...before we all crack on with our lockdown free 2022’s, so without further ado, sip on my perfectly brewed mulled wine of belated musical highlights of 2021, and let them warm your tune buds deep into 2022!
Chrom3 *NEW VIDEO* ‘Pride’
Chrom3, who is a two-time collaborator of Dizzee Rascal, most notably on the no.1 smash ‘Holiday’; comes with a timely track addressing the rising levels of knife crime in London and throughout the UK. (Manchester is still reeling of a report this week, of a 20 year old woman fleeing the 5 star Hilton hotel with a 3… Continue reading Chrom3 *NEW VIDEO* ‘Pride’
Banking on Success! *ALBUM REVIEW* ‘The Coldest Winter Ever’
Ms. Banks shows her versatility, when she sings sweetly on the bittersweet R&B ballad ‘Over (Your shit)’ about a guy she gave her time to and she’s now had enough of his games asking him “How many bitches do you need?” listening to this I couldn’t help but think it’s possible that Nicki Minaj sees her own skills reflected in Ms. Banks
Coventry Artists’ Whizzy and Emily-Jaye *NEW SINGLE* ‘Frontin’
The Coventry couple on and off record, have applied this formula to their single 'Frontin' and it's a winner. Whizzy's lyrics are honest and mature for his young years; as he shares that his focus is on "Makin' bangers with my family"; but he is fully aware of the trolls surrounding him who won't want him to succeed, to which he contests "Gotta stay hard hittin', viking." You can't help but wonder just what it is this young artist has experienced when he wearily claims, "19 soon life's drawing to an end, brother I ain't lyin.'" hopefully it won't be long before an EP release which will expand upon these themes,
Album Review: Heavy Smasherz, from The Heavy Trackerz
The ‘Heavy Trackerz’ did right to call their concept album ‘Odyssey’ as it really does take you on an otherworldly journey of the sonic stratosphere and beyond which would explain the space suits on the album cover. The trackerz with the tekkerz explore many tuneful terrains in their exploration through song and space visiting Grime on ‘Rude boy flex’ ft. Ghetts, reggae on ‘Survivor’ ft. Doctor, Inch of section boyz and Joe Grind, Gospel on the choir assisted ‘Feel the love’, RnB/Dance on ‘Days like This’ complete with the gorgeously feminine allure of Tizzy’s vocals. We even have a foray into the UKG arena with a reworking of the singalong garage classic ‘Sorry’ and fresh vocals from original singer Monsta boy. We are treated to a frustrated but brilliant Manga Saint Hilaire airing his ...
These Boots are made for running: NoLay ‘Run up’ *NEW* Video
The unorthodox daughter of Grime and boss bish in general NoLay drops her third video from her phenomenal debut album ‘This Woman (Live)’ which is packed full of bad gyal riddims and honest antidotes, detailing thirsty men and the expectations sometimes thrust upon women, her rightful place at the top of Grime’s throne alongside the mandem and...
Eternal Sunshine of a (Semi) Spotless Mind: Tyler the Creator, ‘Flower Boy’ Album review
Metamorphic EP Review – PERiiSU
Who runs the North? GIRLS!
But what’s going on outside of London? Does Grime exist up North? Is there a UK rap and R&B scene beyond Birmingham’s bull ring? Errrmmmmmm does Marcel mention blazing squad all the time? Duh!! Of COURSE there is! Last year I brought you various interviews, articles and gig reviews from the Manny mandem, but it’s long overdue for the Miss Manny’s to get their time to shine. Step forward ‘angels (and devils) of the North’ …
Camden’s Court Jester releases EP: Eros Apollo
It is fitting that Dappy entitled his latest release Eros Apollo as Greek myth reveals Eros - the god of love and Apollo a feared warrior and god of war; is a complex tale of two enemies who became allies after a long period of insult and disagreement, along with the general tone of the EP this also represents the struggle Dappy seems to have with himself and the media. One minute he’s the harmless joker prancing about in one of his many bobble hats