Top 5’s | Namebe Soul

Within Hip Hop culture, determining one’s Top 5 is a debate that will seemingly continue forever. So, with that being said, I’ve asked artists to share and justify their Top 5 selections… Namebe Soul – Top 5 Rappers Jay Electronica “The thing with Jay Elec is he could have easily been swapped with other rappers…

Music | Jerome Thomas – Company (Sofar London) [Video]

Jerome Thomas has treated listeners to a live rendition of his popular track ‘Company’ from his debut EP, Conversations. The Sofar London session showcases Jerome’s sultry vocals and confident command of the stage while he performs, as he adds unique touches to the studio version of the Hurricane-produced track. Watch the Sofar London performance of…

Music | Midnight Phunk Ft. Jamilah Barry – Northface

Midnight Phunk has dropped his latest single, ‘Northface’ – a track that adheres to his “King Left” nickname and also features Jamilah Barry. The pair continues their musical association – previously seen on Jamilah’s ‘Dance Moves’  – as Midnight Phunk expresses seemingly sporadic thoughts concerning his current situation. The song definitely carries a more sombre tone and Phunk manages to keep…

Music | Blue Lab Beats Ft. Nubya Garcia, Sheldon Agwu & Dylan Jones – The Idea

Blue Lab Beats have released another impressive effort, this time coming in the form of ‘The Idea’, which also features musical contributions from Nubya Garcia, Sheldon Agwu & Dylan Jones. As listeners have come to expect from the instrumental duo, ‘The Idea’ is laid back and complex in its composition, drawing inspiration from Hip Hop, Jazz…

Music | LSkins – The Stove [EP]

LSkins has followed this year’s release of Elevator Music with another project, The Stove, this time linking up with producer Drae Da Skimask. The EP, which is comprised of just four tracks, is another smooth contribution from Skins, with Drae’s eerie soundscape – highlighted on ‘Practise’– acting as a perfect platform for the emcee to…

Music | Namebe Soul – Souvenirs [EP]

Namebe Soul has released his awe-inspiring Souvenirs EP, which suitably highlights his talents as a lyricist. The concise 7-track project is an insightful journey into the mind of the emcee hailing from Leicester, whose nostalgia-inducing beat selection (crafted by the likes of Knxwledge, Young Taylor and Scott Xylo, among others) provides a soulfulness that makes…

Interview | Collistar [July 2017]

With the hectic nature of inner city London often garnering the most attention, it’s sometimes easy to forget the role that suburban areas of the capital play. The fringes of the metropolis offer a tangible transition between city and countryside, with residents of these areas often attaining a portion of both lifestyles, without being too…

Music | Talos – Talos Enters [Video]

Talos is preparing for the release of his new project, Dissonance, by unveiling its first video, ‘Talos Enters’. The intergalactic theme is shown through both the video (by Neirin Best) and the track itself, which uses futuristic sounds that add to the overall feel. As discussed in an interview with Naye Music Journal earlier this…

Music | Knucks – Cannes [Video]

Knucks has dropped ‘Cannes’ – another single and video that exemplify his style and talents as an artist. The funk-inspired track, which is produced by Wizzy Wow, carries an infectious bounce that allows Knucks to perform his effortless flows in his ever-entertaining way. The video is slick and stylish, as has become customary for Knucks’ visuals,…

Review | Dizzee Rascal – Raskit

It is evident that the revival of Grime has been very impactful in the UK and elsewhere in recent years, but if you needed any more confirmation of its renaissance, the return of Dizzee Rascal (“Dem bwoy nah ready yet, trend they can never set”) via his album Raskit indicates the genre coming full circle. Of course, it…

Music | Collistar – English Summer [EP]

West London emcee Collistar has released his EP, English Summer. This effort follows his debut, Valentine EP, from February and English Summer, as the title suggests, is based on everyone’s favourite time of year. Throughout the 4-track project, Collistar showcases his storytelling ability, peppering verses with many nostalgic references that will take you back to summer days…