Multiplatinum producer Mike Free has released the video for "How You Love That," which premiered on HipHopDX. Directed by Mr. Real Movie and featuring Niko G4 and Mani Coolin, the track is the first release from his upcoming Ratchet Wave project due out this month. The project will feature appearances by Quavo, Tyga, Gucci Mane, Dave East, City Girls and more.
Bad Habits is featured on Smoke and JuJu's debut album, Fried English. It has received over 7000 streams in its first week on Apple Music, including 4 spins of Apple Radio.
Newcomer SS announces himself with these stripped back club inspired visuals for his latest single ‘Gasolina’. Dropped on GRM Daily, the video follows his remix of Not3s’ ‘M3 Not You’ from earlier this year, with both tracks showcasing what’s to come from the burgeoning producer/mc/creative. Recent studio sessions with the likes of Dappy and G-Money have resulted in a collection of tracks which will make up his debut EP, chalked for release later this year.
As CEO of Sound Records Ltd (a label he set up himself), the ambitious youngster aims to put out music from other acts as well as his own. Having already made some serious moves in 2017, at 16 he produced the award winning afrobeat star Samini’s single ‘One Shot’, a song which earned radio plays on BBC 1Xtra, Capital Xtra and further interviews with DJ Edu and Abrantee. Off his own back his second release ‘Know’ was championed by HotNewHipHop, indicating a potential cross-Atlantic appeal for his music also.
Whilst having a vibrant sound in line with his peers, SS’ music is deeply rooted in artistry and musicality from the past, as he embraces the classic records he was brought up - from Reggae, Hip Hop, R&B, Rare Groove, Jungle, Garage and the like. His music covers the emotions of a young man finding his place in this ever changing world.
‘Gasolina’ is out now on all streaming platforms
Jamaica's highly-touted musician Chronixx announces a headline show at Alexandra Palace on 11th November 2018 today. The one-off headline show, which is Chronixx’s first London date since his sold-out show at Brixton Academy last summer, will see Protoje & The Indiggnation supporting. Tickets will go on general sale from Friday 3rd August at 10am and will be available to purchase from www.chronixxmusic.com.
To celebrate the announcement of his upcoming headline show at Alexandra Palace, Chronixx has released the music video for ‘Skankin’ Sweet’, directed by award winning Storm Saulter and shot in Jamaica.
Produced by French production duo Bost & Bim (Capleton, Morgan Heritage, Sizzla, Admiral T), ‘Skankin’ Sweet’ is the most streamed song from Chronixx’s critically acclaimed, GRAMMY nominated debut album ‘Chronology’. In addition to being one of the set highlights from the word-wide Chronology Tour last year (which saw Chronixx perform to a combined audience of over half a million), ‘Skankin’ Sweet’ was performed by Chronixx on the likes of Later… with Jools Holland, Radio 1Xta Live Lounge and NPR Music Tiny Desk.
Since 2012, 24-year-old singer songwriter and producer Chronixx has organically built a devoted fan-base and turned industry heads as one of Jamaica’s fastest, most-promising talents to represent the iconic Caribbean island to a global audience. Described as a “legend” (by the likes of Noisey and GQ), who is “putting Rastafarianism back into Reggae” (The Guardian), Chronixx’s own take on the roots sound has been lauded as the jump of point for a “musical revolution”.
Fans include Usain Bolt (whose Tracks & Records restaurant housed Chronixx’s first live show), Mick Jagger (who celebrated his birthday side of stage at Chornixx’s 2018 Summerstage Central Park show ), U2 (who invited Chronixx to perform with them last summer at a charity concert in New York), Jimmy Fallon (who booked him to play on his Tonight show off the back of one EP release), Major Lazer (who curated and released his first mixtape), Rudimental (who featured on ‘Chronology’), Nasand Ms Lauren Hill (who toured with him last Autumn) and adidas (who recruited him as the face of their Originals Spezial Line).
