A fair share of rejection is only a part of life, it should never alter any of your perceptions about yourself or the world around you. 14-year-old rising pop sensation ZEIGH-V displays nothing but pure confidence in her newest single, ‘Heart on My Sleeve’.
The song describes displaying one’s true emotions and disregarding fear and vulnerability. Zeigh-V sings, “Cause all my life I have forced myself, just to be someone you wanted, so tell me what you see, I’m not the girl you want me to be.” Zeigh-V’s euphonious voice sounds wistful against the pop track.
Zeigh-V’s sound is current and could be enjoyed by a multitude of audiences. In ‘Heart on My Sleeve’, Zeigh-V mixes a combination of pop, R&B, and some electronic tunes to create her own original sound. Have a listen below…
Andrew Selkōw, who goes under the moniker, MIDDLE PART, shares his brand new single, ‘Busy’, inspired by early millennium alt pop artists like Michelle Branch and Natalie Imbruglia, with a modernised sonic twist to the likes of Clairo.
Speaking of his latest offering, Selkōw says: “A lot of this record is about ego, vulnerability, and dealing with loss. It’s also about finding a balance with your mental well being. Busy touches on that theme of letting go of your ego and being more vulnerable with the people around you. That’s the message I’m trying to get across, and I feel that ties in with the EP’s title, which is all about being more present rather than mentally checked out.”
‘Busy’ is the third single off Middle Part’s upcoming six-track EP, ‘I Wish I Was Alive’ which is heavily driven by his personal experiences, his shortcomings, his struggle with depression, dissociation and overall loss.
THUGZ SNE‘s latest track,’We Ain’t The Same’, highlights all the things that separate him from the rest of the rappers of today.
The song starts with a sample of Brooklyn NY rapper Maino saying: “This year, I wanna be so honest… I wanna look a couple of these niggaz in their eyes and be like… Nigga…. I don’t like you” a sentiment that resonates all too well with the rest of the song.
The fast paced instrumental (pieced together by @farooqgotaudio) feels like the perfect foundation for such a brutally honest theme, apologetically stating: “we are not the same & I don’t like you” something which is made abundantly clear throughout the chorus.
The boisterous track also pays homage to the late great Nipsey Hussle by the way of: “I can never see you as my equal, fuck I wanna hear yo CD for?” a sample from his ‘Victory Lap’ single.
Available on all platforms, ‘We Ain’t The Same’ sets the pace for the next 12 months of singles and visuals. Get the taste of the first installment below…
Following on from last year’s explosive reintroduction with ‘Wavs Dnt Die’ and ‘Memo’, which garnered support from BBC 1Xtra, Clash Magazine, Highsnobiety, Trench Magazine, and Spindle Magazine, among others, Edmonton rapper, songwriter and producer AKHEIM ALLEN, formerly known as the artist PW, is back with his brand new single titled ‘SIR’ and its accompanying music video, as premiered via The FADER – this is the first of two offerings to be released between now and the end of the year, leading up to a brand new EP in 2020.
Produced by O12, who has previously worked with the likes of Octavian, Stormzy, Ebenezer, Melii and Koder, and accompanied by a gripping music video, shot and directed by exciting newcomers B2 Creative, ‘SIR’ is a hard-hitting offering led by ominous synth keyboard arrangements and infectious wobbly drum patterns, over which AKHEIM ALLEN waxes lyrical on hustling back to back, and doing whatever is necessary to achieve your goals, while showcasing his captivating flow, writing skills and commanding presence, all traits that make him one to watch right now.
Possessing the lyricism and wordplay of Wretch 32, Avelino or Jay Prince, AKHEIM ALLEN comes championed by the likes of BBC Radio 1, The FADER, Complex, RWD Magazine, Capital Xtra, DAZED, GRM Daily, Link Up TV, and MTV Base, to mention a few. The Edmonton native is fast-emerging as one of the best rappers coming out of North London, while his skills as a producer (Wretch 32, Yxng Bane, WSTRN) makes him a definite cut above his peers.
From the thick of South London, MARC JONES switches the motive and strips life back to its authentic and humble meanings as the wordsmith delivers his single ‘Real’ from forthcoming EP ‘Progress’ alongside the video, premiered exclusively with VENTS Magazine.
With an identity shaped by local realities, Marc uses his musical stories to conjure authentic images of the many negatives he’s witnessed in life, yet his message remains positive and inspirational, giving purpose to his work. You can find this message weaving its way through torment and self analysis throughout his records and new joint ‘Real’ feels like one of the most poignant to date.
Using metaphors and highlighting the modern day desire to find popularity and seek approval from others, especially via social media, Marc asks himself the reasons why and retaliates to it with the necessity to find a purpose driven existence.
Growing up in the streets of Croydon as a young black man, Jones faced stigma and challenges, something he talks freely in with his music, but his disinterest in life’s peripheral perks opens an avenue for deeper conversations in his records, bringing with it relatable subjects that resonate to the heart of the listener. The forthcoming 6 track ‘Progress’ EP, executively produced by RP9 (Chip, AJ X Deno, Sophia Grace) will share a plethora of his own truths and experiences, varying in mood and topics, extending the authenticity that this fascinating rapper is exuding in his work.
Watch the video to Marc’s most honest work to date…