Jimmy Napes – ‘Give It up’ | New Music

You may not think you know who Jimmy Napes is but trust me you will have heard music he has helped create.  That’s right he may not be a house hold name (YET) but Jimmy has collaborated with some of the biggest names, and biggest singles of last year including a co-writing credit on Sam Smith’s massive hit ‘Stay With Me’, which earned him a Grammy nomination, as well as further behind-the-scenes work with artists such as Disclosure (“Together”), and Mary J. Blige (on her most recent release, The London Sessions).

However now it is Jimmy’s time in the spotlight as he releases his own original track ‘Give It Up’, which was produced by Howard Lawrence from Disclosure.  ‘Give It Up’ is the debut single from his forth coming EP ‘The Making Of Me’ which is due out in the early part of this year.  The track is extremely catchy but not in a frustrating way, it hooks you in with an almost retro undertone and Jimmy’s array of vocals from polished falsetto to his equally strong bottom line vocal, this song is an all round winner and sure to see Jimmy get the recognition he deserves.

Stream the track below and get your self accustomed to the name and sounds of Jimmy Nape

Robyn Sherwell – ‘Pale Lung’ | New Music

Ever fallen for someone you weren’t supposed to ? ….

Well then you will be able to truly empathise with the beautiful and highly entrancing new track from the stunning British new comer Robyn Sherwell.  The latest song is titled ‘Pale Lung’ and has a real laid back R&B vibe that is incredibly emotional but still remains accessible to a listener.

The track is all about the mixture of guilt and desire at that moment when you feel a spark or fall for someone you know you really shouldn’t pursue…. which lets be honest must be something we have all experienced.  If you haven’t felt this then I’m sorry but I’m sure that feeling will hit you at some point in the future, and when it does I hope ‘Pale Lung’ is the first thing that comes into your head.

I have heard a couple of Robyn’s singles over the past year, and even though they have garnered her lots of online support, this track to me has stepped it up a level and demonstrates her real unique sound and style.  A lot of artists try this niche but many try and fail, but it appears that this singer songwriter is here to stay, and with soothing vocals like those I cant wait to hear what’s next.

This delicate song is RnB meets pop with a soulful edge and it will take you into a different world, so check it out right here and let the music work its magic –

Waterstrider – ‘White Light’ | New Music

Singer Nate Salman first grabbed my attention back in October last year when he featured on Les Sins‘ disco-pop track, “Why” and now he has once again gave my ears a hug with this new song and with his new and exciting Oakland 5 piece band Waterstrider.  The track is titled ‘White Light’ and features beautiful falsetto from Mr Salman along with a playful ryhthm section and raspy guitar riffs that create a dreamy song representing that of an accomplished band, not a new one.

The single ‘White Light’  is set to be released as a double A-side along with a track titled ‘Calliope’ on the 29th January. This will be featured on the band’s debut, Nowhere Now, that is out later this year.

Check it out –

Rae Sremmurd x Lana Del Ray (Remix) | New Music

Now here are two names I never thought I would see together…

Lana Del Ray and Rae Sremmurd are in music term of very different genres, but that is the beauty of music, the strangest combinations often fit together so well. This is obviously not news to someone named ‘Chazzy’ on Soundcloud as he has so creatively mixed tracks “Video Games” with “No Type” and ingeniously entitled the mash up ‘Lana Del Ray’ which lets be honest is a name that is too hot to ignore.

The compilation of these two very different artists work very well, and this is not the first time I have heard Lana Del Ray mixed into a mash up and I am sure it wont be the last, but then again her name sells it self.

Stream the the mix right here –

CallMeTheKidd – ‘Jungle’ | Music Video

Hailing from North London and rapidly rising from the underground scene, since opening for an array of artists such as Ghetts, Chipmunk, and MOBO award winner Stormzy, the brilliant CallMeTheKidd (AKA Peter Elegbede) is here bringing you his new single “Jungle”, which will be out on December 8. This track is taken from his debut EP 2ND2N: The Movie and the single comes hand in hand with a stand out video where you will literally be taken to the jungle with him and his smoking hot date.

CallMeTheKidd nearly followed a career in professional basketball in America, however, he instead found his true calling in the form of writing and producing Grime music, he says

I started off with grime music but I now write & produce all sorts of music – Rap, Pop, RnB“.

The production of “Jungle” is amazingly tight, which coincided with a extremely catchy beat and set of lyrics, creates a track destined to succeed. The themes of the single are all about the goings on in a man’s head when he first meets a woman, and then the aspects of love working against the urge of lust are incorporated as he battles a conflict of desires in his head.

