EP Review: Beast Side – Tom Bem

Tom Bem Beast Side

Following the release of his well-received debut EP Shallows, TOM BEM slams another one entitled Beast Side, released earlier this month.

Displaying his usual emotionally intensive arrangements, the South-East London producer and singer injects vulnerability in this vocals, revealing the battle within himself in containing his emotions during the turbulent years of his life. Among the stunningly atmospheric soundscapes, there’s a tinge of Timbaland/Timberlake influence present in some tracks…hit the play and see what you think…answers below please!

The Must Listens: Rebound, Hide & Seek, Kalashnikov 

Upcoming Release – War of Words – Ella On The Run

 

Alt pop artist ELLA ON THE RUN is set to release her single War of Words  on 24th November.The single is coming from her  debut EP of the same name also coming out this month.

Of Swiss, French and South African origin, Ella studied music at Berklee College in the US. She began recording under her stage name with LA producer Matthew Bang, who was previously an engineer for Interscope and Timbaland’s Mosley Music Group.

Her debut album, Golden Boys was placed on Glastonbury’s long list of emerging artists of 2014. The Londoner’s laid back and synth pop vibes have already caused a stir in the blogosphere and in the live circuits, appearing in various playlists including The Best Of British unsigned podcast.

So go on, a have a listen to War of Words…and if you’re feeling this track (and happen to be in the London area), ELLA ON THE RUN will be supporting Norwegian folk pop artist, DAGNY at the Old Queen’s Head, Islington on 19th November.

Mixtape Review: Rebel Knights – Fly Von

Fly Rebel Knights

1. Sing – A – Long (Intro) – Prod by Fly Von
2. 6: 30 (Prod by Fly Von) Feat.  Sta$h and Echelon Don
3. 40 Days Feat J Steez
4. No Place Like Home (Prod. Fly Von) Feat. Kyle Monroe
5.  With Me (Prod Fly Von) Feat. Jesus Indigo and Don Echelon
6. Count the Stars (Prod. Fly Von) Feat. Chino
7. Do It (The Twerk Song) (Prod Fly Von) Feat, Sta$h
8. She Not Your Girl (No More) (Prod Fly Von) Feat. Sta$h
9. Finesse (Prod Fly Von) Feat, Sta$h
10. Privacy Remix (Prod Fly Von) Feat. Sta$h, J Steez and Jesus Indigo
11. Heartbreak & Hangovers (prod Fly Von)
12. Down (Prod Fly Von
13. Privacy Screwed Remix (Prod. Fly Von) Feat. Sta$h and J Steez

Last month, super-fly hip-hop and EDM artist/producer FLY VON was here before with track 40 Days (featuring J Steez), coming from  mixtape, Rebel Kinghts. This track was so silky smooth, I thought I have a blast  at the mixtape.  So what to expect from this 13-track production?  Expect even more smoother than chocolate Timbaland- esque numbers , with downtempo, atmospheric melodies complimented with heavy drive.

Rebels Knights starts off with intro Sing – A-Long, which offers just over two minutes of that perfect balance of spaced out beats with hefty bassline which was topped off by super-light, mashed up vocals. The infusion continues in No Place Like Home and With Me, which  features head-jerking, Timbaland-esque freesytling. The mixtape lightened up with Do It and paradisiac  Finesse.

The stand-out tracks are She Not Your Girl (No More), Heartbreakers & Hangovers and the slow-motioned  Privacy (Screwed Remix) – if you’re not familiar with  FLY VON, after listening to these tracks, you’ll come to realise that these ingenious compositions, layered with echoic vocals, (at times) on-point raps and melodic undertone, are his trademark.

To put it simply, Rebel Knights just display that this guy has deliberately positioned myself as a innovative rapper and producer. To check out Rebels Knights, please go here.