Lucky Daye returns to his funk laced RnB roots a year and some change after his album Painted debuted to the world. Lucky Daye comes from humble beginnings, having auditioned for American Idol (his audition clip is still up on Youtube to this day) only to be voted off before the big live shows. From there, he would take his talents behind the scenes, penning songs for singers such as Trey Songz, Ella Mai and Mary J. Blige.
Now on his solo journey, he returns with his second release Table for Two. Daye enlists the help of an all-female feature list to bring his vision to light. The EP takes us on a journey, with skits between tracks where Lucky Daye grapples with rejection and heartbreak. Daye carries on the chopped and screwed rap style vocals from his first album into Table for Two, further solidifying his cinematic approach to making music. These skits offer the most vulnerable side of Daye’s artistic expression; this project is bathed in the regret of a man who let a good one get away.
With an impressive and seamless set of features from Ari Lennox, Yebba, Queen Naija, our own Mahalia and Tiana Major9 and Joyce Wrice, at a glance it does look like overkill but each songstress adds something important and beautiful to Daye’s melancholic but hopeful perspective on love.
Young musician from South east london, Tee Peters self- released his debut project, Seasons Volume One last month. The first three singles from the project, Seasons, Numeracy & Breath of the Wild premiered on BBC Introducing, titled as ‘Track of The Week’ & has since been featured on Spotify’s ‘Conscious’ and ‘dazed’. Tee Peters took some time to join our Q&A series:
Where did you grow up, how did you get into creating music?
I grew up in South East London & I started making beats when we got a computer that had a software called Reason installed so I would play around on that. My uncle had a lot of video games and a few were only in Japanese so I spent days learning how to play and do things without understanding what was happening through language.
I would just figure things out through seeing what worked at the time. Same goes for my music process back then & even today – I just played around on my computer and figured out what I liked. As I grew up I started writing lyrics, I loved UK Rap & Grime, RNB & early 2000s – late 90s Hip Hop so I just found myself trying to mimic styles like that until I started to develop my own sound. My first lyrics, I would make songs rapping as Anime Characters… but we can talk about that another time haha
How did you meet your producer, Mensing, so create your first EP
I found Mensing on Soundcloud somehow. He had a different name at the time and there were two beats and probably only 2 followers. I loved what he was producing and so I reached out. We made a song using the beat I liked which I plan to release sometime in the future – it’s been 2 years and it’s still one of our favourite songs. When I found out he was in Germany we kept talking online, I invited him to a collective I make some of my music with called FUNCC & he just started soaring with his beats – getting on all the chill, lofi playlists and things.
He’s the guy you listen to when you need to study. With my background in listening to Soulful Hip Hop, grime and Jazz we started making our own sound that showcased that. In the intro song to Seasons Vol.1, No Rest was written while I was inspired by Grime and Drill music , the original title was Game Of Thrones and you can really hear from the chorus “this ain’t no Game of Thrones, You can’t mess with a Lord at Home” I’m that I was really coming with energy. Mensing’s style really gave it (& the whole project) a different feel through – a medium point of being music you can chill to but if you want to listen to the lyrics you’re getting energy and meaning.
Why do you think you work well together?
Like I said it’s that contrast of styles and our common interest to make a positive vibe. There isn’t a Tee Peters & Mensing song that doesn’t try to awaken your conscious – whether that state is “I need to get focused” or “I need to think about my actions” you can’t deny that the music brings positive vibes. Also we talk all the time, keeping each other inspired with new music and supporting out next endeavours. I’m going to be working on my other projects this year and so is he but even that is fuelling our next link up
Are you working independently to release your music? If so, what are some of the challenges?
Working Szn is my own independent platform for my music, I got a label which I’m building with my bro D’larm and it’s just me and my music friends making music, paying each other for the work and enjoying the fruits. Challenges would be convincing ourselves that we’re really doing it right. I’ve always been a DIY human before I was ever an artist and so I like to find ways of making things happen.
I always have discussions with my friends and collaborators about whether we should send our music to labels and stuff and it’s usually me that needs convincing to do it. I’m aware that having some extra support sometimes is very helpful and it’s nice to exchange value though. That’s why I have a few of my bangers released via indie labels and things but ultimately I’m learning to find a balance between self belief and tactical collaborations.
If you weren’t making music, what do you think you would be doing?
Up until Last Year I was aiming to do videography and Marketing. I love creating content and I do enjoy delivering it to people (most of the time) so it was a good route to go down.
Although, I will say Music is just one of my efforts and I still edit and market all the time so does that even count? I think it’s best to say I’d just be trying to exist for myself. I don’t like being tied down to things that don’t develop or provide adventure so I’d just find another means to avoid that.
Do you play any instruments, if not, which would you love to learn first?
I started with Guitar, Piano and Drums when I was younger. I didn’t get far with the lessons though. Been playing around with my guitar recently and trying to play some chords
Do you have advice for anyone releasing music independently?
I keep a post-it note on my wall saying “Do it Now” because any idea you have, you will face resistance. Something will tell you to wait for something like a label or a manager when you don’t even know if that’s ever going to happen. Forget about the things you don’t have control over.
If you’re an artist and you feel like your job is to release music, then just do it. Do the research, upskill yourself to be the label/manager that you don’t if you’ll ever receive support from and do it.
Which artist would you love to collaborate with most?
I really want a song with Jay Prince. He has one of my favourite albums ever and I feel like if we were to fuse resources we would make a gem! I’m speaking this into existence because as I write this, I’m thinking about what a sick network of producers I have, and all of the songs that are going to be coming out…
I just feel that there will be a time where people will be asking for this collab – which is funny because I will have been the one who wanted it the most haha.
In a hypothetical world, if you were performing at any festival this summer, what would that be and why?
Lovebox, Soulection’s festival or Wireless. Those were my first ever shows full stop. I got to experience live music for the first time at these places so I think any of these places would be a full circle moment
How would you describe your new EP in three words?
Chill, Conscious & Jazzy. This is a project for when you’re ready to transition from one negative season of life to a more positive one.
So if you’re ready to jump on the #WorkingSzn journey that I’m on and cut out all your distractions for the betterment of your relationships, work ethic and health, then this project is for you. It’s a soundtrack and a PSA 🙂
Continuing this year’s start of strong releases, our Spotify ‘Soul Food’ includes music from Hip Hop, RnB, Neo-Soul, Broken Beat and Jazz from artist we think who deserve your attention. All our tracks stay on the palylisr for 4 weeks, as we rotate with new tracks bi-weekly.
Whilst the world grinds to another halt, Rak-Su have promised to keep things moving in 2021. The group have released their first single of 2021, titled, ‘Left Right’, featuring 19-year-old Zimbabwean singer, Donel.
Speaking about the release, Rak-Su says “Donel is a good friend of ours, we’ve even been on tour together. If anyone’s ever been around us there’s always good energy and a lot of fun. So we wanted to make a song that felt like that & share it with the world”
‘Left Right’ feat. Donel joins previous singles ‘No Contest’ & ‘Girls Like You’ to form a forthcoming EP, due for release in March. Stay tuned for the official video for ‘Left Right’ prior to this in the coming weeks. Rak-Su are also set to perform to crowds in Dublin, Newcastle, Manchester, Birmingham, London & Bristol from 8th-15th September 2021.
British broadcaster, DJ, producer and author, DJ Semtex, has launched the trailer for a new podcast entitled Hip Hop Raised Me, featuring “exclusive, no-holds-barred conversations with the artists that define the culture”.
Hip Hop Raised Me is produced by Nikita Chauhan and is available on all major podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Stitcher.
Chauhan produced BBC 1xtra radio shows including The Friday night Hip Hop show with DJ Semtex and Destination Africa, hosted by DJ Edu.
The weekly series starts on January 11 with the legendary Chuck D of Public Enemy, who joins DJ Semtex for a conversation about Public Enemy and the group’s contributions to hip hop music and to the larger community.
They also discuss the making of the 2020 remix to their hit Fight The Power. Upcoming episodes feature Busta Rhymes, French Montana, Jeezy, Sheff G, and more.
Semtex has played a key role in breaking some of the biggest hip-hop acts on both sides of the Atlantic.
He joined the Global-owned UK radio station Capital XTRA in October 2018 after leaving BBC Radio 1 after 15 years, where he hosted the 1Xtra hip-hop show. He’s also the host of the popular UK-focused Spotify podcast, Who We Be Talks.
The broadcaster’s relationship with, and history in, the hip-hop community is detailed in his 2016 bestselling book, Hip Hop Raised Me.
“THESE ARE IN DEPTH CONVERSATIONS WITH ARTISTS ACROSS THE GLOBE, NO AGENDA.”
DJ Semtex said: “These are in depth conversations with artists across the globe, no agenda. New cutting-edge artists. A-list artists. Architects of sound. Moguls. Icons.”
