Karol KoncaArtist: Karol Conká 

Release: Batuk Freak
Label: Mr Bongo
Genre: Hip Hop – Latin

Originally from Curitiba, Brazil, Karoline dos Santos de Oliveira, aka Karol Conka, first stepped foot on stage, and started her rap career at age 17. Karol has gained national recognition and status with a nomination at the 2011 Brazilian MTV Awards for the video of her soul influenced single ‘Good Night’ as well as performing internationally with Brazil’s hip hop legend, Marcelo D2 on numerous occasions. The rapper, singer and songwriter – influenced by Brazilian Pop Music (MPB) and who once dreamt of being like Lauryn Hill – is fast becoming one of the most distinctive voices of the modern Brazilian hip hop scene. Her videos have over 2 million plays on YouTube, thus proving her widespread appeal.

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Acid Arab CollectionArtist: Various Artists 

Release: Acid Arab Collections
Label: Versatile Records
Genre: Dance – House – Acid

Infatuated with the similarities between the hard driving gridlines of European dance music and the repetitious nature that binds disparate folk music from all corners of North Africa and the Middle East together, Parisian dance duo Acid Arab have sought to enlist some of the most innovative and forward thinking producers from their native France and beyond, to bring these sonic cousins together on their pulsating new Acid Arab Collections. Pilooski, I:Cube and Professor Genius, among others, all featuring.

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BVAArtist: BVA

Release: Be Very Aware
Label: High Focus Records 
Genre: Hip Hop – Alternative

After consistently blitzing live shows in the UK and beyond as One quarter of super group The Four Owls and one third of The Brothers Of The Stone, BVA is no stranger to the scene, his honest poignant rapid fire delivery already a favorite with High Focus fans. Now it is time for BVA, aka Rusty Take Off, to fly solo featuring Fliptrix, Dirty Dike, Kashmere and Man of the moment : Rag N Bone Man. Production by Leaf Dog and illinformed,  the golden boys of UK hip hop.

 

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Kyle Pound - RetronicArtist: Kyle Pound 
Release: Retronic
Label: Nocturnal Recordings
Genre: Dance – House – Deep

Following on from the hugely well received ‘Certified Dope’ sampler, Nocturnal kick off 2014 with a fresh signing from Kyle Pound who has recently dropped strong releases on Carousel Recordings/KleenHouse/Ammo Recordings which we urge you to seek out. His Nocturnal debut ‘Retronic’ is a cool melodic slice of infectious funking House music which dances around the grounds of Deep House with a fresh Nu Disco twist. A bumping high energy bassline and catchy vocal snatches drive this along perfectly. Watch out for Nocturnal & Kyle Pound in 2014!

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