Unsettling New Sounds from Mavis Victory Project

Hip-pop? Groovecore? Almost impossible to categorise yet immediately infectious, Mavis Victory Project release their debut track which marries their dreamy sound with a nightmarish video.

If you thought having two brothers in the same band was dangerous, wait until you meet MAVIS VICTORY PROJECT. Featuring a near-record breaking four brothers, and aided and abetted by a childhood friend, the band’s unconventional line-up is the perfect match to their equally mould-breaking sound. Oozing seedy electronic loops and with echoing, swooping vocals, their sound is all dangerous street corners; distant sirens and the creeping underworld. Appropriately, their video is just as unhinged, inviting you into their world whilst looking at you suspiciously out of the corner of their eye.

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Formed by the Ransom brothers – singer Michael, Phil on rhythm guitar, Ollie on bass, Chris on drums and Robert Rosser on guitar and keyboard – the whole collective is self-taught, taking the indie and garage rock blueprint to heart and learning their craft in any place they could. They honed their sound so it flowed organically – time signatures are out of the window; traditional verse/chorus/verse structures burned and thrown over the neighbour’s hedge. Their new single gets under your skin and slowly starts to peel it off, Michael’s breathy, ethereal vocals lulling you into a false sense of security and then pouncing.

With influences including Arctic Monkeys; Kanye West and ScHoolboy Q, Mavis Victory Project is the musical equivalent of joining a cult – once you’re in, you wonder how you ever managed without. The video to “Don’t Go Away” is due for release on September 22nd and is just as arresting as their sound; with girls, gangs and clandestine weirdery likely to eat away at the inside of your head in a way you won’t be able to resist.

Links:

https://www.youtube.com/user/MavisOfficial

https://www.facebook.com/mavis.official/

https://www.instagram.com/mavis_victory_project/

 

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‘Runaw’y’: The new genre-bending track from Pimlican

Fusing a number of genres including pop, rap, R&B and hip-hop, Pimlican is an open artist who collaborates with anyone who is willing to bring something fresh and new to his collective.

Such a musical approach breaks down any genre-defining boxes, helping Pimlican create a style of music that is free of restraint and limits. It is this style that has seen him earn airplay on Tom Robinson’s Radio 6 show, as well as BBC Introducing and BBC Radio Leeds.

Having released ‘B’ck 4 More/P’lya’ in May, Pimlican have returned with ‘Runaw’y’ which is powered by a killer vocal hook and a pulsating beat. Along with this, a unique rap section adds texture and originality to the track.

Find out more on Pimlican here:

Links:

http://www.belgraveroadrecords.com/

https://pimlican.bandcamp.com/

https://twitter.com/belgraveroadrec

https://www.facebook.com/belgraveroadrecords

https://soundcloud.com/pimlican-97234536

Review: ‘Devil Ina Blue Dress’ by Dex Man ft. J Wanza

Leftwing movement member, Dexman, is back with latest single, ‘Devil Ina Blue Dress’ which picks up where he left off with previous releases, developing his individual afro-rap style.

J Wanza, who also features on the track, opens ‘Devil Ina Blue Dress’ with an alluring hook that paves the way for the rest of the song. He sets up the stage perfectly for Dexman’s witty and expertly-crafted lyrics which provide the centrepiece for this latest release.

Whilst the lyricism of Dexman and J Wanza is at the heart of the track, the actual music plays a subtle, yet powerful role in backing them up. A strong beat is married with a steel drum-esque tone that exemplifies Dexman’s Afro-music influences and adds a real sense of groove that’s sure to get people up and moving. Consequently, it’s the kind of track you can really imagine being played in the club.

Some have labelled the up and coming artist as a ‘genre hopper’ which is by no means a bad thing. Dexman may be in the stages of still finding his exact sound, but dabbling across styles is a great way of doing this, which also exhibits Dexman’s versatility as an artist.

‘Devil Ina Blue Dress’ has received a brilliant response and after being featured on Link Up TV and Hackney’s Finest, the video has received over 40,000 views on the platforms in under a week. With influences including Dr Dre, Meek Mill, Skepta and Drake, it is evident that Dexman has big aims for his music in the coming future. Watch this space and you may just come across Dexman some time soon!

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The Fedz – Best I Ever Had

‘Undeniably soul-moving’Earmilk

‘21st century funk, the slinky, contagious vocal sitting on top of some blasting horns and that filthy backbeat’ – Clash

‘I only play stuff that I love, I only play stuff that I can 100% stand behind and tell you that I believe you should know about these records’ – MistaJam,
Radio 1

The Fedz will release their brand new single ‘Best I Ever Had’, on 13th January 2017 – a song to make you feel warm this winter.

The band have also revealed an accompanying video for the track which truly captures what this collective is about. Taking to the streets to hold guerilla style parties, riding through London on a flatbed truck and bringing their own brand of disorganised fun.

The single follows on from their debut track ‘What’s my Name’ (“it sounds like a hot summers day” Clara Amfo – Radio 1) which achieved plays at Radio 1, Beats 1 and 1Xtra where it was championed by Mistajam. The collective are back with their latest offering ‘Best I Ever Had’ which is a reggae infused track, possessing distinctive head Fed Dennis Bovell’s musicality and influences.

The Fedz are a UK/US music collective, formed in January 2015 by Grammy and BRIT winning producers and an equally stellar cast of musicians/producers including three incredible new female vocalists and the legendary Dennis Bovell (Slits, Rip, Rig and Panic, The Pop Group) and James Poyser (Lauryn Hill, D’Angelo, Adele).

The collective’s main players are known for shaping the careers of Lauryn Hill, D’Angelo, The Slits, Beyonce, Jay Z, Rihanna, Stormzy, WSTRN, Labyrinth, Bugzy Malone, Lady Leshurr, The Prodigy and Ed Sheeran.

Bobstar to release amazing Afrobeats in form of double A side

Bobstar is an exciting new artist who has managed to cultivate a unique sound of his own based on a fusion of Afrobeat, bashment and grime. His double A side release “Loving Last Night”/ “Blame On Me” will most definitely drive its listeners to the dancefloor. Bobstar’s an upcoming artist with the potential to shake up the club scenes of England and beyond by demonstrating mastery in the creation of urban music as epitomised in the track “Loving Last Night”.

Bobstar has collaborated with Afrobeat artists such as Ace and producers such as Rolio D and Rare G. The multifaceted nature of his songs derives from both his ethnical background as well as his extensive interest in different kinds of music.

Robert Gabriel Okoro AKA Bobstar has been passionate about playing music from an early age. Being brought up both in Nigeria and South London has contributed to the fact that his musical approach is thriving from a variety of different cultural impacts – his style has developed from genres that range from Reggae, Hip Hop, Afro House and Jazz to Pop. Bobstar has been soaking up musical inspiration from the likes of Shabba Ranks, Elton John, Fela Kuti and Bob Marley amongst others. With his songs being primarily Hip Hop based Bobstar’s music is comparable to the work of Future and Mavado.

His musical ambitions range from song writing to performing as well as producing, a skill he acquired over the years from owning his own recording studio.

Release date for “Loving Last Night”/ “Blame On Me” is 8th January 2016

LINKS:

https://twitter.com/bobstar_hgf

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvbkERw3uf4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7xXFqFFQd4

https://www.facebook.com/bobstarstudio

Lucan Mills New EP – Level 1

Lucan Mills burgeoning career has already seen him rap with Ed Sheeran as well as supporting huge names in the genre such as Tinie Tempah, G Unit, Skepta and JME. He’s even shared Ibiza stages with Chipmunk and N Dubz.

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With the support of a large and growing social media fan base, Lucan Mills is a rapper whose upward trajectory has been unstoppable in recent years.

Links:

http://www.lucanmills.com/

https://soundcloud.com/lucanmills

www.facebook.com/lucanmills

https://www.youtube.com/user/LucanMills

http://lucanmills.tumblr.com/

https://instagram.com/lucanmills/

http://www.bandsintown.com/LucanMills

BowLDN new single ‘Survivor’

The latest example of his unusual sound is his track ‘Survivor’, a fittingly named single about overcoming adversity to make a better life for yourself – a subject with which BowLDN has a lot of experience.

Based in South West London, BowLDN is a solo artist and producer who is no stranger to going against the grain. Working hard to create a unique hip hop sound all of his own, he has consciously stepped away from the pigeonholing and standardisation of the music industry to create something new.

Diagnosed with learning difficulties at a relatively late stage in his schooling, BowLDN was initially told by his mainstream school that he wouldn’t pass his GCSE exams. Taking the decision to leave behind a school who had lost faith, he studied for his GCSEs at a YMCA training school, eventually passing each subject and specialising in music.

Moving on to college, he once again found himself lost in the shuffle, and getting in with the wrong crowd. A scrape with the law left him sentenced to one year’s probation and 30 hours community service.

Encouraged as part of his sentence to join a drama group called Bare Truths, BowLDN met a supportive group of people who allowed him to express himself creatively for perhaps the first time. Once his sentence was up, and he was no longer required to attend the group, he continued anyway – learning with each session and honing his creative outlet.

The next step is the release of ‘Survivor’ on June 22nd. From there – who knows?

Pre-order here: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/survivor-single/id994192362

Links:

https://soundcloud.com/bowldnmusic

https://www.facebook.com/BowLDNMusic

https://twitter.com/BowLDNMusic

https://instagram.com/bowldnmusic/