Song of the Day: Live With It – Kim Kazee

KIM KAZEE‘s single, ‘Live with It’ is a personal, raw statement about the struggle of feeling alone with your thoughts, and it’s vast and skillful creation paired with Kimi’s melancholy and poignant lyricism make this single an instant standout for the up and coming pop artist.

Although she may be a fresh, new artist, Kimi Kazee has a unique sound all her own and is crashing into the music industry. With her background in audio production, Kimi creates every beat from scratch and developed her craft during her post-secondary education. Kimi started her career in 2017 and her songs always come back to identity, individual growth, complicated relationship dynamics and mental health.

Have a listen to one of her works below…

Blaq Jerzee Drops Latest Single, ‘6AM’ From Upcoming Album ‘East Meets West’

A vitalising release from the West African Blaq Jerzee as he meets the Eastern side once again for the ground-breaking upcoming album ‘East Meets West’. Teaming up with Tanzanian hit maker Blackbeat, it’s a relaxing and emotionally rich track assisting the build-up to the long-awaited project.

Previously a top producer in the scene, Blaq Jerzee has switched roles displaying his astonishing talent as a front man and vocalist. As this album is accumulating, we recently were gifted the release of ‘Sokoma’ and ‘Falling for you’, which has achieved 2 million streams on Spotify alone. Gaining recognition across editorial playlists such as ‘African Heat’.

With the switch to artist, Blaq Jerzee is collaborating with chief beatmaker Blackbeat for ‘6am’. A clear display of the East meeting the West, Blackbeat from Tanzania brings his native and trademark ‘Bongo Flava’ sound to the ‘Afrobeat’ sound of the West. This hybrid is what the album is all about and a truly pioneering step for the scene.

Lush on the ears, ‘6am’ has lots of movement whilst also remaining effortless and seductive. An eclectic arrangement of sounds and instruments, sophisticated saxophones and dreamy synthetic melodies. Combined with Blaq Jerzee’s smooth and signature vocals that are entirely cohesive with the summery track.

Have a listen to ‘6AM’ below…

Genre-Bending Duo Pink Elefants Drops Single, ‘Foolish’ + Video

Packed with funky guitar licks, atmospheric hip-hop beats, swooning synths and catchy pop melodies, ‘Foolish’, the latest single from PINK ELEFANT which illustrates their effortless ability to incorporate a wide range of inspiration into one song. Lyrically, the song is an ode to authenticity, specifically as it pertains to dating. Breaking down the meaning behind the conversational-styled lyrics, the duo says, “the song is simply saying, ‘hey, I am not like those other guys, you know, the type who hit you up at 3am.’ This is an anthem to the people who are authentic and who will actually work for the ones they love.”

Pink Elefants is the project of long-time friends Finch (Flores) and Illeven (Joshua Matthew). Previously performing in the rock/metal band Megosh, the duo created Pink Elefants as an outlet to explore other genres and, in the process, quickly became experts at defying genre boundaries, pulling widely from a plethora of influences. The band name was inspired by the “Pink Elephants on Parade” sequence in Disney’s Dumbo (1941) and much like the transformation of the elephants in that scene, the band’s ethos is to be ever-evolving with their sound and the world around them.

The band made their debut as Pink Elefants in 2019 and have continued to pump out a steady stream of singles since. Pink Elefants’ true passion lies in the creation of the music — “writing together brings back a lot of the fun for us,” they say. “The limitations are removed and we can just write without worrying too much about all the other hoopla that comes along with being in a musical entity with business-like endeavors. This project is a dream team of passionate and hungry musical virtuosos.”

Check out the video for ‘Foolish’ below…

Bonetired Shares Brand New Single, ‘Part Time Chase.’

BONETIRED‘s new single, ‘Part-Time Chase’ is a catchy yet sultry pop-ballad, with a lyrical hook, brought together with a feel-good rugged, dirty bass.

Dan Puckey, the lead singer, said: “This track has been in the making for two years from pure blood, sweat and tears from all of us in the band. We wanted this track to highlight how far we’ve come as a band and create a track that people want to listen to on repeat”.

Formed in early 2018, within months Bonetired had filled venues in their hometown in Cornwall and earned a reputation as one of the most exciting acts to emerge from the South-West English music scene. Their debut single ‘Embers’, released in November 2018, was added to Spotify’s Discover Weekly and New Music Release Radar which then went on to reach 50k streams over multiple streaming platforms, and reached over 80 countries.

Bonetired’s diverse dynamic sound along with their high-octane individual performances have helped the band quickly get regularly handpicked by BBC Introducing to play at various festivals. To date, the band has played 100+ gigs, which includes touring over the Netherlands, Belgium and the UK, including headlining Princess Pavilions in Falmouth.

So here’s your chance to hear the rockers-on-the-rise; have a listen to ‘Part Time Chase’ below…

Song of the Day: Menace – BXKS

Hailing from Northampton via Luton, BXKS is a sonic breath of fresh air in the UK rap scene. Her astonishingly quickfire bars and a slick, sharp assurance alongside genre bending and experimental beats full of dreamy samples are all heard through her single, ‘Menace’ produced by P-rallel.

Speaking on ‘Menace’ BXKS says: “Menace is a story about me. It’s about me being aware of my abilities and doing what needs to be done to accomplish my set goal – “please don’t play me”. It’s also a rhetorical question to the listeners :). The artwork (by cocoa juice) is based on “neon genesis” the anime.”

‘Menace’ forms part of BXKS’ debut mixtape ‘Full Time Daydreamer’ released on Friday, 11th June via Marathon Artists. Including previous singles ‘Packed In’ and ‘Work Like ft. KISH!’ which were widely supported by i-D, Target, Mary Anne Hobbs, Jamz Supernova and Rinse FM (playlisted twice), ‘Full Time Daydreamer’ is an eclectic eight-track “playful playlist” crafted mainly with producers TK and P-rallel, lyrically covering everything from rap brags to being broke, all with a bouncy, deft ease to her delivery, mirroring the fun escapist world BXKS wants the tape to represent.

Here’s your first taste to the mixtape; have a listen to ‘Menace’.