Island Records’ recent signing Nick Brewer is set to make his mark on the music scene this Summer, with the release of his EP ‘Four Miles Further’. This 6 track project sees 25 year old Nick collaborate with some of the UK’s most brilliant emerging music acts, including Little Simz, JP Cooper, George The Poet, Max Marshall, and Naomi Scott.
Having already released ‘In The Quiet’ with George The Poet featuring Max Marshall, Nick consequently premiered ‘The Drop’ via The Fader. ‘The Drop’ speaks volumes on Nicks’ opinions on growing up in today’s society. Nick raps about his memories of growing up, cementing himself as more than your stereotypical male rapper; a wordsmith with something very poignant to say. With hypnotic production, and an expert verse from Little Simz, this track is sure to be on your mind long after listening. North London’s Little Simz is set to release her debut EP this year and ‘The Drop’ serves as another teaser of the music that’s yet to come from this young, female, game-changer.
Nick’s previous release ‘In The Quiet’, was premiered by Clash Magazine, receiving support from the likes of Huw Stephens at Radio One, DJ Target at Radio 1XTRA, and also Ras Kwame at Capital XTRA. 23 year old Nick speaks frankly and honestly in a rap flow that’s quasi-poetical. His music moves to new levels of uniqueness and intrigue.
Nick Brewer’s collaboration with JP Cooper on ‘Miss Online Superstar’ is both as poignant as it is breath-taking, with a message of longing, and tension, that is somehow made palpable and acceptable. Nick manages to lull us into a sense of security that allows him to approach subjects of a personal nature, without appearing to pry or over-share. Fellow Island Records signee JP Cooper’s vocals soar over the soft rap flow, inviting us into a sensual and sexy RnB riff that promises to get your head bopping. “What happened to that pretty girl’s dream?”
‘Me and My Pen’ is a track where Nick gets his time to shine alone. Nick verbalizes an all-encompassing, cyclical, musical moment, explaining his formula to musical creation; storing his beat and lyrics, whilst also telling us of another writing process. This track really lets us into Nicks’ world, allowing us to see him for the sincere, truthful, and frank artist he truly is. “I’m writing what I see so I can see it again.” Nick, like many, uses music as a form of escapism, writing down those things that inspire him, and utilizing this creative hub as a way in which to bring quality tracks such as this, to his audience. Music lasts forever.
With a history working with Disney, Naomi Scott isn’t someone you would immediately place with a rapper such as Nick Brewer. Yet, ‘Fall From Here’ transports us to an eerie place where heavenly flows and hypnotic melodies are made for each other. Naomi’s voice, like honey offered on a sharp knife, speaks of innocence, whilst also bringing forward an element of darkness, and approaching danger. “What if I fall, what if I fall from here.” This track stands out on the EP as a new sound for Nick; but one that works perfectly.
The EP titled track ‘Four Miles Further’ begins with a beat that means business. Decisively, Nick comes straight in with bars that speak volumes. “Hear me out.” This track is Nick’s chance to be truly heard on the topic of himself and his talents as a musician. For those unsure of Nick’s talents, this song will prove his worth. As Nick tackles the concept of people being resistant to things they don’t understand, he also raps alongside fast-paced, angry strings that are as purposeful as his lyrics. Switching up without warning, the track chills to the level of relaxation rap Nick does so well. Proving as much as he has a lot to say, he is calm in the face of a challenge.
A face of the next generation, Nick Brewer is a wordsmith, flying the flag for the UK Hip Hop and Rap scene. A new generation of rapper, Nick Brewer shares informed lyrical content; he is conscious of his surroundings; society and culture. He is conscious of having the perfect medium to share his opinions. He is conscious of ensuring these opinions are heard.
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