Kiesza Back With A Bang
UK chart-topping Canadian sensation Kiesza delivers one of the most highly-anticipated comebacks of recent times with her new release ‘Phantom of The Dance Floor’.
Following her debut release ‘Hideaway’ and that video going viral and straight into the #1 spot in the UK charts as well as 21 other countries around the world, the cult star has since released her debut album ‘Sound of a Woman’, written for Rihanna and recorded tracks with UK legends Duran Duran.
Now following a lengthy hiatus having unpicked seemingly endless legal tangles with her label, joining forces with High Time to release music on her own terms, one of the most iconic female artists of the modern era strikes back with a brash, unapologetically huge new banger in ‘Phantom of The Dance Floor’.
Calgary’s favourite daughter again delivers that particular kind of snarling, brooding house bassline whilst layering an innovative, operatic vocal alongside her own pop tones. Bringing a truly dramatic, phantasmagorical aspect to US house, this is a smoking volcano of a pop gem, lacing back to her earlier roots and completely reinventing it. Together with the kind of bonkers video that such a glorious comeback deserves, ‘Phantom of The Dance Floor’ looks set to re-ignite the public discourse around an artist that remains as present, necessary and iconic as she’s ever been. Get ready to hear this hammered in the warehouse clubs around the world; Kiesza’s done it again.
Created To Have You On Your feet!
One of the Brighton scene’s brightest emerging beatmakers, El Train is making serious waves on both sides of the Atlantic, on the radar of cult US collective Soulection as well as serious tastemakers COMPLEX, DUMMY and WONDERLAND for his recent releases.
Following on from his recent, critically acclaimed release ‘She’ ft. Barney Artist, El’s second release of 2018 ‘Gold’ again features serious emerging heat in Javeon – himself working with the likes of Clean Bandit and Tory Lanez.
With an ephemeral, bouncy instrumental showcasing Javeon’s silken vocals, this is coming through like a UK Kaytranada – it’s clear to see why he’s on the radar of some of the hottest DJs in the world including BBCR1 Xtra’s Mistajam, DJ Target, Jamz Supernova and Complexion Radio. With his track ‘Feels Like’ already on over 1M streams in under 9 months and ‘She’ on 200K in only two months, El Train’s stock is clearly rising fast.
A second taster of his relentless work ethic this year, and with a growing collab list that counts some of the hottest emerging UK talent in Bassette, Pip Millett, Sam Wills and Age of L.U.N.A., El Train continues to cement his reputation as one of the hottest artists coming out of the country right now. Get ready to hear lots more of El Train across 2018.
UK Afroswing rising Star Komo unveils New Music Video
Taken from his recently released debut EP of the same name, which was released last month to rave reviews, and on the back of recent support from BBC 1Xtra, Capital Xtra, KISS Fresh, Spotify, Apple Music, Reprezent Radio, and The Beat London, among others, for his recent underground hits such as ‘No Problem’ and ‘Pull Up (Remix)’ featuring the likes of Double S and Ekeno, fast-rising UK Afroswing artist KOMO is proud to unveil the exciting new music video for his ‘Vibe N Ting’ single.
Produced by Ayo Beatz, who has previously worked with the likes of Wretch 32, Chip, Labrinth,Wiley and Jason Derulo, ‘Vibe N Ting’ is an infectious summer-ready Afroswing jam, with lush Dancehall and Afrobeats sensibilities, which sees Komo flexing his rapping and singing abilities to great effect, as he promotes a positive, joyful, excited and optimistic energy throughout the track. According to Komo, ‘Vibe N Ting’ is “the perfect sound track for anyone looking to have a good time”.
For the ‘Vibe N Ting’ visuals, Komo has linked up with budding director Eric Myers, whose directorial credits include working with Lotto Boyz, Ms Banks, Sneakbo and Cashtastic, among others, to deliver a colourful and vibrant offering, which not only captures the essence of London summer time motives excellently, but also brings the ‘Vibe N Ting’ track to life, and shows Komo in his true element, highlighting his fun, boisterous and expressive personality and character.
Speaking about the inspiration behind ‘Vibe N Ting’ and its accompanying visuals, Komo says, “the ‘Vibe N Ting’ idea came to me during a challenging phase of my life. I had just finished a 2-year accelerated degree programme from university with a 1st class degree achievement and all I wanted to do after that was just party and have a good time. ‘Vibe N Ting’ really showcases my musical abilities and how I am feeling about life right now. As an artist, we are always looking for our sound, and my sound has surely evolved over time. I just want everyone to take in ‘Vibe N Ting’ as it’s my best work yet”.
This One Will Keep You On Your Feet!
Leeds-based producer and DJ Josh Hunter emerges from the ether with a brand new, soulful disco banger in ‘All Night’ ft. Libby Whitehouse.
Already championed by the likes of BBC R1Xtra, Fatboy Slim and BBC Introducing, Josh has crafted another languid, bass-heavy gem, balanced with a considered, coy vocal performance from emerging UK singer/songwriter Libby Whitehouse.
Released on emerging Liverpool label Duo-Tone, it’s sure to continue the interest around a producer and DJ that’s been gaining support since his remix of ‘Cola’ last year – bringing critical acclaim across BBC R1, R1 Xtra and Kiss FM before dropping his debut EP this year. Rising star Libby Whitehouse, just eighteen years old, has already landed into the Spotify UK Viral Chart, performing to a sold-out crowd at The Great Escape this year.”
Both originally from Brighton, Josh and Libby continue to establish themselves as rising talents from the south coast with this polished dance gem.
Soulful Vibes with Great Vocals
Luca Schreiner has remixed Nina Nesbitt’s latest single ‘Loyal To Me’. The rising German electronic DJ/Producer, who has delivered remixes for Louis Tomlinson, James Arthur, Alessia Cara, Shaggy and Pit Bull, has added his trademark stamp to the single, applying deep house grooves with a hint of tropical influence. The result is the perfect dancefloor anthem! .
The original version of ‘Loyal to Me’, produced by Fraser T Smith (Stormzy/Adele/Drake/Florence and the Machine),has now amassed a huge 4 million streams. While the video finds Nina performing hiplet, a style of dance that fuses hip hop and ballet and sees Nina performing en pointe for most of the video.
“Loyal To Me is influenced by the independent-women spirit of the 90s and is a self-help guide to dating” Ninaexplains “It’s a list of symptoms you need to look out for when you fear you may be dating someone who doesn’t have the best intentions”.
Having grown-up in a small village just outside Edinburgh, Nina Nesbitt enjoyed a whirlwind of success with the‘Peroxide’ album, but she was soon ready to move on. An organic evolution, her 2016 track ‘Chewing Gum’ was the sound of her breaking out of her comfort zone and indulging fully her love of pop. Her desire to challenge herself continued with the low-key ‘Life in Colour’ EP which found Nina writing emotional and sometimes dark stories that were inspired by experiences which fans had sent to her.
Still only 23-years-old, Nina Nesbitt has found a way to make it work for her in an industry that often doesn’t give you the time to settle into the artist you want to be. Rather than rush into making another album for the sake of it, she waited for the inspiration to strike and let it slowly take shape organically. What she excels at is being an artist, but one that's fully in control – the very best kind.
Rude Kid + FTSE + Jaykae = A BANGER!
Featuring the unmistakable and wholly Brummy vocals of grime legend Jaykae, ‘Honey Dew’ is a testament to all three of its creators. Delving in to all of the awesome elements that make genres such as Grime, UKG and House, timeless and loveable, the record instantly stands out as a future club classic and was clearly created to emit feel-good vibes rather than being governed by the constraints of any genre.
With a soft female vocal opening the track against the magical, melody of strings, ‘Honey Dew’ is an instant ear grabber, but as soon as the bass drops out with reverb and Rude Kid’s ‘Are You Ready’ tag kicks in, you know this one is about to get even more serious. Queue Jaykae’s skippy flows, witty, magnetizing lyricism and a vibsey bassline, and this one will instantly have you hooked.
Having become a vital component in the rise of the UK urban scene, Rude Kid has put his sound to remixes for the likes of Marshmello, Laura Mvula, Gorgon City, Chase & Status and Wilkinson. His own productions are probably some of your favourite records by the likes of Skepta, Wiley, Kano or Ghetts whilst his passion and understanding of musical genres has seen him take the helm at Kiss FM’s destination grime show #KissGrime.
Meanwhile Birmingham producer FTSE has been on the buttons for remixes for the likes of Little Mix, Kideko and Elderbrook as well as writing and producing tracks for Mø, Peking Duk and Burna Boy whilst also releasing his own catalogue of music including the Donae’O & Shola Ama featuring ‘Work U Out’, followed by ‘Pork Chop’ and ‘I’ll Show U A Good Time’.
Grime master Jaykae is the final piece of the puzzle to make up the anthemic ‘Honey Dew’. Known equally for his dexterity and ferocity in MC battles as he is for his lyrical genius and delivery in his singles, Jaykae has worked with everyone from Skepta, Rudimental and Mike Skinner to Lotto Boyz and Mist. Stand out singles such as ‘Moscow’, ‘Pull Up’, ‘No’ and ‘Toothache’, which featured on hit TV series Power, all roll in to millions of streams and views making him one of the biggest and most popular UK emcees.
Tipped for big things by everyone from DJ Mag, who states “it’s time for the Rude Kid to have his moment to shine” to DJ’s at the BBC who have tipped FTSE as “one to watch”, the producers are individually in high demand for their ever evolving sound and ability to create monster records. With their collaboration for ‘Honey Dew’ and their unique styles merging together, the results couldn’t get any sweeter.
Tiesto Drops Some Smooth Remixes To Prolong The Summer Feeling Disappearing
Looking for a sick remix to get you through the week? Well look no further as GRAMMY® Award-winning, platinum-certified, international DJ and producer, Tiësto, has released “Jackie Chan” The Remixes Vol 1 and. They. Bang!
