RKZ is back for his fourth Round Up featuring Basement Jaxx, Flying Lotus and Kendrick Lamar. Gather round, get comfortable, stick your headphones on and zone out for the evening. I’m keeping this month short and sweet with a music hit-list full of smooth, powerful, resonating gloriousness. Barney Artist – Space I absolutely LOVE the production on this joint, the concept, and the simplicity of…

Meet Ella Martini, a 19-year-old soul singer/songwriter from Oxford and our One To Watch. After getting to the final of “Live and Unsigned” at the age of 15, Ella Martini began gigging around the UK. Her natural flow of positive energy on stage has landed her support slots for the likes of Jess Glynne, MNEK and Nizlopi’s Luke Concannon. Following co-signs from BBC’s Jen Long, her debut…

RKZ’s Round Up returns for the third time starring Common, Iamsu and James Fauntleroy. Guess who’s back in the motherfu’in hooouse! I was gone for a while but I’m back with a double-barrelled instalment of my Round Up! Combining June and July, I’m giving you some incredible shouts for the summer season. As always, the records are in alphabetical order, and I’ve kept the descriptions…

The second edition of RKZ’s Round Up sees the musician give props to the likes of Jhené Aiko, Taylor McFerrin and Vicktor Taiwo. Considering how temperamental the weather has been this past May, I selected five songs that varied in feel and mood, teasing into the experimental. Without further ado, this is what made my playlist tick. Jhené Aiko – Stay Ready (J Henny Verse) Contrary to what you’re…

The UK is becoming a melting-pot for incredibly soulful, innovative British musicians. With Laura Wolfie and her 7DS EP, she seems to be another perfect example. Concept projects seem to be all the rage at the moment and with ‘the seven deadly sins’ in particular being absolutely done to death, Wolfie really needed to knock this out the park. Fortunately for her, her originality coupled…

We interviewed New Jersey rapper Kaly about his musical origins, what he’s working on currently and his choice between ATCQ and De La. One of the most decorated characters we’ve come across in recent times, US-native Kaly (who isn’t actually from Cali, by the way) is beginning to build up a reputation of speaking his mind via the interwebz. The NJ by-way-of Philly rapper spoke…

“RKZ’s Round Up” sees the intrepid musician scope out some of the best tracks out right now. What’s happening, beautiful people? I’ve been inundated with requests to cover new releases this year, to the point where they were beginning to outnumber hours in the day. With that in mind, I thought I’d start a new piece: RKZ’s Round Up! A collection of records I’ve heard…

We reviewed Miraa May’s The Beginning EP. This time ’round I’m sat in the studio listening to The Beginning: an acoustic EP from the captivating singer and guitarist, Miraa May. Jhené [Aiko] has been known to purr over records because of her sultry tone, runs and melodies; Miraa pretty much does the same. (Do you understand how massive a compliment that is, though?) The EP…

Every once in a while I come across a project that restores my faith in good music and perhaps more importantly, the details. Negash Ali’s African Dream EP is no exception. 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…

UK neo soul duo Alfa & Emmavie drop the sultry Epoch EP. 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,…