Manchester’s hip-hop/poet J CHAMBER‘s EP, ‘Escape The Kingdom’, covers topics of being a black and British in Great Britain today – the kind of hard-hitting topics that are often swept under the carpet.
Over predominantly reggae driven beats, J Chambers touches on slavery, the migration of Windrush generation to the UK and the harsh and unwelcomed treatment they’ve received by the British people (listen to ‘Freedom Ain’t Free.’)
Through his distinctively manc-catchy flow, J Chambers also discusses that the dependents of the Windrush generation also experience the same treatment and any contributions made by the black community are often overlooked by the British society.
‘Escape The Kingdom’ also has a theme of black liberation by offering strong encouragement of stamping out any prejudices and racism that comes to path. Speaking of the project, J Chambers says he wanted it to really “resonate with young children” .
Why not have a listen to this powerful project below…
Must Listens: Escape The Kingdom, Freedom Ain’t Free
Bringing on the UK heat, British Reggae legend, MR WILLIAMZ has linked up with TOP CAT for sizzling joint ‘Rocking Style’.
With his roots stemmed in West London, home of the world-famous Notting Hill Carnival, Mr Williamz is known by fans the globe over as an original sound system toaster, and whilst the world is unable to descend on his doorstep to soak in and celebrate the British Caribbean community and Black British Culture this year, he ensures that the vibes are still being delivered with the new release.
The second single from his forthcoming album ‘Soundkilla Mindset’ that is due for release in September, ‘Rocking Style’ unites Mr Williamz with award-winning, chart topping Mancunion MC, Top Cat. Excelling in their artistry individually, the duo bring their experience together, packed with versatility and charisma for the contemporary joint.
Introducing ‘Soundkilla Mindset’ with the release of previous single ‘Lyrics Collection’, the two singles set the tone of the album. Packed with vibrancy, ebullience and varying tempos, the records home in on the lyrical dexterity, narration capability and even hint at the socio-political topics that can be expected of the 10-track album that holds Mr Williamz at its very heart, and has been executively produced by Specialist Moss.
‘Sounkilla Mindset’ will be the 3rd album from Mr Williamz and is a paramount release from the former BBC UK Artist of the year. Teasing us with hand drawn album artwork, an exclusive collection of hand-written lyrics and visuals that show a clear new direction for the reggae sensation, the album introduces a much more personal side to Mr Williamz inviting the listener in to his passion of drawing and art alongside his narrative as a lyrical specialist.
So time to get a taste of ‘Sounkilla Mindset’ below…
YVON uses music as a therapeutic outlet, expressing her thoughts and feelings through creating music, she has collaborated with Dekar to give us her single ‘Run’, a smooth RnB infused track with a hint of tropical vibes resonating from its core.
Having modelled and walked on runways for the elites of the fashion industry, representing brands such as Victoria Beckham, Maison Margiela, Matches Fashion, Selfridges and Topshop to name a few, Yvon’s main passion and focus is her musical journey. After losing her father at a young age, Yvon started writing poetry at aged seven and writing became a daily therapy for her. Although singing since a young age, her desire to vocalise her poetry sparked an interest in rapping, further influenced by hearing her brothers write lyrics and perform around the house.
With a ‘Free Spirited’ musical style, Yvon combines mainly RnB and Soul, with influences ranging from the greats that include Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu, D’Angelo and Jasmine Sullivan. She has spent the last two years honing her craft in the studio and gained support from tastemaker sites such as Dazed and HighSnobiety for her stepped back performance at Sofar Sounds HQ, she has also delivered impressive performed at the likes of Keakie, UN:HURD and The Hospital Club.
Bringing a captivating and unique musical experience, let your mind ‘Run’ with Yvon.
Fresh off their 36 date UK and European tour with reggae giants UB40, Birmingham-based group KIOKO hit the ground running with the release of their new single ‘Let’s Be Frank’.
Focusing on candid, heartfelt lyricism and heavyweight rhythms, the single captures the impeccable live sound of the reggae collective, encompassing the energy from their high octane performances. ‘Let’s Be Frank’ is bristling with fresh reggae rhythms, captivating horns and buoyant vocal energy, sitting comfortably within a timeless reggae tempo.
Performing alongside UB40, The Wailers, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry and garnering support from Louder Than War, Huffington Post UK, London Live as well as airplay from BBC Radio 1, 1XTRA and BBC 6 Music, ‘Let’s Be Frank’ is an effortless display of KIOKO’s ability to curate empowering anthems infused with blistering reggae rhythms.
One of the most important UK bands of the 70s and 80s, known best for their hit single ‘Amigo’ which reached number nine in the charts in 1980, BLACK SLATE have returned with new material, a newly augmented line-up and a new live show to reaffirm to fans old and new just why they made such on impact on the British musical landscape!
Featuring original members, Anthony ‘Pure Silk’ Brightly (Keyboards); Chris ‘Music House’ Hanson (Lead/Rhythm Guitar) and Desmond ’Drummy’ Mahoney (Drums/Congo/Percussion) alongside newer cohorts, Colin ’Steam Fish’ McNiesh (Bass) and Jessie ’Energy’ Brade (Vocals) as well as Gaven ‘Magic Voice’ Creary (Vocals), their current single, ‘Daylight’, shows them at the very top of their game!
Their upcoming album, Peaceful Demonstration, is released on the on TCD Records the label named for Tony (Anthony), Chris and Desmond, the original members of the band founded in 1972 in the United Kingdom. After 40 years in the music business, the deep roots reggae band returns with their first full-length album released since 1982.
Formed in Hackney in 1974, BLACK SLATE were the first completely homegrown UK reggae band, utilising their own sound system and dub plates, rather than the traditional method of using existing plates from Jamaica. At a time of huge racial tension and regular clashes between police and the black community, their first single, ‘Sticks Man’, appealed to communities to lead by example, the key lyric being: “If you tief a white, you will tief a black”…a reference to the spate of pickpockets in London at the time.
Taken as an anthem by both black and white communities who felt marginalised by society, the single became a 1976 hit in the UK singles chart, though including sales through non-affiliated reggae stores would have reflected it having sold phenomenal numbers.
Enjoying cross-over success with their hit single and album, Amigo, in 1980, touring with the likes of Peter Tosh and selling out venues likes London’s iconic Rainbow and in countries like Australia and New Zealand, they went on an extended hiatus from the routine and releasing record and endless touring but have now returned, refreshed and as inspired and incisive as ever.