New Track: 3 Times – Marged (ft. AOBeats & Jailo)

Following the success of her Billboard-approved single ‘Call From U’, Welsh electronic artist, MARGED, is back with the second release of the year – ‘3 Times’ – ahead of a show at Hackney’s Sebright Arms (London) on 30th September.

Sonically ambient and lyrically poignant, the latest release is “a reaction piece to the sexual expectations that women face.” Having illustrated how vulnerability can be sexy and acceptable for a feminist with her previous single, this particular track exposes the objectifying, negative sense of the word.

She explains: “Our bodies are so often seen as objects filled with stamina with no off button. My interest in the representation of women in porn really made me begin to question how we as females are perceived through the male gaze”. It is the artistic depiction of this subject that has helped MARGED amass support from Billboard, Clash, Indie Shuffle and Idolator, underlining the Cardiff-born artist’s reputation as one of the most exciting young London creatives this year.

Having previously worked with Sakima, MARGED now collaborates on the new release with two forward thinking and like-minded beatsmiths, Jailo and AObeats. Both are acclaimed by the likes of BBC Radio 1, Earmilk and Thump for their ability to seamlessly incorporate the mix of styles that MARGED suits so well – notably hip hop, wavy future R&B and electronic pop – and their collective portfolio includes collaborations with Son Lux, Louis The Child and Annabel Jones.

‘3 Times’ accentuates the feminist narrative of MARGED’s music, and with a vision and purpose for her art clearly demonstrated, the South-London based artist looks to stimulate and inspire at her upcoming live performance this month…have a listen.

New Track: $ – Sofi De La Torre

Spanish alt-R&B singer SOFI DE LA TORRE is back after the outstanding success of last year’s ‘Flex Your Way Out’ ft Blackbear single, with new track ‘$’.

With her sound described by i-D as “the swagger of Drake fused with a laid-back Lana vibe”, ‘$’ is an alt-pop slow jam about a relationship ruined by the need to impress with wealth – a superficial love. ‘$’ sees Sofi take a leaf out of J Lo’s book as she explains how you cannot buy her love, her ‘Love don’t cost a thing’.

Sofi’s moody vocals roll in with a strong message to her ex, “f**k ya money I don’t care about it”. The statement sets the tone for the single, yet her dreamy vocals in the chorus combined with the slow jam pop/R&B instrumental, reveal an undeniable vulnerability, a natural feeling at the end of a relationship.

The track was written and produced with her long-term Finnish producer Jonas Karlsson who has worked with her on many of her past successes, the first being ‘Vermillion’ which saw her garner support from Billboard, Time Magazine and The Guardian whilst Sofi’s debut album ‘Mess’ received praise from Noisey and Pop Justice. Her previous single ‘Flex Your Way Out’ feat. Blackbear saw her first spin from BBC Radio 1 courtesy of Jamz Supernova.

With the accompanying visual to ‘$’ on its way and her long-awaited debut record expected this spring, 2017 looks set to see SOFI DE LA TORRE cement her position within the empowering female-fronted scene.

Song of the Day: Flex Your Way Out – Sofi de la Torre (ft. Blackbear)

sofi-de-la-torreSOFI DE LA TORRE, the Spanish singer from the Canary Islands, shares her newest single, Flex Your Way Out featuring multi-talented LA artist Blackbear, earlier this month, under the self-styled banner #PopDoneRight.  

The track finds the two singers mirroring their dreamy vocals over Finnish pop producer Jonas Karlsson’s soothing, trap-infused instrumental. Whilst SOFI DE LA TORRE is exposing a darker and more introverted side, as she laments the end of a relationship, the overall feel is one of closure and optimism.

Blackbear rose to fame as a co-writer on Justin Bieber’s 2012 hit Boyfriend. Since then the 25-year old producer has developed an intriguing musical persona – pursuing R&B and rap influences and working with hip-hop artists such as Childish Gambino and Machine Gun Kelly, as well as Pharrell Williams and James Blake.

Following the success of Sofi’s track Vermillion, which gained support from the Guardian, TIME Magazine and Billboard, Flex Your Way Out serves as the perfect showcase of Sofi’s continued ability to craft hit records. With a currently untitled EP expected to follow, the anticipation has certainly been mounting since Sofi’s latest project, Mess’ which debuted autumn 2015, and received praise across the board from Noisey to Pop Justice.

Resolutely independent, Sofi’s latest release provides an introverted perspective to her unique pop style. Performing under the banner of #PopDoneRight, she continues to stress how pop should be heartfelt, original and accessible. ‘Flex Your Way Out’ serves as an introduction for many and embodies the sound that Sofi has pioneered, whilst standing as a testament to her artistic growth in 2016.

Watch the video to the single.

Song of the Day: Chasing the Dream – Que

Que Chasing the Dream

Here’s the second song of the day – Chasing the Dream by QUE. This track is coming from his upcoming mixtape, Prosperity.

This teenage upriser from Milwaukee, WI grew up listening to LIL’ WAYNE, TUPAC and BOB MARLEY as well as watching his cousins rap – and wanted piece of the action. In 2009, he started out professionally and joined forces with 3D Entertainment and Tone Struck Records where he wrote and produced, Can’t Keep Running Away. The track address teenagers who experienced bullying or child molestation. Can’t Keep Running Away earned QUE a spot on Ebony, Jet and Billboard magazine.

Earlier this year he released, Gotta Bad Chick, an on-point dance number  that took his career to new heights.

Have a listen to Chasing the Dream – because this track proves that he deserves the escalating hype. If you’re feeling this track, why don’t you head over to his SoundCloud page and get to know this guy!