Song of the Day: Closer – IIDimensionz

 

II DIMENSIONZ stolen today’s hotspot with debut single ‘Closer’ taken from their upcoming debut EP ‘Love From Above’ out this month.

Featuring special guest vocals from Mark Asari and rapper Nick Brewer (Island Records) ‘Closer’ is a smooth slice of soulful R&B with plenty of old school vibes including a big nod to Rosie Gaines classic ‘Closer than Close’.

Whilst inviting special guests in for vocals all song writing, instrumentation and production is done by the boys themselves, and they’re keen to keep control of all aspects of creativity, something they’ve learned from their dads – who were both in the music business.

II DIMENSIONZ are cousins Nathan and Jermaine Williams, born and raised in East London. Their dads played with the likes of Luther Vandross, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Chaka Khan and LL Cool, so the boys were brought up with music in their blood. “We were taken to watch band rehearsals and gigs and sharing the excitement of watching our fathers perform live was a huge inspiration. It laid the foundations to our own musical journey.”

Debut 4-track EP ‘Love From Above’ is described by the duo as a modern-day take on classic 80’s soul with 90’s R&B. Alongside the single, ‘Closer’ the EP also includes the tracks ‘Waiting Room,’ ‘Coming Together’ and a deep house edit of ‘Closer.’

Check out the live performance of the single.

Song of the Day: Distance – Latrell James

Laterall James Distance

Today’s song is Distance, the latest track by LATRELL JAMES. 

This Boston-based artist/producer’s  main focus is hip-hop music. He had the pleasure sharing the stage with some influential artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Cam’ron and Scarface from the release of his last project Lemonade Stand. Now Latrell is gearing for to release a new project this Spring by the name of Twelve and he is releasing new music every two weeks – so keep a lookout!

For now, go and check Distance – this track has that too-cool-to school, LL COO J vibe. If you’re really feeling this track, visit his SoundCloud page (seriously, it won’t be a wasted trip!)

say hi to the hip-hopper @IamLatrellJames

Song of the Day: Life – Rashad Lateef

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Today’s song is Life by New Jersey-based rapper RASHAD LATEEF.

A lifelong fan of music, this hot property from Newark started writing  music at the begin of the Millennium and went on to become a member of  hip – hop group, DaRealHoodfellaz. The band produced a string of hits  before going their separate ways.

Now  RASHAD LATEEF welcomes you guys to his world, offering just pure smooth, LL COOL J -esque grooves, with lyrics that reflects love, pleasures and hard knocks in life. Have a listen to Life – because this track is an no-point introduction to this hip-hopper’s world!

If you’re feeling Life, go ahead and check out this SoundCloud page – and sample his other tracks, Hood Love and Cigar Music I Do – real slick!

Young Johnnie Handsome – Born II Win

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I feel there’s definitely something missing from the music industry today – and that’s good old fashion hip-hop. Upcomer Rashid Hall, better known by stage name Young Johnny Handsome is not afraid to bring back that missing hard-hitting hip-hop with his debut EP, Born II Win. The leading song, Sucka MC’s, produced by big time producers the Dream Team, is jam packed with head nodding, infectious beats coupled with super fast rapping and quick-witted-straight talking lyrics, which definitely brings me back to LL Cool J in his heyday.

The leading single certainly hasn’t gone unnoticed. Since the release of Sucka MC’s, Young Johnnie Handsome has rapidly gained a solid fan base and has already been widely compared to an early Nas (Hmmm, not sure about that – he definitely reminds me of a young LL Cool J). Things are quickly gaining momentum for the 25 year old – his video to Sucka MC’s was featured on a host a music websites, including Hot ’97 and has caught attention of a string of mainstream producers.

So what’s the next step for Young Johnny Handsome? With thousands of screaming fans and big producers knocking (no scrap that) BANGING at his door, who knows – anything is possible for this New Jersey rapper. Maybe this time next year (or even sooner), his forthcoming singles will become a very firm fixture in the charts.  So just remember the name – YOUNG JOHNNIE HANDSOME.