Song of the Day: Trapstar II – Kwazi Cort

KWAZI CORT, a rising star in the UK Grime scene, serves a notice to all the non-believers who’ve been too quick to dub the genre as a thing of the past.

Using his single, ‘Trapstar II’ as a means of showcasing his multi-faceted artistry, he quite literally navigates the space between Rap and Grime to craft his own original sound, knotting together the kerrangs of Rock with the soulful harmonies of RnB.

Written as a diary of experiences, ‘Trapstar II’ serves as an ode and love letter to the South London streets which made him. Diving deeper into the complex feelings of negatively affecting your neighbourhood to make a living and fund studio-time, his aspirations are set way beyond any street cred. Kwazi Cort refreshingly vocalizes the challenges he faced as a recovered conscious gangster – sentiments which are not expressed enough in today’s music! Supplying listeners with the highs and lows of being a Trapstar, along with the burdens placed on his relationships, as a consequence of prioritizing the roads; finally giving real meaning to the phrase “married to the streets”.

“It’s kinda mad, I thought everybody went through similar things like me… I was wrong. My South London story morphed friends to foes, cats to catwalks, macs to models” Kwazi continues,“Trapstar II is an autobiography, recording my journey from hustling in the streets to barring in the booth. Grinding in order to better my position due to the lack of opportunities, meanwhile at war with my conscience, aware of the damage it’s causing my loved ones as a result.”

Check out the video for ‘Trapstar II’ below…

Song of the Day: Seven – EFÉ

A lo-fi / RnB singer songwriter from Dublin, EFÉ draws on influences such as SZA and Zack Villere. Dropping a handful of tracks as Anita via Soundcloud in 2019, she now returns in a new guise (pronounced Eff-Ay) to bring her bedroom soul sound to a wider audience.

Her first release is the remastered version of ‘Seven’, one of those early songs. Given an update by Chemo of KMJ45 Studios (Rag n Bone Man, Four Owls, Roots Manuva, Rodney P), the track serves as a perfect introduction to this astonishing artist and will usher in a period of activity that will culminate in a debut EP .

Check out the video for ‘Seven’ below…

Song of the Day: Light Work – CRSWHT

I suspect you guys had a tiring week, dying for your weekend to start with a bang. That’s why I’ve decided to leave you in the very capable hands of Chris Whyte – aka CRSWHT – and his track, ‘Light Work’. The New York spitter certainly makes light work of this seriously hard banger by slamming down a mindblowingly swift flow.

If this guy is not on your radar, well he should be! Check him out below…

Song of the Day: Crying (Cover) – KYŁO

Hailing from Toronto, KYŁO‘s cover of Roy Orbison’s ‘Crying’ is hardly recognizable to the original. She adds a sultry and melancholic vibe to the 60’s classic paired with chillingly faint vocals. Have a listen below:

Song of the Day: Do You Feel Me – Alice Rowe

ALICE ROWE is making a solid name for herself as a talented singer and songwriter who is obsessed with all elements of soul, pop, jazz and r&b. Her recent release even saw radio play from a key tastemaker in the field, Capital Xtra’s very own Leah David. Alice has shown incredible ability to be innovative with her new video. The visuals for ‘Do You Feel Me’ embrace lockdown, and show strength in the demonstration of mental and physical restrictions that are touched upon in the lyrics.

Alice Rowe’s musical inspirations range from greats like Etta James, to the likes of Loyle Carner. Having unleashed her first single in 2019, her music has continued focused on a wide-ranging fusion of muses to showcase her vast vocal ability. Previous singles, ‘Phase’ and ‘Figure You Out’, showcase Alice’s dynamic personality and sophisticated lyrical composition. Having drawn in tastemakers from Radio 1Xtra and BBC Introducing, Alice looks forward to her first EP that will be released later this year, ‘Foreseen’.

The new video for Do You Feel Me exaggerates the claustrophobic conflict musicians, especially, face in times of lockdown. The track follows the story of confused identity, communication and questions surrounding the real me. A feeling of frustration and restriction is prominent in Alice Rowe’s new visual depiction. It perfectly encapsulates the real-life struggles that are magnified world-wide, showcasing epic surrealism faced for music lovers alike.

Check out the video for ‘Do You Feel Me’ below…