ImSoMaleek LP Review

ImSoMaleek a Wyclef Jean protegé from Brooklyn, will be releasing his debut album, Insomniak, later next month. No stranger to the world of music, ImSoMaleek was lead singer in a band with his two older brothers 3on3 and also appeared in the Broadway Musical Lion King as well as venturing into other music endeavours.

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With the guiding hand of Wyclef Jean and drawing from influences such as Usher, Frank Ocean and Justin Timberlake, ImSoMaleek brings out a solid debut album, blending R&B, soul, while adding touches of pop, and drawing on his roots in classical training.

Tipped to become a familiar name in the R&B world, as well as the world of popular music, this debut album is overall a fine achievement. The album has a smooth flowing contemporary sound with stand out tracks including, Sometimes ft. Oswin Benjamin, and Raindrops, a ballad with poignant lyrics and which best displays his vocal talents. Overall, a compelling debut from someone who we will probably see a lot more of in the future.

To find out more, follow these links:

https://twitter.com/ImSoMaleek?lang=en-gb

https://www.instagram.com/ImSoMaleek/

https://www.youtube.com/user/MaleekTv

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Speed Autobahn’s Fresh off the Press Thrilling New Single ‘Live it Up’

LISTEN HERE: https://soundcloud.com/speed-autobahn/03-live-it-up-feat-stormi-palmer-ezo

A fresh, fast paced and high-energy fusion of Electronica dance and Hip Hop reminiscent of artists Pitbull and Florida perfectly describes the fantastic new single by Speed Autobahn.

After the death of a close friend he was moved to create a song in his honour, taking inspiration from his friend’s popular saying ‘live everyday like it’s your last’ he named the track ‘Live it Up’.

“To hear him say, “I don’t do music for the hood, I do music for the world,” had me hype and if you know me you know I don’t need extra energy, but that’s what you feel through his music, energized!!!”

– Shelneka Adams, empire radio magazine

“ I never thought he could combine the styles of EDM and Hip Hop and Take it somewhere past were Pitbull has taken it, no disrespect to Pitbull, but a younger and newer wave”

–  Jay “the Great” Gatsby, The Royal Takeover Radio Show

Currently living in Manhattan, New York Speed Autobahn has been driving audiences so wild that both men and women have ripped their shirts off as they danced and raved. Performing in some of New York’s most famous venues such as Harlem Shrine, Santos House Party, Brooklyn’s Paperbox and also Fame Festival in Atlanta, GA he was introduced to the rapper Fat Joe earlier this year who encouraged him to aim for the skies with his art, saying “ your friends and family are not your fans, focus on creating music that people from all over can appreciate and love”. Having toured with the punk rock band and his producer Danny Switchblade, speaks a lot about the immense quality of music they express together.

In addition to his fantastic accolade his music has been featured on the award winning YouTube web series “Ghetto Nerd Girl” Speed Autobahn is set to tear his way up the music industry.

 

Upcoming events

1) E.N.S album release party, July10th  2016

2) Fresh Crew Music concert:  New York, NY

August 2016 date and Venue TBA

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/Speed-Autobahn-Fan-Page-293420584009339/

www.speedautobahn.com                                                         https://twitter.com/SPEEDAuTOBAHN

https://youtu.be/vEPJpivcQ0U                                          https://soundcloud.com/speed-autobahn

Grime-Punk collective Astroid Boys video for ‘Fallback’

 

“One of UK hip hop’s more ferocious forces, taking no prisoners in either their beats or their lyrics” – Clash

fallbackThrowing out the rulebook once again, Cardiff-born Astroid Boys make a hard-hitting return with their unique blend of grime and rap with a DIY punk twist on new single, ‘Fallback’, and its striking visuals.

 

Finding pockets in-between a plethora of genres, the track is a fiery reincarnation of youth culture: culturally aware and artfully produced, it underscores the raw nature of grassroots hip-hop and the urban surroundings that the group’s music was born from.

Signing to MTA Records at the tail-end of 2015, the collective’s producer Dellux (whose solo work has been championed by The Fader and The 405) is currently talk of the town in the house world for his genre-defying vision – and having provided incomparable creativity on ‘Fallback’, it is clear to see why. Lyrically, vocalists Traxx and Benji Wild spit a streetwise cautionary tale inspired by “being in situations with people you don’t wanna be in”: a story all too familiar with Benji, whose recent incarceration now has him focused on turning his life around.

