Song of the Day: Control – Davido x Django23 x Big Narstie

Following on from becoming the first Nigerian Act to reach 100 Million views on Youtube for ‘Fall’, which is also the longest charting Nigerian pop song in Billboard history, DAVIDO teams up with rap sensation DJANGO23 and the biggest Rap personality in the UK, BIG NARSTIE for the bouncing summer slam ‘Control’.

Snappy clicks, punching bass and percussive shakes are layered with sirens and ad-libs as producer mastermind Rymez, responsible for chart hits including Wiley ‘Heatwave’ and a string of Stefflon Don smashes including – Hurtin’ Me, Senseless and Don Walk, delivers a masterful creation that lives for this three-strike rapper combo.

As the sounds and worlds of global rap, entertainment and genre gaps rise and merge, ‘Control’ is the perfect example of how music is crossing more boundaries than ever before. Having become Nigeria’s biggest rapper to gain success in the United States and subsequently be the leader of Afrobeats in the Billboard charts, DAVIDO has been key in spreading Afrobeats globally. Meanwhile former UK promoter and Rap star DJANGO23 has blown up to become one of the most hotly tipped entertainment acts in recent months following releases ‘Suggardaddie’ featuring Tekno and ‘Give them Django’. His experience in delivering sell-out concerts and parties with A-Listers including Kanye West, Nas, The Game, Madonna, Damian Marley and more has made his transition between the worlds of entertainment business and music a seemless one. Finally, needing no introduction, Entertainer, Bafta nominated TV presenter and rap star BIG NARSTIE seals together what the all-star cast for this certified smash.

Check out the summer banger ‘Control’ below:

New Track: Pedestal – Autumnmusic

songwriter AUTUMNMUSIC  AKA Rosi Croom revealed the impassioned lead track ‘Pedestal’, from her debut EP ‘Dreams&Fears’.

Kicking off with buoyant synth bass and Croom’s assertive vocals, ‘Pedestal’ is a minimal tale of sudden attraction and desire for human touch. As the track develops, her ethereal vocals soar above the enchanting production – embroiled in both anguish and desire. Inspired by Odysseus’ perilous maritime journey, ‘Pedestal’ begins the musical lovelorn voyage destined to end in emotional turmoil.

The debut EP sees Rosi put aside her usual themes of feminism, politics and mental health, to create a deeply personal body of work, taking listeners on a journey of sensuality, lust, loss and violence. These rich narratives are further brought to life on stage using a loop station and live sampling, weaving her stories and their accompanying motifs into a complex tapestry.

Behind the scenes Rosi has established herself as a formidable artistic talent, gaining a sync with Harvey Nichols and collaborating with American music producer Mark Endert, whose impressive discography has seen him work on Madonna’s Grammy Award winning album ‘Ray of Light’, as well as collaborating on numerous projects with Maroon 5, Rihanna and Miley Cyrus. Most recently, Rosi has worked as a choral arranger for Stu Larsen and American singer-songwriter Jesca Hoop, continuously diversifying her musical career. Choosing to create under the alias Autumnmusic, the elusive project explores the depths of the human heart and psyche through deep poetic craftsmanship – winning her 4 awards at The UK Song Writing Contest and support from Tom Robinson on BBC 6 Music.

AUTUMNMUSIC reveals ‘Dreams&Fears’ at her EP launch show on 8th May at Servant Jazz Quarters in London, where she’s set to display her innate penchant for vivid storytelling in an intimate environment.

Hit the play button on ‘Pesdestal.’

Review: The Heart Break EP – Aeon Flex and Shade K Ft. Goldillox

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Trenton Thompson is determined to end 2015 with a massive BANG! The DJ/ producer/owner of Tech D Records called upon the best talent around to achieve his mission, through an explosive EP, The Heart Break, released on Beatport last month.

So who’s on the three-track set? As well as having long-term collaborators, Spanish breakbeat maestro Shade K and award-winning breakbeat guru Wes Smith on the project, the club filler offering also feature the vocals of dubstep/trap/breakbeat /house phenomenon Goldillox (think of a more radical and blinged up version of Gwen Stefani). Thompson first saw the platinum blondshell during her live performing at Florida’s Old Firestone. Describing her stage presence as ‘jaw dropping’ the music marketer gave her a well-earned spot on this record label, so it was definitely (for him) a no-brainer to include her on the latest release. Completing the line-up is producer and DJ Akeley and, of course, the man behind the label Trenton Thompson –aka Aeon Flex.

The EP kicks off with the original mix of the single The Heart Break. If you’re not familiar with the work of Shade K and Aeon Flex, this is the time to get acquainted with the masters at work. From the very beginning, the almost three-and-a-half minute banger has the strong potential to grab any prospective listener’s attention with its melodic stagnant beats, joining in harmony with the prominent electronic drive.  The explosive fusion continues on a high, thanks to Goldillox’s EDM/pop-ready and arguably Madonna-esque vocals.

 

Next it was Wes Smith’s turn to steal the thunder and work his magic on the single, giving the recording an upbeat and a slightly lighter feel (compared to the previous effort). Smith makes use of the almost aggressive but exuberating chopped beats, which rips through the electronic bass and takes centre stage.

 

Concluding the EP, DJ Alekey puts a sinisterly dark spin on the single Heat Break. Starting off with echoic vocals, the  rhythmic  EDM tones makes a brief entry before being abruptly  taken over by the boldly dense thump and, just like Smith’s effort, rips through the infectiously light electronic drive,  creating a spine-chillingly great sensation.

 

In January, it will be Tech D Record’s second birthday…and this EP will surely heighten the celebration. With undeniably infectious and vibrant chopped up hooks, produced to absolute precision, this small set with a mammoth impact has what it takes to receive heavy attention from  underground clubs  and from pirate and possibly mainstream dance/DEM radio stations over the festive season. The Heart Break EP has all the right ingredients to effortlessly sail through to the summer of 2016.

Thompson has definitely made the right move of choosing Goldillox to front each of the tracks, as the quirky breakbeat princess could potentially be hailed as the face of Tech D Records by avid fans of EDM of all variations.

Get your copy of The Heart Break EP right here.

 

Song of the Day: Love Come Home (Todd Terry Tee’s Freeze Mix) – Kristine W

Today’s song is Love Come Home by Kristine Weitz – aka – KRISTINE W. The track is the third release from her latest album New & Number Ones.

Born in a small town in Washington State, KRISTINE W became one of the hottest dance floor properties during the mid-’90s, with several singles featuring her  soulful voice which topped the dance charts and placed high on the pop charts through most of Europe. Her 1994 single  Feel What You Want, hit number one on the dance charts as well as the Top Five on the charts of ten European countries. The follow-up One More Try proved just as successful, earning  KRISTINE W a major-label contract with RCA. She released her debut album Land of the Living in mid-1996, and spent four years working on the follow-up, Stronger.

With nine consecutive #1s, the former Miss America contestant  holds the world’s record for Most Consecutive #1 Billboard Club Hits, surpassing Madonna and Janet Jackson’s previously shared record of seven.