This is DOPE!!! The 14th are back with a fresh new mashup of two Garage classics. Tracey’s vocals as always are haunting and full of quality. The guys have more new music on the way and will be supporting Bonobob on tour next week. With the current resurgence of Garage sounds these guys are someone you’ll be seeing a lot more get to know!
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.
Friday night longtime MIR favourite Hayley Cassidy dropped her first new material for a couple of years. The Stripped album has been a long time coming and it was certainly worth the wait. Hayley delivers the kind of RnB that music lovers have been screaming for. Production is ridiculous with some wonderful vocal arrangements. Hayley as always is sounding amazing her runs and vocal character always help her to stand out as one of the best around and give it a distinct British London feel. Standout tracks would be 360, the classic Far Away and the title track Stripped. Awesome quality its free so get downloading NOW!
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.
Now this is a little bit sick. Who takes a classic happy sing along song from the Corrs and sings it over the Dark moody beats of Massive Attack???? Obenewa that’s who and she does a might good job of pulling it off. She’s completely switched the mood of The Corrs song and made it into her own. Quality vocals as always from this lady and a job very well done. We anxiously await EP number 2! If you haven’t got the “Once Upon Its Time” EP download it here.
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.
More from the 14th this is for all the Garage Heads. Taking the accapella from Tawiah’s recent free download “RUN” The 14th have sprinkled their fairy dust over it and made it their own really is very dope. Like i said for all the 2 step heads out there ENJOY.
All about good music spent last year putting on a range of live shows up in Manchester giving local acts a platform to perform on and inviting London acts up giving them the chance to perform to new crowds (something desperately needed if this scene wants to survive).
To celebrate a year of quality events the guys have produced a mixtape featuring some of their favourite acts to have performed. Lot of quality there with makes you’ll recognise and some you won’t have a listen though its free and its all about good music!
Been listening to this for the past week and with every listen my head bumps harder. Just before Christmas HipHop artist Mangaliso released his second instalment in his Versology series December Chill and it is a banger. Riding beats from Flying Lotus his flow and delivery are onpoint and sounds just right. A must for all HipHop heads and a new name for all to keep their eye, he has a lot to offer. Look forward to hearing new material this year. Listen enjoy and download for FREE!
South London Rapper Tee Stone dropped his “Lost Property” mixtape at the tail end of last year. This is one of the standout tracks the beat and sample are strong and he works the track nice. Well shot vid too based where else other then the streets of Clapham South London. Checkout the mixtape here.
Singer Ashleigh Ashley kicks off 2012 with her first official video “Shades of Blue”. The visuals are slick and sharp on the streets of Amsterdam and the vocals are quality. If you like the track you can download it here.
This guy is awesome. Beautiful acoustic performance of a new track from Bluey Robinson “Can You Stand The Rain”. Something special about piano ballad when you have a pianist who is utilising his instrument to the fullest and a vocalist who delivers a flawless performance every single time. This is immense. Its available to download here and i hope we get an Album from Bluey this year he’s more the ready and i know the country and the world will love it and him.
Nice way to start your Saturday morning with this quirky take on an RnB Classic. Kerry Leatham has been on our radar for a long time now performing at one of our shows a good 3 years ago now. Since then she has continued to go from strength to strength and her cool star quality shines all over this video and track. If you are feeling the tune you can download it for free right here. Enjoy!
London lyricist Cynikal jumps on the J. Cole cut to bring his own take on the track. As always Cyn’s flow and wordplay are nice and onpoint. The visuals are quality as always as this guy continues to rise. If you are feeling the track you can download ithere.
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!
One of our favourite artists that we have the pleasure of working with Raff dropped this recording over the weekend as a free download. It’s a beatuiful take on the killer pop track showing off just how immense and brilliant his voice is. Seriously there are so few out there that can touch this guy. The Remedies back him up on the recording providing his vocals with the perfect backdrop to truely shine. If you like this check out his EP“Soul Electric” available NOW!
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.
A vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, music producer AND video editor; Shakka is a true talent. This cover of Coldplay’s classic perfectly showcases his unique vocals. Make sure you download The Shakka Crown Affair now for free to hear more. (You might notice one of the Remedies in the vid too!!)
Brand new podcast free to download and listen to now. It gives you a little taster of what to expect at Remedy 5 with tracks from all the artists performing on the night and a feature interview with headline act on the night Mikill Pane. This podcast features guest host Mister James Massiah who doesn’t do a bad job if i do say so myself!!!
Tickets for the Remedy 5 are available here and full details for the show are here. Make sure you are there gonna be a GREAT NIGHT!!!
As mister G.R.E.E.d.S puts the finishing touches to his debut EP with the Remedies he’s gone back to the sampler series to give you good people some fresh music opinions and words. If this intro is anything to go by it will be RIDICULOUS!!! Get Ready!!!
