Serbian roots reggae band Soulcraft, led by lead-singer Ras Mc Bean, release their third single ‘Time Is Money’ from their current album ‘Reggae On A Mission’. The band plans a tour across the Balkan region during November, and the first of many upcoming performances is scheduled for November 29th in Belgrade, Serbia.
"This song represents a satire on our modern capitalist society and the fast pace of modern life. Ras Mc Bean & Soulcraft entered 'Studio Blaze' in Belgrade during July 2019 to record a live session, and the song 'Time Is Money' was chosen as a third single and our next video release”, said Slobodan Djukic, the band’s guitarist..
Slobodan Djukic, guitarist, and Vladimir Krkljus, keyboardist, wrote the music for ‘Time is Money’ during the preparation of the album ‘Reggae On A Mission’, mid-summer 2017, while lead-singer Ras Mc Bean is the author of the lyrics. The video was shot in summer 2019 by Boris Usanovic and Vasil Vasev, and edited by Adriana Tanaskovic and Janko Pjesivac.
Soulcraft was founded in 2013 by prominent Belgrade musicians Dejan Utvar (drummer), Vladimir Krkljus (keyboardist), Slobodan Djukic (guitarist) and Damjan Cirilovic (bassist), and released two albums along with trombonist and lead-singer Hornsman Coyote: ‘Hornsman Coyote and Soulcraft’ in 2014 and ‘Safe Planet’ in 2016.
In May 2018, the band teamed up with reggae singer Ras Mc Bean from Guyana, currently living in Paris, France, to prepare and release the album ‘Reggae On A Mission’ for the record label Ammonite Records, from which two songs and videos stood out - ‘Boots Tracks’ and ‘Give Thanks For Life’
Tyler, the Creator thinks he was treated like a "terrorist" by former UK Prime Minister Theresa May.
The 28-year-old rapper was banned from entering the country in 2015 by the then-Home Secretary after he was accused of encouraging violence and homophobia through his lyrics.
Reflecting on the incident, Tyler joked: "She's gone, so I'm back." According to Tyler, it took many lawyers and letters, as well as time and money, before he was allowed to return to the UK.
And the chart-topping star remains angry about the way he was treated.
He told the Guardian newspaper: "Then you get the official thumbs up. It was like: damn, finally, but it was so stupid to have to endure that. I got treated like a terrorist. Yeah. I got treated like I was a murderer."
In fact, at one stage, Tyler decided he simply didn't have the desire to return to the UK.
He shared: "It was kind of stupid, and after a while I was like: I don't even want to come back. But it was more the principle of: 'Y'all really did this, over this? In comparison to other s**t people do, that y'all let in?' So I'm happy that I got back. I feel like I won some invisible fight."
Asked whether the length of the ban - which was three to five years - came as a surprise, he added: "Yeah, it surprised me. But then I remembered - I'm dark-skinned, so, ahh, all right, I get it. I mean, I don't point my finger at that at first, but I looked at every outcome and I looked at every option. "And after doing that six times, then you say, OK, what's the difference between everyone else and me? And then you land on that."
AYLØ’s alte is an ideological platform for norm shattering norms.
AYLØ is a fast-rising rapper, singer, songwriter and beatsmith is one of the seminal Nigerian creatives, alongside the likes of Santi, Odunsi The Engine and others who are pioneering the fusion of sounds Nigeria Africa, popularly known as alté, which is currently making waves, disrupting the sound and culture on the continent, and quickly gaining traction and attention internationally.
Firmly steeped in alternative R&B, neo-soul, hip hop and afropop music sensibilities, while drawing inspiration from a widely varied pool including Fela Kuti, DMX, Whitney Houston, Sade, Herbie Hancock, Soulection, J. Cole, and Andre 3000, AYLØ’s soulful, warm and hazy sounds, as highlighted on his fan-favourite cult classics like ‘Island Girl’, ‘Gardens’ and ‘LITT’, have amassed over a million streams on Soundcloud and Spotify, alone.
On August 2, 2019, he released dnt’dlt, his third project in three years. The first was Honest Conversations EP which was released in 2016, the second was 2017 mixtape, < insert project name\ >.
What is the inspiration behind ‘Paris’?
Paris was inspired by an intimate connection. It’s about appreciating the beauty in everything. Especially our individual journies.
What do you think about the term ‘alternative artist’? Do you like being addressed this way?
Not really but I guess people have to be able to define something unless it doesn’t exist to them. So it’s cool and I made an alternative soul synthesis project so I must have helped. Laughs.
What is dnt’dlt about?
More experiments. Each song matching the totality of its purpose. Tones and textures, lyrics. Just more. More me on production as well, it’s another stepping stone for me and my self discovery.
I like to think that alte is more than a sound or a fusion of sounds. I think it is a revolution. What do you think?
Correct. An ideological platform for norm shattering really.
How long have you been working on DNT DLT?
So, why the long silence before ‘Paris’ and DNT DLT?
I lost faith at some point. I was depressed at another. Growing through it all. I guess things take time. Content.
Can you tell me about Odunsi and Le Mav’s role in the making of ‘Paris’?
We just vibed in the studio for a few hours and came up with the beat. Then they left me with it.