An instant hit in the making, the production courtesy of ATG Music, APmg and rocketbeats brings out a softer side to the rapper who plays with melodies and his vocal capabilities in this ode to falling in love. It definitely gives off island vibes as dashes of steelpans beam through alongside the accented vocals of both Don EE and Davido.
The video also brings out a softer side to the hitmaker as he trades the concrete jungle for some lush white cliffs; a private getaway for him and his lady for some one on one time. What better way to woo your lady than breakfast for two on the beach. Davido is on deck to give the visuals extra heat.
Having created an impressive foundation for his music in a short space of time, initiated by the release of his anthem “You Alright Yeah“, Don EE has been in high demand both with fans and artists. He has collaborated with Mabel, Kojo Funds, Big Tobz and Donae’O but his latest venture sees the most anticipated collaboration to date as he takes things international with Davido.
ZER0 – “1066”
Following the success of their debut EP Orpheus last year, picking up support from the likes of Earmilk, Viper Magazine and Konbini, French duo ZER0 now gear up to release the upcoming EP and if this new track is something to go by, we’re ready.
Musically influenced by everything from Nirvana to 2Pac, Massive Attack to James Blake, it’s gone a long way, judging by the duo’s new track “1066”. A meteorite of a track, the allusions to the ethereal instrumental and scorching lyricisms, with the pair mixing in the creative streets of Paris it is a truly contemporary take on such classic flavours.
Speaking on the track, ZER0 state: “It is a glimpse within, that deals with countering the dark thoughts that swirl around our minds, with positivity, grit and determination. It switches drastically halfway and metamorphoses into its final form. This further illustrates the duality and contrast between the constant battles we face within ourselves and with ourselves.”
It’s also a marker of the serious credentials of the two friends. ZER0 tears open a hole in the scene and starkly make their claim as one of the most genuinely exciting acts this year.
Liam Bailey + Maverick Sabre – “Brother, Why You Gotta Love Her”
Following its audio release last week, which is being supported by Clash Magazine, BBC 1Xtra and Earmilk, among others, as well as his sold-out headline show at Omeara only a few days ago, Nottingham soul musician Liam Bailey is excited to unveil the music video for “Brother, Why You Gotta Love Her” featuring Maverick Sabre, premiered via Complex.
Directed by James Beale, who has also worked with adidas, Meadowlark and River Island, among others, the visuals for “Brother, Why You Gotta Love Her” perfectly capture the genuine friendship between Liam and Maverick, as they brood over walking away from a toxic relationship.
Speaking about how the visuals for ‘Brother, Why You Gotta Love Her’ came about, Liam Bailey says: “the video was inspired by my friendship with Maverick. We’ve seen a lot of pubs, brandy glasses and shared a few stories over the bar. I think Mav was into the idea of doing the video in an Old Miners Welfare but we settled for Catford Constitutional Club instead”.
“Brother, Why You Gotta Love Her” is the first taste of Liam Bailey’s forthcoming fourth studio EP, set to be released on November 9, and is the soul star’s first project since his critically acclaimed 2014 album Definitely Now. Produced by Rich Cooper (Banks, Tom Odell), it comes perfectly on the heels of Liam touring with Paloma Faith on her UK nationwide tour this summer.
Dan Crossley – “7 Minutes”
22 year-old singer/songwriter Dan Crossley blazed into the scene last year with critically-acclaimed single releases “Feel”, “Rome” and “Talk” – amassing over 450K streams in the process. Now moving to a more soul/pop-laced sphere, Dan drops his gorgeous newoffering, “7 Minutes” – the first release from his upcoming new EP, Closure.
Following a notable entrance that quickly garnered press across Wonderland, The Line Of Best Fit and Clash amongst others, the emerging, London-based artist now comes through with a polished, slow-burning new release that hints excitingly at new material in a similar R&B-nuanced vein.
It’s a new instrumental path, produced Fred Cox that creates a new context to Dan’s superb vocal performance – one that will be sure to continue to generate intrigue in the young artist.
Speaking on the track, Dan states: “I wrote ‘7 Minutes’ about the immediate attraction I had for someone, regardless of knowing it was bad for me to get involved. Those initial ‘7 Minutes’ may feel like heaven, but as this next body of work I’ve written will show, it can cause so much more to happen.”
M.O + Chip – “Wondering”
Following their recent breakout smash “Bad Vibe” – their second official Gold Top 20 record (and soon to go Platinum), UK girl group M.O are one of the most exciting and relevant acts right now. With that, they give us a new potential smash in “Wondering”, featuring UK’s finest Chip.
“Wondering” continues M.O’s flair for tropical, lilting hooks and melody blended with a bassline that can light up parties. With careful consideration of collaborators a thing, the feature from Chip is also to their credit – one of the hottest rappers out there at the moment. The new single also comes with a video which is fun and lighthearted an allows then to express themselves as well as kick it with their people in.
Recruiting the likes of Lotto Boyzz and Mr. Eazi for their last release, M.O have united tastemakers and mainstream critics alike, from GRM Daily to The Metro as well as BBC R1, KISS FM, Capital FM and Capital Xtra all singing their praise for a long-awaited urban girl group.
M.O continue to cement their status as a true homegrown, woman phenomenon. With the musical ability and charisma to set the pace in 2018, M.O will continue to generate critical intrigue and street popularity in equal measure.
Jesse Markin – “Treat”
Whereas “Blood” leaned strongly towards indie-pop, we now see the emerging Liberian-born, Finnish artist broadening his style towards club-oriented rhythms balanced with harder beats and basslines on production. “Treat” has a distinct rumbling production that is not only undeniable but infectious. When you pair that with the way he lays his vocals on this particular track, it’s definitely a stand out.
Originally making his name as rapper for the group The Megaphone State – producing three critically-acclaimed hip-hop albums – his new solo project moves him forward both musically and thematically, broadening his style from rapping to singing for the first time.
Speaking on the track, Jesse states: “‘Treat’ is about dedication; Acknowledging your own mistakes and growth. I wanted a track that has a deeper and meaningful layer to it, with every listen you’re able to find something new.”
Words By Jay Tijani