K-Riz Shares New Video For Single, ‘What A Shame’

After claiming the blog’s Song of the Week title earlier this year for ‘What A Shame’, K-RIZ circles back and shares the video for the single, lifted from his The Room EP released in late 2020.

Directed by JDats, The Room’s producer and a frequent K-Riz collaborator, the video wades through the stages of a breakup, while visualising the heartfelt regret behind the track. Of the tune K-Riz says, “It’s about wanting to take responsibility for relationships breaking down. Rather than making a song about being a victim, I wanted to own my wrongs.”

Why not check out K-Riz’s latest video below…

EP Review: The Lovers’ Tape – Shantéh x Joshua. James

What meant to be a standalone track to be release on Valentines Day, singer/songwriter SHANTÉH and producer JOSHUA. JAMES’ new EP, ‘The Lovers’ Tape’ was quickly turn into a four-track project that was written, recorded, mixed and mastered in four days (yes, four days!)

Bringing all angles of a love story to the table – from building trust, to an untimely separation, then from re-exploring the idea of a relationship to finally solidifying a true bond and commitment – ‘The Lovers’ Tape’ possesses a fresh take on 90s Slow Jam – thanks to the warming glow of the background vocals (which takes on a Jodeci-ish vibe in third track, ‘Luvin’ You’), the sombre feel from the piano (featured in ‘Foundations’) and the vibrant guitar plucks, giving off a Afro tone (in concluding track, ‘Meant To Be’). Each aforementioned component are all brought together by an uplifting meaty bass.

There’s no doubt about it that this mini set is definitely for those who love them some good old 90s Sow Jam. I, for one, am really impressed by their quick turnaround on a project of such high calibre – and still have it ready in time for Valentine’s Day. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the South Londoners will join up for another collaboration. Check out ‘The Lovers’ Tape below…

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Song of the Day: Alone – Murky Waters

If you’re massive fans of Still Woozy, Tyler the Creator (Igor + Flowerboy) and Dominic Fike, then you’ll definitely like this guy…

Making his debut on the radar, LA-based crooner MURKY WATERS dishes up his melodic string-laden/boom bap single, ‘Alone’, where the young artist paints a vivid picture of his struggle in regaining independence from a traumatic relationship.

Murky Waters on his debut single: “It captures the feeling of wanting someone so bad you drive yourself crazy, then losing them and falling apart, unable to shake the thought of them. When I was writing “Alone” the melody came to me naturally as Ford Jones, my producer, and I were working on the beat. At that point, the words ‘I’ve been lost all alone; You broke my heart and left me helpless’ seemed to follow fluently. From there the topic had sort of just established itself and I took my experiences and filled in the blanks.” 

Check out Murky Waters’ ‘Alone’ below…

Song of the Day: Running Inside Of My Brain – Erica Knox

Layered with airy soundscapes and an infectious bassline, ERICA KNOX‘s latest single, ‘Running Inside Of My Brain’, takes inspiration from a her past relationship that sadly wasn’t meant to be. Ignoring so many red flags and obvious signs, Erica kept eye firmly on a fairytale ending.

The Toronto singer/songwriter further explains on the experience: “I wanted that so bad with this person, but it just wasn’t happening, no matter how hard I tried. Although this person was wrong for me, I still had to grieve the relationship, and accept that I have to surrender to these feelings until they’ve fully healed.”

Erica’s ‘Running Inside of My Brain’ is a reminder that you have to put yourself first when it comes to love. It’s not worth losing yourself to be with someone else, no matter how good the ending could be. Check it out below…

Lauren Cruz Shares Break-Up Song, ‘Wonder’

New Jersey’s singer and producer, LAUREN CRUZ‘s new single, ‘Wonder’ captures that feeling of nostalgia after the end of a relationship. Whilst wishing the former other half the best, Cruz ponders and compares herself to the new flame over a soothing neon cut.

Despite being orphaned at the age of eleven, Cruz has forged a path as a promising female writer, producer and singer all from the confines of her bedroom. Taking inspiration from Sade, Majid Jordan and Tame Impala, her meticulously-crafted brand of neon RnB/pop has been featured on Spotify’s Fresh Finds and Fresh Finds: Poptronix.

So keep an eye on this 23-year-old intriguing upriser as she has more material coming out very soon…but for now, listen to the mesmerising single below…