“Jungle” sits very close to Peter’s heart as he has vowed to donate all of the project’s proceeds towards Macmillan Cancer Support, after devastatingly losing a close family member to a 7-year battle with cancer very recently. Peter has self-pressed over 500 copies of his EP on CD, and is giving them away, with the purpose of just getting his music out there and heard. With his heart and head more in the music as opposed to a lot of peoples focus on the money, CallMeTheKidd’s attitude is inspirational and a perfect example to aspiring musicians all over the UK. Check out the video for “Jungle” right here.

Shanty | Best New Music

Shanty are a North West London based 7-piece Party-Reggae collective, that as a band, create music compiled of stomping bass, soulful hooks, inspirational aesthetics and party vibes which bring the listener to life. They have a classic Reggae sound that is so refreshing, but it also inhibits infusions of electronic, Hip Hop and Soul, that bound together, make up the signature Shanty sound.

These young guys have already been championed by BBC 1Xtra’s David Rodigan among other industry taste makers, and with the recent release of their debut EP Leave Me Out, which as a project is bursting with flavour, it is not hard to see why they are rapidly garnering themselves an array of support, from fans and critics alike. Shanty are already wading in the water of giants and this emerging band of Reggae brothers look like they are extremely close to paving their own path and becoming a name all of their own.

If you haven’t already checked out Shanty’s EP then I order you to finish reading this article and then step right to it, and pay particular attention to my personal favourite “Rise Up“, which is the third track on the EP. The song starts with a heavy bassline and horn accompaniment and frontman Ben Willis booming vocals that, when they storm into the track, shock the listener and snap them out of the happy-go-lucky haven that previous track “Bohemian Soul” had just secluded them in. This shift in style is something that continues throughout their music, which keeps you on your toes and in suspense for what is next, whilst still maintaining a signature sound that holds it all together.

I have had the pleasure of seeing Shanty live on more than one occasion and they are an act I highly recommend to anyone who loves a night bursting with incredible atmosphere, or who like me just appreciates live music at its best. These guys are a true testament to how live music should sound, as they are over flowing with enthusiasm and fresh beats, and as a group, their charisma is so enchanting, that you get taken on an exotic journey, and for a moment you could be any where. Shanty simply have a knack for crafting music that could make even the shyest person forget all inhibitions and get their skank on.

Willis’ vocals deserve some attention here as well, as they are so infectious that they pull the audience in and make them feel completely at home, and even though he may have that charismatic Reggae tone, he also has the ability to bring a darker edge, which can be heard on the EP’s opening number and title track “Leave Me Out“. This is a great example as the song entails themes of lying and cheating, and yet still going back for more – misery loves company and all that reggae.

Shanty took their modern twist on classic reggae to some impressive festival stages over the summer including Glastonbury, Boomtown Fair, Secret Garden Party, Leopallooza and an array of others, as well as recording their EP in the infamous Sawmills studio in Cornwall, who has had the likes of Oasis, The Verve, Supergrass and The Stone Roses record there, which demonstrates the potential, passion and the damn right talent that these guys have to offer. I can see great things for Shanty and I just hope that as they get more well known and their gigs get more expensive, that bass man, and one of my oldest friends, Jake Butler will still be able to help a brother out and get me in, because every Shanty live performance feels like the first time, and I want to experience it again and again.

One thing is crystal clear after listening to Shanty live, or after hearing their debut EP, and its that Shanty deserve a huge amount of support for their offerings, as it is extremely rare to hear praise about a British reggae band, due to Jamaica and the United States kind of dominating the genre, however if Shanty continue to head in the direction they have started, they will be paving a way and setting an example for British reggae everywhere.

Purchase: Shanty – Leave Me Out EP (iTunes)

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Kyra – ‘Bandages’ | Music Video

West London based singer-songwriter Kyra has now unveiled the visuals for her stunning single “Bandages”, which is the second track to be taken from her highly anticipated debut EP of the same name. The single is such a beautiful song and is compiled with pure emotion, this emotion however, unfortunately comes at the devastating loss of her brother of whom the song is dedicated to –

Bandages was written for my brother at a time when I believed he would live. It brought him and everyone that heard it hope. Although we sadly lost him, the song still brings me comfort, and I hope it can bring other people a sense of hope”.

You can feel, when listening to the song, every ounce of honesty and pain she so honourably shares with us, which makes the song so real and raw and it completely captivates the listener. “Bandages” was co-written with Maiday (Girls Aloud, Leona Lewis) and Fred Cox (Etta Bond, MNEK) and comes as the stand out track from her EP and is an enchanting but boldly honest story, that is sure to comfort and bring hope to those in times of despair, but is also just a generally beautiful song, with a video to match. Check out the video right here.

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