Free Download and video: Ram 1 – ‘Babylon’ Nottingham-based MOBO 2012 Gospel nominee Ram 1 put this out late last year. ‘Babylon’ is another Edward Holland Junior production so you know the UK Gospel Reggae quality is built-in. If you haven’t seen or heard it, it’s definitely worth the 3 minutes and 30 seconds of your time – free download too! EXPLORE MORE Ram 1 … Continue reading Free Download and video: Ram 1 – ‘Babylon’
sammy. is back (don’t let the name confuse you – you’ll remember him as ‘Sammy G’) His first release after the widely-respected ‘Plain & Simple’ album is – in keeping with the times – a free download. Once again sammy. has hooked up with long-time collaborator/producer Jimmy James (on ‘The Matrix’), but the 4-track EP also includes new production partnerships: Romez Reacher on ‘The Soloist’, and Karac on ‘The … Continue reading Free Download – sammy. – ‘The Soundtrack’
More free music for your probably already-nearly-full hard drive. This time it comes to you courtesy of London Community Gospel Choir principal and UK gospel music industry veteran, Bazil Meade, and is a lovely acoustic version of an earlier LCGC release, ‘Keep Moving’ ‘Tis niceness! Listen and download from the SoundCloud player below EXPLORE MORE Follow Bazil Meade on Twitter Follow London Community Gospel Choir on Twitter … Continue reading Free Download – Bazil Meade and London Community Gospel Choir’s ‘Keep Moving’
On Christmas day 2012, Music of Black Origin (MOBO), US Stellar, and Dove-nominated artist, the London-based Jay Ess released his latest project ‘Walking By Faith’. And as with ‘Good Friday’, his previous mixtape, ‘Walking By Faith’ is a free download. The project is based on the concept of self-belief, something of a reflection of the last two years of his life and music career (which recently included … Continue reading Free Download – New release from Jay Ess
One of the more memorable releases from last year came from 20-year-old British-Asian Sam Daniel, aka ‘Da Sargeant‘. His Bhangra song, ‘Yeshuve’ (a remix of his acoustic original, included four Indian languages as well as an international collaborative effort) brought a rare breadth to the scene. He’s back with a free 2013 New Year Electro-Pop track called ‘Grace Anthem’, released on New Year’s Day Listen and … Continue reading Free 2013 New Year Song from Da Sargeant
Happy New Year! First ‘Essential’ post of 2012. Sorry it took so long.
The short version: through the ‘Essential UK Gospel Tracklist’ series I’ll point you in the direction of UK gospel tracks I think are worth further exploration. Read the full background here.
In the meantime, the music for 2012 is looking rather good. Here – in no particular order – are a few you definitely need to check out.
If some of the music I’m hearing (both new and imminent releases) is anything to go by, then it’s pretty safe to say 2012 has already kicked into high gear! E Tizz’s ‘What I Gotta Say’ is an absolutely sterling example. The bar is set quite high with this one: ‘the Doctor’, Grammy-nominated GP of DVine Muzic Productions is again at the helm of affairs, and the overall … Continue reading New E Tizz album ‘What I Gotta Say’ – out February 7th on iTunes
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Last Updated: 26 December 2011
I know we die-hard fans say this pretty much every year, but: 2011 was awesome for UK gospel music.
However, you don’t need a batch of rocket scientists to tell you that the very same thing considered the greatest asset of a predominantly independent scene – it’s very independence – is also usually its primary weakness.
Creativity in Major Vacuum
Somewhat ironically, that’s also a good thing because creative variety thrives in the selfsame vacuum created by the lack of major music companies promoting whatever they consider to be the latest music trend to bring in the big bucks – which in turn spawns countless bland clones looking to hit the big time.
The upshot is a scene that’s as varied as it has potential to be interesting, although there’s no getting away from the fact that it also makes some of the really good stuff hard to find.
Hopefully that’s where I come in.
It’s kind of surprising to think that Dwayne Shorter (better known to the world as Tryumf) puts on only his very first headlining concert on November 18th 2011. His influence on the UK gospel Hip-hop scene in recent years certainly can’t be overstated, and he’s also without doubt one of the scene’s most respected international ambassadors. The buildup to what promises to be an incredible … Continue reading New Free Tryumf Single Ahead of Landmark Debut Concert
Fresh off the back of a surprise but nevertheless deserved MOBO 2011 nomination, Four Kornerz return to the scene with yet another solid track, ‘Dynamite’.
Produced by in-house producer SCSI (pronounced ‘Scuzzi’), ‘Dynamite’ boasts the new signature Four Kornerz Electro/Pop sound – fans would have already spotted the new musical direction from their previous release ‘Superstar’.