Manchester’s hip-hop collective ADS THE BARBARIAN have joined forces with London’s veteran producer REDD TUNES for the first EP of the year, ‘The Lone Ranger’.
Featuring members Fya Da Flame, DJ Hook Raida, DJ Cut and Slice, the three-track project features the smooth, retro vibes of hip-hop/boom bap, where the featured spitters take the spotlight to drop some serious bars on current affairs (namely the pandemic) and the hard knocks that life presents.
As well as teaming up with the Northern fierce crew, Redd Tunes have collaborated with various artists across the globe for the past 30 + years as a Britcore producer. If you’re not familiar with his work, here’s your chance to check it out here.
Before you head off to check out his catalogue, have a sample of Redd Tunes’ collab EP with Ads The Barbarian below…
Manchester based, animated four-piece, HI SIENNA, are leaning toward a unique sound in 2021 with latest single, ‘Hail Mary’, a juxtaposition between an angelic gospel-sounding melody and the raunchy exploration of lust and desire through it’s lyrics (think INXS). It’s an epic combination of twangy guitars, stadium-filling strings and harmonies that gift an uplifting, euphoric sound to the ear.
Formed in 2019, they bounced onto the scene, playing their first show as a headline at Manchester’s Deaf Institute, supported Scouting For Girls at the O2 Ritz and released their debut single, ‘Favourite’ Thing, in November that year. Their following releases have continued to be supported by the likes of Xs Manchester (record of the week), Amazing Radio (record of the week), BBC Introducing and even some famous faces such as Robert Carlyle and the legendary Dave Haslam!
These guys are worth a listen…check out ‘Hail Mary’ below…
Serving as a preview into his forthcoming debut album, ‘Music I Had To Write’, BEN EVEYTHING‘s captivating ethereal ballad, ‘Cold Window’, soulfully blends elements of dark UK electronica accompanied with a powerful and raw journey of self-reflection.
Ben reflects ‘I remember clearly one day, looking in the mirror and having an epiphany moment you only hear about in eastern philosophy or evangelical vice documentaries – the person looking back at me wasn’t the same person I was telling myself in my head.’
In its musical elements, the track takes inspiration from Fourtet and Joji and combines meditative piano with a vocal that is infused with the producer’s obsession with Dave Grohl’s performance on Everlong. This creates a subtle backdrop for the listener to go deeper into the lyrical theme of self-reflection.
‘Cold Window’ is the second single of the forthcoming album, ‘Music I Had To Write’, slated for release in Winter 2021. Have a listen below…
PRIMA‘s single ‘Walking Contradiction’, boasts a silky smooth, soul-tinged pop arrangement topped off with slinky vocals, where the Manchester-based R&B siren gives an open and honest account of her search for self-awareness, understanding, and ultimately self-love.
With BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra tracks of the week under her belt for singles ‘Weekend’ and ‘What RU Saying?’, and appearances at The Warehouse Project, Reading & Leeds Festival, and Printworks London, Prima has established herself as a one-to-watch.
The soulful singer’s recent jam ‘100’ announced the start of a new creative chapter, with a full R&B project in the works. Co-signed by some leading tastemakers including Manchester’s very own Children Of Zeus, music blog Earmilk, and a forthcoming collaboration with Pretty Little Thing, it’s safe to say Prima is continuing her uphill trajectory.
Have a peek at Prima’s music video for ‘Walking Contradiction’ below…
With his previous single ‘P.O.P (Hold It Down)’ garnering strong support and rave reviews in the few weeks since its release from tastemakers such as BBC 1Xtra, KISS Fresh, Capital Xtra, Notion, Noctis Magazine, GRM Daily, Mixtape Madness and Link Up TV, Manchester rising star SVMI is not resting on his laurels and is circling right back with a new offering titled ‘MILAN’, which is produced by long-time collaborator LiTek (Rag’n’Bone Man, Bugzy Malone, Central Cee) and will lead up to the release of his debut EP with NQ Records titled Ma Mood on June 25.
Speaking about the inspiration behind ‘Milan’, SVMI says, “the track is me wanting to get out of town to escape the drama and negativity. I was tired of people getting onto me for doing music, and you can hear me responding on the verses. There was a lot going on when I made this song, from girl trouble to dealing with jealousy and spite, and the track perfectly captured my frame of mind. I wrote the song just when I was making that transition into being an artist and that’s not as easy as people think. Sometimes you just want to drop everything and fly away”.
Having broken into the scene in Manchester as a teenager creating captivating music videos for the likes of Aitch and Izzie Gibbs, SVMI began making music himself a couple of years ago and has already amassed nearly five million plays, bolstered by his breakthrough single ‘Bait Lies’, which blew up last summer, as well as fan-favourites ‘Old Friends’ and ‘Timeout’. Championed by tastemakers, critics and fans alike, SVMI is not only one of Manchester’s new rising stars pushing the Northern music scene forward, but he is also proving to be one to watch in UK music for 2021.