Song of the Day: Shoot Your Shot – Mbrown

Following on from his preceding hit ‘Island Love’, MBROWN slams down other fresh release titled ‘Shoot Your Shot’.

Injecting his signature soulful flair into this Sparbz produced instrumental, Mbrown continues to showcase his own unique sound with his latest offering. Armed with an infectious hook and endearing lyrics, Mbrown delivers ‘Shoot Your Shot’ as the perfect contender for any summer collection.

South East London native Mbrown was raised in a cultured Nigerian household, where he experienced an inspirational upbringing among a family of talented musicians, performers, producers and vocal coaches who encouraged him to perform in church and school. From a young age, he was exposed to music from artists such as Usher and Donell Jones all the way to Wande Coal and D’Banj.

Combining and experimenting with a plethora of different musical elements and genres, Mbrown’s innate music elegance is showcased with every release. His other musical influences include Chris Brown, Amerie, Drake, Wizkid, Burna Boy, and D’Angelo, and coins his unique sound ‘Afro-soul’ – a fusion of Afrobeats and R&B.

Notably, Mbrown’s previous single ‘Island Love’ has racked up over 80k streams to date, as well as an impressive 40k+ views on GRM Daily’s YouTube channel for the official music video, too. With plans to release an EP before the end of 2022, it’s safe to say Mbrown is gearing up for the most fruitful year of his career yet…Have a listen to ‘Shoot Your Shot’ below…

Song of the Day: Suitable – Her Skin

HER SKIN‘s latest single, ‘Suitable’ is very personal song and is extra special as she wrote the song with her dad, who is also a musician. This is the third single taken from her forthcoming album ‘I Started A Garden’, that will be released later this year.

Her Skin says of her single: “’Suitable’ is a love song. I wrote it as a reminder that love should be something natural and spontaneous and not something that you can force. I just wanted to write a song that described this idea of love as something romantic, that transcends all distances, something that’s not really under your control.”

Originally from Modena, Italy, Her Skin – real name Sara Ammendolia – started writing songs when she was fifteen years old and always had a huge passion for music. The first song she ever liked was Le Freak by Chic and she now takes inspiration for her own music from many bands / artists including, Sibylle Baier, Vashti Bunyan, Mac DeMarco, Beirut, Joni Mitchell, Jay Malinowski, The Kinks, the Head and the Heart.

This year she has performed at numerous festivals including SXSW in Texas, The Great Escape in Brighton, Mondo in New York and Primavera in Barcelona. She has also done multiple tours around the world taking in Italy, France, Germany, Holland, Hungary, India and United States.

Have a listen to ‘Suitable’ below…

Song of the Day: Flossed Up – MC Salum x Nova

Continuing his run of exceptional collaborations, MC Salum’s latest single ‘Flossed Up’ features Nova, the winner of Scottish Album of the Year in 2020, and DJ Mag’s Best of British ‘Breakthrough MC’ award. 2022 has seen MC Salum on a roll of versatile singles after his debut album ‘Crocodile DD’ in December, including Bambooz Me feat. Nayme and We Talkin’ feat. Jazz.

Flossed Up uses an edgy, experimental beat from producer Jack Dean, showcasing the two rapper’s ability to work with any rhythm, showing off their versatile nature.

Dundee born, MC Salum encapsulates all things that make a modern artist; MC, producer, rapper, collaborator, and visionary. His sound is laden with a variety of influences, the future of music which has learnt so much from the past. His infectious character draws people to him with each release, asserting a youthful presence in the Scottish scene. He collaborates closely with his good friends and his talent for scouting guest vocalists makes each track fresh and exciting. Together they have fused a sound of R&B with alternative hip hop, all under the umbrella of alternative pop.

Sitting amongst artists like Little Simz, Ghetts and ENNY, Nova won the award for Breakthrough MC/Vocalist in the DJ Mag Best of British Awards in December 2021.

Flirting with drill, rap and RnB sounds, Nova brings a high energy performance to every beat she steps on. Known for her feisty lyrics and stunning performances, she is a multi-award-winning rap artist and singer unafraid to challenge stereotypes as she experiments to create tracks with an independent sound.

Her hard rap debut album ‘Re-Up’ earned her the title of the youngest ever winner of the Scottish Album of the Year Award in 2020. Since then she has released the softer EP ‘WWND’ before turning her focus to writing and releasing singles.

Have a listen to ‘Flossed Up’ below…

Song of the Day: Motion – Nikz & Booda (916)

Oxford collective 916 (NIKZ & BOODA) latest drop ‘Motion’, is injected with an infectious hook and R&B flavour, where the pair deliver their individual styles to this smooth guitar-laced track, perfectly showcasing their unique synergy as a collaborative entity.

Of Punjabi heritage, the collective 916 burst onto the UK music scene with their first single ‘Nobu’, they have since coined their own unique sound, following up with tracks ‘Blue’, ‘Pull Up’ and now their latest drop ‘Get To It’.

Despite being fairly fresh to the industry, they have impressively maintained an effectual style and sound throughout the span of their career, with focus on remaining unique and conceptual both visually and sonically.

Since their journey into music, Nikz & Booda have already accumulated a string of accolades including support from BBC 1Xtra’s Sian Anderson, who featured their track ‘Pull Up’ as her ‘Online Find’ upon its release, radio play on BBC Asian Network, Reprezent and Radio2Funky, as well as press coverage from notable UK music platform Creative Gen. Check them out below…

Song of the Day: Like That – Young Franco (ft.Pell & Jafunk)

There is a special energy created when a rapper and stellar producer have an undeniable synergy. Sydney/Eora based YOUNG FRANCO (pictured on the left) and US based rapper Pell are becoming an international duo that perfectly tap into and reflect the power of collaboration, now releasing their 4th collaborative effort ‘Like That’ alongside fellow Perth raised, Berlin producer Jafunk.

Sonically, Young Franco and Jafunk combine to create a track that reflects the golden era of club driven rap music, pioneered in Virginia by production greats including Pharrell, The Neptunes and Timbaland. Its bounce-ready percussion runs perfectly with quickly strummed guitars and a slapping bass line. On the top line front, Pell is in no rush to get his slick bars off, gliding over the beat with an elegance and class before riding it out with an infectious hook its final third.

Young Franco and Pell have a track record of creating successful musical outings. Their first outing, Juice spent 9 weeks at the #1 position on Spotify’s flagship indie playlist Front Left, BBC Radio 1 Spins from Annie Mac and Molly King, as well as featuring as Zane Lowe’s ‘Next Wave’ artist on Beats1. Then followed Fallin’ Apart alongside Denzel Curry, which featured as the soundtrack for an Apple Airpods campaign, which was viewed over 4 million times. It also sat at #1 on the US Shazam discovery Chart for 4 weeks and has seen over 5 million likes on TikTok and 700 million views.

Jafunk enters the equation with distinct swagger and energy. The Perth raised; Berlin based producer has become renowned in local circles for his funky & soulful take on traditional house music. His remix of Set Mo’s Chasing Forever has achieved over 5 million streams, with his follow up songs receiving millions on plays being hosted on tastemaker channels including Majestic Casual, The Sound You Need and Selected.

Young Franco’s past two years have been his biggest yet. He’s currently sitting on over 135 million streams across all singles to date, with over 1 million monthly listeners on Spotify. In that period of time he sound tracked the new-look Australian Football League, and has received global sync’s for brands including Apple, Starbucks, Topshop and Kia. Currently, he’s touring the United States and has locked in massive festival slots at Lollapalooza, Falls Festival, Spilt Milk & Lost Paradise.

Have a listen to this bad-boy tune below…