Hello everyone!!! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!! Some great news for you all!! The first episode of my Podcast is finally out!! In this episode I recap on all of the madness from 2020! I talk about all the albums and artists I’ve loved this year as well as some news and current events that have taken place this year! Hope you all enjoy the first episode and stay tuned for more episodes releasing on Mondays!!!
Hello everyone! I’m sure you’ve all read my article for Spotlight First where I discussed my top favourite newly discovered UK artists! If you haven’t, please check my previous post!
This post however is dedicated to my top 5 newly discovered artists from around the world! 2020 as I said before has been a big and monumental year for us all. Unfortunately, most of it has been filled with anguish, fear and uncertainty. Music however has been the one consistent thing throughout the year! Despite everything, it’s wonderful to have discovered and stumbled upon so much new music to enjoy this year. Have a read below of the artists!
Where do I even begin with Tems??! What a voice!! I could listen to her all day! Nigerian singer Tems dropped one of the best projects of the year in my opinion and earned her place in my top artists of this year. Her voice/sound is sensational as she delves into a bit of alternative R&B, afrobeats and Neo soul. This has been her breakthrough year with the success of her debut project as well as featuring on Wizkid’s recent album. I really believe this is just the beginning for her and we are yet to see the pinnacles she can reach! Can’t wait!!
Favourite Track from her this year: Damages
Blxst (Prounounced Blast)
I was so happy to stumble upon Blxst this year. I think I missed a sound like him without even realising. As a producer as well as a singer, he’s clearly a talent in all areas! He can rap, sing and actually make excellent use of legendary samples!!!During the chaos and madness of 2020, his music is comforting to the ear. I am so excited to hear more music from him in 2021.
Favourite Tracks from him this year: ‘Overrated’
Yung Bleu’s “You’re Mines Still” remix with Drake will definitely be in a lot of peoples top songs of 2020!! I first listen to Yung Bleu on his original of that song. Drake’s feature however levelled the song in a way that only Drake could do. Despite the song, Yung Bleu also dropped a great project and has gripped many with his melodic sound. I really love his sound will be rooting for him in 2021. I think he would be great as a feature artists on some hooks too!
Favourite Track from him this year: ‘You’re Mines Still’
I actually can’t believe this is the year I discovered Fireboy DML as he has an album that he released in 2019. His song “Champion” was one of my most played songs and I feel he really delivered on his second album “Apollo”. He refers to his music as “Afro life” as it contains all sorts of sub-genres along with afrobeats.
Favourite Track from him this year: ‘Champion’
Tiana has actually been about for a while however I only really took her in this year. She featured on UK rapper Stormzy’s song “Rainfall”, from his recent album released in December 2019. The song was actually one of my favourite tracks from the album. Fast forward to 2020 and Tiana is being nominated for Grammy awards for her hit song “Collide”. The song also featured on the soundtrack for the ‘Queen & Slim’ movie. I’m sure this is just the beginning of her global impact and 2021 will be an even bigger year for her.
Favourite Track from her this year: “…Exclusively”
I finally have some news to tell you all! I have started a podcast!!
The Music & Life Podcast will be released on Mondays! I will talk all things music! At the moment please have a listen to the trailer which is available on Spotify and PocketCasts at the moment. I’m really excited to start this new journey with you all and hopefully you all enjoy! Check out the teaser below and check out the Spotify and Apple Podcast pages too.
Happy Monday everyone!! Hope everyone has had a great weekend! Today’s Music Monday entry is one of my favourite songs from UK rapper Abra Cadabra’s newly released mixtape! The mixtape is called “Product of my Environment” and the project contains so many gems, however the song ‘Seen It All‘ which also features Krept and Konan has been on repeat since the release for me.
Krept and Konan and Abra have already showed us that they have excellent musical chemistry with their hit songs ‘Robbery Remix’ and ‘I Spy Remix’. For me all artists do amazingly well on this song but personally Konan was really the main star! His switch up with his flow amazed me on this song!
Konan starts off with his usual greaze rapping signature style then oozes into a melodic sound that suits him perfectly. His lyrics also stood out to me: “How can I tell these kids put the knife down when akh came with a Rambo“. True words!! A ‘do what I say, not what I do’ situation
I feel this song really demonstrates how legendary Krept and Konan really are. Considering their length in the UK music/rap scene, the fact they can feature on tracks with newer artists and still have the same consistent energy and talent is credit to them!