Song of the Day: Don’t Hold Back – Kaiya

Following her powerful debut in 2020, independent Melbourne based Alt/RnB singer/songwriter KAIYA, returns, baring her soul. Kaiya captivated the hearts of many around the world with her debut single ‘Introspect’, a song written and recorded in lock down to boost the collective morale. Introspect showcased Kaiya’s wisdom and vulnerability, as well as her catchy melodies and heartfelt lyrics. The visual accompaniment brought Introspect to new heights as we watched Kaiya levitate and dance at dusk. In early 2021 Kaiya released a follow up lock down single titled Love which explored the polarities of our human lives, love and fear. Love came at a time when the world needed it most and continues to serve as a voice toward building happier communities.

Her latest single release ‘Don’t Hold Back’ goes on a journey of chasing an emotionally unavailable lover and the transmutation of its subsequent pain, into power. It explores the awakening of self worth through self abandonment and inspires listeners to reflect on their relationship attachments. As part of the release, Kaiya partnered with “The Attachment Project”, an internationally renowned online platform full of resources to heal our unique misunderstandings of love.

Speaking of her single, Kiaya says: “‘Don’t Hold Back’ journeys through my healing of 26 years of unreliable relationships and the effects that had on me in my adulthood. If you feel like you’re attracting the same type of person into your life, maybe it’s time to gently start asking why. More often than not we’re used to re-experiencing our trauma through our relationships and I believe with some work, we can have a whole lot better than that.”

Have a peep at the aminated video for the single below…

Belora Shares Blissful R&B Single, ‘Dear X’

Currently preparing her debut EP, Australian born and bred Pop/RnB artist, BELORA dishes up her debut single and the lead single from the EP, ‘Dear X’, a vibrant, groovy, R&B ode to that someone who is special in your life. It is about longing for someone or something, but that love was unrequited. The use of ‘X’ in the title evokes a sense of mystery and hope whilst enabling the listener to interpret the song and relate it to their own experiences.

Aiming to captivate the world with her delicate tone to create a distinctive sound all can relate to, the soulful newcomer is inspired by the groovy tunes of the Motown legends & sultry themes of Contemporary R&B such as Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye.

Belora is hoping to establish a firm fanbase, by building a meaningful connection with people with her emotive storytelling. ‘Dear X’ is a great introduction to what this artist is capable of and I have a feeling that her EP would be an absolute delight!

‘Dear X’ was released on Friday (19th November) on all digital music platforms. Check it out below…

Rapper Young Pascal Drops New Track, ‘City Lights’

After the release of the highly successful singles ‘Ways’ and ‘Wasted Times’, YOUNG PASCAL has fulfilled the promise for an epic follow-up with his latest single ‘City Lights’, this time teaming up with fellow Perth artist Perry P and New Zealand based Kid Rey.

‘City Lights’ is the young artist’s fifth single to date, and is a true extension of his fusion of conscious rap lyrics and a melodic vocal performance which is reminiscent of the in-demand melodic rap movement making waves across the globe.

Even with vocal presets, Young Pascal brings in a certain dark rawness to set the tone for the record. Kid Rey, then Perry P, follow respectively with their feature verses, this time tapping into moody vocals in their own styles, rounding out the overall song.

Speaking on the inspiration behind the track, Young Pascal says: “City lights is all about getting lost in the sauce and losing yourself to chasing that temporary kick of happiness in life which happens to more and more people nowadays and an example is clout-chasing. People are so infatuated with their likes or follower count to feel like they are worthy, they’re getting blinded by the lights!”

Check out Yung Pascal’s fire track below…

Song of the Day: Hush – BLXSS

Perth-based artist BLXSS originally from New Zealand draws heavily from his Zimbabwean heritage. Starting his musical journey from an early age BLXSS grew up around a musically inclined family and began uploading tracks on SoundCloud at the age of 15 while developing his unique style of music. BLXSS fuses different forms of Afrobeat and traditional hip-hop by combining the rhythm and heart-tugging nature of Afro music with the technical rhyme schemes and wordplay found in hip-hop and R&B; formulating a style that encourages you to feel the music rather than just listen to it.

His single ‘Hush’ follows on from his previous releases ‘Jiggy’ and ‘Can’t Deny’ and continues exploring the unique style that BLXSS has grown into over the past few years. This single will be the first collaboration between the Perth rapper and new independent Sydney label samesame records – a brand new imprint on the ADA/Warner roster – where he will join stablemates DoloRRes and Muka Vhatti.

‘Hush’ delivers a tongue-in-cheek commentary of the ‘playboy lifestyle’ so beloved of the hip-hop community, espousing the benefits of casual relationships and his own code-of-conduct. “When I kiss, I don’t tell”. “I wrote this song to highlight my very private lifestyle,” explains BLXSS “whether it’s my business or my relationships, I like to keep my circle small and loyal. So if I do decide to venture out of my circle for any reason, I prefer to have that business kept between us. This song perfectly represents how I prefer to “Keep it on the Hush Hush”.

BLXSS has teamed up with local Perth videographer Brendan Cecich to bring the music video for ‘Hush’ to life. Check it out below…

88YAMI Drops Track ‘My City’ Featuring YourBoyMars

After the highly anticipated ‘My City’ record was teased at various live performances by 88YAMI and Yourboymars, the track is finally out for your inspection! ‘My City’ is a homage to the 6K, also known as Perth, where both artists come from and credit as the city where they started their music career.

88YAMI has been a widely known name in Perth’s hip-hop & rap music scene with previous releases ‘The Plan’, ‘Mrs Sippy Queen’, and ‘Movement’ crossing over 250k streams collectively while being featured on prominent Spotify editorial playlists.

‘My City’ is a perfect showcase of 88YAMI’s catchy melodic rap sound, where he shows off his smooth delivery over a blend of soft guitar string melodies and an aggressive 808 kick, produced by Roki Beats.

For a track titled ‘My City’, fellow Perth artist Yourboymars was the perfect heavy hitter to come in on the second verse. The artist has created a huge buzz for his small but highly valuable discography that has been featured on multiple influential blogs, and prominent music streaming placements.

Check out the video for ‘My City’, directed by Seto Kiswoyo and Reid Garnaut.