OUT TODAY: Nino SLG Drops Track, ‘What’s Left’ + Video, Ahead Of EP, ‘Mirror Story.’

South-London’s rap wunderkind NINO SLG kicks off 2023 with the announcement of his forthcoming EP ‘Mirror Story’ – slated for release on 10th March. The announcement arrives today with ‘What’s Left’, Nino’s introspective, deeply-felt new single and video.

‘What’s Left’ sees Nino collaborate with famed producer Kyle Evans (Dave’s We’re All Alone In This Together) for this emotive track that sees Nino delve into his battles with mental health, and discuss how he sought solace in the local youth clubs that helped him channel his energies into honing his craft. Split into two sections, the second half of the single is woven with tension as Nino grapples with thoughts on materialism and lust before coming to a sombre conclusion that ‘I don’t know what’s left no more’. The single is accompanied with a stripped-back video directed by Spike Silverton that reflects the duality of the single, finding Nino in his bedroom performing the single to his mirror image.

Speaking on the Mirror Story announcement, Nino said –

“My new EP is a story about the person I can see in the mirror. It’s my most vulnerable project to date, and I want people to see this side of me. Lyrically I’ve touched on materialism and everyday possessions, concepts and distractions to try and show how these steer people away from conquering the real problem which is usually themselves. Musically, I’ve reflected the contrasting emotions in the lyrics by switching up the production as you move through the project. Mirror Story is about exploring myself and my emotions, in the hope that there might be other people out there who are feeling the same – I hope that my EP makes them feel understood“

The five-track EP sees Nino reflect on the person he is and the man he is becoming. The project sees Nino climb to new heights with lyrics touching on mental health, anxiety, insecurities, materialism and life growing up in inner-city London, set to Nino’s trademark keys and a paired-back production which intertwine elements of drill, rich instrumentation including cello and 90s hip hop beats.

Watch the heartfelt video for ‘What’s Left below…

Watch Mr.J (D-RIOT) Video For ‘Count Me Out’

‘Count Me Out’ is the latest release by Detroit hip hop artist MR.J (D-RIOT). The song is about self-reflection and overcoming self-doubt while giving a positive message to the youth.

“In a culture that’s dominated by violence, heavy drug use, and sex, I know that I am fighting a up hill battle,” Mr.J adds. “But it’s a battle that I know I can’t afford to lose, at least not with myself. Life in itself is a constant battle, but what side of the battle are you on? The winning side, or the losing side? Winner’s win and loser’s lose, I choose to win in life. If it’s one message that I hope people get from this song it’s to NEVER count yourself out.”

A great message to end 2022 with…why not check out the video for the track below…

Song of the Day: We’re Here – Abudebi Zonjon

ABUDEDI ZONJON delivers his second official single of the year, ‘We’re Here’, sealed with bundles of optimism to overcome all the disappointment, betrayal and hurt from so-called close ones.

Although this song is very close to this Denmark-based artist’s heart, ‘We’re Here’ serves as an ode to tackle any life challenges. Producer Wakayna adds a magical hit-the-dancefloor vibes, driving the message home to naysayers that you’ve survived any adversities they’ve caused.

The single caught the attention of hip-hop heavyweight Fat Joe, who personally reached out to Abudebi and congratulated him on his hard work on the larger-than-life production. ‘We’re Here’ follows Abudebi’s first single of the year, ‘Biggest Wov’. The rambunctious trap-fused single was inspired by his son’s unmatched, off-the-wall personality.

Starting out his music career in his native country Ghana, Abudebi has shared stages with some of Africa’s biggest names. He also featured on B. E. T Award winner Stonebwoy’s track, ‘More Gyal’ – and Stonebwoy returned the favour by collaborating on Abudebi’s singles, ‘Ponkor remix’ (2015) and ‘Mugun Yaro’ (2016). Abudebi also hooked-up with rapper Sarkodie for 2015 single, ‘Pump It Up,’ before releasing his debut EP, ‘15:00’ in 2017, which features various collaborations from Nigeria, Ghana, Denmark and Czech Republic.

He then moved to Denmark to work with the country’s most respected music figures – the legendary artist and producer Pharfar and Danish reggae/dancehall/hip-hop phenomena, Kaka.

This year saw Abudebi headlining at Denmark’s hottest venues, Musikcaféen and RUST Showcase. There’s no signs of Abudebi slowing down, as he gears up to perform at Ghanaian artist King Promises’ tour on 28th October in Denmark.

Boasting boisterous pick-me-up energy, ‘We’re Here’ is out now across various music platforms. Have a listen below…

Song of the Day: Coma – Susan Hisey

SUSAN HISEY‘s debut single ‘Coma’ is a vulnerable track about coming out of a mental nadir to a changing world. The lyrics goes on a journey through struggling with intense mental health issues while dealing with change amidst a fast-paced society. Simplistic piano chords allow Hisey’s crisp yet emotive voice to come alive as she recounts how she lived her life in a constant “fight or flight” before gradually coming out of this mental coma.

A soul Pop/Country singer-songwriter from Elyria, Ohio, Susan strives to preserve her authenticity throughout her music career, focusing on real lyrics that people can relate to. While Susan is gentle at heart, she is strong in song with vocals that have been professionally trained for years through musical theater and choir, and as a Commercial Music major at Belmont University.

While in school, she performed alongside Trisha Yearwood, Laura Bell Bundy, and Cece Winans, and performed in an acapella group with Imogen Heap at the Ryman Auditorium. She most recently performed in a Matt Davenport Production tour “American Big Band: Home for the Holidays.” Currently, she works as a vocal coach and a mentor for teens moms with an organization called “Young Lives” in Nashville TN.

‘Coma’ shows us it’s okay to not be okay; a message we could all stand to hear more often. Have a listen to this stunning ballad below…

Watch Nick Knightz’s Video For Single, ‘Lonely Girls Hearts Club (Intro)’

A true representation of the alternative in London, Hackney rapper and model NICKI KNIGHTZ returns with an introductory video in anticipation of her third solo project ‘Lonely Girls Hearts Club’ produced by her genre-bending duo member – artist and producer Henny Knightz.

‘Lonely Girls Hearts Club’ tells of how Nicki came to refer to herself as a ‘lonely girl’ relaying her experiences of council estate living and being painfully different from the accepted norms. It also celebrates the solace she found once discovering equally talented and artistic outcasts. The video exhibits Nicki and three fellow ‘lonely girls’ that the world has turned its back on. Though they experience extreme highs when together, once alone they are left grappling with sombre thoughts and intense emotions. Inspired by the hit movie ‘Set It Off’ in order to fight back they take their destinies into their own hands.

‘Lonely Girls Hearts Club’ comes in the wake of Nicki’s prior EP ‘For The Uninformed’ a sonically and lyrically dark exploration that splices live instrumentation with avant garde alternative hip hop and explores the heartache of being mixed race in and out of the ends. The project’s single ‘India Arie’ was championed by Radio 1’s Toddla T making it his ‘coldest record of the week’ and BBC1XTRA’s Jamz Supanova. The project’s third track ‘1964 (Howlett Drive)’ was played on Radio 1’s chillest show with presenter Sian Eleri claiming it to be “…the coolest bassline in East London”

Check out the video for ‘Lonely Girls Hearts Club’ below…