Reggae Collective Kioko Releases Brand New Single, ‘Let’s Be Frank’

Fresh off their 36 date UK and European tour with reggae giants UB40, Birmingham-based group KIOKO hit the ground running with the release of their new single ‘Let’s Be Frank’.

Focusing on candid, heartfelt lyricism and heavyweight rhythms, the single captures the impeccable live sound of the reggae collective, encompassing the energy from their high octane performances. ‘Let’s Be Frank’ is bristling with fresh reggae rhythms, captivating horns and buoyant vocal energy, sitting comfortably within a timeless reggae tempo.

Performing alongside UB40, The Wailers, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry and garnering support from Louder Than War, Huffington Post UK, London Live as well as airplay from BBC Radio 1, 1XTRA and BBC 6 Music, ‘Let’s Be Frank’ is an effortless display of KIOKO’s ability to curate empowering anthems infused with blistering reggae rhythms.

Check out the video below…

SOTD: Harleighblu AND Bluestaeb Drops The Ultimate Female Empowerment Anthem

UK R&B singer HARLEIGHBLU and neo-soul & hip-hop producer BLUESTAEB come through with beat-heavy empowerment anthem ‘Queeen Dem’, the third single off upcoming joint album ‘She’, due for release October 11th 2019

The song is inspired by popular poem “This is for the women who don’t give a fuck” by American writer Janne Robinson. HARLEIGHBLU took the fierce manifesto of the feminist activist and interpreted it her very own way: “I tried to capture the strength of the poem, with a nod to Janne, and then elaborate with my own take on completely owning your own womanhood. Within writing the first few lines, I entitled the piece Queeen Dem. Queeen gets 3 E’s to accentuate the fact you are a queen.”

The empowering lyrics are driven by BLUESTAEB‘s impeccable production, which gives a nod to the 90’s era of boom-bap hip-hop. Following on from previous singles ‘Cake’ and ‘Present’, both picking up critical acclaim from the likes of Wonderland, Clash, The Line Of Best Fit, Dummy, as well as support from BBC 1Xtra and BBC 6, this new release continues the pair’s steady trajectory and keeps with the impressive musical standard they set for themselves.

Check out the video for ‘Queen Dem’ below:

New Track: Addict – Louis Baker

LOUIS BAKER has leaped onto NEW LEASE MUSIC’s midweek hotspot with his most soulful single to date, ‘Addict’.

This increasingly popular New Zealand artist evokes classic soul through a seductive ‘70s bass groove and Motown-esque guitar stabs, which showcases a mellifluous vocal range and primal R&B scream. ‘Addict’ perfectly displays Baker’s multi-instrumentalist talents, as he plays the role of bassist, guitarist, lead and backing vocalist on this track.

The confessional single follows previous effort, “Gave It All Away”, which was aired on BBC 6Music and received online praises from Clash, Line of Best Fit, Indie Shuffle, EarMilk and MTV.

Go on, smooth over your Humpday; check out ‘Addict’.

Star Song: Warmth Of The Sun – Plainview

Plainview

Today’s song is Warmth Of The Sun by British three-piece post-rock band PLAINVIEW. The single is coming from their latest EP Years From Now released in July.

The guys behind from the band – Darren Leadsom (vocals and guitar), Marc Nellis (bass and backing vocals) and Tim Lowe (drums) – have really something special as they created a perfect infusion of Americana and panoramic rock. Since bringing their signature sound to the music scene in 2012, the soft rockers from Lancaster have been shortlisted twice for Fresh On The Net’s Listening Post, a site for UK independent artists, run by Tom Robinson from BBC 6 Music.

Have a blast at Warmth Of The Sun. This feel-good production generates a pleasantly warm feeling to the soul. The perfect summer song.

Like me if Warmth Of The Sun gives you a warm feeling inside, head over to their bandcamp page and check out their EP.