More new music from Cynikal and its pretty noice! Cynikal teams up with Kaleem Taylor to drop a track called “Beautiful”. Premiered by CJ Beatz on his 1Xtra show earlier in the week this song is perfect for the summer (Clearly not a British Summer) with its classic Hip Hop feel (the track features a Nas Sample) and the gorgeous Strings courtesy of Adaggio and Kaleem Taylors Vocal is the icing on the cake to quote the missus “lush”! The lyric video works a treat too.
Cynikal will be throwing it down at the Isle of Wight Festival this weekend and then catch him at our show for The Rivington Street Festival on Sunday June 23rd. More new music to come from Cynikal later this summer… can’t wait!!!
New visuals from Rapper Producer Lifelines with his track “Smile”. Tune has a dope summer feel to it through its beat, production and Lifelines flow over the beat in general you can’t not bop your head to it. The video compliment the tune nicely too, isn’t it nice to see peeps on London’s streets smiling for a change!
The “One Faith” EP is free and available to download here check it out.
What a 2013 for Shakka. Dropping the first single from his new EP “Sooner or Later”. Following that with a feature on the Lead single from Wretch 32 Sophomore Album. Then onto rocking major stages and TV shows with Wretch and Basement Jaxx!!! What better time to drop the 2nd single from his forthcoming EP “Tribe”. This is Spin as always with Shakks lots of energy, innovative production and singalong vocal lines. You can’t not love it. The Tribe Ep launch is July 5th at theTabernacle a show that you really will not want to miss as this stars light continues to shine brighter and brighter!
Second video from Joel Culpepper’s much acclaimed EP“Skydive”. “Heaven” is one of the standout tracks from the EP synth heavy and falsetto tones the track is smooth and perfect for a spring/summer cruise with the top down! Joel is definitely on the rise with the video being premiered through OKPlayer and features recorded with SBTV. Future is looking very bright. Get your hands on the EP if you haven’t already.
So Anthony Anaxagorou decided to do a free-write giving himself one hour where his pen can not leave the page, to just keep writing. This video is what came out.
As always with Anthony massively powerful words and issues. I let his words speak for themselves.
Checkout Anthony at the night he co-hosts with The Ruby Kid Outspoken on the 28th of May. All the deets are here
Its been a little while since Obenewa dropped some fresh material. Back from time on the road with Plan B she has been dropping hints over the last month that a new EP is on the way and here is the first taster. As always with Bee lovely vocals with subtle acoustic accompaniment and a love that she has a little joke halfway through too. Signs are looking good for the new EP anxiously awaiting!!!
Incisive dropped the video for the Third single from his “Where Is He” Mixtape Everything’s Alright” featuring YJ. This is my personal favourite from the mix tape lyrically inspiring and the production is so on it (you know me anything with horns and i’m on it) you can’t not bop your head and sing along to the hook. Video as always with Incisive is shot well and has the quality. He sets his standards high consistently i hope more acts follow his example. Enjoy and download the mixtape if you haven’t already.
A young lady we have featured before dropped a new video last week and its a stunner. Taking James Blakes recent single Retrograde Kayla L’ayton delivers a stunning version of the track with a powerful and flawless vocal performance. Using just the keys with her vocals adds to the beauty of the track. There is an EP of new material in the pipeline from Kayla get to know about her.
Another week another Soul features visual with Divageek. My favourite track from The He Said She Said album this is just RIDICULOUS! An absolute beast of a tune the guys rock it out in stunning fashion. In my eyes they can do no wrong and if you haven’t already got your hands on the album you really need to get it in your life! Props to Soul Features for another gem!
New music from the lovely Kadija Kamara. Shot on the streets of NY Kadija a track filled with 60s and 70s soul grooves and sounds and the visuals are shot in a similar fashion to match. Loving the full band feel to the track and as the title suggest it has a real nice groove to it. Looking forward to seeing this live and what else Kadija has been cooking up! Welcome back Miss Kamara!
Tawiah continues the build up towards the release of her new Freedom Drop Mixtape with some new visuals. “Open Your Eyes” takes the famous vocal line from Common’s and Bilal’s classic “The Light” and transforms it into a soul ballad. Dwele did something similar a few years back but Tawiah puts a completely different spin on it and it sounds just beautiful. Featuring Sam Beste and Alex Reeve the trio create something real special. Following on from Teardrop and her superb performance at PMOI Live a couple weeks back the anticipation around this Mixtape continues to grow. April 30th cannot come too soon!
More quality from Incisive as he brings us a special edition of his Car show featuring not one, not two but THREE Incisives!!! The video is for the opening track from his “Where Is He” which is available on iTunes now if you haven’t already get your hands on it quality.
