As the World Returns to Work, D-Saro Contemplates the Great ‘Conundrum’

When riding a carriage of the City line towards the daily grind, you’d be forgiven for making alluring assumptions of a better life elsewhere. The story behind ‘Conundrum‘ – the latest release from London urban artist D-Saro, would resonate with most who would consider themselves in amongst the continual plight of honest working people who are looking saturate their personal wealth to the point where they will finally be able to break free of what they might perceive as the great urban dungeon.

This track is about real people, going about their real life with as yet unfulfilled aspirations, with the track holding true to life as a perfect example of D-Saro’s motto of: ‘true stories, deep lyrics, real life, no gimmicks’. The links hold a kind of aspirational symmetry with a longing for fast cars, mirrored through his own current professional being that of a Jaguar salesman. From an early involvement in pirate radio, D-Saro had gone under a different artist name with urban music collective Roll Deep, including Wiley and J2K, as well as supporting The Game and Flo Rida. He had initially been noted for his hands on approach in terms of pushing CD sales by hand on Oxford Street, which fortuitously brought about a chance encounter that led him to being picked up by label 70’s Entertainment, with whom they released track ‘Old Skool‘.

With ‘Conundrum‘ being his third release under the name D-Saro, following on from his salvation themed ‘Save Me‘ and the touching, celebrity backed charity single ‘Fight Like Micky‘ – written for a local youngster struggling with a rare form of leukaemia, this track has a lighter feel than his previous releases with an upbeat afro-beat sound. It’s almost a miracle that these tracks were ever able to see the light of day, given the remarkable circumstances that D-Saro was declared deceased for a short period due to complications relating to a rare heart disease that he suffered with. After surviving this, he and a friend decided to set up the record label 4Front Records and make music truer to his own design, having grown tired with the politics and red tape that are endemic to the urban music scene.

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This is what A Flock of Seagulls song ‘I Ran (So Far Away)’ sounds like as seven different genres

Everyone’s favourite 80’s new wave band, A Flock of Seagulls, are making a comeback!
For the first time since 1984, all four original members of the band appear on-record together for brand new album ‘Ascension’. To celebrate their return, we’re re-living the best covers of the band’s smash hit ‘I Ran (So Far Away)’. What’s clear from the variety of versions is that there’s not a corner of the music industry A Flock of Seagulls haven’t touch with their calling card hit. From stripped-back piano renditions, to pop-punk covers, and a rap homage, there’s a little something for everyone below.

Tori Amos

This renowned songstress covered the hit on her Original Sinsuality/Summer Of Sin tour in Denver, during Piano Bar Time, after confessing she had ‘gotten into this weird 80’s thing’. Despite worrying aloud that her cover might not be up to scratch, she later released the version along with the rest of the show in the 3rd CD of The Original Bootlegs. This video is a live audio recording from her show at Paramount Theatre, Denver, CO on 19 April 2005.

Buy Tori Amos – The Original Bootlegs here.

Bowling For Soup

The pop punk heroes put their stamp on the single for the 2003 reissue of Drunk Enough to Dance and their Punk Rock 101 single. Both the original and the punk cover are the theme song of the American DiC dubbed version of Saint Seiya, also known as Knights of the Zodiac. The cover is also featured in the film National Lampoon’s Van Wilder: Freshman Year.

Buy Bowling For Soup – Drunk Enough to Dance here.

Hidden in Plain View

This New Jersey five-piece gave I Ran (So Far Away) the post-hardcore treatment for covers compilation album Punk Goes 80’s under Fearless Records. It’s not miles away from the Bowling For Soup cover, but if you’re looking for a little more grit and a little less bounce, this is the cover for you.

Buy Punk Goes 80’s here.

Darude & Blake Lewis (Gareth Emery remix)

Well, you never have to wonder what it would sound like to cross a platinum-selling Finnish DJ, an American Idol finalist, and a trance legend with 80’s new wave. Darude and Blake Lewis covered the tune in 2008, before Gareth Emery got his hands on it, turning it into this floor-filling banger.

Nickleback

The titans of rock aired their no-frills, high-octane version during several dates of their Dark Horse tour in 2010, with guitarist Ryan Peake on lead vocal duties.

Lonely Island

The comedy duo contributed this unbeatable cover for an SNL skit entitled ‘Iran So Far’. Andy Samberg serenades Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadeinejad (Fred Armisen) with a song about their undeniable love, while Maroon 5’s Adam Levine lends his vocals for the ‘I Ran’ chorus. If you’re not sold on that information alone, know that there’s also a cameo by Jake Gyllenhaal.

Slim Thug

You’ve heard the pop punk covers, the stripped down piano versions, and the comedy takes, now it’s time to hear the rap version. American spitter Slim Thug adds a taste of the streets with his cover ‘I Run’. The track, which was featured on his 2009 album Boss of All Bosses, interpolates through his bars.

Grab a copy of Wishing: The Very Best and remind yourself of A Flock of Seagulls biggest and best.

Pimlican release ‘Runaw’y’

If you like your R&B, then make sure to check out Pimlican’s new track, ‘Runaw’y’.

The producer and collaborative artist has a knack for creating infectious hooks, vocal ones in the case of ‘Runaw’y’, and blending them with pulsating beats and innovative instrumentation.

Having spent many a night waiting to meet music industry members in the Pimlico area of London, a name was formed for the project and now Pimlican has his own label, Belgrave Road records.

Lovers of rap and hip-hop will also find something that they love within in Pimlican’s music, his genre-crossing style drawing in crowds from almost all corners of the musical world.

Check out more on Pimlican here:

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http://www.belgraveroadrecords.com/

https://pimlican.bandcamp.com/

https://twitter.com/belgraveroadrec

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https://soundcloud.com/pimlican-97234536

‘Devil Ina Blue Dress’ from Dexman

‘Devil Ina Blue Dress’ is the latest genre-bending single from south London based Dexter Sampson, otherwise known as Dexman. Drawing on African influences, Dexman gives us an infectious blend of rap, hip-hop and afrorap which he is beginning to pioneer as an artist. The new single also features the talents of fellow rapper, J Wanza.

As part of the Leftwing movement, there is strong ethos behind the music that Dexman is creating which can heard in other releases such as ‘Mama Don’t Cry’, ‘Never See Us Gunnin’ and ‘Lean On Me’.

Although Dexman may be placed mainly within the box of rap/hip-hop, he has been known to cross into a number of other genres including reggaeton, drill, house and R&B. His evident wide range of influences only goes to prove that Dexman is a master in picking the best elements from any style to augment his own music.

Dexman also has been given invaluable information on the music industry from Corey Johnson, one of the most influential figures within the urban industry, looking after acts such as Nasty Crew, Lady Fury, Maxsta, 15 Family and Blade Brown and more recently being very closely linked with Drake ft Kyla’s huge hit One Dance. From this, it would seem that Dexman is equipped to go far with his music.

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

Not shy to the stage, Dexman has performed at both the O2 and Water Margin, alongside other Leftwing movement members, with great reviews, and this has encouraged Dexman to further his career musically.

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Urban tracks got some sweet rhymes!

turn me up

Turn me Hup!

This new single releases July 14th, but if you cant wait that long, sample the music video here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3D3e4iU3Qds
Upcoming urban rapper, Scrilla, is releasing a new album under his own record label Scrills Monetary Records. Having been described as a “fantastic artist who is abstract in creativity” by Tom Simkins (BBC Introducing), it is no surprise that Scrilla is hotly tipped for success in the UK music scene this 2014.
New release, ‘Turn Me Up’, sees Scrilla showcase his refined song writing skills and musical arrangement to create an ideal club hit. The track embodies the whole vibe of the album, Bangers N Cash, which is filled with fun and upbeat, contemporary music. Produced by Elementree (Young Money, Young Capone, Cuban Linx), ‘Turn Me Up’ has a variety of Dubstep, dance and hip-hop influences to create a rhythmic fusion of chart beats worthy of acclaim.
Check out the video for new single here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3D3e4iU3Qds
Listen to the song here: https://soundcloud.com/iamscrilla-com/turn-me-up-hiphop
Scrilla has played at various venues nationwide, gaining considerable media coverage from the likes of Capital FM and RAP City TV. However, his career highlights to date include a live performance at BBC introducing radio, playing to a 10,000 strong crowd at Gran Can Music Festival in Gran Canaria and of course, owning his own record label.
In order to keep his music fresh and unique, Scrilla likes to work with rising producers, engineers and collaborators who can bring innovative ideas and musical influences to keep the music new and exciting. This helps to avoid producing generic sounds that is hard to differentiate between artists and also pushes the boundaries of the urban genre to create something truly eclectic.
Scrilla’s love of music first developed in his early teenage years when his Mum paid for piano lessons, which ignited his desire to learn and produce music professionally. This progressed when he moved to Leicester forming friendships with fellow rappers who encouraged him to write his own material and master the craft.
The musical direction decided and perfected, Scrilla’s new album is a great example of how the talent he possesses has grown and tightened to produce something great.
Links:
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Skremz releases debut single – Palm Trees

Fantastic English rapper Skremz releases top quality debut single – Palm Trees

Having always had a passion for the arts, Skremz found Hip-Hop at just nine years old! With a talent for words, it’s no wonder his debut single is so infectious.
Skremz draws on past pain in his life to create his music and uses his previous experiences as a force for good, creating powerful music that really speaks to its listeners.
‘Palm Trees’ came about at a dark point in Skremz life, it was a point of change. The title came about when looking at holidays.
“The Title ‘Palm Trees’ was adopted from the summer of 2013 when I was looking at holidays, mansions, other countries living etc… Palm Trees were always present in the pictures I saw. I heard the beat and subconsciously thought of Palm Trees, which gave me my structure.” – Skremz

Check out ‘Palm Trees’ Here: https://soundcloud.com/skremzworld/palm-trees-radio

With influences spanning the genres, Skremz considers himself a Hip-Hop enthusiast, drawing influence from artists such as; Eminem, Jay Z, and Michael Jackson. Eminem really got Skremz into music, he loved how he used his experiences to create his songs. Skremz now aspires to Jay Z’s lifestyle, the career, the music and the girl.
Having already gained some amazing feedback, Skremz is certainly worth looking out for!
“Skremz has already proven to be successful within his varied fan base. His lyrics and style are unlike most that we hear commercially and underground today ‘with his unique quirky flow, sharp delivery & deep content.’ – Certified UK.”
Originally from Nigeria, Skremz considers himself a Londoner.  Having been into music since he was a child, alongside a love of English – (which was his favourite lesson at school!) Skremz uses these talents combined to create his fantastic lyrics.
Alongside his music, his passions include; art, entertainment and technology. Skremz also considers himself very spiritual, he loves nature and connecting to it.
‘Palm Trees’ is a fantastic introduction to this great rapper who can’t wait to open the flood gates to his ambitions!
Twitter – @Skremz – https://twitter.com/Skremz
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Skremzworld
SoundCloud (Radio Verson) – https://soundcloud.com/skremzworld/palm-trees-radio
iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/palm-trees-single/id740523407

Australian Hip-Hop Artist makes UK Debut!

Could Giovanni ‘Gio’ Agosta, a regular 19 year old from a remote farm on the other side of the world, be the next big thing in Hip-Hop? After listening to his songs, the answer is most definitely yes. With his vibrant yet versatile style, Gio showcases his extremely talented ability to be able to play many instruments as well as freestyle.
Growing up in West Melbourne, Australia, personal losses and life experiences have inspired the raw songs on his new album, as well as being exposed to several diverse genres in music. He has taken his influences, such as Macklemore and Bob Dylan, and incorporated them with his experiences to create this edgy yet intimate sound. His new single ‘Dear Bup’ started out as a poem to his ex-girlfriend, who broke up with him because his dedication to music meant that he didn’t have much time for her. Knowing she would never read it, he created the single.
When writing ‘Real’, Gio said his perception of music was enlightened, ‘I didn’t just want to be a rapper anymore, I wanted to hit the right notes. The album is called ‘Real’ because it seems like people are judged as not being real or their music isn’t ‘real’. I feel like the end verse of my first single Real sums it up “See these days we don’t feel real unless someone else agrees. Because people push you to be a certain way, to act like something, to talk about what they think is the sh*t… I don’t need to rap about drugs, but if that’s expressing myself and it’s important to me, then I should. I can say what I feel, because what I feel is real.”’. Gio has played alongside artists such as M-Phazes (who produced a couple of tracks on Eminem’s latest LP the MMLP2), Butterfingers & Mind Over Matter, and has worked with singer Jimmy Cupples and also has received ongoing support from ARIA Award winning rapper 360 since he came to watch Gio’s headlining show in Melbourne.
Gio is not only incredibly talented within the studio, on the stage is where he truly shines. His producer, Mark Belcastro, comments that “When Gio’s on stage, he steps it up to a whole new level…He doesn’t stand up there and just play his songs, but rather wants people in the crowd to join in and be in the show”.
Looking to get involved in urban clothing labels is yet another innovative idea that Gio has had in order to promote his music, alongside releasing his album for free. In many ways, Gio is like any regular kid, going to parties and socialising with friends, the exceptions being his talent, passion and ambition for music and that one day, he will be inspiring many young musicians just like himself.
Real’ will be released in the UK in early March 2014, and his single ‘Dear Bup’ will be released on January 15th, which you can listen to on SoundCloud here: www.soundcloud.com/gioay/dear-bup
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