New Music Video: Smoke Good F*** Better – A S Jay

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Singer/songwriter A S JAY boasts a colourful background due to spending a lot of time growing up and embracing different cultures that has led to an incredible passion and love for music. Jay was raised in both Afro-Caribbean and Asian households and is a major driving force and source of inspiration.

Smoke Good F*** Better is the first sampling from his new material that he has been working on, locked away in the studio. The track is laced with a gritty and atmospheric beat that draws on A S JAY’s raw and fresh, crisp rap, delivered with precision.

The lyric video delivers poignant pictures and scenes from various sitcoms and films that connect with the track. Jay comments, “This track was written last winter and I’ve tried to catch that vibe, while being in London, dealing with separation, getting lost in the crowd. It’s cold out here and that alone has a vibe to it” As an artist if I can catch that vibe and put it in words, that right there is pure satisfaction. ”

Having spent the last 18 months working solidly on his debut EP, although currently untitled, he explains: “020-16 could be the name, 020 as it is the London area code, I mention it a lot in my tracks, and 16 for the current year both of which allude to and celebrate my love of London and the experiences I’ve had here, all of which contribute to the theme of my music”.

Expect to see plenty more from this talented artist, who has potential and is ready to burst onto the scene and showcase his attributes.

New Track: Yellow Chevy – L Marshall

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After bursting onto the scene back in 2011, featuring as a guest vocalist on Wretch 32ʼs critically acclaimed hit Traktor and penning Loick Essienʼs No.2 smash How We Roll, L MARSHALL has since been plotting away silently. His latest record Yellow Chevy was a collaboration with Supadups (Drake’s ʻControlaʼ and ‘Too Good’) and gives a first glance at the singerʼs matured style ahead of the release of his debut album The Amazing Time Machine.

Born Thomas Griffith in London, L struggled with having to conform during school. He remembers. “I was so much trouble that my mum decided to send me to Nigeria to learn some discipline!”. He returned to London at 18 to study Sound Engineering. During this time, he continued to build on the songwriting he’d started as an 11 year-old. Choosing the name L Marshall both in honour of a character from the Manga series Death Note, and as  a  nod  to his joint hometowns of London  and  Lagos,  he  began  to  work  with  new producers.

L’s debut mixtapes The Wait and Kiss the Fire displayed a singer able to rock any beat; from gritty grime to emotive R&B, he flips effortlessly between fully-sung vocals to rap-sung choruses. Inspired by everything from relationships, to paying the bills, to dealing with life’s various poisons, this already proven hit-creator is modest but ambitious about his future goals. “I talk a lot about becoming known worldwide but I just want to reach as many people as possible… To be recognised and appreciated for what I do is really all I hope for.”

Check out the video to Yellow Chevy…and if you’re feeling this upriser, head over to SoundCloud and download the track for FREE.

New Track: Expensive (from The Intent Soundtrack) – Big Tobz

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The Intent – A gritty thriller, packed with an incredible cast of UK actors and music artists made its debut in selected UK cinemas last Wednesday. BIG TOBZ has just dropped Expensive, taken from the incredible soundtrack that is loaded with exclusive records written specifically for the film, Ghetts, Scorcher, Stormzy, Fekky and Ms Banks all feature on the 18-track album that will be released to accompany the film.

The Big Tobz track and video give an insight to the world that is uncovered and the bold and eerie tale that is about to unfold in The Intent.

In a groundbreaking move that merges the world of UK film and music, co-directors Nicky Slimting Walker and Femi Oyeniran present an equally thrilling soundtrack that sets the tone and propels the audience throughout.

Set in the heart of London, the chilling tale of gang warfare, greed and drugs unfolds. Newfound infamy for the TIC crew affords the gang members the fast life, which catches the attention of all the wrong people and trust starts to become an issue, ultimately leading to their downfall. Infiltration, dishonour and ego are key to the plot but the key question is, what is “The Intent” of each player.

Featuring a cast of celebrated acting talent, The Intent also debuts a stellar line up of musicians in their first on-screen roles. MOBO nominated and former Topboy actor/musician Scorcher takes the lead as ‘Gunz’ and stars alongside Ashley Chin (Starred Up, Plastic), award-winning Hip Hop Duo Krept & Konan, Femi Oyeniran (Kidulthood), Jade Asha (As Bad as Me), Nicky Slimting Walker (It’s a Lot), Dylan Duffus (1 Day), Shone Romulus (Topboy), Sarah Akokhia (Hallows Eve) and rap royalty Fekky.

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UK alternative rapper JOVEL slams down another new video this time for the powerfully emotional single Broken, coming from of his forthcoming The Void EP.

Set to the tone of chilling acoustic guitar, sparse percussion and soulful, R&B-esque vocals, the song follows the story of the promising upcomer at an all time low, wandering through the back alleys of London. The three-minute production has been part of Jovel’s The Void: An Instagram Movie , a series of short videos that interlink each of his EP’s singles.

The Void EP is set for release via iTunes tomorrow.

New Music Video: Frankincense & Myrrh – Coops

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UK rapper Coops releases his long-awaited debut LP God Complex today, and drops a brand new video for his latest single Frankincense & Myrrh.

Having released his Lost Soul mixtape in 2014, with tracks including Chillin’ and Blessings, to critical acclaim from titles including Vibe, Wonderland and Earmilk, this new release is a welcome return for the North London MC whose emotional and thought-provoking music has captivated music fans across Europe, United States & Canada, Australia, South Africa, and South America.

New album God Complex touches on themes including self belief, spirituality and habits & vices. Production comes from regular collaborator Talos (More Time, Try Stop Us, Demons), 1drsy (Whoa, Complex, Windows) well recognised from his work on G frsh’s Alfie EP, up & coming producer Ollie Twist (Frankincense & Myrrh) and Coops himself (Water, Power).

COOPS has been on the taste-maker radar for a couple of years, having being named a one to watch by leading UK music sites SBTV and GRM Daily, and supported by key DJs including BBC Introducing’s Jen & Alley, Kiss FM’s Shortee Blitz, XFM’s Scroobius Pip and Capital Xtra’s Ras Kwame. In 2013 Coops supported hip-hop legend Nas at the O2 Arena in London, and Big Daddy Kane at The Jazz Cafe in 2015.

Brought up on the border of Hackney and Tottenham in North London, COOPS started writing when he was 17, saying it was one of the more positive and productive ways in which he and his friends would entertain themselves. He went on to study Performing Arts at Southampton University.