Danitsa wins her first prize at the Swiss Music Awards 2018

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Danitsa wins her first prize at the Swiss Music Awards 2018 On Saturday 9th of February, young rapper/singer Danitsa from (GE,CH) walked up the stage of the Swiss Music Awards to receive her prize for her album ‘EGO’ released last November. Winner in the ‘Best Act Romandie’ category, the young French, Serbian, Chad, Congolese and Spanish decent made her voice and style be established for good.

Produced by the Swiss record label Evidence Music (Geneva,CH), Danitsa dropped her first album on the 24th of November 2017.

The project, well-refined and versatile counts a few unavoidable tunes such as ‘Remember Me’, ‘Hoover’, ‘Now’ and wavy ‘Bachata’. After signing these four heavy hitters, the increasingly requested performer stated on her official Instagram profile that the album was the result of two years of hard work and tweaking. Not less, for the pure bliss of our ears. A paying attention to the detail that granted her the reward only a few months after she released the opus .

Danitsa has a high-pitched and sharp voice rippling with Rap and Soul rhythms. Her accent betrays a slight French accent and an catching familiarity to Caribbean terminologies and harmonies. She stated in an interview for L’illustré magazine that her father – Producer Skankytone – introduced her to the world of Reggae, Bass, Rocksteady and more. Danitsa also explained in the meeting that she left the idea of naming her music genre, opting to let her multiple inspirations reflect on her own artistic interpretation. A freedom which is more suitable than building borders around a voice. Danitsa, undoubtedly has ideas, and since the release of her the latest album, EGO she managed to reach great critical acclaim. To top that, both of her fanbase and friends are showing a solid amount of support alongside her work.

EGO expresses the ideas of ambition, and singularity. A great find for any expert. Danitsa often allows her vocals to speak omitting words and reveals notes that freeze out and get caught in your mind. That voice, is certainly well surrounded by. Such as in ‘SevenUp’ featuring growing artists of the francophone Hip-hop/Rap scene Slimka & Di-Meh (GE). Di-Meh opens the ceremony gradually: through autotune at first and then without, his voice stands out at its simplest effectiveness. Slimka’s rhymes, clean, and playing with sonorities and meanings won’t let you down either. The main theme of the song supposes some heavy basses and chorus coming up from its start: when you will get to that point, you will also undergo the curse of replays. The hanging melody that sets the bridge may send you miles away for a few seconds, be ready, it only takes a ‘click’.

In the track ‘Jungle’ featuring rapper Rico TK, the trusty lady raises the level higher. The production surely makes honour to the title with a languishing 808 bass cheered up with drum rythms. The ‘rainforest’ atmosphere and the flute are well puzzled in the background melody. The singer’s voice leads the track followed by the rapper’s sharp and steady flow. Lose yourself there and you may get some bruises, however, we know it’s worth it. And if you wish to sit down and appreciate, ‘Days’ and ‘Repo Man’ should be taken into consideration for your own benefit.

Overall, the album provides multiple different hooks that will soon or later make you nod your head. With a great sense of adaptation and consistency, twenty three year old Danitsa shows an well deserved success potential. At this rate, it’s only a matter of time until she reaches our yards.

Words By,

Tharushi Stephen

Gig review: Giraffage (SF,USA) at the Jazz Café, Camden

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Last night, Charlie Yin aka Giraffage held a gig at the Jazz Café in Camden.

The well-known address welcomed many talented artists who indubitably increased its notoriety: from Jazz saxophonist Pharoah Sanders to Amy Winehouse, the restaurant/club hasn’t stopped providing local and international talents venues to their visitors. Just like the talented producer originally from San Jose, California.

By 8.45pm, the venue reached approximately 70 percent of its capacity. The crowd was dense, spread around the room studded by lights and shadows and by the two bar areas. Shortly after, as soon as Giraffage and his stage-bud arrived, the audience did not take long to greet them. The young Dj from San Fransisco announced on the microphone that it was his first date in London and as well as his mom was in the audience. Making the first contact feel as if we all knew Charlie Yin well enough to tell his mother how proud of him we are. However, the Djs were placed in the middle (front) of the stage under the psychedelic animations played on the screen above them. Adding the neon blue and purple spotlights, it was a lot easier to forget the lucky fellows who were having dinner upstairs at the same time. The duo rapidly warmed up the audience: people gradually stopped caring about personal space, and soon after the whole crowd was getting rid of calories together.

At the beginning of the set, the music could be described as groovy, calm, and a little funky too: with piano and guitar echoes, topped by a great control of the turntable’s scratching. The tracks sounded versatile and included riffs of different heavy tunes such as the bassline of David Ghetta’s ‘Love is Gone’ for example.

After a smooth start, the duo provided us a quality deep house set, as well as some minimal that transported us back to our best rave memories. The music could be described in different ways: ‘light’, ‘intoxicating’ and ‘sophisticated’ to begin with, and then ‘semi-aggressive’, ‘decadent’ and ‘hype’ near the end. The use of high pitch falsettos made the performance a sort of sneak peek that directly takes root in the 80s. Everyone seemed to have approved and showed appreciation to the sound of it.

The artists managed to gather the majority of the spectators during their remixes of ‘Ya Kidding’ by Fisher and ‘Rasta’ by Menini & Viani. Both of the mixes had breathtaking basses, and the breaks Charlie Yin chose perfectly made the middle-8 stand out until he dropped the bass again.

Despite the numerous good musical choices that we can grant to Giraffage, a couple of track didn’t make the unanimity: such as the remix of Hotel Garuda’s ‘ Smoke Signals’ that sounded like one of these tracks that make you wonder why you still got that radio in your truck. However, when the first flute notes of ‘Fuerza’ (originally from Tony Quattro et Nani Castle) resounded in the room, they almost instantly brought fire around the stage.

There wasn’t any significant discordant factor during the show, apart from a few high-rating sounds that were way too loud for the walls trying to contain them. The DJs were very enthusiastic; as if they had been stung by a bee version of Richard Pryor. Anybody could notice the great symbioses shared by the twenty-five year old producer and his audience.

The faithfulness of the crowd all along the concert until its end is the ultimate proof of the young Dj’s overseas recognition. With a good first glimpse of the British environment – especially its people – Giraffage has all the elements to return to the US and tell them he’s on his way back!

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Tharushi Stephen

Jac Jones drops new mix, ‘BTEC Rollers,’

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Jac Jones is a freelance DJ based in West-Wales, who uses the technique of mixing a range of chopped and screwed drub beats, whilst dabbling in off-kiltered dynamic piercing sounds to create his best drum and bass tracks. Mixing on Pioneer Decks and composing his sounds via Serato DJ software.

On Tuesday 30th January he added to his soundcloud collection a new fetching drum and bass track called BTEC Rollers, BTEC Rollers weaves in heavy basslines, whilst intertwining poly rhythmic beats.

BTEC Rollers is a 19 minute glitchy, industrial and raw track that mimics primitive dj methods. Around seven minutes into the track Jac progressively delivers a mix and blend technique as he merges in Alix Perez ft BENABU- Numbers. The change between his mix and the critically acclaimed drum and bass track is a swift transaction. The reverse of his deck adds in a complimentary spin and is what helps adds to the build up of he transition so well.

Towards the end of Numbers you hear a tingle of indistinct spacious noises, however overlapping is a hard-juddering beat that dominates the subtle noises of harmonic chimes. This beat is a continuous tremor, that, at points has a heavy double drop, creating a intensive wave of distinctive beats.

At 10:41, Jac replaces the heavy boom production of the baseline with liquid drum and bass, sending you on what feels like a trippy, acidic journey. From looping hard beats, to weaving in hypnotic vibrations. However, the transition between doesn’t last for long as he slowly begins to add  in his 175bpm routine.

BTEC Rollers experiments with a wave of varied sounds, pioneering piercing trebles, whilst dabbling in gradual baseline drops.

If you haven’t already, go have a listen to BTEC Rollers by Jac Jones on Soundcloud, here

Make sure to follow his Soundcloud to check out more of his work: Jac Jones: Soundcloud

Pink Cigar release colossal rock anthem, ‘Get Up.’

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Sunday 28th January, London based rockers Pink Cigar uploaded their new single Get Up, onto YouTube.

The track opens with a fetching, yet repetitive guitar pattern, followed by screamish lyrics by lead singer Sam Cottrell. The music video is shot from the inside of a taxi and includes blurry close-ups of the band singing into the camera, whilst distorted shots of their surroundings. The video includes playful angles of the band and corresponds nicely to the punky bluster of the lyrics.

Get Up, starts off with a steady and easy-to-follow instrumental, the pre-chorus is sung by vocalist and guitarist, Edd Whyte, and adds a nice mystic undertone, until the point of the chorus where you have a thrash of disruptive riffs, followed by scorched vocals.

The track shadows light to dark elements as the song weaves in different levels of volume. The inflamed vocals are a complimentary touch to the noisy and obnoxious chorus.

If you haven’t already, I suggest you go take a look at Get Up here

You can also check out their tour dates through this link: http://www.pinkcigarmusic.com/

 

Rejjie Snow announces release date for new album

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Dublin Rapper, Rejjie Snow recently announced on Instagram he is yet to release his first album, ‘Dear Annie’ next month.

The debut album is made up of 20 tracks, with features from the beloved Kaytranada, Aminé and Dana Williams.  The rapper made sure we knew the score with the upcoming project, giving fans a sneak peek on the ep ‘Dear Annie Pt. 1’ released last week. The EP consists of the first four tracks on the album. Sharing some smooth melodic flows and enchanting jazz rhythms.

Despite the lack of the support from mainstream media for the breakthrough artist, Rejjie Snow has been making mighty moves the last few years, upon frequent releases of mixtapes and EPs. Driving the Irish hip hop scene alongside the likes of Hare Squead and NeoMadic.

The rappers hard work is being paid off after performing at The Great Escape Festival and a sold out show at O2 Forum last spring. This highly anticipated album may well be a turning point for the rising artist in 2018.

‘Dear Annie,’ is out on 16th February 2018. Catch the visuals for, ‘Egyptian Luvr’ on YouTube now.

 

Words by Melissa Kasule

Newton Faulkner at ULU Student Central Live Review

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Time to start turning up to every Newton Faulkner gig an hour early folks!

Faulkner gives the first 50 people in the queue VIP meet and greet wrist bands for an intimate chat after the show. Being one of the first in the queue brings many benefits – first to the bar, merch and the stage. Almost too many choices; I picked the stage. Front and centre, the perfect spot to see any gig.

Kicking off with ‘To the Light,’ the first song from his first album Hand Built by Robots. Faulkner plays this with soft guitar drumming followed by the intricate finger picking we expect from him. With a chuckle and a smile, he introduces himself before moving onto his next song, Smoked Ice Cream, taken from his newest, self-produced album Hit the Ground Running. He not only uses his acoustic guitar, kick drum and mini keyboard (which he plays with his feet), he has now picked up an electric guitar and even taken up the piano.

After playing hits including Teardrop, I Need Something and Clouds. Faulkner introduces us to Tessa Rose Jackson as they play So Long. Beautiful and eerie, this song perfectly displays their talent with harmonies vocally and musically. Doing this with one microphone was a brave choice and at his request the audience stayed silent and enticed the whole time.

Carry You was written to comfort his son along with a carving of a father and son Elephant whilst he was on tour. His son however did not share the sentiment and found it creepy. Finishing the first piano song there wasn’t a dry eye in the room.

Finishing up with his biggest song to date Dream Catch Me goes into a medley of UFO, Gone in the Morning and Write It On Your Skin. At this point the crowd takes on a mind of its own and starts doing all the harmonies, splitting themselves into groups which takes Faulkner aback as they go wild – which he loves and continues.

 

Words by,

Courtney Solloway

Trampolene at 229 the venue (Live Review)

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Trampolene are an oddity in the modern music scene,  an otherwise bashful Welsh trio combining chaotic guitars with spoken word. However, as support from Libertine legends Carl Barat and Pete Doherty proved, sometimes you don’t need a predecessor to pave your way, sometimes you’re better off treading your own.

The band are becoming familiar faces of This Feeling, partaking in their festival and club appearances over the last few years. One of such nights was at 229 The Venue, London.

“We have a love no one can comprehend,” singer Jack Jones once told me, and it really is something you have to see to understand. The sheer breadth and diversity of the crowd was immediately striking- young and old, punks and hipsters – similar only in their joy for music. Looking around the crowd as the band tore through one of their most well known, ‘Alcohol Kiss’, drinks were raised and heads were thrown back by a crowd that never missed a note.

The highlight of a set filled with poetic interludes was undoubtedly the duet between Jones and a fan, singing ‘Beautiful Pain’- the band’s latest single. Hearing the song live, in such a raw and unrehearsed manner really drove the lyrics home, and cements the fact that Jones is capable of far more than just writing clattering anthems. Lyrically he is arguably one of the best around, and filled with the anecdotal charm perhaps Doherty, and Morrissey before him, mastered.

The show was brought to a close with Jones riding through his final chords- literally, as the mandatory crowd surf brought him to the very centre of the crowd. The mic was passed, and even the guitar was shared with the audience. This gang mentality is at the heart of Trampolene, their shows are not only a performance, but a great get-together of friends reunited every time.

Trampolene are an honest band, working their way up to greatness the old fashioned way. There’s something so endearing about their awareness as a small group, yet simultaneously there’s no denying the ambition they have.

They may only just be beginning to ride the big waves now, but with their talent and driving force of support, it seems they’ll be soon be the ones making the waves that inspire others.

 

Words by,

Briony Warsop

[INTERVIEW] FIVEFILO

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FiveFilo is a young rapper and singer based in the UK, originally born in South America, Brazil. Here he found himself taking a very deep interest to music at a very young age and since has carried through with it.

Gabriel Garcia – from his real name, touched to a certain amount of inspiration during his childhood. Starting by playing guitar at eight years old, he took the initiative to write his own lyrics and make beats at the age of fourteen. The musician evokes one eclectic source of inspiration and says, “I’d say, a big chunk of what I know now, musically comes from just playing music with other people at the church. It’s thereby one of the reasons why I try to always include live instruments in my tracks, I like the way it gives raw emotions to whoever’s listening.”

Indeed, FiveFilo’s inspiration doesn’t only stop at classical and gospel music. The twenty-two year old rapper mentions the producer Timbaland as well as Will.I.Am. as his main brain waves of that time. “I grew up going to church and I was very familiar with its music. Then I started secondary school, and that’s where I got exposed to other type of music like the Red Hot Chilli Peppers for example.”

Songs such as ‘Worth the Risk’ or ‘It Could’ contains classical Hip-Hop rhythms at the lyrical level but the productions brings less common tones including drums and melodies that take us to some exotic destinations. When questioning FiveFilo on the genre he performs he responds with, “Difficult one. I’d probably say Alternative Hip-Hop. Basically, my main thing is mixing Samba music from Brazil with Hip-Hop”.

In July 2016, FiveFilo released his very first EP called ‘Harmonia’. The project does honour to the summer vibe: the lightweight and groovy, good memories-making sound. “That sort of music is a reflection of myself, two cultures in one thing. And even today I feel like I’m catching up with all the music that I missed up.” Says Filo.

He then highlighted two songs. “Immigrant Boi”, -It’s about my experience growing up in another country. And “She Don’t Know” is basically summing up today’s youth culture when it comes to dating. We seem to play this game where we can’t really let each other show the other one how we feel… I think it’s quite dishonest because it even makes it hard to simply say I like you. However it’s one of the reason why I do like a lot of 60s-70s music, I feel like it was really honest as it was genuinely romantic. I also released a track called “She Knows” which is a remix or continuation of the last bit of “She don’t Know”. This song has that 80s vibe coming from high pitch falsettos, let’s go party!” He says. When the album cover topic was mentioned, the singer explained how he interprets the visuals. He mentioned Mac Miller’s album cover ‘Watching Movies With The Sound Off.’ (2013)

“Simplicity and colours are what attract me. Because of simplicity nothing seems clear, it’s really broad. It just makes me wonder, everything that’s on the cover isn’t there by coincidence, it has been thought out. So I always wonder what are the reasons behind. I’m a big fan of artworks that have the face of the artist on it. ‘Live. Love. Asap’ is one of them and Lana Del Rey’s ‘Born To Die’ too. These type of cover is kinda brave in my opinion, it shows you. The face as you are at this moment, you assume to be the master of the piece.”

Young Gabriel Garcia has been asked about a producer he would work with. Without blinking his eyes, he mentions Rick Ruben as an indubitable source of inspiration. He continues, “he’s just an alien. If you look at his catalogue, it goes from Rock to Hip-Hop. It’s like everything he touches turns into gold. And Timbaland for sure. He’s probably the main reason why I started making beats.”

“Stay away from negative energy, and surround yourself around positive people, because that will always be reflected in your music. One of the messages I wanna give across as well is that you can do anything you put your mind into. I don’t feel that I can do that right now, but if I do become successful, I really want to put that out there. A kinda voice for the voiceless.”

To anyone who could relate to the artist, here are five aspects of the Filosophy: “Human. Observant. Loving. Right. Patient.” Finally, FiveFilo shares the last track he most recently listened to: Lana Del Rey & A$AP Rocky‘Summer Bummer.’

 

Words by,

Tharushi Stephen