Each week, our ‘Hard Hitters‘ list, compiled alongside UK streetwear brand DECSandLondon, brings you the biggest and best new music. Featuring a mixture of established artists and up & coming talent, we aim to give you a well rounded view of the tunes we think you need to hear right now…
Shaodow ‘Katana Flow’
As one of the hardest working independant artists going, you may have seen ShoDow on streets around the country selling his mixtapes and talking in depth about the music he loves. If you haven’t, prepare to be impressed as his latest effort ‘Katana Flow’ is a huge track. Follow ShaoDow on Twitter and Facebook.
Rippz ft Paigey Cakey ‘Boyfriend’
Taken from his Dark Sensation EP, Rippz returns with one of the catchiest tracks of the year. His vocals flow over the hugely creative beat perfectly and when Paigey Cakey’s vocal kicks in – say no more. Follow Rippz on Twitter.
TE dness ‘Arr Yeah’
Having shared the audio for this track on his April Showers 2 EP back in April, TE dness has finally shared the visuals for ‘Arr Yeah’. The unique beat fuses traditional African sounds with electronic tones and TE dness blesses the tune with a brilliant vocal. Follow TE dness on Twitter.
President T ‘Kill Off Killy’
As one of the most respected Grime artists around, Bloodline member President T is an iconic name. With his long awaited project Stranger Returns set to be released shortly, he’s shared the video for the first track from it, ‘Kill Of Killy’. If this is gonna be an indication of what his forthcoming project will sound like, then we’re expecting big things. Follow President T on Twitter.
Akala ‘Mr Fire In The Booth’
There have been many memorable moments during Charlie Sloth’s Fire In The Booth segment on his BBC Radio 1Xtra show. One of the recent ones was Akala’s freestyle and he’s returned with a track paying homage to that very event. Taken from his Knowledge Is Power 2 album the MOBO Award winner is back to his majestic best. Follow Akala on Twitter and Facebook.
Bonkaz ‘You Don’t Know’
As one of the brightest talents in the new wave of Grime artists, Bonkaz is making some serious moves. Now signed to Sony, he’s shared his latest track ‘You Don’t Know’ and the bass-heavy beat compliments his bold bars superbly. What do you mean you don’t know? Follow Bonkaz on Twitter.
WSTRN ft Wretch 32, Chip & Geko ‘In2 Remix’
As the new urban three piece that everyone is talking about, WSTRN have taken then UK underground by storm. With their debut track ‘In2’ being released this week, they’ve also shared a remix featuring some of the scene’s biggest players. Right now, it seems these three can do no wrong. Follow WSTRN on Twitter and Facebook.
Sir Spyro ft Big H, Bossman Birdie and President T ‘Side By Side’
This track has been around for a little while now and the video is finally upon us. It was 100% worth the wait as the result is one of the best music videos we’ve seen this year. Big shout to Sir Spyro on production duties and all three MC’s bring solid bars as you’d expect. Follow Sir Spyro on Twitter.
Chase & Status ft Frisco ‘Funny’
As part of their London Bars project, Chase & Status have recruited some of the country’s best MC’s to provide vocals over their notoriously hard beats. The first track taken from the project is ‘Funny’ and features Boy Better Know spitter Frisco, so obviously, it’s a banger. Follow Chase & Status on Twitter and Facebook.
Villz ft Hitman Hyper & SoLarge ‘Drama’
SoBow/Invasion artist Villz is back and this time he’s teamed up with Hitman Hyper and SoLarge on new track ‘Drama’. With a sound remeniscent of Grime back in the 2006 era, this track is definitely one for old school and newer Grime fans alike. Follow Villz on Twitter.