Liquid Monk – ‘Nighttime’


Liquid Monk have become a name in the Detroit music scene synonymous with instrumental virtuosity, genre bending creativity, and energetic live performances. Integrating an array of live instrumentation alongside electronics, the group has redefined how organic and electronic elements can blend to bring the excitement of a live band along with the texture and dance groove of a producer or DJ.

With a diverse pool of lyricists, they realized a vision of merging their jazz and fusion roots with electronic music and the vocal power of pop, hip hop and R&B. The band acts as a producer showcasing the unique talents of each collaborator while also creating a sonic landscape that can only be described as Liquid Monk. Their upcoming self-titled debut LP is due out this Autumn. Liquid Monk is Eric “Fil” Fillip (Drums, Percussion), Dan Gruszka (Guitar, Synth, Electronics), Michael Leonard (Guitar, Synth) and Omar Taji (Keyboards, Synth Bass).

Speaking on the new track ‘Nighttime’ Liquid Monk states: We had been looking to write an original with Kameryn since we began performing with her last summer. After we laid ‘Nighttime’ in the studio, it seemed like the perfect vibe for her songwriting and vocal style. We played it for her and she immediately connected with it. She was going through some personal struggles in her life and on the spot she wrote the lyrics that “are about the confusion and longing I was feeling about someone close who was in a position where they couldn’t be there when I needed them to be”. 

The repetitious, escalating nature of the verses mimic how ones’ mind can keep replaying the same thoughts while in an emotional state. The newest release from the Detroit collective continues to mark Liquid Monk as one of the most innovative and sophisticated acts coming out of the city right now.

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Introducing Stefflon Don featuring French Montana


Dancehall/rap artist Stephanie Allen (aka Stefflon Don) switches between dancehall patois, grime verses, and honeyed vocals with ease and confidence. Originally born in Birmingham to Jamaican parents, Allen moved to the Netherlands at five years old.

Her family remained in Holland for nine years before moving to Clapton, East London when she was 14. As Allen grew older she knew she wanted to pursue music, taking on the initial strategy of covering other artists’ work and spinning it in new directions; the first two examples that got traction came in 2015, when Allen covered Wretch 32’s “Six Words” and Section Boyz’ “Lock Arff.” As Allen became noticed, she collaborated with a number of prominent artists, including Lethal Bizzle, Sneakbo, Jeremih, and Wretch 32 on his 2016 album Growing Over Life. 2016 also saw the release of her debut mixtape, Real Ting, which featured Jeremih returning the favor as a guest artist. As 2016 drew to a close, Stefflon Don was highlighted on the BBC’s Sound of 2017 list. The following year, Allen signed to Universal Music, whereby they created a new subsidiary, 54 London, and made her the first signee. Artist Biography by Liam Martin

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Cilla Raie – I Ain’t Got Time Ft Jammin, C Cane and Double S


Singer/Songwriter Cilla Raie is back with a bold new single ‘I Aint Got Time’ produced by Sami Dolla. The record features three of the UK’s critically claimed rappers Jammin MC, C Cane and Double S. The record boasts confidence from Cilla expressing her lack of time and interest in ‘time-wasters’.
The single follows her last release ‘Masterpiece’ produced by Joey Dyer (Iggy Azalea – Fancy, Katy B, Conor Maynard), which was released via VEVO and exclusively premiered by MOBO Awards with support from BBC Radio 1Xtra and Link Up TV, the record has since racked up over 22,000 plays.
Taking inspirations from the likes of Aaliyah, Brandy and Toni Braxton Cilla Raie began recording music at just 14-years-old, with grime producer DaVinche being one of her key mentors during the early stages of her musical journey. The ‘I Aint Got Time’ video is set to be explosive and is set to be out in August, following with Cilla’s second EP to be released early 2018.

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Introducing Pumpa


There are men and women all over the world who will nod their heads admitting to sharing a collective “Ayayay” moment with their counterparts. The moment we are specifically referring to is at the point where the same subject has caught their attention together. Now, do not get confused, it is one of the ways that their compliments are shared and understood.

Some of us, depending on our culture may express our emotions through more familiar terms such as “G*d Damn”, “Wow” or “Hot Damn” when the physique or movements of the opposite sex is drawing us in. Where Pumpa is concerned “Ayayay” is more befitting.
In his new release, the St. Kitts born, Virgin Island based Soca artiste is chanting “Ayayay” to a new beat; one that is heavily inspired by Soca and Afro rhythms. Known for his highly energizing performances, Pumpa decided to groove his way through this release as he places the spotlight on the beauty of the female physique.

Written by Dennis ‘Pumpa’ Liburd and produced by Big H Beats, “Ayayay” is a definite body mover. There is absolutely no way that any music lover would be able to stay still when the song drops. Pumpa is focused on ensuring that his music reaches all corners of the earth as he continues to explore new sounds.

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Video: DeJ Loaf – No Fear


Rapper DeJ Loaf, born Deja Trimble, grew up on the east side of Detroit, Michigan and started writing lyrics at a young age. She took music more seriously in high school, after she quit playing basketball at the junior varsity level. At some point she established her stage name, with DeJ pronounced similar to “beige” and Loaf a reference to her footwear preference. Through a period that included a few semesters of attending Saginaw Valley State and working as a janitor at a Chrysler factory, she continued to develop her talent but didn’t gain much traction. In July 2014, two years after she released her first mixtape, she uploaded “Try Me,” a low-key, melodic track produced by Ypsilanti native DDS, which caught the attention of Drake, who referenced it on Instagram.

The platinum-selling star’s acknowledgment increased DeJ’s profile exponentially and set off a wave of unauthorized versions from fellow rappers. (DeJ did approve of a version that featured a verse from Wiz Khalifa.) She signed to Columbia, released a second mixtape, and appeared on the Aftermath release “Detroit vs. Everybody” beside fellow Detroiters Eminem, Royce da 5’9″, Big Sean, Danny Brown, and Trick Trick. Columbia’s official release of “Try Me” reached the Top Ten of Billboard’s Hot Rap Songs chart. Second single “We Good,” also produced by DDS, was released as her second major-label single. After a handful of headlining gigs, she closed out 2014 by opening for fan Erykah Badu at Detroit’s Fox Theatre.

In 2015 she issued the #AndSeeThatsTheThing EP along with the hit single “Back Up” featuring Big Sean. In 2016, Loaf dropped a mixtape, All Jokes Aside, and another created in collaboration with Jacquees, Fuck a Friend Zone, appeared in 2017. In December 2016, Loaf told journalists that her first full-length album would be titled Liberated, and her manager added that the album was “90% done” and expected to appear in 2017. ~ Andy Kellman