New Track: Please Don’t Ever Settle Down – Dear Rogue

DEAR ROGUE‘s new deluxe edition of their album, ‘Phases’ ( CLICK HERE TO LISTEN), documents both the emotional depths Drew and Danielle McTaggart plumbed to come up with unflinchingly personal, honest material, and the ground they covered in their efforts to push themselves sonically and aesthetically. The deluxe version includes the original 10 songs of the album plus five new, previously unheard cuts.

With the release of the album, the duo includes an airy, echoing, minimalistic new single, ‘Please Don’t Ever Settle Down’, check it out below:

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Song of the Day: Confusion – Lady Shaynah

Following on from the release of ‘Over’, LADY SHAYNAH takes the blog’s hotspot for the first time with stunning single, ‘Confusion’ – taken from her forthcoming ‘Chapter 22’ EP.

The stunningly atmospheric piece is an ode to anybody who has gone through a rough breakup and come out the other side still feeling confused and with a lot of unanswered questions.

Speaking on the release, she says “The relationship was quite perfect. Until… he woke up one day, saying he had a vision of his future wife. He said I didn’t have all the characteristics of said ‘future wife’, but ‘we could work on that’. This felt like a slap in my face. What broke my heart, even more, is that when I gave him the choice of taking me the way I am or leaving, within the blink of an eye, he chose to leave. The more I reflected upon the relationship, the more questions I had and thus ‘Confusion’ was born.”

From the age of five, LADY SHAYNAH – real name  Shanice – was taught to play the piano by her Grandmother and later claimed the title of ‘Music Matters Award Ambassador’ in Rotterdam (2014) and went on to play at the North Sea Jazz Festival (2016) before releasing her first LP ‘Dare’ in 2015.

Now a vocal, songwriting and band coach, LADY SHAYNAH teaches at the ‘Babette Labeij Music Academy’ and ZO! Gospel Choir and is set to release her next EP this year.

Have a listen to ‘Confusion’ below:

New Track: Ride – Sara Diamond

 

Montreal’s very own singer SARA DIAMOND was granted the gift of song through her family lineage. Starting her professional career at just five years old, Sara’s years of exploration led to the development of a profound faith in the healing power of music. Sara’s smooth, smoky, and emotive vocals combine the best elements of R&B, soul, and pop to form her own breakthrough sound.

Her new single, ‘Ride’ evoke an internal blissful sensation, thanks to her soulful eminence, sublime vocals, and heartfelt lyrics. Check it out below:

Song of the Day: Walk Through – OG Blacks & OLZ

Providing the sequel to their 2018 breakthrough collaboration ‘Think Twice’ OG BLACKS and OLZ join forces once again with their latest single ‘Walk Through’.

The pair bring good vibes with their melodic flows and icy lyricism. Their nonchalant and smooth demeanour goes hand in hand with their stripped-back style and ‘Walk Through’ embodies their vibes-a-plenty sound, which fuses elements of hip-hop, UK rap and R&B.

From the stomping grounds of North West London OG BLACKS and OLZ have carved out a name for themselves in the underground music circuit. Having built a consistent catalogue of releases and featuring on tastemaker freestyle platforms, including BlackBox and Trill V, the duo garnered an impressive  25,000+ streams on their debut collaboration ‘Think Twice’ creating a formula that has gone from strength to strength.

Setting a high president  OG BLACKS and OLZ momentum continues into 2019 with their scorcher  ‘Walk Through’. Check out the video below:

EP Review: The Flux Session – Any Gama

New York’s Jazz Fusion Group ANY GAMA makes no apologies for what they stand for and jam out their own pieces as well as leaving a distinct mark on classics through their latest EP entitled, ‘The Flux Session.’

Led and founded by Israeli pianist Roni GBZ Jr, ANY GAMA gives a rather upbeat introduction through ‘Running Away’ where the bold and the flirtatious trumpets takes the limelight with raciness yet elegant presence of the piano keys providing the perfect bluesy backdrop.

While more of their original pieces such as ‘Boredom of a Friday’s Afternoon’ and ‘Softly Touching’ provides the stunningly tranquil side of the collection, the epic moment (personally) lies with their interpretation of David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’, a  tranquil piano-led piece, in which the trumpets gives an euphoric build up while not straying too far away from the 70s classic.

This instrumental EP does very well without utilising any vocals, as each instrument in all the arrangements take their place to convey the message that’s more prominent than any spoken word.

Have a listen to ‘The Flux Session’ below: