Emerging from the streets of London, Mike Dadio has brought the rhythmic drums of his Ghana home to the brewing cloup rap scene. Featuring Nigerian rapper Romel and Hurricane Hunt, who has collaborated with the likes of Wretch 32 and Avelino, ‘Fake N Dat’ fuses cultures to inject afro-beat baselines and African drum rhythms into the track’s cloud rap production.
Letting the synths and drums guide him, Mike doesn’t allow himself to be boxed into a genre. Taking influences from Wiskid, Davido and Burna Boy, his main aim is to have his tracks resonate with listener in a way that it talks of the real problems of real life.
For Mike, music is a form of escapism and this is demonstrated in the upbeat, absorbing nature of Fake n Dat. Following the release of his track ‘No Limit’ in December, ‘Fake n Dat’ is the first track from Mike to be released in 2019 and undeniably sets an exciting precedent for more music to come from one of London’s up and coming go-to producers!
Last week gave us the visual release of Alex Dutty’s infectious single Emoji. Taken from his debut album ‘Knock Down Ginger‘, the track features the reggae style vocals of Black Rose and with its consistent heavy-bass beats, rhythmic dancehall undertone and catchy chorus, the track is one to play on repeat.
Choosing to avoid the stereotypical ‘guns, drugs, money and hoes’ content, Alex delivers brutally candid and relatable accounts of his childhood and life in London. After being influenced by UK sounds like Garage, Grime and Drill, Alex mixes that with his love of Toronto style production, his R&B and rap influences from the nineties and Reggae Dancehall with a touch of Afro Beat.
Having garnered support slots for the likes of Kano, Ghetts, Wiley and Bashy, Alex is no stranger to grime royalty and the buzz of the support slots and his DIY work ethic saw the rapper sell 60,000 copies of his mixtapes collectively – earning him a nomination at the coveted Official Mixtape Awards two years running.
Gaining influences in both music and his raw reality of growing up in a broken home, Alex infuses these to produce the diversity that is Alex Dutty and balances this whilst creating a very unapologetic but unique soundscape.