Song of the Day: Simmer Down – Sakyi 4

You have great potential… It’s just you guys need to work out what group you want to be – SIMON COWELL.

With that sound advice from one of the most respected music moguls on the planet, brothers Reece, Carl, Aaron and Eden Sakyi – aka SAKYI 4 – are determined to become UK’s next promising R&B group. 

For their latest single, ‘Simmer Down,’ the quartet switched it up with rich and bold presence of Afrobeats, fused with their laid-back R&B trademark. Since its release, the music video for the single has cranked up over 8,000 views on Youtube, gaining support from Link Up TV.

Their previous R&B number, ‘Bad As You’, received a seal of approval from SBTV’s Jamal Edwards MBE, clocking up over 31,000 views on YouTube.

Born in North West London into a mixed heritage (Ghanaian and British) , SAKYI 4 were introduced to music from an early age through their parents’ love for soul, pop and African music. The brothers share the same passion for singing and songwriting, crediting Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson as early influences.

Gaining praises from a string of UK’s biggest urban tastemakers, SAKYI 4‘s new offering is just the beginning of their very fruitful journey….check it the video.

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New Track: Day Ones – Ms Banks

Showing no signs of slowing down and continuing to prove why she is worthy of all the attention since first bursting onto the scene with her 2014 mixtape ‘Once Upon A Grind’, UK hip-hop artist MS BANKS returns with her new track ‘Day Ones’.

Produced by Donae’O and ProducerWez, ‘Day Ones’ is the addictive, future hit set to extend the summer vibes with its infectious beats and MS BANKS’ inimitable flow. Launched with the must-see visuals shot in south London, the track is available to stream and download everywhere on Friday.

‘Day Ones’ is the follow-up to MS BANKS’ explosive tracks ‘’Get Loose’, ‘OMG’ and ‘Vibes’ which were released earlier this year and saw her causing a stir with her potent lyrical skills and unmatched, deadly delivery which she recently took to the stage with fiery performances at Glastonbury Festival, the Boy Better Know Takeover show at The O2.

With MS BANKS building on the hysteria she has caused over the past year and sharing more new music and electric live performances throughout the rest of 2017 and already garnering support from outlets such as Dazed, Noisey, Dummy, The FADER, The Source, BBC 1Xtra, SBTV, GRM Daily and Link UP TV, there’s no doubt that she is ready to take her crown as the queen of UK hip-hop.

New Music Video It’s Not A Thing 2 Man – Skatta (ft. BFAST, Outz, Ridla & ShadowCV6)

The SKATTA led Coventry collaboration of MCs have upped the levels on this video which has been unleashed to SBTV last week.

Fusing the sounds of grime and garage, ‘It’s not a thing 2 man’ is SKATTA‘s latest outing, as he shares the attention and brings through a range of heavy Coventry MC talent. Echoing what he did in 2015 with ‘Has it come to This’ which saw him appear live as a guest on BBC 1xtra, this is a high paced energetic sing a long grime hit which is all about the mindset of being able to hit your goals without it being a big deal!

The song features Coventry talent  BFAST, Outz, Ridla & ShadowCV6. ShadowCV6’s track ‘Not Alone’ was named Song of the Week by NEW LEASE MUSIC for two consecutive weeks in May.

New Music Video: The Warning – Lil Probz

LIL PROBZ returns bolder with a brand new music video for track, ‘The Warning’ taken from his E.P, ‘Concrete Vol.1’, released on Sunday (13 August) via Underground Kulture.

In the two-and-a-half minute production, the grime MC spits effortlessly over a rhythmic bounce of the infectiously heavy bass line – warning every one of his mammoth return!

‘The Warning’ is a the first release from the EP, ‘Concrete Vol.1’. Tracks ‘Thumbs Up’ and ‘All Stars Remix’ inject energy into the six-track collection with a woofer of a bass line. The EP also includes laid-back bangers, ‘No Chill’ (sampled from Mobb Deep’s hit ‘Quiet Storm), ‘Letter to My Son’ (sampled Eminem’s ‘Mockingbird) and the reggae-fused ‘Smoked Out’.

Hailing from East London, LIL PROBZ shot onto the Grime scene like a ball out of a cannon. Having support from SBTV, Link up TV, Rinse FM, and other big channels, LIL PROBZ has also garnered attention from the likes of Tim Westwood where he has previously been a guest on the 1Xtra show.

With a bombastic EP and music video now out for your inspection, 2017 will see this MC on-a-steady-rise go viral.

‘Concrete Vol.1’ is available as a free download right here.

New Track: Your Fool – Marlon Percy

In the run up to the release of his EP ‘ The Little Things, London-based singer/songwriter/producer, MARLON PERCY unveiled his latest single, ‘Your Fool’.

Boasting an eccentric and alluring mix of jazzy keys and soulful vocals, ‘Your Fool’ documents the power a woman has over a man, both sexually and psychologically, in today’s society.

Having gained support from BBC Radio 1Xtra and BBC Introducing, Marlon recently had one of his collaborative projects, ‘Leaving’, released and promoted by The Vibe Guide. He also features on the single ‘Pay Your Way’, by Fat Lion Hi-Fi, recorded at Red Bull Studios, which was supported by SBTV and DJ David Rodigan.

Marlon has played at venues across London, Brighton and Bristol, as well as at festivals including Boomtown and Farr Festival, showcasing his distinctive live set which blends keys and vocals with triggered beats and bass all going through his laptop for manipulation.