Now this is a collection of remixes of Tiesto’s summer smash, “Jackie Chan” with Dzeko, featuring Preme and Post Malone. “Jackie Chan” The Remixes Vol 1 includes Tiësto’s own Big Room remix, plus remixes of the hit single from M-22, Lookas, Hugel and Sebastian Perez.
Heavy Bass or wanting to throw your hands up and shake your body about the gaff, these remixes ensure that you will be able to do just that and more.
Something To Carry Summer Into September
Summer is nearly over but no need to fret Prince Rapid will have you Carnival ready with his anthem ‘Fresh N Clean’. Infused with intricate layers of bouncy baselines, addictive Afro percussion sealed with a wave of catchy bars the track will have you playing it on loop. The visuals are filmed across different locations in London showcasing people vibing to the mesmerising beat. ‘Fresh N Clean’ amplifies nothing but good vibes and will have you skanking in the streets.
Featuring both his production and his vocals on the record, the seasoned producer balances the two perfectly to allow space for the instrumental to perform, making it a lively, body-moving joint.
Having been the man behind tracks from some of the biggest names in UK music, including Dizzee Rascal, Tinie Tempah, Skepta, Jme, Stormzy, Kano, Chip, Wiley, Wretch 32, Devlin and international Jamaican star Mavado, Prince Rapid is one of the most sought-after producers to bring the best out of an artist and capture the original and genuine UK sounds. His legacy in production stems all the way back do the roots of grime music, having been a lynchpin in the genre’s sound and progression as he was not only responsible for the standout Ruff Sqwad sound but also made his initial mark in the UK charts with his production credits across Tinchy Stryder’s gold selling album Catch 22.
His consistent flow of productions has been scattered with his own self-releases as he dips in and out of the artist/producer role, clearly at his own pleasure and enjoyment. Speaking of his latest self-release Fresh N Clean, Prince Rapid says “It’s very tense out here with the violence on the streets so I wanted to create an experience that allows people to loosen up and dance. It’s all about vibes and enjoyment”.
ambient production duo, ag, release new single.
Featuring soulful vocals and lush production, ‘All Falls Down’ flows between minimalist passages and atmospheric crescendos, creating a blissfully ethereal and emotive track. ‘All Falls Down’ follows the release of ag.’s debut single ‘Warped Minds’, which was released earlier in August and has received great support from BBC Introducing.
Regarding the new single ag. say, “‘All Falls Down’ explores the feeling of fighting a lost cause with someone you love. It captures the realisation of believing in yourself and making a tough decision from the person that holds you back from your true aspirations. The song is a reminder to people about self worth and belief..
ag. is the collaborative project of Ross Quinn and Andrew Goddard. The pair came together off the back of successful solo production and DJ careers, which have seen them play shows across the globe. Calling upon their experience of clubland, live music, songwriting and production, as ag. they deliver artful electronic music suited to dancefloors and live stages around the world. As well as production, the pair bring their energy to the stage with both a full band and DJ sets.
Welcoming you into her world, Marcelle Adrianna sprinkles sweet R&B, Pop and Soul to create her tantalising EP ‘The Prologue’.
Enriched with radiant vocals and glorious melodies Marcelle Adrianna provides us with the key to her mind as she unravels her thoughts and memories in her body of work ‘The Prologue’ EP. A snapshot into her life she relays her story which is woven together from conversations, voicenotes, voicemails, text messages and diary entries.
Paying homage to old school RnB, her EP encapsulates the nostalgic essence that radiate from everything composing the records, from instrumentals, lyrics her powerful voice and the delivery. From the stripped back nature of ‘Realise’ to the tantalising melodic gem ‘Fallin'’, the spellbinding EP explores the many crevasses of RnB. The lead single ‘Fall Back’ was exclusively premiered on DJ Ace’s Breakfast show on BBC Radio 1Xtra, with a flawless voice the single demonstrates pristine harmonies sealed together by an uplifting beat.
Inspired by the iconic sounds of Motown to more contemporary R&B, South London native Marcelle has a radiant voice that is submerged with an eclectic repertoire of inspirations. Growing up in a household filled with music and singing in church as a child, music became second nature to Marcelle. Living on a healthy diet of the iconic sounds of Motown and RnB, she spent her young years soaking up the likes of Michael Jackson, Sam Cooke, Otis Redding to the modern day R&B sounds of Destiny's Child, Amy Winehouse, Lauryn Hill, Keyshia Cole, Ashanti and Alicia Keys.
Her passion, drive and most importantly appreciation of music motivated her to embark on a music career of her own. In 2016 she quickly begun to make waves in the industry, from performances with the 1975 to collaborations with Melissa Steel her release debut came in 2017 with single ‘F.WU’ followed by 'How We Do'. Over the course of 2017 she assembled the music that would become ’The Prologue' EP, carefully etching together a catalogue of work demonstrating her fine-tuned vocal ability.