Miss Red drops the visual to the track PRAYERS, taken off her recent EP THE FOUR BODIES, produced by The Bug
‘Prayers’ features not the fiery dancehall toasting, nor the darkly menacing lullaby style, or the post-apocalyptic dub dread for which Miss Red is commonly known, but instead is a haunting ambient piece, with cavernous reverb that’s sonically closer to the likes of Tim Hecker or Fennesz. Barely-there whisps of vocal tones float like smoke in the air, used as another form of subtle coloration, rather than something literal and prominent.
Following the knockout of last year’s bashment punk full-length album ‘K.O.’, Miss Red’s ‘The Four Bodies’ EP is the dynamite emcees first transmission of 2019. Ranging from warped Druggaton swing to toxic dancehall, via dusted doom-hop, ending with a neo-classical drone, the four songs featured here are a testament to her versatile mic skills and determination to locate her own, original path, whilst obsessively improving her vocal craft.
And just as she has amassed gushing praise from extremely disparate artists in radically different genres, counting Equiknoxx, Dominick Fernow (Prurient), Flowdan, Aaron Turner (SUMAC), Grandmixxer and Logos amongst her new found fans, so the wilful eclecticism of this new EP finds strength in its perpetual mutations and mood shifts. Again she collaborates with her label boss and close ally The Bug, who provides all four backing tracks for this elusive, shapeshifting single, which again appears on the uncompromising producer’s PRESSURE label.
Lyrically, Sharon Stern aka Miss Red wanted to tackle taboo subjects and internal conflicts, to contrast inner/outer, real/unreal states of mind, as she examines the essential elements of life. Metaphorically probing air (‘Prayers’), water (‘Don’t Text Back’), fire (‘Loco’), and earth (‘Shut in your Head’), the red gyal reaches deeper and darker than she has gone before in her writing. Citing shamanism and witchcraft as new found inspirations, she sought to construct her own, singular, planet of wonders and madness.
Having witnessed the surreal spectacle of the cast of the hit NBC/Amazon TV series ‘Hanna’, spitting her lyrics to the ’Shock Out’ anthem from ‘K.O.’ within a memorable episode of the show, or ripping the heads off ravers deep inside a mountain once used by Nazis as a WW2 bomb shelter at this year’s high profile Elevate Festival (Miss Red being mentioned as one of the highlights of the event by Mixmag, DJ, and The Quietus), 2019 is proving as unpredictable as it is inspirational for Miss Red. Her recent relocation to Portugal from Berlin and the total head trip that is ‘The Four Bodies’ are her latest diary entries, from perpetual travels into strange new lands.
In a league of one, with no obvious peers, this pioneering sing-jay is feverishly spreading the gospel of originality, with this free-spirited EP.
Miss Red - Prayers [Official Video] - YouTube
Miss Red – The Four Bodies EP via iTunes/Spotify
‘Shut In Your Head’
‘Don’t Text Back’
The Bug feat. Miss Red live:
13th July: Kiev
18th July: Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds
10th: August Boomtown Festival
North London based Producer, DJ, & Rapper, Ironik links up with one of the UK’s biggest Rap exports, K Koke for their new track PRAYERS FOR LIFE, produced by Lizzy Beats
The collaboration comes as no surprise as Ironik has been dropping impressive music featuring the cream of UK talent throughout his career including records with Skepta, Chip, Wiley, Wretch 32 and most recently with JME, Fekky and even went Stateside with Snoop Dogg for 2017 release ‘Tuff’.
Produced by Lizzy Beats, ‘Prayers For Life’ is an honest lyrical insight to both rappers journeys. With a retrospective narrative, the pair delve into the blessings, mistakes, and hardships that they’ve encountered and how it’s shaped them and their lives. With the sleek visuals set in a church, the cutaways to balaclava-clad women and dark close-ups of onlookers represent the elements of hardship and hope that are explored in the record.
Whilst Ironik has a lengthy list of musical achievements as an artist that includes a number 5 official chart position, a top 5 single, a top 10 single, a top 10 album and over a million record sales, he is also a hugely successful international DJ that has regular stints in clubbing capitals such as Dubai, Japan and all across Europe. His producer credits include tracks for Tinie Tempah, Chip & Wiley.
London, UK based British Asian alternative Hip Hop Artist Hyphen recently dropped his latest track WE’RE OK
Having already received support from GRM Daily, Wordplay Magazine, BBC Asian Network, and BBC Introducing, alternative rap artist Hyphen returns with ‘We’re OK’, exposing the darker realities of life, telling stories of his journey out of depression through uplifting Hip Hop anthems.
Having been tipped as,
“The Future of British Asian Hip Hop”,
by BBC Asian Network and multiple interviews with the BBC early late show on mental health, Hyphen has used music as a form of therapy. Working in finance, Hyphen was lacking his sense of purpose. He started writing down raps and poems and his new found love of rap music helped him deal with depression and found his new direction in life.
His passion for heartfelt music and having a positive impact is made clear by the fundraising he’s been involved in. His track ‘Sounds that we Made,’ a song about stark income inequality in London, helped raise money for New Horizons a charity that works to alleviate homelessness in London. He’s also performed for Sanctus, a mental health organization, to raise awareness for depression in young men.
‘We’re OK’ is taken from Hyphen’s upcoming EP to be released later this year and will feature American singer-songwriter, Ben Zaidi.
Straight Music & Academy Events presents A LIFE OF GRIME, featuring Chip, Devlin, Jammer, Newham Generals, and So Solid Crew, this September at the O2 Forum Kentish Town
Straight Music & Academy Events are proud to announce A Life of Grime at London’s O2 Forum Kentish Town on Friday 27 September 2019, a unique event to celebrate the early years of Grime music and those who brought the scene to life.
A Life of Grime will shine a nostalgic light on the generation-defining genre, featuring some of the most inspiring artists who helped Grime rise from pirate radio to chart-dominating prominence in the early 2000s and the London-centric loins of the burgeoning scene.
The foundations of Grime are well represented in So Solid Crew, who oversaw its birth from the emcee-orientated UK Garage scene, as well as Grime stalwarts Jammer and Newham Generals, both pivotal figures from the beginning and a vital mouthpiece for the genre.
“Grime is about togetherness, so this show is one I am looking forward to” says Jammer. “I’m ready to bring Murkle to the stage”.
Dagenham emcee Devlin, whose 15-year career has seen him achieve Top Ten chart hits and Gold-selling albums while staying true to his underground roots, completes the line-up alongside North London Grime legend Chip, who broke through into the scene aged 16 with ‘Who Are You?’ – one of the genre’s most iconic tracks – and later becoming the youngest UK rapper to ever score a Top Ten single.
“Grime still has a tremendous amount of energy and has many facets now: it has evolved so those that love Dubstep, Garage, Hip Hop, R&B also like Grime, it touches all elements of all these genres now” adds A Life of Grime Promoter, Emily Curd.
With such an amazing line-up, A Life of Grime is set to be an unmissable celebration of the music and culture of the 2002 – 2006 Grime years.
Line Up: Chip
Newham Generals (D Double & Footsie)
So Solid Crew
California based emcee Ras Kass teams up with Styles P & Lil Fame for their new track GUNS N ROSES, taken off Ras’s forthcoming album SOUL ON ICE 2
Legendary West Coast rapper Ras Kass releases a new single, ‘Guns N Roses’ featuring Styles P and Lil Fame, he also has unveiled the release date for his next LP, ‘Soul On Ice 2’ as the 26th of July.
The track finds Ras wrecking a dusty psychedelic flip with M.O.P and Styles P. It’s a classic four-alarm, bring-the-big-guns assault, a tunnel banger for the second decade of the 21st Century.
It’s been nearly a quarter century since ‘Soul On Ice’ and they still can’t handle the truth. In fact, the intervening decades since Ras Kass dropped his classic debut have only validated the poisonous and panoramic vision of the waterproof emcee, who was immediately hailed as the West Coast’s answer to Nas. And with the nature of the threat growing more real by the minute, there couldn’t be a more necessary time for ‘Soul On Ice 2’.
