New Track: Madness – Mist

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After smashing 2016 with his debut E.P ‘ M I S To The T ‘, selling out tours and racking up millions of views on YouTube, MIST is back with another heavy Steel Banglez production entitled ‘Madness’.

The Birmingham rapper landed a spot on the highly coveted BBC 1Xtra ‘Hot for 2017’ list and is the most popular unsigned act on Spotify in the UK across all genres; both major accolades to start the year with.

The latest single shows the rapper reflecting on his life and career and the accompanied video, which dropped via GRM Daily last week, has already hit well over one million views. This week 1Xtra’s DJ Target  picked up ‘Madness’, as his ‘Radioactive’ track of the week.

Time to check out the hype; watch the video to ‘Madness’

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EP Review: Snapchat – J.Kas

I gonna kick off the first review of the year with NEW LEASE MUSIC staple J.KAS‘ five-track EP ‘Snapchat’.

This hot property from Sheffield continues to dash A WHOLE HEAP of hot pepper sauce in the latest project, by adding his seamless flow to dangerously infectious dance bangers, uptempo and rhythmic after hours hip-hop/R&B.

This one is definitely a keeper; add to your collection for free via Bandcamp.

Must Listens: All Night (Sugah Sugah), Cold Love, Fxck With Me.

Album Review: Staring Into Space – Oloff

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After four months releasing his EP Life’s Got You Riveted ( once voted Album of the Week by NEW LEASE MUSIC) OLOFF rounds off the year with his 15-piece album, Staring Into Space, released last month.

The latest project predominantly includes three-minute bursts of his old instrumental recordings dating back to 2012, where this young artist put his smooth spin on vintage/Slum Village-esque hip-hop. This guy is cut from a different cloth; he’s worth a trial – check him out!

Must Listens: Never Was Feeling Poorly, DECRACS, Someone Took.

New Track: Shine – Ashley Shakur

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Having kicked off 2016 with the release of his debut EP, London-based experimental emcee ASHLEY SHAKUR continues to make waves in the British music scene with his follow-up project Hare Colours.

Combining his inherent poetic wit, with clever wordplay and an effortless flow, the EP sees Ash rap over a selection of beats from different producers, showcasing his versatility as an artist.
Featured single Shine kicks off the EP as a statement of intent for the young artist. Rapping over a languid beat, supported by a deep rolling bass and phased guitar, Ash’s positive attitude radiates throughout the track as he predicts his bright future “you can’t deny my success, you can’t doubt my future”.

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An all-round creative, Ash took his first foray into music when he was creating illustrations whilst listening to classic hip hop instrumentals from the likes of Outkast, Nas and Mobb Deep. He takes full control in his artistic direction, designing his own artwork and clothes and, co-directing his visuals.

Bringing originality back to music, Ash is not afraid to think outside the box and succeeds in bringing a fresh, unorthodox style the British hip-hop scene with his unique cadence and positive storytelling. Tackling current topics and issues in today’s world, Ash’s thought-provoking material has caught the attention of underground radio stations such as Reprezent and Radar and the likes of Noisey, Earmilk, Complex and Indie Shuffle.

Filling the void with music that he feels the current hip-hop scene is lacking, Hare Colours comes as a refreshing body of work and the perfect project to cement him as one of the standout artists in the British music scene.

So get him in your system…have a listen to Shine.

New Music Video: Waters Run Deep – Coco (ft. Shola Ama)

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COCO continues his rapid ascent with the release of the compelling Waters Run Deep featuring an inspired collaboration with the urban scene’s sweetheart, Shola Ama and fellow Sheffield spitter, Deep Green.

The soft instrumental bed radiates a warm and deeper edge to COCO’s sound as he leads his vocals from Shola Ama on the opening hook. From the instrumental, the variance in tone of the three contributing vocals accentuates mystery and empathy, whilst  displaying a raw edge of reality from the rougher vocals of COCO and Deep Green.

The Sheffield emcee’s artistic unpredictability and vision to experiment with different flavours and styles has made for an inspired catalogue of music over the last 18 months, resulting in him hitting the polls as one of the ’15 MC’s Out Of London You Need To Know Today’ via Complex Magazine and being chosen as ‘One To Watch in 2016’ for MixMag by Annie Mac. From the hefty grime remix of Big N Serious with MOBO nominees AJ Tracey and Nadia Rose, through to his recent Jamaican-peppered collaboration with Protoje, (making him the first UK act to collaborate with one of the biggest reggae stars across a grime beat), COCO has taken a fearful and inspiring route to releasing music in 2016; making the music speak for itself.

Finishing what has been a defining year for the Sheffield native, which has seen him perform at Glastonbury on the BBC Introducing stage, alongside Stormzy at Ibiza Rocks, Red Bull’s Manchester Carnival, Notting Hill Carnival, Bestival and the Royal Albert Hall for Jamie Cullum’s BBC Proms, this promising upriser gives an idyllic and retrospective send off to the year with Waters Run Deep – check out the video.

New Music Video: Nesut Biti – Joker Starr

 

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Following his well-received single, Purple, onced named Song of the Week by NEW LEASE MUSIC, Prince of underground UK hip-hop JOKER STARR makes his way back to the blog with the visual to his latest epic single, Nesut Biti. The three-minute too-cool-for-school number is now available as a free download via SoundCloud.

Before you step off to grab your copy, check out the video.

 

New Track: Illogical – Jake Aldridge (Ft. Haleana)

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JAKE ALDRIDGE is back, firmly grabbing the blog’s limelight, with something completely different to his previous releases.

Featuring rising belter, Haleana the latest single, Illogical gave the opportunity for the UK-based hip-hop/R&B artist to let rip and mix it up with a little electronica/rock to his smooth overtone trademark.

The last few years have seen Jake’s rise from a bedroom act into a breakthrough artist working with producers including Gary Louca, who has achieved number 1s in the US dance charts. Jake has received airplay on a dozen BBC Introducing shows such as Tom Robinson’s Introducing Mixtape on BBC Radio 6 and his fresh style of music has also secured him Sync deals with Go DIY Records from LA and the UK’s Amurco Music.

Illogical is now available on iTunes…for now, have a listen to the single.

New Track: Deracs – Oloff

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Following the release of his EP, Life’s Got You Riveted – once voted Album of the Week by NEW LEASE MUSIC – genre-bending emcee OLOFF slams down another hot number, entitled Deracs, coming from his brand new EP dropping real soon.

New Music Video: Oh My Days – Sticky Blood & JiKay (ft Frisco)

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After making a sharp ascent in to the key list of music producers that are rocking the urban music scene in 2016, STICKY BLOOD collaborate with LA based producer JIKAY (All Trap Music / HotDamn), to drop their latest record Oh My Days featuring Boy Better Know’s Frisco.

With a deep reverb on the bass and the intermittent crashing of symbols working around the chopped and screwed synths, Frisco is the perfect addition as he brings his gritty lyricism to lace the beat. Coming with an intricate and melodic flow, the London MC sounds at ease on the Hip-Hop influenced instrumental.

STICKY BLOOD‘s experimental and visionary stance on creating new sounds has awarded them support from Red Bull, Complex, Radio 1Xtra, Clash, Wonderland, NME, Toddla T, Mistajam, Monki and many more. They have worked with numerous acts including Coco, Toddla T, Snowy and Tom Prior and, thanks to their relentless approach to creating and releasing music, have played a major part in the current surge of exciting new artists and music coming from Sheffield, Nottingham and surrounding areas.

Here’s your chance to check out the visual to Oh My Days.