Following his debut on the blog with his 2020 EP, ‘The Silence Vol.’ which make it on the #4 spot on New Lease Music’s Top Ten album of 2021, South Africa’s producer/artist, BLESSIN F circles back with his first release of the year titled, ‘I’m Sorry’, a gleeful blend of hip-hop, afrobeat wit a Latin flair. 7
MEAR is an indie pop collaboration between singer-songwriter Frances Miller and electronic composer Greg Harrison. Together, their music combines catchy melodies and poignant lyrics with their shared love of experimental music. Miller and Harrison met while working at the music venue Massey Hall in Toronto and began collaborating shortly thereafter by sending tracks back and forth over social media.
“Some memories help propel us forward while others cling to us so tightly that they bind us in place,” Mear shares about triumphant ‘Second Sight,’ their latest release from forthcoming album Soft Chains, coming out 22nd April . “This song is about someone who is grappling with a memory that holds them back. It’s about a confrontation and making it out on the other side.”
Watch the video for ‘Second Sight,’ integrating dance artist Katherine Semchuk’s choreography with animator Kristen-Innes Stambolic’s vision.
Legendary trip-hop producer WAX TAILOR has teamed up with MICK JENKINS for single, ‘No More Magical’, just over one year after the release of his last album, The Shadow Of Their Suns. Languishing and unhurried Wax Tailor and Mick Jenkins present the spirit of disillusionment and the apathy that follows. Harsh and raw, the unflinching lyrics are contrasted against production with nostalgic fragrances of old school hip hop elements.
With seven studio albums and more than 800 concerts in 60 countries and numerous awards, Wax Tailor is recognized as one of the main ambassadors of the electro-hip hop international scene. Wax Tailor’s music videos, directed by Berkay Turk, won prestigious awards including SXSW, NYC, L.A, Cannes Indie Short Awards. His music has been featured in several tastemaker publications including Pitchfork, Mixmag, NME, Wonderland, CLASH Magazine, HiphopDX, XLR8R, Rolling Stone, Pop Matters, Under The Radar and Respect Magazine while receiving radio play from BBC Radio 6 Music, KEXP, KCRW, NME Radio, RADIO EINS and RADIO NOVA, to name a few.
Born in France, near Paris, and currently based in South Africa, Wax Tailor has sold nearly half a million physical copies and holds hundreds of millions of plays on streaming platforms around the world. The works of Wax Tailor calls to mind the likes of Nightmares on Wax, DJ Shadow, RJD2 and The Avalanches.
Featured rapper Mick Jenkins was born in Huntsville, Alabama and is currently based in Chicago, Illinois. The producer is signed to the renowned Cinematic label has previously worked with the likes of Kaytranada, Ghostface Killah, Disclosure and Chance The Rapper amongst others. The producer has earned support from the likes of Medium, NPR, Rolling Stone, NME, Paste Magazine, Complex, Highsnobiety, Flaunt, Hot New Hip Hop, Chicago Sunday Times, Billboard, Pitchfork, Consequence of Sound, Dazed Digital, Spin, Stereogum, Under The Radar, This Song Is Sick, Earmilk, Brooklyn Vegan, XXL Mag, Clash Magazine, The Fader and Magnetic Magazine to name a few. In total, Mick Jenkins has collected over 250 million plays across platforms.
Manchester’s hip-hop collective ADS THE BARBARIAN have joined forces with London’s veteran producer REDD TUNES for the first EP of the year, ‘The Lone Ranger’.
Featuring members Fya Da Flame, DJ Hook Raida, DJ Cut and Slice, the three-track project features the smooth, retro vibes of hip-hop/boom bap, where the featured spitters take the spotlight to drop some serious bars on current affairs (namely the pandemic) and the hard knocks that life presents.
As well as teaming up with the Northern fierce crew, Redd Tunes have collaborated with various artists across the globe for the past 30 + years as a Britcore producer. If you’re not familiar with his work, here’s your chance to check it out here.
Before you head off to check out his catalogue, have a sample of Redd Tunes’ collab EP with Ads The Barbarian below…