An anomaly in the music industry from their inception in 2013, Astroid Boys carry the flag for heavy UK hip-hop with their sharp lyrics and undercut rhythms, as exemplified in their startling debut ‘Bacon Dream’ EP. Following its success, the Clash-approved collective found themselves touring with the likes of Professor Green and Lethal Bizzle, whilst their second EP, ‘CF10’, charted at number 3 on the iTunes Hip-Hop Chart; rivalled only by releases that week from Drake, Tyler The Creator and Kendrick Lamar.

Now sitting firmly on the ones-to-watch pedestal with backing from Stormzy (Beats 1), Radio 1’s DJ Target and Huw Stephens, Astroid Boys have always been known for their visual work. Exploring the darkest depths of their hometown, in ‘Fall Back’’s video the camera follows the hardcore pack in their most natural habitat: “We didn’t take anything too seriously and vibed a local warehouse with the gang. We just wanted the video to be an interesting watch from start to finish, so we held back on the urge to make something obscure and confusing”.

To support the single’s release, Astroid Boys will be touring throughout May and June, kicking off at The Great Escape in Brighton on May 21st before hitting London, Amsterdam and Leeds alongside stop-offs in Belgium and Holland. Also billed for Slam Dunk, the band will end the tour at X Music Festival in Cardiff on June 3rd.

Built around brash lyrics, DIY production and a jackhammer beat, ‘Fallback’ is a fitting example of this emerging outfit’s eclectic taste in music and street smarts, proving their output is as refined and relevant as it is rough and ready.

Links:

soundcloud.com/astroidboys
facebook.com/ astroidboys
twitter.com astroidboys

 

Prince William has his sights on the hip hop throne with new single ‘Million Ways’

Having performed at last year’s SXSW festival, Houston rapper Prince William is an exciting new hip hop underdog on the rise.

His latest single ‘Million Ways’ sees him showing off his adept flow and wordplay skills. It centres lyrically around pushing one’s talents in order to be successful.

Stream the single here on Soundcloud:

https://soundcloud.com/glavish/million-ways

Written over a year ago, the rapper explains the inspiration behind it: ‘I was working the graveyard shift at a gas station one night (Winter ’14) and decided to play the instrumental on the loud speaker since I was the only one there. I must’ve played the instrumental 100 times that night and then as I was mopping the floor, the flow and the hook just naturally hit me and I recorded it on my next off day.’

Prince William’s inspiring self-confidence and rhymes are likely to appeal to fans of artists like Jay-Z, Childish Gambino and J Cole.

A highly self-motivated artist, Prince William has started a music career through his own determination and grit, setting up his very own record label Lavish Living Ent.

He explains the source of his drive: ‘When I decided to start making music, I called lots of old friends from Elementary all the way to High school and they all (exaggerated with “all” but pretty damn close) dismissed me and that helped me develop my “self-inspiring” attitude and I also learned to depend on myself much more than the average person.’

Prince William has always seen himself as an underdog. Upon entering a contest for indie rappers in 2013 led by local hip hop legend OG Ron C, the rap icon came up on stage and said “I don’t wanna hear music about your problems, if I wanted to hear about problems I would’ve stayed home and looked at bills. This is not the rap game, I want to see girls shake their asses and music I can dance to.”

Knowing from the start that he was different to the other rappers in the competition and that this statement was subliminally aimed at him, Prince William didn’t let it get in the way of his vision, having since proved OG wrong by performing at SXSW and scoring radio airplay from Kiss FM phoenix and an interview with KTSU Houston.

He hopes to continue onwards and upwards continuing to push his own record label and garner a worldwide fanbase.

 

Links:

https://soundcloud.com/glavish

https://twitter.com/PrinnceWilliam

Upcoming Afrobeat singer Bobstar set to release new tracks

Bobstar is an exciting new artist who has managed to cultivate a unique sound of his own based on a fusion of Afrobeat, bashment and grime. His double A side release “Loving Last Night”/ “Blame On Me” will most definitely drive its listeners to the dancefloor. Bobstar’s an upcoming artist with the potential to shake up the club scenes of England and beyond by demonstrating mastery in the creation of urban music as epitomised in the track “Loving Last Night”

 

Bobstar has collaborated with Afrobeat artists such as Ace and producers such as Rolio D and Rare G. The multifaceted nature of his songs derives from both his ethnical background as well as his extensive interest in different kinds of music.

Robert Gabriel Okoro AKA Bobstar has been passionate about playing music from an early age. Being brought up both in Nigeria and South London has contributed to the fact that his musical approach is thriving from a variety of different cultural impacts – his style has developed from genres that range from Reggae, Hip Hop, Afro House and Jazz to Pop. Bobstar has been soaking up musical inspiration from the likes of Shabba Ranks, Elton John, Fela Kuti and Bob Marley amongst others. With his songs being primarily Hip Hop based Bobstar’s music is comparable to the work of Future and Mavado.

