaimed rappers: Jammin MC, C Cane and Double S. Watch out for the video as is set to be explosive!

The track follows Cilla’s last release ‘Masterpiece’, produced by Joey Dyer (Iggy Azalea, Katy B, Conor Maynard). Released back in March, ‘Masterpiece’ received support from BBC Radio 1Xtra, The Link Up and has clocked up over 22,000 plays.

‘I Aint Got Time’ is out on 18 August, following with the release of her second EP in early 2018.

New Music Video: Lessons From My Baba – Tayfun

Capturing the bond between both father and son, TAYFUN pays homage to Father’s Day by releasing the visuals for his latest single ‘Lessons From My Baba’ via Link Up TV. Delivering an ode to his Father,TAYFUN constructs a personal and honest reflection of how his father made him the man who he is today.

Embracing his roots, not only through the relationship between himself and his father, he goes back to his motherland Turkey to film the stunning scenic backdrop to the video. His culture and heritage play a poignant role in his music and both ‘Lessons From My Baba’ and his debut single ‘Figo’ are shining examples of that.

The Slvng Major-produced number infuses a piano-laced instrumental with a heavy beat that accommodates the rich sounds of the Saz guitar. ‘Lessons From My Baba’ acts as the foreground of where both western and eastern musical influences merge together and create a hybrid that plays on different cultural elements.

2017 has facilitated great growth for TAYFUN, having dropped his debut ‘Figo’ two months ago it has cultivated over 150,000 views. ‘Lessons From My Baba’ delves into a more personal follow-up and demonstrates his strengths both as a songwriter and stylistically as a rapper.

Catch the full video below.

New Music Video: My Brudda – Artan

ARTAN is proving to be a captivating artist. His unique sound combines singing and lyricism via unique melodies and clever rap verses. Having recently debuted ‘Opposite Interests’ on SBTV, the first taste of his ‘Breaking Stereotypes’ E.P, he now releases ‘My Brudda’ exclusively on GRM alongside the official release of the E.P.

The record is a soulful ditty with a hip-hop twang bouncing along beneath ARTAN’s jazzy vocals. The depth to his voice makes an intriguing listen as his lyrics show off a rugged charm and swagger to his manner.

Having turned the heads of rap fans and tastemakers with the release of his Bl@ckbox freestyle in 2016, platforms have been hot on his heels to release new content and judging by the YouTube comments that are already pouring in for ‘My Brudda’, it is clear to see why ARTAN is commanding an array of support from major online platforms such as Link Up TV, GRM Daily and SBTV.

‘Breaking Stereotypes’ is out now on Spotify and Apple Music; catch the fresh new video for ‘My Brudda’ below.

New Track: Opposite Interests – Artan

Cultivating a buzz in the underground music scene, ARTAN elevates the levels even further with the release of his brand new single ‘Opposite Interests’.

Entwining slick melodies with clever rap verses, ARTAN gives a fresh dimension to his music as he makes a seamless transition between singing and rapping- alternating between different flows.

The enchanting instrumental consisting of xylophone and piano samples echoes through the introduction and bleeds into his opening hook. The production, courtesy of Katmundu, oozes with summer vibes and gears us up for the season.

2016 opened the floodgates to a wave of interest following his debut release on Bl@ckbox, where he demonstrated his fiery flow. This consequently lead to an array of support from major online platforms such as Link Up TV, GRM Daily and SBTV for his latest releases.

‘Opposite Interests’ is taken from his debut E.P ‘Breaking Stereotypes’, released last Wednesday, which captures ARTAN’s eclectic sounds and delivery.

So here’s your chance to check out the first installment from his latest E.P.

New Track: Glow – Stash Peso

Straight from the rap breeding ground of North-West London’s Stonebridge estate, STASH PESO releases his new joint, ‘Glow’.

Differing from fellow rappers in content, subject and vision, Stash’s style is unorthodox and intelligent in production style and wordplay, exemplified in this latest track. He has impressive lyrical flow, which is instantly captivating, provoking attention to his lyrics and he is said to treat his music like a personal diary. His trademark singing and rapping style over harmonising production marks him out as one of the more intriguing, left-field rappers coming out of London right now.

Pricking the attention of avid rap fans, Stash’s latest releases have been premiered and featured across Complex, SBTV and Clash Magazine and have received fundamental support from the UK music gatekeepers, GRM and Link Up TV.

Part of the London collective TOORARETODIE – a creative team made up of rappers, singers, writers and designers, Stash and his compadres have cultivated a street trend in the caps he features in his videos – the rare snapbacks are so highly in demand across London that they’re constantly sold out.

A true creative talent in more ways than one, Stash’s lyrical sophistication sets the tone for an impressive artist making his move..so it’s over to you: it’s time to check out the visual for ‘Glow’.