Snips is the founder of Barbershop records as well as the co-founder of one of the best, if not the best hip-hop night London has ever seen – Livin Proof. Being one of the most prolific DJs in the scene here, he is also an esteemed producer, something that is showcased brilliantly on his excellent Barbershop album released earlier this year in March. These couple of months are busy two with new releases from the legendary London DJ and producer. The first is titled Edits Vol. 1, released on the 17th August and London Livin’ EP, which is due to be released on the 21st September.
On London Livin’ EP, he recruits talented spoken-word artist William Stowe, gorgeous soul singer Emmavie and North-London emcee Awate for an incredible new EP. The lead single “The Product” features heavy broken beats, percussive and often tribal rhythms, as well as spacious synths and a funky bassline that capture a colourful and dance-oriented vibe. William Stowe explores his own experience growing up in Hackney, with his vivid and profound stories. The smooth groove of “Break My Heart” is just a perfect, reflective R&B track featuring one of my favourite vocalists Emmavie. “My Queen” features a more house-oriented groove with saxophone loops and and incredible bounce that is perfect for dancefloors in London. I’m very likely to use it for one of my DJ sets soon. Finally, “Pennies For My Thoughts” features that hip-hop scratching I’ve come to love about Snips’ hip-hop production, with a heavy, sample-filled boom bap beat that just sounds so organic and beautiful. Awate comes through with a crazy and fluid verse in which he also raps about his experiences, and is a great closer to this short but poignant EP.
London Livin’ EP provides an excellent insight into the vibrant London sound of today, with incredible production and features that add so much to the character of the music. You can listen to the lead single “The Product” featuring William Stowe below via Spotify. London Livin’ EP will be released on the 21st September, so please support it when it comes out.