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It’s been a while since we last heard from London based singer, songwriter and producer Akiine, but with the release of ‘About It’, it’s safe to say that the wait was well worth it. Serving as the lead single from her forthcoming new EP titled ‘Red’, the track is a swirling amalgamation of electronics and moody guitar lines that are greeted by Akiine’s sweet and graceful musings. Those delicate vocals are a comforting hug and wonderful juxtaposition to the slightly off-kilter production.
Let yourself sink into the honeyed tones of ‘History Made’, the mesmerising new single from London based trio Paradisia. Comprised of Sophie-Rose (vocals), Anna (harp) and Kristy (vocals, keyboard), Paradisia’s swirling production and serene harmonies on ‘History Made’ will quite frankly take your breath away. Serving as their first taste of new music in two years, the single marks a new chapter as they’ve taken full artistic control having parted ways with their management in 2018 – a message that is mirrored by the song’s very first lines “I won’t be quiet for anyone / There’s no history made in saying nothing“.
London based producer Palmistry rises above the surface with ‘Water’, his first taste of new music since his spellbinding debut album ‘PAGAN’ which dropped back in 2017. Serving as the lead single from his forthcoming sophomore album ‘Afterlife’, the SOPHIE-produced track is another delight which drips and trickles with its subtle electronic touches as Palmistry’s comforting tones are like soft ripples that pervade the soundscape. Check out ‘Water’ here and be sure to look out for ‘Afterlife’ which is out in May.
London based singer/songwriter Suzi Wu is a force to be reckoned with on her powerful new project, ‘Error 404’, which follows up 2017’s ‘Teenage Witch’ EP. Having worked with Mike Dean (Beyoncé, Kanye West, Travis Scott), the four-track EP is an explosion of punk-pop with opening track ‘Grim Reaper’ setting the scene wonderfully. Each track sees the rising pop star enforce her emphatic vocals over upbeat and equally captivating soundscapes that are equal parts playful and ruthless. With ‘Error 404’, Suzi Wu has created a body of work that sounds nothing like anything else out there – it’s a taste of the future of pop.
Consider yourself introduced to London/Leicester based singer, songwriter and producer ARUN, whose latest single ‘Y.D.E.K’ (which stands for You Don’t Even Know) is an absolute blast. From the moment you hit play, ARUN throws you into a whirlwind of sounds from twinkling keys to a dazzling brassy section all driven by a superb bass-heavy beat to create the perfect backdrop for that magnificent voice. An infectious track if ever there was one, ‘Y.D.E.K.’ is one of those tracks that you will instantly put you in the best of moods from the moment you press play.
Following up last month’s ‘Restart’, London based singer-songwriter Szjerdene has shared ‘Rain’, another sparkling slice of electronic-pop taken from her forthcoming ‘TRACE’ EP. Spearheaded by a powerful electronic beat sprinkled with delicate synths and a serene string section, it’s Szjerdene’s pristine voice that rises above and shines brighter than ever. Piercing through with such clarity, Szjerdene’s voice effortlessly rides the wave of the energetic production as she sings about the overwhelming and numbing emotions that arise from falling in love.
Bristol based band Cousin Kula’s latest single ‘Brain Abroad’ is a sun-soaked nugget of gold – one that transports you to a dream state of tropical, sandy beaches. Everything from the twinkling production – packed with groovy guitars and sensational synths – to those mesmerising vocals channel the band’s psych-pop sound. Lifted from their forthcoming second EP (which of out later this), ‘Brain Abroad’ is a brilliant taste of what’s to come from the six-piece band.
Shrouded in mystery, London based duo Jadu Heart first introduced themselves with ‘Wanderflower’, their magical debut EP which was then followed up by the equally impressive and ‘Ezra’s Garden’. In the lead up to their long-awaited debut album, Dina and Faro have now shared ‘Purity’, another dazzling affair which sees the pairs soothing and soulful vocals work through a spirited electronic soundbed.
Dip into the lush soundscapes of ‘Thinking’, the irresistible debut single from newcomer Chi Virgo. The London based singer-songwriter lays down her stellar vocals over a dazzling array of vibrant sounds that mould the worlds of soul, R&B and electronic music. Opening with the jabs of those sci-fi synths, it’s Chi Virgo’s silky smooth vocals that steal the show on the incredibly catchy and infectious track.
London outfit 404 are made up of Bathwater, Silvertongue, Eliot, Devenny and Sonny, and their debut single ‘Fearful’ is a blistering affair. A sharp commentary on modern society, the track boasts a fierce and energetic vibe whilst encompassing a raw edge through its songwriting and production. Serving as a perfect introduction to the quintet’s unique sound, ‘Fearful’ marks the first single from their forthcoming debut EP which is out next month.
Consider yourself introduced to unperfect, a brand new group from the U.K. whose debut single ‘Gots To Give The Girl’ is a delightfully impressive affair. Comprising of Chloe, Siobhan, Soipan and Tiah, the group encompass a refreshing take on classic R&B nuances with a modern edge. The sun-kissed and groove-inflected production serves as the perfect backbone to the instantly infectious track which wonderfully showcases each member’s uniquely smooth and intoxicating voices.
London based singer, songwriter and producer Dan Bartlett aka Dan D’Lion stepped into the spotlight in style with his Tame Impala and N.E.R.D-influenced debut single “Give What You Take” towards the end of last year. The track’s vibrant atmospherics are present in follow up single ‘~treading water~’ which boasts again brings together his colourful vocals with a dazzling array of electronic pulses infused with sizzling synths. ‘~treading water~’ is a magnificent example of alternative pop packed with refreshing ideas, cementing Bartlett as one to watch.
South London based newcomer Arlo Parks introduced herself with the soulful and delicate debut single ‘Cola’ last November, a spellbinding effort which showcases the artist’s unquestionable promise. Oozing a sense of calm throughout the track, the eighteen year old artist lays down her soothing tones across a soundscape which boasts funk-filled guitar melodies and persistent drums which carry the track along its graceful path. Exploring the notions that come with the heartbreak of a cheating lover, ‘Cola’ serves as a wonderful introduction to Arlo Parks’ poignant songwriting and alluring voice.
South London trio 2U4U comprise of rappers Cal and My Rugema along with producer Ranbir, who together, create jazz-inflected Hip-Hop tracks that boast clever storytelling with sophisticated instrumentation. Last summer saw the release of their incredible debut full length project ‘Butter’, an eight track exploration of past romances, experiences, family, religion, identity and everything else in between. From the bombastic production on debut single ‘Kings of Africa (Tell Me)’ to the sparkling atmospherics of openers ‘Gurl’ and ‘Home’, ‘Butter’ marries an amalgam of influences that intertwine classic Hip Hop beats with jazz and neo-soul inflections to soundtrack their insightful narratives.
South London artist Yxng Jynn steps up to the plate with his debut solo single. After attracting attention this year for production credits and features with NOTAROLEMODEL and Reservoir & 237 affiliates Kish! & Virgil Hawkins, the gifted rapper & producer takes the limelight for himself on “Ghostride”. A tripped-out, g-funk infused trap effort with irresistible energy, the track will no doubt soon live up to its self-proclaimed billing as a ‘certified hood classic’.
Murkage Dave’s long-awaited debut album has been well worth the wait. Across 14 tracks, the east Londoner fuses soulful golden era RnB with UK grime and garage sounds in allusion to his origins as a successful DJ, as bumping percussion and warm strings draw comparisons to long-time collaborator Mike Skinner and The Streets. Driven by his distinctive socially aware witty lyricism, Dave’s gentle crooning melodies are delivered in hushed tones like reflective asides muttered from the back of the night bus home from the club, as his melancholic introspections channel the loneliness of a hedonistic life on the road between events into a muted morning-after mood that is sombre yet refreshingly honest throughout, leaving a surprisingly uplifting afterglow.
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In a scene where hype can build and fall dangerously quickly, A2 is an artist who has been slowly burning away, honing his sound and building a dedicated following over the last six years. After the success of his 2017 debut full length album ‘Blue’, the south London artist returns with a brand new 5-track EP that takes on a warmer shade; the rapper sets the tone from opener “Flex Luthor”, as his distinctive croaky flows ride soaring RnB-infused trap production with celestial synths and pads creating an uplifting atmosphere. Standout track “Flair” sees him link up with Octavian, Suspect and Yxng Bane for an irresistible banger, underlining his status amongst the UK’s upper echelon of elite artists who are pushing the culture forward.
Despite not having a single official record released, the excitement around artist Unknown T has been bubbling away for months now. Finally, this week he released his long-awaited debut track ‘Homerton B’, sending ripples through the UK drill scene just in time for carnival season. First heard previewed on one of the infamous DJ Tim Westwood’s legendary Crib Sessions, the track sees the east London rapper shelling ice-cold flows in his distinctive, instantly recognisable deep voice, as his memorable chorus adds an unexpected danceable energy to the track. Drill is arguably Britain’s most controversial genre of the moment, with many artists making headlines for criminal activity and police even going as far as to block tracks from YouTube and ban acts from recording or performing, but Unknown T draws the focus back to the musicality as his booming melodic delivery and crystal clear enunciation inject a startling fresh energy, illustrating the enduring power of innovation.
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On her debut full-length album ‘Devotion’, Tirzah establishes herself as one of the UK’s most intriguing artists. Entirely produced by the esteemed underground producer Mica Levi (aka Micachu), the record builds on Tirzah’s previous dance-infused releases by introducing elements of contemporary alternative RnB, creating a distinctive other-worldly atmosphere through warped samples and looped percussion led by her husky vocals. Her distinctive candid delivery is at once warm and mysterious, driving each track as her melodies are pitched up, multiplied and twisted to create a sound that is truly original in its tripped-out, ethereal intimacy. This graceful electronic sound is highlighted on lead singles ‘Gladly’ and ‘Affection’, but each of the 11 tracks here introduces a fresh dynamic, resulting in a record of genuine depth that showcases the 30-year-old’s versatility and natural chemistry with long-time friend and collaborator Levi.
Tinyman continues to build the momentum with the dynamic video for his banger the ‘The Mountains’. The South London rapper flows effortlessly over Subcultures’s bouncing production for an infectious headknocker, as the visuals depict the ORPHGANG collective member exploring tropical climes. Moreover, the video’s outro showcases this artists versatility as he switches up the style, crooning soulfully over a slow acoustic guitar accompaniment.