‘The Little Things EP’ explores human experience of love, loss, fear and purpose. Of the EP, Marlon says:”‘While all of the songs deal lyrically with potentially heavy issues, the melodies and the chilled electronic production style creates an uplifting atmosphere. To echo the fluctuating nature.”

So here’s your chance to check out the first installment of the EP…

 

New Music Video: My Brudda – Artan

ARTAN is proving to be a captivating artist. His unique sound combines singing and lyricism via unique melodies and clever rap verses. Having recently debuted ‘Opposite Interests’ on SBTV, the first taste of his ‘Breaking Stereotypes’ E.P, he now releases ‘My Brudda’ exclusively on GRM alongside the official release of the E.P.

The record is a soulful ditty with a hip-hop twang bouncing along beneath ARTAN’s jazzy vocals. The depth to his voice makes an intriguing listen as his lyrics show off a rugged charm and swagger to his manner.

Having turned the heads of rap fans and tastemakers with the release of his Bl@ckbox freestyle in 2016, platforms have been hot on his heels to release new content and judging by the YouTube comments that are already pouring in for ‘My Brudda’, it is clear to see why ARTAN is commanding an array of support from major online platforms such as Link Up TV, GRM Daily and SBTV.

‘Breaking Stereotypes’ is out now on Spotify and Apple Music; catch the fresh new video for ‘My Brudda’ below.

New Track: Opposite Interests – Artan

Cultivating a buzz in the underground music scene, ARTAN elevates the levels even further with the release of his brand new single ‘Opposite Interests’.

Entwining slick melodies with clever rap verses, ARTAN gives a fresh dimension to his music as he makes a seamless transition between singing and rapping- alternating between different flows.

The enchanting instrumental consisting of xylophone and piano samples echoes through the introduction and bleeds into his opening hook. The production, courtesy of Katmundu, oozes with summer vibes and gears us up for the season.

2016 opened the floodgates to a wave of interest following his debut release on Bl@ckbox, where he demonstrated his fiery flow. This consequently lead to an array of support from major online platforms such as Link Up TV, GRM Daily and SBTV for his latest releases.

‘Opposite Interests’ is taken from his debut E.P ‘Breaking Stereotypes’, released last Wednesday, which captures ARTAN’s eclectic sounds and delivery.

So here’s your chance to check out the first installment from his latest E.P.

New Track: Glow – Stash Peso

Straight from the rap breeding ground of North-West London’s Stonebridge estate, STASH PESO releases his new joint, ‘Glow’.

Differing from fellow rappers in content, subject and vision, Stash’s style is unorthodox and intelligent in production style and wordplay, exemplified in this latest track. He has impressive lyrical flow, which is instantly captivating, provoking attention to his lyrics and he is said to treat his music like a personal diary. His trademark singing and rapping style over harmonising production marks him out as one of the more intriguing, left-field rappers coming out of London right now.

Pricking the attention of avid rap fans, Stash’s latest releases have been premiered and featured across Complex, SBTV and Clash Magazine and have received fundamental support from the UK music gatekeepers, GRM and Link Up TV.

Part of the London collective TOORARETODIE – a creative team made up of rappers, singers, writers and designers, Stash and his compadres have cultivated a street trend in the caps he features in his videos – the rare snapbacks are so highly in demand across London that they’re constantly sold out.

A true creative talent in more ways than one, Stash’s lyrical sophistication sets the tone for an impressive artist making his move..so it’s over to you: it’s time to check out the visual for ‘Glow’.

New Music Video: Liars – Zeo x Eyez

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ZEO and EYEZ bring along a heavy collaborative track, fully representing the Midlands, with Zeo from Wolverhampton and Eyez from Derby.

The Asian influenced bouncy beat produced by Zeo allows ZEO and EYEZ to flow superbly with their dexterous lyrics about people who aren’t true to themselves. The video directed by Kyle Shox Brown enhances the Japanese style theme.

The pair have both been putting in work with Zeo previously working with some of Grime’s heavy hitters including established artist and producers such as JME (BBK), DJ Q (BBC Radio 1Xtra), Trilla, Bassboy and TRC, amassing national radio support and online coverage from gatekeepers such as SBTV, GRM Daily and RWD Magazine. Whilst this year EYEZ released his all star mixtape Mind The Gap with a Midlands Vs. London cypher on it from Eyez, Mez & Kamakaze Vs. AJ Tracey, Dave & Jammz which gained support from Fact Mag, Complex, RWD and more. He was the Derby captain of the Red Bull Grime-A-Side team who won the clash this year against 7 other cities from the UK.

ZEO and EYEZ prove that Midlands Grime is definitely on the map with their new track – go check it out!

Song of the Day: Platinum & Gold – Basheba

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After experimenting in the studio with the hotly tipped producer, XVR BLCK, BASHEBA returns with new material inspired by the sounds of 90s RnB and contemporary bass. The sublime Platinum & Gold, is the first release taken off her latest E.P Axiom Part 2, out now.

Known for combining breakbeat and jungle rhythm in her previous work, Platinum & Gold marks an evolution in sound for the young artist. Her lyrics come straight from the heart and the dark soulful vocal delivery always stands out in her music, and it’s this, which she has been able to translate effortlessly to other areas, such as alt pop and R&B with the project.

BASHEBA‘s last track Don’t Go, garnered support across the board from tastemakers at 1Xtra, BBC Introducing and 6music and online by SBTV, Complex, 405, Fred Perry and MOBO Unsung and her latest project is another example of why she is one to watch – check it out!