At the age of 17, Julian, alongside childhood friend Ryo, formed music group Grand Wa Zoo and dropped two well-received projects under Scope Music Management. Mika now drops his debut solo project ‘LinkPhone’ and with ‘Ferrari’ being the first taste of what’s to come, it’s set to make a statement. ‘Ferrari’ is a melodic dream-trap banger with London injections, drawing inspirations from his favourite heavyweights in the scene such as J Hus, Benji Flow and Octavian. With lyrics like.
Speaking on the track Julian states:
“The lines between a fantasy, a lie and the truth have become blurred. Ferrari’s about navigating yourself within the maze at high speed”.
Born in Rome to a Sicilian mother, Julian moved from city-to-city throughout his childhood before settling in the UK at aged 10. His turbulent background and constant reintroduction to different, unfamiliar cultures and societies caused him to have a warped view on life, often feeling like an outsider looking in. With this perspective that always let him see things from a step back, Julian turned to music as a vice for his unique thoughts.
With support for his previous single ‘Pattern’ from Dummy Mag completely organically, it’s clear Julian’s music appeals to the masses. He’s now ready to level up and make a statement. His forthcoming EP ‘LinkPhone’ toys with the symbolism of a typical ‘burner phone’ representing the simple yet needed link between Julian and his audience. Not only this but it also symbolises the function of what phones are used for at the core, conversation, without distraction from anything else (social media) and Julian wants this to be represented while listening to ‘LinkPhone’.
With talent in music, along with impeccable imagery and style Julian Mika is a be a force to be reckoned with in London’s rapidly evolving scene. ‘Ferrari’ takes us on a journey through Julian’s mind as an outsider looking in and with a full EP set to drop very soon…Check him out below…
NO BAKING SODA is ready to set the tone for what’s to come in 2020 with brand new single ‘Cereal’, proving this East London artist is truly in a lane of his own.
Having burst onto the scene a few years ago as part of the 3OW / WZRDSHIT collective, NO BAKING SODA (formally known as Mr. Jaeger) has become known for his unique, laid back delivery and his introspective bars about the hard life of a kid growing up in Homerton, Hackney, with a core theme of his music being the problems the inner city presents.
After taking time away from releasing his own music, 2019 saw Soda return and dip his feet into several creative opportunities including opening up his North London recording studio The Cave 2.0. After collaborating on songs with the likes of Jatz Da Kid & Finesse Tha World Records he released his first solo single ‘iPod’, a bouncy, nostalgic track showcasing his comfort with flow. The track was praised highly in the underground circuit, giving Soda the extra push he needed for recognition as one of London’s most sensational newcomers.
Now closing out the year strong with the release of his latest video ‘Cereal’ – produced by long term collaborator Orangesky – Soda skates naturally over the beat displaying his elite level of rhyming, laying down some on his trademark bars about the hustle in East London. While the lo-fi visuals demonstrate his signature style mirroring an authentic early 90s New York get up. With lyrics like “had roaches in my cereal and in the oven, wish it was a joke bro but it really wasn’t”, Soda goes into the struggles he’s faced growing up. Speaking on the track he states,
With another EP on the way as well as a full mixtape and more exceptional visuals showing he is on a completely different calibre to his peers, it’s only a matter of time that NO BAKING SODA is a household name in the London scene…Check him out below…
Starting hitting the scene again, since his last track ‘Crash’, which generated over 90k views on SoundCloud, Philadelphia’s KIDNEXTDOOR gets right back into action and slams down a monster banger entitled ‘Hop Out’, produced and mastered by the man himself.
The track features San Diego’s rapper Skip Johnson hitting those bars in the infectious wavy trapsoul number.
I’m telling you again – this one’s a MONSTER track! Better check it out below before you head out…
A1 takes time out and reflect on the loss of loved-ones and close friends through his latest visuals for heartfelt track, ‘Egg & Cheese’, the first release from EP, ‘Store Run’. Catch the review of the project here sometime.
Before you head off, hit play on the video for ‘Egg & Cheese’ below…