Song of the Day: Caesar – Frenzy

Hailing from my neck of the woods – Hackney, baby! – FRENZY comes right through with his first single of 2019 entitled ‘Caesar’, taken from upcoming project ‘Heat of The Moment’.

Produced by Eyes, this new track is nothing short of his trademark – combining a multitude of genres to create a unique and dark hip-hop vibe – which underpins the east London rapper’s matter-of-fact lyricism.

The youngster’s catalogue of music, which reflects his life struggles and seeing close ones locked up or killed in his community, has raised eyebrows from major music tastemakers as well as generating loyal support from BBC 1Xtra DJs Jeremiah Asiamah and Robert Bruce.

Hailed as a local celebrity for his charity work and a mentor for his music to young aspiring artists, FRENZY also runs a workshop called Fast Forward which provides free studio time, production and engineering, which this time has resulted in a compilation titled ‘Fast Forward Vol. 1’.

Check out his first drop of the year below:

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New Track: Be Mine – Vadé (ft. Jermaine Riley)

R&B/A cappella sensation VADÉ released their loved-up single, ‘Be Mine’ today, just in time for Valentine’s Day today.

The latest offering crushes most women’s misconception of men being ‘players’ and proves there are still good ones out there who are more than willing to settle down. Written by band member Jermaine Sanderson, ‘Be Mine’ documents a man’s burning desire make a commitment to his love interest …and makes it potently clear that he’s not into playing silly games.

Born as a brainchild of Philip Yeboah and JJ Hammerslay back in 2013, VADÉ now includes three powerhouses, Jermaine Sanderson, Roy Crisp and Joseph Anti to enhance their rich soulful harmonies, armed with a jazzy/R&B fusion.

The winners of Sky 1’s Sing: Ultimate A cappella 2017 release of their debut album, ‘Cry Your Heart Out’, recorded at the renowned Abbey Road Studios. Following their 2017 debut release, VADÉ continues to generate recognition, scooping the 2018 A cappella Awards for Best Quintet along the way.

Be sure to keep your eyes peeled on the five-piece act as their latest soothing love note may be their breakthrough single. Check it out below:

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EP Review: The Sickness – Redd Tunes

Featuring a collection of tracks that could be appeasing to nostalgics of the old-school, London-based rapper/producer REDD TUNES slaps down his first project of the year, entitled ‘The Sickness.’

With loops of chill-out sounds that could be easily associated with Fila high tops (unlaced, of course), slick tracksuits complete with thick gold chains, this set pays homage to the real art of britcore and also expresses the concerns of the commercialisation of its parent – hip-hop – suppressing the realism of the sub-genre.

But there’s no chance of that as REDD TUNES and featured artists on this EP, are on a mission to keep the britcore vibe alive. The Sickness EP is a strong reminder that music is an extension of one’s expression – and not a commodity.

This set is definitely worth a trail; check it out here

Must Listens: Kill The Alphabet, The Dopeness, Golden Era.

 

 

 

New Track: Shoebox – Rivah Jordan

RIVAH JORDAN, veteran of the dancehall, reggae and soundsystem scenes has returned with an impressive new reggae/trap-influenced single, ‘Shoebox’, taken from his brand new EP of the same name.

Known as the songwriter of cult dancehall singer, Prezident Brown and as the son of popular reggae artist, Jack Radics – RIVAH JORDAN’s life in music has seen him performing and writing for some of the biggest names in the business. But finding financial and mental stability has proved a constant difficulty for him.

Whether drug dealing in the increasingly violent streets of London or getting into fights with musical royalty such as Damien Marley and Jah Cure in Jamaica, RIVAH JORDAN has seen as much difficulty in his personal life as he’s seen success in his music. After taking a two-year hiatus, this latest track represents his reflection on this life of hustling, emphasising the importance of mental health and financial education.

Born in London, RIVAH JORDAN moved to Jamaica after getting caught up in the violent trade of drug dealing and fearing for his life. Producing tracks with the likes of Sly and Robbie and Jack Scorpio his music started gaining significant attention from Jamaican press and radio which led to a tour of the West Coast of the US with Prezident Brown, supporting reggae legends Wailing Souls and performing the headline slot at the Montenegro Sun Reggae Festival.

Based back in the UK, Rivah initially signed to pioneering British grime label, Big Dada and received significant support from British pirate radio alongside BBC World Service and BBC 6 Music. His latest release represents the culmination of his career so far: combining his skills as a rapper and dancehall songwriter, Rivah jumps between his native London accent and Jamaican patois with impressive ease and effect – a hustler-turned-teacher, ‘Shoebox’ is the first of Rivah’s releases in 2019.

Time to check it out below:

New Track: Gotham – Boy Nash

South London-based rapper BOY NASH is back with a brand new single, ‘Gotham’ to kick-start the new year.

The new release samples a rather laid-back hip-hop sound by Mantis Media and thoughtfully tackles topics which strongly centre around the purpose of life and visions for the future.

‘Gotham’ follows his highly anticipated 2017 EP, ‘YMLK Pt. III Shacklesback’, which gained massive support from platforms such as LinkUp TV, GUAP and Explicit LDN.

Check him out below: