CD Review May 2013
Yllavation feat. Miss CoCo Brown - ''What You Want' M.I.RAW Recordings
One of the raunchiest UKG singles ever released, featuring the sultry vocals from Birmingham, U.K singer songwriter Miss CoCo Brown, production duties from Yllavation. Already doing big things in the scene, the release features 2Step Full Vocal, 4x4 Full Vocal, and Club Dubs.
2Step Full Vocal
4x4 Full vocal
CD Review April 2013
Sizzla - "The Messiah"
Miguel Collins aka Sizzla is one of the most influential and enigmatic artists in reggae. Since his emergence in 1995 he has blazed a trail through the deepest roots
and slackest dancehall and then back again. His musical range and daring have made Sizzla difficult to label, yet, iconic at the same time.
The Messiah is Sizzla's return to righteous dancehall from a 2013 perspective. Released through his Kalonji Music label, the album is written and executive produced by Mr. Collins himself. The Afro -centric themes of earlier albums (Black Woman & Child, Da Real Thing) are present with a seasoned voice and fresh perspective of a man on a musical mission.
CD Review January 2013
Ciph Santana - "True Sins: From The Rubble"
Out of the streets of NY Queens is Ciph Santana with his fresh new mixtape named "True Sins: From The Rubble". With features with Cashflow Dinero, ChillyWil, DeziDez and producers AP Green Eagle Productions from California, CrLoco from Amsterdam, Kev Brown from Maryland, M-Phazes from Australia and Afta-1. This has a real old skool feel with some hard hitting tracks and sounds that come from jazz and soul. The word play is imaculate with punch lines to kill. He's already have some success by winning Nonestop Entertainment Rap Competition in NY and won studio time at Ruff Ryders Studios. So down load this mixtape here now: http://www.datpiff.com/Ciph-Santana-True-Sins-From-The-Rubble-mixtape.442253.html
Follow on twitter: @3RSTYF1RSTCIPH AND @ELIXERREPUBLIK
CD Review October 2012
A.M. SNiPER - "Roar" hits top spot on 1Xtra UKG chart
It was Charlie Sloth’s record of the week on his 1Xtra drivetime show and now just three days before the official digital release of the urban track ROAR by A.M. SNiPER, leading urban DJ Cameo tweeted to his followers the news that those in the know already knew: Dj Cameo@djcameo No 1 the UKG Top 5 is MY BOY @snipermusic 's 'ROAR!' w/ @paperbwoyuk on themix (ft @JMEBBK, @LethalBizzle and @SCRUFIZZER).
Hitting the top spot on this chart posted by the opinion former and Radio 1Xtra DJ Cameo is a great achievement for A.M. SNiPER who has a great underground following. ROAR has been a hit in the Music Week UK Urban Club Charts hitting No 5 and has been a success in over 75% of the UK clubs.
The ROAR video has already achieved over 800,000 views and is now being seen on most major music channels. Now followers can hear and buy the remixes that all the DJ’s including Charlie Sloth, Fearne Cotton, Cameo, Annie Nightingale, and Nick Bright have been raving about.
ROAR remix by - Paperbwoy with guest vocals by Lethal B, Scrufizzer and JME.
ROAR remix by Anamate popular dubstep choice in the clubs and on radio playlists.
Fans can keep their eye on the @snipermusic twitter site for another free ROAR remix by US producer Trackman - this Dirty South mix will be free for fans after the official release. ROAR available to download from iTunes – pre order today from www.snipermusic.com
CD Reviews August 2012
Eye of the Tiger Volume 2
As the they celebrate their 10 year anniversary, True Tiger are due to realease their brand new EP which features the likes of on the September 3rd under their newly formed record label "Stripes Records".
Morgan Heritage - "The Return"
After a hiatus of five years reggae group Morgan Heritage returns to the road this summer with a four-week tour of Europe. The five original group members (Peter, Gramps, Una, Mojo and Lukes Morgan) will perform songs from their upcoming four song digital EP “The Return” which is released in Europe on August 13th.The single “The Return” is produced by Shane Brown of Jukeboxx Productions whose work on Busy Signal’s latest album “Reggae Music Again” is evidence of a more organic reggae sound coming back into favor among the Jamaican music community.The new full length Morgan Heritage album is scheduled for first quarter 2013 through Jamaica, New York based VP Records and Morgan Heritage owned label Gedion Music.
Don’t forget they will play at IndigO2, London this coming Sunday, August 5th (alongside Raging Fyah and Shaggy) as well as at Rototom Festival (Spain) August 16th.
See full list of tour dates here:
CD Reviews July 2012
J2K -"Money" Look out for this one!
J2K is back and on point with new label Radar Music. ‘Money’ is a sure fire club banger. Produced by Rymez (Wiley – ‘Heatwave’) and destined for big things. Bass heavy rhythm, hypnotic chorus and genius power flow as you would expect from the Roll Deep member, all breaking into jump up anthem for 2012 and beyond!
Social Network - https://twitter.com/j2klive
Word by Media 2 Radio
CD Reviews March 2012
Lloyd Banks - "Open Arms"
Lloyd Banks returns with another smash single "Open Arms". This single is produced by Doe Pecsi and will be on the "Off of V6" mixtape coming soon.
Check out this single and hope over to http://allhiphop.com to leave your comments.
S.A.S (Streets All Salute) - "Suave Life"
Mega and Mayhem aka SAS leak the first release from their new EP called "Narnia. This EP is hosted by Cipha Sounds and is out on 8th April 2012. The lyrics, metaphors and similies on this track are on point, as usual from SAS. These guys are no strangers from breaking into the US. Formerly signed to Dip Set if you did not know. Get to know. Suave
looking like its the new wave for Spring 2012.
Straight off of his SXSW performance at the Shady Records showcase, Tony Yayo drops "100 Bottles" (produced by Jahlil Beats). This one will sit firmly on the DJ's playlist this summer. This one comes right behind Lloyd Banks "Jackpot" also produced by Jahlil Beats.
CD Reviews February 2012
Prinz - "War gang" EP
Prinz straight outta Blackhand is back with "Guns and Roses" EP. Prinz has been missed for a long time, but is now finally here. Check out this mixtape you can download from Dat Piff. When you listen to this EP you'll hear why we gave it a 5 star rating. This is a part of what the game has been missing. Real rap.
Marvin Ambrosius - "A Taste Of Ambrosius" (RnB Mixtape)
Marvin Ambrosius is an amazing up and coming RnB singer from the streets of South London. He is the brother to Marsha Ambrosius the well known souls singer. "A Taste Of Ambrosius" is his latest production. This free mixtape starts off with a banger, "MPA" which sings all about the mixtape he's given to you. Then follows on with "Inside Of You" another catchy tune. We at Kix can definately hear these tracks played on commercial radio stations. Check out his website www.mpamusic.tumblr.com and follow him on twitter for more updates. Oh and dont forget to download "A Taste Of Ambrosius".
UKG 2012 EP Promo Mix DJ Melody Kane - EP R/D 19th December iTunes (UKG)
This UKG 2012EP Promo Mix by DJ Melody Kane EP just goes to show garage hasnt gone anywhere. With artists like Trish, MC Neat, SKT, Daniel E Wlaker, Zed Bias, Amina Bryant, Dreem Teem, MC Nutise, Maxwell D & G Lock all contributing to this EP, it's sure to get the party started.
Download from iTunes http://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/ukg-2012-ep/id484534408
Stealth MC - "Stealth Artois" (UK RAP Mixtape)
Stealth MC is another under rated UK rapper fighting to be recognised in the music scene. But if he's producing mixtapes like this then he's due to shine very soon. His mixtape is a must to have on your iTunes.
Ruff Squad 2012 EP
In the depths of East London from way back in 2002, just over a decade to be exact, Ruff sqwad have been buzzing all and around the grime scene and to be honest it looks like they maybe one of the few collectives within the scene that has near enough remained relevant as well as still having most of the original members within the crew.As we know the crew never split up but just went on to do solo projects after the success of member "Tinchy Stryder" but still managed to collaborate on each others projects. Having not put out an album as a crew since "Guns And Roses Volume 2" which was 6 years ago, the grime collective ruff sqwad have come into the new year with a banging EP by the name of "2012"."2012" has brought back the old skool element of grime with a new skool twist which highlights the growth of each member with tracks such as "Anna 2" and "RSMD Remix".The EP features grime legends in the game from "D Double E" on "Dats How I Like It" to "JME" on "Journey" and additionally to add to the concoction of this entertaining EP, array of talented producers brought some gritty as well as charismatic sounds to "2012" which contributed to the dynamic sounds of each crew member perfectly.By hearing "2012" this 12 tracked EP is an immense start to what maybe a monumental year for the sqwad.
"2012" is out on FREE download NOW at:
Words by LA Slimzee
Sniper - "Distorted" 11EP
Sniper: EP: “Distorted”
Label: 3Fifty7 Music
Released: 11th November 2011
January Sniper released his second release "Distorted". This had major
success spanning UK, Greece,
Russia and US, we follow up with a review from the 11EP a track called “Distorted”. This club smash, with a heavy Rock influence sets aside the difference in the music scene right now, fusing Rock n Roll, with Dubstep and Hip Hop. “Distorted” has had major air play in the UK on DJ Col J show on DejaVu FM, Hotsteppa Show on Choice FM, DJ Cameo and Charlie Sloths shows on BBC 1XTRA plus the video has been uploaded to AKA website, Jump Off TV, Kix Mag plus much more. It was recentley noted that K Koke was in the studio with Sniper so look out for something off the meter coming from those two very soon!
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