Today Dean Atta release his debut album The Missing Piece and it’s everything you’d expect from the man if you knew him and everything you’d expect from looking at the cover… upfront, honest and well the bare naked truth. From start to finish Dean tells stories of experience from his own life and what he has witnessed throughout. There are sad hardhiting pieces like ‘Key to the City’, tales of love and heartbreak in ‘Tunnel Vision’ and ‘Goodbye’ alongside tales of family and his roots on ‘Mother Tongue’
My favourite would probably be ‘Ascension’. It’s a lovely sample but probably the piece that resonates with me the most. Trying to live up to your potential and rise above the disappointments of life.
There’s something in there for everyone which is always the mark of a good body of work. And it’s not just for the spoken word heads it’s something music lovers can enjoy too. Click on the link below and give it a listen and download for free!!!
Can’t lie this lady is one of my favourite worsmiths in the game. Her lyrical flow is straight dopeness and her content varies from knife crime to serving plates of food to men telling blonde jokes to child birth. Whatever the subject she delivers, every single time as her character shines through her words and her voice. Hollie is now putting the finishes to her first album Touch a collection of poetry and live spoken word pieces plus a 16 page booklet of her works. It doesn’t drop till November, but here are 3 tracks to wet your appetite for what is to come and i for one am certainly excited! ENJOY!!!
We Plug G.O.O.D Music launch their first compilation album today and I must say its quite a treat! If you don’t know about the site and what they do I’ll let them tell you…
Since February 2009, We Plug GOOD Music has consistently provided its online community with the very best emerging music from all around the world vis-a-vis plugging these emerging artists to a wider range of audiences via its’ websites & online radio show as well as bringing quality live music to diverse audiences in and around London (UK) & Lagos (Nigeria) via their ‘One Mic’ showcases
“A Prelude To The Future” features 20 of the most promising up and coming artists from the UK, US & Africa, in the genre of Soul, R&B, Hip-Hop and Spoken Word that we’ve had the privilege of working with over the last year and a half.
So whats on there then… well a lot of artists currently working there way around the scene at the moment and a building a name for themselves are featured. One of the standout tracks comes from The Chordless Show featured AKS.
This one is a real head bopper. Jesse P on production the track has a wicked beat, and the chord pattern is real nice setting a mellow yet kinda dark feel to the track. AKS flow is onpoint and he sounds great on the track talking about the thoughts that lead to and occur after drinking a little too much.
Also featured on the album is a track from G.R.E.E.D.S sampler series “Ready”
This tune is one of the standout tracks from GREEDS Sampler 4 and is going down well at all his live shows at the moment. Banger of a tune and a statement of where he and to a certain extent the spoken word scene are at at this moment in time.
Also on the album find tracks from Christina, KI Project, Chockz, Zayna Daze and many more.
All in all a great compilation and a look at artists starting to breakthrough the scene at the moment whose names you’ll be hearing next year. And a testament to all the fantastic work that the We Plug team are doing in the scene right about now. It’s free to download so go on check it out, have a listen and get downloading NOW!!!
The Music Is Remedy Podcast is back! This Episode features tracks from G.R.E.E.D.S, J-Treole, Matti Roots, Stac, Eric Lau and an exclusive live track from The Illersapiens! Listen below, download previous episodes on Itunes here or add the RSS feed.
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!!!
Matti Roots has been on the Remedy radar for a hot minute now. The skilled singer songwriter performed a couple of brilliant sets at The Remedy and Writers Block nights filled with energy wicked musicianship and some bad ass tunes! The likes of Ronnie Herrel at 1Xtra got behind the first album that many peeps were feeling. He’s now back with gorgeous piece of soul music with the track Raw!
Wicked wicked tune! “I don’t belive it no more” ahhhhh love it!!! Album is on the way you’ll just have to enjoy this for now.
Rep your endz – where are you from? South, south and only south!!! (ok – make sure it’s south-west though)
After Remedy Live what’s next for you? Playtime, literally (25th June!!!)
What does Remedy mean to you? Gosh this question requires a moist answer and I don’t do moist in public
What’s it like being backed by the Remedies? What? You seriously asking?
Describe your music in one word or one sentence? it’s kind of German-Jamaican (don’t know where it want’s to be, just know’s that it is there!)
Which of the other artist performing on Remedy live are you most looking forward to see Well as I can’t afford to offend anyone by not putting them first on my list, I will say ……………………..nothing!
Pixie Lott or Ellie Goulding? Got a crazy starry eyed dance music obsession lately so think Miss Goulding get’s my vote this time
Which do you prefer live or in the studio? Studio – those Kaana BV sessions are dope
Who’s had the most influence on your music? Sorry, very standard answer but I am not here to front, Whitney always and forever
Worst gig you ever did hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm this is made public right?
Best gig you’ve ever done? got a few but think I really enjoyed that lone I did at Trinity in Harrow many many years ago (ahhhhhh those were the days…..)
