New Rapper Mikano Reflects On Gender And Identity With Single, ‘Silhouette’

French-Cameroonian hip hop newcomer MIKANO, reveals pop-driven, Afrotrap single ‘Silhouette’ released last Wednesday (27th November).

The brand new cut is the first installment from his forthcoming mixtape, ‘Melting Balloons’, planned for release in Spring 2020.

On the meaning behind the song, Mikano explained: “It celebrates the female beauty in all its diversity. The word ‘Silhouette’ entails an outline with a featureless interior, we can see it’s a woman, but we can’t see her skin colour”.

Entirely produced by up and coming Parisian producer Sutus, the single mixes a pop-driven afrobeat melody with trap-tinged beats; “I wanted to create a genre-blending track, unifying different music cultures, the African element with British and American styles,” clarifies the young rapper.

Growing up in cities as diverse as Abu Dhabi, Cairo and Amsterdam, Mikano – who now resides in Paris –  is the perfect example of a Third Culture Kid whose music has been dramatically influenced by his rootless past. Inspired by artists from different genres such as Agnès Obel  and Alabama Shakes, Mikano’s first two EPs ‘No Devices Found’ and ‘Blind Man Dreams’, have seen support from some of the most prestigious French music publications including Tsugi and Rolling Stone.

Most French speaking rappers struggle to find fame outside France – even though the country is the second biggest market for hip-hop. It is time for a French, English speaking rapper to break the rules, and Mikano’s ‘Silhouette’ has the potential to set the young rapper on the right path for international success.

Check out for video for the single below…

Sonz Of Thunder UK Drops Video For Latest Track, ‘Blessings Pon Blessings’

 SONZ OF THUNDER UK – have unveiled the music video for their latest track, ‘Blessings Pon Blessings’, featuring Ghana’s award-winning gospel artist Edward Saah.

Already gaining over 1K views on YouTube, the video was shot during the North-West Londoner’s trip to Ghana’s infamous landmark, Cape Coast Castle – a place where as many as 1.5 million natives were stored and shipped out to United Kingdom, America, and Jamaica for slavery. ‘Blessings Pon Blessings’ chronicles their gratitude of receiving a string of good fortunes in their lives and encourages the listener to also count any blessings that come their way.

Gaining UK support from the likes of Ras Kwame (Capital Xtra), DJ AhhVeeDaa (The Beats 103.6 FM), Premiere Radio, UGN Jamz as well as support from US stations (Urban City Radio and Uganda Boston), ‘Blessing Pon Blessings’ sees the pair exchanging their renown reggae/dancehall combo for a vibrant lick of tropical Afrobeats.

‘Blessings Pon Blessings’ is out now on all download/streaming sites including iTunes, Spotify and Amazon Music.

Check out the video below…

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Isaac B Drops Latest Visuals For ‘SNE HNE’

known for his freestyle prowess, London born, Florida brewed ISAAC B, returns with the visuals for his second single: ‘See No Evil, Hear No Evil’(SNE HNE).

From its hypnotic production, to lyrical rhapsody, we are journeyed through the themes of ill-judgement, deceit, snitching and murder.

With subtle nods to the death of one of his hometown infuences, XXXtentacion, a reflection upon the very streets that saw Isaac’s talent develop, ‘SNE HNE’ is loaded with sombre imagery, mirrored in the spine-chilling video.

Laced with lowkey haunting samples, echoing news reports, and police tapes, listeners are transcended to the centre of a crime scene. With a shadowy all-consuming ambience, it reveals the senseless loss of talent, potential and life.

So here’s your chance to check out video for the downtempo banger below…

Jacob Seeger Releases Music Video For New Single, ‘Down’

After landing five sync placements on CBS, signing with AWAL, and achieving over 10,000 monthly listeners on Spotify within a few months, JACOB SEEGER shows promise as a rising Pop/R&B artist in the industry. From Motown’s Mavin Gaye up to today’s Drake, Jacob’s influences stem primarily throughout the history of R&B music. Yet with additional inspiration from music spanning across all genres, Jacob takes a unique spin on what contemporary Pop/R&B sounds like.

With a simple message of: if you’re down to be together with me then let’s do it, ‘Down’ is a warm, playful song that reflects the excitement of defining a new relationship. By combining his love of all types of music with his roots in R&B, everyone can find a sound in Jacob’s music that they can relate to.

Check out the video to ‘Down’ below…

Vincent Barrea Shares Fiery Video For Single, ‘Chemical or Love’

Moscow-based vocalist, producer and rapper VINCENT BARREA has dropped some blazing visuals for his new single ‘Chemical or Love’, premiered on VENTS Magazine. The three-minute production is tipped to follow suit Barrea’s success with his previous outputs, ‘Zoom Zoom’, which has racked up over 800K Youtube views; ‘Save My Life’ and ‘I’m Not Afraid’ racked up well over 400K views.

Mixed and mastered by Grammy-nominated engineer Alex Evans (Skrillex, Rag N Bone Man, Basement Jaxx), ‘Chemical or Love’ is based on the uncertainties experienced during the beginning stages of a new relationship. The track opens with an upbeat piano intro and a cuban-style sound palette before Vincent’s vocals slide into the first suave stanza. Forward thinking beats blended with retro instrumentals and an urbane approach to songwriting, make ‘Chemical or Love’ catchy and compelling.

Speaking of the track, Barrea comments: “This song is a musical transformation of the experiences of a real person. A person who is so strongly in love that he cannot determine whether it is just chemistry occurring in his head, or a very persistent feeling from the bottom of his heart. These thoughts annoy and create doubt and anxiety, and don’t give the opportunity to move further in the relationship – thereby spiraling it to a dead end.”

Check out the video for ‘Chemical Or Love’ below…