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Interview with confident & woke rapper Nutty P

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Performing alongside the likes of names like Skepta & Stefflon Don in recent months, music producer & rapper Nutty P (Anton Flanders) is here to make music with impact & substance. The producer has even charmed the likes of presenters Annie Mac & Zane Lowe with his effortless swag & charisma while tackling important political discussions. Inspired by his dancehall & reggae upbringing, the music producer has shared his latest banger ‘Ballerina on a Minefield’ via Dream Walk Records.

We chatted with the one & only Nutty P below.

Looking back, what was your earliest entry into music appreciation? And music production?

Well, when I first got to Earth, the woman who you humans would call Grandmother introduced me to the likes of Bob Marley and John Holt.  It wasn’t long before she discovered I was not of this realm and needed to channel my ethereal energies, so she got me a cheap Yamaha keyboard that I used to compose melodies and loops

How would you describe your sound?

On my homeworld, the sound of people is called Aadv651r-][[q which roughly translates in Earth English as multilayered bass-heavy melodic tunes you can vibe to.

Do you have a motto or mantra that you live by?

I only have another 136 years left on this planet, which seems like a lot to humans but where I’m from originally, that’s only a fortnight. So the mantra I live by is “treasure every moment, don’t hold onto grudges, have fun, and don’t be afraid to take risks”.

Outside of music, what inspires you?

Literally everything, movies, books, games, life, my memories of my OG realm. Sometimes I’m lucky enough to get a direct connection to the essence there and bring the vibes straight to Earth. I clear my mind, meditate and let the ideas form naturally.

Is there a particular historical moment in the music industry, that inspires you today as an artist?

That would probably be the moment 2pac existed, that era of mid to late 90s, he was just unstoppable. How’s a man making a million albums, starring in movies, writing books, shooting feds, getting shot, going to jail coming back with a banging album all at the age of 25. He was a beast, pretty sure he was from another planet as well, I’d have to check my sources though.

Tell us one interesting fact about yourself that no-one would expect.

Sometimes when I’m working on music I get synesthesia.

Five words to leave with your fans?

Be nice to other humans. 

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Interview with confrontational, ‘Grammy Weeknd’ rapper Lucidious

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Following the controversy of the Grammy’s & the past weekend’s event, rapper Lucidious shared his frustration. If you are not in the loop, the Weeknd single ‘Blinding Lights’ was a top-charting single throughout 2020 and was not recognized as a Grammy winner due to slimy decisions & dodgy record deals. Rapper Lucidious then took the opportunity to shed a light on this controversy with a music video ‘Grammy Weeknd’, which speaks on the disgusting hierarchy in the Grammy voting board.

We spoke with Lucidious about his latest video release below.

Hello Lucidious, Thank you for sitting down with us to chat about your new music video ‘Grammy Weeknd’. The Grammy’s just happened this weekend, so can you tell us a bit about how your song fits into the conversations around the snubs of this year’s nominations?

Appreciate you having me! As artists on the come-up, we imagine winning a Grammy to be the ultimate accolade and something to reach for. With that being said, the last few award seasons have been telling. How can we be excited about something that’s so subjective, lacks transparency, and is riddled with networking politics? It’s discouraging for the rest of us. Seeing artists come forward about their sentiments really inspired me to do the same, which is how this song came about. Moreover, I used this song as an opportunity to touch on other factors of the entertainment industry that contribute to smaller artists’ quitting altogether. 

When writing this song, what was the main feeling as an artist who is at the mercy of these “industry gatekeepers”?

Complete frustration. We’re living in a time where independents have more opportunity than ever before to gain exposure and recognition through their own marketing efforts (which is great), but we also have no chance of reaching a level playing field with the majors. We’re blocked out by an imaginary line where private conversations and handshakes land placements. What’s most disappointing is that The Weeknd is not independent or small, he’s earned his stripes and is still being crushed by these “gatekeepers”.

The truth is, less than 1% of artists will be able to sustain a long-term career in the music industry. This unfortunate reality is reinforced by low streaming payouts, suppressed engagement via social media (because Facebook and Instagram’s job is to rake in marketing dollars), playlist limitations, and the inability to “pay-and-play”, because most artists pockets aren’t that deep.

Other artists have been really vocal about the Grammy snubs this year as well… does that change how you feel or how you express your thoughts on the topic?

If anything, it’s made me feel even stronger and more confident in the message we’re trying to get across. Musicians deserve more transparency, representation, and proper recognition on every level.

You accompanied the single with a music video – How does the music video represent what’s being sung about lyrically?

I wanted to tip my hat to The Weeknd using similar visuals and styling from his album, After Hours. We intentionally elected to have the video be more performance-heavy so that the lyrics could be the focal point, but still added in a few symbolic elements. For example, the limo scene was a representation of walking through the music industry – surrounded by a hazy superficial environment and not wanting to be a part of it. 

How do you hope that this song affects listeners? The industry?

It’s simply my goal to bring more awareness to what’s happening and not happening. The more noise that is made around artist mistreatment and industry corruption, the better chance we have of seeing some change. The Grammys in particular has always been – and is supposed to be – iconic, respected, and sought-after. 

What would be your first step in making a specific change in the industry?

First and foremost, I’d like the public to be more aware of how these votes are weighted and what they are based on (other than the opinion of those allowed to vote). I’d love to see nominations and awards given based on genuine universal impact, engagement, and authentic listenership. Ultimately, I’d also love to see more of a focus on the independent artist community, even if that means adding potential awards to the line-up.

Grammy’s aside, there are some things that would drastically change the sustainability of artist careers:

  1. Allow artists to disseminate information to their audience more seamlessly. What’s the point of having Spotify followers if we can’t inform them of a new release? Open the gates.
  1. Allow artists to reach their fans. Social platforms will say we have hundreds of thousands of followers, but restrict organic reach to 5%. Oh, unless artists choose to spend more hard-earned money on ads to reach fans who voluntarily followed. Open the gates.
  1. Playlists run the game right now. Allow artists a chance to actually land a placement without having to know the right person. We get it, labels need to make their money back. Have your playlists for hand-selected artists, but these playlists are based on making money back on signing deals and label expenses, not skill or curating a listener experience. Open the gates.

Do you think that everyone speaking out this year will make any change happen? Or will the industry be at the same place next year?

I’ll choose optimism on this one. Let’s just keep making noise.

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Music producers Wuki & Somkepurpp link up on trap banger ‘Birdz’

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Smokepurpp and Wuki link up on the official music video for their new single “Birdz” out now  via Hard Recs. Riding through the desert on high-powered quads and sand viper dune buggies, Wuki and Smokpurpp endure the rocky terrain and take us on a reckless, off-roading adventure. Shifting into high gear, Smokepurpp is seen spitting hard-hitting bars while Wuki hypes him up as they both create a rowdy and rambunctious scene. The “Birdz” single has been lighting up airwaves with support from iHeartRadio, Hot 97, Dash Radio as well as major playlists on Spotify including Cratediggers, Beast Mode, Trap Mojito and many more. Already racking in hundreds of thousands of streams so shortly after release, “Birdz” is quickly becoming one of the hottest tracks of 2021. 

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Future bass trio One Giant Leap debut environmental music video, ‘Human Race’

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Directed by: E.T Rouleau ( @e.t_rouleau)

In light of our world’s growing need for environmental sustainability, musician JiLLi was inspired to write a song from the POV of our dying mother nature. 

“Human Race” is the first track of an award-winning EP created by JiLLi and two classmates at Icon Collective College of Music under the project named One Giant Leap. This song has been a modest success for them on streaming platforms.

The group hope that this video could go viral with the right publicity, as environmental awareness is on the rise and it’s imperative that we take action. 

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Ancient Astronauts provide spotlight for talented African musicians in new album

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Ancient Astronauts, Thievery Corporation, Public Enemy, Wizkid, Damian Marley and Kruder & Dorfmeister.

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Let’s explore some of the hidden talent Africa has to offer with Ancient Astronauts. The German pair has set out to highlight the socially conscious artists found within the continent – creating a space for each artist to express themselves and providing a platform to reach the Europen market. The ZIK ZAK album via Switchstance Recordings was released today and preceded by several singles as well as the Kampala Fire EP, all taken from the dynamic album. However, fans will still find a wide variety of previously unreleased tracks.

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Ancient Astronauts strike a vital point when discussing the current relations between Western society and its African counterparts:  Multinational corporations exploit the resources of Africa, Western governments play out white saviour complex and come with financial support, but at the same time block their own markets from African products. There is no balance.

The two have striven to work against this mindset, with each release being tailored around the featured artists involved. Our personal favourite track of the album is ‘No Luv’, featuring a simple snare drum, irrefutable lyrics and the dynamic vocals of Modenine. Fast on its tail, in both on the album and in our hearts is ‘Social Distancing feat. Ife Piankhi’. The two strike two very different note and are but a small example of the complex issues addressed in the album.  

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New Premiere: wave producer Glacci unveils ‘LCD Sunscream’ song

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With a loyal cult following of over 10.2 thousand on Soundcloud, you can already sum up that experimental grime producer & remixer Glacci is one to watch. His ability to produce surreal soundwaves that are still desirable on the dancefloor leaves one in awe with every release that he puts out. Today, we are thrilled to share this innovative talent’s latest single, ‘LCD Sunscream’ via The Wave Stage. It is the perfect amount of whimsical, along with the undoubtedly refined structure in the production. 

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Electronic duo Lick Drop release latest banger song, ‘Made O Stone’

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London based duo LICK DROP unveil their new track Made O Stone. LICK DROP are the self-proclaimed AI cosmic production Demons. Pouring emotion and non-linear transmissions into the stream of monotony viewed through internet life, the duo see a generation in peril and provide a voice so little represented in modern music. Inspired by AG Cook, Grimes, Melanie Martinez and Lil Uzi Vert, LD create a new vision for music that blurs the lines between genres but that takes influence from trap, rock and hyperpop to create a unique music composite.

Made O Stone is the perfect example of that, 808 booming bass and drums devastate Hyper-Pop synths to take you on a heroic journey through the psychedelic cosmos. Guided by the anime style left of centre vocal melodies Made O Stone explores the sounds of Charli XCX and lil Uzi Vert to create their own unique style.

Hailing from South London, they have rejected the trappings of the modern music industry as true underground artists to create something wholly unique, building a collective in their studio in South London of like-minded individuals, artists and creatives.

It’s this exciting vision that attracted the duo to global-pop star Kiesza. First meeting Kiesza through a previous label, LICK DROP and her have bonded as friends and collaborators, with the duo having writing credits on Kiesza‘s latest album (for tracks Dance With Your Best Friend and Sky Aint The Limit. They recently collaborated on LICK DROP‘s Halloween track Dracula and have more music to come soon.

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Established hip-hop producer Wax Tailor releases 7th studio album

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Wax Tailor, Nightmares on Wax, DJ Shadow, RJD2 and The Avalanches.

The wait is officially over for the release of music producer Wax Tailor’s LP Shadow Of Their Suns released via Lab’oratoire. Wax Tailor serves us with refined hip-hop that bridges the gap between emotive electronica.

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Previously chatting with The Playground, he audaciously hinted at the new album’s direction (read the interview), “This Is The Album Of The Maturity”, probably the worst promotion argument.” We can not disagree with this statement, as it is evident from the first listen you will be absorbed by its theatrics starting with album opener ‘Fear Of A Blind Planet’. This song, much like the entire album embodies dystopian cinematic effects with sampled speeches of protest against a world gone mad. The pounding snares are hard to miss, making one quiver with goosebumps instantaneously.

Shadow Of Their Suns provides thought-provoking lyrics that Wax Tailor’s pairs together seamlessly with poised structure and dramatized effects throughout. The result is a poetic commentary on society and its many flaws.

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R&B & pop artist Maxine Ashley sings about growing up in the Bronx

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As a well-known Next model and urban R&B/pop artist, Maxine Ashley pulls from her experiences growing up in The Bronx with her salsero parents to create a serious bad bitch persona, continued in her latest single “Rager”. As a Latinx Grammy-award winning song-writer, professional Pat McGrath model and Pharrell Williams protege, Maxine Ashley‘s “Rager” and its accompanying goth-toned lyric video, come from Maxine‘s unwavering determination to push through COVID-19 sadness and stay sane, a trait possibly attributed to growing up Latin in The Bronx. This is a song for the weirdos, the ragers, the up-all-nighters, and people who live each day like a new party.

As a muse for Pat McGrath since 2017 and, recently, Fenty Beauty, she’s garnered features in Vogue, Wonderland, Tidal and many more. Moving to London alone when she was just 13 to pursue her entertainment dream, Maxine Ashley won’t take “no” for an answer, resulting in her signing to I Am Other headed by Pharrell Williams in 2017. A writer on Grammy-award winning Ariana Grande album Sweetener alongside Pharrell Williams, she channels an innate strength and wave of determination she inherited from her lineage of strong women through each single and visual she releases into the world. 

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Musician Bellsavvy releases confident pop song ‘In My Zone’

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Bellsavvy is a rising pop star meets fierce Latin diva. Based in London the artist knows how to combine her latin roots and European influences to create a unique sound unlike any other.

Starting her career with MTV Brazil singing on the show “Studio Acesso Girls MTV”, Bellsavvy won over the hearts of over 1.8 million live viewers who all voted for her performance. Following her time on MTV, she was catapulted into the limelight, landing roles in movies, musicals and numerous musical projects around Europe. 

Her debut single “Queen of My Mind” released earlier this year, received notable airplay from the likes of BBC Introducing and RTL. With her solid artistic identity being all about self-empowerment, she was labelled “the new fierce diva of 2021” by media around the globe, garnering support from the likes of Hollywood Life, GAYTIMES, PopDust and many more. “Queen of My Mind” saw Bellsavvy speaking about her experiences in the modelling industry and how she was shamed for her body weight. These dark and negative thoughts resulted in a loss of self-confidence and self-love leading to a mental breakdown. The track shined a light on the artist overcoming these inner-battles, resulting in a self-empowering anthem.

Now, she is giving us the second chapter. With her latest single “In My Zone”, Bellsavvy is shining brighter than ever before inviting listeners to find their own light and join her “in her zone”, where united we can all feel the power of owning who we are. “In My Zone” is an upbeat, energizing and self-assured song about being comfortable in your own skin and knowing your self-worth. Bellsavvy explains, “In my zone is about the moment I knew I was the Queen of my mind and I wanted to celebrate the feeling of breaking away from that chapter in my life.” 

“In My Zone” oozes Latin fire and energy. With sassy, fun vocals the song is infused with uplifting, catchy spanish influence and fire, dance-worthy production by the multi-platinum producer Sky Adams (Doja Cat, HRVY, Kylie Minogue, Sigala). The track is lively, light-hearted and carries a cheeky essence, but the vibes of the track speak of body confidence and finding your inner badass; her honesty shows people every little sentiment of who she is.

Bellsavvy hopes to use her inspiring story to help people in need. Something which is more important now, than ever before, the artist is using her positive, high energy and uplifting vibes, in her honest and authentic lyrics to tell her story and connect with listeners on a deeper level. Her music has been hugely supported by LGBTQ+ communities around the world – a community who can empathize with the discriminations that she has endured. With the goal to encourage others to feel strong, beautiful, and uplifted, no matter what anyone else tells you, Bellsavvy is on a mission and no one can get in her way.

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