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NEZ Drops EP on CircoLoco Records w/ Moodymann, Schoolboy Q, Gangsta Boo

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The next offering from the Circoloco Records imprint (the collaborative record label project from Rockstar Games and nightlife icons CircoLoco) is a 3-track EP headed up by LA-based artist and producer, NEZ. Here his signature blend of Hip-Hop and House can be traced across the EP’s three heavy-hitting tracks, with a style synonymous of the Chicago-born artist. CLR 002 also features guest appearances from Moodymann, ScHoolboy Q, and Gansta Boo. Listen Here

Following his Midnight Music EP, CLR 002 further sets the stage for NEZ’s hotly anticipated solo career as the artist continues to broaden his horizons beyond the mixing board. With co-production credits on tracks such as ScHoolboy Q’s ‘Man of the Year’ and ASAP Rocky’s ‘Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye from NEZ and Rio, and solo cuts featuring Felix da Housecat, Theophilus London, 8AE, and others, NEZ’s background is as varied as his approach.

CLR 002 is the second release from the CircoLoco records label, a partnership with Rockstar Games dedicated to seeking unique ways to present, support, and elevate forward thinking music and culture. The EP follows the 2021 release of the Monday Dreamin’ compilation, which featured visionaries and icons from every era of CircoLoco’s greatest parties including Carl Craig, Moodymann, Kerri Chandler, Sama Abdulhadi, DJ Tennis, tINI, and others. With CircoLoco Records and NEZ Present CLR 002, the label continues to push into new genres and styles, bouncing from the West Coast rap of “Let’s Get It” to the Chicago House vibe of “You Wanna?,” while “Freaks” expertly bridges the two with Moodymann and Gangsta Boo.

With 4 x 4 drum programming, a lot of swag, and some very special guests – including Moodymann, Three 6 Mafia’s Gangsta Boo and longtime collaborator ScHoolboy Q – this 3 track EP is indicative of the genre-forward approach that has seen CircoLoco become one of the world’s most important dancefloors. It serves as a hub for new DJ talent and producers, and a collision point between fashion and dance culture that has drawn the globe’s most coveted tastemakers to Ibiza for over 20 years. The tracks were first heard in-game via Grand Theft Auto’s The Contract and Los Santos Tuners stations, which matches NEZ’s love of GTA and the decision to bring his collaborators along for this release.

CircoLoco and Nez Present CLR 002 features:

You Wanna? – A fist pumping, jacking number with smooth skippy vocals from NEZ himself that glide over the warm melody, slamming snares and heavy bass.

Let’s Get it – A NEZ-produced hip-hop cut that features LA heavy weight ScHoolboy Q, with Q’s tones and timbre sitting nicely on the menacing plod of Nez’s beat, with a rap tracing everything from free clothes to cheat codes.

Freaks – NEZ enlists two legends from different US states and scenes, the mighty Moodymann to give ‘Freaks’ his Detroit touch and the legendry Gangsta Boo who rolls with Three 6 Mafia, to deliver a spitfire verse over a bouncy, bass-heavy beat which would sound correct booming out of any slab car in Houston.

CircoLoco Records

CircoLoco Records embodies both CircoLoco’s and Rockstar’s longstanding history of championing and elevating club culture, as well as generations of underground DJs, artists and icons on a global scale. Their aim is to be as culturally transformative as the partnership represents, bringing the best of underground dance music to a whole new audience with passion and integrity. CircoLoco Records represent an industry first, bridging entertainment powerhouses for the first time in an effort to support dance music after a bruising year enduring the pandemic. CircoLoco Records reinforces both CircoLoco’s and Rockstar’s reputation of bridging cultural sectors through music, e.g., Keinemusik x MSBHV, Ricardo Tisci x Martinez Brothers. CircoLoco Records will showcase the very best underground dance music talent on a global stage with TBD forthcoming releases.

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Student of Life Podcast Episode 22: Introduction To The 7 Chakras

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This week on STUDENTOFLIFE PODCAST, Akosua Peprah dives into the energy centre we have in our bodies. She gives you an introduction to understand the power we hold inside of us and how these energy centres connects the spiritual to the physical sides of us. (more…)

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Victony announced as second featured Nigerian artist for COLORSxSTUDIOS and Spotify’s partnership

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Following the announcement of their collaboration earlier this month, the Spotify RADAR and COLORSxSTUDIOS’ shared spotlight now shines on  Afrobeats singer-songwriter, Victony — the second featured artist for the campaign.

In a bid to further showcase the talent emerging from Africa, the Spotify RADAR and COLORS partnership centres on selected Nigerian artists who are steadily making waves beyond their home turf. Featured artists are profiled on the COLORSxSTUDIOS website which fans can visit to learn more about each artist, and are also streamable on Spotify’s RADAR Africa playlist.

RADAR Africa supports emerging musicians from the continent by exposing them to new audiences worldwide — a product of this programme is the Spotify RADAR Africa playlist, curated for those who want to discover new music from across the continent. Partnered alongside Spotify RADAR is COLORSxSTUDIOS, a widely-popular global music platform that showcases up-and-coming artists through their distinctive video performances.

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The eagerly-awaited announcement of the second featured artist from Nigeria is chart-topping rising star Victony. He first stepped onto the scene with his Soundcloud mixtape The Outlaw King. With origins in producing rap music, he has since moved to a versatile mix of Afrobeats, RnB, Trap, and Afropop sounds. Victony’s breakout track that got him on the radar was his 2021 collaboration with Mayorkun, Holy Father. His most recent release kolomental has also seen huge worldwide popularity, with over two million Spotify streams to date.

For his COLORS performance Victony shares his vibrant and inspiring new single, Many Man. The hit track comes off the back of his previous EP, Outlaw EP, which had listeners in anticipation for his next project. In response to his feature for the collaboration, Victony said, “I’m grateful for the support from COLORS x Spotify, and I’m more than excited to be a part of the new generation that’s pushing the African sound beyond borders. We’ve only just begun.”

Spotify aims to forge connections between fans and artists, while supporting unique African artists who drive the culture and are headed for the global stage. Through collaborations with platforms like COLORS that share this goal and through supportive initiatives like RADAR Africa, Spotify hopes to continue celebrating and promoting emerging African talent.

Spotify’s RADAR Africa and COLORSxSTUDIOS first kicked off their partnership by featuring Nigerian singer Ayra Starr. With two exciting artists so far, the partnership is not yet over – fans can expect more to follow. In the meantime, listeners can check out Victony’s performance on the COLORS website, as well as on Spotify’s RADAR Africa playlist.

To check out Victony’s COLORS performance and discover more, music lovers can visit colors.lnk.to/victonycxs.

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Apple Music’s latest Africa Rising artist is Afrofusion singer, Gyakie

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Apple Music today announced the latest featured artist in its Africa Rising artist development program as Ghanaian Afrofusion singer-songwriter Gyakie (real name Jacqueline Acheampong).

 

“I’m so excited to be sharing the music I made all the way from Ghana to the global stage and grateful to Apple Music for being a huge part of my journey so far. I’m honoured to play my part in widening the global African story,” she tells Apple Music.

 

As the daughter of Ghanaian highlife legend Ernest “Owoahene” Nana Acheampong of the legendary Lumba Brothers, Gyakie’s musical roots run deep and her eclectic take on Afrofusion has seen her make immense strides in a short space of time.

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Gyakie achieved massive success with singles “Love Is Pretty” (2019), “Never Like This”(2019) and “Sor Mi Mu feat Bisa Kdei” (2020), but it was her debut EP release SEED(2020) that set her apart from her contemporaries, with its lead single “Forever”, alongside“Forever Remix featuring Omah Lay” (2021).

 

Her latest EP, MY DIARY (2022), available to stream on Apple Music in Spatial Audio from 22 July, reinforces her knack for merging multiple genres seamlessly, from the jazz lounge-esque opener “AUDIENCE”, to the Afrobeats-rooted “MY BABY” and first single “SOMETHING”.

 

The latest music from Gyakie along with that of Africa’s hottest new artists, is available now on the Apple Music Africa Rising Playlist.

 

Apple Music’s Africa Rising, is an exclusive artist development programme and companion playlist geared towards identifying, showcasing and elevating rising talent and introducing the next generation of African superstars. Africa Rising alumni to date include: Omah Lay, Manu Worldstar, Tems, Amaarae, Ayra Starr, Yaw Tog, Blxckie, Nikita Kering, Buju, Fave, Nomfundo Moh and Victony. Africa Rising sees Apple Music select six artists every year who each receive a minimum of two months of editorial support across the Apple Music platform including a launch interview with Nadeska on Apple Music 1. Nadeska has also launched a new weekly Africa Rising feature on her show highlighting the hottest new artists on the continent.

Read Also: Gyakie shares teaser clip from upcoming interview with GRAMMY.com’s new series

Africa Rising is the latest of many Apple Music initiatives aimed at taking African talent to the world. Now available in 33 countries across Sub-Saharan Africa, Apple Music 1 is home to Africa Now Radio which has featured interviews with some of the continent’s hottest artists such as Tiwa Savage, Yemi Alade, Cassper Nyovest, Mr Eazi, Patoranking, Rayvanny, Kiddominant, Mayorkun, Fireboy DML, Adekunle Gold, Master KG, Yaw Tog, Blxckie, Nikita Kering, Buju, FAVE and Nomfundo Moh.

 

Apple Music also selected Nigerian Afrobeats singer-songwriter Tems as its Up Next artist in 2021, Nigerian Afropop star Rema in 2020, Grammy Award-winning Afrofusion superstar Burna Boy in 2019, and Nigerian singer and entrepreneur Mr Eazi as the first recipient in 2017. Up Next is Apple Music’s global emerging artist program.

 

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EARTHGANG Release GHETTO GODS (DELUXE)

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Atlanta duo EARTHGANG have released a deluxe version of their critically acclaimed record, Ghetto Gods. Featuring five additional tracks ranging from remixes, new songs and reimagined versions of album favorites, Ghetto Gods (Deluxe) brought along friends Wiz Khalifa, Curren$y, Smino and Blxckie to add their flair to the songs. (more…)

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N.ana YS and Parko West face-off with a collaborative ‘RealEati’ EP

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Hot off of their previous EP, the two Ghanaian rappers N.ana YS & Parko West have graced fans and avid listeners with their sophomore project titled, ‘RealEati‘ EP. The 4-track EP reflects the superstar’s growth in both talent and status. (more…)

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Amanda Ofori elevates our spirits on new song ‘Abba’

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Music doesn’t get more celestial than Amanda Ofori’s new song ‘Abba’. Stream or download ‘Abba’ across all major digital platforms here: https://fanlink.to/ABBA-AO (more…)

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