EP Review: Perpendicular – Amani

She has been described as a ‘ unusual and creative individual that represents the new generation of songwriters, dabbling in captivating concepts and emotive industrial soundscapes.’

If I were to describe AMANI‘s debut EP ‘Perpendicular’ on a spot, to be honest, I would struggle –  miserably –  but I’ll do my damn best to give you an overall picture. Released earlier this month, the five-piece collection can be described as a melting pot of raw emotions that’s more than ready to overspill, represented by the full force of hauntingly dense bass that travels with the dramatically melancholic overtones.

With the dense drive easing up, ‘Perpendicular’ does on a smooth note, offering up infectious laid-back numbers sporting a smooth electronic groove.

This EP, particularly the first half, cannot be pinned down to a particular genre – which makes it instantly appealing. I love the fact that AMANI creates such a fascination and thirst, making me want to seek out her forthcoming material.

She’s definitely the one to watch – check it out.

Must Listens: Feathers Falling, Transform

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Song of the Day: Zoombies – Jay Boogie Bawse x Keet Kolbang

Beanstock Records recruits, JAY BOOGIE BAWSE and KEET KOLBANG, deliver something very spooky to today hotspot, packaged over a six-minute seriously head-rolling sizzler entitled ‘Zoombies’.

This one was for Halloween (yes, I know I’m late), but it doesn’t mean you can’t check it out now? Go ahead and press that play button…

Song of the Day: Space – The Gloomies

California-based indie-pop duo THE GLOOMIES grace their presence on NEW LEASE MUSIC with single ‘Space’.

The new track is a lush reverb-drenched power ballad-esque duet between the Gloomies’ Andy Craig and guest vocalist Madeline Follin (Cults). This special collaboration was mixed by Cults’ songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Brian Oblivion with additional assistance by producer/engineer Shane Stoneback.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED – have a listen now!

New Track: I Want You – JAS x Mpho (ft. Nevita)

Within two weeks of featuring track ‘Hell Or Heaven’, J.A.S makes his presence known, teaming up with long-term collaborator Mpho with a seriously dope house number entitled, ‘I Want You.’

The three-minute sultry club filler features the smooth vocals of Nevita, who previously lent her voice to J.A.S‘ track, ‘The Moment‘.

J.A.S and Mpho previously stole the limelight with track, ‘Set Me Free‘ which was named Song of the Month by the blog in April.

Here’s your chance to check out the masters at work…and if you like what you hear, head over the Soundcloud and get your copy for FREE!

New Music Video: Survive – Hollie Cook

Hot off the heels of two sold out shows in London and L.A., West London native HOLLIE COOK  unveiled more from her forthcoming third LP by dropping the double-A single ‘Freefalling’ / ‘Survive’.

The tropical pop princess has already cemented her position as one to watch this year after signing to the American indie label Merge Records and releasing the lead single ‘Angel Fire’. The first taste from the album received rave reviews from international outlets ranging from Mass Appeal, Clash and Je Ne Sais Pop and was playlisted over the summer on BBC Radio. Her vibrant, spirited take on lovers rock radiates positivity, allowing her to transcend the confines of a genre.

‘Freefalling’ finds Hollie’s sultry vocals positioned against a skanking rocksteady beat, alluring synths and a crooning brass section. The result is a life-affirming feel good jam which exudes enough warmth to keep burning all autumn long. Despite singing of the intricacies of heartbreak an unwavering sense of bliss prevails throughout.

As well as touring the world for years with Ari Up in the pioneering female punk band The Slits, Cook previously collaborated with renowned dub producer Prince Fatty on her first two solo albums – the self-titled debut and the acclaimed follow-up ‘Twice’. Singles such as ‘Milk & Honey’ and ‘That Very Night’ saw Hollie gain critical exposure via BBC Radio 1, BBC 6 Music, 1Xtra and Radio X, culminating in a hypnotic appearance on the prestigious “Later…With Jools Holland”. Having now enlisted the esteemed producer Martin “Youth” Glover to oversee her latest LP – whose credits include U2, Paul McCartney and Pink Floyd – she’s able to unlock maturity in her ever evolving sound.

With supporters rallying from every corner, including Fred Perry’s Subculture, Jocks & Nerds and Vanity Fair, HOLLIE COOK is gearing up for a triumphant year ahead with the ‘Vessel of Love’ album release on 26th January – so expect to see her on top of the tropical throne of pop in 2018.

If this is your first introduction to this carefree upriser, well here’s your chance to watch the video to ‘Survive.’