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Mikill Pane - You Guest It EP

Although Mikill Pane has been around for quite some time, it was only January 2011 that saw the 26-year old rapper get his break, with his hard-hitting storytelling ability on 'Little Lady' with Ed Sheeran capturing the hearts of countless music fans across the country. Since then he has gone onto release two extremely unique EPs on iTunes ('The Morris Dancer' & 'The Guiness & Blackcurrant'), performed a brilliant Live Lounge for Huw Stephens/Radio 1, continued work on his forthcoming debut album ('Blame Miss Barclay') and is now ready to release this, the 'You Guest It EP'.

The EP opens up with Katy Hurt narrating that Andy Warhol once said 'everyone gets 15 minutes of fame'; this is a few seconds of hers, but assures you that she will be back in the future for the rest of her 14 or so minutes (made me laugh). This leads onto 'Andy Warhol', which features Example and is all about being in the spotlight and people not liking what you have to say about issues that are on everyone's lips - the message, don't be afraid of what people think, and be sure to voice your opinion, no matter how controversial your views are - amazing to hear Example rapping on a Hip-Hop track again. The Ed Sheeran-featuring '25 Tracks' follows, which sees the London-born rapper play the role of a dedicated fan, talking to an old friend that he admires and feels should be headlining gigs, not sat at home, or stuck in a job that he doesn't want to be in - unsure as to who it is that he's talking about, but this a superb track and a sad truth that many talented unsigned rappers do drift into the darkness. The wonderful Paloma Faith then lends her stunning vocals to the infectious 'Heart & Sole', which allows Mr. Pane to express his love for sneakers and showcase his incredibly witty wordplay skills throughout. 'Paper Princess' is up next, which is a definite highlight of mine - the ever impressive Yasmin providing her soothing tone for the chorus, and Mikill exposing a much darker side, rapping about becoming obsessed with a lady that he's never met, rooting through her rubbish to find pictures and super imposing himself next to her - took me a while to understand the concept, but it's pure genius. The penultimate track is 'Hey Baby' - this features FemFel, P Money & Katie Price and is the lead single from the EP, which was given its world premiere on CJ Beatz' show a few nights ago, and in all honesty is just a bit of fun, whilst still being packed full of first class bars from start to finish. The final track on the EP is produced by Jakwob and features Rocky NTI - 'Taking Hold' is the wordsmith opening up about the journey he's been on to get to where he is today, mainly by getting hold of his career by the scruff of the neck and leading it in the right direction - if this EP is anything to go by, it's clear that Mikill Pane isn't going to let that hard work go to waste any time in the near future.

'The Morris Dancer' was brilliant, 'The Guiness & Blackcurrant' was top class, but 'You Guest It' is a body of work that can only make you wonder what 'Blame Miss Barclay' is going to offer. Jake Gosling & Adam Coltman once again provide flawless guitar and piano-driven production, but it's Mikill's effortlessly cool flow and next level storytelling style that make this one of the most enjoyable releases of the year thus far. During a time where the majority of music sounds all to similar, his love for playing with words and ability to think way ahead of anyone else, allows him to create a fresh take on one of our generations most loved genres of music - this is Hip-Hop, with a twist, and a great twist at that. Below you can listen to an exclusive of 'Andy Warhol (Feat. Example)', with the full EP dropping tomorrow for FREE (Sunday 22nd April) on SBTV at midday, along with his first ever F64. Genuinely, this guy is most exciting MC in the UK right now, by quite some way.

Mikill Pane: "Even though Mikill Pane's not a household name, it kind of rolls off the tongue..."

Example: "I know it's harsh, but Britain measures talent if there's Granny's playing Bongos..."

P Money: "Telling me you wanted something sweet, you should have gone France and got yourself a Bon Bon"

Also, you can catch him at Wakestock Festival on Sunday 8th July, alongside Ed Sheeran, Ryan Keen, Clement Marfo & Azaelia Banks. Get your tickets HERE.

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Huge track! Mikill is on the cover of our first issue, due for launch this summer!

April 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTMRW Magazine

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