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!
With spacey vocals that resonate those of Nao and Mura Masa, Becce J has paired up with grime royalty D Double E to create one of the catchiest tracks to come out of 2019 so far with Timing. The track indulges hypnotic bass lines and chilled loops, with a consistent beat that gives the track an infectious rhythm.
Hailing from Preston, Lancashire, Becce J’s journey to release Timing would have seen many others give up at the first hurdle and her struggle rings true in the track lyrically with her inspirational message to carry on pursuing your dreams despite life’s ups and downs.
D Double E’s own journey has seen him hailed as one of the founding fathers of Grime, beginning with N.A.S.T.Y Crew and then the seminal Newham Generals – Newham now becoming as synonymous as the great bases of US rap, with the headlines relating to 21 Savage’s up-bringing.
With its crisp beats, memorable chorus and of course, D Double E’s trademark rap, Timing is a necessary good-vibe soundtrack this weekend.
From small town Owings, Maryland Rasha Jay’s music is a storm of blues based alt-rock fueled with emotional vocals, powerful rock instrumentals and atmospheric beats and this is illustrated best in her new single Red Coat.
Lyrically the song is about protecting yourself from love and the heavy bass, strong guitar riffs and raw soulful vocals mirror the dark, murky and conflicted notions that come with the harder side of love. With her forthcoming EP High Dive to be released later this year, Rasha Jay comments that the EP will be a continuation of this exploration into love and the tangled mess of relating to each other – the title ‘High Dive’ referring to the times when it is best to dive in or jump out and the audience that is always there waiting to see what happens.
Taking influence from musical mavericks such as Prince and rock royalty like Foo Fighters, Rasha Jay creates innovative music that bulges real honesty and daring genre-spanning sounds.
Watch out for her forthcoming EP and click on the links below to check out more Rasha Jay!
Scotland-based DJ and producer Andy Anderson has unveiled his innovative ‘3D mixes’, gifting listeners with a completely new aural experience: all without needing to buy any specialist equipment!
As witnessed on the mix of his latest track ‘Live For A Dream’, the 3D mixes work with any headphones or earphones, making this something of an egalitarian technical development. Anderson’s mixing technique—which he is keeping tightly under-wraps—distributes the sound unevenly in the ear canal, having a 360 effect.
To understand this, we recommend listening to the 3D mix for yourself but if that is not possible imagine being stood in a small circular room with speakers covering every inch of the wall while you’re stood in the middle and you’re pretty much there.
R.Seiliog presents ‘Opal Drift’, a deep-flowing ambient techno cut from his forthcoming LP ‘Megadoze‘ out 30th of November on Turnstile music.
Welsh producer R.Seiliog aka Robin Edwards returns with his new LP ‘Megadoze’ a subtle shift from the sonic palette of critically acclaimed ‘In Hz’ and 2016’s ’Shedhead EP’. R.Seiliog creates a gentle stir from darkness, coaxing ambisonic visions of the void with synth-driven tides. ‘Megadoze’refined prologue surges through visceral tapestries of static and haze merging ambient techno, musique concrète and field recordings.
Astounding lead track ‘Opal Drift’ with its enveloping structures builds through ambient textures and a bricolage of half-remembered techno and synth waves, it’s like the evocative sound of flowing water softly sculpting the rocks of the Black mountains. Second track ‘DC Offset’ weaves intricate sci-fi soundtrack layers bubbles, babbles and skitters with otherworldly presence echoing homage to the finest work of Brian Eno, its followed by the incredible ‘Obsidian’ its deep-glitch woven journey unfurls into an awe-inspiring interlude of sonic revelry in its final portion. Meanwhile the ambient hauntings and glacial washes of ‘Vitamin Filter’ are a masterclass in the melding of field recordings and motorik electronic beats, it’s equally the soundtrack to chilling-in, or going out.
‘Zemlya’ resonates and chimes with harmonics that conjure echoes of the percussive music of different continents from India to Africa, underscored by contrasting hues of sub-bass driven beats, crunchy granular glitch with instrumental swathes. The ambient drops of ‘Nectar Phase’with its viscous swells and fluxing breakbeat possess a timelessness. The glacial ‘Chalk Fields’ mirrors the sound of a rising sun casting cosmic beams onto your face as you lie in a dew-speckled field, samples of birds chirruping, streams flowing, a distant voice and stunning ambient textures arise into a moment of unified clarity.
Sonically daring and sewn with intricate genre-blurring levels of detail, each cut remains connected to the heart of nature in its elemental force, ‘Megadoze’ is perhaps R.Seiliog’s finest record yet.
R.Seiliog emerged from the pine coned hills of Peniel, North Wales. Releasing the warm analog psychedelia of 2012’s ‘Shuffles EP’, and his debut long player 2013’s ‘Doppler’ which was a wide-eyed homage to Krautrock. Manic Street Preachers were so inspired by his debut album Doppler that the band entrusted Edwards to remix Manic Street Preachers’ single ‘Futurology’.
In 2014 the release of his critically acclaimed second album ‘In Hz’ a masterful work of convoluted drone and electronics. Which led Thump to herald it as “So good it hurts” and Mojo Magazine to say “R.Seiliog presides over a subtle, imaginative record that transcends many genres.” R. Seiliog’s work has received airplay from the likes of Huw Stephens, 6 Music – Mary Anne Hobbs, Radcliffe and Maconie and Lauren Laverne.
Sussex-based singer-songwriter, Jon McDevitt, has just released his sensational seasonal single ‘Father Christmas’. Check out the emotive video here:
This Christmas sing-along cleverly blends influences from The Smiths and Dexys Midnight Runners amongst others, to form an easy listen seasonal single.
Thoughtful lyrics by co-writer Dominic Hudson paint Father Christmas as a figure missing from Christmas, whilst allowing the listener to interpret it as to how or why. These combine with an infectious melody to make a Christmas single that stands out from the crowd.
Following the success of her infectious pop anthem ‘Crush’, Norwegian pop singer, Line Mari is back with a mesmerizing melody, that sparks real emotion. With intense vocals, brooding pianos, and a backdrop of tropical-tinged synths, ‘Haters’ showcases perfectly Line Mari’s distinctive electro pop sound.
‘Haters’ and ‘Crush’ will both appear on Line Mari’s upcoming album ’21 Days’, due for global release Friday 4th November. With her first two single releases delivering such a unique, electrifying sound with a catchy pop-rock edge, we are very excited to listen to what Line Mari has in store for us.
The Skype call inspired ‘When I Call You’ by Francisco Bayon is an uplifting and unique summer anthem. Featuring accordion throughout the track builds up to a huge festival ready texture from just the Skype ringtone. I think everyone can agree that it is a very creative way of using the ringtone. Francisco’s fantastic vocals then come in and deliver some very catchy lyrics and melodic combinations that have been going round in my head for ages after listening to it. Go and get it now!
Set to play WOMAD this year, multi-award winning Afro-pop songstress Wiyaala has come a long way since her humble background growing up in the small Ghanaian village of Funsi.
The last few years have seen Wiyaala rise from rags to riches. Now on the cusp of becoming a worldwide star, the singer hopes to inspire others by spreading her message of love and peace, whilst also raising awareness of the injustices still taking place to this day in third-world countries all over the world.
Her new self-titled album Wiyaala has already received nationwide success in Ghana. She now hopes to establish a global audience.
Stream the single ‘Peace’ from the album here on Soundcloud:
The record is a selection of vibrant Afro-pop anthems sung largely in Sissala, but with a poppy catchiness inspired by Western Culture.
As the singer explains: ‘My album is the product of my environment as a young girl growing up in a West African Village at a time when the influences of Western TV and video first impacted on the African villager …You are hearing my African heritage fusing with the sounds and techniques of western production.’
Wiyaala rose to recognition after coming first place in a 2012 Vodafone Icons reality show as part of the group Black n Peach, a year earlier emerging as the second runner-up in Ghana’s Stars of the Future talent show. She has become famous despite little radio airplay, rejecting the music industry’s ruthless commercialist side and becoming famous as a result of her live performances and what she stands for. Grace Jones, Tina Turner and Angelique Kidjo are artists that she is sometimes compared to.
Often referred to as the ‘Young Lioness of Africa’, she has become renowned for her activism, working to abolish child marriage and abuse in her home continent as well as campaigning for women’s right to education – freedoms that we take for granted here in the Western world.
Her fierce ideals are a result of her impoverished upbringing and being a first-hand witness to social injustice. ‘At school, I have seen young teenage girls pulled out of the classroom to be married off. The next time you see them they are pregnant and selling pepper in the market… When I was small, we were often hungry. Sometimes we would catch a mouse, roast it and share it amongst 3 or 4 children.’
She is currently working on projects with The Ministry of Gender and Child Protection and UNICEF in Ghana.
UK alternative pop trio The Hallows gear up for the release of their debut album with this brand new hypnotic single ‘Element’.
As the group explains: ‘element was one of the first songs recorded and it helped to set the overall tone of the album. It was written as a positive and uplifting song about looking up to someone you love and the profound influence they can have on your life’.
Championing their own very unique sound, The Hallows are an enchanting concoction of Kate Bush, Muse, Portishead and Tori Amos with their own individual dreamy essence thrown in.
The group’s eclectic sound is a result of the band members’ individual musical meanderings. Sarah has played as a backing vocalist/keyboard/Glockenspiel for Hafdís Huld supporting the likes of Paolo Nutini, Mika and Bloc Party at festivals as large as Glastonbury and SXSW. Joe meanwhile has supported notorious cult pornographic band Rock Bitch (a band renowned for rarely sporting support acts). He and Sarah have also shared the stage with Ronan Keating playing a number of television performances.
Meeting at university, the band shared a house together, in which third band member Dave subjected the group to strict drinking game rules, whilst also ensuring they all ate proper meals (now holding the unofficial title of ‘band chef’).
Sarah has played the role of Snow White whilst working at Disneyland – several elements of this fantasy world clearly making their way into the mystical sound of ‘Element’. As a child, Sarah also lived by a zoo and was kept often awake by roaring lions (the lions would often set the wolves off too, which sounds absolutely terrifying!)
Since forming, the group have been hands on with all aspects of their music including coming up with video concepts, artwork, set design, production and blogging.
Their upcoming album Of Time and Tides is out July 4th.
The group explain: ‘The album is about life, relationships and how things can change over time. The album was written in the spirit of a bygone era because we wanted to encapsulate elements within all our lives that have influenced us both musically and personally. Sarah draws inspiration for the lyrics from the elements because they represent the never ending cycle of life and time in which we exist for a moment. We have combined these influences to create an album that displays our love for atmospheric instrumentation, lush melodies and, hopefully, pop songs you will want to sing along to.’