Best New Music Of The Week // November 23 – November 29, 2015

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Emma McGrath – “Sit With Me”:

Emma McGrath is aged just 15 and she has already set tongues wagging with her excellent presence on stage, she has performed a various venues including the prestigious 100 Club on London’s Oxford Street. This singer/songwriter has a captivating voice which makes her sound a lot older in age than what she is. Its hard to close your eyes and listen to her music and to think she is only 15 years old!

She was featured on Dermot O’Leary‘s BBC Radio 2 Show segment ‘Some Mothers Do Indie‘ back in January but currently she is working hard to pass her GCSE’s. Emma has recently had some major success by winning the inaugural PRS For Music Foundation and PRS For Music Members Benevolent Fund Lynsey de Paul Prize for emerging female singer songwriters. This young lady is one to watch out for and for someone who has such an astonishing vocal range at her age is unbelievable. She was truly born to sing. Listen to her new single “Sit With Me” below, this beautiful song is out on November 27.

Mr. Drastick – “They Wanna Know”:

North West London rapper Mr. Drastick has been active since his 2008 debut album The Gladiators Anthem. Yesterday he released a music video for the new track “They Wanna Know”, produced by Donae’o through the GRM Daily channel.

In 2014 Drastick released the Gladiatorial Passion Vol. 2 mixtape, which is available for free download here. Although “They Wanna Know” is not currently placed on a project, it is an exciting end to 2015 for the talented MC. The track features a hard hitting grime instrumental and precise, powerfully delivered lyrics from Drastick. Watch the video below.

Coldplay – “Adventure Of A Lifetime”:

Coldplay Adventure Of A Lifetime
In the middle of a jungle, four apes discover something underneath a pile of fallen leaves. It’s a speaker and Coldplay‘s “Adventure Of A Lifetime” plays, causing the apes to start dancing. The fun-loving computer generated apes are all based on the looks and movements of each band member. They dance, play instruments, and inspire an elaborate mass dance routine. What more could anyone want from a music video?

The six-month project was directed by Mat Whitecross and the animation/performance capture was undertaken by the Imaginarium studio. To see how the video was created, click here for a Guardian exclusive. “Adventure Of A Lifetime” will feature on upcoming album A Head Full Of Dreams which can be pre-ordered here. You can watch the video via Facebook.

AJ Nelson + Wiyaala – “Power To The People”:

The much anticipated song, “Power To The People” by Ghanaian hip hop artist, AJ Nelson, has finally been released. He is joined by fellow Afro-pop singer, Wiyaala, as she beautifully harmonises with him, creating a rather eloquent track. Despite the name, it is not a politically enforced song, but rather an attempt to motivate the youth of the world to fight for what they believe in, and it was intentionally written to “let the leaders and the people in the world know that we are mindful of what’s going on and we are not happy”, as stated by Nelson himself.

Chris Brown – “Fine By Me”:

One of the biggest names in Pop and R&B, Chris Brown is on his way to releasing his seventh album, Royalty, coming out on the 18th of December – just a little over two weeks until it’s out, and despite the many controversial issues surrounding the artist, there is still a great deal of excitement for the new release; in fact, there is a great deal of excitement any time he’s due to release anything. “Fine By Me” was released in anticipation for Royalty, and now there’s a music video to go along with it. Watch it below.

Illmaculate + OnlyOne – “Only & Ill”:

Portland duo Illmaculate and OnlyOne release the new visual for the title track from their recently released LP Only & Ill, which is available for purchase here. The duo have made their name as part of the formidable Sandpeople crew, and Illmaculate is one of the world’s most renowned battle rappers. With a career spanning back to the WRC freestyle era, and transcending into the written format with appearances on Grind Time, Don’t Flop and King Of The Dot (he is currently the champion of the Canadian league). Watch the video below.

Booda French – “The Feeling”:

Ipswich MC Booda French releases a visual for his track “The Feeling”, produced by Rossrock and directed by Flexx Tyler. The song is taken from Booda’s forthcoming project 6AM Coffee Club, which is set to drop in 2016, although an exact date is currently unknown. 6AM Coffee Club will be released through the reputable UK based independent label Eat Good Records, who have achieved their status through being the longtime home of UK veteran SonnyJim, as well as having artists such as KosyneRTKAL and Kelakovski amongst their roster. Watch the video below.

Weltuntergäng + Arm & Hässlich – “Untitled”:

Sektion Red have a consistently high quality output of music videos, and they’re regular at that. With previous features from Bristolian crew Split Prophets, Holland MC Blabbermouf, legendary New York rapper Edo.G and many more, their latest visual takes us to Germany. Munich group Weltuntergäng collaborate with Oldenburg duo Arm and Hässlich on the track, and it’s just one example showcasing the gritty boom bap that is being produced in Europe. Hip-hop is thriving the world over for sure. Watch the video below.

Words by Amanda Duncs, Sam Bennett, Shanade McConney and Qurat-ul-Anne Sikander

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