“Hip Hop is now the biggest art form of this generation. It is the Rock and Roll of the youth, a genre that transcends race and culture, this it isn’t going to stop anytime soon.”
In anticipation of Ghetts forthcoming album which I expect to be released towards the end of 2020, Ghetts released eye-catching new visuals to the bumping single ‘Mozambique’ in July, alongside fellow grime lyricist Jaykae, and singer Moonchild Sanelly.
Ghetts speaks his truth alongside UK heavyweight, Skepta for his new single ‘IC3’. Going smoothly back and forth between each other, over a stripped back hip hop beat Ghetts and Skepta explore what it means to be a Black man in Britain today. From their early experiences and perceptions whilst they were emerging in the music scene, to their feelings now that they are more successful and famous.
Listen to the single below, and let us know what you think:
Leon Sylvers IV aka VIRTRA is an American songwriter and producer. The son of legendary singer, songwriter and producer Leon Sylvers III from family group The Sylvers, Leon IV naturally gravitated to singing, writing and making music at an early age. His first songwriting credit came at just 7 years old for the group Men of Vision, who were signed to Michael Jackson’s label MJJ. Since then he’s worked with A-listers including Gladys Knight, Teddy Riley, Dâm-Funk, Danjahandz and N’Dambi.
VRITRA shares the video for ‘AIR RAID’, directed by Enkrypt Los Angeles. Taken from his new album SONAR, out today on Bad Taste and produced entirely by Leon Sylvers IV. It follows the album’s first single WHAT’S THAT – an energetic bop that serves as the album’s theme tune. An infectious soul loop underpins Vritra’s liquid flow, whilst 808s add low end weight. Impossible to pigeon-hole as merely a rapper, his output across multiple genres is prolific – also listing production, singing and even visual arts on his resume.
Describing the project in his own words, Vritra says, “for me this was one of the most fun to execute. Most of my self-produced music falls closer to the experimental spectrum, but I feel like I’ve never focused on a solid ‘rap’ album. This is that. I feel like fans of my music wanted that. Leon has been one of my favourite producers for a long time. With him taking control of the production it freed me to focus on flow, style, and rhythm pockets. The name Sonar is fitting as well. Makes me think of beams. What made rap interesting to me in the first place was style. This is me beaming that style and putting it on the radar”.
Check out the video below, and let us know what you think:
8-piece Canadian soul collective, The Busty and The Bass and this is their new single featuring Macy Gray collective Busty and the Bassare back with ’Out of Love’ their new single featuring the legendary Macy Gray. It’s taken from their upcoming album, which also features George Clinton, along production from GRAMMY® Award-winning producer Neal Pogue (Earth, Wind & Fire, Outkast, Tyler the Creator)
Radiating rich summer groove, ‘Out Of Love’ incorporates a swell of glistening funk and neo-soul guided by Macy Gray’s distinctive and effortlessly smooth vocal.
“‘Out of Love’ started as a remix that Chris, our trombone player, was working on. It was never supposed to be an original tune but the song’s vocal idea quickly took form and became its own thing. It’s sometimes a treat writing vocals after most of the beat is made, you can really feel the energy and play with the instrumental. I was getting a lot of hot and cold communication from someone and this song is me airing out a bit of that frustration.”
Busty’s Nick Ferraro:
Check out their video below, and let us know what you think:
Fast rising Parisian artist Hendrix Harris enlists renowned Cuban superstar Cimafunk and rising Latin rapper Barbaro ‘El Urbano‘ Vargas for their emphatic new single “Caliente En El Frio”.
Harris’ distinctly rich vocals meeting Barbaro’s raw grit and Cimafunk’s blended flavour tying it all together; the new single leans on bold trap elements, with a soulful edge as each artist speaks to vivid realities and a unique Caribbean identity in their very own way.
Linking up in La Habana for the new video, as they tread the streets and show love to the locals of Marianao, “Caliente En El Frio” is a celebration of all things real in Cuba and the beauty that lies within it.
You can watch the video below, let us know what you think:
Amidst the chaotic and perilous events currently shaking the globe, Cambatta presents “Bones of Osiris” an unapologetic, epigrammatic, street dissertation over a sinister composition Produced by New York beatsmith Chup” and the 2nd single to the upcoming album LSD dropping 7.21.2020.
Speaking on the track, he writes – “When I wrote this song, the moment I heard the beat I was inspired to write something that was wickedly witty yet motivational in a revolutionary sense. This song represents frustration and aggression but also knowledge of self and eagerness to nullify in the burning hunger in my soul.”
Have a listen to his new single below, and let us know what you think: