NEW ARTIST: Moz Kidd Debuts “Playin’ Games (Ladies.Is.Pimps.Too)” ft. Blaze | Video

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New young rapper proves that age is nothing but a number.

While other 16-year-olds are still secure in their naïveté, a young new rapper is already making his mark on the history of the game. Get ready for Moz Kidd.

Most teens are lucky to make cameo appearances in music videos but Moz Kidd already had his first music video debut on Channel O. The clip provides the visual treatment to the rapper’s first single, “Playin’ Games (Ladies.Is.Pimps.Too)”. The track re-paints the picture of the average goings-on of relationships, where this time the girl is out doing wrong.

The Blaze-assisted revelation track, sees Moz Kidd cruising over a synthesised beat and smooth, muted bass with his easy flow. Forget his age – here’s a rapper who’s out to be number one and may well have everything it takes to be here for a very long time.

Be sure to download the new single, “Playin’ Games (Ladies.Is.Pimps.Too)” here and check out his mixtape, Dreamchaser on SoundCloud.

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#FDBQ EXCLUSIVE: A Conversation With Micheal Lowman

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We did a post on Micheal Lowman a few weeks ago and recently we went down to Smack Republic at Arts on Main in the Maboneng District to attend Micheal Lowman’s album launch for his debut album titled Crayon Boxes.

The music was presented in an intimate setting reminiscent of VH1 Storytellers program. Micheal started out the evening with a cover of John Mayer’s “Dear Marie” off his new album Wildfire. What followed was a trip into Micheal’s soul via original music from the Crayon Boxes album.

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Each song was played acoustically with just his voice and a guitar. He started each song with an often funny story about how the music was written and what inspired it. This way of presenting the music made it feel even more personal and authentic. When listening to the music one really gets the sense that we have only just scratched the surface with Micheal Lowman. He truly was born to make music and will go far beyond South Africa.

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Download the album here and listen to the interview we did with him about his album, single choices and the album making process and how he envisions his career in the future below.

Check out the video for ‘Your Lovin’ Ain’t Right’ and the lyric video for second single ‘Girl Saves Boy’ below.

NEW ARTIST: Jonny Lang – ‘Fight For My Soul’ | EPK

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Jonny Lang expresses his frustrations and fears in debut album.

The latest from the Concord Records stable is one Jonny Lang. His debut effort Fight For My Soul is already available in the UK and makes its release in the US and Canada today. The album is reminiscent of Stevie Wonder. It carries with it the nostalgia of Donny Hathaway. It even looks forward to the likes of James Morrison. It reminds you of a time when music meant what it said and said what it meant. The album’s lead single, “Blew Up the House”, says it best.

A work of art six years in the making. Jonny Lang takes a minute to talk about the creative process behind his album in the following EPK. Between touring and becoming a father to four, Fight For My Soul saw a transformation as the man himself transformed. Every detail became that much more important after becoming a parent, the soul-a-coaster, rock ‘n roller stresses. It’s a special record to him for these reasons and not to mention him getting to work with his musical hero and producer, Tommy Sims. Eric Clapton’s GRAMMY award-winning “Change the World” was co-penned by Sims and he lends the same magic of his legacy to Lang’s Fight For My Soul.

Be sure to purchase your copy of Fight For My Soul on Amazon.com

NEW ARTIST: Thomas James Debuts “In Love & War” & “1989”

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Thomas James and breaks in rebuilds relationships in debut singles.

In a trend that’s picking up steadily, British musos, Art Stimulated Minds, have formed a collective of artists with one love, passion and goal: music. Among them, instrumentalists, producers, singers and songwriters alike. Their first offering is one singer, songwriter and guitarist, Thomas James. There is something about musicians that we’ve found in the way they seem to have a more wholistic view of their music as opposed to artists who are just singers.

The first of James’ singles, “Love & War”, reminds me of Carlos Santana and Michael Jackson on the Invincible album collaboration, “Whatever Happens”. It’s in his subtle affect. It’s in his falsetto. It’s in the soaring guitar riffs that stay with you long after that song has come to its end. Samba meets rock in one of James’ best efforts.

“1989” comes across deceptively pop but as soon as the funkadelic keys kick in and the acoustic infuses the melody with a cool harmonious breeze, the world of genre matters nought and it’s back to what got us here in the first place: a pristine love for music.

We’ll be keeping our eye on all things Thomas James and Art Stimulated Minds so be sure to check back for more.

NEW ARTIST: Elli Ingram Debuts ‘Sober’ | EP Review

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19 year old British singer/songwriter Elli Ingram started posting cover versions of popular songs on YouTube last year. Fast track to 2013 and she has released and signed a record deal with Island Records. We can never underestimate the power of the internet in the digital age.

Elli is the definition of the new age version of the ‘cool kid’, her style is reminiscent of the 90s back when rocking fur coats, red nails and doc martins was the thing to do. Her voice is soulful and strong with an easiness to it; she never sounds like she’s trying too hard and that is what is so amazing about her.

Her cover of Kendrick Lamar and Drake’s “Poetic Justice” has received over 400 000 views on YouTube and deserves millions more. She took this Hip Hop record, slowed it down and made it sensual and romantic in the most tasteful and smart way. That is a clear testament of her great ear for music.

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She released a six song EP titled Sober earlier this year, download it here and follow her on Twitter @ElliIngram.

Listen to the EP and watch the official videos to “Poetic Justice” and “Mad Love” off the EP below.

NEW ARTIST: Eddie Murphy Teases “Red Light” with Snoop Lion | Video

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Eddie Murphy fills the large shoes of lyrical legends.

No, this is not some punk rock band that decided to leach on a famous actor’s name. If you felt any sympathy for and loved James “Thunder” Early in Dreamgirls, you’re going to love this latest announcement. I always wondered if Murphy would pursue a career in music following his musical film debut – co-star Jamie Foxx’s music career was certainly reignited by his role in Ray. I wonder no more. Tomorrow sees the debut of Eddie Murphy’s video to his first single titled, “Red Light”. Murphy gets us amped up with a rehearsal-type teaser clip that really looks like a James Early rehearsal. We don’t want to count our chickens just yet but the 30 seconds we see look pretty darn good.

The Snoop Lion featured single is already making the rounds on the internet. Once you hear the song you’ll connect the dots in terms of why this particular collaboration came about. The reggae-driven “Red Light” is an anti-oppression song but not quite the type you’d think. Whatever part of the world you may find yourself, whatever is holding you back – leaders, government, military, friends, bad influences – Eddie Murphy’s new anthem encourages those with the power to, to put up a red light to these oppressors.

Reggae has seen many a unsuccessful revival since the loss of its legends and forerunners, Bob Marley and Lucky Dube. Perhaps one American can turn things around by putting a red light on the neglect the beautiful genre has been shown.

EXCLUSIVE: Kristyna Myles – “The Paris Match” | Video

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Kristyna Myles channels The Style Council for debut single.

Legends are deemed legendary because they do what they do so well. However, every now and then a maturing act comes along and proves her worth by channelling a legend. Introducing, Kristyna Myles.

The Manchester born songstress finds her voice in soul and pop and so what better way to introduce her to the world than with a cover of one of the great soul songs, “The Paris Match”. Recorded three decades by The Style Council and Jane Williams, the song carries with it a long standing legacy that is testament to it being regarding as a soul classic.

Myles’ interpretation of the song is respectful, honourable, desirable and most importantly unique. But if my word won’t hold water, The Style Council lead singer, Paul Weller’s appraisal of the song, “absolutely stunning”, should dispel any concerns of the success of the new artist taking on the classic song.

The official single is set for a release on the 9th of September at an exclusive launch party in Myles’ hometown of Manchester. Between now and then, you can pre-order the single on iTunes and watch the accompanying music video below.

Stay with Feedbaq for all things Kristyna Myles.

NEW ARTIST: Amaury Warhol – “Un Jour En France” | Audio

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French DJ takes us on a walk through her hood.

Allow me to come clean from the on set and say I have yet to visit France but if it sounds anything like this, I should probably start packing my bags already. New French DJ Amaury Warhol just dropped his debut single, “Un Jour En France” which is French for ‘a day in France’. In this new single, the language of love meets the international language of music for a summer house party harmony.

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#FDBQ Exclusive: Sisterfella Debut ‘Jazz / Jurassic’ | Album Launch Party

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Sisterfella shut Zula Bar down for debut EP launch.

There was no better place to be on Saturday, the 31st of August, than Zula Sound Bar on Cape Town’s infamous Long Street. This was the sight that would see the premiere launch of a new sound from a new artist. We introduced you to Sisterfella when we brought you their debut single, “Jurassic” a while ago but this time we bring you the complete package.

While in attendance at the album launch, we were treated to an exclusive first listen of the duo’s debut EP. This isn’t just another collection of sounds that make up the monotonous background to your night out of pelvic grinds, vodka and party perspiration. I think back to earlier this year when the entire industry was saying how music needed Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories. Music needs Sisterfella and Jazz / Jurassic is only the beginning. Each sound on Jazz / Jurassic – be it a snare, hi hat, bass drum, synth or (my personal favourite) bass guitar – is its own character in the Jurassic story that Sisterfella are here to tell with their debut effort. But don’t take my word for it.

Sisterfella is two fellas: Elu Eboka and Francois Botha. And yes, no sister. Following the conclusion of our listening session an interview was in order, and I would probe this gender inequality as my entry point into finding out more about the guys behind the audacious and psychedelic sound of Jazz / Jurassic.

In our exclusive two-part interview, the two young guys reveal details on their union. No, Sisterfella, is not the result of an axing of a third female member but you’ll be accurate for tracing it back to a time when stage names mattered. Think Earth, Wind and Fire or Ashford and Simpson, as Elu alludes. The inception of “Sisterfella” was as organic as the duo creates. Francois studies classical music while Elu has extensive experience playing for bands. The nexus of their musical prowess is Sisterfella and they reveal details on their life experiences with music and how that has influenced the group sound.

A particularly interesting revelation is the fact that the tracks that made the EP were sifted from a myriad of other material that they are currently working on. As much as I tried to coax information about a new project out of them, the guys remained fairly tight lipped about any immediate plans save for currently working on what “could potentially be [their] next single”.

As lovers of art and good music, Sisterfella want to ensure that when it comes to releasing a full body of work, it will be something that is as organic as the process has been so far. As anxious as we may be for new material, we have to agree. Details on these and more in our two-part interview exclusive below.

Before we could call it a night we had get on the floor and dance – we were in the presence of DJs after all. We caught footage of some of the amazing supporting acts plus a cool cut of the headlining act of the night, Sisterfella.

During the listening session, I spoke to Elu about some of his favourite artists and albums. The iconic Off the Wall came up during our talk and I was pleasantly surprised to see it come up in their set as well, among all the other hit songs that kept the fans dancing the night away. Needless to say, the duo turned Zula Bar into a jump. Catch up on what you missed out on below.

Stay with Feedbaq for all things Sisterfella and be sure to download your copy of Jazz / Jurassic here.

#FDBQ EXCLUSIVE: In Conversation With Sam Turpin

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We introduced you to one of our favourite new Hip Hop artists, Sam Turpin, a while back and shared his music with you. We met up with this new talent in Rosebank and interviewed him on his favourite artists, his sound, what influences it, and the effect his race has on his perceived credibility in the Hip Hop world.

Find out his answers to that and more below:

Where are you from?
I’m from Johanesburg and I’ve always lived here but I’m English and my dad is from the UK. People always ask me about my accent but I was born and raised in Jo’burg. I spent a month in France in December though because I have a lot of family there. I discovered a lot of artists there who have influenced my sound.

When did you start getting into music?
I’ve always loved music. I remember the first album I ever bought was an Outkast album and I would listen to it and repeat the rhymes. I started making music when I was 13 years old. I’d make beats on my laptop at home but I didn’t get serious about my music ’til last year.

What influences your sound?
It’s usually emotional experiences in my life that influence me. If I’m feeling something I’ll write it down or put it into a beat.

When I listened to “Jo’burg City”, I noticed the intro had an old school sound to it. Was that a sample or was it original?
It was a sample from a film called Jim Comes to Jo’burg that was on the festival circuit a while ago. I think it’s better to sample from films because not a lot of artists do that. I want to differentiate myself from what’s out right now.

What kinds of artists do you listen to locally and internationally?
I didn’t really listen to a lot of local hip hop ’til recently. I thought it all had too much of a similar ‘party’ sound, but now there’s a whole new underground Hip Hop scene that’s emerging. People like Dirty Paraffin and OKMaloomKoolKat – those are the artists I’m listening to.

Internationally, I still listen more to underground rappers than the mainstream scene. I’m into Schoolboy Q and Joey Badass – people that are around my age. It helps to see what they’re doing with their music.

Who are you favourite artists?
Locally, my favourite artist of all time has to be Miriam Makeba. I love that old school sound from the 60s. Internationally, it will always be Outkast. I have every group and solo record they’ve ever put out.

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How does living in Jo’burg influence you as an artist?
I’m lucky that was born at the time I was born. There are no limitations. You can be whoever you want and do whatever you want with no judgement so I think that influences me as an artist.

What’s your dream collaboration?
That’s a tough one but I think Core Wreckah – a rapper from Lesotho – is one person that I would love to work with. He blends a lot of genres into his music and that’s what I do as well. If I could get him I’d be really happy.

Do you think your race plays any part in how people perceive your credibility as a rapper?
If people judge me before they hear what I can do then they’ll change their minds after they hear me. I don’t think it should play a role at all though. I’m a producer and a rapper and in the US and UK market there are a lot more white producers than rappers. I’ve never had my race hold me back before and I hope it never does.

Are you signed to a label?
No, I’m not. Right now I’m independent and I’m doing everything by myself.

Is it harder trying to create a movement when you’re an independent artist?
Actually, I think it’s easier because there’s no pressure from anyone. I can do whatever I want – no one can really tell me what to do. There are no time restrictions either. I can wake up at 3 in the morning and make a beat and own it. There’s a lot of freedom that comes with being independent.

What are your plans for the future?
I can’t really reveal anything right now but I do have some big things in the pipeline in terms of collaborations so everyone just has to stay posted. I’m planning on releasing a 5/6 song EP so you can look forward to that. I don’t want to release too much music at one time though and at the same time I don’t not want to release anything at all and not capitalise on the buzz that’s happening. Especially in a time where the music consumer has a shorter attention span.

With artists like Sam Turpin emerging in the local Hip Hop scene, we can see that the future of South African Hip Hop is in capable hands.

Stay with Feedback Musiq to hear more from Sam Turpin in the future.