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Women in hip hop; An interview with Dutch Music Professional Pay Kolmüs

Pay Kolmüs

Dutch music industry professional Pay Kolmüs has been interviewing hip-hop musicians for over a decade. From interviewing Nas, Rakim to Montell Jordan, Pay has paved her way into the music industry as a self-made boss lady and now runs her own artist consultant company. We chat to Pay about why she thinks using the term ‘female’ in the music industry...

Blacklib releases a Spacey New Single ‘Watts’ exploring natural emotions

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Brussels beat maker Blacklib released a spacey new single dubbed ‘Watts,’ which expresses natural emotions through synthetic equipment. Channeling The Motor City, Detroit, ‘Watts’ is influenced J Dilla, Samiyam, House Shoes and Black Milk. Blacklib’s musical integration throughout the single showcases his ability to merge genres without losing his signature sound. “Watts’ expresses a deep desire to explain that I do contain...

Rock Collective WAY UP Release New Album ‘BIG WAVE’

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After forming a number of years ago and achieving several net radio No. 1's with their first album, rock collective Way Up are set to release their next album BIG WAVE on 8th October 2017. Founded in Scotland a number of years ago by Scott Kerr and his old school friend Brian Scott, Way Up have evolved into a collective of musicians who remain to...

With Confidence talk 5S0S, New Music and Japan

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I sat down with Jayden from With Confidence backstage at the Kentish Town Forum. After pouring me a whisky and coke (which was lovely may I add) we got straight into the interview. How did you all meet? J- Josh and I went to school together and we were friends throughout school. When we finished school, we had a gap year...

Music Producer MOZΛRT Announces Release of Debut Album ‘Meditation’

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Music producer and composer MOZΛRT is set to release his FOURTH studio album Meditation, an album that makes a statement about the range of genres this up and coming producer is able to create. After teaching himself to produce for fun back in 2011, MOZΛRT began to develop his sound, working on beats for hip-hop, trap and R&B and now...

Multi Talented Electro Artist ‘The Wave’ Releases Newest EP ‘Pop Killa The Remixes’

The wave

Composer, writer and producer The Wave has recently released his newest EP Pop Killa The Remixes which features his newest single Pop Killa along with 3 remixes of the song and a track from his forthcoming album which is set to be released in 2018. The Wave created the EP out of frustration with the music industry. Not hearing anything...

PREMIERE: Sydney Soul/Funk Artist Joel Sena releases a Jazz meets hip hop track ‘Grindin’

joel sena

Hailing from Sydney, soul/funk artist Joel Sena released a jazz meets hip hop nostalgic track dubbed 'Grindin' featuring Phoebe Day. Grindin' delivers delicious sax drenched soul, fusing different genres together, sprinkled with Phoebe Day's sultry vocals. It's a song about striving and yearning to live a life of meaning and purpose and about taking a risk on something you believe in. "It's...

Sydney Pop Singer SIki Daha releases a sweet love tune ‘Certain Someone’

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Sydney Pop singer Siki Daha has released a new love song dedication tune dubbed ‘Certain Someone’ ‘Certain Someone’ elicits similar strong emotions such as your classic R&B tunes, channelling the Boyz II Men/Craig David love song days with a splash of pop. With catchy vocals and lush production, the vulnerability of the song is undeniable. Rippling at your heartstrings, the single...

Waterparks talk Sex, Music and Nandos

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All the way from Houston, Texas Waterparks are finally here in the UK embarking on their headline tour. I sat down with Awsten, Geoff and Otto before their headline show at The Underworld in Camden.  We talked all things from sex, music and Nandos.  I told the lads about the massive queue outside the venue and they couldn’t believe it. How’s...

Phoebe Day Channels Sade in her latest release ‘Fading’

Phoebe Day

Sultry emerging soul/jazz artist Phoebe Day has been giving us the Adele mixed with Amy Winehouse feels recently when she released ‘Place in time,’ a heart-felt track that got all of our emotions out with her smooth production and seductive vocals. Now she’s blessed us with another single called ‘Fading.’ A smooth tune that gets you instantly enticed with her...

Review: Underground hip hop duo Jazz Spastiks release a hip hop educational album dubbed ‘Scratch and Sniff’

The Jazz Spastiks have been teasing us with their new album ‘Scratch and Sniff’ in the last coming months and now they’ve officially released the album. It’s filled with delicious boom bap treats for all the underground hip hop lovers, mixed with some fresh samples. When you’re going through the album you can’t help but feel like you’re getting educated about...

Original Swimming Party Announce New Single ‘Biggest Curse’

Original Swimming Party

Electronic experimental duo Original Swimming Party have announced the release of their new single  Biggest Curse featuring vocalist Moonchild Sanelly. Taken from their forthcoming remix  EP, the single will be available to stream from October 6th. Founded in 2013, Original Swimming Party is an audio-visual duo from Cape Town South Africa. The band have become known for drawing influences from their African rhythm and harmony and...

Exclusive Interview: The Maine

The Maine

Before The Maine’s sold out show at the Koko Club in Camden, I had the pleasure of sitting down backstage with the guys to ask them a few questions about what it’s like being a band for 10 years and their latest album ‘Lovely Little Lonely’. Watching The Maine for the first time was incredible! John praising the crowd as...

Indie soul outfit Levingtone release shimmering new single ‘Ritual’

Levingstone

Sydney indie-soul outfit Levingstone are back with a pulsing new single rich with their trademark combination of lush harmony, groove and imagery - titled “Ritual,” from their upcoming EP Overland. The tune has been described by the band as "a song about death that you could dance to" and with it’s punchy rhythm and driving melodies, it certainly casts a...

Phoebe Day Oozes Jazz with her latest release ‘A Place in Time’

phoebe day

Sydney Jazz/Soul artist Phoebe Day oozes jazz and evokes emotion with her vulnerable heart-felt new track ‘Place In Time.’ The sultry tune is a blend of classic jazz and old school soul, fused with contemporary songwriting and production. The song was influenced by the desire for human connection. It’s about two people finding a sense of belonging in each other when...

Singer-Songwriting Duo David Will Mitchell and Cole Toury Release Album ‘The Beaten Track’

David Will Mitchell and Cole Toury

Bluesy country duo David Will Mitchell and Cole Toury have announced the release of their newest 13-track album The Beaten Track, bursting full of intimate and laid back bluesy rock. An unlikely duo, with David in his early 70's and Cole in his early 50's, both artists have finally found the time to work on a project that they're truly passionate about. After...

English Singer-Songwriter James Walker Releases New Single ‘Lullaby’ Feat Judy Blank

james walker

British singer-songwriter James Walker has announced the release of his new single ‘Lullaby’ Feat Judy Blank. The track is taken from Walker’s forthcoming album ‘English Bones’ due for release later this year and is the follow-up to his recent single ‘Next To Me’. Originally a session musician, James Walker performed as a piano player for a number of touring artist’s, spending the past six years playing across...

MAAD returns with new single ‘Wonderland’

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Premiered yesterday by both Billboard and Beats1. MAAD returns with new single 'Wonderland' and follows MAAD's sold out performance at Selfridges, London alongside RAYE. Hot on the heels of the release of her critically acclaimed debut EP ‘Le Funk’ earlier this year, NYC based artist/DJ/model MAAD returns with her hotly anticipated new single ‘Wonderland’. Featuring a verse from Brooklyn native Jimi Tents, the pair showcase...

Music Share: ZEALS – Ready To Fly EP

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Somerset based three-piece, ZEALS are set to release their second EP on the 1st of September 2017. The ‘Ready To Fly’ EP was recorded over the last few months at Longwave Studios in Cardiff with producer Romesh Dodangoda who’s best known for his work with the likes of Bring Me The Horizon, Motorhead, Funeral For A Friend, Lower Than Atlantis and Twin Atlantic. The follow up to...

Classically Trained Contemporary Artist Leni Thio Releases Details of Debut Album ‘#33’

Leni Thio

After completing her studies in Music and Management Studies in London, Leni Thio went on to write her 12-track debut album #33 inspired by issues and events taking place throughout 2016 - the year the album was written. Prior to the completion of #33, Leni poured her passion into unpublished purely instrumental compositions, influenced by 20th-century music. With the aim of one day venturing into film...

Kojo Saffu releases ‘Can’t Stop This’ to introduce his EP ‘Musings’

Kojo Saffu

Melbourne hip-hop artist KOJO SAFFU recently released a music video for “Can’t Stop This”; the lead single release and a taste of what you can expect from his upcoming EP, ‘Musings’. Kojo Saffu will seek to cement his reputation as a hip-hop talent when he releases Musings in September 2017, after previously releasing the “kOJ” EP and the singles “Ghanaian Australian” and “Over” in previous years. A pioneer of Australian premier...

Lemon Latte, Hurtin Me & Kurupt FM’s Team Fire In the Booth – 3 videos we are watching this week.

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Towards the end of last week, we saw the launch of Charlotte Devaney's 'Lemon Latte' video with rapper RiFF RAFF as well as SteffLon Don featuring French Montana 'Hurtin Me' and the boys from BBC's smash hit comedy show 'People Do Nothing', held a team Fire in the Booth session with Charlie Sloth. Lemon Latte British DJ/Producer & Platinum Selling Artist...

Niall Horan smashes SBE: a review

niall live in concert

Niall Horan’s show was one of the most anticipated shows of the year since it was announced, Fans flew from all over Europe to see Niall perform as a solo artist and many of them camped out for the chance to secure the best spot in the house! I mean fair play to them, camping in Shepherds Bush? I’m definitely...

Premiere: James Ghareeb Debuts New Single ‘Do It With Luv’

James Ghareeb Debuts New Single - Do It With Luv

Singer-songwriter James Ghareeb has announced the release of his new single ‘Do It With Luv’ from his forthcoming EP available later this year. James Ghareeb first found success after becoming a social media breakout star through his Vine videos. James started making short clips covering the likes of Justin Bieber, surpassing over 6 million views along the way.  In 2015...

Aussie MC Matt Xander releases a politically charged EP ‘Fornicating Arachnids’

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Australian MC Matt Xander has released a politically charged EP dubbed ‘Fornicating Arachnids.' ‘Fornicating Arachnids’ is an EP about corporate greed, politicians and war. Matt does this seamlessly with his tongue-in-cheek rhymes and references to cheesy out-dated sitcoms. With this record Matt wants people to care about serious issues but not feel overwhelmed by them and realise that making change doesn't...

Get Ready To Let Your Hair Down – Mollie King Is Back with new single ‘Hair Down’, see the photos

Mollie King - Hair Down

Fresh from the announcement that she is to star in this year's 'Strictly Come Dancing', Mollie King storms back on to the UK music scene with her new single 'Hair Down'. Mollie has reunited with pop maestro Brian Higgins - Xenomania to produce an in your face pop banger that fans have longed to hear from Mollie since her announcement she was...

BBK ‘shut down’ London’s O2 with surprise guest Drake, Giggs and Lethal B

bbktakeover 2017

Last night (27th August) Boy Better Know ‘shut down’ the O2 with an incredible takeover, featuring an insane line up with surprise guests Drake, Giggs and Lethal Bizzle. The event was officially the best of grime and urban music under one roof, and the first of its kind to sell out in a ground-breaking configuration of the O2. Thousands of fans enjoyed the best of home-grown and international...

The Pharcyde launch their own TV Channel to Build a new avenue for creatives

Infamous hip hop group The Pharcyde have launched a new TV channel ‘The Pharcyde TV’ (PHTV) aimed to create a global network of like minded creatives. Bootie Brown says he started the channel originally to market their own music. He goes on to say that “It's been a challenge to find companies who do what they are supposed to do...

RnB Dance Artist Dominique De Beau Reveals Upcoming Single Release Date

Dominique De Beau

Dominique De Beau has recently announced the release of her newest track Another I, an upbeat summer pop track infused with elements of RnB and dance. The track is set to be released worldwide via all major media platforms on 31st August 2017. Liverpool based singer-songwriter achieved success with her debut EP 'Unforgettable', being featured on mix-tapes alongside Jason Derulo,...

Singer-Songwriter Roger Blackman Releases Newest Album Trick Of The Light

roger blackman

Rock artist Roger Blackman has recently released his newest 10-track album Trick Of The Light, a follow up to his previous album Never Look Back. After tracks from his previous album The Storm had tracks featured on the Bloodline Series and Lifeline CDs raising funds for worthwhile charities such as Teenage Cancer Trust and Cancer Research UK, Roger decided to...

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