TICKETS FOR CHRONIXX’S HEADLINE SHOW AT ALEXANDRA PALACE ON 11th NOVEMBER GO ON SALE FROM FRIDAY 3rd AUGUST AT 10AM AND ARE AVAILBLE TO PURCHASE FROM WWW.CHRONIXXMUSIC.COM
WATCH/ SHARE THE MUSIC VIDEO ‘SKANKIN’ SWEET’ HERE:
Atlantic recording artist Max Frost has announced the release of his eagerly awaited debut album. GOLD RUSH – which includes the breakthrough hit, “Good Morning” – arrives at all music retailers and streaming services on Friday, October 5th.
Executive produced by Michael “Fitz” Fitzpatrick (Fitz and the Tantrums) with production by Mick Schultz (Rihanna, Jeremih, YG), GOLD RUSH is heralded by today’s arrival of Frost’s latest track, “Eleven Days,” available now at all DSPs and streaming services.
Frost celebrated the announcement earlier this morning with a high profile national TV appearance on ABC’s Good Morning America featuring live performances of both “Good Morning” and “Eleven Days.” The appearance follows Frost’s recent national TV debut performance of “Good Morning” on the nationally syndicated LIVE! With Kelly and Ryan, streaming HERE.
A remarkable solo performer hailed for stealing the show with his captivating one-man-band performances, Frost will introduce fans to GOLD RUSH on a wide-ranging North American headline tour. “The Gold Rush Tour” hits the road beginning October 9th at Santa Cruz, CA’s The Catalyst Atrium and then travels through mid-November (see attached itinerary). For complete details and ticket availability, please see maxfrost.net/tour.
In addition, Frost will be joining Panic! At The Disco for three dates on their Pray For The Wicked Tour – August 3rd in Houston (Toyota Center), August 4th in Dallas (American Airlines Center), and August 5th in Tulsa (BOK Center).
“Good Morning” is available now at all DSPs and streaming services. The track is joined by an equally colorful companion visual, streaming now at Max’s official YouTube channel HERE; along with the recently released acoustic video of “Good Morning,” which can be viewed HERE.
“Good Morning” can be heard sound tracking a yearlong advertising campaign launching Pepsi’s new bubly™ line of sparkling waters. In addition, “Good Morning” has been featured in promotional spots for ESPN’s new morning show, GET UP, as well as in recent episodes of ABC’s hugely popular AMERICAN IDOL and GREY’S ANATOMY. Additionally, “Good Morning” is featured in an advertising campaign for Vodafone in Germany. Named by both NPR and Rolling Stone as one of “10 Artists You Need To Know,” Max Frost has earned acclaim with his electrifyingly idiosyncratic sonic blend, a musical merging of soul, funk, hip-hop, and pop that saw 2013’s breakthrough single, “White Lies,” lauded in such high profile national outlets as Interview, Billboard, and NPR Music.
Max Frost has also become an in-demand collaborator in his own right, including DJ Snake’s hit single, “Broken Summer (Feat. Max Frost).” Most recently, Frost had a once in a lifetime experience working with Elton John in a London studio for an upcoming collaboration with DJ Mustard.
One More Time is Moxie's R&B rendition of the nostalgia that follows an obsessive yet tainted intimate relationship filled with imbalance and lust.
Produced by Greatness Jones and Jordan Thomas, Professor Green’s ‘Count On You’ features vocals from upcoming East London singer, JstJck. Premiered last night on Radio 1Xtra by DJ Target, it follows the 2018 release of Green’s ‘Mercedes Riddim’ ft. Dutch and ‘Unruly’.
The music video for ‘Count On You’ was shot in Holborn and directed by long-term collaborator and globally renowned photographer and film-maker, Simon Emmett. Highlighting Green’s status as arguably one of the UK’s most eligible Batchelors, the video centres around the theme of him speed-dating and features a cameo appearance from former Love Island contestant Montana Brown.
Firmly established as one of the crossover superstars of British music, the Hackney born and raised rapper, Professor Green (aka Stephen Manderson), has notched up two Top 3 albums and over 3.5 million combined sales in the UK alone since starting out as a revered battle MC. All in addition to presenting six critically acclaimed documentaries (for the BBC and Channel 4), publishing his autobiography ‘Lucky’, continuing his ongoing work as Patron of anti-suicide charity CALM, and, most recently, becoming a regular columnist for newly launched men’s title, The Book of Man.
‘Count On You’, released via Relentless/Sony, is available across all platforms now:
Los Angeles emcee Jeremy Ian Thomas also known as Surreal is an emcee’s emcee guaranteed to be solidified as one of hip-hop’s clearest voices. We first heard Surreal on “True Indeed” a collaboration effort between the jazz duo Jay & Soulo otherwise known as The Sound Providers. Surreal’s ability to rock an entire album with no features, covering the bases and basics of life, immediately made him a standout.
It didn’t end there though, in 2006, Surreal released his sophomore project “Future Classic” with DJ Balance under the Hip Hop Is Music imprint. During this time Surreal had his hand in a number of records and albums collaborating with the likes of Ohmega Watts, Marco Polo, Braille, Future Shock, Sareem Poems and more. Years down the line we got “Pardon My Dust” a properly curated collection of unreleased content. After “Pardon My Dust” our hero seem to...disappear…
Here we are a decade later, but where has Surreal been? He’s been through film school and with that education, he’s actually directed videos for Denmark Vessey and Oddisee and Brands like Nike and Reebok to name a few. Now a full-time filmmaker, Surreal is fully aware of the transitions and transformation the music industry has endured. However the emcee who grew up in Tampa Bay Florida has been growing and evolving as well.
While we may not have heard a project from Surreal in a decade, he’s been creating this entire time and is getting set to release his “Hello”. “Hello” is a grand return for fans of Surreal, but also a proper reintroduction to people who might’ve missed the first portion of Surreal’s journey in music. With “Hello” right around the corner Surreal plans to show us the full breadth of his work, combining his video experience with his intricate and versatile wordplay to bring the listener an experience we need in these times like these.
It's no Déjà vu but a brand new version of Raiden & Bright Lights' "Heart Of Steel". More than a year after the original version's release, Nicky Romero's Protocol Recordings along with the Korea's fastest rising talent - Raiden, and Grammy nominated singer/songwriter - Bright Lights, released a Festival Mix of that notable record. The brand new, energizing version of "Heart Of Steel" fits perfectly into the Protocol's iconic sound and will please musical tastes of the most demanding fans of upbeat, progressive vibe. "Heart Of Steel" started to pick up speed when its initial version was performed for the first time by Raiden at Ultra Japan in 2015. After its official release, in January 2017, the single has clocked up over 1.7M streamson Spotify and surpassed 2M views on Youtube. The newely released Festival Mix is destined to do its magic at festivals around the world and if you are up to date with Nicky Romero's recent performances, chances are you have already danced to it.
Raiden is an academically trained producer and a critically acclaimed artist. He has been feeding music lovers with releases like "Hanabi" (with Florian Picasso), "C'est La Vibe" (with Tom Tyger) or the monumental "Always Find You" for which he joined forces with YURI of the top K-Pop group Girls' Generation. Raiden's most recent single "Hit The Club" (a collaboration with Fedde Le Grand) has dropped on Fedde's very own Darklight Recordings. Thanks to his successful creations Raiden has earned himself performances at Ultra Music Festival worldwide (6 different Ultra locations to be exact, and counting). In addition, he has performed at Tomorrowland, Fabrik, Life in Color Ibiza and World DJ Festival which earned him a loyal, international audience. As part of the Protocol family, Raiden will continue evolving into one of the industry's most esteemed producers.
West Coast legend Daz Dillinger and rising star Rich Espy are kicking off the summer with a brand new video for their banger "Sunrise.”
The collaboration, which is featured on Rich Espy’s new album Westland, fuses two generations of West Coast talent together and is also a family affair, as Daz is Espy's uncle.
Their familiarity and chemistry is evident on the first listen, with the smooth production providing a perfect backdrop for their tales.
The new visuals enrich the listening experience by giving viewers the full California experience, including the signature palm trees, sunshine and scenery that inspired the song and both artists.
Some predictions require crystal balls. Others can be made using more tangible things, like ears, a heart, a rump, and a devotion to righteous grooves. That’s all anyone needs to know that “Pull Up (Skrrt),” the electrifying new single from fast-rising Ottawa R&B singer/songwriter Mandia, is poised to be the break-out smash of the summer… if not the year.
The slinky and decidedly after-dark “Pull Up (Skrrt)” juxtaposes superstar American singer/producer Eric Bellinger’s soulful voice against Mandia’s, as expressive and gravity-defying an instrument as those of her spiritual sisters Mariah Carey and Christina Aguilera. Seriously, girl could start fires with that thing!
Puma Blue’s incendiary set at The Great Escape to a packed out room at The Arch prompted Clash to conclude: “Puma Blue stole the show on Thursday night with an incredible performance – taut, emphatic, and blessed with wonderful songwriting.”
Now fast rising South Londoner Puma Blue – aka Jacob Allen - continues to share his timeless atmosphere with the latest visuals for fan favourite Moon Undah Water which peaked at #1 on Hypemachine and receive radio support by KCRW, Worldwide, BBC 6Music, NTS. The track gained critical acclaim amongst tastemakers including Dummy, Crack, Notion, Clash, Hypebeast and Wonderland amongst others.
The track’s central looped riff is hypnotizing in its simplicity, but it grows in intensity with Puma Blue’s impassioned croon escalating to an impassioned howl as saxophone scrawls across the band’s lurching grooves. Moon Undah Water is out now on Blue Flowers(Nilufar Yana, Westerman, Gotts Street Park.)
The new video channels Puma Blue’s dusky midnight vibes that break through the track. The evocative nature of the music is carefully caprtured by director Netti Hurley ,whose previous video credits include Coping for Dazed, and Adidas. The video was institctively shot around London, with Allen and Hurley leading the way.
“Jacob’s music inspires a lot of feeling, in a kind of effortless way, so wanted the video to reflect this. Lo-fi relaxed candid and intimate. Submerged feelings and thoughts, dreamlike, poetic but very DIY.” Explains Hurley: “Spontaneously shot, with no plan, just wandering across London with a camcorder.”
Allen adds: “It ended up sort of becoming this old karaoke video, and we kind of tried to embrace that. I liked the idea of this song being forgotten about and then brought out at a karaoke bar in 50 years as a kind of ace up the sleeve of someone who happens to randomly know it.”
Although ‘Moon Undah Water’ has been part of his songbook for a while, Puma Blue was inspired to finally record the track, that features his heavier live sound, after working on it fresh from completing a tour. The song was written and produced by Puma Blue - aka Jacob Allen - with mixing and additional production courtesy of Dilip Harris (King Krule, Mount Kimbie).
"Coochie Money" holds traces of 90's rap track, waxing lyrical about the topics we hear most frequently in hip-hop (money, partying and women), but done in a classy, subdued fashion over a dusty instrumental. With hints of soul, spoken word, and in some parts, a flow which could be mistaken for a young Tupac track, Seri's diversity of sound, grasp of rhythm and rhyme, as well as overarching artist direction (which extends to his visual and brand identity) puts him in the same league as artists such as Tyler The Creator, Vince Staples and Kendrick Lamar.
Harsh Armadillo is six guys and a girl who don’t sleep until you’ve burnt through your insoles, and tried that breakdance move from your fifth grade talent show. They create original music for moving to– a combination of funk and hip-hop roots with the bass, the drums, the horns, and the voices that hit like a vitamin for your soul. The gang hails from Boston’s leafy hat; a little known mecca they like to call New Hampshire. They have no affiliation with the state of Texas and have never encountered a wild armadillo. You can find their music, videos, and tour dates at harsharmadillo.com.
Founded in a moldy basement in 2013, Harsh Armadillo continues to crush doctor’s predictions for a blindly short lifespan with the release of their new EP ‘BITE’. The previous five years consisted primarily of blue Gatorade fueled rampage, punctuated by two full length releases– ‘Thayer It Is’ (2014), and ‘Blame Bad Habits’ (2017).
British rising star Mahalia has today unveiled her brilliant new single ‘I Wish I Missed My Ex’ alongside a cleverly crafted surrealistic video. In addition, the British songstress has announced that she will be touring the US for the first time this summer and also a 10-date UK tour for 2018 which includes a date at London’s prestigious Brixton Electric – her biggest tour to date!
Produced by Maths Times Joy - who produced Mahalia’s stand-out debut single ‘Sober’ – and emerging producer Swindle, ‘I Wish I Missed My Ex’ is a perfect example of her trademark, open-hearted lyricism fusing old-school soul and atmospheric synths with R&B/pop leanings. The accompanying video was shot in LA by Director Andrew Litten over a 22-hour stint:
“The first time I heard IWIMME, I knew the track needed a big idea. I’ve always loved Spike Jonze’s video for “Drop” by the Pharcyde and decided to pay homage by creating a backwards music video with a contemporary spin. I hired a linguist from UCLA to teach Mahalia the song backwards which she surprisingly learned in a day. The DP, Dustin Lane, and I have always wanted to make something in our neighborhood, Highland Park. We chose family owned locations and hired a few extras while scouting the neighborhood. Mahalia’s reversed performance oozes spontaneity and confidence. I can’t thank her enough for joining us on the journey, and signing on to recreate this insane concept.”
Leicester native Mahalia is quickly becoming one of this year’s most exciting UK female artists, riding fast her in her own lane marrying her supple vocals with magnetic R&B and shimmering soulful production.
Mahalia released her debut single ‘Sober’ last summer which to date has amassed over 20 million streams and seen her social media following swell to well over 150k. Following the release, Mahalia graced the Berlin online platform COLOR’s, where her performance of ‘Sober’ went viral and has since accumulated over 10 million views! ( link).
At 12 years old – the age most of us are aimlessly riding bikes or trying to avoid homework – Mahalia was cradling her guitar and penning love songs. With her entrancing, soulful tones, wise-yet-relatable wordplay and intuitive sense of melody, it quickly became clear that she had an innate musicality and that she’d be doing this for the rest of her life.
In the time since she first picked up that guitar she’s dropped a scattering of releases – from 2012’s indie-flecked acoustic dream ‘Head Space’ to 2015’s gorgeously understated 4-track EP ‘Never Change’ – and 2016’s genre-flipping mixtape ‘Diary of Me’. But for Mahalia, it feels as if she’s just getting started.
Canadian based duo Garçons (singer/songwriter Deelo and record producer/director Julian Strangelove) first met in 2014, but didn't start working together until last summer when they dove into writing and recording. Inspired by the bohemian rap lyricism of Pharrell and Q-Tip, Nigerian born Deelo found a perfect collaborator with Strangelove, whose Soul meets Reggaeton beats provided the perfect vehicle for Deelo's vocals.
Their forthcoming debut EP "Body Language" was written over the course of a month in Strangelove's Ottawa apartment. "There wasn't a goal, we just wanted to make good music," Strangelove says of the experience. "At the end of the day, the music is really all about embracing uniqueness and the things that make us human - love, nostalgia, euphoria, insecurities, lust, boredom, etc."
Garçons' fusion experimentalism comes through in their debut single "Numba One," which comes with a rainbow pastel music video. Directed by Strangelove, the clip was filmed in Ottawa and pays homage to Quentin Tarantino through highly stylized characters and lush visual acrobatics, with Deelo taking a page from Andre 3000's style donning bright pink mink body duster and plaid pants, toying around with a '90s boom box and bright green vintage car, as the duo visits some local haunts including an arcade and the famed ice cream (aka "creme glacée") joint Lois n' Frima's. 'With the music & the visuals, it's always been about telling stories and creating this colorful world for people to get lost in."