Music | Grand Wa Zoo – While I’m Here

Hip Hop group Grand Wa Zoo have dropped ‘While I’m Here’ – their first new material since the release of their Villa Lo EP in May of last year. ‘While I’m Here’ is a calm example of the qualities of the group’s emcees Ryo and Julian Mika, although on this occasion rather than call upon…

Music | Tiana Major9 – Levee (Let It Break) [Video]

Tiana Major9 has supplemented the release of her single ‘Levee (Let It Break)’ by dropping the music video for the track. The visuals make for a movie-like atmosphere as Tiana and her accomplice – played by rapper Knucks – are on the run from law enforcement officers. The video is beautifully captured, adding another dimension to a song…

Music | Kieron Boothe – Timeless

Photo: Elliott Brathwaite Kieron Boothe continues with his slew of singles, this time dropping the ultra laid-back ‘Timeless’. Kieron is concise in his use of the smooth Matt Lyser-produced track to speak on some personal feelings, discussing among other things the trajectory of his career so far. Mr Boothe is set to release a new…

Top 5’s | Remixes That Are Better Than The Original, Pt. II

Pt. I Common Ft. Mary J. Blige – ‘Come Close’ Original Prod. by The Neptunes Remix Prod. by J. Dilla, Ft. Pharrell, Q-Tip & Erykah Badu This was one of the more contentious decisions, but J. Dilla’s remix of Common’s heartfelt ‘Come Close’ just edges out the original due to its Ramp – ‘Daylight’ sample and…

Music | Oscar Jerome Ft. James Massiah – Smile On A Screen

Oscar Jerome has continued on the road to his next EP Where Are Your Branches via the release of latest single ‘Smile On A Screen’, which features James Massiah. ‘Smile On A Screen’ is produced beautifully by Wu-Lu and encourages Oscar to express himself vocally throughout, before James Massiah caps of the jazzy effort with…

Music | Kieron Boothe – The Wave [Video]

Photo: Velan Joe (@velanjoe) Kieron Boothe has marked the transition from 2017 to 2018 with a new video for his track ‘The Wave’. The stereotypically smooth and jazzy Tom Misch-produced instrumental is fitting for Kieron to share his perspective through sharp lyricism and deft wordplay, while supplemented by the slick work behind the camera from Ilmi…

Top 5’s | Remixes That Are Better Than The Original, Pt. I

Before Diddy and his Bad Boy family truly glamourized the act during the 1990’s, the remix was already a popular feature of music culture. A musician with the ability to create their own adaptation of a song they admire is one thing, but when they manage to re-invent it to a standard that surpasses the quality of…

Music | Grand Wa Zoo – Panacea [Video]

After a year that saw them deliver their impressive project Villa Lo Town, Hip Hop trio Grand Wa Zoo end 2017 with a video for ‘Panacea’. Jamurai’s use of the horn-led sample is a beautiful illustration of how the group capture the classic boom-bap sound, with Ryo and Julian Mika trading verses on what is a fantastic way to…

Music | Knucks – Vows [Video]

Knucks has given listeners a Christmas gift in the form of ‘Vows’, his latest engaging single and video that is only raising excitement ahead of the new year. Sampling Michael Jackson’s ‘Lady In My Life’, Knucks adds modern trap elements to bring the 80’s classic into the 21st century, dousing it with his usual helping…

Albums Of The Year | 2017

My top ten favourite albums of the year: Joey Bada$$ – All-Amerikkkan Bada$$ “Due to the project’s themes, it is likely that All-Amerikkkan Bada$$ will be likened to Kendrick’s To Pimp A Butterfly, adding fuel to those stoking the fire that insists Joey is the east coast’s equivalent to the Compton rapper. Whether you agree with that idea…

Music | Hurricane – La La

Producer Hurricane has treated listeners by dropping ‘La La’ – a vibey and energetic single via his SoundCloud. ‘La La’ is one of a couple of singles he’s dropped since his impressive Textures EP from earlier this year, with each one showcasing his potential. Listen to ‘La La’ below.

Music | Jerome Thomas & Warren Xclnce – 1989

Quickly on the heels of ‘Didn’t Know’, Jerome Thomas and Warren Xclnce have dropped the B-Side of their double release entitled ‘1989’. ‘1989’ depicts Jerome’s ambitions of a throwback love over eerie and seductive production from Warren Xclnce, matched by the sensual vocals of the singer. Listen to ‘1989’ below.