Words by The Heatwave—
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Words by Emily Shapiro—
Today, we’ve got a fresh new single from some serious talent in the UK. Jodie Connor, an R&B singer/songwriter recently signed to 3 Beat Records, has released a collab with a good friend to Large Up, Mr. Winter Swag himself, Stylo G. Connor, who’s family is from Barbados, first received attention for her vocals and songwriting for Roll Deep’s UK hit, “Good Times.” Now the beauty has her own EP coming out, and her single “Talk” featuring Stylo G has a dancehall vibe that connects to her Bajan roots. We expect big tings from her EP, which will have collaborations with Wiley and producer, Rymez, and is said to have some classic lover’s rock type sounds on it.
Words by Marvin Sparks—
Wiley is often called the Godfather of the UK’s vibrant grime scene. Having burst on the scene as a member of garage crew Pay As U Go Cartel, the prolific MC has been considered among the best UK wordsmiths for over ten years. He’s been involved in countless pivotal moments in underground music history, discovered and nurtured more artists than your average A&R, sparked the recent wave of grime MC’s scoring hits with electro-pop fused singles, and is generally an all-around legend. That said, Evolve or Be Extinct is an apt title for his eighth full-length release. The Bow E3, London-raised MC explores various styles, fusing grime, electro, hip hop, dancehall and just general Wiley productions you can’t call anything (is the Wiley-coined term “Eski” still available?).
Words by Gabriel Heatwave
Gappy Ranks is continuing to lead the way for UK dancehall reggae acts around the world. His world tour has been blazing up everywhere from San Francisco to Sydney and Miami to Montpellier. Next month he’s at reggae festivals throughout Europe–Belgium, Germany, France, Italy and Spain–before crowning it all with an appearance at London’s Notting Hill Carnival.