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Kimo Jeepaz gives us a shot in the arm with his ‘Vaccine’ 

Mixing a heavy patois from his native St. Andrew, Jamaica, with a harder, more urban UK-style rap, Kimo Jeepaz new track ‘Vaccine’ – a lockdown hip hop story of quarantine and Covid. There’s elements of Jamaican dancehall in here alongside Jeepaz’ melodic flow and R&B groove, a touch of Sean Paul and Beenie Man alongside the R&B grind and bounce.

Jeepaz has already performed alongside the likes of Mavado, Not3s, Shenseea, Aidonia, and Dexta Daps; on the basis of ‘Vaccine’, 2021 is going to be the year the lockdown is let out for Kimo Jeepaz.

Check out ‘Vaccine’ on Spotify, and follow Kimo on Instagram.

Review by Alex Holmes

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In the mood for having fun: Damola Davis bring the heat with the catchy gem ‘Oshomo’

Damola Davis returns with his charmingly pleasing style to get the party started, on the freshly-brewed bass sounds of ‘Oshomo‘.

Nigeria-raised, UK-born Afrobeats/Dancehall artist Adedamola Ogundipe aka Damola Davis, makes the type of music that gets you out of the corner of the club and into the limelight. With a voice that gets you smiling, he projects a vibe that you can’t help but like and you feel compelled to groove the whole night.

After spending most of his childhood in Ibadan, Nigeria-you can feel his pure love for making that true sound as music runs through his veins. This is a man with an inner knowledge of what the people want and he delivers here with a song that makes dancers out of novices.

A diverse artist who has been in bands before and tried out different genres, it feels like he is happy with this particular sound for now and is only going to get better like fine wine. His vocals are exciting like scoring a 89th minute free kick to win the World Cup and with a beat that is so hot you might get sunstroke in the blazing heat, this is a winner all the way.

Oshomo‘ from the exciting talent Damola Davis is that Dancehall fused sound that blends rather smoothly with a taste of Afrobeats, to get you in the mood to up your confidence level. He has an illuminating personality that makes him stand out from the rest and this is the song you turn on if everyone is bored with the DJ, as you know the audience will be dancing again thanks to this gem of a single.

Stream this bouncy party track on Spotify and see more on his IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Quay Rashad has dropped their rhythmically entrancing Dancehall single “My Baby” featuring AU Music

https://soundcloud.com/laquay-1/my-babyfeat-quay-rashad-au-music/s-Kewoyn8uOoH

For their debut single “My Baby”, Quay Rashad borrowed the talent of AU Music and the influence of a myriad of different genres. Each stylistic genre-infusion into the Dancehall mix served to amp up the euphoria while keeping the tempo smooth and undemanding yet soulfully compelling. Hit play and you’ll find elements of Afro Beat, Reggaeton and Hip Hop under a hazily comforting production.

I absolutely adore the eclecticism to Quay Rashad’s high-vibe entrancingly rhythmic sound. There’s a true sense that the breaking artist just let their soul flow right into the soundscape and it didn’t struggle to lead the way. It’s no surprise that there’s already plenty of hype around the release. Get him on your radar.

You can check out Quay Rashad’s single My Baby for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Ghana’s Kofi Jamar & Stonebwoy inspire the mic with Dancehall classic ”Mi Dey Up” remix

Kofi Jamar & Stonebwoy join forces like a world cup winning team on their new track ”Mi Dey Up” remix. This is Dancehall/Reggae music with soul and they win the day with the new release.

Derrick Osei Kuffour Prempeh aka Kofi Jamar is a Ghanaian rapper, singer and a songwriter from Bantama, Kumasi. Kofi first gained major recognition when he won a freestyle rap competition when he was just 18 years old.

Livingstone Etse Satekla aka Stonebwoy is a 45-time award winning Ghanaian Afro-Pop, Dancehall/Reggae artist as well as a Grammy Nominee. He hails from Accra in Ghana where he is one of the most popular artists in the whole of Africa.

Mi Dey Up” remix is a quality song about working hard so you can see more glory and make your dreams comes true. These two have done all they can to get out of the financial situation that they were in. Kofi Jamar & Stonebwoy aim to inspire the youth and show them that you can achieve your goals with desire and putting those hours in.

Stream this new party tune right here on the artists Spotify page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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”Bad Govament” is a powerful message from Nigerian singer LADe

There comes a time where you feel upset with what you see each day. You can either keep it inside or find a creative way to express your feelings. Music can be the difference between a good day and a bad one.

LADe is the stage name of Omolade Bisiriyu, a Nigerian singer-songwriter and producer. He made his name as an underground artist with the release of his first single ”Pause” back in 2018. LADe is currently signed to Naki Music and is an artist on the rise with his laid-back style and powerful lyrics. This is a man who is clearly frustrated with the current political landscape in his country.

LADe sings with passion as isn’t afraid to speak out on difficult issues. His music is relevant and big things are expected on the Nigerian music scene for this young artist. With a easy going style and dance hall influences, you feel like you are listening to a friend who is being totally honest with you. The production matches this artists dreams and this is a quality single for the tough times. ”Bad Govament” is a politically charged release that is built up from years of struggle in Nigeria and we hope that conditions improve quickly and everyone can live in peace through music.

Stream this song here on Spotify and check out his whole music collection.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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633 (feat. Drowze & Dan Onkar) flow through with new single ”Run Around”

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

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Jindi wakes the dancefloor up with new release ‘Just A Dream’

UAE-based rising star Jindi has released his new groove-infused new dancehall inspired track: ‘Just A Dream’.

It’s an impressive number from this artist who calls the UAE home: ‘Just A Dream’ is as infectious as it is absolutely gripping from its initial flamenco-inspired guitar work all the way to the rhythmic slap of the drums in that classic dancehall shuffle. Already having gained a fair amount of acclaim in his place of birth, this track shows a lot of potential starpower with a crossover appeal 

Where the track shines monumentally, however,. Is Jindi’s ability to propel his voice into a perfectly pitched and powerful chorus. This kind of vocal talent just isn’t something we’re seeing everywhere, and helps Jindi (no matter the genre) apply his musical nous to almost any genre with ease. Here, however, we recommend ‘Just A Dream’ to start yourself on a journey you don’t want to wake up from. 

You can listen to ‘Just A Dream’ on Jindi’s YouTube channel here.

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Br3nz releases his latest single ‘1n1’: a commercial review of Afro-Caribbean sounds

Afro-Beat and Dancehall are what colour up London artist Br3nz’s latest single: ‘1n1’.

Catchy lines are contoured by commercial music work that revisits Afro-Beat in a contemporary twist, engaging in rhythmic themes proper of Afro-Caribbean music. Less than a minute in and I was already humming the melody, which makes me think that Br3nz has a good pulse on where today’s music will lead.

He sings “Let me go 1 on 1 with you” with a uniquely sensual approach, standing as an invitation to a physical and spiritual union that moves beyond “materialism” through empathy and mutual desire.

It’s very easy to get drawn by ‘1n1’, one too many times.

Open Spotify and hit play on ‘1n1’ now.

Review by Jim Esposito.

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Theo Mawali releases ‘We Walk’: From Reggae to Rap

Reggae, Hip-Hop, DanceHall and Rap all intertwine together to create Theo Mawalis new single ‘We Walk’.

Quite a mixture of genres for artist Theo but he manages to combine them all in an amazing way. Your taken on this journey through different ranges and vocal tones.

At the start the Reggae elements shine through, the rhythm is mellow and soft, but then as you pass the middle the sound completely turns and is solidly just Rap, it keeps swerving in and out of them two sounds, but even though they do sound distinctive genres it still works perfectly.

Theo Mawali is one to check out if you’re into the combination of Reggae and Rap or perhaps it’s something that you’ve never embarked on before, it’s definitely worth delving into for sure.

If you want to check out Theo Mawalis new single We Walk you can by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Karley Myall

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Ivory Blue – Wole: Sun-Kissed Afropop-Infused Hip Hop

While you’ll usually struggle to find authenticity within up-tempo party Afropop Hip Hop, with Ivory Blue’s recently released rhythmically arrestive drop “Wole” you’ll find all of the danceable euphoria you could possibly ask for.

The sun-kissed record is an offering of pure soul. Whether you look to the shimmering warm melodies or Ivory Blue’s sweet and sensuous vocals, you’re sure to find a connection with the soundscape. The production also plays a heavy hand in ensuring that Ivory Blue’s pioneering approach to the genre resonates just as it should.

With elements of world music and multilingual vocals in Wole, it’s a refreshing breakaway from monocultural Western Hip Hop.

You can check out Ivory Blue’s Afropop-infused high vibe offering of Hip Hop for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast