Song of the Day: Joji Redback – Sa Mère

On the heels of his highly-anticipated sophomore EP, A Stranger Everywhere, French/Australian Montreal-based singer JOJI REDBACK has released a brand-new music video for the project’s latest single, ‘Sa Mère.’

Though he’s been releasing music since 2017, Joji began to blow up late last year after releasing the lead single off 2021’s A Stranger Everywhere, ‘Puerto.’ The infectious tune was added to Spotify’s coveted Discover Weekly playlists and quickly racked up over 160,000+ Spotify streams alone, contributing to his 250,000+ total across all platforms.

The 24-year-old musician began making music at the mere age of six, but it wasn’t until his late adolescence that he began playing the drums and recording his vocals. Once he turned 19, music became Joji’s life.

While living in Canada, the ambitious singer has stayed true to his French roots throughout his career by releasing a mix of French and English singles and EPs. Though A Stranger Everywhere highlights the young virtuoso’s sound as a singer and rapper, his overall approach to music is extremely versatile, as he intertwines various styles with different upbeat house tempos.

Following the release of 2018’s debut LP, Aminals, this year’s sophomore full-length offering of A Stranger Everywhere was first developed in early 2019 after an unexpected surge of creativity and recording a mass number of demos — each, for the most part, covering a different genre.

Though the musician intended to make the release as versatile as possible, he wanted it to give him a core identity: a troubled yet talented musician, with no real roots or ties to a specific place.

Expanding upon that “core identity,” Joji said: “By the age of 19 years old, I had already lived on four different continents. I was born in Australia; moved to Paris as a child; moved to Hong Kong as a teenager; then moved to Canada as a young adult.”

Though the culturally-enriched artist said there were “so many benefits of growing up in different corners of the world” — including learning about all of the different musical styles he’s covered — he admitted to not knowing where “home” really is.

That feeling of being lost is exactly why Joji decided to not only call the new eight-track album A Stranger Everywhere, but why he recorded half of it in French and half in English. “I’ve grown to feel comfortable in many places, but (I have) the frustration of not feeling attached to one particular place,” said Joji. “I feel comfortable singing/rapping on many different styles of music… But along the same lines, this is the reason why I decided to have half of the EP in English and the other half in French.”

‘Sa Mère’ and ‘A Stranger Everywhere’ are available now.

Song of the Day: Talk About Love – 5omerset

Sparked by journeys with partners and great friends, 5OMERSET perfectly captures the feelings of love and nostalgia in single, ‘Talk About Love’. Oozing delicately smooth synth-pop arrangements, the single is about standing together as a team after time and hardships pass. “I think about my 10+ year long relationship and all the ups and downs we have been through together’, says 5omerset.

‘Talk About Love’ is 5omerset’s second release of 2021…check it out below….

Song of the Day: Winter Time (2 AM) – King Sway

Farai Gwasira, otherwise known as KING SWAY, presents his self-produced single, ‘Winter (2 AM)’, a soothing afterhours joint that takes you on a heart wrenching journey of what was, what could have been and what should have been. The evocative track outlines the story of a relationship turned sour and the thoughts and emotions of an embattled heart that yearns for what it lost.

Born in Zimbabwe, now residing in Canada, King Sway started out in 2018, pushing out ten singles in two years. Known for his witty wordplay, Sway’s sound transcends any particular genre, crossing over from pop rap to trap, dancehall, R&B and Pop. He sites Drake, Lil Wayne, Big Sean, Tory Lanez and local musicians as influences on his style and music. He is also one of the hosts on the CBC series, Stuffed.

‘Winter Time (2 AM)’ is now available on all good DSPs and through his label, King Sway Music. Why not check it out below…

Song of the Day: Sad Boys – Tamara Grace

Canadian singer-songwriter TAMARA GRACE‘s shimmering pop anthem ‘Sad Boys’, expertly combines her empowered attitude, bold lyricism, and stunning vocals with an immaculately bright, catchy sound.

Tamara was drawn to music at a young age and would describe herself as “shy girl with a big dream”. As a toddler, her parents recite her constantly tapping her fingers over a paper piano she came across in a magazine and reciting jingles played on the television. Her love for music was a natural development. She grew up surrounded by various music styles such as Pop, R&B, Hip Hop/Rap, Jazz, Country and Classical, all of which have hugely influenced her sound today.

Using her music as a platform to maintain a conversation on mental health, Tamara Grace frequently finds solace in song writing and is not afraid to address and share her own personal aperture. Speaking more on this, Tamara Grace states:

“I was often bullied as a child, which made me grow up with insecurities and developing anxiety and depression. Rather than hanging out with friends, I would find myself alone in my bedroom. I’d write my feelings and thoughts down in my journal. It was a safe place, where I had full control of what was around me. I never spoke about my feelings to anyone, including my family and friends so writing was my way of coping with my emotions. Journals quickly evolved into songs and poetry at the age of 8. It started with me using my hands to create a simple beat. And with that alone, I would write a melody.”

After years of jotting down her emotions into her journal, Tamara began taking her song writing craft more seriously at 11, when she wrote her first song ‘Rainbow’. Using music to help acknowledge her emotions, heal anxiety, depression and discover who she is, Tamara hopes that her music will have the same effect on others.

Now, returning with ‘Sad Boys’, Tamara showcases the crafty and mature songwriter she has become. Speaking more on the release, Tamara explained:

“Sad boys” is a part of a miniseries called “Welcome Class of 2005”. This song is the first part of the 3-part song series. “Sad Boys” speaks about a girl who has quite a reputation for being the girl that every boy wants. For amusement, she enjoys flirting and seducing boys she finds she can take advantage of. Whenever she comes out empty, she stomps on their hearts and moves on to the next boy in line. One day, the boys overheard each other’s conversations and realized they’ve all gotten their hearts broken by the same girl. They start to hang out, compare notes and all decide to plot a revenge scheme on her. They agreed the best way for her to learn her lesson is to use her own plan against her. The scheme is a huge success, and she suffers as a result. Broken-hearted, she exits the school grounds and heads home to her bedroom. She grabs her teddy bear, Stella, and spends her days and nights screaming and crying till she feels emotionally numb.

Tamara looks to 2021 with positive energy as it’s set to be a huge year for the young singer songwriter. Check her out below…

Song of the Day: Same Window – Nick Brewer x Phil Simmonds

Continuing their burgeoning musical alliance, UK Hip Hop vocalist, NICK BREWER‘s (pictured) and critically acclaimed songwriter and producer, Phil Simmonds’ second single together, ‘Same Window’, elicits the same soulful yet expressive sound the two talented artists have forged across their collaboration. The flow of effortless vocals from Nick and the production prowess of Phil makes for a unique project that’s hard to ignore. The track is taken from their 5-track EP collaboration, out now.

The second single to my upcoming EP alongside Phil Simmonds contains the first lyrics written in the first lockdown last year. That feeling of being stuck in the same spot, not knowing where to move to, but a feeling of hope deep down – Nick Brewer

Prolific British songwriter and record producer, Phil Simmonds began his career as a live musician and later musical director for major players such as Jessie J, Angel Haze, Zak Abel and Leona Lewis. Finding his strength in collaborations and producing full projects, Phil then went on to produce Eryn Allen Kane’s critically acclaimed ‘A Tree Planted By Water’ project as well as the debut album for Lily Papas and further writing/producing credits for Prince Fox, Olivia O’Brien, Iyamah, Desi Valentine, Stan Taylor and a host of others.

Gaining widespread acclaim in 2015 for his UK top 20 single ‘Talk To Me’ featuring Bibi Bourelly, East London based rapper, Nick Brewer has continued to solidify his presence within UK grime since he burst onto the scene in 2010 and quickly became known for his ability to effortlessly flow with tongue-swirling efficiency.

With a steady stream of releases over the last decade, Nick has worked alongside some of the UK’s largest names in the industry, including Stormzy, Naomi Scott, Little Simz, George the Poet, Barney Artist, Ruby Maze, Kinnship and Tink who featured on his 2015 ‘Warning Light’ EP.

This versatile collaborative project between Nick Brewer and Phil Simmonds showcases a different side to their creativity, an exciting taster of what’s to come. Check out ‘Same Window’ below…