Song of the Day: Courts – AYO (ft. Jay Bahd)

Rising Northern rapper ATO (pronounced: atu) reconnects with his Ghanaian roots as he links up with the Kumasi based artist Jay Bahd for his latest single Courts’.

Created out of a late night session with Kai Whiston, EDEN and stevexcooper in London with vocals sent from Jay Bahd following an online meeting between the two artists, the video was shot during a recent trip to Ghana and sees ATO and Jay roam the streets and beaches of Accra, riding around in a Jeep, quad biking and more interspersed with energetic, docu style cuts of real life in the city.

Following the Flohio remix most recent solo single ‘Cold’. Leeds-based ATO, who is of British-Ghanaian-Danish descent, is set to release his forthcoming follow up EP Side B. coming out this Friday 29th July via MCMXCV. The five-track EP includes new unheard singles ‘nu balance’, ‘Straight Light’ and ‘outro’. Check out the video for ‘Courts’ below…

Tilly Valentine Has A Message For All Exes In New Single, ‘XOXO’

TILLY VALENTINE releases her empowering new single ‘XOXO’ which delivers a strong message to all exes, drawing a line through the past and declaring you’re better off without.

The track’s narrative is about recognising self-worth. The sassy “I’m over-it” single accepts the past can’t be changed, and teases she will always be a part of her ex’s history, whether they like it or not.

The independent artist has been described as “the type of quirky you can pair with a coffee or a party”, as herself-releases gain broadcasts across BBC Radio 1, BBC 1Xtra, BBC 6 Music, The Hot List, The BBC Introducing Mixtape, Jazz FM, Fresh on the Nets Track of the Week and more.

Born and raised in a small town in Oxfordshire, Valentine moved to London aged 16 to attend The BRIT School, where her journey began with her BBC Radio 1Xtra debut from Jamz Supernova. Her tracks soothed the ears of many tastemakers, as her angelic EP’s were broadcast on BBC Radio 6, championing her “beautiful pop music”.

With live shows in the pipeline at Truck Festival, Cross The Tracks festival and her unannounced headline show, ‘XOXO’ sets 2022 to be Tilly Valentine’s best year yet…have a listen below…

Song of the Day: Smoke Castles – Amy Steele

With sultry vocals and a distinctive tone, London based Singer Songwriter AMY STEELE presents her latest single, ‘Smoke Castles’, a mix Kate Bush and Sade with alternative tapestries of soul.

‘Smoke Castles’ is about the distance created between two people when the foundations they built, were not strong enough to sustain the weight of the relationship. It’s about a lack of clarity in communication, and the discomfort of uncertainty that brings. As Amy sings out: ‘Speaking smoke, you’re so unclear, white ribbons have tied up the air.’

With Amy recently signing a deal with EMPIRE, this is set to be an exciting new chapter for the young starlet. Have a listen to her below…

Song of the Day: Love Me Leave Me – K Harrison

Rising wordsmith K HARRISON is next up to bat in the UK rap arena. Despite only having a couple of tracks under his belt — he’s already been co-signed by Compton rap titan The Game and worked side-by-side with the nation’s favourite redhead Ed Sheeran.

With superstars in his corner and two summer anthems in the air — ‘Fire Fire’ and his seismic debut ‘Boss (Call Away)’ — which both collectively accumulated over 220,000 streams on Spotify alone – K Harrison is back with a fresh hit in the making titled ‘Love Me Leave Me’.

Selecting a sultry sound pool once again, K Harrison deploys his nocturnal, pop-friendly delivery across a bulk of the runtime, before changing gears to his rapid-fire flow.

Bringing the summer heat, ‘Love Me Leave Me’ is the perfect conclusion to K Harrison’s party-starting trilogy. The Magic Hour-produced beat is home to soft, melodic guitar licks, layered vocal riffs and Latin and trap-adjacent kicks. Smooth.

Outside the studio, K Harrison is anchored by his deep-rooted love for performing — rocking international stages in Europe and Asia. The spitter also fronted the stage at BST Hyde Park festival in front of 70,000 people, performing a full set on the Barclaycard Stage to roaring crowd applause!

Often nicknamed “The Fresh Prince of Derby”, K Harrison has developed somewhat of a cult audience over the years. With over 20k followers on Instagram, the rapper-turned-vocalist regularly engages with audience, sharing previews of new music, gigs and slice of life content to flesh out his music journey so far.

Currently, K Harrison is putting the finishing touches on his forthcoming debut LP. With a high benchmark set by tracks like ‘Love Me Leave Me’, fans eagerly anticipate his next move! Check him out below…

Song of the Day: Shoey – Blaktrix (ft. Sonnyjim)

With over fifteen years of releases under his belt on acclaimed labels such as Cardiff’s Associated Minds, Dial Up Records, Ruztik Records and B-line Recordings, BLAKTRIX has also gained supported from Clash Magazine, BBC 1Xtra and HTV. Blaktrix is already a name worthily cemented in the rich history of UK Hip Hop.

The Village Live Records rapper latest single, ‘Shoey’ was produced by A.H. Fly who has produced for many UK hip-hop heavyweights including Lee Scott and was the producer for Universal Soldiers. ‘Shoey’ is Blaktrix first release of 2022 and follows in the wake of acclaimed single ‘5 Euro Shades’ which made quite an impact, and Blaktrix last EP ‘Dumb’ which was very well received with Radio & Press.

‘Shoey’ features Sonnyjim an exciting rapper who’s smashing it at the minute and is considered one of the biggest names in UK Hip Hop scene. Hailing from Birmingham ‘Sonnyjim’ has worked with many other top UK Hip Hop artists and producers such as like Jehst, Verbz, Confucius MC, has recorded an EP in the US with ‘Buckwild’ and has also produced with Chris Crack. Check out ‘Shoey’ below…