Author: Parth

London-based artist manager, who occasionally blogs. I'm always tweeting about tacos & tequila. You can find me on Twitter: @parths_world

Kicking things off for 2017, Maryland-based band GUMP (Give Us More Power) offer their brand new single titled "War", premiered exclusively via Milk Studios.

In an era where citizens are concerned about their civil rights, safety, and social injustices, we (the people) look to music for encouragement and inspiration. Case in point? Just outside the US capital, GUMP is hitting all the right notes: a jazz rock style of hip-hop, highlighting live musical instruments, and with political commentary to boot, their latest single “War” is just what the doctor ordered for 2017.

While the title may suggest an attack on the opposition, the new cut takes more of an observant approach, backed by the band's trademark melodic instrumentation. Laced with both rugged riffs and the sweetest guitar lines, lead vocalist Uno Hype leads the way by not being afraid to tackle today's problems head on, addressing its causes and asking for people to fight the good fight in solidarity. The song eventually drifts in to a new direction, as we're greeted with an instrumental, filled with woozy key notes and sombre guitar lines, all held together by a steady drum beat, as Hype eases his way back in, reiterating his points made previously.

"War" serves as the band's lead single, which is featured on their upcoming EP 'Beer & Wine' - due for release March 2017.

When you think of cities and states across the US that are popular breeding grounds for music, it's easy to point to New York, LA, Miami and Atlanta. However, the DMV area is often overlooked and it's a shame because 2016 has been the year where now more than ever, artists are truly emerging and thriving from this tri-state area.

You may recognise the name Uno Hype from being the voice of GUMP, an alternative hip hop/rock band from Maryland, think BadBadNotGood meets Joey Bada$$. Yesterday, the Gaithersburg rapper teamed up with Baltimore singer Paris Lain for a smooth, yet woozy cut titled "More". Produced by frequent collaborator Kojo a., the pair bring forward an R&B record, declaring their adoration for their love interest in mind. It's a nice cut that'll sit perfectly during these cold and cozy winter nights. Where Paris woos his women with smooth vocals, Hype is more direct with his approach and isn't afraid of showing his girl that he needs more.

Following his debut EP 'The Third Dimension', London producer Sahil returns with his new 8-track project '207 LP', exclusively via EARMILK.

Gaining support from radio stations such as BBC Bristol, BBC Asian Network, Radar Radio & Rinse FM, Sahil's also been highlighted in mixes from popular London DJ's including Plastician and Complexion, which has created a lot of buzz in London's beat scene. On '207 LP', Sahil expands on his ability to mix different soundscapes together and takes what he does best to offer up an album full of twists and turns. The new album is an experimental electronic album, that's rooted in Hip Hop sensibilities, fusing digital and earthy sounds with live instrumentation, Drum & Bass switch ups and everything else in between.

Having released the lead single "207", an anthemic, future-bass track racking up over 50,000 plays, as well as the moody, alternative R&B single "Memoirs", fans can expect to see not only Sahil's growth, but the potential of where he could go to next.

Gearing up for his new album 207 LP, west London producer Sahil unveils his new single "Memoirs" via Complex UK. Having previously released a future bass anthem by the name of "207", with producer Skit , which has racked up approximately 50,000 plays, this new single slows things down to a much more ethereal, progressive R&B vibe. Grabbing Montreal-based singer Nicole Musoni, "Memoirs" offers up a brooding listen, illustrating a relationship that took a turn for the worst. We also get some live instrumentation in the form of a guitar solo from Mencel, as well as a beat change towards the end, which takes things to a much more darker setting.

"Memoirs" is a track that may not be as hard-hitting as "207", but one that shows Sahil's diversity and ability to merge different soundscapes together, creating something more experimental, but still rooted in R&B. Stay tuned for the 207 LP!

Following the release of 'Sleven', a 6-track debut EP from Maryland-based, alternative hip hop band GUMP, lead vocalist Uno Hype makes a return to releasing solo music. Teaming up with frequent collaborator Kojo, 'Hype unveils a woozy and sometimes sombre cut titled "Girl 6". Those familiar with GUMP, especially their standout single "Unusual", will know Hype's no stranger to rocky relationships, however "Girl 6" sees the rapper detailing the crossroads of a relationship, forced to meet an ultimatum, as he battles between the decision of either continuing on this rocky road or to cut all ties off.

Dreams of sipping Mai Tai are quickly met with Kojo's production, forcing Hype to reconsider his options, as he glides over a bass-heavy, strings-driven instrumental. "Girl 6" provides a contrast in how Hype tells his stories, making this a darker follow up to his self-produced "Summer Fun". While GUMP begin work on their second EP, Uno Hype flies the flag for the quartet, as he continues to drop more solo cuts, leading us in to fall with new music from the DMV native.