Otis Mensah Drops Track ‘No Record Store Day’ + Video

Acclaimed Hip-Hop artist and poet OTIS MENSAH announces the release of his new single ‘No Record Store Day’, written at the beginning of the global pandemic. The song delves into a feeling of cabin fever, using the cancellation of Record Store Day as a metaphor to explore a deeper sense of social disquietude. Over moody psychedelic instrumentation produced by The Intern, Otis paints the journey with frantic poetry, wrestling over ego and self-worth; finding the political in the personal.

Hailing from Sheffield, Otis Mensah combines vivid storytelling with atmospheric and experimental Hip-Hop sounds. Titled Sheffield’s first poet laureate in 2018, Otis has worked and toured with heavyweights such as Benjamin Zephaniah, KOTA the Friend, Open Mike Eagle, Mahalia and Blu & Exile. Otis has also received support from The Guardian, Earmilk, I Am Hip Hop Magazine, BBC: Introducing; CALM; Worldwide FM and The Noise Gate.

‘No Record Store Day’ is the third episode of #OtisMensahExists, a series of new music and animation art released every three weeks.

Check out the animated video for ‘No Record Store Day’ below…

Song of the Day: Do You Feel Me – Alice Rowe

ALICE ROWE is making a solid name for herself as a talented singer and songwriter who is obsessed with all elements of soul, pop, jazz and r&b. Her recent release even saw radio play from a key tastemaker in the field, Capital Xtra’s very own Leah David. Alice has shown incredible ability to be innovative with her new video. The visuals for ‘Do You Feel Me’ embrace lockdown, and show strength in the demonstration of mental and physical restrictions that are touched upon in the lyrics.

Alice Rowe’s musical inspirations range from greats like Etta James, to the likes of Loyle Carner. Having unleashed her first single in 2019, her music has continued focused on a wide-ranging fusion of muses to showcase her vast vocal ability. Previous singles, ‘Phase’ and ‘Figure You Out’, showcase Alice’s dynamic personality and sophisticated lyrical composition. Having drawn in tastemakers from Radio 1Xtra and BBC Introducing, Alice looks forward to her first EP that will be released later this year, ‘Foreseen’.

The new video for Do You Feel Me exaggerates the claustrophobic conflict musicians, especially, face in times of lockdown. The track follows the story of confused identity, communication and questions surrounding the real me. A feeling of frustration and restriction is prominent in Alice Rowe’s new visual depiction. It perfectly encapsulates the real-life struggles that are magnified world-wide, showcasing epic surrealism faced for music lovers alike.

Check out the video for ‘Do You Feel Me’ below…

Get Away with Wish Master’s Double Video for ‘Mindfulness’ & ‘Far Away’

Hotly tipped Bristol lyricist and founder of Official Recordings, WISH MASTER (the guy in the middle; see the above video clip) has unveiled visuals for ‘Mindfulness’ and ‘Far Away’, taken from his third album ‘The Bull (The Best Underrated Living Legend)’.

Two tracks in one, the double-bill music video for ‘Mindfulness/Far Away’ sees the MC cycle far away into the countryside to boost his mindfulness. Fellow Bristolians PatchUp Productions capture the adventure amazingly, joining Wish by the sea for a contemplative classic.

Wish Master was named in BBC Music Introducing’s Ones To Watch 2019, leading to him recording at the BBC’s Maida Vale Studios. He’s also supported Wu-Tang Clan’s Ghostface Killah, but awards and accolades aside, his experience in the game is best expressed through his own music.

Check out the video for ‘Mindfulness/Far Away’ below…

 

Song of the Day: Sirens – Daire Patel (ft. Aby Coulibaly)

With his Christmas Day 2019 release ‘Hold Me Down’ approaching the 200k streaming mark and attracting a growing audience in the US, DAIRE PATEL returns with another journey into emotional, melodic hip-hop, coming in the shape of single, ‘Sirens’. Joined by stunning vocalist Aby Coulibaly on the second verse, the track provides the first taste of his debut EP and builds on the momentum of his early releases.

Recorded at home during the COVID 19 lockdown, ‘Sirens’ has received radio support from BBC Introducing and RTE 2FM, as well as being added to Spotify’s New Music Friday and Surface future R&B stars playlists.

Start your Monday right and check out ‘Sirens’ below…

Song of the Day: Out Of Sight (Out Of Mind) – Francesca Louise

London-based singer/songwriter FRANCESCA LOUISE‘s single, ‘Out of Sight (Out of Mind)’ is her most exposing song from her latest EP, ‘Melancholic Antidote’, a collection of personal experiences, life lessons, emotions and growth.

Straight to the point, the ‘Out of Sight (Out of Mind)’ is about becoming dependent on love and the denial of feelings due to the fear of vulnerability and potential heart-break. It touches on insecurities of giving your heart to someone else and the risks and dangers that are involved in being transparent with your feelings for another person.

Originally from Liverpool, Louise has seen success having supported the likes of Nashville based indie folk-rock duo The Harmaleighs, brit-pop band Echobelly at St Pancras Old Church in London and Juanita Stein, the former singer of Howling Bells. With radio plays and live sessions with BBC Introducing and independent radios alike, as well as taking festival slots in 2020, Francesca Louise is making her way up the musical ladder and is showcasing her capabilities across the UK.

Have a listen to this stunning single below…