Dive into our music discovery of the week from amazing acts who are creating and delivering hot music. With so much good music steadily coming through, it’s easy to miss some of the best. To help prevent this, we’ve rounded up the best discovery of the week. Here are the songs you can’t afford to skip, in no particular order.
Featuring: Max Valentine, Sharna Bass, Smooth Blaq & Zoh, Jae, Jump-Man Jay, Kanin, G E N I U S, Sondre, ARLO, & Spadey
Max Valentine – No Title / Super Powers Mini Movie
To coincide with the release of his current single ‘No Title’, North LDN’s Max Valentine drops part 1 in a trilogy of mini-movies to accompany his music this year. These visuals directed by Fredi Nwaka consist of two music videos (including next single track ‘Super Powers’) and see the hip-hop based artist explore other areas outside of the norm to promote his music.
With a strong song-writing base, the flair for melody and a distinct Brit swagger, ‘No Title’ see Max return with a more RnB driven sound. Perhaps better known for his bars, this time around we see Max on singing duties, with a Drake-esque half rap/half singing delivery, drawing influences from both sides of the Atlantic. Teaming up with longtime collaborator, the Leeds based producer 1st Born (whose credits include Chip, Dappy, and Stormzy), the pair have delivered a heavy yet accessible, 808 based, late night track.
“No Title came from a very honest place….it shows a different side to my character and my music ability. I like the fact that I’m versatile enough to make this kind of music”
Having spent much of 2017 in writing/recording sessions, ‘No Title’ is the first track to surface from these sessions and acts as a taster of what to expect in 2018, which is proving to be a breakthrough year for the Londoner. This year he dropped a couple videos with Grm Daily and Linkup TV including ‘Nights In Harlem feat. Harlem Spartens’, introducing audiences to his charismatic and artistic approach to music making.
Sharna Bass – Buss A 9
Sharna Bass’ Buss A 9 came in strong like no other song this week. Her sultry vocals steam up the semi-electronic subtle sample, filled with melodies, Sharna Bass rides through the track with ease, hitting every note and bringing every element of the track to life.
So freaking good it actually sounds insufficient every time we hear it. So we hear it again. And again.
Smooth Blaq & Zoh – Sade
Smooth Blaq links with the very talented Detroit native, Zoh, for this contagious smooth/ chill/ trap-ish banger “Sade”.
While Zoh flawlessly demonstrates his numerous styles and flows through his piercing lyrics, Smooth Blaq provides a tantalizing beat, pensive at one moment and driving the next, backed by the light touch of piano keys and 808s to go with the immaculate hi-hats,
Fair warning: this song is prone to be put on repeat for the considerable future due to its’ chorus staying in your head like no other. “Pac Pac with the juice and Sade with the smooth” The latest from Smooth Blaq is yet another multifaceted banger ready to be blasted from a speaker system in any possible situation
Smooth BLAQ, is a project started by the film composer & producer, Ruwanga Samath (Fast & Furious Five, ted, Netflix Original #Reality High).
Zoh, rapper/ songwriter with writing credits on Empire, Snoop Dogg, E40, Macy Grey.
Jae – Italiano ft. Yandi
San Diego rap artist Jae brings a hard-hitting track with ‘Italiano’. Featuring fellow SoCal artist Yandi, they take the suave from the mob and blend it with 808Jedi’s 808’s to create a unique sound.
Kanin – ATTS
Compton Ca, MC Kanin is back at it again, premiering another certified banger with the latest Installment to his WinWin Wednesday Series. The high energy track entitled “ATTS” which represents “According To The Streets” is mixed with raw lyrics and expression over a thunderous beat. The true definition of an independent artist, Kanin continues to impress.
Stream “ATTS” below and be sure to follow the movement on all social networks @ItsKanin for more! Also don’t miss more heat coming from this breakout artist with something to say. WinWin!!
Jump-Man Jay – Beamed Up
Beamed Up is more than a song, it away of life. To be Beamed Up is to be beyond lit, a natural high that comes from within. If something good in life happens then you’ll be Beamed Up and that what I wanted to capture in the song. For me being Beamed Up is getting money, getting fresh and enjoying all that life has to offer. #BeamedUp
G E N I U S – Blessed Trooper
G E N I U S drop off a new short single called “Blessed Trooper”, featuring their man from Paris, Harriswho they met via the upcoming freshest french record label “Le Sofa”.
This track is the second single from their debut album “Most Viewed”
“Firstly a soul lover, represented by his band “Rising Drops”, one day he got this story about a crazy girl ruining his night because of drugs. We exorcised that night together.”
Lisen to the track below…
Sondre – I’m No Good For You
Sondrey is a pop artist from Oslo, Norway. Influenced by The Weeknd and others, he writes and sings his own brand of chill RnB b influenced pop. On his latest single “I’m No Good For You”, Sondrey sings about musician life and its incompatibility with relationships. It’s a breezy night tune with honesty
ARLO – Homecoming
Hotly tipped London based newcomer ARLO finished 2017 in fine fashion with ” Safe”, which has racked up hundreds of thousands of plays online and got tastemakers like Hilly Dilly, BBC Music, Metro, Complex and Clash Magazine talking. Sir Elton John has praised the singer as a new British talent playing Arlo’s records on his Beats 1 radio show. Premiered by Phil Taggart on BBC Radio 1 and The Line Of Best Fit, ARLO kicks off 2018 today with his first offering of year,
” Homecoming”. A grandiose big room alt-pop song displaying ARLO’s stellar vocals of expansive production, the track serves as another nod to the potential of this exciting newcomer. Speaking on the track, ARLO states:
“Homecoming is an admission in its purest form. It’s me admitting the truth to myself and promising myself to get better. It’s me saying come home, we love you, we won’t judge you. no one will ever love you more than your family and friends. So why not surround yourself with them. ”
Spadey – Wacc Lyfe
In modern hip-hop music, it is rare to come across an artist who is self-sufficient; can write their own creative bars, produce their own instrumentation, and polish it with engineering skills. Emerging from the streets of Detroit and later Atlanta, 26-year-old Spadey belongs to the triple threat club that includes Dre, Kanye, and Pharrell. His brand bestows a unique sound that musically brews the punch of trap music and dark melodic tones of new-age R&B.
“Waxx Lyfe” is the first single from Spadey’s debut mixtape ‘whereisspadey’ released earlier this week.