Nezsa Takes Revenge On An Ex-Lover On Alt-R&B Single, ‘Trouble’

Having recently been selected as the next ‘Africa Rising’ artist by Apple Music, on the back of the success of her latest single ‘Break’, which has garnered over 100K plays online, and been spotlighted on Apple Music’s ‘New Music Daily’ and ‘R&B Now’, and Spotify’s ‘Fresh Finds’ and ‘Mood Ring’, alternative R&B singer and songwriter NEZSA is back again with an exquisite new single titled ‘Trouble’.

Taken from her anticipated sophomore EP To All The Heartbreakers, which arrives in the summer, ‘Trouble’ is a brilliant genre-bending R&B offering, driven by Nezsa’s enchanting voice, layered harmonies and vivid storytelling lyrics. The ethereal track sees the Canada-based Nigerian rising star standing up to a toxic ex-lover, and pushing back against their cheating, gaslighting and lying ways, over lush synth keys, infectious 808 drum patterns, and a glorious saxophone arrangement that perfectly punctuates the track.

Speaking about the inspiration behind ‘Trouble’, Nezsa says, “‘Trouble’ came to me so naturally. Gbeduboss sent me the beat and I was immediately enthralled by the heavy baseline and overall dark vibe. The story is inspired by some of my own experiences, but it’s also dedicated ‘To All the Heartbreakers’, just as the EP is named. It’s a very empowering song because it’s about standing up to those who’ve hurt you and reclaiming your agency, finally showing them that you’re not weak. In a way, it’s dark because it seems to celebrate revenge, but I think that functions as a therapeutic form of expression in showing myself and also my listeners the extent of our capabilities”.

Noteworthy for her effortless fusion of alternative R&B and neo-soul, her distinctly unforgettable vocals, and her intricate lyricism, Nezsa first burst onto the scene in the summer of 2019 with her debut tracks ‘Lost’ and ‘Like This?’, which quickly attracted global listeners, and caught the attention of emPawa. Partnering with the Mr Eazi-founded label service, Nezsa released her debut EP Bitter-Sweet last summer to rave reviews from fans and critics alike, before taking a hiatus last year to work on her sophomore EP, which arrives in the summer, led by ‘Break’ and the brand new ‘Trouble’. Check it out below…

Song of the Day: No Caroline (Remix) – ATO x FLOHIO

Rising rapper ATO returns to share a special new remix of his introspective banger ‘no caroline’ with added fire from British-Nigerian artist, rapper and songwriter FLOHIO, landing alongside a fresh docu-style video shot in sun-soaked Leeds and London.

The three-minute production was shot between North-East Leeds (Chapeltown/Potternewton park – the neighbourhood where ATO’s dad lived when he was growing up) and around west London (the first area he lived when he moved to the city at 18), both areas feel like home and provide the perfect visual texture for the rebirth of this track filled with real moments that make up life for ATO. In a serendipitous moment of full circle following the original single taken from ATO’s 2021 EP Side A via MCMXCV that saw him open up and deep dive into his own emotional shortcomings rooted in his experiences, Flohio’s lyrical addition delivers a strong statement of self belief backed up by refresh of ATO’s hook.

Speaking on the remix, ATO says: “When No Caroline was first made, there were a million ideas for which direction to take the song, so a remix felt inevitable. I wanted it to be in the same world of the original but with a new dynamic, to make it feel more like a rebirth than a remix. I’ve loved Flohio’s music for a minute! I believe she is one of the most unique and authentic artists in the UK. Putting Flo on the first verse felt like a natural way to kick off the song with new energy. Once Flo layed her verse, we started looking at ways to tie the new dynamic together. Following Flo, it felt like the hook needed something new. We came up with a response melody that was initially intended for me. Eden ended up laying down the demo and it just felt great, so we kept it that way. This approach captures the process of making the remix: being open minded to completely fresh ideas.”

Leeds-based and of British-Ghanaian-Danish descent, ATO is one of the most exciting new artists on the rise, using his music to reflect on his life and show an alternative side to the London-centric perception of Black Britishness. Bubbling up the scene since his 2019 collaboration ‘falling’ featuring Vic Mensa on his The Fader endorsed EP3, 2021 proved to be his biggest year yet with his acclaimed EP Side A (“Muscle Twitch”, “ziamonds !!”) garnering support from key tastemakers and broadsheets alike including The Observer, The Independent, DJ Target, Crack, Highsnobiety and DJ Mag who nominated him for their Best Of British Awards in the “Breakthrough MC” alongside ENNY, KAM-BU, Nova and DoRoad.

Hailing from Bermondsey, South London , FLOHIO draws inspiration from her surroundings and day-to-day experiences to create a sound that is quintessentially London as it is extra-terrestrial. Since exploding onto the scene in 2018 with her high-octane COLORS performance of ‘Bands’, the South London native has since cemented her status as an unpredictable talent who is as exhilarating as she is impossible to pigeonhole.

Check out the official video for ‘no caroline’ below, directed by Eve Mahoney.

Song of the Day: Time Bomb – Yuki Dreams Again

YUKI DREAMS AGAIN, the grandson of Philadelphia Jazz Icon Charles Biddle, spent the first years of his career producing and writing music for others. He therefore secured song placements with Carnage on his album ‘Battered Bruised & Bloody’ (Mac Miller, Migos & Lil Pump) proving his writing and producing ability among a roster of heavy hitters.

Yuki’s music is defined by genre-fluid ethos powered by his charismatic vocals, singular sound textures, and storytelling that lean on the roads of self-discovery and the resilience of the human spirit and his single ‘Time Bomb’, fully embodies his signature sound.

Yuki’s music was recently picked up by TV show Shameless (Showtime) and Good Trouble (Freeform) and Teen Mom (MTV). In the past year, the Montreal artist tackled many goals including modeling for iconic high fashion store Holt Renfrew and producing an album for Toronto artist Anna Sofia. Collaborators for his upcoming EP include mixing engineer Joe Visciano (Frank Ocean, Blood Orange, SZA), Art Director Guillaume Landry (Skyfall, Soran) and Photographer Austin Banks.

Why not check out the official video for ‘Time Bomb’ below…

Song of the Day: The Door – IMVN

IMVN‘s (pronounced Iman) debut offering ‘The Door’ is a down-tempo, brooding and left-field blend of R&B and electronic music, with the North West London songbird’s melodious vocals glide effortlessly throughout punctuated by harmonic layering and reverb rich moments.

Speaking on ‘The Door’, IMVN says:

“The Door is low-key. It exudes a mental state of indifference. It’s spoken from the perspectives of two people, one who doesn’t want responsibilities and lives in the moment; the other, who’s waiting to be taken seriously and not feel used by others. The Door is a conflict between two incompatible characters who haven’t yet realised it.”

Sonically influenced by the likes of Kate Bush, Mariah Carey and RY X, from a young age IMVN was encouraged by her mother to write songs during the summer holidays. It was these early moments of introspection and dedication to her creativity that she honed her ability to write honestly and relatably. Now at 21 years old and a former dance student, IMVN is most influenced by the unpredictable nature of life – with her music and visuals representing a hybrid of the world around us, ever evolving. A careful and considered artist, everything IMVN creates is done with the utmost care and thought.

Have a listen to her debut below…

Song of the Day: No More Magical – Wax Tailor x Mick Jenkins

Legendary trip-hop producer WAX TAILOR has teamed up with MICK JENKINS for single, ‘No More Magical’, just over one year after the release of his last album, The Shadow Of Their Suns. Languishing and unhurried Wax Tailor and Mick Jenkins present the spirit of disillusionment and the apathy that follows. Harsh and raw, the unflinching lyrics are contrasted against production with nostalgic fragrances of old school hip hop elements.

With seven studio albums and more than 800 concerts in 60 countries and numerous awards, Wax Tailor is recognized as one of the main ambassadors of the electro-hip hop international scene. Wax Tailor’s music videos, directed by Berkay Turk, won prestigious awards including SXSW, NYC, L.A, Cannes Indie Short Awards. His music has been featured in several tastemaker publications including Pitchfork, Mixmag, NME, Wonderland, CLASH Magazine, HiphopDX, XLR8R, Rolling Stone, Pop Matters, Under The Radar and Respect Magazine while receiving radio play from BBC Radio 6 Music, KEXP, KCRW, NME Radio, RADIO EINS and RADIO NOVA, to name a few.

Born in France, near Paris, and currently based in South Africa, Wax Tailor has sold nearly half a million physical copies and holds hundreds of millions of plays on streaming platforms around the world. The works of Wax Tailor calls to mind the likes of Nightmares on Wax, DJ Shadow, RJD2 and The Avalanches.

Featured rapper Mick Jenkins was born in Huntsville, Alabama and is currently based in Chicago, Illinois. The producer is signed to the renowned Cinematic label has previously worked with the likes of Kaytranada, Ghostface Killah, Disclosure and Chance The Rapper amongst others. The producer has earned support from the likes of Medium, NPR, Rolling Stone, NME, Paste Magazine, Complex, Highsnobiety, Flaunt, Hot New Hip Hop, Chicago Sunday Times, Billboard, Pitchfork, Consequence of Sound, Dazed Digital, Spin, Stereogum, Under The Radar, This Song Is Sick, Earmilk, Brooklyn Vegan, XXL Mag, Clash Magazine, The Fader and Magnetic Magazine to name a few. In total, Mick Jenkins has collected over 250 million plays across platforms.

Check out the pair fiery joint below..