Song of the Day: Russian Roulette – Sub Blue (ft. Incisive & Caleb Femi)

SUB BLUE continues to offer a fresh take on chilled out, alternative introspective R&B with single ‘Russian Roulette’.

Already championed by a diverse set of influential platforms ranging from Complex to BBC 1Xtra to Spotify, as well as amassing over half a million streams on his first few single releases, Sub Blue teases his die-hard fans with his first single of the year, ahead of his forthcoming project ‘Wilfully Blind’.

Featuring West London rapper Incisive acclaimed poet Caleb Femi, and produced by fellow Liverpudlian and long-time collaborator XamVolo, ‘Russian Roulette’ offers another cautionary tale, directly following on from previous release, ‘Think We’re Fine’.

Produced by Concrete Films and directed and conceptualised by Liam Broughton of The Playmaker Group, The visual for ‘Russian Roulette’ plays into this message, examining drug culture and self-destruction.

Check it out below…

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New Music Video: Not What I Thought – Amaal

Canadian-based singer/songwriter AMAAL has revealed an emotional new single titled ‘Not What I Thought’. The bass thumping ballad documents the reminiscence of love in the past tense. This first single comes with a stunning music video shot in an otherworldly location and directed by Sean Brown (Daniel Caesar, K. Roosevelt) along with AMAAL’s creative direction. The video follows the Somali-born singer in various breathtaking landscapes courtesy of Sister Nature.

The young songbird has been widely described as the epitome of female empowerment, shown through her music such as the inspiring ‘Scream’ released back in late summer 2017. AMAAL  also scored recognition with single, ‘Words Revealed’ which generated 200,000 YouTube hits within its first three months of release, and has inspired cover versions by fans. ‘Mufasa’ is considered her most viral song to date with views and streams accumulated to over two million.

To add to her already impressive discography, AMAAL is currently working on an EP, which no doubt will continues her self-exploration of being woman in today’s world. Check out the video to her latest offering below:

Song of the Day: Made For Me – David Versis

Slick spitter DAVID VERSIS features on today’s hotspot with smooth banger, ‘Made For Me.’

This new solo must listen mixes downtempo trap percussion with an upbeat classic hip-hop swing to match the vibes in the verse and chorus.

David’s work as a producer has seen him working alongside artists such as Wiz Khalifa, Yo Gotti, T.I. among others and landed him a Grammy nomination for Wiz Khalifa’s ‘Blacc Hollywood’.

So you’re not messing with some hungry one-hit wonder…it’ll be a crying shame if you pass this one up.

Song of the Day: Jaws of Love

‘Jaws Of Love’ is the latest single by Local Natives’ Kelcey Ayer solo project, JAWS OF LOVE.

The delicately powerful piece is the first release from his upcoming album, ‘Tasha Sits Close to the Piano’, set for release via House Arrest digitally on September 22nd, with its gatefold coloured vinyl release available in the UK on 3rd November.

The first solo project  sees Ayer – the songwriter/vocalist/pianist of the critically acclaimed L.A. band (Local Natives) – hone in on his master craft: the emotive piano ballad as highlighted on the five-piece’s well-received second album, ‘Hummingbird’.

The talented singer-songwriter will play his debut solo headline show on 21st September at The Masonic Lodge, Hollywood Forever Cemetery in L.A with plans to take his compelling live set to the UK and Europe in Autumn.

JAWS OF LOVE‘s upcoming album  is the first taste of Kelcey Ayer’s solo adventure…so go on, have a listen!

Album Review: Eight Days A Week – King Blitz

After a loooong spell away from the scene, KING BLITZ came back bolder with track, ‘That’s Real’, featured on NEW LEASE MUSIC back in January. Now the Indiana wordsmith is keeping the momentum at full speed with his ten-track album, ‘Eight Days A  Week’, released late last month.

A downtempo and menacing bass dominates and runs riot in the latest project, where this young emcee slams down his flow at varying speed. Somehow this smooth operator always comes out on top as his spats seamlessly weave throughout in every single track – well I guess that’s why he’s called KING BLITZ!

There’s some real gems in this set for those who are into alternative hip-hop; go and check it!

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