Song of the Day: Draco Malfoy Freestyle – Junior NRB

Written and recorded on the spur of the moment after discovering the beat online, JUNIOR NRB‘s single ‘Draco Malfoy Freestyle’, showcases the rapper’s prowess in dominating any beat with his signature witty lyricism and fast flow. The track samples children singing in another language, which is pitch-shifted to give an eerie feel before Junior and the bass come in hard.

Junior makes his intentions clear that he’s “Tryna be the greatest there has been / I ain’t tryna end up a has-been”. Describing the process, Junior says “it was about having fun, I wanted to get things out my system before my next project drops which will be more serious”.

The music video for ‘Draco Malfoy Freestyle’ was shot in Sheffield, soon after the Coventry-based rapper moved there to study Fashion. Director GM, who worked with Junior previously, creates a DIY-feel as, like the track, the video was made quickly, being shot in Junior’s home and neighbourhood. When writing the song Junior saw its visuals and brought them to life in the music video, with rapid, energetic shots that match his lyrics. Junior makes his mark on his new hometown in the video, with the final shots being him rapping whilst overlooking Sheffield.

Check out the video for Junior NRB’s ‘Draco Malfoy Freestyle’ below…

Song of the Day: move. – Subrift

Originally from Belarus, Chicago-based artist, SUBRIFT brings along something veg out to for this weekend with single,’move,’ a super-viby lofi hip hop instrumental, that instantly mesmerising. Subrift’s almost-angelic voice patterned throughout the production.

It’s definitely worthy of attention. Check out ‘move.’ below…

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…