Dex Man’s ‘Devil Ina Blue Dress’

‘Devil Ina Blue Dress’ is the latest single from London based Afro-rap artist, Dexter Sampson, otherwise known as Dex Man. The infectious new track also features the talents of J Wanza.

Dex Man could be described as a genre-hopper, navigating his way through various styles including pop, hip hop, reggaeton, drill, house and RnB, showcasing his versatility and passion across all kinds of music.

In ‘Devil Ina Blue Dress’, Dex Man employs a strong, almost steel drum-esque beat that underlies the whole track, constantly keeping the groove going. J Wanza’s intro rap makes way for a powerful drop into Dex man’s well-crafted and witty lyricism.

It’s the kind of track that would suit the club perfectly and it would undoubtedly get people up on the dance floor as a result of its catchy hooks and innately head-nodding nature.

As part of the Leftwing Movement, a democratic music group with a focus on people and motivational lyricism, creating lyrics with meaning behind them is something of paramount importance to Dex Man and this is evident within a number of his tracks such as ‘Lean On Me’, ‘Never See Us Gunnin’ and of course, ‘Devil Ina Blue Dress’.

‘Devil Ina Blue Dress’ has received an unbelievable response after being featured on Link Up TV and Hackney’s Finest where the video received over 40,000 views in under a week.

Whilst we have already mentioned Dex Man’s exploration of genres, he has taken influence from some of the urban scene heavyweights including Dr. Dre, Meek Mill, Skepta and Drake. If Dex Man can continue to produce tracks like ‘Devil Ina Blue Dress’, there’s no reason why he can’t be up there with the best in the coming future. Watch this space!

What Drink?

The hip-hop vibes at play in Dex Man’s ‘Devil Ina Blue Dress’ call for a high-class vodka, perhaps Ciroc or Grey Goose!

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‘Pirate’ by Jvgg Spvrrow

Jvgg Spvrrow is a unique hip-hop artist with a wide range of influences hailing from the Caribbean island of St. Martin- hence his motto: ‘SM on Da Map’, meaning ‘St Martin To The World’.

Coming from an island like this, Jvgg has worked his way up from the streets to the studio, finding a place for his music within a genre that is difficult to gain traction in.

With a hugely distinctive pirate based style, Jvgg has created a persona for his act that differentiates him within the world of hip hop music. He has been inspired by Hip Hop artists such as Young Thug, Gucci Mane, Asap Rocky and french hip hop artists like Booba, Joey Starr and Dancehall artists like Bounty Killer, Movado and Vybz Kartel.

‘Pirate’ is Jvgg Spvrrow’s latest single, with a beat-strong hip-hop vibe that would not be out of place in the club. Clearly, Jvgg Spvrrow is ready to take St Martin to the world through the medium of his one-of-a-kind brand of music.

What Drink?

With such a gangsta-esque track on our hands here and Jvgg’s Caribbean heritage, a bottle of spiced rum would complement ‘Pirate’ perfectly. If not, shots.

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‘Schtum’ by Lunacre

Cambridge based band, Lunacre have released the intriguing video for their track, ‘Schtum’.

The video takes a strong stance against social media, deploring the modern world in which we live where people are obsessed with online gratification.

It follows a man walking around town with his head down, engrossed with his phone; a not uncommon sight.

The song combines beautiful acoustic guitar line with complex, yet subtle beats and crisp, clear vocals. Definitely worth a listen.

What Drink?

Due to the strong message in Lunacre’s track, I’d suggest a thoughtful glass of red with ‘Schtum’.

 

‘Three Faces of You’ by Corinna Jane

The highly talented Corinna Jane is restoring the lost ethics of quality pop music with her clever songwriting and catchy tunes, most evidently exhibited in her song ‘Three Faces of You’.

Having grown up in 90s MTV era, Corinna has always been surrounded by music and at the age of just five, she was already taking piano and singing lessons. Her discovered talents quickly bloomed and she began writing her own music during her teenage years.

‘Three Faces of You’ is an instantly catchy tune driven by an unusual, yet quirky violin melody and Corinna’s versatile vocals. It then takes a rocking turn as the electric guitar kicks in powering the memorable chorus lines.

Corinna’s song follows the fascinating story of her relationship with someone who lived in their own fantasy world with various personalities residing in them. The feisty feel to the song is mirrored in Corinna and her band’s performance in the video, which has a strong resemblance of the powerhouses of Fleetwood Mac and No Doubt.

What Drink?

There’s a cheekiness and edge to Corinna’s music that calls for a glass of red wine, make it a big one.

 

Links:

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Nancy Black returns with sassy EP ‘Dirty Little Bass’

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In a music business saturated with pop starlets, Nancy Black is an independent singer-songwriter with formidable sass and style that has mesmerised audiences nationally. Having collaborated with hip hop artists Lonzo Starr and Young Rob, gained support from Major Lazor and reached number 8 on the Music Week Commercial Chart, Black has developed her own unique style for her upcoming EP ‘Dirty Little Bass’.

Watch the music video to ‘Dirty Little Bass’ here:

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The English rose meets pop princess started writing music at the age of 13 and soon formed the all-girl rock band Pink Lemons, before gaining the confidence to head out as a solo artist. From going solo Black developed her sound, having a much more commercial sound but with killer dance beats to give her music that unique edge.

‘Dirty Little Bass’ is bursting with pop anthems but with carefully crafted emotive lyrics controlling the tracks.  Black found herself writing the EP in a strange moment of euphoria, after a bad break up with a girl she fell head over heels in love with. Although a nasty break up, it led Black to grow stronger and use music as an escape from the heartbreak.

