You may remember one of our favourite up and coming acts from North London we wrote about FlowNtrees (if you missed the post read it here http://whenmiparty.com/2013/05/24/bank-holiday-beats-fresh-new-london-tunes/ ). We checked in with them recently to find out what’s new. Well a couple of days ago Flowntrees released a NEW Single from SCRAPJONES new mixtape Called MY TIME. Have a watch below:
To be honest we didnt think it compared to some of their original tunes. It has a much more aggressive street rap vibe and has lost that sweet chilled vibe the boys are famous for. Maybe thats because Gats doesnt feature on this tune? We’re not sure why the boys seem to be focusing on single projects – a management decision perhaps? Anyhow .. Gats has his own single out too. Theres a lot of echo on that mic, but his voice hasn’t lost that nate dogg meets snoop sound. Here’s ‘Oogie Boogie‘
Without leaving anyone else, Tizzle Kazim also has his own single ‘Lizzy‘. Kazim can definately handle his own – a rapper in his own right.
We love these guys, but we think their sound is sweetest when they are rocking together. Here’s ‘Old School‘ Cant wait to see what they work on, collaboratively, next.
Our favourite man of the moment, Diplo, has produced a track for Tinie Tempah called ‘Trampoline’. The track also features American rapper 2 Chainz. ‘Trampoline’ will be released on August 4th and is the first single from Tempahs second album, entitled ‘Demonstration’. The album should be dropping in September. Enjoy..its Friday!
Phoenix Martins has just released the video for her debut single ‘Heart Strings’. The visuals are a beautiful urban glowing nightscene with Martins taking a stroll with a red flare while she sings her floaty dreamlike new tune in her unique style; one we would describe as Lana Del Ray meets Kate Bush with a cool hipster East London vibe. Its a stunning video that fits with the song perfectly and doesn’t distract from her amazing vocals.
The British-Nigerian singer/songwriter Phoenix Martins is set to release her debut single ‘Heartstrings’ on 24th June 2013. She has worked with an array of artists in the studio and on the road including The Noisettes, Fife Dangerfield and Ebony Bones and has featured as part of Damon Albarn’s Africa Express cross-cultural collaborations project.
The singer has also been supported by the likes of The Line Of Best Fit, Wonderland, Afropunk, Earmilk etc. The new video is ensuring Phoenix Martins gets the press attention she deserves and this week was premiered on MTV’s The Wrap Up.
Facebook: Phoenix Martins Official
With credits to:
Photography: Phillip Suddick
MUA: Sherin Adams
Phoenix Martins will be performing with INK at Servant Jazz Quarters, Dalston, London on 25th June 2013, you can also see Phoenix at the following live events:
26th June – Notting Hill Arts Club
2nd July – The Vibe Bar
24th July – Strongroom
The London urban music scene never fails to disappoint for constantly creating new promising acts set to be the next Wretch 32 or Miss Dynamite. This week we’ve found 3 artists showing potential and what it takes to crack into the mainstream. Every day we’re sent links to mixtapes or videos from Londoners thinking they’re the next Tupac. Here are our 3 diamonds in the rough:
First up, L’Nino with ‘B.I.G’. If you can get over the unneccessary over usage of the F word in the chorus (not the best move if you want to get airplay) – the video production and L’Nino’s rapping is actually pretty good; less grimey and more West Coast; shows L’Nino’s massive rapping potential as a UK artist – could definitely see him collaborating with a US rapper.
Next up is West London’s AbilityMc (TWITTER @AbilityMc1 ) , 18. We can’t get enough of his tune ‘Zone Out with Me’. We love how AbilityMc has kept it real with his West London accent shining through his lyrics. This one is chilled with a capital C. Saweet.
Last but not least, my absolute favourite right now – Smurf (twitter @SmurfUK) with his new video ‘I Ain’t Havin’ It’. The Link Up Tv video is the money, styling is spot on and Smurf can spit like many can only dream; plus he looks good doing it and he makes it look effortless. The only thing worth critising is the name – SMURF – surely there must be story behing that? You can get his free download by clicking here
Smurf’s even done a Popcaan cover. Nice. Enjoy ‘Party Shot‘ London style:
Garage junky? Buy your tickets now. XOYO, Shoreditch are having MIKE SKINNER + MJ COLE + MELÉ + MS DYNAMITE to play on Friday 21st June 2013. It’s going to be great. Buy your tickets – you wont regret it. https://ticketabc.com/events/mike-skinner-mj-cole/
On Thursday 6th June, XOYO Shoreditch, London, played host to Zebra Katz and Njena Reddd Foxxx. If you’re unfamiliar with this act, Zebra Katz, real name Ojay Morgan, 26, is the genius behind cult song ‘Ima Read’. Although the tune was written back in 2011, fashion designer Rick Owens chose to coin the phrase during his 2012 Paris fashion show – catapulting Mad Decent‘s Zebra Katz into the limelight. Here’s ‘Ima Read’, which the duo actually chose to close the show with, throwing in an impromtu remix performed from within the crowd. One word – Awesome.
Now going back to the start … Zebra and Njena first came on stage following support act MOKO (find out more about MOKO here). Zebra came on wearing no less than a gimp mask and full overalls, Njena less freaky in some aztec MC Hammer pants and black vest top. If you’re akin to Zebra Katz you’d expect nothing less. Not only is Ojay a lyrical genius, but there is always a certain amount of theatre to his act, so his creepy presence in the chosen outfit worked well. The show opened with the monotone & unwholesome number ‘Sex Sells’ and ‘W8WTF’.
XOYO was the perfect venue for the duo to headline; underground, dark and intimate. It is so refreshing to see live performers give their all – Zebra Katz and Njena made sure we were paying attention at all times. None of this Iggy Azalea crap of laying down on stage ‘because she was too tired’. The duo werked it. Njena killed it with her song ‘Needful Things’ – the song gave her a chance to show off her enviable rapping skills; while Zebra showed off his bitchin dance moves.
Zebra Katz and Njena Reddd Foxxx will be playing at other venues across the UK in the next few months. They’ve just performed at Rockness Festival – INVERNESS 7th – 9th June 2013 and Parkflife Festival – MANCHESTER 8th – 9th June. You can still get tickets to watch them supporting Die Antwoord at HMV Ritz – MANCHESTER – on 21st June 2013. They are then at the O2 Brixton Academy – LONDON – on 22nd June 2013. They’re also hitting the festival scene, performing at LOVEBOX, victoria Park London and Glastonbury.
They also performed ‘Hey Ladies‘, ‘Pull a Stunt’ and ‘Y I D O’ at XOYO. It’s not often you come away from a gig feeling like the act have passed on some of their energy to the crowd – but these two did exactly that after their finale ‘Ima Read’. All in all it was an amazing show with the right amount of everything. I cant see Zebra Katz ever making it on to the mainstream unless he chose to tone down his lyrics; but I think thats all part of the appeal. The New York rapper is comfortable in the underground scene and has gained respect from his position. Who knows what Mad Decent’s DIPLO’s plans are for his future. Will we be seeing Zebra Katz collaborating with a more mainstream artist soon? Zebra supported Azealia Banks during her 2012 UK tour, and she released her own cover of ‘Ima Read’. We predict a collaboration before the year is out 😉