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Loick Essien – I Told You

Another one of our underrated talents, Loick Essien has been getting closer to his style and sound over the past couple years, with his return in 2015 with Too Grown and Glory, last year he gave more diverse sounds with My Way and the C-Biz featured Zeros. Without any real push, the music has done well, with his videos averaging over 100,000 views, it’s just that case of people not really checking for what’s good but rather what’s hot. Either way, talent cannot be denied, and he returns with a new track, I Told You..

“Feel my history is damaging, old thoughts I been battling..”

Produced by Crumz, an up and coming producer to definitely check for, as he samples fellow vocalist J Warner for the ambience of the track, with the clean cut and slapping beat, laced with a well-placed bassline and additional background sounds that cement the overall production. If that was not enough, Loick himself, who has quite the ear for production, effortlessly surfs over the wavy production, with a flow that (is still singing but) proves he raps better than most of the rappers. Though from his days with the braids, I’ve always highlighted his vocals as one of the best, another reason why I hold him to such high regard is his songwriting abilities, with these new tracks sonically modern, the content itself is heavy in substance. I Told You follows up on the struggle of his career thus far, the mental battles that surfaces within as he continues to carve his lane and place amongst the elite, “Don’t say I never told you so, ‘cos I ain’t had no help when I was sleeping on the floor, I was in the trenches..n**ga you would never no, once I get a hold..I ain’t letting go”.

Loick was one of the victims during the industry’s transitional period, a lot of the artists signed during that point suffered due to changes within the labels, plus a lack of understanding of the landscape itself meant a lot of the artists were forced to be put on hold, the creativity was compromised, while people’s insecurities still thrived off an artist’s potential success. It affected the singers especially, with Loick being at the forefront. Therefore with I Told You, the passion in his delivery is justified as he mentions going through a change of management, the lack of support and the distancing of people around him. All this on top of the issues we all face in life, as he speaks on his brother being incarcerated. The song is clearly therapeutic as he vents, and as a firm believer in a higher power, I feel that these situations help develop character and place us in the right positions, and with no doubt in his talent, the level of music he is crafting proves just as so, as he embarks on this new chapter.

“Now I see it..it’s just jealousy, painting pictures..they remember me, no love for my enemies, they be feedin’ off the energy, old friends are just memories, I’m just tryna leave a legacy..”

For the past three years, Loick Essien has made no mistake with the music, it’s true to self and the quality cannot be argued, if anything, the fact that he has the potential to be a bigger success globally can play a part in why not everyone champions him as much as he deserves. Stay tuned for more, as a project is on the way, and if it’s anything like the material released thus far (and the underrated Terminal 5), it’s for sure set to be one of the best projects out.

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Zee Kay – In Denial

As you know, I’m always listening out for good music, I come across an artist by the name of Zee Kay, he looked familiar, then I remember that I met him at the video shoot for Sef – Need A Hero ft. Swiss. The talented yet humble singer, had officially made his debut with the single ‘My Moment’:

In all fairness this was not a bad track, with the right promotion I think it could have gone further, but as an introduction to the artist, it was a good effort. That was released last Year in August. Fast forward to 2009 and Zee Kay returns with the follow-up, titled ‘In Denial’:

Different from My Moment, In Denial sees Zee Kay lace a more edgy, up-tempo club track with his soft R&B sound, similar to the early classics from Artful Dodger In Denial sounds good. The concept helps it stand out, with Zee Kay showing his songwriting abilities, he wrote the track Baby for Ginuwine:

Zee Kay is another addition to the rising singers the UK has to offer alongside artists such as Loick Essien and Bluey Robinson.

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Loick Essien ..UK Stand Up!!

I was listening to Chipmunk – Beast ft. Loick Essien and wondered what other tracks Loick has, so found his myspace and there were two songs I had never heard, ‘Idol‘ and ‘Transformer‘, so I clicked play and began listening…

Idol:

It has a classic R&B feel, classic like something you would hear on an Usher album, a couple seconds in and it is sounding like an Usher song itself, not in the way of copied but more so in the way of presence and feel, it felt similar to Usher – Moving Mountains but better even, Loick sounds like a veteran the way he stretches notes and flows over the track so effortlessly.

Fáris Rating:
8/10

Transformer:

The concept alone is amazing, the track itself does the idea justice. The beat possesses a futuristic feel, the tempo is mellow and very R&B, Loick Essien commands the track perfectly with this complex delivery, the vocal effects in certain areas such as the chorus are minor but add depth to the song, I really like this song and will be confused if Loick Essien does not get received well in the USA…these tracks are that good!!

Fáris Rating:
9/10

I’m looking forward to hearing more from Loick Essien, these two tracks sound really good, they are comparable to the works of The Dream and Tricky Stewart, who together have a large collection of hits, on their own and projects for other artists, Loick as an artist has a lot of potential and if he continues to deliver songs of this quality and better, will no doubt be among the best in the business. Look out for Loick Essien, another young, British R&B talent ..UK Stand Up!!

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