Wined and dine or straight to the bedroom? Wined all the way – come on, decent girl trying to give decent answer .
You make your first million what do you spend it on? Travelling again, travelling again, travelling again, travelling again aha ha ha
Favourite currently signed artist? Ohhhhhhhh, don’t ask me that – to much choice and I don’t get on well with choice
Favourite unsigned artist? Nine Dot’s or KI Project
Ashleys hair – do you like it up or down??? (ha ha) Down! Ash knows this (we’ve been having the hair discussion since 2003 and he tries to make it out like his hair is more unruly than mine and therefore it needs to be hidden away under some kind of hat/cap/stocking thing….yes you know what I am talking about…..)
Twitter or Facebook? Facebook all the way. Twitter has been p****** me off since I signed up…. what the hell is up with all the abbreviations – my brain is too stressed to be learning some kind of new language.
Iphone or Blackberry? Don’t know, ’cause I am on the whole Android ting
Skinny or Baggy jeans on dudes? the key is the right one on the right guy
How tall do you think XOMan is? 5 miles 40 inches
What represents a successful career to you? I think being able to get the recognition that you deserve, whilst being able to make a good living from it and enjoying it all the way whilst still staying down to earth .
Where do you see yourself in ten years? Enough questions already! I am now officially on strike! 10 years from now I’ll still be on strike
Get a taster of her vocal abilities as she jumps on a track featured on the recently released KI Project EP “The Article”
Quality track with Kensaye and Innocent doing their thing on the beats and rhymes and Sharika kills it providing the track with a soulful feminine touch!!! Check out the full EP from the link below. And of course hear what Sharika is really all about down at Remedy Live June 17th!!!
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
This weekend Paul Aarron and the team will be getting everyone into the easter spirit of things with this month UK Soul Jam featuring 2 Gospel choirs and the act that is raising eyebrows and excitement levels Lenny Henry!
Also on the lineup will be a quality vocalist who was given the seal of approval by quality artists Baby Sol and Maddame Pepper. Maria Benltley has a classy vocal touching on neo soul and classic jazz influences. She’s got plenty of character in her voice and a real old school flava about it. The tracks are nice though it does still sound like she’s trying to find her own sound that works for her. This however ain’t too bad at all! Check the link below to hear what’s she’s all about here’s my personal fave Fallouthematics
If you didn’t know this is a massive week for the UK music industry and one of the reason’s is that one of the UK’s finest launch his first single Emotions from his highly anticipated 4th album that drops next month!!! Ty is the mic master we are chatting about and to help aid the promotional onslaught for Emotions he has dropped a new mixtape for y’all.
If you don’t know anything about TY and need a reason to invest in the first single or the album this is perfect for you. You can hear the range of styles that the man drops his flow over and the lyrical genius and jokes that he delivers every time he takes the mic. For those that do know about the man that this is the perfect chance to reminisce over some of his classic tunes (as i write this i’m bubbling to “Wait A minute” man forgot how ILL this tune is!!!) and some you may not even know!
Either way make sure you download Emotions NOW and look out for the album coming real soon. Download and enjoy!
Over the Valentines weekend GREEDS dropped his third Sampler. Working with Nutty P again this one is filled with the tales of love from a Good Man’s Perspective (yeah who says men are insensitive)! Its a brilliant piece of work starting with the thoughts of a man looking for Love (yes we men do have those thoughts…occasionally) to the feelings experienced when he finds his Soul Sista (GREEDS rides the Bilal Classic perfectly). Plenty of ups and downs including the SERIOUS ‘A Story To Tell’ Which you WILL need to rewind and my personal favourite below FEAR.
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!
The Music Is Remedy podcast is back! Bringing you the finest unsigned UK Soul, Jazz, Poetry, Hip-Hop and RnB. This months podcast includes tracks from Ed Sheeran, Obenewa, Benin City, Szjerdene, Naomi Jasmine and a feature from G.R.E.E.D.S.
So its the time of year when love is in the air and the mighty XO Man has taken it upon himself to tell the world just how he feels about Cupid in the form of a new video and free download apropriatley titled… CUPID!
Its a great piece of work from the super big man with a wicked concept and the video is pretty dope too. For a free download click on the info box on the Soundwave player below to download and enjoy!!! Look out for XO Man and the Remedies at Wired Shoreditch House Monday March 1st… REACH!!!
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
This West London songstress has been around for quite sometime performing killer sets with her band Truth Movement or on her own acoustic style at events like Soulcial and Jazz Refreshed. Last month saw her launch her official mixtape and i have to say it’s a great piece of work. Fresh production mixing R&B with Soul and great vocals from the young lady. There’s something for everyone including a cameo from Bashy and a Obenewa letting rip over a dirty Dilla beat (tune is SICK!!!). Personal fav’s would be Green Eyes and Breakin up but you download for free and see what you think…