Smiler-The Coming (Mixtape)

UK hip-hop isn’t something I’ve ever fully committed to as a music fan (even I’m not totally sure why), but Smiler is an act that breaks free of that mental blockade to really command attention in my library. What began as an interest after seeing him perform live turned into a huge appreciation for his All I Know mixtape, and has since blossomed into relative pride at his now-respected stature in the UK rap community.

This tape will hopefully bear fruit from that career progression. Of the features listed, the most notable is certainly Giggs, though most of the 12 tracks are solely Smiler efforts, which should satisfy his fanbase whilst making for a good introduction to new listeners. With an Ed Sheeran-featured single coming soon, it’s fair to expect extended mainstream success to be Smiler’s before long, and you’d do well to jump on the bandwagon now if you haven’t already. Stream and download below.

Smiler-The Coming

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Smiler-Top of the World ft. Professor Green and Tawiah

After being extremely impressed with Smiler’s support slot on Slaughterhouse’s recent UK tour, I gave his material a thorough look-over and have been really enjoying it ever since. He’s one of the few UK rappers who doesn’t bury his head in either grime or pop-rap, instead nailing down a basic hip-hop style that will set his career in good stead.

This appears to be a big ‘arrival’ single, and whilst it is a little more mainstream-targeted than the material on his superb All I Know mixtape, there’s still a lot of likeability about it. The production commands attention, with pulsating synth work strapped onto punchy percussion for an intense yet upbeat style that’ll reverberate around your ears for a while. It’s a great backdrop for Smiler’s raps, as he brings a slick set of flows to package up his part-celebratory part-biographical raps into a performance that should win many admirers. The Tawiah hook is solid and will set it in good stead for some radio coverage, whilst the Pro Green addition won’t hurt Smiler’s reputation either (even though I can’t stand Green’s voice).

You can grab the pre-order for this single over on iTunes now, slated for a 20th August release.

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