What Drink?

This definitely one for the nightclub, so I’m going to pick a classic vodka and coke!

Links:

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‘We All Love Burt Bacharach’ – The Definitive Tribute

‘We All Love Burt Bacharach’ is the definitive tribute to the world renowned and widely loved, Burt Bacharach. The album features 13 of Burt’s best known hits, reworked into a range of jazz influenced renditions and instrumentals.

The album has been conceived and produced by Giampaolo Pasquile and Michele Garruti for PLAY (Milan) and Oracle Records ltd (London).  The producers took inspiration from the likes of Chet Baker, Michael Bublé and Norah Jones to create the smooth jazz sound, but with strong elements of pop, funk and folk. Despite jazz being the easiest umbrella term to describe the album, hints of other styles and genres have been cleverly inserted, reinventing the works of the great songwriter and thus looking at them from a new angle.

It would only be fitting to have some of the world’s best musicians replicate the music of such an iconic singer and the producers made sure this was the case. The collection features the supreme piano talents of Massimo Colombo, as well as Peter Erskine (ex drummer of Weather Report), one of the most appreciated double bass players in the world, Darek ‘Oles’ Oleszkiewicz, Bob Mintzer (member of Yellowjackets), Michael Stever and Kathleen Grace,  a refined folksinger from the West Coast.

What Drink?

Such well-crafted, smooth jazz sounds require a tipple that’s equally classy so I would suggest a fine glass of red or perhaps a sophisticated gin and tonic.

 

Links:

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Tuffet Bunnies- ‘Love Songs For Scarlett’

Clem Darling is the man behind the music of Tuffet Bunnies and he creates folk-infused love songs for his girlfriend Scarlett, hence his four track EP, ‘Love Songs For Scarlett’.

The singer-songwriter describes the four songs as sounding like “they’ve been  written by a bunch of gypsies that popped out of the back of a caravan” which is intriguing to say the least! Each song on the EP is centered around the feeling of being in love which is reflected through Darling’s honest lyricism and unique songwriting.

Having been compared to the likes of Paul Simon, Beck and Adam Green, Clem has steered away from his roots in garage-rock bands to take the path as a folk musician. Before his musical diversion, Darling had performed with acts such as Jucifier, Two Cow Garage and Carson McHone.

What Drink?

Darling’s relaxed folky vibe calls for something to sit back with and enjoy the music, perhaps a good whiskey on the rocks.

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Yak- ‘Semi-Automatic’

Alt-rockers Yak are back with their latest effort ‘Semi-Automatic’ and it’s one of their best yet.

The track takes a little while to get going, unlike some of their previous work, but once it does, it turns into a tour de force of fuzzy guitars and resonant basslines that chug along in the typical style of the band.

The trio, hailing from Wolverhampton embrace their UK roots with a sound that that screams heavy brit-pop-rock for the modern age.

What drink?

I feel like the best place to listen to music like this is a seedy rock’n’roll club where your feet are submerged in an inch or so of some kind of alcoholic floor cocktail, so for that reason I think a good few coronas or craft beers would go down nicely with Yak’s ‘Semi-Automatic’.

Get the mulled wine ready – Jon McDevitt releases contemporary, creative Christmas single ‘Father Christmas’

Geist’s former frontman and writer, Jon McDevitt, is returning with his alternative take on a festive anthem, ‘Father Christmas’.

Out today, ‘Father Christmas’ avoids the cliché of the typical Christmas song – really making people think about its meaning and thus helping them understand what Christmas is truly about.

Stream here: https://soundcloud.com/jon-mcdevitt/01-father-christmas-m1-08-09-16-01-44100hz-24bits

McDevitt’s Christmas sing-along includes thoughtful lyrics by co-writer Dominic Hudson which paint Father Christmas as a figure missing from Christmas, whilst allowing the listener to interpret it as to how or why.  An infectious melody, combined with Jon McDevitt’s harmonious vocals make for a great, catchy, Christmas single that you just cannot argue with.

Jon McDevitt has a number of local shows lined up to support the single release – you can see the full list here: http://www.jonmcdevitt.com/

What Drink?

Mulled Wine of course! Sit back, relax and get yourself in the festive spirit with the help of McDevitt’s contemporary Christmas classic.

Lenny’s Version of ‘Blueberry Hill’

Long-time singer-songwriter, Lenny Bunn, has released his own cover of the classic rock’n’roll track ‘Blueberry Hill’ and it’s certainly up there with Fats Domino and Elvis Presley renditions.

Lenny decided to record his own version of the well-known song as a dedication to his late, adopted father whose favourite song was ‘Blueberry Hill’.

There have been many covers of the song over the years since its inception in the 40s, in various different styles too, but Lenny has gone for a smooth jazz feel with his version.

Accompanying the release of the song is a live performance video of Lenny and his band members, but with one intriguing twist: each member of the band is recording their section of the song from the comfort of their own home and different studios via an internet call.

The song also features the talents of Third World Reggae Band pianist, Ibo, and the beautiful vocals of Melissa James.

As far as Lenny is concerned, the outcome of his tribute to his Dad is ‘more beautiful than ever imagined’.

What Drink?

The laid-back, breezy nature of ‘Blueberry Hill’ requires something relaxing, perhaps a classy single-malt or even a sloe gin and tonic.

 

Links:

http://www.lennybunn.uk