His musical ambitions range from song writing to performing as well as producing, a skill he acquired over the years from owning his own recording studio.

Release date for “Loving Last Night”/ “Blame On Me” is 8th January 2016LINKS:

https://twitter.com/bobstar_hgf

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvbkERw3uf4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7xXFqFFQd4

https://www.facebook.com/bobstarstudio

New Single ‘Bad Influence’ by Rapper Lively

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Lively is a rapper who has entered the hip hop arena in the most proficient way being able to collaborate with some big names in the industry at this point of his career.

Taking his father’s  second cancer diagnosis in 2012 as a wake-up call the rapper has decided to truly devote himself to his music  which has paid off only very shortly afterwards. A trip to the US last year gave him the opportunity to record with one of the most influential hip hop producers of the past 20 years, Scott Storch who is widely known for having produced hit records for Beyonce, 50 Cent, Eminem, Busta Rhymes , Rick Ross, Chris Brown and Tyga amongst others. Next to Storch the rapper has worked with UK rapper Smiler TPM as well as MAC and G-Man of So Solid Crew and also Bizarre from the Detroit based rap group D-12. His first single release ‘Bad Influence’, is a solid proof for his quickly acquired professionalism.

The song is a testament to his way of life, affirming that he’s “moving in the fast lane, no slow ride.” No matter if people believe he’s a “bad influence on them”, Lively is bursting with determination and energy and there’s no going back.

Having built a foundation consisting of musical talent, dedication and hard work Lively has managed to get his first EP release in April 2015 into the best selling rap/ hip hop pre-orders on itunes without the help of any labels or major promotion.

His musical influences vary across the hip hop sphere as well as any other genres he comes across. Lively isn’t interested in copying other artists, he takes his inspiration mainly from everyday life experiences and his own imagination. The rapper, who has both Scottish and Indian roots, has shown perseverance in the ambition to mature his sound and an eagerness to learn from past mistakes. He took part in a rap battle at Jumpoff TV where he, in his own words, “failed epically” and got beaten by another contestant, who got into the season’s finals. But Lively decided to use his defeat in a positive way, cleaned up his act and is now back stronger than before: “The loss made me go back to the drawing board quite literally – new style, new sound, better punch lines.”  With an attitude like this there’s no doubt Lively will be here to stay for some time to come.

The single ‘Bad Influence’ is out on 13th February 2016.

 Links:

https://soundcloud.com/lively-music

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qc1Y1xk13p0&feature=youtu.be

https://www.facebook.com/LIVELY.rg

https://twitter.com/_livelymusic

 

Daniel David’s solo single ‘Me an U’ released 28th August

Single written after chance meeting with pop singer Cheryl Cole in a London night club

Hailing from East London and the creator of gritty dance pop tracks, Daniel David is no stranger to music industry success. He was part of an urban music group with none other than Labrinth, Daniel has played huge stages, such as the Radio 1 Big Weekender in front of 70,000 people, as well as winning an Urban Music Award for Best Video and being nominated for a MOBO – losing out only to JLS.

Now working on a solo career, his new single ‘Me an U’ is a bass heavy, infectious tune inspired by a chance meeting with Cheryl Cole in London’s exclusive ‘The Box’ nightclub. At the time, the singer was going through her high profile issues with ex-husband Ashley Cole, and the song was written as an offer of escape

You can hear the single here:

Daniel David is an artist who continues to build a reputation amongst his peers and the music fans, particularly in London. Amongst those voicing their support for his work you will find the likes of Plan B, Professor Green and Paul Young, not to mention aforementioned band mate Labrinth.

It’s a growing reputation that stands him in excellent stead going forward, particularly if he continues to release high quality tracks with great production like ‘Me an U’.

Daniel is also an artist who takes seriously the development of young talent in the music industry, having started a label called Eagle Rush Global to help give younger people a chance in the industry as well as create in imprint for his own work.

It’s this kind of attitude and work ethic that is likely to see Daniel David to the top of his game.

Links
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/danieldavidofficial
Twitter: https://twitter.com/iamdanieldavid
Instagram: http://instagram.com/danieldavidofficial
Soundcloud: http://www.soundcloud.com/daniel-david-official

Backsliding is new track from Soul Solo Artist

A London based artist with a fiercely independent streak, Scarlet Baxter is a female singer-songwriter who has been described as ‘Lauren Hill meets Jimi Hendrix’. A killer combination of stellar vocals and soulful guitar backing thanks to co-writer Dominic Ireland, Scarlet Baxter is an artist with a genuine chance of breaking through having turned the heads of some the industry’s top names.