Los Angeles, California based Jamo Gang (J57, Ras Kass, El Gant) are back with their latest track FRANCIS SCOTT KEY, via Fat Beats Records
Jamo Gang (J57, Ras Kass, El Gant) have freshly signed with Fat Beats Records, their debut LP ‘Walking with Lions’ drops this fall and in celebration of the signing they’ve released the album’s debut single ‘Francis Scott Key’, produced by J57 & PJ Katz.
Francis Scott Key (feat. Ras Kass, J57 & El Gant) - SoundCloud (218 secs long, 129 plays)Play in SoundCloud
Bronx, New York-based emcee Godz Chyld drops the visual to the title track off his latest EP, WITHIN
GC a.k.a. Godz Chyld presents the Joshua Cruz-directed music video for the D’artizt-produced title track of his new EP ‘Within’. GC’s last album was ‘End Game‘, and he has collaborated with producer Jordan River Banks over several releases (‘Blue Flame‘ featuring Loaded Lux).
GC says his new track is about, “Reconnecting with our true authentic selves. In this day and time, it’s easy to get caught up in distractions because there’s so many of them like social media & the internet. I think it’s important for us to come back to ourselves and grow from our pure desires, not the programmed ones”.
Los Angeles based recording artist recently teamed up with Designer Doubt, Truth & Ironik on the track REWIND, taken off Ray J’s recent PROGRESSION EP
Following the huge single ‘Right On Time’ featuring Flo Rida, sister Brandy and British producer act Designer Doubt, R&B sensation Ray J is back with a brand new summer single ‘Rewind’. The new joint comes alongside a record deal and forthcoming album, all of which follow his ‘Best Album’ Grammy for Drake’s sampling of ‘One Wish’ on the track ‘Redemption’ last year. Not that Ray J has ever been away, not with the level of media attention he has always attracted.
Penning a new record and album deal with hot new label on the block RU Listening, the forthcoming album ‘Raydemption’ already features the likes of Chris Brown, The Game and Snoop Dogg with more records in the works. However, preceding its release is the ‘Progression’ EP, which includes lead record ‘Rewind’ featuring label mates, UK pioneering artist Ironik, British Producer act Designer Doubt, and Ray J’s artist and best friend Truth for a bang-up-to-date feel-good track.
And you know that when Ray J has his name attached to anything, press attention is never far behind, especially taking into account a past peppered with global headline news. Like a certain controversial, ahem, intimate video featuring one Kim Kardashian (whatever happened to her when the shockwaves from that particular episode died down?), the connection that seems to hold Kanye West’s attention with various mentions of Ray J on his records.
Then there was the close friendship with Whitney Houston and the various TV programs: not only his own massive reality show Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood, which he and partner Princess star in, but the UK’s Celebrity Big Brother, which he had to leave early because of illness.
And, of course, the superstar family members like cousin Snoop Dogg and sister Brandy (you remember him starring alongside Brandy in her globally syndicated TV smash, Moesha, right?) and close friends like Chris Jenner, who make sure he’s never that far from a TMZ news story.
But Ray J is in a very different place in his life right now with new baby Melody and a whole new outlook on life. It’s given his music, especially this single and EP, an upbeat, glad-to-be-alive vibe that’s bound to go down well with fans.
As for the upcoming album, it’s coming in visual album format, not dissimilar to Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’, basically, a 45-minute mini-movie that’s already exciting Grammy’s buzz.
With a character as charismatic and in-demand as Ray J, it’s sometimes all too easy to overlook the music. Except when the music is this good, that is.
Ray J - Rewind ft. Designer Doubt, Truth, Ironik - YouTube
Long Island, New York-based emcee/producer Erick Sermon drops the lyric video to his latest track CABINET, taken off his recent album VERNIA
Who will be on President-elect Erick Sermon’s Cabinet? The open question of how Erick Sermon will govern is being filled in with names of men, and one woman, as of Inauguration Day, floated for inclusion in his cabinet and for cabinet-level posts.
Sermon’s picks reveal a penchant for weed smokers, political outsiders, Hip Hop titans and… black men. Watch the video for the full list… ‘Cabinet’ is taken off the album ‘Vernia‘.