“The Only Way I know is a relentless ode to never giving in.
Pushing until you feel you have nothing left, and then picking yourself
up again and pushing until your heart bursts.”
These are the words of Savvy aka Asaviour when describing his new track “The Only Way I Know.” The description fits, as the song is a pulsating, loud, driving, grooving monster of a track that shows off Savvy’s multi-dimensional songwriting and performing abilities. I always love to see what the UK rap scene is up to, and Savvy does not disappoint.
Craig B. Epps Jr., stage name “STYNE”, is a rapper from East Saint Louis, Illinois. His music was recently sent to me and I really dug what he was saying. I’m linking his official website because I think you ought to hear this guy for yourself. If I can recommend one track specifically it’d be (OTB) On The Block.
I’m always on the lookout for new and fresh artist to brighten my day. I recently came into contact with the music of Jake Aldridge and I can say I was pleasantly surprised. His new single “When I’m Feeling Down” is a combination of rap verses (via Jake) and pop choruses (sung by Ellie Jamison). Jake’s Suffolk accent gives a unique charm to his rap flow, and it works well against Jamison’s bright vocals.
The song itself is a celebration of friendship, the kind that is everlasting. In Aldridge’s words he wanted “to thank my best friend for always being there for me and I hope” the song “inspires others to be thankful for their true friends as well.” The lyrics which play off of this theme are easy to remember and make for a great radio single (the easier a song is to remember the more likely it is to chart).
The production of the song, from the instrumentation to the mixing (done by producer Johann Elliot), is done just right. There is a tendency for people these days, especially with pop songs, to over-produce the track. “When I’m Feeling Down” has just the right amount of effects to give it a good feel and nothing beyond that (which is a good thing).
If you want an upbeat song to give your day some needed sunshine, I suggest you check Jake Aldridge’s single out.
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Whenever I have to be subjected to Iggy Azalea or anything else that passes for hip hop these days, I remind myself that there is Kendrick Lamar. Thank god for Kendrick Lamar.
When Iggy Azalea and Macklemore heard this their heads exploded (good rap has that effect on posers…oops, Derek just went there).
My favorite Jordanian rock band and my favorite Palestinian rap group in one song. What more could you want?