Coventry’s no.1 grime artist SKATTA brings those sharp lyrics and tight flows, as he delivers the video for his new video ‘Week By Week’.
Produced by MPC finger drumming specialist Y-Etizm, this is the first video from a series of tracks between the two of them, which will be culminating in a collaborative project ‘Flavourz’.
Following widespread support from the public vote, SKATTA recently made it to the top five of the second instalment of Red Bull Studios project ‘Raise The Bar’, and he’s on to bigger stuff so keep a look out for his name popping up soon!
Previously featured tracks, ‘Just A Kiss’ and ‘Always Been This Way’ have set a curious tone for KIT RICE‘s brand new album entitled ‘Konfidence’, released on Monday (25th June).
I was very privileged to be invited to Kit’s album release launch party on Monday at London’s 229 The Venue Club and I gotta say this newcomer’s – along with the backing singers – well-poised vocals has compelled me even more to the eight-track collection.
‘Konfidence’ certainly matched the full-on confidence of the live performances I witnessed, by kicking off with a boisterous sound of the UKG scene, before offering up more club filling makeovers of the original R&B/soulful offerings, ‘Always Been This Way’ and ‘Just A Kiss’, with the help of producers Operator S and DJIMON.
The combination of that UKG vibes and smooth R&B offers the perfect balance throughout the album, topped off by the 2017 Voice contestant’s soulful vocal which effortlessly flows between the two genres.
With this pretty neat set, KIT RICE firmly holds onto the title as one of the most exciting and promising artists that the UK has seen in a very long time…
Make sure you check him out below:
Must Listens: Just A Kiss, Always Been This Way (original versions)
Multi-instrumentalist hip-hop collective 2U4U release their second track ‘GURL’, mixed by acclaimed studio engineer Aaron Ahmad (Adele, Mark Ronson), ahead of their ‘Butter’ EP release on 6th July.
Upholding their distinctive sound by blending rap, jazz and RnB, 2U4U have created a relaxed texture-rich track with hints of old-school hip-hop. Reminiscing about respective love stories in the hazy summer months, ‘GURL’ sees rappers cal and My Rugema combining lyrical ambiguity with aspects of neo-soul to detail their previous love affairs. Newcomer Majella also contributes to the track, lending his mellifluous vocals to a hook peppered with astrological symbolism. Whilst fusing a Wurlitzer and an electric piano, the group’s producer Ranbir unifies pacifying bass riffs with crisp, evocative drum beats, enabling the mellow tune to create a warm, summery vibe.
The three founding members, all hailing from Rugby and South London, met during their school years having bonded over a joint love of music. Citing various influences including Erykah Badu, Ty and Madlib, the group spent the summer of 2016 honing their craft of thematically-driven rap; it’s this dedicated nature that has gained them support by the likes of Dummy, The 405, Dazed as well as Jamz Supernova on BBC Radio 1Xtra.
Since releasing singles ‘Home’ and ‘Fall’, the group have found themselves on Spotify’s ‘Alternative Hip Hop’ and XL Recording’s ‘XL Play’ playlists, proving that 2U4U are transforming fame with their unflawed, soulful sounds.
21-year-old Bristolian MERCY’S CARTEL latest single, ‘Feel My Vibe’ discusses substance abuse, youth culture and mental health over a smooth refreshing take on soul music.
Speaking of her single, Mercy says “Music gave me a way to speak about important social issues from my own point of view and control my own narrative.”
The track is taken from her debut EP ‘Vibes Cartel’ released last Friday. Combining afrobeat, trap, hip-hop, R&B and neo-soul, the project snapshots the singer-songwriter and producer after her 2017 hospitalization and departure from university after experiencing hate crime.
Mercy is already impacting the industry, having featured on BBC Introducing with her demo ‘Nick of Time’ as well as starting her own student music agency, and being voted third in Bristol, in the Barclay’s & The Tab’s Future 100 Women to Watch 2017.
GEMINI CHRIS is back with another body of work, this time taking in the shape of ‘Minute Hour’ which is far cry from his nostalgic EP, ‘Je Ne Sais Quoi?….’
In this five-track set, the London-based DJ exchanges the full-on techno house, heavily influenced from the late eighties and early nineties, for something bang up to date. From the beginning, you’re introduced to the vibrant presence of the overtones of tropical pop, which take centre stage, with a semi-breezy electronic bassline serving as a perfect backdrop.
Perfect for those summer days in the party land of Ibiza, ‘Minute Hour’ displays Chris as an multi-talented DJ who refuses to be pigeonholed to particular style of house music.
Looking forward to his next move…check him out below: