Nikki Jean: Beautiful Prison (Stream)

Happy to see the arrival of Nikki Jean’s debut release on Rhymesayers. Having first come to my attention as the lead singer of Nouveau Riche, alongside The Roots affiliate, Dice Raw, Nikki’s voice was always especially captivating. Having teased us with a couple of singles over the last year or so, including the atmospheric, People & Planes, the Philadelphia-based vocalist proves her worth with this seven track, hip hop infused EP. There is a lone feature from regular collaborator, Lupe Fiasco, who drops in on the previously released single, Mr Clean, with the rest of the project allowing Nikki’s lyricism to simply shine through. Downloads of Beautiful Prison are available over on Bandcamp and the full EP can be heard below. Continue reading “Nikki Jean: Beautiful Prison (Stream)”

Marvin Gaye: What’s Going On

Surprising release from the Marvin Gaye estate, as they put out an updated video for his song that was originally written as a poignant response to an act of police brutality. The new video features footage of the current various traumas endured by black people on a daily basis in America and shows that the song has lost none of its impact since its original 1971 release.

Anna Lisa: Unfollowed EP (Stream)

Credit: Emma Blake Morsi (@blakemorsi)

The debut EP from Bristol-based vocalist, Anna Lisa, was given life this week. If you’re unfamiliar with her music, she manages to combine a haunting vocal style with electronic, sometimes trap-heavy beats, which create a very immersive and atmospheric sound. Unfollowed was premiered this week by Nitelife Magazine and you can now hear the full thing below. It was co-written and produced with MUSSI. Keep an eye on Anna Lisa’s socials (@annalisa_uk) because I know she’s got a lot more to come. Continue reading “Anna Lisa: Unfollowed EP (Stream)”

Harleighblu & Bluestaeb ft. Janne Robinson: Queeen Dem

A brand new video from Harleighbu and Bluestaeb landed today, for their Queeen Dem track. As the title suggests, it’s something of a feminine celebration and features excerpts from Janne Robinson’s song, This is For The Women Who Don’t Give a Fuck. You can stream and download Queeen Dem on all the usual platforms.

Children of Zeus: Vibrations

On their quest for total world domination, Children of Zeus recently spent some time touring in South Africa. While they were in Soweto they also found the time to shoot a new video, for their Vibrations track, which is the closer on their triumphant debut LP, Travel Light. Vibrations is produced by K15 and the video was directed by Sims Phakisi. Travel Light is available to stream and download now.