As the days become shorter and the nights draw in, Oddisee provides that much needed ray of light. A year on from his last album, Amir is back with truck load of new material.
Sampling The World is a Place by Rhythm, Own Appeal sees Oddisee wax lyrical about the state of hip hop and perils of the life in the music industry. The cut is taken from the Tangible Dream mixtape, which will be bundled with the followup album The Beauty In All which drops October 1. Can’t wait.
Brit producers Chase & Status have achieved great success worldwide for their larger than life productions. With the release of their highly anticipated album on the horizon, the old skool rave inspired Count On Me gives listeners a taste of what to expect from the lads. Don your fluorescent jacket, stick on your white gloves, reach for the sky and hit play.
Following the release of the stunning Fires in the Park debut album, Benin City have released the melancholic single Wha Gwan.
London’s very own live hip hop band Lazy Habits give us the first in a series of cover versions. Hip Hop Anthology takes the listener on a journey through some classic breaks, beats and rhythms from the likes of Pharoahe Monch, Public Enemy, Kanye West and Mos Def. Hit play to hear the drummer get wicked.
I’ve been sitting on this for weeks, but just hadn’t got round to sharing until now for some reason. So here goes…
Born in San Bernardino, California, 10years later saw Moses Sumney and his Family move to Ghana before heading back to the States at 16 to finish high school and begin college education. It was only after leaving Ghana that the aspiring singer/songwriter started to experiment with West African melodies and rhythms. This then developed into looping and the beautiful soul of Replaceable…
“It started with a melody. Sometimes I hear overlapping vocal melodies and harmonies in my head, and need a way to bring them to life. That’s why I started looping. So the most important part of that song, to me, is the moving melody. The lyrics kind of just came naturally. I tried to write a song that, instead of the typical “you’re-no-good” break-up song, gives perspective into the psychological trauma that causes us to treat people like they’re expendable, and how those are cyclical behaviors.”
Now based in Los Angeles, Moses is turning heads with his immense talent. With a range of musical influences from Jeff Buckley, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray LaMontagne, and José Gonzalez, he has also performed an endearing cover of James Blake’s Lindisfarne.
Having collaborated with the likes of Benga and touring with Plan B, Bebe Black is busy making final touches to her debut album due out soon. The Black Lion Sessions EP released last year gave us a taster just what the young songtress is capable of. The powerful I’ll Wait features some stellar vocals from Bebe and is due to drop October 25 on Black Butter Records.