Song of the Day: Trapstar II – Kwazi Cort

KWAZI CORT, a rising star in the UK Grime scene, serves a notice to all the non-believers who’ve been too quick to dub the genre as a thing of the past.

Using his single, ‘Trapstar II’ as a means of showcasing his multi-faceted artistry, he quite literally navigates the space between Rap and Grime to craft his own original sound, knotting together the kerrangs of Rock with the soulful harmonies of RnB.

Written as a diary of experiences, ‘Trapstar II’ serves as an ode and love letter to the South London streets which made him. Diving deeper into the complex feelings of negatively affecting your neighbourhood to make a living and fund studio-time, his aspirations are set way beyond any street cred. Kwazi Cort refreshingly vocalizes the challenges he faced as a recovered conscious gangster – sentiments which are not expressed enough in today’s music! Supplying listeners with the highs and lows of being a Trapstar, along with the burdens placed on his relationships, as a consequence of prioritizing the roads; finally giving real meaning to the phrase “married to the streets”.

“It’s kinda mad, I thought everybody went through similar things like me… I was wrong. My South London story morphed friends to foes, cats to catwalks, macs to models” Kwazi continues,“Trapstar II is an autobiography, recording my journey from hustling in the streets to barring in the booth. Grinding in order to better my position due to the lack of opportunities, meanwhile at war with my conscience, aware of the damage it’s causing my loved ones as a result.”

Check out the video for ‘Trapstar II’ below…

Song of the Day: Need To Do This – Trigga Ryder (ft. Sizlak)

Previously featured on NEW LEASE MUSIC with tracks, ‘Thats A Fact’ and ‘Not Staying The Same’, Manchester’s Rapper TRIGGA RYDER teams up with Devon-based rapper, Sizlak for a slick boom bap number entitled, ‘Need To Do This’, available now.

As this is a track that displays the guys’ pure determination to keep their passion for music alive, I’ve decided to drop this banger on a Monday to give you guys some motivation after the weekend. Check it out below…

Song of the Day: Ghost Town – Quad Zerimar

Taken from his eponymous debut EP, QUAD ZERIMAR‘s track, ‘Ghost Town’ focuses on the theme of addiction, portraying Quad to be addicted to a girl who is already in a relationship and invites her to his ghost town, where he feels lonely. When she finally accepts his invitation, it all turns lively and romantic – and when she leaves, another more sombre addiction becomes present – drugs – as he doesn’t know how to cope without her.

Throughout the song, there are references to the ghost town – carousel, empty public houses/bars, ferris wheels – accompanied by background adlibs, crazy vocal ranges with hidden meanings.

So listen up, as every time you hit play on this trap-hop offering, you’ll hear something new…

Song of the Day: Demon – Fayme

Heavily inspired by Bon Iver, James Blake, Yung Lean and Travis Scott, UK artist FAYME‘s offering, ‘Demon’, is a portfolio of experimental sounds with ominous vocals that results in an enjoyable night time vibe.

With the aim to create a Bon Iver esque trap song,  Fayme uses his producing, engineering and vocal skills to create his own genre which he likes to call, “Neon Trap” – a dark eerie instrumental that allows him to create techno esque synths that work well with his vocals.

Check out the menacing sound of ‘Demon’ below…

Louise Golbey Shares Sassy Single, ‘Scarlet Woman’

LOUISE GOLBEY does not do things by halves. Her first single from her forthcoming sophomore album ‘Renaissance’ comes straight out of the dirtiest funk and soul school around. Think Prince and D’Angelo on a hot summer’s night and you will begin to get the picture.

This London based artist might not look like she can tear the roof off a sweaty dancehall or jazz club but after touring and collaborating with countless superstars from London and across the Ocean; from Omar and Ed Sheeran to Roy Ayers, Roberta Flack, Eric Benet and En Vogue, Louise has kept them all enamoured, as she does her adoring fans and continues to establish herself as a respected ambassador of the UK’s soul scene. Just before 2020’s lockdown Louise reached one of her live ambitions with her own name on the line up at London’s 02 Arena alongside Level 42, Kool & The Gang and Brand New Heavies and now after some time on her hands to record for the new album she takes things up to another level.

Her brand new single, ‘Scarlet Woman’ harks back to a sassy TLC belter fused with a neo-soul style groove. It packs a sexy punch, but feels incredibly on point, as we strive further forward away from the old macho stereotypes and nearer a destination of R.E.S.P.E.C.T which is still an ongoing quest for all.

Check out the sassy joint below: