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Rap artist and producer Sea High has released his cinematically raw single, ‘Bad Habits’.

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Swathes of mental health-related singles have hit the airwaves during lockdown, but rapper and producer Sea High’s ode to despair, Bad Habits, is a fiery candid hit that makes most tracks sound superficial at best.

Bad Habits, in the best way possible, is a manic release that reflects the instability we feel and our tendency to rely on our vices to bring a sense of comfort and stability, even though indulging in them is an act of self-sabotage.

With his dizzying canter that accurately reflects the often-chaotic nature of our intense internal monologues as we try and make sense of the endlessly confusing world, the dramatically cinematic feel of the production and the meta power of the lyrics, Sea High can definitely be regarded as a triple-threat.

Bad Habits is due for official release on June 25th. Check out Sea High via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

She Said She Miss Me: Cleveland rapper Visq doesn’t know who to trust on ‘Shade’

With a darkly-lit ominous beat and street-filled vocals mixed with straight up lyrical heat, Visq tells us all about keeping his eyes fully open no matter what the temptation on ‘Shade‘.

Visq is a ferocious underground Cleveland, Ohio-based rapper. He makes that real music that is all about stories from his life and features emotionally charged music, that is all about the different feelings that he experiences.

Visq is a DVISION of characters based on emotions, moods, and experiences. Each song that is created is based on the emotion and mood of that particular feeling.” – Visq

Shade‘ from the Cleveland, Ohio-based rapper Visq, pulls up the umbrella on those who dare to cause him issues, whether it be friends or lovers. He refuses to let them get him down in the slightest – and swarms bee-like on the mic to shred through the noise and get to the star-lit road – where he is ultimately headed. This is a head-strong musician who will put his shades on, no matter the climate.

We are thrown into is a street-laced track full of intrigue that will please the emerging underground hip-hop fan out there, who celebrates the underdog mentality.

Stream this new single here on Spotify and see more via the IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Add eccentric soul to your RnB summer playlists with Elliot Danger Kid’s latest single, ‘Much Too Much’.

Before making his solo debut, Margate, UK-based hip hop artist, Elliot Danger Kid worked alongside the likes of Sean Paul, Little Mix, Take That and Clean Bandit. Now that he’s in control of his own sound, he’s cooking up quirky RnB hip hop hits; the perfect introduction to his eccentric sound is his latest single, Much Too Much.

Much Too Much grooves with summer disco vibes that fans of Chance the Rapper, Tyler, the Creator and Mac Miller will appreciate. The soul in the 80s synth-crafted release resonates just as much through Elliot Danger Kid’s expressively playful instrumental and vocal style as it does the honest and hard-hitting lyrics.

If your summer RnB playlists are already feeling a little stale, make this gospel-inspired track a staple.

Much Too Much is now available to stream via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Broken Heart: J-Desir keeps on ‘Searching’ to be with his true soulmate

With a caring tone that shows evidently that he shall never give up on who he truly desires, J-Desir drops the delightful visuals for this romantic story which is all about realizing that you can never understand her, but will always be there for her when she needs you on ‘Searching‘.

OG Josh aka J-Desir, is a talented RnB/hip-hop artist from South Florida in the USA. He cleverly constructs that loving sound that sweeps you off your feet and has you reaching for those dusty candles, to dim the flashing lights of this harshly lit world.

Music is not my passion or my hobby, music is my life! I am a creator I was made to create“. – J.Desir

The visuals are clear and concise, you easily see his passion towards her as he hopes that she will indeed forget the other guy and join him hand in hand again. His voice is smooth and full of animation on his bearded face, as he wishes that things could be simpler than they appear right now.

Searching‘ from the stylish South Florida hip-hop/RnB artist J-Desir, shows us a man on a mission to be with that sweet woman who he really wants to spend all of his spare time with. He knows that she wondered away for a while to see what what out there, but in his deepest heart he knows that they will end up being together.

Sometimes you can wait forever, or it will happen sooner than you think. Such is the unpredictable game of love after all.

See this new music video on YouTube and check out his IG music channel for more.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Running His Mouth: North Carolina rapper Lil Glokkah drops underground bar-fest ‘On Yo Block’

Released off local indie label Branch Off Records, Lil Glokkah enthusiastically smashes the door open and kicks it down easily so everyone knows that he is in town with the speedy new rap track ‘On Yo Block‘.

Lil Glokkah is a underground Brunswick County, North Carolina-based rapper with a fiery delivery that lets it be known that he is on the rise.

His style is full-on – as he tells street stories that will shock many – as his straight up attitude shows you what he deals with on a daily basis with small-mind folks really getting under his skin with their false narratives. This is the story about making it known that you are not going to take any cheap shots from anyone, as you build up your name the right now, and show all that your bars need to be taken seriously.

His flow is fast and he slides ruggedly on the mic, as he breathlessly takes charge and brings some of that rare new school hardcore rap back to the masses. You feel his energy is so transfixing – as he strongly slams down the weak competition into a vicious choke hold – that will be so hard to get out of.

On Yo Block‘ from the emerging North Carolina-based hip-hop artist Lil Glokkah, is a quick-fire swarm through like a hungry bee ready to bite at whoever gets in his way. This is his time to shine, as the determination is so evident and you feel that he will do whatever it takes to be the top dog.

Hear this new track on YouTube and follow his IG for more block news.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Think About You: Emerging Texas artist Black Pat can’t get her out of his mind on ‘Lying’ (ft. Sekend)

Released off his exciting debut eight-track album called ‘Never Mind‘, Black Pat can’t stop daydreaming about her all day on his top notch new single that will have you smiling broadly on ‘Lying(ft. Sekend).

Black Pat is a fast-rising-to-the-top DeSoto, Texas-born hip-hop/RnB artist. He makes that honest music vibration that sends a positive aura out to the world to embrace.

This is the sweetly cooked story of how two people care for each other so much, and want to be in each others arms. The timing might not be the best – but if you want it to happen – it definitely will.

The raps are polished and full of effortless charm, with glassy vocals that are rather fresh and full of love. You feel that this is a track that you could just vibe with, when you are thinking about that special human in your life.

Lying(ft. Sekend) from the tremendously soulful Texas rapper Black Pat, is a chilled song that shows you inside his racing mind. He wants nothing more to be with her and for nothing else to be a possibility. With a clean beat and a bag full of refreshing lyrics to sooth your worries away, this a smoothly cut song that deserves to be on your repeat.

Stream this awesome new track on Spotify and see more on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Stormin’⚡️Norman gives us a shot of ‘Novacane’ in his latest single

RnB pop takes a dark turn in Boston, New York-born rap artist Stormin’⚡️Norman’s single, Novacane, taken from his debut EP Before I Go. The single poignantly shines a light on the despair that the loss of love can bring broiling to the surface as the cold chilling tones mimic the emptiness of a noted absence.

Starting with a delicate yet cavernous intro, Novacane hooks you in from the atmospheric prelude; when Stormin’⚡️Norman starts to lay down his authentic RnB pop vocals around the hip hop beats, you’ll already be hooked, allowing everything that follows to hit with bruising impact.

Since making his debut in 2020, he has garnered over 11k monthly listeners on Spotify alone. His ability to connect with his fans through candid lyrics and evocative mixes is sure to see him go even further in 2021 and beyond.

Novacane is now available to stream via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Chris Sunfield goes in for the kill with his latest avant-garde production, ‘Predator’

With the dark sensuality of a She Wants Revenge single, theatrically macabre lyrics, and cinematic film noir feel, Chris Sunfield’s latest single, Predator is an intoxicating mash of baroque folk, pop, jazz, electronica and hip hop.

Just when you’re starting to think that you’ve got the soundscape figured out, Predator throws fierily slick rap verses from Ya Favorite Lightskin into the mix that will be a hit with any fans of Banks and Steelz. With avant-garde instrumentals contorting free from constraint under the bars, Predator absorbs you just as much as you absorb the soundscape.

Predator is one of those tragically rare singles that you could listen to a thousand times and still feel assured that you would take something new from the next listen. The artistry on exhibition here is practically unparalleled. We can’t wait to hear what Chris Sunfield unleashes next.

The official music video to Predator premiered on May 28th; you can check it out for yourselves by heading to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Got My Family: Atlanta native SM Tone shows us what is really important with ‘Soufside Baby’

Powered by his own Souf Inner Circle, SM Tone shows us life where he sits on the vibe-conscious new single that is full of life and truthfully delivered words called ‘Soufside Baby‘.

Antonio Finley aka SM Tone, is an Atlanta, Georgia-based rapper and music executive. He also bravely assists other local artists and industry figures with their careers. Its all about helping those true souls where he is from.

Today, he works with multiple artist, producers, photographers, & graphic designers, assisting them with marketing strategies, resources, information and opportunities that aren’t available in mainstream media. His vision is to show the world that no matter the circumstances, when you truly believe in your dream and invest in yourself, that anything is possible.” – SM Tone

With a mellow cruise video to boot, we see a self-aware artist give his all on a striking track that is meant to be enjoyable and appreciated by those he truly get it. There is no fake swag here, only real lyrics about how things have been hard whilst growing up – with lots of lives lost – but he knows that family is all that he really needs to survive.

Soufside Baby‘ from the much-respected Atlanta, Georgia-based rapper and music consultant SM Tone, shows us the ways of the streets and what is really worth thinking about. With so much noise and empty braggadocios energy going down, this is the perfect tonic to ice out those sentiments as you know that this is always keeping it real. You feel his authentically wise nature breeze through into your speaker and just know that nothing is going to change him, as he knows what is really important.

See this new music video on YouTube and find out more via IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Survival Mode: East London’s Sarah Isabella is honestly exquisite on ‘Pressure’ (feat. Tolu Shorts)

As she curiously wraps her head around the past, present and what the future holds in a sometimes bleak world around us, Sarah Isabella is quite simply incredible with a single that is so relatable to so many on ‘Pressure‘.

Sarah Isabella is an exceptionally gifted indie RnB/jazz and hip-hop fused singer-songwriter from East London in England. She brings onboard the top class production of Tolu Shorts for this one – which will have you lighting up the healing candles in your room – to importantly meditate those bad vibes out of your body for good.

For those sleepless nights, repetitive days, consuming self doubts and compressing unrealistic self expectations – ‘Pressure’ is my honest ode to all the moments spent feeling trapped and lost over these last couple years.” – Sarah Isabella

Her stunning vocals transforms your fragile emotions and has you closing your tired eyes to filter out all the negative thoughts and undesirable energy fields, that need to be closed off like a dusty tap.

The production and accompanying instrumentals are so classy and cool, as the song fills you up with sadness but shows you where to go so you may be free again, and unshackle your deepest thoughts from the wholesome treasures that awaits you.

Pressure(feat. Tolu Shorts) from the sumptuously talented East London, UK singer Sarah Isabella, is a true story about how things that happen in the world and with your life can really cause you to overthink and start to doubt yourself. You feel like you are being weighed down by a ton of bricks and can’t escape – when all you need is a change of scenery and perspective – to feel alive inside your precious soul again.

Flicking the inner switch from survival to winning mode is possible, if you open yourself up to the possibilities which are awaiting your eyes to see.

Hear this terrific new single on Spotify and see her stunning visuals on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen