Born in London, raised in France, and schooled in the USA, bi-national musician/rapper/producer Lo-Ke brings the summertime party with this upbeat-but-low-key (pun very much intended) electronic/reggaeton crossover track with producer Shadow Kyd.
Upfront hip-hop vocals meet Latin bachata-style rhythms, sparkling keys, and chilled out, Daddy Yankee-style 125 BPM.
It swings, in a dembow kind of way, under Lo-Ke’s tale of hot summer nights, Hennessy, missed flights, and waking up ‘with a cute girl on my right’, perfectly capturing those living for the moment, fairy-lighted steamy dancehall nights and hot, Latin, grooves.
You can check out Henny Nights via SoundCloud.
Review by Alex Holmes
Mowille is a UK-based Nigerian rapper known for recording in both English and his native Yoruba; for his latest, he’s partnered up with Damola Davis and Uchay to bring us the tongue-in-cheek ‘Sugar Daddy’. The track skirts around the boundaries of Afrobeat, hip-hop, and R&B whilst maintaining something playful and unique, all the while showcasing Mowille’s (occasionally on-the-line) humour.
Yeah, it’s probably not going to win any awards from the PC-brigade, but with a chorus this stormingly catchy, who cares? The lyrics are fun with a great hook, there’s some serious stylistic versatility across Mowille, Davis, and Uchay, and musically the track is bouncy, chilled, and uplifting all at the same time. Watch out for this one, it’s distinctive, frisky, and summery as hell, with a chorus that will stick in your head for days.
Check out Mowille on Spotify.
Review by Alex Holmes
East London’s DJ & Producer duo 633 combine R&B, Afrobeats, Pop, Hip-Hop, Electronic, and Dancehall influences to bring out their latest track ”Run Around”. They have brought in the skills of Drowze and Dan Onkar for this summer banger with lots of dance appeal.
The duo 633 consists of long-term friends Jevanni Letford and Eugene Diabour who formed a musical partnership following their initial signing to Sony Music.
This is a reflective song and one about a girl that they know that always comes back even though she know it will not work out. A very sad story actually but one that is far too common these days. The beat is good and the song is quite consistent with the features also impressive. This is going to be a popular song on the dance floor and you can hear the Dancehall style which is massive in the world currently. 633 are on the rise and seem to have a path for the top. Look for more tracks from this new duo who are close to their faith and you should see them on the biggest music channels soon.
Stream the new track on Spotify and follow these top artists on the rise.
Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen
If asked for sane, measured advice as to which songs one must listen to in a pandemic, ‘Let’s Get It On’ by Marvin Gaye, would be way, way, way down there near the end of the list. If you live alone, it’s the song you play when you finally grieve your genitals as they have to turned to dust and ashes and you are ready to send them off with tears and a service. ‘Let’s Get It On’……ah the good old days!
So it behooves one to amend the isolation list with this new release from Doyle. He has remixed the heck out of this classic, brought it to the top of my list and, where once it was a beautiful dirge that reminded me of the slow disintegration of my bits and the unchecked growth of leg hair, Doyle has waved his wand and magically turned it into a Celebration of Life. His head must be chocked full of grand influences like Reggeaton, Afrobeats, Trance and Dance. I say that because he has turned a masterpiece into an anthem. A dreamy interpretation of an old favourite; the unadulterated sexy growl of Gaye combined with the hopeful, eye-closed, dancing around the kitchen in your knickers, inspired funk-fest.
Listen to The Doyle Remix of ‘Lets get it on’ on Soundcloud. I think it deserves a deep curtsy!
Review by Susan Harriott
With the quarantine transforming our lives into a coerced 24/7 indoor lifestyle, keeping us isolated and apart from family, friends and lovers, it often feels as if this Corona Virus pandemic is turning into a pointless battle. However, according to Nigerian artist Evih, hope must not be lost and love can still be held tight.
To contrast this worldwide suffering, Evih released his new project ‘Love Stream’ on April 10th 2020.
‘Love Stream’ is a chill blend of afrobeats and pop, characterised by soft percussion and a melancholic sax melody that permeates the background, lending a characteristically smooth sound to his vocals and beats and making this song a must-have track in your chillout playlist.
”I’ve been waiting for you a long time”, “I can’t live without you”, are amongst the lines Evih sings to express the strains of the separation from loved ones, an almost eternal wait for this quarantine to end. You can tell that Evih believes in how love can heal, even in the most daunting circumstances.
Maybe, we all should keep believing.
You can listen to Love Stream for yourself on SoundCloud.
Review by Jim Esposito.
A Hip-Hop. Afrobeats and Rap hit ‘In The City’ from Kofi Jamar, Ice Prince and Khaligraph Jones, a combination of vocal ranges, one killer beat and pure energy.
Three artists in a Rap song, each with different styles of vocals and offering a variety of tones, it’s safe to say that even though it feels like there’s a lot going on, that’s what makes this such a hit. The vocal tones that each artist offers are so diverse, it’s interesting to listen too when you can hear the change in pace, in pitch and the way in which it flows with the beat and each voice stands out.
The way in which it goes from fairly slow pace to really amping up the volume and getting faster and faster the Raps begin to get a lot quicker, giving you that real feel good energy as you listen.
In The City has such a rapturous rhythm, it really does show why Rap and Hip-Hop are the highest listened to styles of music.
Check out Kofi Jamar x Ice Prince x Khaligraph Jones latest release In The City by heading on over to SoundCloud.
Review by Karley Myall
This is an afrobeats banger ready to get people moving in clubs in Amsterdam and in London and…everywhere where afrobeats is played at really.
Kofi Jamar is a Ghanaian rapper, singer and songwriter from Bantama, Kumasi whose latest release called “Asuoden” is crushing it on YouTube. This is a song of soft percussion, lustful vocals, and neon lights that are flickering. It’s a song that demands your body’s vibrant attention. Afrobeats and Afropop club hits can be viewed as an alternative suggestion to pop or rap in order to get people moving on the dance floor. The genre has gained massive popularity over the years and songs like “Asuoden” show that that has happened for a good reason. It’s groovy, meant for sceneries and places where people are wet, whether they’re under the sun or not.
This is a dance anthem fueled by the afro-spirit, also featuring some rapping by Medikal. Enjoy this mild erotic strain here
Review by Nektarios Oikonomakis
After a string of successful singles, up and coming artist Yorz Trulee has released his latest 2019 single “The Motion”. The Motion is a smooth work of Afrobeat alchemy, the track starts off with a slow and steady groove before picking up the pace in the salaciously sweet mix. Even if you’re not familiar with Yorz Trulee’s earlier work the fluidity in the rhythms make the standout single instantly accessible. By the time the track drew to a close, there was a slight feeling that there was a tad too much repetition within the Motion with minimal progression in the sound. But, if you’re looking for a vibrant Afrobeat track to sink into, you really can’t go wrong with the seamless perfectly-mastered layers of Yorz Trulee’s latest single.
You can check out Yorz Trulee’s rhythmic masterpiece The Motion for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.
Review by Amelia Vandergast
London-based artist YayRaven has recently released their latest single “Are You Ready” after teaming up with Rico Maz to create one of the freshest Afrobeat hits we’ve heard this year.
The unique infusion of R&B, Pop and Trap produced a hyped, yet melodic beat with plenty of intricacy courtesy of reverberant synth and constantly kicking 808’s. Whilst the roots of R&B are still palpable, so is the fact that YayRaven isn’t just trying to stay ahead of the curve with her experimental sound, she’s creating It. It’s not often that you come across Trap music that is as easy to listen to as breathing. The lyrics are kept simple and immersive, the narrative of them may not grip you, but the hooks will.
You can stream and order Are You Ready for yourselves by heading over to BandCamp now.
Review by Amelia Vandergast