Saint blesses us with new EP, ‘Lucid’

Consciousness is a useful tool for a rapper. Saint shows us exactly why on ‘Lucid’, his new EP. While the brash and boastful do well on surface level, the self-aware make music to think to. While remaining highly enjoyable, Saint’s songs provide a depth not usually explored.

PsyRo, the beat-maker behind ‘Lucid’, places Saint in a place where he thrives. It’s important for a musician to never feel too comfortable; pushing forward, out of your comfort zone, is where the magic can really happen. Saint feels pushed to prove himself, rather than being laid down on a cushy beat, waiting for the music to come to him. 

And prove himself he does, with the stand-out example being ‘No More’ – I feel like I want to breath for him in this one. So many words are fitted in to this track, and not in a quota-filling way. It sounds like the very life is being squeezed out of the track, nothing being left behind, everything being thrown out of Saint. It feels like confession.

UK hip-hop is a genre that has never been more popular, and justly so. There probably isn’t a more difficult type of music to try and make a name for yourself in. However, choosing the easy path doesn’t quite seem to fit in with Saint’s vibe. If it doesn’t come with hard work, is it worth it? By the sounds of Lucid – an EP where the effort is painstakingly clear, producing a truly heartfelt project  – I would think not.

You can follow Saint in the following places:

Website: www.mkrecords.net

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Saint.mkr/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Saint_MKR

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/saint.mkr/

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/saint-340214034?ref=clipboard&p=a&c=1

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0lIW5UPZSt38VvXdsqpAWe?

Apple: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/saint/1517074253

Tidal: https://listen.tidal.com/artist/20765604

Deezer: https://www.deezer.com/en/artist/97164822

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/saintMusic

Words by PJ Kimber

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Live Review: NME x Starling Bank’s Under The Radar

On the 12th of July I was very fortunate enough to be invited to NME’s first Under The Radar event as sponsored by Starling Bank, for a night of new music in one of London’s more quirkier venues.

Under The Radar is a showcase of upcoming talent; an opportunity to see some of the U.K’s hottest new acts in an intimate space before they play more crowded venues, an opportunity to see artists like these in a 300 capacity venue do not come around often.

The event was held at London’s Omeara in Southwark, with a cryptic looking interior and sporting a food court round the side of the venue, the venue suited an exclusive event. The sound in the venue brought out the best in the carousing bands.

The artists that were showcased – both London based were Anteros, a contemporary indie band with rock accessibility and Age of L.U.N.A, a rap/hip-hop group with a nostalgic element to their tunes.

The first of the two artists were Anteros, based in London; an indie band with rock accessibility, comparable to the Britpop bands of the 90s, with the grand stage presence akin to Blondie and an upbeat personality, a band with a catchy arsenal of tunes that got people dancing.

Vocalist Laura Hayden boasted a swagger that set the tone of what the band are all about, and the rest of the band are aware of this, presenting their own confidence and holding their own presence. The band capture their audience and know exactly what to do with them.

Anteros carry a set of tunes that are both catchy and well structured, fans or not, listeners will be unable to resist the urge to hum their tunes days after.

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The next artist and final of the night were Age of L.U.N.A, a hip-hop/rap outfit also from London. An example of the finest quality of hip-hop in contemporary music. With a classic, nostalgic vibe to them a la De La Soul & A Tribe Called Quest, the trio got the room moving with ease and a charm to their performance that makes them unique in the genres climate.

The quality of performance spoke volumes, from the choreographed style of their stage presence all the way to their interaction with the audience. The intricate instrumentals the mixture in diversity of vocal styles, from Daniella Thomas’s smooth soulful vocals to the mixture of rap styles; slick to aggressive from Butch and Kyote, it made the trio constantly interesting to watch and listen to.

Halfway through their set they performed a mash-up of classic hip-hop tunes which got the room moving, Daniella Thomas also brought out a Saxophone and played the hooks to these tunes, which added to the performance and made it even more exciting.

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Overall, NME x Starling Bank’s first Under The Radar event was a success, an overwhelmingly entertaining show, the question is; how are they going to top the next one?

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Track Review: ‘Baby It’s You’ by ImSoMaleek ft. Denzil Porter

For Wyclef Jean protégé and R&B artist ImSoMaleek – 2017 could be a pivotal year with the U.K release of InsomniaK, carrying the torch for the new wave of Neo-Soul and a melodic memoir of new tracks.

One of these new tracks on the album is ‘Baby it’s You’ which features Bronx-born hip hop artist Denzil Porter; who contributes with a verse for the melodic croon.

With its noticeable influences, the song is able to stand on its own and shines alongside contemporary artists such as Frank Ocean. Accessibility to ImSoMaleek’s music ranges from the likes of the Drake side of current hip-hop to the Robert Glasper side of R&B, whilst maintaining a pop factor.

Songs on InsomniaK including ‘Baby it’s You’ feature an intricately thought out instrumental and soaring vocal melodies. With his previous experience in big time productions and his reflective and personal approach to InsomniaK, it’s no surprise that ImSoMaleek was able to produce a big sounding ballad such as ‘Baby it’s You’.

‘Baby it’s You’ is introduced with a “smooth-jazz” chord progression, and instantly sets the mood for the sentimental ballad. With an apparent homage towards predecessors of the genre from the early “noughties” such as Usher & Ne-Yo, with the soulful and melodic vocal style to the backing vocals which are very reminiscent of the aforementioned influences.

The lyrical content is endearing and stylistically recognizable to R&B fans both old and new. ImSoMaleek has executed a tasteful love song, that bursts with emotion, and Denzil Porters contribution to the song is also consistent to the lyrical theme and provides to the song.

ImSoMaleek’s new album InsomniaK is set to be released 21/07/17 in the U.K. For now you can check out ‘Baby it’s You’ here;

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