Hailing from South Carolina, concept artist M3staken (M3) has ended his trilogy of albums with Rain. After the releases of Apex and Water Colors, which announced the eccentric style of M3 to the world, he has continued in much the same vein with the latest record.
Although Apex experimented with a hint of classical piano, juxtaposed with M3staken’s fracturing producer style, the second and third records focus on complicated beats and a haunting ambience.
Although M3staken takes inspiration from contemporary acts such as Joey Bada$$, Jamie XX and FKA Twigs, these influences are mere hints that the talented young producer draws upon when concocting his complex style of music.
As the last piece of M3’s trilogy, he notes that this is the album that has meant the most to him due to its conclusive nature that seems to summarise his style. M3 commented that Rain is ‘loosely connected to my two previous works and it is primarily a collection of my personal favourite songs’.
Urban artist KADI is releasing her empowering new single ‘Turn U On’, after having worked with Moorish Delta 7, Baby J and supporting Omar. Her new track pushes forward a powerful message all through an R&B, hip-hop and pop tinted lens.
Lauren Hill’s style and talents are just one inspiration for KADI who is looking to empower women by showing them that they don’t need to adhere to the stereotypical conventions of the media. KADI believes that the music industry portrays an image where “having a big ass or showing your breasts gets you attention” but this is not a healthy image in KADI’s view.
‘Turn U On’ comes from a time when KADI was living in New York and a producer of hers told her to conform to this idea. She refused, and the outcome has been ‘Turn U On’.
Exciting artist and producer, M3staken, otherwise known as M3 is releasing his super-experimental soundtrack album that blends elements of classical piano and electronic music with his primary genre of hip-hop.
Taking inspiration from huge acts such as Joey Bada$$, FKA Twigs and Jamie XX, it’s clear that M3’s style is one that is hard to pin down. However, this is not a bad thing; blending genres, experimenting with music and seeing what happens is an admirable trait within the musicianship of the ambitious M3staken.
The 8-track album entitled Apex works as an attempt to create a unique fusion of classical, hip-hop and electronic styles. He states that “as a primarily hip-hop based artist, it was important for me to emphasise the amount of musicality there is in hip-hop, while also using a mix of classical styles and modern techniques”.
M3staken’s classical sound contrasting with the hip-hop beats comes from unique techniques such as using live classical pianos rather than samples, thus escaping the hip-hop cliché.
Collaborative solo artist Pimlican blends R&B, dance and pop to form ‘Runaw’y’, his latest single released via his own label, Belgrave Road Records. Strong song writing prowess combines with infectious hooks and complex beats, and it is this that has got Pimlican featured on Tom Robinson’s Radio 6 show, BBC Introducing and BBC Radio Leeds.
The inspiration for Pimlican came from spending many nights in Pimlico, waiting for appointments with people involved in the music industry.
There is also a unique ethos behind the group that sets them apart from the rest: the idea of the collective is to deliver unique live performances and therefore, anyone can get involved in Pimlican as long as they help evolve the live show and bring something new to the table.
After releasing the single ‘B’ck 4 More/P’lya’ in late May, Pimlican are set to release the addictive dance pop track ‘Runaw’y’ this January.
J. Cole releases his highly anticipated fourth studio album ‘4 Your Eyez Only’ December 9th only a week after announcing it to his dedicated fans. The album follows Cole’s stunning poetic lyrics, bursting with passion.
Listen to the album here:
Alongside the album release, J. Cole has announced he will be collaborating with Kendrick Lamar to release a joint project.
After going straight to number 3 in the iTunes charts with his debut album, winning two EIA and two Exposure music awards and producing Bars and Melody’s platinum selling abum, it was clear Alonestar was going to take the music industry by storm. Alonestar, aka Jethro Sheeran, returns with a new single ‘Lovelorn’, which is accompanied by a breath taking music video featuring Girls Aloud’s Sarah Harding.
The addictive single was produced by Sheeran himself with the help of Massive Attack’s guitarist Angelo Bruschini. It explores the idea of heartbreak and unrequited love through top 10 singer Rosie Ribbons stunning vocals above a prominent drum beat recorded by Massive Attack’s Damon Reece.
Stream ‘Lovelorn’ here:
Sean Paul presents his fans with another infectious anthem ‘No Lie’, featuring the English singer and model Dua Lipa. She will be releasing her debut album early 2017 but Paul has certainly helped the rising star gain some well deserved attention.
The Jamaican hip-hop artist has had a fantastic year working with Sia on ‘Cheap Thrills’ and Clean Bandit’s hit ‘Rockabye’ but now is his time to shine. The single is expected to appear on Sean’s upcoming album but nothing has been confirmed as of yet.
Listen to ‘No Lie’ here: