Song of the Day: Freaks! – 7VN

Drawing influence from artists such as Schoolboy Q, Fredo Santana and Kendrick Lamar, Toronto based hip-hop artist 7VN’s latest single ‘Freaks!’, is an ambitious and frank hip-hop number, with introspective and insightful bars, delivered in a deadpan flow.

The track’s thought-provoking music video, features Canada’s most modified man. Speaking more on this, 7VN explained:

“The music video is essentially a split between two worlds, one where I’m preforming in this cool studio set up, and the model in the video is all done up. At home, the reality is that I’m living with a devil on my shoulder feeding me drugs of all sorts and the model is my pregnant girlfriend yelling at me.

At the end of the video I get a knock on the door and it’s a suitcase with the words “record deal” written on it. We’re all excited but inside it is a noose. In a very underlying sense, it shows that all that glitters isn’t gold and all while I’m at the studio with this big rapper performance, behind the scenes the truth isn’t as glamorous.”

7VN is no stranger to the game. Since bursting onto the scene back in 2018, 7VN has already established himself alongside the best in the industry such as Frank Dukes, Murda Beatz and Tay Keith’s producer Banbwoi.

Check out the video below…

Song of the Day: Lose – KJDBRD

Rising amongst the scene as Melbourne’s pivotal rapper, KJDBRD lets go of his fears on his new empowering single ‘Lose’ accompanied by visuals.

The video was directed by Buster Williams, and sees dancer Dani Weaver setting the scene. The track was written as a personal promise to KJDBRD not to give up on life in no matter how hard and merciless it sometimes may appear.

On the single, he said, “There is beauty everywhere and opportunity, I hope the song makes people feel empowered and ready for the world. I hope people can listen to this and be ready to take on the world not scared to lose anymore.”

Check out the video for ‘Lose’ below:

Song of the Day: Goldress – YellowStraps (ft. YVNK)

Consisting of Rwandan-born brothers Alban and Yvan Murenzi, Brussels-based alternative R&B/ soul duo YELLOWSTRAPS’ latest single ‘Goldress’, embodies an immediately addictive vibe that’s gets a big thumbs up from the likes of Earmilk, Indie Shuffle and Complex.

Operating in a smooth, soulful groove, ‘Goldress’ pushes against the borders of convention both lyrically and sonically while marking a path for a complex of jazzy references to shine through. From the get-go, the single is an ingenious blend of soulful tunes and undeniable technique, held together effortlessly by the charismatic Murenzi brothers.

The video for the track takes place in a cinema, between a young man and a woman in a gold dress. The panning of the camera between the two characters creates complex dynamics from simple actions, while the visuals of the “lady in the gold dress” complement the inherent surrealism, while at the same time adding a literal element to the cinematography.

The track features VYNK who has releases on renowned labels Kitsuné and Majestic Casual and has shared stages with notable acts such as Ghostface Killah and Killah Priest.

Out now via Haliblue Records, ‘Goldress’ is the title track from their upcoming EP ‘Goldress’, slated to drop on 7th February 2020.

Check out the video below…

Song of the Day: Imagine – Alex Dutty

Having picked up hundreds of thousands of streams, ALEXY DUTTY has played support slots for the likes of Kano, Ghetts, Wiley, and Bashy.

When he isn’t opening shows for grime royalty, the London-based rapper is renowned for trawling up and down the country selling his mixtapes. The buzz of the support slots and his DIY work ethic saw him sell 60,000 copies of his mixtapes collectively, earning him a nomination at the coveted Official Mixtape Awards two years running.

Taken from his new album, ‘Knock Down Ginger’, the fiery spitter once again step up to the plate and drop his latest reflective track titled ‘Imagine’ with some serious swagger…

Check out the video below:

Song of the Day: Sad and Bored – Bülow (ft. DUCKWRTH)

Critically acclaimed German born pop iconoclast BÜLOW presents her melancholic single ‘Sad and Bored, taken from her latest EP, ‘Damaged’, released earlier the month.

Of the song, she comments, “I was imaging myself trapped in a metaphorical cage of my own boredom. Duckworth’s voice and lyrics helped bring those visuals to life.”

Beyond ‘Sad and Bored’, the EP will boast the stark and soulful ‘You & Jennifer’ as well as the shimmering and vulnerable “Honor Roll”, full track listing below. This summer, she takes this enigmatic sound on the road, launching a full-scale European festival takeover.

After releasing her powerful debut ‘Damaged Vol. 1’, BÜLOW has instantly resonated with critics and new fans alike. With her first ever single going straight to the top of the charts, BÜLOW has announced to the world that she has arrived.

The tracks ‘Like This Guy’, ‘Lines’, and ‘Not A Love Song’ have clocked over 30 million streams, reaching the Spotify Global Viral chart and earning praise as “beautifully crafted” (NME), “pop genius” (Noisey), and a “star in the making” (Pigeon & Planes).

A child of the globe, the bright-eyed young singer has grown up in five countries including Canada, Germany, the UK, the US, and is currently finishing high-school in The Netherlands. Although BÜLOW has only just begun her musical journey with these three sentimental, playful, and haunting tracks, “Damaged Vol 1” stands tall as an impressive flag-bearer for things to come….

Time to check out ‘Sad and Bored’…and if you have time, be sure to check out her latest EP, as this alt-songstress is definitely worth the hype.