This was really tough to put together and I missed out a lot of my favourite artists because there is just so much fantastic music out there. What a time to be alive the UK scene is thriving with quality artists and music. There is still undoubtedly work to be done but when I look back on the decade and see the commercial successes of artists like Lianne La Havas, Tom Misch, Alfamist, Inua Ellams, Little Simz and longtime Remedy favourites Michael Kiwanuka, Shakka, Yomi Sode and of course Ed Sheeran the music scene Music is Remedy supports has grown massively and is in a good place.
I do love this brother. So much of what I have liked this year this guy Barney Artist has been connected with. Anytime I have needed a pick me up over the last few months this has been my go to hype tune. The horns, vocal samples tom roll to bring in the chorus and the way that bass line comes in on the 2nd verse…. HAAARD! And then there is his flow… undeniable how well he is able to flex over the beat and production clearly getting better and better with every track he puts out as the years go by and his audiences grow he keeps getting better. It is fantastic seeing him succeed and I’ve no doubt 2020 he will keep it moving to the next level he deserves to reach!
Joe Hertz brought some of my favourite artists together to create this beautiful number that was part of the soundtrack to my summer. Sam Wills‘ gorgeous vocals were perfect for this track and its hook. Whilst Barney Artist once again delivers another perfect example of the quality of flows he continues to put out there. And those horns are just pure bliss. Blue Lab Beats also feature adding their own soul jazz flavour to the beat. I love the element of collaboration. There isn’t enough of it and it is a major win win when you bring people together. Artits more of this in 2020 the quality and potential is there come together.
I’ve really missed Dornik and his mellow electro soul RnB sounds. This was a welcome return giving a hip hop twist to his sounds with a killer verse Barney Artist (those first two bars jheeeze). Really hope there is a second album lurking somewhere from Dornik and that we get it sooner rather than later.
Barney Artist dropped an album… YES! Since he first talking about the album being finished on the Are We Live podcast to hearing the lead singles i couldn’t wait to get my ears around it. It didn’t disappoint Hip Hop at its finest.
Listening back to his previous projects and then taking in Home is where the art is you can hear his progression as an artist and how he has developed his sound, style and message. There’s a level of quality and class to each track that is typified in my favourite track Merchants.
The piano and trumpet give it a jazzy dark feel with the strings adding another layer of darkness. His flow and lyrical goodness tell his truth connecting with the production of the track creating a wonderful piece of art.
And thats it, this is his art. Its just real. I think that is the reason he has the evergrowing fanbase he is developing. He speaks his truth and tells those tales from his words. He’s a hard guy not to like and you hear that in his music.
Brilliant first album peeps go take it in or play it again.
The Are We Live crew Barney Artist, Jordan Rakei, Tom Misch and Alfamist set out on a new task to come together and record a song in 1 day and here is the first result and it is AWESOME. Everything about this is so dope. Love the keys that drive the 1st part of the song and the way they are able to switch it to allow the guitar to dominate the 2nd half of the track. They all contribute to what is a killer track… RIDIDCULOUS give it a listen and download.
Celebrating the sell out show at the O2 Academy Islington last weekend Barney Artist drops some new bars to say thankyou. Sick and dark production from SELVSSE as Barney goes onto ride and obliterate the beat. Great to see Barney succeeding and pushing forward long may it continue.
New visuals from Barney Artist and the “Painting Sounds” project. The tune “Stay Close” featuring and produced by Tom Misch has a nice happy shuffle vibe about it and that happy element is in full effect with the sweet coming together of a couple. Nice vusuals with a small cameo from Barney and Tom!
Barney Artist treated us to another jam from his forthcoming project Painting Sounds. Teaming up with fell Are We Live crew member Tom Misch “Stay Close” is the standard head bopping soul inspired hip hop banger you would expect. Pure quality and vibes can’t wait for this project to drop! Out this Friday!
Barney Artist takes to the streets of his native Forest Gate in East London armed with a supermalt, lyrics and moves as he drops “Down” the first visuals to his forthcoming project “Painting Sounds”. The video is straightforward enough showing his personality and style whilst the beat from Jake Milner is one mellow head bopping vibe. Real quality can’t wait for this EP to drop!