Lori Asha – Compensate [Review]

Hailing from the UK, Lori Asha delivers her latest track Compensate, a dreamy production that is raising the standard for the next releases really high. Compared to her first track titled Never which had a classic, elegant RnB vibe, Compensate is characterised by the addition of drill elements in the backing track. On top of that, cheeky guitar lines, chill key licks and ethereal warm pads are mixed with Lori’s dreamy vocal delivery, resulting in a very satisfying release. Listen below and make sure to follow our Spotify Playlist feat. Lori Asha.

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Moneá – Check In [Review]

Richmond-based R&B/Soul artist Moneá is back with Check In, a well crafted production that invites the listener to the deepest side of the RnB universe. Driven by the delicate, mellow bass line the instrumental is enriched by organic keys and warm guitars, complementing  the smooth vocal delivery by Monea. The soulful melodies blend nicely with the beautifully tight groove, helping you to relax while adding that atmospheric hint to your late night walk. Ease your mind. Check in.

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Venior – Spit Fire [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Freaky, Punky, Pop

Tell us a few things about your new song Feed My Mind. What is the story behind it?

Feed My Mind is a song I wrote after a break-up, when I realised that the whole reason I kept ending up in messy relationships was that they were not feeding my mind! And luckily I think I learnt that lesson now looking back.

Why are some people so focused on looks?

Our whole society is very focused on appearance so it comes as no surprise that many people are chasing the perfect looks whether it comes to themselves or their partners, since beauty ideals are fed to us constantly.

Which is your most personal and honest lyric?

Oh thats a tricky one, I always try to be honest in my lyrics, but of course some songs will hit home more than others. I have a song on my EP called “ Freedom Is A Place In My Mind” where I’m singing “Slowly I’m tearing down the walls I’ve built round me, All the things that kept me from being free, I don’t wanna hide, I don’t wanna lie, It’s morning, A brand new day a brand new life I have in my hands, now I choose to see, I found right back to me” that is a very personal reflection on finding back to my own wisdom and stop asking for validation from the outside.

Born in Finland, currently based in Berlin. What do you love/hate in each place?

What I love about Finland is the nature and the calm, there are not a lot of people and lots of forests that everyone has access to. What I love about Berlin is the art-scene. In Berlin you find interesting people from all around the world and it has inspired me a lot in my own artistry.

Hate is a strong word, but what I dislike about Finland is that people are kind of anti-social and if you look different people will stare at you like you are an alien haha.
In Berlin I dislike the German bureaucracy that I am trying to avoid as much as possible.

When not writing music, how do you spend your time?

I paint a lot and make clothes from recycled material. Recycling in general is one of my favourite hobbies. I recycle most of the food I eat because so much are being thrown away! Oh and I also practise Kung-Fu.

What is the most useless talent you have?

I am a master at grinding my teeth at night!

Thank you!

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Dré Anthony – Dice [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

My sound in three words is melodic, mainstream ready, and versatile.

Tell us a few things about your EP Dice. What is the story behind it?

The story behind Dice is that I went through a lot of struggles in my personal life just to finish this project. I had to make decisions that the average person most likely wouldn’t of took or dared to try. It really was a risk and a choice to follow my vision at any cost to make it actually happen. I feel people can choice what they please, but their decisions will affect their life’s. I did not really have a choice I knew I had to do something to better my life. It really was a risk that I took, but it was worth it because it come to fruition.

You are doing music for 8 years. How has your sound developed over these years?

I started off as a back pack rapper going on old school beats and I transitioned to a mainstream sound. I do different genres now as well and I sing too. I can say versatility has been the major change over the years in comparison to my older songs from years ago.

Favourite rapper, lyricist and producer?

My favourite rapper and lyricist is Tupac, but an honourable mention is DMX. Tupac is a true artist in every aspect. He could talk about anything and he painted a clear, but relatable image and message in his music. As for a producer I do not have an exact favourite I just respect good production from producers who take their craft serious.

What does hip hop symbolize in your opinion?

Hip Hop symbolizes self expression of your consciousness. It also represents who you are as a person, your upbringing and your story. I feel Hip Hop is the voice of the unheard or unseen if it’s authentic.

What is the best advice you’ve been given?

The best advice I’ve been given is to be careful on who I do business with.

What is the one habit/thing you cannot live without?

One habit that I can not go without is constantly sharping my craft in some time of way. I am always advancing myself in anyway that is possible.

Thank you!

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Emjaiye Royale – 2 AM (What That Backstage Do)

Everyday, we’re constantly met with different personalities that we find ourselves adjusting to. Our bosses/ coworkers, our family members, our friends, etc. Once you’ve stepped away from your surroundings and finally settled into your humble abode at 2 AM, what does your conversations with yourself sound like?

Emjaiye Royale’s track “2 A.M. (What That Backstage Do) discusses her everyday reality and how she decompresses by using late nights to escape.

What does your 2 AM look like?

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Reiv – What you need [Review]

You get the vibe?

Hailing from Canada, Reiv is showcasing the latest single What you need, a blend of moody hip hop and alternative RnB. Reiv’s nicely melodic flow is heavily processed with audio manipulation effects in a very artistic way. There is always a limit on how much auto tune a producer should use and Reiv manages to find this perfect balance avoiding that robotic, unnatural sound you listen on numerous occasions nowadays. On top of that, Reiv delivers some electrifying melodic lines with a nostalgic vibe, making the track ideal for listening to while leaning on your open window thinking of him/her.

Tell me what you need  babe.

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Maddy Storm – Last Resort [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Pretty punchy pop.

Tell us a few things about your new song Last Resort. What is the main idea behind it?

The main meaning behind ‘Last Resort’ lyrically is highlighting the importance of putting yourself first. It’s making note of the realisation that it isn’t selfish to spend time on yourself and put your own well-being and healing as a priority.

Which is your most personal and honest lyric?

I recently release my mini-LP ‘Forced Extrovert’ and there’s a song on it called ‘Natural Disaster’ where the verse lyrics are “I want you to be excited for me/Today in the shower I could not breathe/In all honesty/I’m scared you won’t be proud.” This track ends the Mini-LP and encapsulates my anxiety around how me and my music are received, providing some self-reflection on the body of work as a whole.

Artists and people who have influenced and inspired you?

I have such a varied selection and I could write you a list of influences longer than my arm but I’m going to go with Kate Bush, Radiohead, Spill Tab, BANKS, The Beatles and my mum.

Does putting yourself first improve your happiness?

I think knowing when to put myself first improves my happiness. For me it’s all about balance, knowing when to pay attention to the needs of the people I love and when I need to prioritise my own wants and needs.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Don’t worry! You don’t peak in high school.

Which person is Your last resort?

I’d like for other people to answer that question. The subject of ‘Last Resort’ could be your old self, you last partner, your family member, your ex best friend. Who do you think of when you hear the song?

Thank you!

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Toya Delazy – Tini [Review]

In Tini, part of her latest album Afrorave, Vol. 1, Toya Delazy crafts an electronic production that provides room to bring her signature flow into the light. The track is driven by a minimal, tribal infused groove, a homage to her South African heritage. With huge ambient sub synth pads, an intriguing riff and unconventional back vocals, the track sounds as original as it gets, making it very hard to label it under specific genres. Toya Delazy is building up a buzz around her gigs for a reason. Make sure to check her live next time she visits your city. 

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Kellan. – Why Am I Like This [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Facetious Paranoid Bangers

Why am I like this, is a ‘doorway into the darker side of your anxiety-ridden mind’. What is the story behind your last song?

The song comes from a corner of the mind that is half frantic confusion, and half exhaustive investigation. The titular lyrics “Why Am I Like This”, is both “why does my brain and emotions work the way they do”, and “why is it happening to me”. It’s hopelessly rhetorical, and yet, I think we’re all looking for that answers.

We all have things we hate about our conscious, and we all have insecurities, frustrations, or annoyances that really make no sense from a logical perspective. Whether it’s social anxiety, relationship problems, self-destructiveness, selfishness, a lack of empathy, hating your body—whatever. It’s the part therapy where mindfulness meets the wall of “ok, I get this is a trick my brain is playing on me, but what the fuck, I’m still falling for the trick”.

For which lyric you are most proud of?

Now I hate, that I hate, my reveries of better things
The guilt-ridden pity party, did you RSVP?

Artists and people who have influenced and inspired you?

For this song? Slug, Patrick Stump, Kanye, and Robert Delong

What does hip hop symbolise in your opinion?

Hip-hop is an entire culture. It’s not just the music, and it’s not just the art. I think hip-hop is a massive collection of people, community, and expression. I am just part of one branch of hip-hop—I rap. Hip-hop is a symbol of culture.

You are doing very well on Spotify. What advice would you give on new producers?

As much as it sucks, you have to focus on marketing. It’s not fun. It’s not, flat out. It’s work. But, if you’re serious about spreading your music, getting fans, and have an ultimate goal in mind—no matter what that might be—as a musician you have to market yourself. Play to your strengths. I suck at networking, but, I’m great at the internet. So I use it.

One last thing we should know about you?

I’ve never had a cavity, and I rarely floss. Boom. Mic drop. But also, follow me on instagram for crazy shit, antics, and producer tips. @kellanrad on Instagram.

Thank you!

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J. Adams – What Kind of Man

Singer-Songwriter and Producer J. Adams hails from historic Selma, Alabama. Currently he works out of a home studio called “Evan’s Room”, in Prattville, Alabama where he resides. His passion in music started at a young age riding in the car hearing timeless songs from the likes of Donell Jones and Joe. His musical ability in production, singing, songwriting, and engineering are all self-taught from videos, practical application, forums, and trial and error, focusing on topics of relationships and the trials of self-realization. His recording career started in 2009, in a friend’s small home studio, and his first home studio rig consisted of a dell laptop and a USB guitar hero mic, using free DAW software. Throughout the years J. Adams has focused on perfecting his craft and has been known to have a keen ear for melodies and beat selection.

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