Song of the Day: Coconut – Marchelle

MARCHELLE may have a strong jazz background, but the young singer from Seattle has took a strong liking to incorporating hip-hop and R&B with experimental sounds.

Her latest single, ‘Coconut’ encompasses the above combo with a hazy oriental flair. Don’t get too mesmerised by her sugary sweet vocal performance as Marchelle has one VERY CLEAR message in this smooth joint: she’s not playing second fiddle for any dude – so those coconuts are firmly off the menu….

Check out this radio-ready single below.

Amy Swift Delivers Alt-R&B Dreamy Piece, ‘Planet’

AMY SWIFT‘s new single, ‘Planets’ is one blissful slice of ethereal contemporary R&B. She describes Planets as ‘unravelling’ and ‘dreamy’, and ‘Planets’ does exactly that..It beautifully unravels, creating what feels like a luxurious sonic sound bath. ‘It’s about being lost in someone, feeling a connection that’s beyond just the two of you, it’s all consuming, the feeling that you’re both connected to one another on a soul level’

Hailing from South East London, Amy is no rookie to the industry, having written for a plethora of other artists, and fronting Universal-signed electro-soul act Pacific State, it’s evident she is now solidifying herself as a solo artist.

2019 was a really strong year for Amy, she was awarded ‘Artist of The Month’ in September by the iconic Madison Square Gardens Group, supported Natacha Atlas on her European Tour, had features on BBC Radio London along with widespread accolades from the likes of The Guardian, Tom Robinson BBC Radio 6, Fresh On The Net, Earmilk, Pop Dust, and Record of The Day.

‘Planets’ is the next single in a series of work with her and producer ‘Nadeem’. Check it out below…

Song of the Day: Good Talks – Fearing

Formed in 2016, dark post-punk band FEARING was born from an online friendship which quickly blossomed between James Rogers (bass/vocals) and Brian Vega (guitar/vocals). What started as collaborations between the two and their bedroom synth projects; Fearing was formed out of the desire to combine both of their talents and to create something new and fresh in the Bay Area. The addition of Mike Fenton (drums) & Joey Camello (guitar) helped to further expand the sound and depth of the band.

After two sold out EPs and a handful of tours under their belt; their debut LP, ‘Shadow’ – set for release on 10th April – finds the four-piece act further exploring their unique sonic territory, seamlessly blending elements of French coldwave, European post-punk, and the first wave of shoegaze to create something truly unique in today’s rising dark music scene.

The band dropped the lead single from the ten-track album, ‘Good Talks’ which encompasses taking their new-found sound to new heights…check it out below…

Album Review: Insight – Nebr, The Tiger

NEBR, THE TIGER‘s debut album, ‘Insight’ delves into the mind of the Detroit emcee’s random thoughts – from current affairs, his fate in the rap game to that roller coaster feeling in being love.

Starting off on a smooth note, easing into a rich boom-bap tone, the 13-track set goes off on a whirlwind of tones – from Nebr’s take on R&B afterhours to the sporadic and jarring/distorted bass line and tones often coupled with the use of slow motioned techniques. To add to the experimental sound, a nice touch of delicate oriental-esque tones make a brief appearance towards the end of the album. Through the chaotic arrangements, this upriser manages to deliver a very audible flow that’s record-breakingly fast and bang on the money.

‘Insight’ is definitely an album you have to play at least a couple of times to really grasp the concept of the whole collection – once you get, you’ll understand and really appreciate that every element/tones in each track, represents his intricate thoughts. So welcome to the world of Nebr, The Tiger…

Must Listens: R.T.W., These Days, Insight, Different, F.T.L 

J F L E Shares New Single, ‘I Lost My Way’

Hailing from South-East London, 26 year old Joseph Edwards writes and produces under the moniker J F L E – beginning the musical project in 2014 during his university years. Manipulating electronic synthesisers and deep rumbling bass-lines, ‘I Lost My Way’ is a sombre tale of heartache – dealing with the all consuming feeling of lost love.

Speaking of his latest release, Edwards says: “‘I Lost My Way’ is still in some ways a song about devotion, although it is bittersweet – ‘the way you take away the half of me’. These sentiments do remain quite abstract and warped, just as they were whilst they lived within my head. Everything that I write in one way or another seems to deal with feelings of loneliness. It drives and informs everything I create, right from inception. So I better cross my fingers that I don’t meet the right person I guess!”

Creating all of his music from his bedroom, the DIY producer has spent over a decade carefully curating his sound. His intricate soundscapes have garnered praise from the likes of The Guardian (One to Watch), The Skinny, Clash Magazine and EARMILK, as well as winning Fresh Beats 365 ‘Most Musically Innovative Artist’ Award in 2016.

J F L E imbues every release with an intimately curated narrative – with grief and loss at the heart of its artistic core…Have a listen to ‘I Lost My Way’ below…