Last year Divageek dropped one of my albums of the year “He Said She Said”. With the album still going strong they teamed up with Soul Features to head down to The Red bull Studios and film this superb live performance of the killer track Money. As always Vula and Ben bring the fire (big up Jodie killing it on bass), the end break is awesome! Vula Vula Vula that voice arrrrgggggggghhhhhhh!!!! Watch it all and enjoy!!!! Apparently there is new music on the way i just can’t wait!!! Big up Soulfeatures on the visuals!
Tawiah dropped her first ever video for her new track Teardrop. As to be expected the track is EPIC and not something you can compare to anything else. Her vocals as always are full of power and class. I’ve been yearning for a Tawiah album for the longest time now I hope this video and the response to it means that i and the rest of the world won’t have to wait much longer.
Catch Tawiah performing @ Put Me On It LIVE @ The Old Queens Head this Wednesday March 13th details here.
On a week where i have personally lost a little faith in this wonderful industry this video gave me another glimmer of hope, a light at the end of the tunnel that sometimes quality is allowed to shine. Throughout last weekend the Reknowned team had been creating hype around something new and special coming from Wrecth 32 on Monday night. The fact that it was special did not disappoint, the fact that the lead single from Wretch’s sophomore album featured unsigned Remedy favourite Shakka was.
The track itself is absolutely ridiculous! Anyone that knows Shakka would have expected nothing less. Hopefully this is the platform that will give this phenomal artist the opportunity for his music to reach all the ears that it should. And if this single is anything to gauge Wretch 32 is not playing with this second album he’s here to stay. The track has been disabled so we can’t post it here but you can listen here!
Leanne Robinson has been steadily making waves since her appearance on 2012s X Factor and she once again shows her ridiculous ability with this Mash Up of Wicked Games and Remember You. She makes the songs her own with her sheer quality. Her delivery and power is flawless. Would be great to hear a quality original product to match the voice. Reload Sessions as always deliver with the visuals quality as standard.
Mangaliso Asi has been quiet for a little while but he returns with a massively powerful piece “Dedicated To tHE Blackman”. The title speaks for itself and will take a couple of listens before you get all the messages he delivers. There are no beats or samples to distract you from the lyrics and message conveyed. The visuals are fantastic to a job very well done. As said before powerful!
Whilst in recording sessions for his new ep Raff pulled together this lil cover stroke mash up with Adrian and Stu of The Remedies. Taking Disclosure and Aluna George’s current hit “White Noise” and making it his own. As usual Raff’s vocals are second to none and he owns the track whilst The Remedies bring it like they always do! Enjoy and look out for info on Raff’s new EP coming soon!!!!
One of my favourite poets since becoming part of the live scene Holly McNish had this poem recently featured on BBC Radio 4. With its success people have been wanting to hear it again and so Holly whipped up this quick video for people to hear the piece again. I don’t like trying to describe the content in poetry too much i think you can do it for yourself however as always Holly is so on point with the piece and delivers a passionate performance. Awesome stuff!
This is just wonderful. Covers can get a little boring sometimes with so many artists dropping them left right and centre i do just crave to hear their original material. When its done like this though i can only enjoy. Singer Songwriter Kayla L’ayton delivers a sublime vocal rendition of Lianne La Havas “Lost & Found” no mean feat making one of the songs of last year your own but she does it and in some style to. This is someone you definitely need to be keeping your eye on in 2013 with her EP imminent. For now just enjoy this quality again and again.
Don’t you just hate it when interludes, outros and intros are soooo dammm good that you wish they were full blown tracks??? It finishes at 1 minute 38 seconds (2 minutes if you’re lucky) and you are just begging for them to continue but unfortunately they fade out leaving you wanting more. Hayley Cassidy’s “Wish You Well” is another one of those. The outro from her “Stripped” album is built around a haunting yet beautiful string line with dope beats and Hayley’s fantastic vocals. Track is dope and i hope on Hayley’s next project we get to hear a full length version. Checkout the video below and if you haven’t already cop the album now from here.
This lady!!! Louise Golbey continues to consistently deliver quality. Classy slick video to accompany her new track that has a mean cool groove and some wonderful vocal harmonies running through it. Hope this lady continues to find all the success she deserves. Single available on ITunes here NOW
Last week George The Poet celebrated his birthday in some style with his first one man show at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall. By all accounts it was some night with many familiar faces showing up for the show. Link Up were there to capture the occasion and get peoples thoughts on it all. The strides this young man has made in getting his message out to a wider audience is simply inspiring. Long may his successes continue.
