New Music Video: Round & Round Parallax (ft. Rakaa Iriscience of Dilated Peoples)

Encapsulating a hybrid sound intertwining hard-hitting hip-hop with soul and substance PARALLAX releases ‘Round and Round’ featuring Rakaa Iriscience.

Concocting a contemporary twist whilst paying homage to the stylistic essence of old school hip-hop through its overlaying of samples and breakbeats ‘Round and Round’ binds together a feel-good essence that radiates from its core.

Bridging the gap between cultures the music video is shot on both sides of the pond; London and La with rap legend Rakaa Iriscience from the iconic group Dilated Peoples. Evoking a nostalgic vibes-a-plenty sound the visuals open with retro video camcorder effect. The juxtaposition of imagery from the UK and the US merge together seamlessly mirroring the fusion of stateside and homegrown hip-hop.

The East London-based rapper and producer has established a name for himself within the UK underground hip-hop scene and he has ventured outside the realms of the United Kingdom and his debut EP “Depth Perception’ sold physical copies in twelve countries. Gaining respect from hip-hop heads he has had co-signs from legends like Raekwon, Mr Scruff, Atmosphere, Lewis Parker and many more. In addition to this he has toured over UK, Europe and Asia and supported the likes of GZA, Lord finesse, Dead Prez and Tha Dogg Pound.

The UK hip-hop scene is flourishing and PARALLAX is amongst the wave of artists that has instilled a level of notoriety within the scene, showcasing the raw talent. Providing a snapshot of what he has to offer in ‘Round and Round’ and before the year comes to an end he will be dropping his debut LP.

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New Track: New Breath – Fliptrix

As one of the leading lights in the thriving UK hip hop scene, last month’s announcement of FLIPTRIX‘s album release for ‘INEXHALE’ caused a riot of excitement. Already teasing us with the video releases for album tracks ‘It’s Like That’ and ‘Bagging Up Music’, the conscious emcee now launches into full album mode as he drops the Chemo-produced single ‘New Breath’, premiered by DJ Target on BBC Radio 1Xtra.

With his trademark mellow tone FLIPTRIX takes us on a luscious melodic journey, delving into a variety of flows as his lyricism explores purpose in life and the social constraints around us on a daily basis.

After revealing the full tracklist for the album this week, which is produced by Chemo, Molotov & Joe Corfield, fans and music critics are itching to hear as much as they can before the album is officially released on 24th August. With UK Hip Hop royalty Skinnyman, Ocean Wisdom, Capo Lee, Coops, Carmody and more all featuring across the 16 tracks, the album provides new talent, varying genre flavours and highly respected pioneers of the UK sound.

‘New Breath’ was released on his own label High Focus Records, which has grown to be the biggest independent Hip-Hop label in the UK over the last 8 years, being home to Rag’n’Bone Man’s early projects and most recently achieving an independent Top 40 with Ocean Wisdom’s Wizville album earlier this year, FLIPTRIX has released a staggering 7 projects since 2007. He is also a member of super group The Four Owls, who dropped 2 of the most classic records in UK Hip Hop history (‘Natures Greatest Mystery’ in 2011 & ‘Natural Order’ in 2015) and have successfully toured the world numerous times and collaborated with the legend DJ Premier on the monumental ‘Think Twice’ single.

Check out the video for banger ‘New Breath’ – and if you’re in the London area on the 26th August, be sure to catch FLIPTRIX headlining his show at Jazz Cafe.

New Music Video: Crezzeh, Baby! – KAO

The brazen West Londoner just dropped his latest video taken from the ‘Liability Jones‘ mixtape for ‘Crezzeh, Baby!’

Bringing that raw, authentic hip-hop vibe on the visuals, this track has that wavey feel from the beat, which sees him vocal EARTHGANG’s track Meditate ft. J.I.D.

Always the entertainer, KAO drops lyrics that reflect his playful character while also making the most out of the situations we could all find ourselves in.

Check out the Amo Jones-directed video for the track that’s – in KAO‘s words – “An anthem for the unwell… A trip with the wicked”.

Album Review: Konfidence – Kit Rice

Previously featured tracks, ‘Just A Kiss’ and ‘Always Been This Way’ have set a curious tone for KIT RICE‘s brand new album entitled ‘Konfidence’, released on Monday (25th June).

I was very privileged to be invited to Kit’s album release launch party on Monday at London’s  229 The Venue Club and I gotta say this newcomer’s – along with the backing singers – well-poised vocals has compelled me even more to the eight-track collection.

‘Konfidence’ certainly matched the full-on confidence of the live performances I witnessed, by kicking off with a boisterous sound of the UKG scene, before offering up more club filling makeovers of the original R&B/soulful offerings, ‘Always Been This Way’ and ‘Just A Kiss’, with the help of producers Operator S and DJIMON.

The combination of that UKG vibes and smooth R&B offers the perfect balance throughout the album, topped off by the 2017 Voice contestant’s soulful vocal which effortlessly flows between the two genres.

With this pretty neat set, KIT RICE firmly holds onto the title as one of the most exciting and promising artists that the UK has seen in a very long time…

Make sure you check him out below:

Must Listens: Just A Kiss, Always Been This Way (original versions)

New Music Video: Special – Liv Lovelle

‘Special’ is the new single from London artist LIV LOVELLE. The tracks follow ‘Won’t Say Too Much’ and ‘All That Matters’ which saw Liv gain Spotify New Music Friday support across 8 countries as well as Apple’s ‘Best Of The Week’. To date her work has been streamed into the hundreds of thousands and has seen tastemaker support from the likes of Popjustice and The Line Of Best Fit.

With delicate influences of 1960’s Motown, 70’s soul and 90’s R&B, the latest release reflects a new sense of purpose and direction for Liv who elegantly combines smoky R&B vocals with a pure pop sensibility. Mentored by Nick Gatfield, who has guided the careers of music icons like Radiohead and Amy Winehouse, Liv is rapidly finding her own individual niche in the world of pop.

Check out the new video to her single below: