These decisions were made based on the whole team’s opinions and are in no particular order. 2016 was a great year for urban music and we’re looking forward to what 2017 has in store.
Anderson .Paak – “The Bird”
From the album Malibu we have “The Bird” by Anderson .Paak. The sultry guitar intro provides the perfect lead up into .Paak’s velvety voice. The song is sincere as the singer opens up about his past, his parents and where he came from. It’s an honest retelling wrapped up in a beautiful, musical package. Malibu is his third and post personal album yet featuring guests like The Game, Schoolboy Q and Talib Kweli. After making his debut on Dr. Dre’s album “Compton”, the newcomer has brought a refreshing sound to the game.
Hare Squead – “Herside Story”
This is our favourite track from the Irish hip hop group Hare Squead. It’s a laid back, groovy, danceable song that shows off the group’s wide range of musical influences. Growing up with everything from Kanye West and Kid Cudi to punk rockers, Green Day, Hare Squead know how to push the boundaries of creativity with their own sound.
With past releases like “If I Ask,” and “Long Way to Go,” Hare Squead demonstrates this versatility. There’s elements of the music that are perfectly suited for the club, and grooves that focus more on production and funky rap. The group consists of Tony Konstone, Lilo Blues and Jessy Rose, who all lend their vocals to the music. Together, they fuse R&B melodies and those catchy, quick-paced rap verses. All three young artists have bold personalities that have generated heat in their hometown, Dublin, Ireland. The guys are finding success after opening for Dua Lipa, and now have turned a few more heads with “Herside Story.”
Since signing to Sony, the growth and improved sound is undeniable, excited for more Hare Squead in 2017.