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Artist Max Wassen and RetroVision collab on new flaming song ‘AUBADE’

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Max Wassen, RetroVision, Kendrick Lamar and Post Malone

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Hailing from the world’s most tropical countries, the Canadian-Swedish rapper Max Wassen has kicked off 2023 with the legendary RetroVision to bring you a taste of sunshine-filled beats during these cold winter nights. 

Max has been added to over 2,200 playlists, amassing 16 million streams on Spotify, and has drawn attention and support from the likes of Monstercat, Spinnin’ Records, Lowly., and SOAVE. As well as collaborations with French Fuse, Anthony Keyrouz, written for the Netflix Show Stuck With You and many more. 

With Max’s undeniable charisma, humor and charm, it’s no wonder his fan base doubles on the daily. 

He now takes on a new track with RetroVision, a brilliant French producer making waves in his own name, to kick off Max’s biggest project to date collaborating with some of the biggest producers in France such as Mosimann, Damien N-Drix, Miller Miller, Aazar, and of course, RetroVision

‘AUBADE’ is the first collaboration from the project, expertly melding together RetroVision’s futuristic style with Max Wassen’s articulated flow. 

Bio Max Wassen:

Max Wassen is a self-absorbed rapper who is now writing his own bio. There really is no slowing down the ego of this man. So be prepared for a lot of his own ass-kissing as he proceeds to talk about himself in the third person in an attempt to sound more interesting than he actually is. 

Max Wassen was born at a very young age and has already turned 26 before having time to regret it. Being born in Toronto, Canada, Max’s family had decided they were done with the cold, so when Max turned 12 they decided to move, and fly back to their home country. That country is the tropical country of Sweden. 

Moving to a new country is always difficult, true. But if you’re a loud social idiot like Max, and you’re moving to a country where the social norm is to not stick out in any way, that social norm basically being the law, then it’s even more difficult. After being bullied for years, Max decided to put his feelings and points of view from blood to the brain, to paper, and to this day hasn’t stopped. Max’s main source of inspiration comes from artists like Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, and Anderson Paak, but hasn’t let his core stay too predictable, as he is also often affiliated with working together with several EDM artists like Bhaskar, Feder, Damien-N-Drix and Lucas Estrada. PewDiePie shouted him out one time if you know who that is. Hit Max up on Instagram if you want proof. Oh hey, look, links!

Bio RetroVision:

RetroVision is a 25-year-old DJ, Producer and Remixer from France who taking the electronic world by storm. His original music and remixes have not only been supported by hundreds of thousands of fans online but some of the most well-known and respected DJs on the planet have recently played his music at EDC Las Vegas, Ultra Music Festival Miami and SiriusXM. 

Retro has seen continued support from major YouTube and SoundCloud curators with features, premieres and releases on AirwaveMusicTV, Future House Music, GalaxyMusic, House Nation, MrSuicideSheep, NoCopyRightSounds, OnTheHouse and xKito to name but a few.

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Hip-hop artist ML&Giggs captures minds with new release

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ML&Giggs, Travis Scott and Chance the Rapper

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ML’s musical journey was first sparked in 2010 when he featured on ‘Little Man & Me’ by Giggs and now in a full circle moment, the two come together yet again over 12 years later on ‘Who I Am’ for a true father and son UK Rap moment.

The track is filled with dark undertones and a skippy beat which is synonymous with Giggs signature sound whilst ML navigates the production with ease, really coming into his own and showing his talent. 

Not sticking to one sound, ML is a diverse musician who shows his versatility across all his releases, whilst basing his music on current feelings and life experiences.

Having released ‘Folks’ earlier this year, ML is building momentum and consistency in the run-up to releasing his debut mixtape.  

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Producer Kooma taps into deep emotions in new mixtape

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Kooma, Øfdream, CHVRN, eevee, Jinsang

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Under Floating, Drifting Records, producer Kooma captivates his fans with his latest mixtape  Freefall, released on the 16th of December. The charismatic musician hails from Helsinki, Finland and enjoys a spot in several of Spotify‘s editorial playlists, including indie pop & chill and Montréal Chill. Kooma boasts a unique collaboration with the French chillout producer Nomyn.

The new mixtape explores and offers sounds infused with a laid-back bass beat and drums laced with dark synths that relay suspense and mystery. Freefall tells a story of emancipation with deliberately channelled complex emotions resulting in the eight-track mixtape ascending to attain masterpiece status.  ‘SSNS (feat. DNTST)’ is the sixth track in the mixtape and assumes its significance through an urgent synthesiser that is accompanied by solacing vocals which reinforce its deeply intimate melody.

Kooma elaborates on the creative orientation of the new mixtape with these words: Freefall is the third installation to my mixtape series, following the ‘Stages of Hypothermia’ and ‘Home’ releases. The beats vary from chill and deep sounds to very raw, aggressive vibes. ‘Hi This Is Flume (Mixtape)’ by Flume and ‘Instrumentals’ by Clams Casino have been my key inspirations for this project”.

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Rapper Juice Menace amazes with new song ‘Creepin’

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Juice Menace, M.I.A and Nicky Minaj

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Juice Menace is paving her way into the industry and igniting the Welsh music scene along the way. Not content with slowing down towards the end of the year, Juice has just dropped a new track, ‘Creepin’, another example of her effortless lyrical flow over a buoyant bass and syncopated beats in a nod towards the dancefloor. 

“I wrote this with Cardiff nightlife in mind,” says Juice, “hanging out with my friends and having a good time. This song captures the winter vibes of Cardiff, things getting colder and darker.” 

Having teased the track with a glitchy clip just a few days ago and followed up with a second today, Juice will continue to drop short-form vertical videos from different parts of the track over the next couple of weeks. In the era of the infinite scroll and bottomless social media feeds, the video format plays into our collective insatiable appetite for endless hits of content and cuts ‘Creepin’ up into bitesize motifs. 

Listen to Creepin’ at https://juicemenace.sup.nr/creepinPR 

‘Creepin’ rounds off a year of growth into different cultural corners for Juice; her Clean Slate EP, released this Summer, received support from the likes of Charlie Sloth, Gal Dem, and GRM Daily. Continuing her trajectory of success on Spotify, she was selected as the face of RapUK’s Day One Club promotional campaign, which culminated in Juice featuring on her first billboard in London’s Westfield. Most recently, the Cardiff-based rapper teamed up with the Football Association of Wales to release the track ‘For Her’ in the lead-up to Cymru’s key 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifiers. She’s proving worthy of the “CDF CEO” title already fondly awarded to her by her peers and dedicated fanbase. 

These recent moves are reflective of an artist who’s not content sitting in a single lane, and Juice continues to push the envelope. Keep your ear

to the ground, as she’ll be switching up her sound and genre influences with her next drop, coming soon… 

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Expressive musician LMA offers new song Libre

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The electronic music label, Sidekick Music, is opening its arms to the modern French/pop scene, welcoming new undeniable talent into their roster, LMA

LMA, or Maël, exchanged school benches with concert seats at a very early age. With an innate talent for writing, he won the Claude Nougaro Writing Prize at only 16 years old. Maël is an introspective artist, he writes methodically and poetically. A distinct style that flirts with rap, pop, and classic French songs.  He has already opened for Vald and Hervé, and appeared on France TV in the show Culture Box and C’est Pas En Playback on France Bleu. 

Today LMA brings us his latest hit ‘Libre’ and it is a banger. This song brings funk and nu-disco styles along with modern french rap. He is accompanied by Daoud on trumpet and is inspired by the jazzy atmosphere of Ibrahim Maalouf. 

Quote from Maël (translated from French): 

“‘Libre’ is a nod towards my American influencers, like Mac Miller and Isaiah or even Kaytranada. I wanted to do a song that was groovy and danceable, all while speaking of rather personal subjects. It’s this contrast that I find interesting. 

We invite Daoud who brought the final touches with his trumpet, giving the song a little dose of sunshine it had been missing” – LMA

LMA is a talented young artist who is heading for great things. His new album is set for 2023, and ‘Libre’, out Friday, November 25th, is just the first taste of what’s to come. 

Bio: 

LMA is a well-rounded artist, inspired by Mac Miller, Stromae, Kaytranada, Odezenne and Isaiah. He has quickly risen to popularity in the South-West of France in Occitanie. In just three years LMA has put out a series of EP’s with Sonatine in 2020, 31e Chambre in 2021, and Mauvaises Fréquentations in 2021 as well. He brings a unique musical and visual identity, often creating small videos called “capsules” to compliment his songs, accumulating several thousand views on social media. 

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Producer Rose Noir excites fans with ‘Modele V’

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Rose Noir, Isaac Hayes Curtis Mayfield Marc Moulin

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‘70s cinema comes to life in Jazz and funk musician Rose Noir‘s latest song ‘Modele V’ under Halfeti Records. The explorative musician boasts the title of  World Champion turntablist, twice, and produces music that is comparable to the likes of Curtis Mayfield and Marc Moulin among others.

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The suspense is palatable in ‘Modele V’ as the track cruises through a fusion of saxophone notes, a laid-back bass guitar, and gentle hand drums that culminate into an imposing sound that bares witness to the musician’s talent. The track is a serious interpretation and adaption of the ‘70s musical sound and motion pictures. It does not shy away from its origins, morphing to suit modern listeners like a restored old black-and-white photograph. 

Rose Noir reflects on the inspiration for the making of ‘Modele V’: “The music is definitely inspired by ‘70s movies, but also by obscure ‘70s libraries music vinyl which is what music supervisors were using as background music in movies, advertisements, TV shows etc…but also nowadays highly sought after by music enthusiasts and hip-hop producers looking for new materials to sample”.

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Self-sufficient rapper King Lutendo releases U Zwima album

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King Lutendo, A-Reece and Kendrick Lamar

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Rapper, producer, songwriter, animator and illustrator King Lutendo has just released his latest album titled U Zwima. Since his debut, King Lutendo has continuously expanded beyond the sonic limits of the current hip-hop landscape, blending unique hints of electro, dance, rock, and hip-hop all with a unique blend of African Tshivenda-themed masterful lyricism. This latest album has landed on several Apple Music Playlists, which has been the case with all his releases before. The album’s lead single ‘Lufuno Luswa’ also made a recent global radio debut on NTS radio on the one glove breakfast show out in London.

Stream / Download: King Lutendo – U Zwima LP

Born to a musical Venda family, 29-year-old rapper, producer, animator and illustrator King Lutendo was raised with a love for the arts. Having studied design and illustration, he imbues his music with an arresting visual aesthetic. His take on hip-hop is experimental, using sounds not commonly associated with the genre. He describes himself as alternative and occupies a space built around his Venda Heritage, personal introspection, and spirituality. 

His brand has reverberated with sites such as Native Mag, Okay Africa, Redbull Music, Hype Magazine and Nusoulhub Radio, he was also highlighted as Apple’s artist of the month in May 2019 and debuted one of the singles off his album on Ebro’s beats 1 radio show in New York. Since then until now, he has released a total of 10 studio projects which have been featured on global stations such as Worldwide FM, NOODS radio, KCRW radio, and Bandcamp radio among others.

In 2020, he was among one of the few African artists chosen to represent their continent by performing at the Mela Fest in Norway. His music is cinematically structured and carries themes such as honest introspection and self-development, love and cultural history. Often described as a one-man band, King Lutendo writes, composes, produces, and engineers all his music. He also directs all his own music videos and creates all his own artworks and promotional animations for his music.

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Terrific trap musicians Stööki Sound offer new song ‘Revival’

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Stööki Sound, UZ, Troyboi, Baauer

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Trap musicians Stööki Sound share their mesmerising new single ‘Revival’ via Quality Goods Records. Bold Stööki Sound is comprised of DJ Lukey and Jelacee, and their music is likened to the musical sound of the likes of Troyboi and Baauer just to name a few. For Jelacee and DJ Lukey, the creation of music also extends to other artistic pursuits and aspirations. Revival’ marches on majestically into the hearts, minds and souls of listeners intentionally with the aim of truly fostering transformation with its grandiose but soft echoing, its echoing synths, and its slowed-down beat. The single has the power to rejuvenate listeners, paying homage to its title. Continue reading for the full interview.

Stream / Download: Stööki Sound – ‘Revival’

Take us through your list of dream software/gear you would like to get?

I’ve always wanted some Adam Audio studio monitors and my own treated studio room. I also intend on getting a Neumann TLM 102 microphone and an Apollo audio interface. I don’t really use outboard synths but I’d like to get a Moog Grandmother as well.

What do you need with you when you sit down to write or produce?

As I’m getting further into my production career I’m starting to realise that I love producing with other people and energies in the room. Sitting at your computer alone for hours becomes very robotic after a while, and I think having other energies (albeit choosing the right ones) can be very beneficial to production as sometimes you’ll second guess yourself and live in your head rather than in the moment.

What other artistic revenues do you pursue?

At the moment my sole focus is music production and live performances.

Studio work and music creation or performing and interacting with a live audience, what do you prefer?

Interacting with a live audience hands down.

What has been the most memorable moment of your career so far?

Probably our b2b with UZ at Bass Academy. That show was monumental. Also, the biggest crowd that we’ve played to date.

Name 3 artists you would love to collaborate with in the future

RL Grime, G Jones, Alison Wonderland.

Do you think music should provide social commentary and reflect the current world?

Not always. Music for me is a form of escapism. Sometimes that means writing emotions and experiences reflecting the world into songs. Other times it’s a way to escape from reality.

What can we expect from you in the near future? Any upcoming projects or gigs in the pipeline that you would like to tell us about?

We have a lot of new music on the way, solos and some special collaborations in the works. We’re rebuilding at the moment and taking our time to curate the best version of Stööki Sound that we can possibly make.

One last thought to leave your fans with?

We want to thank the supporters for a decade of support and look forward to continuing to grow with them and create new memories and experiences together.

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Hip-hop musician Loyle Carner drops album hugo

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Loyle Carner, Travis Scott, Post Malone

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In hugo, there’s a central question that Loyle Carner keeps coming back to: “I’m young, Black, successful and have a platform – but where do I go next?”

The answer is explored in this epic scream of a third album. With urgent delivery and gloriously widescreen production, Carner confronts both the deeply personal (“You can’t hate the roots of a tree, and not hate the tree. So how can I hate my father without hating me?) and the highly political (“I told the black man he didn’t understand I reached the white man he wouldn’t take my hand”). Cinematic in scale and scope, hugo is both a rallying war cry for a generation forged in fire and a study of the personal internal conflict that drives the rest of the album – as a mixed-race Black man, as an artist, as a father and as a son. 

The result is his most cathartic and ambitious record yet, a coruscating journey into the heart of what it means to be alive in these tumultuous times, and one which looks set to neatly cement his position as one of the most potent and vital young talents around today. Working alongside renowned producer kwes. (Solange, Kelela, Nao), Carner leaves no stone unturned on this album, in both its sound and its stories. In a 10-track album that moves from gorgeous neo-soul moments to thundering hip hop, with immediate, infectious bangers and sampled interludes from non musicians (mixed-race Guyanese poet John Agard and youth activist and politician Athian Akec) Carner shifts seamlessly from micro to macro, confronting everything from strained relationships with family to the societal tears caused by class stratification. 

 The last few months have seen anticipation ramp up stratospherically for “hugo”, with searing,  vital instant classics like Nobody Knows (Ladas Road), Georgetown and Hate knocking critics for six and soundtracking the summer, not to mention publications as varied as The Wire and DIY joined unanimously declaring it his best work yet. All up, it’s merely more ammunition to the fact that 2022/2023 will be the year of Loyle Carner. 

 “hugo” will be taken on the road next year, see the full round-up of UK live dates below.

 UPCOMING UK & IRELAND LIVE DATES – SOLD OUT

 19th Feb – Vicar Street – Dublin, Ireland 

20th Feb – Vicar Street – Dublin, Ireland 

23rd Feb – O2 City Hall – Newcastle, UK

24th Feb – The Mountford Hall – Liverpool, UK

25th Feb – O2 Victoria Warehouse – Manchester, UK

27th Feb – O2 Academy – Glasgow, UK 

28th Feb – O2 Academy – Sheffield, UK

2nd Mar – The Nick Rayns LCR UEA – Norwich, UK

3rd Mar – O2 Academy, Leicester 

5th Mar – Brighton Dome – Brighton, UK

6th Mar – Rock City – Nottingham, UK

8th Mar – O2 Academy – Birmingham, UK

9th Mar – O2 Academy – Bournemouth, UK 

11th Mar – University Great Hall – Cardiff, UK

12th Mar – O2 Academy – Bristol, UK

15th Mar – Eventim Apollo – London, UK

16th Mar – OVO Arena Wembley – London, UK

 “hugo” TRACKLIST

 1. Hate

2. Nobody Knows (Ladas Road)

3. Georgetown (feat. John Agard)

4. Speed Of Plight

5. Homerton (feat. JNR Williams & Olivia Dean)

6. Blood On My Nikes (feat. Wesley Joseph & Athian Akec)

7. Plastic 

8. A Lasting Place

9. Pollyfilla

10. HGU

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 Electric rapper Ghostface600 offers ‘Blue Mat’

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Known as the Milford Mayor and founder of Wave-Drill, Catford rapper Ghostface600 releases ‘Blue Mat’

Having spent years rising through the ranks, with his raw unfiltered street talk winning over audiences. From making music as a member of UK Drill group Block6, to releasing his first solo project 600 SZN as well as several successful singles such as ‘Fast Life’, ‘Paper Planes’ and more recently his face reveal single ‘Super Freak’.

On ‘Blue Mat’ the self-described ‘rapper with melodies’, reflects and reminisces on life and losing close friends over a refined melodic beat. Known for his often controversial bars, listeners will take in the drill bars that he delivers with his unique take on slowing down the lyrics and singing the bars rather than the aggressive energised delivery used in Drill tracks.

Ghostface600 has an increasingly diverse sound with standout hooks that juxtapose the often dark content in his releases, with every record he produces, he levels up. With his ever-growing fanbase, he puts creative artistry at the forefront of everything he turns his hand to and proves why he is a leading figure in the melodic rap scene.

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