If you were wondering why your internet connection was slow on Saturday 18th March, well you can blame Drake (30 year old from Toronto Canada). He broke the Internet by releasing his More Life playlist.
Drake released More Life as a playlist rather then an album as its a collection of work rather then a coherent album. After listening to More Life I think it feels more like a album but that’s down to personal opinion. What further more makes this body of work interesting for me, it features some great British talent. Jorja Smith, Sampha, Skepta and Giggs. Alongside some others features from Kanye West, Travis Scott, 2 Chainz, Young Thug & Black Coffee.
I’ve even heard that in the USA people have been Googling “what is a Giggs?” And “what is a wasteman?” Being from the UK, hearing this is so funny but I suppose it might be confusing also. There is a lot of UK street slang used on this playlist and a lot of it coming from Drake himself which would definitely would make people think ‘what is he talking about?’. I think its really clever that he uses UK street slang as it gives exposure to the artists and connecting them with different audiences from around the world. Drake is being a linked to the UK more and more in the last 3 years, from festival appearances to UK talent now being featured on More Life.
Upcoming and firmly staking her place is the UK music scene, Jorja Smith features on Get To Together a upbeat soulful housey track which I have played and ear marked to be a hit. Jorja worked with Drake and in return takes him to her local CO-OP supermarket in her home town of Walsall. This is hilarious as there is photo on Internet to prove it. Talk about best day at work EVER!
KMT features Giggs (UK grime artist) is set to blow up the clubs here. That track is being played a lot already on radio shows and the album… sorry playlist hasn’t even been out 100 hours yet!!!
Drake first came on the scene 2006 with early mixtapes then in 2009 releasing the landmark mixtape So Far Gone. He raps he sings and has some great beats on it too. If you haven’t heard it go check it out. I think it’s still some of his strongest work. He has gone from there to the global superstar he is now. To mention a couple of his many hits One Dance features Kyla (UK artist) & Too Good were two massive hits last year and he is set to bring us more, I’m sure.
More Life will definitely grow on you, Drake has this work flow of constantly delivering hits. This playlist will give you a bit of everything, has some Hip Hop, R&B to house/soulful house and grime. There is some club bangers in here and I’m sure I’ll playing this stuff out in the clubs for a long while to come. I still till this day get requests for a lot of his old stuff. I’m not sure I like the entire playlist but what I do like, I’ll have on repeat. Go have listen.
We love a good collaboration, this has been playing on loop in the Zizzle HQ today!
Stormzy real name Michael Omari Jr releases his eagerly awaiting debut album Gang Signs & Prayer #GSAP. Having already shown his pedigree on the grime scene with anthems like Know Me From & Shut Up, this album shows what he is all about. It’s not your typical Grime album. Oh yeah he has some bangers on here but it’s more UK Hip Hop to me. Grime is UK Hip Hop in its purest form but sadly it’s associated with angry/violent lyrics and behaviour. Saying that, with Stormzy coming under the genre of Grime, he is most certainly bringing it to the forefront.
He is absolutely killing it on all fronts of the music industry. Rapping about his humble beginnings to the real hardships that exist in the music industry. It is amazing to see artists now doing it without the backing of major record labels. This allows a more organic form of music to be produced and reach the masses. Stormzy has also been doing surprise pop up shows around London to spread the word and engage with the fans!
Big For Your Boots Is the first single to be released off Gang Signs & Prayer. It’s been on my playlist for a while now and it’s turned into a instant floor filler in the clubs. “You’re never to big for Adele” wow, what a line! Shows the respect he has for great artist and music.
Lay Me Bare is one of my favourite tracks that displays Stormzy’s storytelling rap flow. Talking about his life and his dad. You can really hear the emotion and energy -it’s true insight to his soul. Cigarettes & Cush is featuring RnB singer Kehlani. Bringing a different vibe to Gang Signs & Prayer.
Blind By Your Grace, Pt 1 and Pt 2 even has Stormzy singing further adding a different dimension to his album. I could talk about all the tracks on this album but honestly go have a listen. If you like pure music, you will enjoy every aspect of it. You don’t have to be a Grime or Hip Hop fan to appreciate the talent.
As a DJ I’ve always listened to Grime from the early 2000s but back then you would only hear it in Specialist Clubs and club nights but now it’s finally got its own Platform and Genre. Great British sound which is being Championed throughout the UK music scene. You might not know Grime but you will definitely know Stormzy.
23 year old Stormzy has been going from strength to strength, he won Best Grime Act 2014 & 2015 Mobo Awards. He was also named BBCs influential Sound of 2015 list.
Day Dreamers EP was released independently in 2014 and was noticed by everyone on the grime scene. Now Gang Signs & Prayers is set to take the game to another level!
You’ve probably heard Sampha playing somewhere. Maybe on the radio in the car, background music in a shop or simply someone talking about him. You may have mentioned it to a friend “oh have you heard that guy? You know that voice, smoking, gives you goosebumps?” Well its his time to shine in his own right.
Having released two EPs first 2010 Sundanza Second 2013 Dual, this is his debut album Process. This singer, songwriter and producer is doing some brilliant stuff for the Electronic & Soul genres.
The first time I heard of Sampha was on Drakes Too much, it kept me wanting more. He has definitely delivered with this album. No one knows me is a beautiful example of his raw talent. You can hear and feel just what he means word for word. The piano riffs are so soothing and then the incredible vocal on top. This is likely to be the best song you’ll hear this year. Simply wow!
Blood On Me was the first song off this album being played on the radio which I loved straight away. It displays the versatility in the vocal chords. Powerful and engaging along with the silky smooth style which he absolutely owns. Even without the vocals, the melodies and instruments can almost put you in a meditative state. Especially on What Shouldn’t I Be, he gets you thinking deeply and reflecting on yourself.
Sampha Sisay has worked with the likes of Drake, Solange and Jessie Ware. He is a superstar in the making. Been waiting for him to drop an album and this doesn’t disappoint. Hailing from Morden South London, the 27 year old seems to put so much raw emotion into his vocals.
I can only describe his amazing voice as husky and fragile but this guy makes it so individual, unique and captivating. I would go as far as saying ‘Sexy’. You get swallowed up by the sound into another dimension. If your looking to lose yourself in an album, this is the one. Showcasing what the UK sound is bringing to the world stage. Magical and gorgeous!
If you have not yet heard of Jorja Smith you need to get your head out of the sand! This soulful songstress is making waves in the UK. You can hear her soothing voice on Carry Me Home which is taken from her new EP Project 11. Carry Me Home is a soulful jazz song about waiting for her saviour to help her. Her easy to listen to riffs feature throughout the track along-side the silky smooth voice of the one and only Maverick Sabre. Their voices work magically together, paired with the lazy feel of the song this is the perfect song to take you away for a moment.
Jorja hails from the Midlands in Walsall (near my home town #proud), what a soulful vocal talent. Taking inspiration from the late Amy Winehouse which you can definitely hear in Something in The Way. She also has that effortless ability to sing you into another world like Corinne-Bailey Rae where you get lost in her soothing melodies. She says her influences range from Dizzee Rascal to 17th century composer Henry Purcell which can be heard on her track Blue Lights and A Prince. Her velvety tones make you want to sit back in your comfy chair with a drink (please drink responsibly, of course) and appreciate.
At just 18 years old, Jorja is making big waves in the music world, fast gaining respect from all over the Internet. She debuted last year (2016) with “Blue Lights” sampling Dizzee Rascal’s “Sirens” which is always welcomed and special. She is also named on the long list of BBC Music Sound of 2017. They see big things for her and I can only agree.
I can see a massive 2017 for her, I am sure she will be topping the charts in no time. There are some amazing things coming out of the UK right WOW! I’m sure this is just the tip of the iceberg of what’s to come. Can’t wait!!
This being one of the two singles Eds released last week, it’s definitely the more up beat one. This track is takes you through meeting a girl at a bar and spending time with her on a more personal note. A modern day love song “your love is handmade for somebody like me” This one will make you move.
I’ve had this one repeat for a day and more, you can’t stand still to it. It has a simple but catchy melody giving a calypso & dance-hall feel to it, I can visualise everyone dancing and winding to it in a club.
Great to see Ed back doing what he does best, being highly respected throughout the music industry, From his humble beginnings of busking on the streets to filling areas across the globe. One the UK’s best exports. This one is going to be a smash for sure!
After making us wait two years, the anticipation is finally over for J. Cole’s new album 4 Your Eyez Only…
J. Cole drops two new singles ahead of his eagerly awaited album. He talks some science on One Day Everyone Gotta Die, calling out Lil Wayne or as he puts it “Lil Whatever”. He is almost saying he’s not even a real rapper and that he’s bored of old rappers being the gate keepers of the game and for them to chill out.
False prophets is digging at Kanye about him having fallen and not being the rapper that he once was. He insinuates that he may have had a ghost writer which is controversial but I see where hes coming from after the recent stuff about him in the press. It’s clear that he’s out to send a message to all rappers. Talking about people having certain traits/complexes and how they have slipped to reveal their true colours. Unfortunately these two tracks are not on J.Cole’s new album.
Anyone that has ever listened to his work knows that J Cole can rap. 4 Your Eyez Only is yet another affirmation of his talent. Infectious beats with a killer smooth flow. Changes is a great example of this. The only real change comes from inside, everyone that looks inwards can relate to this, its one of my favourites. Neighbours tells the tale of being raided allegedly by a Swat team while recording this album, apparently they thought J Cole was selling dope.
Deja Vu samples KP & Envy’s Swing My Way, it sounds uncannily like the late Tupac on the hook.
This whole album feels like a personal entry into a journal. He has definitely let you in to his personal space, talking a lot about mortality throughout. Will this album play easy and be appreciated by hip hop fans? Yes! But I’m struggling to find tracks off it that will bang in a club. 4 Your Eyez Only is a winner to me. If you like thought provoking hip hop and not your generic “I got this much money rubbish” out there then you will appreciate J Cole’s new album.
Buy J. Cole’s new album, 4 Your Eyez Only here
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I am so addicted to this song!!