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Smiler – Too Much To Ask

“Straight from the Woolwich republic”, Smiler follows up the re-introductory Gangsta, with one of the best songs to recently come out of the country, or at least one of his best, with the introspective Too Much To Ask..

Where many artists face a struggle in crafting a meaningful track, full of expression that is able to motivate the listener, Smiler has found the balance and then some. Too Much To Ask is a great indication to the direction he’s taking with his music, it’s art. It has a similar tempo and feel to his breakout single Enza, with a more current feel, and the honest portrayal he provides displays the growth with the content itself mirroring the man he is today.

“If it’s love, let it be real, is that too much to ask?..”

While he may have been quiet musically, working behind the scenes with his imprint and the acts signed, he appears not to have missed a step, if anything there’s improvement as he’s flawlessly delivers an abundance of quality lyricism. What I enjoyed most is the way the song only strengthens in substance as it continues, beyond the catchiness of the record, amongst the flexes, there is a lot of meaning. “This verse is for Cyntoia Brown, the likes of Tamir Rice, lost in the fight for freedom while they held him for dear life, theres a catalyst for every drama, also consequence and heavy karma, I take a breath for Eric Garner, feel me or deal with me, they won’t kill me or Emmett Till me..”such revolutionism flows naturally, as he passionately rhymes from his heart and soul, more reason as to why Smiler is a true artist, capturing emotion and relevancy, executed with finesse.

Whilst the track has been doing well, it is disappointing that this track will be overlooked in comparison to many others, especially with it being so relatable and inspiring altogether. Smiler has certainly found his rhythm and with more music and projects to come, it’s certainly musically exciting times ahead.

“Through the pain and hardships I look above and laugh, ‘cos you give your toughest soldiers the biggest tasks..”

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Folly Rae – Sniper

The singer/songwriter has been building up quite the reputation (amongst those in the know) as one of the more underrated talents, with her versatile sound and strong writing abilities. Possessing an abstract yet distinct style, Folly Rae has recently been enjoying a good streak with the success of her previous tracks, U, and i need u here (cortado), both songs though different, have a quality of captivating the listener like a structured chart-hit, whilst being as raw and refreshing as an underground anthem.

It’s made for a great foundation upon which she will continue to elevate, being one of the premier artists on label Portfolio Music, and recently being picked up by the forward-thinking music imprint that is Black Butter records. Much like the current heatwave in England, her talents look set to grace the country and beyond, especially with the potential summer hit, Sniper.

Just like her previous tracks, this has those very qualities, delivered with more definition and further showcasing her subtly impactful vocals. Beyond the catchy nature of the record itself, her voice emphasises the empowerment that this song represents, and she proves her worth as an artist because those soulful essences of hers are what really help execute the track so well. It’s one of those songs that should be heard everywhere (’til you’re almost sick of it), from constant radio play to commercials, with it’s heavy feel-good factor, it most definitely adds to the blue skies and sun’s rays.

The official video follows that mentioned feel-good factor and is able to match the abstract with the western aesthetics, presented in a more comical narrative. First couple watches, personally I’m not too sure if the video does the song justice, but the colour-scheme is appreciated and as you watch more, you get to appreciate Folly further, as she not only looks good but theres glimpses of her personality that come through, especially with the more dominant shots, from the stage performance, her strutting out onto the court (in the air forces), and with the horse. Complete with it’s range of colours and shots, it’s an entertaining backdrop for the song itself, and like the artist, it’s far from regular or what’s expected.

As Sniper continues to grow, it only increases the anticipation for a full-length project from Folly Rae, as she looks to establish herself as one of the more heralded talents to emerge from the country.

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