Archive for January, 2016

January 25, 2016

Pixies Tracks Of The Week @OfficialNolay @MrJacobBanks @Shinobidan @officialdpower @YungReeks

Nolay – Netflix & Pills

Nolay’s storytelling and passion shine through her lyrics and delivery in her new track “Netflix & Pills”. The South London MC explores the topics of addiction and abuse in her hard hitting bars, with imagery and styling from London designer Nasir Mazhar to match the chilling descriptions. Production comes from Kid D and is expected to be on her forthcoming projectGrime, Guts and Glory.

Jacob Banks – Grace

He’s often described as an old soul in a young body as his voice and lyrics prove, but there is also always something new and refreshing about Jacob Banks too. He has a power and presence in all of his music. “Grace” takes us on a dark journey of controlling and devious relationships and the problems that emerge. The cinematic visuals portray the lyrics well, with the soulful singer telling Pigeons & Planes; “It was a great shoot with so many creative people. I was tied to a chair for 10 hours straight.”

Shinobi ft. L Dizz – Like I Do

Sheffield is doing its music scene very proud at the moment, and the North of England, in general, is booming with HUGE talent. It’s thanks to veterans who have non-stopped worked hard to not let their talents be unknown and have continually pushed their scene. One of them is Shinobi a Steel City representative who has just dropped the video to “Like I Do” featuring an upcoming Sheffield MC L Dizz. Production comes from the mighty Sticky Blood who draw on the early days of Grime who a fast paced beat, allowing the two different generations of emcees to showcase their flows and bars.

D Power ft. Olivia Louise – Work It Out

D Power has brought back the refreshing grime female vocals over a hard beat for his new track “Work It Out” where we hear Olivia Louise singing to him that they can’t work it out, whilst D Power is trying to fix it. The Audio Slugs produced tracks allows the hard beat to interweave with the honeyed vocals and D Powers bars. This is the 2nd single to be taken from his forthcoming debut album ZION.

Yung Reeks – Blood On The Money

Yung Reeks is one of the hardest working rappers in the UK right now and this week he has dropped two tracks “Pray 4 It” and “Blood On The Money”. He’s due to drop a new project soon Ambition 2 where these tracks might make the cut for. Make sure you play this loud!

 

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January 3, 2016

Five Emcees To Watch Out For In 2016 @UncleMez @AJFromTheLane @Jammz @MsBanks94 @TheCocoUK

Mez

Mez is definitely the next in Grime. A young Nottingham artist from Crew 12, he started 2015 on a high by spitting bars on Sir Spryo’s Grime Show on Rinse FM. The rest of 2015 saw some pretty big accomplishments for him such as being on the legendary Lord Of The Mics series where he battled Trappy, putting out a single with DJ Cable ‘One Line Flows’, going on Stormzy’s ‘Live In The Flesh’ tour, performing live at the Boiler Room x Eskimo Dance alongside artists such as Ghetts and last but not least being asked to record for the Grime Live Orchestra at Maida Vale on a session back to back with AJ Tracey. He has serious energy and a lyrical badness that’s not to be messed with.

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 AJ Tracey

West London’s AJ Tracey has had a lot of heat surrounding his name due to the amount of hard work and consistency. He has flourished in 2015. He represents Grime’s original days, where MC’s would go to pirate radio as much as they could for the love and commitment they have for the music. He has been putting in the work on radio shows in 2015 from Rinse to NTS to Radar Radio and 1Xtra. This shine’s through in his bodies of work he has released in 2015, his two EP’s ‘The Front’ and ‘Alex Moran’, as well as individual singles such as ‘Spirit Bomb’ and freestyles where his wordplay shines.

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Jammz

East Londoner Jammz has really struck out this year. I’ve seen him MC’ing on sets with Plastician at festivals and raves such as Ceremony Festival where he drew the crowd in like a pro. This year has been a fantastic year for him; he released his ‘Hit Then Run’ EP in March, and if you listen to radio, well you can’t miss him as he’s performed on sets on Radar, Deju Vu and Rinse among others. Not only does he MC, he also produces too making him an all-round artist, producing his own tracks such as ‘Hit Then Run’ and ‘Warrior’. His lyricism and work ethic makes him a serious threat for 2016.

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Ms Banks

 21 year old Ms Banks is ready to make this year her year. The South London fiery MC is everything we need from a female MC; she’s genuine, commanding and confident. Last year saw her release a string of tracks such as ‘Hallelujah’, ‘The Get Back’ and more. Beware as she’s not afraid to take on anyone as she says on track ‘Halleljuah’ “any brothers can get it”, and you know she means it with her powerful delivery and clear cut lyrics. She means business and this year she’s also featured on Tinie Tempah’s new project on track ‘Been The Man’ with two other high profile MC’s JME and Stormzy. She will take no prisoners in 2016.

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Coco

Sheffield’s Coco has shown you don’t have to be from London to be accepted in Grime. He has come through full force this year with single’s ‘Target Practice’, ‘Big Bou Yah’ and the ‘Big Bou Yah Remix’ ft Jammz, Terminator and Trigga all produced by Toddla T and receiving airplay on Radio 1, and being on the playlist on 1Xtra. His Fire In The Booth dropped on Boxing Day, confirming his status as a next to blow MC, as his lyrics and flow are untouchable, changing pace to suit different vibes. Coco sound and lyrics are different and witty and this is why he’s shut down stages at Nottinghill Carnival, various raves and Ibiza Rocks this year.

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