EP Review: For The Uninformed – Nicki Knightz

I’ve always known NICKI KNIGHTZ to be that rapper who fiercely take on the boldest of the boldest arrangements with her no nonsense flow, but her latest EP, ‘For The Uninformed’, has caught me off guard. With the exception of the drum bass heavy/Congolese guitar sample, ‘Blacker the Berry,’ which pays homage to her father’s work ethic, the EP shows a soft and perhaps a more vulnerable side to the Hackney native.

The three-track set sees Nicki focusing on the neglected identity issues of being biracial, eliminating any glamorized images of being a light skinned person. In second effort, ‘India Arie’, Nicki gives a vivid account of the problems her parents faced when contending with her hair, over a warped soulful/jazz instrumentation. An old-school soulful drive makes its presence known and runs sombrely throughout concluding track, ‘1964 Howlett Drive’, serving as the perfect backdrop for Nicki’s uncharacteristically emotive delivery, which gives an insight of her experiencing her mother’s culture and its heartbreakingly stark contrast to their life in the innercity area.

A complete 180 to her sonically boisterous 2018 debut EP ‘Hate’, ‘For The Uninformed’ takes on a more minimalist theme, allowing the uninformed to really soak up and resonate with the experience of her childhood.

Have a listen to ‘For The Uninformed’ below…

Must Listen: India Arie

Isaac B Returns With Single, ‘Love Yourz’, Off Upcoming EP ‘Chances Ocean’

Following his appearance on the blog with the video for single ‘SNE HNE’ – which bagged the Music Video of the Month title back in December –  transatlantic MC, ISAAC B returns with single, ‘Love Yourz’, a thoughtful and inspiring number which reflects on life’s struggles and growth in self-love and perseverance.

Isaac B says “I wrote ‘Love Yourz’ in a sunken place, without direction I battled myself, but found hope in my fellow artistic comrades and collective communities. The track title intends to pay homage to ourselves, “Love Yourz” – It’s a celebration for everyone, everywhere. This time here, is just the beginning of our journeys, while we manifest the fruits of our labour to come.”

Cutting his teeth in the Florida rap cypher scene, Isaac B developed a knack for his spontaneous freestyle wizardry, often venting frustration at humanities systematic behaviours. Influenced by Xxxtentacion, YBN Cordae and Kojey Radical, the dual-heritage artist moved to the UK in 2013 where he now fronts the biggest Underground Hip-Hop nights in South London with his collective And What? Ldn.

Unpretentious and poetic in its delivery, ‘Love Yourz’ sets the tone, with its lyrically charged hooks and melodic instrumentation, for his upcoming EP,‘Chances Ocean’, due for release this summer. Have a listen below…

Mike Body Drops ‘Beautiful Day’ Video

Christian rapper MIKE BODY unveiled some striking visuals for tack ‘Beautiful Day’. Taken from his album ‘When Divorce Is Mentioned’, the track expresses his desire to bring back the days that were joyous and carefree.

Check out the video below…

Song of the Day: Stubborn Love – Josh Kumra

Having topped the UK charts and performed on ‘Later… With Jools Holland’ before having released his debut album, ‘Good Things Come To Those Who Don’t Wait’, JOSH KUMRA suddenly found himself with a major record deal and under pressure to capitalise on the sudden exposure brought by his collaboration with Wretch 32 on ‘Don’t Go’. The single shot straight to #1 in the UK upon its release.

Most would assume this is the definition of ‘making it’ as a musician, but for Josh the unexpected publicity meant losing the original idea of ‘writing music from the heart’. He went on to admit: “Instead of having the time to perfect songs that reflected my life experiences and create an honest album, like I’ve always imagined, I felt vulnerable and lost against the many opinions and expectations from people around me”.

Stepping away from the rat race, Josh circles back to his true self to produce and record his latest single, ‘Stubborn Love’ a raw and honest piece which reflects the struggle of dedicating yourself to something for all the wrong reasons.

Available now on all download/streaming sites, ‘Stubborn Love’ is the first release Josh’s upcoming EP, ‘Pull Me Back In’ – slated for release in April.

Get the first taste of the EP and have a listen to ‘Stubborn Love’ below…

Song of the Day: Too Good – Asha Gold

ASHA GOLD‘s ‘Too Good’ is the product of a time in this young artist’s life when pressures were coming down on her to leave these creative pursuits for more so-called “practical” endeavours.

Following a heated debate, the 19-year-old West Londoner took to her bedroom where she recorded a voice note of the pre-chorus and chorus for ‘Too Good’. The next day, Asha finished up the song in around ten minutes on the piano; this being all the reassurance she needed to stay on track with her music career.

Reflecting on that time, Asha Gold says:

“Although deep down I knew I wanted to pursue music, it was impossible to trust myself because it felt like no one was trusting me. I battled with the pressures and opinions of those close to me who I respected, but in the end I had to pull the trigger and decide for myself.”

It’s understandable why Asha Gold faced this initial backlash, considering that she’s the first in her family to outwardly express these creatives ambitions, with no one on either her Mum’s English side or her Dad’s Indian side setting out the footsteps for her to follow in. That being said, even if you’re not battling with this same decision, Asha believes that…

“Too Good can resonate with people facing any sort of decision – it’s a positive song about backing yourself even when it feels like others don’t. I had to laugh at the situation in the end, and say “I’m too good to be having sleepless nights about this”, it’s going to work out.”

‘Too Good’ was completed with production from Dilush, whose vibrant style accentuates Asha Gold’s intuition for beat-led R&B, electronic and pop lines.

Check it out below…