SF: Negash Ali

The following is an extract of my article for Sampleface:

“The 4-track record from Denmark-native Negash emphatically kicks off with title song, ‘African Dream’. Hard-hitting lyrics touch on his disillusion with life, being African in a notably caucasian Denmark, “and I know I don’t belong here / I got an afro, they got that blonde hair.” The brashness of Negash’s tone and lyrical content (which, ironically, draws slight comparison to Yelawolf sans country twang) is balanced perfectly with Shakka-esqe vocals from Temu.

The next two records are assisted by Siff, who teases their collaborative potential with ‘Fire In The Sky’ before knocking it out of the park with ‘Outlaw’. It’s a great head-nodder with an incredibly engaging hook. However, Negash really saved the best until last. The production, flow, emotion and lyrics of ‘What You Got’ had me screw-facing from start to finish. It’s a record you would listen to before going to war (or a rave). I mean, try and listen to the second verse without pulling it up several times.”

Read the article in full, here: http://sampleface.co.uk/hip-hop/negash-ali-african-dream-ep/

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SF: Alfa & Emmavie

The following is an extract of my article for Sampleface:

“My love for Soundcloud continued to grow after I uncovered another beauty of a song: this rendition of Laura Mvula’s Sing To The Moon by Alfa & Emmavie. After being obsessed with Emmavie’s vocal (her harmony game is subtlety glorious), I was excited when she announced a collaborative project with London-based producer Alfamist, titled Epoch.

An amalgamation of head bopping hip hop beats, sensuous jazz tones and sultry neo-soul melodies, Epoch is a smooth-as-fuck EP that has kept my iTunes occupied for a hot minute. (This is how I imagined Robert Glasper jamming with Floetry would sound). Released on 2nd February, the pair have been working closely together for years, having joined forces to create original music by drawing on their individual styles and the influences of taste.”

Read the article in full, here: http://sampleface.co.uk/free-download/alfa-emmavie-epoch-ep/

SF: The Soul Diaries

The following is an extract of my latest review for Sampleface:

The Soul Diaries – an alternative Soul radio show on Westside 89.6FM – has been steadily gaining momentum since the first episode a couple of months ago. Providing alternative soul, hip hop, break beat and jazz squeezed into two wonderful hours of listening, TSD presenter Nikita Chauhan has really got an ear for music everyone needs to tap in to.

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When we spoke to Nikita, she explained the reason behind creating the show:

“I love the raw emotion you can feel and hear in soul music, and how it’s relatable to moods. It’s something that I find is missing in the commercial music you hear today. The Soul Diaries is about the bringing together of soul, jazz, funk and even hip-hop… The Soul Diaries aims to bring great musicians to the forefront.”

Read the article in full, here: http://sampleface.co.uk/one-to-watch/the-soul-diaries/