Humble UK rapper Stash Peso is turning heads, new single and EP out now

In the press release for the new single/EP combination from London rapper Stash Peso, there’s a passage that really sticks out from the rest. Describing the influences and inspiration behind his EP ‘Shine’ and new single ‘Glow’, Stash Peso says the following:

‘‘Glow’ is written from a personal place, about being happy with yourself not matter who judges you and tries to mould you into something you’re not’. Meanwhile, on EP ‘Shine’ he says ‘thinking of the name for the EP was straightforward – I’m not a star and don’t want to be but I can still shine.’

Both of these statements speak to a well-grounded artist with a top-class attitude. It helps, of course, that the quality is high in the single and throughout the EP. You should seek it out if you enjoy discovering new talent first.

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Souleye album ‘Shapeshifting’ out now – ‘The Victim’ free download

Shimmering and intriguing, the track above is the first single from the similarly shiny new album from Souleye. ‘The Victim’ track can be downloaded for free from here, while album ‘Shapeshifting’ is out now in all the usual digital outlets.

A bold reimagining of the rap genre, the album finds a confident writer on good form. It’s always a mark of confidence if a single isn’t one of the first songs on a full album, and the fact that ‘The Victim’ doesn’t show up until late in the game speaks volumes.

By then, if listening through the album, you’ll have realised that this release is dynamic and thoughtfully written, moulding positive messages and worldly observations into the fabric of the whole thing. The fact that it does all this while staying wholly entertaining makes this album one to watch.

Order ‘Shapeshifting’ now

Free Download for electronica fans: Rick Tryfle – ‘Escapism’

‘Lets get away, get lost, get high, disappear!’ – so says the description for the latest free download from German electronica artist Rick Tryfle, and it’s a fitting summation of the song itself.

‘Escapism’ itself is a fitting title for a track which slips easily into a groove and draws you in for its duration. It’s a difficult line which pure electronic music has to tread – by its nature it’s very keenly constructed, and not improvised in the same way that a four piece rock band band can come up with something on the spur of the moment in the studio. However, the best electronic have that spirit – that laid back feel that belies the hard work and tinkering behind the scenes.

By creating a hypnotic pulse to his latest single, Rick Tryfle has really set the standard for instrumental hip-hop driven electronica – and we look forward to hearing what comes next.

New video: Jess Thristan covers Wiz Khalifa for Reload Sessions

Jess Thristan, one of the UK’s most exciting artists at the moment, is someone who regularly surprises you. And, with a new EP out next week, the above video has been circulating, showing her on top form as she covers the Wiz Khalifa/Charlie Puth track ‘See You Again’.

Taking the slickly produced pop/hip hop hit and stripping it back to lovely effect, Thristan has shown her ability once again to find the heart of a song with her faultless vocal. Much better than the original, and well worth a listen.

JildyT featuring Snoop Dogg ‘Love Love Love’

JildyT, aka “The Hippie Chick” or “The Robin Hood of Records”, is all about spreading the “Love Love Love” as a singer, songwriter, and producer. JildyT is an angel of sound that embodies a natural flow of peace and love vibes; bow and arrow in hand aiming at touching hearts. Known for contributing to the fight of Domestic Violence (DV), she is helping women and children that have suffered in private and bringing her light to a world of darkness where it is easy to feel forgotten.

Her single so fittingly named “Love Love Love” features Snoop Dog that combines an upbeat and chill tempo. An easy going song to listen to, that will get you feeling the “Love Love Love” and SINGING it!

Purchase and download JildyT’s single “Love Love Love” feat. Snoop Dog! Don’t just groove to the beat, make the earth shake and be apart of a MOVEMENT! Half of all proceeds from this single will go to the Jenesse Center.

ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL: Do you want to play at The Isle Of Wight Festival?

Do you want to play at the Isle of Wight Festival this summer? The line-up for the Isle of Wight Festival this year includes Kings of Leon, Biffy Clyro and Red Hot Chilli Peppers! Would you like the chance to join them and perform at the Isle of Wight Festival?

 

Walkabout have teamed up with the Isle of Wight Festival and Future Music to run a Road to The Isle of Wight Festival Competition for musicians of all types to win a slot on this year’s Isle of Wight Festival which takes place on 12th-15th June. The Isle of Wight Festival competition is supported by Jack Daniels, so the winner will not only get a slot at the Isle of Wight Festival but they will also receive £500 expenses covered and lots of Jack Daniels goodies including limited edition Jack Daniels Guitars!

 

The Isle of Wight Festival competition runs nationally through May at every Walkabout venue, with the Grand Final taking place in London at Temple on Sunday 8th June to decide the winning act. Last year’s winning act FELLA came from Reading and performed on the Rising Stage.

 

For more information and to enter please email your name, number and closest Walkabout venue to office@openmicuk.co.uk. You can find all the Walkabout venues here.

 

Find more information about the Isle of Wight Festival Competition here.

 

 

Interview: Savvy

With his ‘Powerskills’ single/EP, featuring Russell Lissack of Bloc Party (guitar) and Joel Pott of Athlete (vocals), out now (order here), the iron is hot for this UK MC whose particular brand of post-grime rap is getting him noticed in high places. Currently flying under the radar, that might not be the case for too long – let us introduce you to Savvy.

 

Q; For those who haven’t come across you before, who is Savvy?

Savvy: I guess you would describe me as an MC, lyricist, rapper – whichever you want to call it – and producer. I ran under a previous pseudonym as ‘Saviour’, which got quite a lot of interest in the UK underground scene. I used that to become a better producer and lyricist, to hone my craft. I released through my own label called Saving Grace Music, which is still running. I currently work under the name Savvy with a band called Savoir Faire, and at the moment we’re just gearing up because we’ve got a record to out out.

 

Q: You mentioned Savoir Faire there, one of the things that really stands out with you is the fact that you rap in front of your own live band. So how did you bring all that together?

S: It was just a culmination of initially growing up as an artist. I started rapping over other people’s beats, trying to write things with substance and improve as a lyricist. I was trying to push the envelope so it became more about adding other instruments and going from there. You know, if you listen to my record I might have a sample or two in there still. It’s supposed to be a combination of all so it kind of reflects that and the live show as well, bringing real instruments in as well as rapping over beats.

 

Q: Your next single ‘Power Skills’ was recorded with members of Athlete and Bloc Party. How did that come about?

S: How did that start? I think I got one random email from one of the members of Athlete who was into my music just generally in the past, asking if I wanted to collaborate on some songs that never actually saw the light of day. But through that we kept working and finding other producers including a guy called Camp America – not the place for fat kids if that’s what you’re thinking [laughs]. He got in touch with both of us and said he thought our style had kind of a northern style to it which he liked. You know, urban music is almost like a London thing, even though there are artists all over the place it’s like it all comes from London. But he liked our kind of twist on things and my sense of humour so he got me on a track with the lead singer of Athlete, Joel Pott, and then brought in the guitarist from Bloc Party who added his part once we’d done our parts. But yeah, I sent them some rough vocals and they liked it, so I went down to London to see them and we just knocked it out at Joel’s house.

 

Q: And when’s that one out?

S: That is gonna be out April 6th I believe.

 

Q: Excellent. I read in your press notes that you had quite a musical upbringing with your Dad, is that right?

S: To a degree yeah, but I mean I’ll be honest there’s even a bit of tension because my Dad grew up in music but then went into other things. Got a career and job and had kids, responsibilities, as you do, so there is a degree of ‘so you’re still doing music then? Still making records? Oooh I don’t know mate it’s tough!’, just trying to keep my feet on the ground you know? But there’s always been music in my family, almost sort of a soundtrack to my family. But there’s always an element of ‘you should just enjoy it and not be trying to “make it”’. There’s a degree of that so but he’s just trying to protect me I s’pose.

 

Q: But he’d still be very proud no doubt if you manage to get to where you want to be.

S: If I pulled it all off then definitely. You know I’ve done big gigs, you know, homecoming gigs with thousands of people and they got to see that, got to see what a show is really like and that if there’s a crowd then people know the lyrics and stuff like that. So there have been moments over the years where my Dad’s seen that and said ‘you know what, this is great’ so it’s all good really.

 

Q: If people are interested in checking out your music online, where’s the best place to go?

S: I would say go to my label website:

www.saving-grace.co.uk

Or follow me on Twitter because I do updates every day on there:

@IAm_Savvy