Song of the Day: Timeless – Oscar Jerome (ft. Lianne La Havas)

Lifted from his long-awaited debut album, ‘Breathe Deep’, released late last month, South London-based artist OSCAR JEROME‘s single ‘Timeless’ is a duet with Lianne La Havas which also includes instrumentation by friends in Ezra Collective, Sons of Kemet and Oscar’s other band, Kokoroko.

The pared-back single strip things down to the bare fundamentals, with Oscar soft-plucked guitar and vocals going back and forth with the sublime harmonies of Lianne La Havas. As the song builds, layers of lush jazz-inflected instrumentation are introduced piece by piece.

Oscar says of the track: “I wrote this song for my Dad. It’s about viewing someone you love as a constant through your whole life, not just who they are now. I was privileged enough to have the legendary Lianne La Havas jump on this tune. She made it everything I hoped for and more. She has been really good to me over the last couple of years and I appreciate her greatly.”

The single arrives off the back of 6Music-playlisted ‘Sun for Someone’ (ft Joe Armon-Jones), ‘Your Saint’ (ft Brother Portrait), ‘Give Back What U Stole From Me’ and, most recently, ‘Joy Is You’. Have a listen to ‘Timeless below…

Song of the Day: Lazy Light (Remix) – Mieko Shimizu

Remixed by Mercury Prize winner Mike Lindsay (Tunng) and co-written with William D Drake of The Cardiacs, MIEKO SHIMIZU‘s single, ‘Lazy Light’, goes on a laid-back journey through a smoke-filled landscape.

The track opens with pitch bending guitars, much like Connan Mockasin or Mac DeMarco and simmers down into a super chilled stoner backbeat. Mieko’s easy liquid style, backed by haunting vocals from William D Drake create a cocktail perfect for a lazy, hazy summer afternoon with nowhere to go and nothing to do.

Mieko and her brother, Yasuaki Shimizu (also a critically acclaimed artist), arrived in London with a singular goal in mind – to subvert all expectations of a Japanese female artist. A statement of intent, Mieko broke into the UK electronic movement under the moniker of Apache 61, garnering plays by John Peel and quickly building a name across the underground scene dominated by male contemporaries. She soon signed to Haruomi Hosono’s (Yellow Magic Orchestra) label releasing her eponymous album and led to her remixing tracks for YMO. She is an enigmatic live performer and has supported the likes of Goldfrapp, Massive Attack with Riz MC at their Meltdown Festival and with Kraftwerk at Sonar, Barcelona.

‘Lazy Light’ is taken from her album, ‘I Bloom’ released earlier this year… have a listen below…

Blakk Soul Sets The Perfect Quarantine Mood With New ‘Smoke N Chill’ Single

Emerging R&B crooner BLAKK SOUL offers the perfect dose of escapism, while we all remain in lockdown, with brand new soothing single ‘Smoke N Chill’, released yesterday (9th April).

Laced with the familiar sounds of laid-back ’90s R&B – that easily puts you in the mind of Jodeci and Bryson Tiller – the DrewsThatDude-produced single is sure going to set the mood for couples and partners.

Managed by Little Brother MC Rapper Big Pooh, the multi-hyphenate has been credited for his songwriting, background vocals, and co-production on work by industry heavyweights including Playboi Carti, Dr. Dre, Macklemore, Anderson Paak and Little Brother.

Look out for more material from Blakk Soul as he is set to release his album ‘Take Your Time’ later in the year…but for now, check out this super-smooth joint below…

Song of the Day: Malibu – Stumbleine (ft. Elizabeth Heaton)

Taken from his ‘Sink Into Ehter’ album, UK producer STUMBLEINE‘s cover of the Hole song, ‘Malibu’ features Elizabeth Heaton’s (Midas Fall) delicate, dream-like vocals wafting over the hazy instrumental waves like tendrils of smoke, as they both grow ever more desperate, and slowly crash.

Speaking of his dreamy cover,  Stumbleine says: “Hole’s ‘Malibu’ is the perfect balance of bittersweetness, a golden soundscape of serene melancholy. Tracks which illustrate that symmetry between light and dark are timeless to me, they mirror life with piercing clarity.”

Also known for his work in post-dubstep trio Swarms, Stumbleine has steadily built a cult of admirers around himself following collaborations across his varied albums and EPs with the likes of ASA, Shura, Violet Skies, Birds of Passage and Steffaloo.

Have a listen to Stumbleine’s take on ‘Malibu’ below:

Liam Phelan Goes ‘Far Away’ In His Latest Single

Londoner LIAM PHELAN delivers another irresistibly hazy fusion of neo-soul/hip-hop, adding a lick of some rock riffs through his latest single, ‘Far Away.’

following single, ‘Khao San Road’, released earlier this year, ‘Far Away’ is from Liam’s second EP, ‘Finding Love Over Wealth’ out this Friday (1st November).

Check it out below…