Up-and-coming rapper Que 9 is a born storyteller, and he has been doing it with his music since 2016. The Detroit native, who was born Quarrion Philips, has never been afraid to put himself out there and tell the world what he feels. He started at the age of four, playing instruments in his basement, which evolved into making and creating ringtones. Since then, Que has been filled with the urge to create the best music possible while still being relatable and honest with his listeners.
Still only 15, Quarrion “Que 9” Phillips has already proven to be a fantastic rapper, with over 32 million hits on his YouTube alone, as well as a dance craze, the #QueSplashChallenge. Taking his inspiration from East Coast rapper Nas, Que 9 took up rap when he was 4, and uses his music to advocate for a better, safer, Detroit – his home town. His latest single, ‘Be Long’, shows him admitting that chasing success can be hard.
Squeeze have announced the American leg of ‘The Difford And Tilbrook Songbook 2019’ tour that will see the UK legends play their extensive list of hits as well as rare, lesser-known gems from their back catalogue and solo careers. Tickets for most shows are available from 10am, March 22. The Washington, DC show will be on sale on March 29. For tickets and further information, visit Squeeze’s official website.
To celebrate the today launch of ‘Fear Street Part 1: 1994’, the first instalment in the Fear Street Trilogy, Netflix will open three UK branches of Shadyside Videos; nostalgic 90s horror-themed pop-up stores in London, Brighton and Newcastle offering visitors a fear-inducing interactive experience.
Pioneering Los Angeles nu-soul scene artist Sy Smith has been doing her thing for more than a decade, with five solo albums and collaborations with icons like Zo!, The Foreign Exchange, and Phonte. She’s also turned her talents to acting, with spots on ‘How I Met Your Mother’, and ‘American Dad’, treating these with the same passion as she does with her music. Everything she touches turns to gold, no less so than her new single and video, ‘Feeling Good’, which features DominiqueXavier, who’s tickled the ivories for Prince, MonoNeon, and Snoh Aalegra, among others.
It’s the end of the year, which means it’s time for some lists. Best albums of 2020, the songs that got us through this awful year – but how about looking forward? We’d like to leave this year behind us and look forward to the future, to an artist who has begun making waves on the pop scene, and is looking to be one of the essential names on the UK pop scene, very very soon…
Katie Kittermaster is a singer songwriter from Kent who has recently been making real waves. This year would have been a very busy one with live dates a plenty in her own right and as a supporting act for some substantiated names in the industry. She toured with a recent interviewee of mine, Lucy Spraggan, and is about to release her new single, a cover of the classic ‘Every Breath You Take’. I was lucky enough to be able to ask her a few questions about what she’s been up to, the single and the sumptuous backdrop of the video to accompany it. Katie’s version of the song comes from a different place to the original and works beautifully.
Wild Youth are, in their own words, “one of the hottest Irish bands to emerge in recent times” and they’ve certainly established themselves as a name in their homeland, and are making great strides across the globe, with a view to world domination. Their most recent single, ‘Through The Phone’, was released earlier this month, and comes with a pastel-coloured music video, where they get creative with paint on an 80s era rotary phone.
Following the recent announcement of Kraftwerk’s 3-D The Catalogue (Dolby Atmos Surround Mix) and 5 German language studio albums (Trans Europa Express, Die Mensch-Maschine, Computerwelt, Techno Pop and The Mix) being made available to stream for the very first time, Parlophone Records have confirmed that the 2009 UK and German vinyl 12345678 Catalogue remasters are to be made available as limited edition, individual heavyweight LPs, most of which have never been pressed on coloured vinyl before.
With the promise of making “some damn good music to rock out to, score a date to & chill to after”, sibling duo The Forevers have a lot to live up to, but thankfully they’re good on their word. Comprising brother and sister Mikolaj Mick Jaroszyk and Natalia Safran, the pair got their start while growing up in Communist Poland, back in the 1980s, where their starving ears feasted on the music broadcast by pirate radio, and they were exposed to the Western rock and roll rebellion of the likes of Bruce Springsteen.