The latest release from Nej!Las, a two-track EP featuring Washout and Fini, threatens to be a major crossover release. Featuring elephantine throbbing beats, this is an almost shockingly dark, seething crawl through a modern metropolis to the very heart of some gigantic robotic mastermind. Technoir/bleakcore/blackhouse – we haven’t quite decided on a name for it yet, but we’re sure it’ll come to us. Recommendations welcomed:
As well as soaking up the more obvious influences you might expect a producer and artist who has spent time in Detroit and Chicago to have in their arsenal, there are other more unusual angles: the organised, futuristic worlds of Flying Lotus; the ever-shifting soundscapes of Boards of Canada, as well as the noir-esque soundtrack work of Thomas Bangalter, John Carpenter and tomandandy.
Nej!Las is no ordinary artist, having founded a charity which has already delivered $2.5 million aid across the crisis-stricken areas of the Middle East, as well as creating her music in eight different cities across two countries. Like her ever-present black hoodie (which also serves as her logo) what may at first glance seem familiar hides a genuinely thrilling hit of cutting-edge dark-wave electro brilliance.
If you’re into your hip-hop, beats and electronica- then we have good news for you! M3staken is certainly the artist for you: he mixes these three styles in a way that truly questions the point of labelling music with genres. I can guarantee you’ve heard nothing quite like M3staken before.
Listen to ‘Rain’ here: https://m3ssi.bandcamp.com/releases
The beats are heavy, fragmented and disjointed, but deliberately so, and this shows how M3staken is clearly not a conforming artist – he is experimental, daring and not afraid to go a little left field. These are kinds of artists we need, not just in the world of urban music, but in general too.
As the last piece of M3’s trilogy (also including ‘Apex’ and ‘Water Colors’), he notes that this is the album that has meant the most to him due to its conclusive nature that seems to summarise his style. M3 commented that Rain is ‘loosely connected to my two previous works and it is primarily a collection of my personal favourite songs’.
Usually, we have hip-hop and house music located separately in the musical world. Two seemingly distant genres which have branched out a long way since their conception. However, Brooklyn artist Tony Banks is merging the two and believe me, it sounds good.
Taken from the upcoming EP, Yes Homo, ‘Run!’, featuring Earthtone and JwlB, is a beat heavy dance track that is uniquely backed up by potent lyrics of contemporary relevance and some clever electronic techniques.
As part of the LGBT community, ‘Music Bear’ Tony Banks is keen to dsetroy the image of hip-hop being a ‘straight’ genre. For years, this has been the image, but Tony is carving his own niche within the genre that proves this to be untrue.
Tony sources his inspiration from iconic artists such as Michael Jackson, Missy Elliot and Andre 3000 and in the past, he has also opened for Cakes Da Killa and Mykki Blanco. Described as ‘Move ya feet, feel good’ music with a touch of the reality we live in, songs like ‘Run’ encapsulate exactly what Tony Banks is all about; pushing boundaries and making killer beats.
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Former MOBO nominee and BEFFTA award winner, Stunnah Gee has teamed up with Nigerian R&B icon, Kymo Kingin to form a new EP.
The new record, entitled ‘Nipples’ is hoping to raise breast cancer awareness through its lead single, ‘I Need An Answer’ which tackles the issue with a beautifully written R&B/pop ballad and an evocative, thought provoking video.
Stunnah Gee is no stranger to the killer that is cancer, with his Aunt having a number of breast cancer scares in the past, and his Uncle also died from pancreatic cancer. As a result, the subject is something that Stunnah Gee feels strongly about and wants to combat through the expressive medium of music.
Fans of Usher and Chris Brown will be sure to get on board with the elegantly delivered vocals and quality production values that have been the result of Stunnah and Kymo’s partnership.
10% of all sales will be donated to breast cancer patients who are unable to afford treatment and organisations trying to find a cure for the disease.
Buy/Listen to the EP here:
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After releasing their debut single ‘This Time’, which received airplay across 30 radio stations, and then receiving support from The Times with their second single ‘Only When You’re Lonely’ as one of their Essential Tracks of 2015, Apachelux have returned with ‘Waiting For The Red Light’.
With influences as diverse as Maya Jane Coles, Royal Blood and Girls Aloud, Apachelux’s genre-straddling sound aims to create those ‘dancefloor moments’ that we all know and love.
The duo consisted of musical minds Jay Wigmore and Louisa Strachan who are based in hub of creativity Southend-on-Sea. The single is set to drop on April 7th but in the meantime you can catch Apachelux on Spotify.
Nigerian born and raised rapper Mike Maro uses Drake’s beat to rap his own style, exploring heart break and the loss of his dad in ‘The Catch Up’. Maro uses his story telling talents to deliver messages that aim to redefine culture and influence attitudes.
Exposing his deepest insecurities through his original flow, Mike Maro shot the live performance of the track in Residence Studios, North London. Heavily influenced by American hip-hop, gospel and RnB, the rapper’s unpredictable creative style has an entirely unique raw gritty feel.
The video for ‘The Catch Up’ is set to release March 2nd.
LA based electronic production team AT-ATs On The Beach (ATATOTB) escape electronic music cliché with their EP infusing dance beats and heavy baselines. ATATOTB deliver a new experimental style of music, reflective of their creative sound and diverse art form. Featuring remixes of Elton John, Rolling Stones, Eagles and original mixes, the debut EP sets the group apart from the rest.
You may also know ATATOTB as InFiction who focused on creating original electronic music, influenced by their background as film editors and producers. They have previously composed music for films such as Black Swan, The Thing, The Last Exorcism and Wrath of the Titans.
Now a new era of downtempo house has landed in the world of electronic music. This experimental mix of theatrical themes, rhythmic beats and other instrumentation are a few things that set Los Angeles based production group AT-ATs On The Beach apart from the rest.
Listen to ‘Sympathy For The Devil (AT-ATs On The Beach Remix) here: