Harleighblu & Bluestaeb Take A Stand On Cat Calling In ‘Call’

After appearing on the blog’s SOTD hot spot last week, UK R&B singer HARLEIGHBLU  and neo-soul & hip-hop producer BLUESTAEB circle back with anti-harassment empowerment anthem ‘Call’, the forth single off upcoming joint album ‘She’, out on October 11th 2019.

On a funk infused production courtesy of BLUESTAEB, HARLEIGHBLU takes a stand against cat calling: “We as women constantly have to deal with unwanted attention and aggressive pursuit when we do our thing and this song is a cheerful ‘talk to the hand’, a reminder that we don’t have to entertain such behaviour. Ladies, our journey is a long walk so let this song be the soundtrack to your stride, nothing can stop you especially not the unwanted advances from Mr.Basic”

After HARLEIGHBLU heard BLUESTAEB‘s music at Camden’s Jazz Café in 2016, the multinational duo decided to search for new ways to express their common love for uncompromised hip-hop and R&B. BLUESTAEB’s soulful approach to beat making complemented Harleighblu’s vocals perfectly as she staked her claim on the neo soul and hip-hop territory she always identified with. Hailed as an up and coming ‘queen of soul’ with references to Nina Simone, Lauryn Hill and Amy Winehouse, HARLEIGHBLU’s signature sound has matured into a frank, self-possessed voice, bringing us honest, feminine, yet unrepentant lyrical touches.

Additionally, the Paris and Berlin based producer BLUESTAEB made his name through his releases via German tastemaker label Jakarta Records, where he released alongside Kaytranada, Ta-Ku and Mura Masa. Both his solo and collaboration projects have been internationally praised for their warm characteristic sound, receiving airplays on Soulection, BBC 1, Rinse.FM and many more.

With a full collaboration album set to drop in this month, HARLEIGHBLU and BLUESTAEB continue to impress with their seamless musical chemistry and mutual passion for classic R&B and hip hop. ‘Call’ provides a taste for what’s to come from the 13-track stoke of genius, ‘She’.

Check it out below…

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Song of the Day: Mood – JUJ

With tremendous passion and unstoppable drive, 19-year-old JUJ is proof in the power of believing in yourself against all fear and doubt. At age 17, the Philadelphia-bred singer/songwriter dropped out of high school and moved to L.A. on her own, despite having no family members or friends in town. Just as she’d started to establish herself in the music scene there, an untreated case of Lyme disease forced her to move back home and put her dreams on hold. Shaken but still determined, JUJ returned to L.A. as soon as she’d recovered, pushing forward with her music and quickly setting to work on an addictive selection of songs announcing her as a bold new voice of empowerment for her generation and beyond.

JUJ partly attributes her strength and determination to her mother, a former dancer who immigrated from Brazil to the U.S. at age 18. “She grew up so poor and moved here with $100 in her pocket, without really speaking any English at all,” says JUJ. “Knowing that she was able to do that was a big inspiration for me when I started to think about moving to L.A.” Raised on the Brazilian music her mother played at home, JUJ grew up singing in the church choir and took up piano at age 7. An accomplished theater actor, she developed her stunning vocal range in part by performing at her hometown’s famed Walnut Street Theatre, and at age 13 won a major singing competition at the legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem.

By the time she started high school, JUJ had begun writing her own songs, as well as drawing attention online with her YouTubecovers of everything from “House of the Rising Sun” to Amy Winehouse’s rendition of “Valerie.” Songwriting soon became a crucial emotional outlet for JUJ, especially when one of her best friends died suddenly of a heart condition at age 15. “My favourite song I’ve ever written was for him,” JUJ points out. “A lot of the lyrics are about getting through the grieving process, and I wrote it without really thinking about it ever having an audience—I just wanted to create something that felt truthful to what I was feeling at the time.”

Produced by Essancy, the new single ‘Mood,’ is a quiet, powerful slow-burner that sheds light on the struggles JUJ faced in leaving home. “In my town everyone tends to follow one path, so when you decide to go off and do something different, you get a lot of people telling you how it’s never going to work,” says JUJ, “This is the story of my move at 17 years old across the country to chase a dream and do whatever it takes with any sacrifice necessary.”

With a magnetic blend of R&B and urban pop, JUJ is a force-of-nature type energy and effortlessly exudes charisma, soulful sensitivity, daring East Coast grit, and—perhaps most powerfully—a commanding vocal presence she’s honed by singing her entire life.

Absolutely stunning…here’s your chance to check out ‘Mood’ below:

New Music Video: You Saw The Devil In Me – Liam Bailey

Nottingham soul musician LIAM BAILEY is marching on with his highly anticipated comeback, already garnering support from Clash Magazine, Complex, BBC 1Xtra, Earmilk and SoulBounce, among others, as he gears up to release his fourth studio EP titled Brand New on February 1, 2019. Today, he double backs with the EP’s excellent second single ‘You Saw The Devil In Me’ and its accompanying visuals, premiered via Billboard.

Written by LIAM BAILEY and produced by frequent collaborator on this new project, Rich Cooper, whose previous production credits include work for Banks, Lucy Rose, Billie Marten and Tom Odell, ‘You Saw The Devil In Me’ is an introspective and thought-provoking piano ballad backed by minimalist yet stirring string arrangements and gospel choral backing vocals, over which LIAM BAILEY bares his heart out, about facing his inner demons.

The visuals for ‘You Saw The Devil In Me’ see Liam Bailey collaborating once again with James Beale, who directed the video for his recent single ‘Brother, Why You Gotta Love Her’ featuring Maverick Sabre. Beale also directed the visuals for Temples’ ‘Strange Or Be Forgotten’ and Lion’s ‘Self Control’, as well as previous work for Adidas, Meadowlark and River Island. Filmed in Bulgaria, the visuals are stripped back, and allow for the record to take centre stage and grip the audience.

From his debut EPs, which were released by Amy Winehouse, his UK top 5 single with Chase & Status, and his seminal debut album, to collaborations with the likes of Gorillaz and Salaam Remi, touring with Paloma Faith and Ellie Goulding, and support from Annie Mac, Zane Lowe and Jools Holland, LIAM BAILEY continues to be one of the finest voices and purest talents in British soul…check out the video below…

New Music Video: Special – Liv Lovelle

‘Special’ is the new single from London artist LIV LOVELLE. The tracks follow ‘Won’t Say Too Much’ and ‘All That Matters’ which saw Liv gain Spotify New Music Friday support across 8 countries as well as Apple’s ‘Best Of The Week’. To date her work has been streamed into the hundreds of thousands and has seen tastemaker support from the likes of Popjustice and The Line Of Best Fit.

With delicate influences of 1960’s Motown, 70’s soul and 90’s R&B, the latest release reflects a new sense of purpose and direction for Liv who elegantly combines smoky R&B vocals with a pure pop sensibility. Mentored by Nick Gatfield, who has guided the careers of music icons like Radiohead and Amy Winehouse, Liv is rapidly finding her own individual niche in the world of pop.

Check out the new video to her single below:

New Music Video: Think Of Me – Jeorgia

Vocal powerhouse JEORGIA delivers stripped-back sultry vocals in her retrospective single ‘Think Of Me’. Reflecting on the turmoil of past relationships JEORGIA delves into an introspective mind-set as she reiterates the million-dollar question; does he still ‘Think Of Me’.

Her emotive vocals echo through the depths of the track, which is laced with a crisp yet delicate tone that showcases her fine tuned vocal range. The stripped back, piano-led instrumental remains the backdrop of the track and the isolation of her vocals creates a sense of vulnerability, yet a strong sense of strength rises through as her compelling tone is given the space to shine.

JEORGIA‘s incredible vocal ability is unquestionable and the south London native was the one of the first artists to be signed to the recently created Amy Winehouse Management. Having built a loyal following via the release of standout YouTube covers, she also received recognition on Link Up TV where she performed her own renditions of Adele’s ‘Someone Like You’ on the hugely popular ‘Behind Barz’ series.

Music is the catalyst that fuels JEORGIA’s creativity and her stunning voice harbours her passion for the art. Delving into the realities of moving on and heartbreak ‘Think Of Me’ paints the perfect picture

Check it out!