Staff picks is back for another week, bringing you with a selection fresh new tunes that the GRM team have been feeling.
D-Block Europe – “Bank Roll”
Fresh off their Home Alone mixtape, “Bank Roll” is one of many bangers. Young Adz supplies rhythmic vocals for the hook with him and Dirtbike LB laying down smooth bars on the verses. The production on this is inclusive of several different aspects making for a short and sweet tune/
“The combination of the keys and Adz’s delivery really make this tune a standout from a project full of stellar offerings”– Seth (Features Editor) (@SethPGRM)
BRKE – “Feelin Me”
This one sees BRKE add to her popping discography making use a of an afrobeat infused instrumental as her backing. Flexing her vocal prowess, BRKE gets melodic to deliver a sweet hook. The visuals see her full of energy by herself and with friends.
“BRKE is an artist who keeps on developing and getting better and better with every song and she’s sowing a lot of growth with not only her vocals but video production as well” – Mehul Bhatt (Writer) (@thisismehul_)
Dave – “Black”
Serving as both his first solo release of the year and first instalment of his upcoming debut album Psychodrama, is Dave’s “Black. Dropping alongside powerful visuals that include cameos from impressive members of both the music and UK urban scene, this tune follows a theme of what it is to be black and more specifically in the UK. A raw celebration of black excellence that simultaneously exposes the struggles.
“Dave for me is one of the most promising talents to come out of the rap scene in recent years and this track just highlights that. “Black” highlights issues that black individuals may experience through their lives and just listening to the track is so powerful. His use of words and hard truth is what makes the track. There is no rapper out there like him” – Natalie Malcom (Writer) (@natalie_malcom)
Kehlani – “Footsteps ft. Musiq Soulchild”
A feature of Kehlani’s latest body of work While We Wait, “Footsteps” sees one of new school r&b’s leading ladies link up with r&b veteran Musiq Soulchild. Enticing vocals throughout, this one is feels both nostalgic and new. The two singers bounce off each other perfectly.
“That pure unfiltered, feel good r&b. IF you’re a big fan of 90’s r&b like me you’ll love this new school meets old school collab. Also if you need a song to listen to when you’re all in your feelings, this is the one trust me” – Keana Bernard (Writer) (@keana_b)
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – “Flat Tummy Tea”
Hard-hitting from the onset, Freddie Gibbs join forces with veteran producer Madlib for yet another track. With a complex, wavey flow the introspective rapper plays with the idea of the Instagram famous company Flat Tummy Tea.
“The formidable duo of Indiana rapper Freddie Gibbs and producer extraordinaire Madlib team up again on this new track, which hopefully means their second pending studio album Bandana could be on the way” – Mike Spyrou (Writer) (@spizzgeta)
Oso Wavey Jay – “Soulja”
The first tune to drop from UK rapper Oso Wavey Jay, “Soulja” sees him spit of over a mellow beat with thoughtful content. Laying down quick metaphors and switching up his flow effortlessly, this one is a great intro to the scene.
“With “Soulja” Oso Wavey Jay’s debut single, I’m really looking forward to what else he can bring to the scene in the future” – Alice Moodle (Writer) (@musicmoodie)
M Lo– “Be Somebody”
M Lo makes his return with this one; using a jumpy flow and skippy beat, M Lo lays down clever but playful bars for a well -rounded track. Short and sweet, “Be Somebody” sees the rapper in a block alone and with the mandem for an authentic but creative visual.
“I didn’t realise how much I needed M Lo back in the music scene until this dropped. “Be somebody is the perfect track to vibes to as the weather is warming up again. Bringing his humorous bars to a more serious situation, Lo really made a triumphant return to the scene” – Nic Coaker (Writer)(@Niccoaker)
Jay Rock – “The Other Side ft. Mozzy and DCMBR”
“The Other Side”, Jay Rock’s latest track post Redemption sees the TDE rapper link up with Mozzy and DCMBR for a 90’s infused banger. Jay Rock slows down on this one whilst still saying robust and smooth with the wordplay. Mozzy steps in to drop a hard verse and DCMBR shuts down on the hook with sultry vocals.
“Now that’s its starting to warm up a little bit, I’m gonna need more west coast tracks like this to vibe to” – Courtney Wynter (Editor)(@cwynter_)
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