Late 90s hip hop vibe with a heavy dose of turntablism. Blurring the lines between cinema and music, A Greek guitar riff plays out over a summer evening Sicilian patio, Luciano and Gyp are playing cards when suddenly a bass drum can be heard and the record starts skipping, “Got got got got the shotgun” the stuttered phrase startles them, they look round and see Omar with his gun pointed at them, shiiiiiiiiit! Lyrics and dialogue are integrated together to present a gangster-esque scenario of kill or be killed, it’s all in the game yo. Musically centred around a 1920s greek guitar riff and hip hop beats, Structurally the first part of the song is made up of a constant back and forth between the rap and scratched dialogue until it reaches it’s climax, then the song drops us into a subterranean underwater universe more akin to trip hop, before sliding us back into the main riff where the DJ takes over on the cuts.
Marcus Gad is a reggae and hip hop singer from New Caledonia (South Pacific Ocean Island) who released 2 albums and 3 Eps since 2015. This new single “Brave New World” released on 04.02.21, is the first from his upcoming new album “Brave New World” . The song has been written during the 1st French Lockdown, the music video has been shot in Paris during the second lockdown, and it just has been released during the third lockdown in France.
Back then, we had spent weeks speculating about what was going on behind the curtains, but somehow had the feeling that something we had fore-sensed for years was unraveling. After two months in the peace of our countryside dwelling in the south of France, going up to Paris to record songs with my beatmaker Tamal was quite an interesting experience. As I was walking out into what seemed to be yet another dystopia, I couldn’t help but thinking about Huxley’s Brave New World. Going up to the studio, I had to sing about it, in the same satirical fashion, and this song was born. Overall, I believe the way we face the challenges that await us today, as a humanity, are of utmost importance. We cannot run away from the factual reality of what is going down. However, the way we decide face it is entirely our choice. I chose love and trust.
I was inspired to write this song after I finished watching Mike Newel’s movie “Donnie Brasco. I do worry a lot and I guess that’s what this song is about, I suffered a tough loss and I’ve caught myself to be slightly paranoid at times so I wanted to put it in the song too. This song is another one of those blunt impulses so I wanted to drop it right away, for no particular reason. I’d like it to make a bit of noise since.
The last clip of the Set Sela album, Sunu Gal (La Pirogue) is timely given the current situation. Featuring with the young rapper ISS814, Sunu Gal isan ode to the values of Senegalese society, dialogue and cousinship with jokes, real peacekeepers in the country. Aimed at young people, this clip recalls the fundamental principles of Teranga, the importance of others, the dialogue and grounding necessary for living together.
Since March 3, Senegal has experienced an unprecedented popular uprising with unprecedented violence showing the anger of the people at the current policy which hinders the freedoms of expression and the democracy of the country yet taken as an example for many years.Through this video, Guiss Guiss Bou Bess hopes to send a message of peace and calls on the youth to peaceful protest and the government to respect its people.
This clip is dedicated to all the young people who perishedat sea and on the streets in the hope of a better world.
Francesca is a London based actress, singer and model from Italy. Moving to London from Italy to pursue her dreams, she is originally from a beautiful culture rich town in Italy called Perugia blessed with old town charm, jazz festivals and delicious Italian chocolate delicacies.
KD Mukasa is a London based British Hip Hop Artist, singer songwriter and Art entrepreneur. He has a passion for thought provoking rap freestyles, art and running culture shifting art exhibitions blending philosophy and pop culture at the Saatchi Art Gallery in London. They met in London and together they are Hip Hop/Jazz/Pop Duo Band KD Mukasa and Francesca. As part of their new adventure, they are releasing a NEW EP titled ‘Fairy-Tales in Perugia.’
The EP, with fantasy stories inspired by their experiences, has 3 Chapters and is intended as a soundtrack to a short film. The music weaved with both playful and heartfelt lyrics has themes of romance and adventure over curated beats, laced with piano and guitar instrumentation and the pair’s charming vocal harmonies.
Above the Law is a six-track EP is a sonic snapshot of New York City today, an uncompromising blend of the multi-cultural and multi-genre artists that call it home. Grammy nominated artists Theo Croker, Roots Percussionist, and Mike Larry Draw highlight the thriving jazz, reggae, and hip-hop communities that make up the foundation of QNA’s unique sound. A sound that’s as much NYC as it is global.
QNA sees Above the Law as a representation of their “pirate” way of life. As Míng, the bandleader describes, the EP is “a call to pirates everywhere – those forced to carve out their own way of survival in this world. It’s a call to immigrants working multiple jobs, fighting for their visas. To those who started new businesses so they can put jobs in the hands of those who deserve them. It’s a call to those feeding their communities instead of waiting on their politicians.” Above the Law embraces this grassroots, immigrant-survival mentality and creates a sonic landscape that is equally self-empowering and exploratory.
Tony Schwartz who is credited with creating Donald Trump by writing Trump’s book Art of The Deal, teams up with exciting rapper Kidavelly, and US rappers Evander Griiim (Major Lazer, Lil Yachty, Quavo) and Migo Domingo (Migos) in the music video for the epic song “Donald Trump Jr.” He pulls no punches in describing Donald Trump as a danger. Youtube Originals breakout star Kidavelly comes in hard, referencing key Trump supporters such as Donald Trump Jr and Charlie Kirk (TPSA). Migo Domingo adds his ATL flow and Evander Griiim gives a heart felt pledge in his Texan flow. A Truly great combination of Trans-Atlantic talent which needs to be heard!
Paradise is a collaboration between brz and LA based producer Mylo MU, featuring elements of west coast hip-hop in the production and synthpop in the vocal delivery. The video was directed by Keenan Rhodes, and is inspired by the anime Tokyo Ghoul.
Pronounced “breeze.” He is Your Favorite Abstraction!
producer/rapper/existentialist/brooding being, always m a k i n g & thinking about cycles.
From Indianapolis by way of Diego Martin & Albuquerque. brz’s music focuses on depictions of the existential, love, ego, simulated images, and technology, because it is strange and disorienting (and necessary).
This was a labour of love. I initially wrote this song pre covid, however, with all that has happened in the past year, i felt like it was a message too strong not to complete.
The song was co-produced by Montreal’s Burton White & Nidal Eradi also known as Resort 46 in an apartment studio using live instruments.Scott Chancey of the Montreal Conservatory of Music added all the string arrangements to accompany the choir vocal stack in the chorus and outro, adding a much needed layer of somber soul to the song.Finally, Tatsuya Sato, mastered the song (The legend behind Kanye’s College Dropout, Jay-Z’s In My Lifetime).Sideways is available across all major platforms, powered by FREE.99 Records
WTF is the head nodding feature single from St Christoph & Shaade’s brand new EP “Big Mood”. The Australian hip-hop duo features Melbourne electro-pop songstress Jade Alice in the moody, throwback hip hop tune that bolsters the sun-flecked, good-time vibes of the beginning of the collection; adding soul and their trademark funk to a relatable message. The track, featuring a hypnotic driving piano/ bassline and featuring a horn section that give an extra “exclamation”, explores the WTF moments from relationships that are better left in the rearview. It’s the kind of therapy that you can keep on replay.