Music Diary for March 2018
1) Wilkinson - Afterglow
I cannot believe this song is five years old, I remember when it came out so well, I used to play it at every party. This is still hands down one of my favourite ever music videos. I love listening to it, as it makes me so nostalgic and reminiscent of when I was 17 raving to it. It is also just a big tune! I know how you guys love when I remind you of the bangers. You see when the beat drops on this track, it just makes me want to go out! It's impossible to hear this song without wanting to go out with your friends.
2) Izzie Gibbs - Flaca
This is only a few days old but definitely one that has been on repeat for me. Northampton’s own Izzie Gibbs dropped a brand new single ahead of his tape 96l's that he keeps teasing us. The visuals to 'Flaca' are so mad, shot in Soho's China Town, they definitely went in for this video. Izzie Gibbs is not to be slept on, believe me, I have been saying this for a long time. He's been about for a long time, whether it is with his rap battles or JDZ Media freestyles, he has been working hard for years and dropping constant bangers. His flow and eccentric style makes him in my eyes one of the most exciting and talented artists out there right now. As you all know, I had a great interview with Izzie a couple of months back, he has so much energy and a lot to say - read that here. Definitely check this video out and let me know what you think! Big up Iz for this one!
3) Dave - Hangman
You guys know how much of a fan I am of Dave so I was really excited to hear some new music from him and this did not disappoint at all. Produced by Nana Rogues, this song is Dave at his lyrical best once again. He addresses his controversial 'stop and search' comment on Twitter, but more important also tackles far more important issues, including young men in London killing each other for no reason. I love this song, and Dave is in my top 3 UK artists. He always uses his voice and platform to speak on important issues and 'Hangman' is no different.
4) Sneakbo - INTRO
Taken from his new album 'Brixton' which dropped last week, Sneakbo unveiled the new visuals to his song 'INTRO' and it is my favourite so far, off the project. I also love 'Living'. I was fortunate enough to interview Sneakbo the night of his album launch party and he is a really interesting guy. Head to thelinkup.com to read that now, it was an honour, and we had a good laugh. This song, is one that gets you in the heart, and the feels, and the visuals to it do not disappoint. I find, more recently, Sneakbo is taking his music very seriously, he has his music videos looking like movies and his songs are powerful. I love two minutes into this song, the whole track has a shift in the production, Lekaa beats did a madness with this project, believe me. Make sure you go and listen to his new album now!
5) Drake - God's Plan
I am a big fan of Drake, but it took me a little while to get hooked on this song, but now I do really like it. However what are everyone's opinions on the video? A lot of people have said to me they find it distasteful and it brings up the issue of doing charitable things and publicising it, which is not really a selfless good deed. I am in two minds about it, I think Drake is a very likeable person and always comes across really well, he has done a lot for a lot of people and it was an inspiring video. Let me know your thoughts!
6) Sam Smith - Too Good At Goodbye's
I still love this song so much and have been more recently playing it a lot. Sam Smith has the most incredible voice, I fell in love with his warm and distinctive tone back on a track about 6 years ago called 'Latch' by Discolsure, in which he was a feature. This song is taken from his most recent album, and it is genuinely heartbreaking. Like most of Sam Smiths' music, it is incredibly haunting and beautiful.
7) Chase & Status - All Goes Wrong Ft Tom Grennan
Old but gold! I love this track. You guys know I am a huge Chase & Status fan, I would say I listen to them at least three times a week, and this song introduced me to the beautiful voice of Tom Grennan's who I have now seen live and he is absolutely brilliant. He has such a rough, raspy tone, it's gorgeous.