Song of the Day: Sleepless Nights – Emmett Lucius Pharaoh

Featuring echoes of lone guitar riffs, later joined by melodic tones given off by the piano keys, EMMETT LUCIUS PHARAOH‘s bittersweet single, ‘Sleepless Nights’, encourages us to delve into the deeper part of our consciousness – even if we look vulnerable and flawed.

Speaking of his release, the rapper/singer says: “The song truly symbolises a certain weight I’ve been carrying around for years. Being able to decorate my sorrow in such a way really means a lot. Having the courage to put myself out there like this is what is most meaningful to me.”

This track was created with the intention of being heard alone, in your safe space – where you go to cry, smile, think, meditate. That place is where you can experience the full meaning and impact of  ‘Sleepless Nights’…check out the accompanied video below…

Flaws Shares Dreamy Single, ‘It’s Getting Dark’

Rotterdam-based indie-electronic singer-songwriter and producer, Daan Havenith -who goes under the moniker FLAWS – kicks off 2021 with new single, ‘It’s Getting Dark.’

The concept for this single originated when Flaws came across a song by girldontcry on Soundcloud. The track immediately sparked his imagination, influencing Flaws to produce his own perspective by sampling the original vocals while adding his own creative arrangements and personal, relatable verses to it. The humble guitar melodies, the melancholic soundscapes, and the personal, emotive, yet raw-sounding verses all alternate beautifully with the girldontcry sample.

Having released multiple EPs, remixes, and covers on bitbird since his discovery by San Holo a couple of years back, ‘It’s Getting Dark’ is Flaws’ first release on bitbird since his acoustic cover of DROELOE’s ‘I CAN’T WAIT,’ released in the early stages of 2020’s first lockdown.

Have a listen to ‘It’s Getting Dark’, one of Flaws’ most personal, expressive and creative work to date…

Realma Shares Cinematic Debut Single ‘A Hint of Pink’ In Response To Trauma

Gazing through the emblematic lens of neo-symbolism, REALMA‘s debut single, ‘A Hint of Pink’ mystifies artists’ bittersweet bonds to their creation. Exploring one’s artistic process, the meta-song is a call for mesmerizing beauties still out-of-reach in premature artworks.

At its core, however, the single is motivated by the artist’s turbulent response to a Covid-19 police mishandling she experienced when arriving home from studies abroad. The chorus in particular alludes to wolf howls, representing the desire to summon creative conditions in place of a broken reality:

Realma says: “Something horrifying happened upon the initial lockdown, when my safety was put at risk by those that should’ve helped. My need to overcome this trauma gave charge to the single’s distinctive atmosphere, being rendered into a rustic melody that is both haunting and victorious.” 

Realma

Realma’s debut also marks the beginning of her long-term audiovisual collaboration with an international group of talented young artists. The first result will be the animated music video by Mihajlo Dragaš, who has, among other awards, received the Golden Plaque of Belgrade and the Distinction Award at Athens ANIMFEST. After the music video release on 5th February, the interpretations of the music will extend into a dance video and a comic
booklet.

Look out Realm’s next release this spring, which will probe into obsessive relationships through the musical style of film-noir. For now, listen to ‘A Hint Of Pink’.

Sal Dulu Drops Track ‘Girl’, Ahead Of Album

Tipped Dublin-based producer/musician, SAL DULU shares his rather mercurial single, ‘Girl’. The new cut comes off the back of recent singles ‘B’ and ‘Alien Boy 96’ which have found tips from Complex, NTS Radio, The Line of Best Fit and DJ Booth.

Stylistically, ‘Girl’ segues once again with Sal Dulu latching onto distorted beat loops and twinkling piano segments. Whereas ‘Alien Boy 96’ mined a sound affiliated with warm-hued, ambient nostalgia and ‘B’ found collaboration with Richmond, Virginia-based artist, Koncept Jackson, ‘Girl’ harnesses an array of off-kilter rhythms and jazz-indebted sensibilities.

Out today on your preferred music platform, ‘Girl’ is taken from his forthcoming debut album, ‘Xompulse’ which is set for self-release via his own Duluoz Records on 19th February.

Get the first taste of the album below…

Tik Tok Sensation Lubalin Debuts New Single, ‘Long Txts’

LUBALIN has debuted his new single ‘Long Txts’, a smooth genre-bending hip-hop track – written and produced by the self-taught Montreal-based creator and artist – who writes, composes, produces, and records all of his own music.

On the release of his new single, ‘Long Txts,’ Lubalin shares: “Sometimes we try to simplify complicated things, and in the end, it only makes them more complicated. The song starts out clean and tidy, reflecting this desire to keep everything simple. But it won’t hold for long. By the time we reach the chorus, the song is erupting. The chorus is so eager to explode that it comes in a whole measure early.”

At the close of 2020, Lubalin skyrocketed to viral TikTok fame overnight thanks to his two original Internet Drama videos (here and here) that have amassed 53 million views, 12.8 million likes, and gained him 1.8 million followers on the platform in only a matter of weeks.

Stay tuned for much more to come from the multi-talented artist who is planning a series of new releases for 2021, including singles, EPs, and videos.

‘Long Txts’, is now available on all digital streaming platforms now via Cult Nation/The Orchard. Check it out below…