FOREIGN EXCHANGE: HOUSTON X, JAYD INK, LIL ZAY OSAMA
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HOUSTON X – SWYWS
Listening to Houston X‘s new track ‘SWYWS (Say What You Wanna Say)’, it’s easy to hear the heavy Travis Scott influence. The Nigerian-born and London-raised rapper could be the answer to the void in UK music for a solidified and global melodic-trap artist. Produced by Pisar, the dynamic production is overwhelmed by Houston X’s mic presence and ear-catching melodies. ‘SWYWS’ is his second release this year, following on from his slower paced ‘Waitress’. Houston X has that ‘it’ factor and is well and truly on the come up because for artists like him, they only need one small moment to be taken to the next level.
MICAYL – JUVENILE EULOGY
‘Juvenile Eulogy’ is the outro track to Micayl‘s debut EP The Finite Life Of A Caterpillar. As it says in the title, it’s a eulogy and a homage to their upbringing and adolescence. The jazzy, soulful ballad reminds listeners that as we grow older, there’s still time to rediscover the past as the child in us always remains. Micayl is a singer and songwriter from Berlin but currently based in the UK. He’s just started releasing his own music this year, and judging off how ‘Juvenile Eulogy’ sounds, we can’t wait to hear more.
JAYD INK – QUEEN ST
Jayd Ink shares her first new music in 2022 with latest single ‘Queen St.’ If you’re a fan of SZA, you may be familiar with Los Hendrix who produced her 2020 hit ‘Good Days’. Channelling the same vibes for ‘Queen St’, Jayd pays homage to a popular street in the centre of her hometown where she reflects on her time frequently searching for her purpose and observing the night lights, looking for inspiration as she drove. It’s silky, and gives listeners a tease as to what they can expect on her upcoming EP entitled Catching Red Lights.
LIL SEYI – AC PRESS
For fans of Childish Gambino, Tyler, The Creator or Kevin Abstract, its evident to see the inspiration in Lil Seyi. The alt hip-hop artist delivers a cinematic experience in his unique new single, ‘AC Press’. The record by the Maryland native is taken from his new EP A Blue Tesla Story. The production on ‘AC Press’ is layered to the brim and cuts from a range of different genres such as rap, EDM and house. Underrated and undoubtedly enjoyable, this one’s for the summer.
LIL ZAY OSAMA – FUCK MY COUSIN II FT. LIL DURK
Dubbed as the new voice of the Chicago, Lil Zay Osama has some big shoes to fill. Fortunately with co-signs from artists Lil Durk and Benny The Butcher, the shoes come in his size. He’s raw and perhaps a little rough around the edges but in terms of delivery, presence and eye-grabbing videos, Lil Zay Osama is one of the hardest up-and-coming drill artists. He embodies the foundation that Chief Keef started all those years ago, proudly flying the flag for Chi-Town that so many talented artists have flown previously. He’s got multiple projects under his belt and a work ethic that only results in eventual success. This latest one is a remix to ‘F*ck My Cousin’ released earlier this year, only this time it features a verse from Durkio.
KINROSE – CREDIT UNION
Kinrose drops another lowkey, bouncy offering in ‘Credit Union’. The Maryland rapper brings chill elements to the track and lets listeners’ minds wander with his woozy raps. Having just released his debut EP entitled evergrowing earlier this year, ‘Credit Union’ channels a fresh sprouting Spring sonic, whilst looking to build momentum towards the summer. He’s a poet, but can switch styles quickly, making him a unique and refreshing emerging act.