#IndieSpotlight, Main

#IndieSpotlight: Mike Bandanna Drops Two Feet EP

Photo Credit: Evan Mattingly “All I can say is…I put my life into this to share it with you…I do…

Photo Credit: Evan Mattingly

“All I can say is…I put my life into this to share it with you…I do this for you…and I’ll keep doing this for as long as you have me…”
—Mike Bandanna

[dropcap]M[/dropcap]uch like the Weeknd during his epic early rise to internet infamy, rapper Mike Bandanna’s image is shrouded in shadowy ambiance — but that seems to mesh well with his overall sound. Sonically Mike sounds like a lost member of the TDE squad, with [almost] aggressive blend of self-conscious bars and soulful, yet dark and bassy, production sensibility he’s gravitated towards. As he describes on his site, he began his journey two years ago after receiving some advice from a close friend, “If you don’t do it then no one is gonna get it done.” As he goes on to describes, “I allowed my creation to be my destination. Through this…I find myself at the beginning of a new and the end of old.” Along with the [kind of] creepy, dark photography, his latest project, Two Feet, when looked at as a cohesive package, comes off as an art project; complete with visual and audio components worthy of a gallery exhibition.

Across the nine-song EP, he covers an array of topics, painting lush rhyme schemes around concepts of mortality and self-reflective sensibility — with a dash good old fashioned emcee ego — to create a well-rounded audio journey. His cadence, which almost reminds me slightly of Kendrick in spots, is well complimented by the production of tracks like “Great,” dope operatic sample base, the seven-minute “Not Enough/Timeless,” or “Fade Away,” which was one of my favourite tracks on the project. He also blends a rap/singing vibe on the R&B tinged “The Passing,” which is also seven minutes in length.

Mike Bandanna is a combination of many different things that have — historically — helped many artists recognize a certain level of success. Two Feet is a solid project that he can definitely [metaphorically] hang his hat on and use to further springboard his brand. A worthy addition to your playlist this upcoming week!

Riley here — father, artist, videographer, professional writer and SERIOUS hip-hop head. I'm a member of the Universal Zulu Nation, and I think everything is better on vinyl. Add me on Twitter! @specialdesigns
Related Articles
Main

Gabby and Madi Re-Imagine Classic with “Swing My Way”

This week  Gabby and Madi serves up their rendition of K.P. and Envyi’s classic hit “Swing My Way”, with a…

This week  Gabby and Madi serves up their rendition of K.P. and Envyi’s classic hit “Swing My Way”, with a 2020 spin by producer justdoitBRISK. The teen duo have been blazing new trails with young audiences, delivering single after single in recent months. Check out their latest, “Swing My Way” here.

Continue Reading
Main

Ill NyQuil Teams Up With 10cellphones For “Night”

Ohio’s Ill NyQuil collaborates with 10cellphones to show the world what it looks like when Ohio and North Carolina come…

Ohio’s Ill NyQuil collaborates with 10cellphones to show the world what it looks like when Ohio and North Carolina come together in their latest single “Night.” Catering to the vibe enthusiasts, “Night” is available on all platforms.

 

Continue Reading
Main

Meet Mr. Levier: From Dubai to the Top of the World

While Dubai is known for its futuristic skyscrapers, exotic pets, homes and most expensive shit from the food to the…

While Dubai is known for its futuristic skyscrapers, exotic pets, homes and most expensive shit from the food to the iced-out vehicles. However, tourist attractions aside, I bet you didn’t know that the hottest spot in the world has a booming new music scene. As every megastar in Hip Hop flocks to Dubai for vacation, they always leave the hotspot with the name of the city’s #1 DJ, Mr. Levier coming out of their word of mouth as the man to know in Dubai. So, who exactly is Mr. Levier?

Born Isaac Jon Ode, Mr. Levier ascended to the top of the Middle East with a staggering DJ set and polarizing persona. Nightly, Levier performance the hottest sets in the nightlife that can be heard instantly throughout the world via word of mouth on social media. His undeniable sets have gained the attention of the biggest names in music visiting Dubai and praised the rising star for providing the soundtrack to best nights of their lives.

Dubai is known worldwide for its extravagant club scene. Dubai is the most populous city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the capital of the Emirate of Dubai. The city’s population is 3.137 million and it’s safe to say that Mr. Levier is in the ear of a large percentage of the young adults with his infectious blends, impeccable perfect-timing and high-profile connections with the biggest stars in today’s music.

Now at the prominence of the city’s club scene, Mr. Levier’s current residence includes Base Dubai, Billionaire Mansion, 1 Oak Dubai, Toyroom and Secret Room. From music to sports, Levier’s clientele includes ASAP Ferg, Boxing Champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, Migos and many more. Along with stars, Mr. Levier is also most-sought-after by brands, controlling the crowds for globally-known brands like GAP, Vogue, Tommy Hilfiger and Reebok.

Solidified and co-signed, now it’s time for Mr. Levier to take his sound from out of the clubs and onto the charts. Along with the music, Levier’s sound is accompanied by an impeccable fashion sense also crafted by the mind of the style enthusiast. Embodying everything that makes a superstar, Mr. Levier magnetic attraction has generated a legion of fans worldwide, growing by the minute, patiently awaiting the next release.

Stream the new music by Mr. Levier below, courtesy of Mixcloud. And for more on Mr. Levier, follow the breakout star on Instagram and his official website.

Continue Reading
Main

Big K.R.I.T. Joins Dear Silas for “I Got It”

Brilliant Mississippi minds unite with positive vibes as Dear Silas and Big K.R.I.T. team for “I Got It”, produced by…

Brilliant Mississippi minds unite with positive vibes as Dear Silas and Big K.R.I.T. team for “I Got It”, produced by Luke Sampson and Walter Newell. This track is available now on all digital platforms, and a Dark Brothers-directed visual will premiere this month.

“The song kinda came out of nowhere,” Dear Silas explains. “My manager sent it over and Krit liked it so much, he sent back a verse immediately. I canceled a trip and shot the official video on my birthday! This record was born from me feeling down and thinking I hadn’t progressed enough in my life, but listening to the track more and more made me feel empowered like, ‘I can really do this’. I want to encourage people who feel like giving up”

Dear Silas experienced success with his 2018 hit single “Skrr Skrr”, and released visuals from his album The Last Cherry Blossom throughout 2019. In the new year, the multi-talented musician, songwriter and visual artist will be revealing fresh sounds from his upcoming project, with more shows and more exciting adventures to be announced.

 

Continue Reading