DOPENESS!!! Its that simple. One of the sickest EP’s I can remember hearing for a very long time from both sides of the atlantic. Emmavie is a 22 year old singer, songwriter and producer from North London and “L+VEHATER” is her first project and she has produced recorded and performed every track on the EP. She blurs the lines between Soul Hip Hop and R&B Brilliantly, the concept behind the EP is just awesome and as a result we are left with an absolute BANGER of an EP! If you haven’t already you need to get into this EP and get to know about this lady.
Today Ty dropped his new EP “Kick, Snare and An Idea”. Three tracks of lyrical genius and brilliant production. I don’t think there is a standout track on there all 3 are of a very high standards which after all his years in the game is very much to be expected. This is just part 1 can’t wait to hear part 2 get your hands on this nowhere.
Last Thursday night Ego Ella May dropped her debut EP The Tree with a full band launch.Her fully produced sound is different to her live performances that her reputation has been built on. Hip Hop Beats and moody synths and keys reminiscent of Foreign Exchange but darker, whilst her vocals and harmonies remind me of the sounds that were coming out of the Timbo and Missy Camp in the late nineties. It easy to hear all the potential that this young lady holds the songwriting and vocals tells the story itself. This is a special artist with a massive future get downloading this EP and get to know about.
I don’t really need to say to much about this i’m gonna let the music do the talking. If you like soul music please listen, download and enjoy this. Superb stuff from one of the best vocalists on the London circuitPaul Raj.
Browsing over at our good friends @ Pinboardblog i came across this young singer Rainy Milo. After seeing she was from NORWOOD (ends for man like me if you don’t know get tooo) i had press play. I loved what i heard. Her vocals are filled with London swag and at the same time gorgeous. Can’t really describe the sound but i know i’m feeling it. Favourite track off this “Limey” EP is “Bout You”, yes there is a dope sax line in it but its not just that the tune has a killer groove and i can’t stop bopping my head. Its a free download check it for yourself i think its pretty dope and i hope there will me to come from this lady in the future.
Joel Culpepper dropped his new EP“Skydive” on Monday. Having seen him live a couple of times over the last 9 months i was expecting some upbeat James Brown come Gangsta Funk. What i got was an EP filled with R&B goodness that has been lacking for sometime now. The production is IMMENSE and the vocals unique and very much on point. For £4.49 i think this is something you definitely neeeed to get your hands on and support, this guy has something special go CHECK IT OUT here.
This week Szjerdene dropped her long awaited Patchwork EP. To accompany its release Szjerdene keeps up her track record of quality visuals with the video for the EP’s lead track “Blue Lullaby”. As always there are thought provoking images to compliment her lyrics and stunning vocals. The EP itself is very special, she sounds simply awesome and the overall feel of the EP can’t be put into any box its fresh and full of quality. You can listen and purchase the EP here check it out and invest in some real UK quality.
Sunday 18th March 2012, was the day London based singer/songwriter Wilson, shared his highly anticipated debut EP; ‘Painted on Silence with the universe. In my humble opinion this is one of the best pieces of music to ever bless the UK music scene. From start to finish, from intro to outro the level of talent, expertise and musical finesse shine throughout the entire EP. Equipped with 6 tracks that have been musically bounded in perfect harmony, Wilson gives us an insight into his journey. To begin with Wilson’s smooth, sexy voice declares his undying love for music as well as the utmost respect he holds for artists such as Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway and the late Michael Jackson who also inspire him. Throughout the EP Wilson’s lyrics are very thought provoking and they tell a story – a story that has you gripped from the first decibel. Tracks such as ‘First Class,’ demonstrate Wilson’s amazing song writing skills as it clear that he has penned this song with such compassion and creativity. The lyrics are genius and gel so well with the title. ‘Stay With Me,’ is a beautiful up tempo track that will get you moving without you even realising; his music is powerful it speaks to your soul. This may be a strange analogy to some but Wilson’s voice can be compared to the likes of Denzel in the way in which it can captivate a woman’s attention. His voice is sensual and it cradles the beat like a mother’s hand to her child – it is just beautiful! This EP is full of real music including live instruments, real lyrics with a great story and a ridiculously talented voice. To be honest it is more than just an EP, it is art – a beautiful self portrait of Wilson, ‘Painted on Silence.’ If you haven’t heard it yet you may be the odd one out and want to rectify that very soon! Wilson is definitely not going anywhere as he knows music is what he was born to do;
“I’m staying here – my heart says it’s where I belong.”
‘Painted on Silence,’ is a jigsaw of musical bliss and I cannot wait to hear what else Wilson has in store for us!
Our good friends @ We Plug Good Music pointed us in the direction of London singer songwriter Mide and his ep “City Lights”. Its 3 tracks of friendly laidback acoustic soul and it is very nice very nice indeed. Mide has a lovely vocal tone and uses a nice range of instruments. My favourite would be “Any Which Way” just has a nice feel to it perfect for spring! Still think there are improvements that can be made but its definitely a great start and worth checking out have a listen and download for free below.
UK HipHop producer and DJ extraordinaire Eric Lau prepares to drop his new EP alongside MC Guilty Simpson next week and it is off the HOOK!!! 7 tracks of head bopping bangers and basslines with gorgeous keys synths and vocals. Eric talks more about the project and what it is all about in this video. Below is one of the tracks yesterday to give you a little taster of what to expect. Ep is released Monday Feb 3rd pre order your copy here.
Its nearly 3 years since Tawiah dropped her superb “In Jodie’s Bedroom” EP. Since then she’s been touring with Mark Ronson all around the world and dropping little snippets of new material and performances here and there. Now finally it looks like we are very close to that album everyone has been waiting for with the launch of this new EP “Run”. Her vocals as always are sounding immense and i for one can not wait to hear a full album and see her live. Download now and enjoy one of the UK’s FINEST!
After all the dismay of last week and having to postpone the EP launch all has not been lost! The Ready EP is now AVAILABLE on ITunes to download and purchase. Check out our Review of the masterpiece here and download it here. This is Spoken word on another level get involved!
Consecutively after his debut EP ‘Volume in Silence’ in 2009, Yomi ‘G.R.E.E.D.S’ Sode has teamed up with the live band The Remedies to birth spoken word into a new realm. Entitled ‘Ready,’ G.R.E.E.D.S explains:
“Ready is a transition from the dark to a more comfortable place”
As the first track drops, immediately it is clear that this is not your normal everyday spoken word EP. His lyrical generosity is not scarce and his intelligent play on words paints a vivid picture for you.
“Research my ingredients from scratch and I start stirring. Jamie, Ainsley and Ramsay are like rahhh that boy can cook a spoken word dish I kid you not.”
There are no secrets from G.R.E.E.D.S whilst listening to this EP as he is real, he is raw and his nude words may shock but they will sit with you comfortably as he glides through various topics such as; sharing an intimate moment with a lover to becoming a product of your environment. G.R.E.E.D.S’ genius speech dances over the drum patterns in tracks such as ‘We Are and ‘Ready,’ creating a crazy vibe where you can’t help but mean mug and allow the beat to consume your feet.
G.R.E.E.D.S teases your imagination with ‘Only Me,’ featuring Wilson Atie. This track is beautiful, it is sensual and G.R.E.E.D.S expresses his admiration for the voluptuous Nubian princess anatomy. Wilson’s voice nurtures the beat and completes this piece. Dionne Reid also features on this EP, in ‘Be Bold.’ Dionne’s soul warming voice enhances this uplifting feel good track.
It isn’t often that you are presented with an EP that goes above the norm and beyond. Spoken word has been ruptured by G.R.E.E.D.S’ talent to in my opinion create his own genre of spoken word with the ability to Generate Rhymes to Engage the Enlighten Soul. For the lovers of spoken word this is definitely one for you and for everyone who appreciates real talent this is for you too!
“G.R.E.E.D.S has married spoken word and a live band into perfect musical matrimony to create this masterpiece that is, ‘Ready.” KM Scribbles
I was very happy to get a message from Martyna with a link to this EP attached to it, and on my first listen I was instantly hooked. Miss Baker has been blessing stages in and around London for a while now, including being on the line-up for the renowned Camden Crawl festival. If you have been lucky enough to see her live then you will already know how talented she is, and this EP definitely showcases it in full effect. I will definitely be posting more brilliance from this lady.
Stumbled across the beats of LifeLines through the wonderful world of twitter seeing that he had been working with Remedy favourite Shakka i was intrigued to hear more from the guy and was not disappointed. His debut the “One Love EP” is filled with quality HipHop beats that can’t not make your head nod laced with soulful sounds chords and vocals that make me like it even more. The London based rapper/songwriter/producer is inspired by the likes of 9th Wonder and J Dilla aiming to make music thats positive, motivational and enjoyable and he does a good job of it. All the tracks have quality but the standouts would be the cool “Steady” featuring Shakka and the killer “Love’s Crazy” featuring Angel and a well used sample of a much loved classic. Check out the tracks below and then click here to download the EP for free!
Been waiting for the site to refresh before posting something on this EP from The Stow and yes i am impressed. The Covers EP is The Stow announcing themselves to the industry and further and the letting the country know that they are not just an Underground band and that they possess the ability to cross over to the charts.
The EP is polished. The tracks are well written the band’s musicianship is flawless, Shi’s vocals power every track forward and Haydn’s verse’s give each track that extra edge to help them stand apart from the rest. The production is also onpoint giving the recording a very professional and commercial feel. “Give A Damn” is a great first single worthy of a place on any playlist but the standout track is “Angels”. Tune is EPIC! i can’t stop playing it one of the best songs I’ve heard to come from the underground in the many years i have been following this scene.
Have had the pleasure of getting to know Haydn and the rest of the guys over the last few months and they are lovely bunch of brilliant musicians, fueled by their passion for music and desire to succeed. I’ll always support artists who invest in themselves and bring quality to the table and these guys do just that. Give the EP a listen its only £3 and “Angels” is worth that alone! ENJOY
J Treole return with their 3rd EP and finest work to date. The 4 boys from the Cambridge areas whoose mesh of HipHop rhymes and Jazz structures have won them rave reviews in the past have allowed themselves to grow and evolve to a new level of brilliance.
The first track “Symphony of the Shrapnel” eases you into the EP with nice chords & beats (with a little reggae break in there too) whilst the synths and distorted guitar giving it a darker edge, before building up towards the end with some nice BVs. Its the 2nd track “Skydive” that really takes you somewhere else tune is straight epic.
The chords just make the song feel massive. The Beat and bass drives the song (with some beautiful fills from both inbetween) keeping your head bopping. The horns and BV’s are used really well to help build the track and give them an extra quality. And finally the acoustic guitar just gives it a commercial edge making it easy on the ear.
The final track “Mister Wolf” finishes things off nicely. Similar to the first track but this one has a swagger about it. Cool verses with a dark chorus ending the EP real nice and leaving you wanting more.
All in all really loving this. It has the feel of early Jamiroquai and 4hero records and what they would sound like if you had Roots Manuva rhyming on top. Music like this is rare simply because the level of musicianship required to make it is HIGH and takes work. This really is a superb piece of work and for a pound you can’t go wrong really. Looking forward to seeing whats next for these guys but don’t sleep on them, bloody brilliant.
Tanya Auclair has been around for a little while now. Previously part of the trio Elova (dopeness) she gigged the london circuit with there wicked acoustic soul, folk, afrobeat, reggae mesh of a sound that was dope. Now Tanya as a solo artist drops her debut ep on a free download and thankfully the dopeness is still in place just with a different flavour.
Its an experimental piece of work that is built around what she describes as “primal rhythms and vocals harmonies” that she then develops into the finished tracks you can hear below.
Its real fresh, not your norm but it works in so many ways and is a real grower. Give it a try you may just fall in love it and besides it’s free!!!
Producer DJ Teacher and all round super dude Eric Lau grabbed a handful of his many talented friends including Rahel, Szjerdene, Ben Jones, Sarina Leah to compose and record some new songs for a worthy cause. The project “See & Under Standing” is in aid of Save the Children with all proceeds going to the charity. Have a listen to the tracks below and give it a download.
The tracks are gorgeous, headboppinglicious and a fitting soundtrack to your summer nights of 2010. If you need more incentive checkout the pics below taken by Lily Lau from the studio on the day.
Beautiful collab and worthy project get downloading now!
Much acclaimed producer TE1 this month drop’s his debut ep The Onederful Vol One! A blend of HipHop beats and soulful mellow vibes this is a real quality piece of work. Wicked use of keys and strings give the tracks an intergalatic soul feel reminiscent of many of the albums from BBE’s Beat Generation collection (DJ Spinna, King Brit) and the sounds of fellow UK beats man Eric Lau. Favourite track would be track 3 feat Reggie B vocal is ridiculous! Check em all out below.
Also fresh from dropping the hook for TY’s Emotion’s single Sarina Leah gives a quality performance on the track “Enlightened Minds” and also loving the instrumental cut “Maybe Onderful” feat Yasmin Baker on keys. Perfect for a laidback summers evening this is as written above a quality piece of work. Looking forward to volume 2.
Nine Dots are the HipHop duo consisting of Mic Master Cage Lu and Beat Maker Kensaye. Originally forming at University they’ve been in and around the London scene for a hot minute now recording and gigging working alongside the likes of Artcha, Cherri Prince, Mangaliso and Sharika Medla. Now the Boys are stepping they’re game up to the next level with the launch of their free downlad EP I Seek Music . Whole heap of heavy Hip Hop beats and Rhymes and i feel there’s still plenty more to come from this duo! If you like what you hear get down to the Lockside Lounge Camden on the 9th for the launch party! Download and enjoy
Stumbled across this guy and couldn’t believe how i’d been oblivious to his existence for so long. Dude is straight DOPE! I love the sound of his vocal wicked tone that is oh so British and London! He busts rhymes too full of character, jokes and a sidickulous flow that is all his own. I just can’t help bopping my head as i write this… SICK!
Beats are nice and with a full band behind him i know that they will only get better but it isn’t about the tracks its all about this guy. This EP/Mixtape is free to download and i suggest you click the link below and check it out!
So first fresh recordings of the new decade and I have to say I’m far from disappointed. This is a gorgeous piece of Work. Collage is the demo from up and coming artist Szjerdene. She’s been round a lil while now building a nice hype around herself that she completely justifies and enhances with the three lovely songs she has here. Wonderful vocal range melodies and styling’s are I say again simply gorgeous. Loving the live sound of the band and that it’s guitar led as opposed to keys and synth, a form of soul that is hugely underused and underrated.
Check it out … the sounds of a future sound