Scarlet Baxter looks to break through with August 18th single release

Also Check out the new Remix of this track from Super Stylers, its got extra punch to accompany the vocal talents of Scarlet Baxter. https://soundcloud.com/superstylers/scarlet-baxter-backsliding-super-stylers-radio-edit

With a new EP ‘Stuck’ due for release soon, lead single ‘Backsliding’ is a classy introduction to Scarlet’s powerful sound. Having worked on the EP with producers including John McLaughlin (known as ‘The Hit Man’ thanks to previous successes), Jud Mahoney (Michael Jackson, Dolly Parton, Chris Brown, Usher, Mariah Carey) and Natalie DeLucia (Britney Spears), this is music not only well written but also superbly captured by a team of industry heavyweights.

Scarlet Baxter is no stranger to the spotlight since winning performance contests as young as 14 years of age. Later, she went through years of musical theatre training and, although the musical theatre is not reflected in her earthy style, she did learn the art of performance and gain confidence in her own ability.

More recently, her star has continued to rise thanks to numerous support slots with Lester Clayton as well as playing Barfly, Camden with Stax Revue. It’s little wonder her music has featured on London’s BBC Introducing with Gavin Crowley, with The Stage and Television Today also marking the talented songwriter as ‘One to Watch’.

Online:
WEB: http://www.ScarletBaxter.co.uk
TWITTER – @scarletbaxter
FACEBOOK – http://www.facebook.com/scarletbaxtermusic
INSTAGRAM – scarletbaxter

ShoDem returns with ‘ShoDem Records presents…ShoDem’ EP May 5th

Bright young entrepreneur collaborates with some of the UK’s top up and coming stars

Following the success of previous track ‘Cheque Me’, featuring London MC Beluga Ice, ShoDem Records returns in May with a new, six track EP, which addition includes bonus mixes from ShoDem Ent DJ Kapz.

The brainchild and versatile music maker ‘Sose’ (aka Sammy Sose), has further developed ShoDem Records creating an innovative project designed to work with a variety of UK artists and deliver original, raw and exciting UK talent and music under SMG. And for this EP he has gathered together three talented artists who he is looking to develop in their respective music careers.

The lead track and EP opener ‘My Time’ (video in the making) is a rhythmic hip-hop track featuring the voice of female vocalist and rapper Honey the first Lady of ShoDem SMG. Built on a foundation of effective looped electronic sounds, the lyrics portray an artist grabbing opportunity with both hands striving toward the music career that lays ahead. Honey is unlike many other female Mc’s feminine in her ways she keeps her lyrics relevant and relatable. You can hear the track here:

https://soundcloud.com/shodement-1/shodem-records-presents-shodem

After opening the EP, Honey also goes on to appear on two more tracks – ‘Welcome2the Floor’ and ‘Hold You Down’. A proud artist on the rise, the ShoDem EP represents Honey’s first, confident steps into the music industry.

Two more tracks on the EP, ‘More Girls More Cars More Weed’ and ‘Drinks on Me’ feature another up and coming talent in Steffy Dizzle. Having started rapping at the age of 18, Steffy was recently contacted by producers for TV series The Voice, turning them down to build his own career. Already an experienced performer, his talents also saw him appear on TV show Limelight UK, as well as picking up plaudits from the radio community.

 

Last but not least, the final track on the album is the aforementioned track ‘Cheque Me’, featuring Beluga Ice. With an extremely catchy hook and relatable lyrics – depicting a talented man who could have it all, as long as he stops being lazy and works for it – the track turned plenty of heads on its original release earlier this year.

You can still catch the ‘Cheque Me’ video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0fiRM8EOg4

ShoDem Ent are also coming to a club near you, as their signing of DJ Kapz blesses the dance floors of West London from Barracuda Ealing to The Slug and Lettuce Uxbridge to name but a couple of his home hubs. Bashment to House to Commercial Chart, DJ Kapz is versatile in his approach and plays personally to his audience. DJ Kapz is ready to ShoDem how it’s done…

With plenty of collaborators and very strong tracks, ShoDem Records have put together an EP to be proud of. ‘ShoDem Records Presents…ShoDem’ will be available from May 5th.

Links:

Twitter: @ShoDemSMG

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/shodement-1

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/SHODEM-ENTERTAINMENT/105247702849407?sk=info

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