More from Incisive in the run up to the new mixtape droping. A few snippets of Incisive, Shakka and producer TE1 putting the track together and how it came about. Whole heap of jokes thats worth watching just for the DEEEEIIIIICCCKKKKK HEEEEEEEEAAAD exchange! Too funny enjoy!
Music is Remedy and Hayley Cassidy go way back. Having loved Hayley’s music for years now we amongst many others have been waiting for a long time of some fresh material from the young London native and finally we get a taster of what is to come in 2013. This is gorgeous! Quality RnB sounds and as always Hayley delivers with her vocals on point. The visuals are looking slick and on point too. Hayley glad to have you back can’t wait to see what you have in store for us!!!
Everyone should know i’m a massive Bluey Robinson fan. I have no idea why he is not scaling the heights that he should be never the less he still consistently brings quality that will see him achieve all his destined too. Taken from hisLate Shift Mixtape this is a live video filmed at a gig earlier this month. Great quality visuals and a great song too. If you haven’t already get downloading the mixtape you won’t be disappointed.
When someone says Maze Hill I automatically think of a very steep hill in Greenwich opposite the park. Maze Hill is however the latest music project from Josuha Idehen (Benin City). This video is a live recording of their latest video and it is beautiful. Wonderful combination of vocals and as much as I love the soft warm sounds of a fender rhodes sometimes you just can’t beat a classic piano.
The recorded version is availble from Wah Wah Records on Oct 29th and you can hear more from Maze Hill here check it out.
Passenger is the first single from Joel Culpepper’s highly recommended debut EP Skydive. A simple concept but so well shot and directed that it looks superb. The quality of the visuals match that of the track. Its the kind of R&B that has been missing for some time now.
If you like this I strongly advise you to get your hands on the EP you won’t be disappointed.
One of my favourite tracks from that masterpiece of an album from Artful Dodger Louise Golbey brings us her version of the classic Think About Me. Following in the footsteps of Michelle Escoffrey is no easy feat but as always Louise delivers a flawless performance. For more from Louise’s cover series check heryoutube page some real gems in there.
New visuals from the fantastic Benin City. They released this track earlier this track baby early this year receiving many plaudits. Hooking up with the guys at Beatnik here is a brilliant live performance of the track. Fresh with Double Bass, Drums and their magnificent Horn Section its a great version of the song. Beautifully shot by the Beatnik team too. The track is available now here. For more sessions from Beatnik click here.
Couple weeks back MIR favourite Wilson took a band down to I Luv Live and as expected RIPPED IT UP with an awesome performance. For those who missed the show like myself here’s some visuals of one of the killer tracks from his EP “Painted In Silence” This is First Class. If you like get downloading the EP its FREE!
She performed this cover a couple of weeks ago at Remedy Raw and got quite a reaction and it appears her performance last Sunday @ We Play Music Live was just as good. Flawless beautiful vocal from Lizzie as always. If you haven’t already checkout her EP “Tiny Teardrops” free to download now.
I love consistency and its something that Incisive never fails to deliver. Another single another slick quality video to accompany some big beats, dope production and a killer hook. Wicked tune continuing to set the standard.
Earlier in the year Adam Kammerling came down and performed an awesome set at Raw showcasing his skills as a poet and a lyricist. He’s now preparing to drop an EP later this week alongside producer Cuth. If this video is anything to go by its gonna be filled with quality beats, rhymes and jokes! Check it out EP drops Sept 28th.
Few out there thought he could top the lastShakkapella alongside the awesomeness that is Vula but this is soooooo gooooood. Taking a song that for many is a childhood classic and mashing it up in his own unique way with a current pop/R&bB/Dance hit is a stroke of genius. Something that really shouldn’t work but just does! Great performance from Tanya Lacey but as always Shakka steals the show. His light continues to shine bright i don’t think the powers that be can sleep on him for too much longer. Love it!
Also big up House of Alt for the quality visuals job very well done!
We’ve admired and supportedSarah Williams White for some time now. Here she is teaming up with Dan Le Sac featuring on the lead single for his forthcoming album. This tune is dope and SWW is sounding gorgeous as always. Loving that she is being given the platform she deserves to shine! You can pre-order the album here
Obenewa dropped this a couple of weeks ago and if you haven’t seen it already definitley worth a watch. A wicked take on one of the highlight tracks from Chris Brown’s F.A.M.E album. Obenewa full of class as always enjoy!
A quick clip of the guys in action to remind everyone about the Divageek album launch this Thursday night @ C.A.M.P Shoreditch. I think i’ve made it quite clear on how much i love these guys and live there are very few better. Its £6 on the door and gonna be an UNBELIVABLE night if you love Soul music make sure you are there.