New Track: Out of Your Mind – Unkle Festa

Last year there were 40,147 instances of knife crime in London – just let that terrifying, sickening number sink in for a second. Veteran UK rapper UNKLE FESTA has and he’s fighting back, harnessing the power of hip-hop to take a stand with hard-hitting new single ‘Out Your Mind’.

Uncompromising and never preachy, ‘Out Your Mind’ pulls no punches, savagely exposing the mindlessness of knife crime and issuing a rallying cry to put a stop to it. Over a haunting piano-led beat Festa asks, “How many of our children have to be dead” before launching into a machine-gun chorus bringing his vintage flow to bear on heartfelt lyrics set to stun.

The former Mud Family spitter has been in the game since the late 90s, when he linked up with Skinnyman after relocating from Cyprus to London – since then knife crime in the UK has rocketed, with fatal stabbings at their highest level since WW2.

And this violent epidemic is finding its way into the rapper’s tracks – “When I write it’s about the things on my mind and close to my heart,” said Festa. “Seeing first-hand the madness on our streets motivated me to write this track”.

The track is driven by a message and screaming for social change, and Festa is seeing the bigger picture to make that happen: ”Out Your Mind is not just for the youth to understand, but parents and government to understand – they need to listen and must change themselves to create a better environment for our children to grow”.

Check out the hard-hitting video for ‘Out Of Your Mind’ below:

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Song of the Day: I Can’t Remember My Name – Snotty Nose Rez Kids (ft. Shanks Sioux)

Following their debut on the blog with single, ‘Creator Made Me An Animal’, SNOOTY NOSE REZ KIDS continue to bring on the aggressive and assertive energy through latest track, ‘I Can’t Remember My Name.’

“I Can’t Remember My Name suggests we are lost and don’t understand our position in this new world, but the lyrics tell the opposite. Instead of being consumed by society, we preserve everything that makes us Indigenous by staying true to ourselves through all the bullshit.” – SNOOTY NOSE REZ KIDS

‘I Can’t Remember My Name’ is from ‘their new album, ‘TRAPLINE’, released last Friday (10th May.)

Check out their video below, directed by Ben Knechtel (Carly Rae Jepsen).

New Track: O.L.V – Adjua

Hailing from Bristol, vocalist and producer ADJUA releases her debut single ‘O.L.V’, fresh off her upcoming album.

The tracks creation began with just the words “one little voice” – a line which ultimately became the overriding inspiration for the single. Diving headfirst into a deep rolling bass-line, ADJUA‘s powerful vocals cut through the darkness. Inspired by the bass heavy depths of Bristol’s underground music scene, a kaleidoscope of sounds and textures are fused with ADJUA’s transcendent songwriting to form her powerful, dark-pop aesthetic.

With the accompanying video the artist enlisted the help of aerial acrobat Amber Lavina to embody the track’s feeling of courage, as she gracefully defies gravity in the dark and mystical visual.

ADJUA began her musical career as a teenage drummer in an all-female punk band, where she quickly developed a taste for a genre that was willing to push social and political boundaries. After collaborating with a range of producers, she became revered for her high energy live performances as the front woman for Backbeat Soundsystem, combining her soulful melodies with a deep, poetic lyricism.

The talented young producer’s debut release shows an artist on the rise….check out the video to ADJUA‘s ‘O.L.V’ below:

Songs of the Day: Blue Hounds – Ren

Following the release of his debut EP, ‘A Calling From The Shore’ which generated over 650K streams on spotify, REN returns with a mellow piece entitled ‘Blue Hounds.’

Written and recorded in Newcastle, ‘Blue Hounds’ takes careful aim at the dogs let slip by a savage Tory agenda from Theresa May’s 2017 Tory manifesto to current EU negotiations.

Speaking of his latest effort, REN says: “With this song, I wanted to make people more aware of and engaged in current affairs. It’s a call for people to take a stand against policies that infringe on our rights.”

Have a listen below:

New Track: Creator Made An Animal – Snotty Nose Rez Kids (ft. Boslen)

Featuring rapper Boslen, SNOTTY NOSE REZ KIDS‘ latest joint, ‘Creator Made An Animal’, carries an aggressive and assertive energy that imitates the way society portrays Indigenous people and people of colour across Turtle Island.

As a latest edition of the Indigenous ancestry, the Canadian hip-hop duo stated they are often regarded as the pissed-off generation who haven’t gotten over what colonisation has done to their lands and people.

Through their boisterous yet slick delivery, they’re letting the world know that they are here to stay and they are NOT changing for anyone!  Their latest track serves as a teaser for their album, ‘TRAPLINE’, set for release next month.

Check out the video for ‘Creator Made An Animal’ Below: