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04/23/2018 07:21 AM
Dwyn Duke: 'Can't Have It All'

LinkUp TV || “Goes In!!!” Spiff TV | ‘UK talent of the week’ World Star Hip Hop

After making a big splash on the urban scene in 2012, hip-hop lyricist Dwyn Duke is back with his fresh new album
‘Can’t Have It All’. The first single ‘Cocoa Butter’ was premiered on Complex UK in February and got the attention
of music fans across the UK. The eagerly anticipated 10 track release, produced by Classiq Beats, Sykes Beats,
and Elson Barbosa, features insightful lyrics inspired by relationships, trials and tribulation… and women!
"My tracks reflect my personal experiences, a collection of metaphorical truths” Dwyn confesses. He adds
“my music is a compilation of grime and soulful music, with influences from the R&B that I grew up listening to”.

2017 was a year of ups and downs and a mixture of emotions, I wanted to deliver a digestible 
version of my 2017 on 'Can’t Have It All' ” Dwyn.

Dwyn Duke has performed across the UK, including at T-Festival and in the biggest clubs with his previous group
Black Biscuit’. The group were supported by MTV Base, Luminar UK, Flava TV and more. Dwyn’s music has
been playlisted by Beat FM and Pulse Radio and he’s worked alongside artists such as Dot Rotten, SOS Music and
Abel Miller. His April 2017 street mixtape was well received, being supported by all major urban blogs, however
2018 looks set to be his best year yet with the releases of ‘Can’t Have it All’ and upcoming project
Spell it Right II’.

04/13/2018 06:29 PM
Matterz Interview: Dirty Freud

Dirty Freud is considered as ‘the unruly prince of electronica and the bastard son of electro bass music’. In a short period of time, he gained the support of leading radio stations around the UK, participated in significant music festivals and won two awards at Bass Movement Awards. His last song 'Kadema' taken from his new EP 'Boxing The God' teased the senses of the audience. So, there was no better opportunity than sitting and talking with this amazing guy to learn more about him and his upcoming projects.

1)    Hi Dirty Freud and welcome to Matterz! How have you been? 

Hey, thanks for having me just been doing my music thing and that.

2)   Your songs have the support of BBC Radio 6 Music, BBC 1Xtra, West Yorkshire BBC Introducing and Rinse FM. Your previous EP ‘Dirty Deeds’ reached top 10 in Beatport and Juno. You won the Best New DJ and Best New Producer at Bass Movement Awards and the list goes on. How are you feeling about it? What is your next goal? 

Man, I've never seen all these things listed in such a way, so I feel really humbled, but this is just the start and I want to do so much in this industry and make sure my music is the sort of music that really matters to people.

3)  You recently released your new single ‘Kadema’. Talk to us more about the song, its story and your inspirations. 

'Kadema' was born out of my love of the old skool garage scene and always wanted to make a song like this. Also, I love talking about being determined and Karma which put together is the word 'Kadema'. I just think people forget that it costs nothing to be nice to people and this song looks into that.

'Kadema' - the official music video. 

4) ‘Kadema’ has a music video as well. Do you have some interesting behind the scenes stories to share with us? Let us know about the filming process and your experience in general. 

Yeah man, I used to be a keen skater so wanted that to be at the root of it for the storyline.

5)  Your new EP “Boxing the God” is a 5-track release and features collaborations with Fullmarx, Salio and Bradley Lynch. Go more into depth about this project, the inspirations behind the songs and your collaboration with the whole team? 

'Boxing With God' is a response of how man is very small compared to the world as a whole we've only been on this planet for a very short time if you think about it. And I wanted to highlight how my environment inspires me to create music and doing it with like-minded people like Salio, Brad and Fullmarx made the process worthwhile. 

'Boxing The God' The new EP of Dirty Freud.

6)  Let’s go back to your childhood. Was music a love at first sight? 

Yeah, I always loved music, I've always felt it was in my blood my Dad dj'd our family parties and my mum was a Roadie for part of her life. So down the line, I always wondered if I'd get into it myself.

7)  We all know your writing and production talents but some people do not know that you mix and master songs for commercial artists like Pixie Lott and Leeroy Thornhill. Talk to us more about these collaborations. Does it make a big difference to you? 

No, I don't mind if people know or not as long as my peers gut that I can do a lot of different musical things in the industry that's enough for me. Just love being a part of it.

8)   You have played to several well-known festivals through the years including Bestival, Lovebox, Citadel. How was your experience? 

I loved these festivals not only for playing the music but the way the punters get into, it is a buzz that can't be matched.

9)    Any plans for a tour or special gigs around the UK this year? 

Got a few nice gigs coming up 30th May Jimmy's in Manchester and 20th August Zigfrid Von Underbelly in London.

10)   Do you have a special message for your fans? 

All my people out there, never stop doing you, don't conform, just be you.

11)   Dirty Freud thank you very much for the interview. 

Massive thanks for having me.

Follow Dirty Freud on Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

04/06/2018 03:32 PM
MXHXCK ft Kaay Jones & Tubby Boy "Slim Ting"

Slim Ting is the new club banger from producer MXHXCK. The track features cross-atlantic vocals with the punchy top line of Kaay Jones from New York via Jamaica complemented by the swagger of  London hip-hop frontman Tubby Boy.  MXHXCK recounts Tubby signed his first publishing deal with us when he released his first album; we were introduced to Kaay via our reggae specialist in New York. I met Tubby Boy and played him some beats from MXHXCK he was impressed with the bounce; MXHXCK was remixing one of Kaay’s songs and Tubby walked in and murked the beat.”

Kaay Jones is a multigenre, multi talented singer/songwriter who began her music career after auditioning  for a television  show called "Dancehall Got Talent" in Queens, New York in 2014. Kaay was excited to work with MXHXCK and Tubby Boy. She recalls “Tubby’s intro line - Big belly Man how your strong so - is immense from then I knew “Slim Ting” was going to be a big song.” Tubby Boy, an artist and hip-hop promoter couldn’t wait to jump on the record. He says “when I first heard Kaay’s voice I knew she was the perfect artist for collaboration. She has a mixture of old school reggae with a modern twist. Working with Kaay was seamless and when MXHCK played the finished single it was banging.”

04/06/2018 03:35 PM
Robyn & Tiago "Kiss and Tell"

Kiss and Tell is the new single by Robyn & Tiago, a unique hiphop/RnB duo with Latin influence made up of Robyn Sasha & Tiago Antunes. Tiago has also produced for platinum selling artist Dappy and his music has been used in soundbeds across TV and film, including various MTV shows. The band have performed in festivals across the world and supported Krept and Konan (in Magaluf) and Jack Jones on tour. Kiss and Tell features a glossy video shot by the coast in LA and showcases the young artist’s skills in performing to camera.

Robyn & Tiago worked with legendary songwriter/producer Steve Dorff (Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Barbra Streisand, Jermaine Jackson, Dolly Parton) on their new album. The platinum selling writer even mentioned working with Robyn & Tiago in his book I Wrote That One, Too ...: A Life in Songwriting from Willie to Whitney!   Robyn Sasha says “Steve Dorff has become more than our Mentor and dear friend. He’s a Rose amongst the thorns in an industry full of the fake & the foney! He took a chance on us when he had Never worked with any HipHop & RnB acts like ourselves. Steve saw the future & what could be rather than just the here & now.”

Robyn & Tiago released Paisana  on Link Up TV  in March 2018 and the reaction to the video was amazing! Robyn & Tiago are signed to their own record label Know Your Worth, with a mixtape due for release later this year. 

Follow Robyn & Tiago on Twitter |  Facebook | Instagram |Spotify | Official Website

03/30/2018 01:46 PM
Niche Presents - Gemma Fox - 1st Lady

Hot on the heels of releasing her first EP of 2018, Grime Vocal Archive, Gemma Fox releases Niche Presents  - Gemma Fox 1st Lady.

The EP is composed of big bass filled beats and exciting, spine tingling NICHE classics, while accompanying BASSLINE bangers that can only be described as quick paced, fiery and fresh, partnered with sweet melodic vocals to match. Tracks from the EP have previously play listed on BBC 1XTRA for many weeks and was heavily supported by Mistajam.

Hailed as the queen or FIRST LADY by the Bassline top tier DJs such as SBS, EJ and DJ Q and regular appearances on the main stage at major events like THE BASSLINE FESTIVAL and heavy rotation in the clubs of tracks such as Boxers, Might Be, Crazy Crush which have all been featured on “SOUNDS OF BASSLINE” albums by Ministry of Sound. (over 200,000 copies sold)

Performing at PUREGARAGE in Wolverhampton recently, the public seem keen for a bassline revival, with scenes reminiscent of the bassline hype in the noughties the crowd went wild when Gemma took to the stage and performed some of her classic anthems.

Having made her big break on the music scene in the mid-noughties as a singer/songwriter, Gemma Fox is here in the form of this classic bassline EP titled 1st Lady, as a sample to her forthcoming singles and further EP releases penned for early summer, so expect big things to come!!!  

03/29/2018 10:05 PM
Aaron Martyn: "Miss You'
‘Miss you’ is the highly anticipated single by 14 years old YouTube sensation Aaron Martyn, produced by East London’s Ry tunez with production credits spanning the likes of Sean Paul, Jess Glynne, Wretch 32, Shizz BMO amongst others.
The track is a tribute to Aaron’s late Grandmother who was a major influence on his life and had a profound impact on him. “Nan, she was more like a mom to me and I miss her. This record was one of the hardest but most rewarding records I have ever done” Confesses the young artist who co-wrote the lyrics with his father Darren Martyn co-writer of Tom Zanetti ft. Sadie Ama ‘You Want Me’ and M.O – ‘Dance On My Own’ and Founder of DM Unsigned.

Aaron Martyn captured the attentions after releasing his cover version of One Dance by Drake which got over 125,000 Views on YouTube. Since then he has released two EPs, ‘Thirteen’ that got premiered on Linkup TV and made a stamp on UK urban scene and ‘From Dm To The Dm’ including the single ‘Slide Into My Dm’ that made a big splash in 2017. He also teamed up with Eastenders Star Maisie Smith to deliver 20 shows during Scotland school tour last summer. The two young stars have also performed several covers on YouTube which have racked up thousands of views.
Aaron took a break due to the unfortunate incident not long after the release of ‘Slide Into My Dm’, but he is back now in studios working on exciting projects to be released in 2018.

Connect with Aaron Martyn

03/29/2018 05:38 AM
Josh Vickz: 'Emotions & Logic'

Josh Vickz’s highly anticipated first single “Emotions & Logic” was written and produced by Darren Martyn (Tom Zanetti ft. Sadie Ama - You Want Me/M.O - Dance On My Own and Founder of DM Unsigned).The track features powerful vocals on a club friendly groove. Josh says “this track is an emotional ballad about a relationship that cannot find common ground… the girl is blinded by emotion while the guy is blinded by logic”.

Josh is a 25 years old rising singer songwriter from South London who has been in development at DM Unsigned for the last year and a half.
Only two years ago Josh would not dare to sing in front of anyone. He finally broke out of his shell a few months ago when he started releasing several covers of I Fall Apart by Post Malone, Say You Won’t Let Go by James Arthur, Passionfruit by Drake and many more on his Facebook and YouTube channel which have generated a lot of attention with over 50k total views.

“Emotions & Logic” is the title track from Josh Vickz first EP, set to be released this summer. The track features remixes and a glossy music video. Check Josh’s socials for details of live shows.

03/30/2018 06:15 AM
Mytton Sanneh 'Fun' Ft. Laughter

‘Fun’ is the first single off Mytton Sanneh upcoming EP which is due out this May.  
The remix of this first track features female rapper Laughta managed by CTRL Management,
the home of Lethal B. 

The EP will also see featuring from Saskilla and another special guest which will be announced soon!
Mytton has described his music as “an RnB and Grime crossover… with hard dirty beats but a 
smooth RnB flow over the top!”
Mytton has the vocal and artistic capabilities to become an international artist. The smooth R&B 
vocals fused with the UK production sounds make him one of a kind. He becomes a triple treat 
considering his incredible dancing and acting skills! He was in fact a child prodigy; he started his career 
playing the young Michael Jackson in “Thriller” a musical in the West End. He then joined 
the “New Bounce” boy band which made it to the finals of Britain’s Got Talent in 2011.
Since leaving the band, Mytton has started working in development with Darren Martyn 
(Manager/Producer) at DM Unsigned.

Alongside this, Mytton Sanneh has also been working on a grime project called 'Rhythm and Girls' with Rytunez (Wiley, Angel, Krishane) and Darren Martyn.

03/28/2018 01:37 PM
Reeliv: Lyric Video 'Gotta Fall Sometime'

Anonymous duo ReeLiv release their Lyric Video of 'Gotta Fall Sometime'.
Producing a modern but progressive sound, the producer pair effortlessly fuse their individual sounds with distinctive, almost genderless, vocals. The new-age pop vocalist delicately rides high in the mix, with a seamless creation of East meets West. Heavily influenced by their background, the melody meets an eerie spirituality that is usually hard to create in such accessible lyrics.  “It’s OK to falter. OK to fall. That’s how we figure. How to stand tall’
The two-track EP, ‘Gotta Fall Sometime’ and ‘Fuel to the Fire’, explore realms of self-doubt, direction, and confusion. Underpinned by a sad beauty, ReeLiv achieves a sense of euphoria that you can’t quite put your finger on. Inspired by Cashmere Cat, Miles Davies, Joni Mitchell, Mura Masa and Nandini Srikar, ReeLiv draw from a varied palette and their different walks of life, creating a stellar and sophisticated sound. Close your eyes and simply listen to this credible and refreshing duo who are focused on nothing but the music.

03/27/2018 05:09 PM
Matterz Interview: PhePhe

PhePhe is on Matterz. She talked to us about her new EP, her dreams and struggles to prove that she can be a mother and an artist at the same time. We are really sure that at the end of the interview you will be in love with this so inspiring lady. Get ready to be 'Lost In Her Aura'.

1)     Hi PhePhe, welcome to Matterz! How have you been?

I’m amazing thank you. Thanks for having me.

2)    You recently released your new EP Lost In My Aura II ‘with the intention of showing people and yourself, you can still pursue a career in music and be a ‘good mother’– Talk to us more about it and all the challenges that you had to face. 

Well, when becoming pregnant, one of the first things my partner said to me was "so you are not going to do music anymore then?" The thought hadn't even crossed my mind but it seemed so matter of fact to him. Over that next 9 months, so many people had conversations with me about how I wouldn't be able to have a career anymore or how difficult it was going to be for me to balance music with being a mum. That, along with a clip I saw on Instagram of the supermodel "Jordan Dunn" laughing while excepting an award and explaining that she had received the same negative reaction about her career during pregnancy, made me really determined to prove everyone wrong and also inspired me to try to be a pioneer for working moms in the music industry. I think being a parent, in general, is no easy road but to me making music is no different from working a 9-5, it’s my job. I try to have my son with me as much as possible, that isn't always appropriate but whenever it is he’s there by my side.

'Lost In My Aura II': Phephe's new EP available on Soundcloud | Spotify | iTunes 

3)    Your new EP is a kind of a ‘sequel’. What’s the main difference with the previous one and let us know about the recording and writing process?

This EP has much more of a variety of sounds. Each song from 1 to 7 is different in style, sound and subject. Although both EP’s are personal as I always write from my own perspective. LIMA2 just feels much more revealing to me.

4)    Through the years, you have collaborated with several famous producers like Bassboy, Von D., Mr. Figz and Skream. Tell us about your experience to collaborate with them.

Working with Von D has become like working with a big brother. He’s always so supportive of everything I write and his love for the tone of my voice always shows in his mixdowns. It’s always mega interesting working with Dapz On The Map... We make a song, change it, tweak it then change it again he’s always pushing me towards perfection. And working with Scorcher was such an inspiring one. I’ve never seen someone write and record such an amazing verse in the space of one hour standing in the booth the whole process.

An acoustic rendition of her single 'Insecurities'

5)    Many musical influences can be heard in your music. Do you think that this the key to success or is it harder to make loyal fans?

Over the years, I think I’ve overthought these kinds of things but recently my thoughts are that I’m mixed-race in both ethnicity and culture so it’s only right my music be a mix up of all different sounds & style. As long as my music stays true to who I am, I must be able to resonate and connect with people. I hope… lol

6)    ‘Soul’ is the recent single taken from the EP. What’s the story behind it?

Although 'Soul' is written from my personal experience and I refer to things that happened in my reality it’s the story of many couples that go through their ups and downs but are always bonded no matter what.

'Soul' the brand new single and video of Phephe which premiered on SB:TV.

7)    You released a music video as well. Talk to us about your experience behind the video and the filming process in general.

Making the video for ‘Soul’ was so much fun. Both, me and CS Visual, had no real plan or treatment for the video we both just knew, it needed to be bright and colourful. We spent quite a few weeks sending each other photos & reference points trying to make a sort of mood board. Then one day CS phoned me and told me that ‘I got a location’. We rocked up there and started filming. Luckily, the owner was really nice and didn’t mind too much as long as we didn’t get in the way of customers. It was freezing but I didn’t even care, I was having so much fun trying on all of the vintage clothes. I love this video as I think it shows all of the different sides to PhePhe.

8)    I know that you are a full-time mother but do you have any plans to go on tour or maybe some local ‘intimate’ gigs around Birmingham?

Short answer… YES! I’m a hippie at heart if I get the opportunity to tour I’d be taking him with me. And I have yet to announce my solo show in Birmingham but it is 100% in the pipeline for this year.

9)    Do you have a special message for your fans?

For those who have been following and supporting my journey for a while now thank you, it’s not been easy at all but all your streams, downloads, messages and support make it all worth. For those who are just discovering me, welcome to the wave.

10)     PhePhe thank you very much for the interview.

It was a pleasure. Thank you guys.

Follow PhePhe on Twitter | Instagram | Soundcloud | Spotify | iTunes 

03/24/2018 05:15 PM
Serena Kern ‘I Got You’ ft. McLean out 30th March

I Got You is the new single by soulful beauty Serena Kern, produced by chart-topping urban producer, Ayo Beatz and her longtime music collaborator  Chris Rockall of Music MattersI Got You is a smooth soulful, pop, R&B track featuring McLean, one of the UK’s most talented R&B/soul acts. “Chris and Ayo sent me “I Got You” as a musical arrangement and I loved it.  When McLean and I wrote to it we realised we had something very special. ANSAH's remix is great and gives the track a real David Guetta type club/ dance vibe so, whether you are looking for something to dance to or chill to, “I Got You”. The single is taken from her forthcoming EP. “Chasing Rainbows”, the title track of the EP of the same name, with an urban soul/R&B/club feel, will be released later this spring.

Serena was born in a small town in southern India called Coonoor. She spent her childhood enjoying the peaceful beauty of the town with its tea plantations and the beautiful green forested land that surrounded it. As an artist, Serena loves to draw on her Indian roots. In 2015 she approached Rishi Rich (Teddy Riley, Jay Sean) who is currently based out in Atlanta. “It happened very fast.  I emailed Rishi to see if he would like to work with me and immediately he responded “yes, come over and let’s record”. She remembers. “I flew to Atlanta and recorded 3 tracks in 3 days!” The result was critically acclaimed EP “Dream” which the Asian music scene welcomed with open arms. The title track featured on the BBC Asian Network Official Downloads Charts for several weeks. Serena is now drawing more influence from her life in London, which can be heard in her recent track Drop Top  featuring UK hot artist of the moment Ms Banks. Serena works tirelessly to fund her music and her professional life involves running various charities and foundations. Though she may look angelic, Serena is a no-nonsense lawyer who fights for what she believes in. This sense of ambition has been invaluable for her music career and has helped drive her success. 

Follow Serena on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | BandCamp | Website

03/23/2018 11:09 PM
Jaystar “OMG" - New Single & Video Release

OMG is the eagerly awaited slick new single by AKA/BBC/Link Up/GRM Daily supported global star Jaystar. Listeners get a real sense of the vibe Jaystar was feeling when he wrote the track. At the tender age of 7, Jaystar started learning the piano, taught by his musical mother. It soon became clear he had natural talent, and it wasn’t long before he was creating his own melodies. He started to hone his production skills, and was soon recording his own vocals. Jaystar was awarded a prize at the age of 15 for a song he wrote and produced called Need You Back’ and from then, his career path was set. Now Jaystar, still a young artist, has a buzz in France and Africa, has supported worldwide superstars such as T Pain and headlined large-scale events across Africa to tens of thousands of fans.

Jaystar’s release “Signs of Making Love” was in the top 5 most popular videos on Channel AKA for 5 weeks, came 2nd  in the top 50 selected songs of the year on the same channel and received a numerous plays across Capital Xtra. Never Leave Me was supported by Channel AKA, Flava, Trace and TV channels across Africa, making it the most requested song of the year over the continent. His recent project released early 2017, self-titled EP called “5th Lane” has taken the underground scene by storm, putting Jaystar firmly back on the map. 2018 looks set to be his best year yet.

Follow Jaystar Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

03/18/2018 04:42 PM
STITCH: "Champagne" [New Single & Video Release]

British pop trip STITCH have revealed their latest track, the dark and brooding alt-pop anthem ‘Champagne’. The song, which the band wrote, performed and produced themselves, is accompanied by a raucous, lively video with all sorts of questionable behaviour on show. It is due for release next week.

STITCH say: “Everyone knows someone or has been that person who does something they shouldn’t at a party or event, and immediately blames it on the booze. It's often just an attempt to shift responsibility, and eventually people call them/you out for having had at least some aware- ness of what was going on. Temptation is a key theme, and affects everyone under the influence, whether you’re a ‘good’ or a ‘bad’ person.

“Some of the scenes in the Champagne video are quite explicit. Although we don’t actively celebrate this behaviour, we felt it was important to illustrate the meaning behind the song”. ‘ Champagne’ itself acts as a substitute for any old substance that we use and abuse to hide our true motives!”

‘Champagne’ follows the release of STITCH’s previous three tracks, ‘Fool’, ‘Not One To Say’ and ‘Goodbye Highline’, all of which have been released over the last three months and appear on the band’s debut EP ‘Welcome to the Dream’. The band, unique in that they write, perform and produce all of their music in-house, consists of Nikita, Gray and Kye. The three friends originally met at University, and they now write and record from their West London living room.
STITCH’s music blends a unique and organic, raw instrumental sensibility with modern electronic elements. Their musical philosophy is built on creating popular music outside of sub-genre and era, combining sounds and styles from the present and past to be redefined using bleeding edge production methods.

As well as recording their debut EP, they have also already successfully transferred this sound from the studio to the stage, and have performed to packed crowds in the UK, including the main stage in Trafalgar Square for London Pride.
The band will play a headline show to celebrate the launch of their EP at The Hoxton Underbelly on Friday 30th March. 

03/19/2018 10:31 AM
PhePhe: New EP “Lost in My Aura II”

Female empowering artist PhePhe is releasing her hotly awaited third project “Lost in My Aura II” on March 9th. The EP comes from a place of personal growth and empowerment following the birth of her first child.  PhePhe described the making of LIMA II as “a journey of self-beliefthe burning feeling to constantly make music whilst going through such intense physical, emotional & mental changes was very empowering and gave reassurance that I was on the right path. I made this EP with the intention of showing people and myself I can still pursue a career in music and be a ‘good mother’”. The first single from the EP Soul boasts a glossy video produced by SB:TV, and showcases PhePhe’s incredible performance skills. Her single Grateful is a moving story of her experience of motherhood.

PhePhe has dedicated herself to musical exploration and creative expression. She refuses to be identified under a single genre as she has cultivated her own sound. Through the years she has collaborated with several worldwide famous producers including Bassboy, Von D., Mr. Fitz and Skream. Her music has received appraisal from BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra as well as lots of other national and local radios.

Pheleba Akima Johnson, aka PhePhe, was born in Birmingham, the middle child of five in a talented musical and creative family. Her key musical influences including reggae, Afro-beat, Jazz and soul rhythms can be heard in her music. She is well-known in the Birmingham scene for infectious and heartfelt top lines on club tracks but a mesmerising acoustic performer too, as can be seen in the video to Insecurities, another one of the singles from the EP.

Follow PhePhe on Twitter | Instagram | Soundcloud | Spotify | iTunes

03/08/2018 01:50 PM

'Kadema' is the new single of Dirty Freud, “the unruly prince of electronica and the bastard son of electro bass music” taken from his latest EP Boxing with God (Keep It Dirty Records). The 5-track release features collaborations with Fullmarx, Salio and Bradley Lynch. “Boxing with God feels like a continuation of the Agenda EP, released in 2014. Like then, I’ll be transcribing more of my travels. I’ve kept many journals throughout the ages; some of them are falling to pieces, but time always brings decay, so I had to record them somehow. We all try to leave a legacy on the earth”. Dirty Freud

Dirty Freud has enjoyed multiple playlists on BBC Radio 6 Music, BBC 1Xtra, Manchester BBC Introducing and Rinse FM and the UK based artist and producer’s previous EP Dirty Deeds reached top 10 in Beatport and Juno. He won Best New DJ and Best New Producer at Bass Movement Awards and was named in the top 3 at the awards ceremony for each category. Dirty Freud received excellent reviews from his performances at Bestival, Lovebox, Citadel, Beat-herder and Soundwave and is supported by cutting-edge brands including Jagermeister, Dr Martens and Chunk Clothing.

Dirty Freud’s writing and production talents are well documented. He published two tracks with BMG which were later used on soundbeds across daytime TV. He mixes and masters for a regular clientele, working with commercial artists such as Pixie Lott and Leeroy Thornhill.

Follow Dirty Freud on Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

03/07/2018 01:11 PM
Na7halie Sade: 'Murda' Video Release

Na7halie Sade’s newly released single ‘Murda’ is taking the world by storm, with the support of radios such as 1xtra, Capital Xtra, Radar Radio, Beat fm, Westside fm and much more. The song has been described as a fun dancehall tune, with a unique vibe to it. Equipped with a ‘huge bass sound’ the track is doing some serious damage on dance floors and keeps receiving great reactions from all kind of crowds as DJs keep dropping the tune into their sets. The song has also seen support from Spotify playlists such as Popjustice and Eternity Network and is featured on MediaPro Music.

Only 23 years old, half French half Zambian, Na7halie has already achieved a lot at these early stages of her career, with a social media following that is growing steadily day by day. Followed by the likes of WizkidKrept and Konan, Damon Wayans and many others, the singer has turned her online notoriety into a career, by becoming the face of Vodaphone South Africa, as well as being featured in ads for Nescafe and Kenco Coffee.
Her latest success includes becoming one of the faces of Marc Jacobs Beauty, thanks to which she will be travelling to fashion capitals around the world to be featured on the luxury brand’s website and campaigns. Moreover, ‘Murda’ is being featured in the upcoming Beauty By Marc online video series. 
Na7halie is not only beautiful and talented, but also a very bright young woman: speaks four languages, including French and Spanish. She has recently collaborated with Missguided on a campaign to empower women globally through positive change.
Na7halie is now in the studio with Rymez (Drake, Giggs, Donaeo), who is signed with Sony ATV and was the producer behind Stefflon Don’s critically acclaimed mixtape ‘Real Ting’ and hits like '16 shots' and 'Hurting Me'.
Her current single 'Murda' is available on all major platforms.

02/28/2018 03:01 PM
MATTERZ Interview:- WeatheredMan

WeatheredMan is a new project from the man who brought you modern mariachi masters Roja but is basically a bloke who writes songs in his bedroom when he’s not being a primary school teacher. All the tracks are duets with people who are from the other musical side of the tracks. Proper pop stars. Proper rock stars.

WeatheredMan has performed in some of the most exciting music festivals such as South by Southwest (Austin, Texas) with Franz Ferdinand, The Great Escape (UK) with Graham Coxon, Liverpool International Music Festival (UK), UK/European tours includingsupporting Half Man Half Biscuit at London Shepherds Bush Empire.

Debut single features the unmistakable talents of pop legend Aaron Paul. Aaron Paul is a pop-dance solo artist who was previously a part of the teen boy pop group Worlds Apart who had a chart run ofover 5 top 30 UK singles, including "Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel", "Everlasting Love", "Wonderful World" and their biggest hit "Could it be I'm Falling in Love.”

We caught up with WeatheredMan to ask him some questions about his music, collaborations and inspirations and his life outside music.

Tell us Where are you from?

I’m from Liverpool, the spiritual home of blokes in bands.

How long have you been making music?

I remember being 11 and forming a band with my 2 cousins. I had a Casio keyboard I couldn't play with a bossa nova drum beat and a guitar (I also couldn't play) with one string on it. 6th string in case you’re wondering. I wrote a song called “Law of the Night” - worrying given my age - and it was essentially a rip off of “Runaround Sue”. If you can imagine Runaround Sue being played on a Casio keyboard, on one string on a guitar by a group of 11 year olds (who couldn’t play any instruments) then you’ve got the gist. Spectacular stuff.  So that was 31 years ago. Christ on a bike.

How have you ended up in the music industry?

Pure spite towards against all of the people who thought I might be a doctor, dentist or solicitor when I was younger.

Who have you collaborated with so far?

Aaron Paul  - a complete pop star, now based in NYC,  who used to be in a Simon Cowell boy band back in the day. Danii Roundtree - Atlanta based jazz/rnb singer who will be bigger than Beyonce this time next year. LeeSun - Leeds based singer songwriter with the most distinctive and beautiful voice I’ve heard in years. Kim Jennett - lead singer of metal band Voodoo Blood and 100% rock star. Finally, Tricia McTeague - legendary dance music performer with a string of top 10 hits with Paul Van Dyke to her name.

What was the inspiration behind "WeatheredMan's Duets”?

Yeah you know I’m not sure how this happened really, I’ve always been fascinated by duets - particularly ones that feature artists from incredibly different backgrounds. Like Nick Cave/Kylie or Bing Crosby/David Bowie. So I sought out people who were largely working in different genres and asked them to take part in something that would be just that little bit different. Thankfully they all said yes, which is nice considering they’re all proper pop stars and I’m a primary school teacher who lives in Leeds.

Tell us about your new song "Hand in my Pocket", the background and inspirations behind it.

The song was inspired by a love of James Bond themes with over the top horns and guitar solos. When I knew Aaron was up for doing the track, I knew it had to be something you could dance to so I tried to channel my inner Prince. In the best way a 42 year old primary school teacher possibly can. That’s why the lyrical idea of an illicit liaison at a work’s party sprung to mind. One part teasing and naughty. The other part retail park office drudgery. A clear representation of mine and Aaron’s very different lives!

You were finalists in the BBC TV series UK’s Best Part-Time Band. Tell us about that project.

Well I have been in a band with those guys for many many years. Roja was our “modern mariachi” project and when it came up I didn’t imagine it was going to lead to hanging out with Peter Hook and Rhod Gilbert in my Mum’s bedroom. That’s quite the cheese dream. But we had a blast and going on TV and being involved with such a lovely project certainly made me want to write songs again and started the chain reaction towards this whole WeatheredMan fandango…

How is the life outside music?

Dad. Husband. Work. Work. Work. Dad. Dad. Husband. Work. Work. Work. Work. Dad. Work. Husband. Work. Dad. Husband. Work.

Do your students know that their teacher is a professional musician and do they comment on your music?

Absolutely not! Do you remember when you were little and you ran into one of your teachers somewhere other than in your school classroom? Maybe the supermarket? Or at the park? And do you remember how weird that felt? For children, teachers only exist inside those 4 walls of the classroom and any acknowledgement of a life outside of school is simply madness. So if you remember that shock of seeing Mr Brown buying some broccoli one Sunday afternoon, imagine what seeing Mr Bradshaw prancing about with Aaron Paul in a music video might do to the 7 year old you. Meltdown. Everything would be topsy turvy. Down is up. North is south. Snow is sun. I couldn’t possibly then go back to teaching them maths after that kind of shock…

What's next for WeatherMan

A christmas single. That’s right a christmas single. I am very excited. Now if only I could persuade Noddy Holder to sing on it with me…

02/20/2018 06:27 PM
Dwyn Duke: "Cocoa Butter"

"FRESHHH!" LinkUp TV || "Goes In!!!" Spiff TV | 'UK talent of the week' World Star Hip Hop

"2017 was a year of ups and downs and a mixture of emotions, I wanted to deliver a digestible version of my 2017 on 'Can't Have It All'" Dwyn
After making a big splash on the urban scene in 2012, hip-hop lyricist Dwyn Duke is back with his fresh new mixtape 'Can't Have It All'. The eagerly anticipated 10 track release, produced by Classiq Beats, Sykes Beats, and Elson Barbosa, features insightful lyrics inspired by "relationships, trials and tribulation... and women! My tracks reflect my personal experiences, a collection of metaphorical truths" Dwyn confesses. He adds "my music is a compilation of grime and soulful music, with influences from the R&B that I grew up listening to".

Dwyn Duke has performed across the UK, including at T-Festival and in the biggest clubs with his previous group 'Black Biscuit'. The group were supported by MTV BaseLuminar UK, Flava TVand more. Dwyn's music has been playlisted by Beat FM and Pulse Radio and he's worked alongside artists such as Dot Rotten, SOS Music and Abel Miller. His April 2017 street mixtape was well received, being supported by all major urban blogs. 'Can't Have It All' is his first major commercial release however, and his fans are eager to hear the first single 'Cocoa Butter', out 16th Feb.

02/19/2018 01:23 PM
Gemma Fox: Grime Vocal Archive

Singer/Songwriter and AFTERSHOCK crew’s leading lady GEMMA FOX gives us a sneak peak into GRIME VOCALS ARCHIVE with tracks previously unheard, unreleased and released material carefully extracted from the vault for your listening pleasure.

With classic tracks comprising Highly Flammable and Messy alongside features including heavyweights, Lethal Bizzle, JME, Dutty Goodz, Ears, Tinchy Stryder, Tnt, Davinche, Menta, Heartless Crew and Sweetie Irie.

Legendary Grime pioneer DJ Logan Sama commented on the impact Fox made, ‘With the resurgence in original Grime recently, it would not be fair to overlook the vocalists who's voices added a sweet contrast to the rough bars during the earliest days of the genre. You cannot talk about Grime vocalists without hailing up Gemma Fox who's earliest works alongside groundbreaking producers such as Youngsta, Alias, Dexplicit and TNT. It takes a special skill to be able to sound at home over the type of aggressive and energetic riddims you found in Grime between 2002 and 2004. Gemma had that in abundance.’

Having made her big break on the music scene in the mid-noughties as a singer/songwriter, GEMMA FOX’s first project of 2018 is here in the form of GRIME VOCAL ARCHIVE, and acts as a warm-up to a busy year as she looks to release a Niche EP that is slated to be released in the next few weeks, so expect big things to come in the near future!!!

To complement this and to give the world a reminder or taster of the wide range of her singer/songwriter versatility, GRIME VOCAL ARCHIVE captures her appreciation for the scene she was a big part of in the genres early days.

The EP is available now on all digital stores including Itunes, Spotify and Amazon amongst others.

02/16/2018 03:49 PM
Cianna Blaze 'Get mine' - EP Release

"Get Mine" is the long-awaited EP from British rapper Cianna Blaze out 16th Feb. The first single Booty Like Nicki, supported by the likes of LinkUp and Music Week was played across BBC R1 and Beats 1 radio. Heart of Lionpremiered last week and has since been played in clubs across the country.  The EP is everything you would expect from a fresh and feisty female...quick wit and sleek rap skills on slick beats. "The sound I'm bringing is difficult to pigeon hole as it has influences from different styles of music merged into one," explains Cianna. "I never want to copy others, I do my own thing and go with whatever feels right."
Cianna first drew attention from fans whilst performing as a hype MC for Maxim (The Prodigy), while he was DJing at music events throughout the world. Her debut release "On Fire", which included a club-banging remix byMob Tactics and a gritty music video which received more than 10k views. The single gained support from trendsetting blogs such as Your EDMLSD Magazine & Magnetic Mag.
Cianna Blaze is no music newbie. She has been building a loyal fanbase through her hard-edged vocals and unique style of alternative music. Cianna is a strong-minded person who thrives on female empowerment and incorporates a sense of strength and dominance in her music. From hitting the mic at festivals and drawing on the raw energy of the crowds to delivering distinctive guest vocals, Cianna has gained industry wide respect. Her releases include '808' feat Audra Nishita, 'Phase Me'  feat D Dark and 'Baddest Breed', recorded with Maxim from The Prodigy on the Death Drum Rebel label, and worked with Christian Hoffmann's Toronto is Broken, all of which have kept her at the forefront of the scene.