Song of the Day: Cooked Food – Vicky Sola

BBC 1Xtra and Capital Xtra supported Brixton Afrofusion singer/songwriter, VICKY SOLA is one to watch this year! She kick starts her 2019 with the exciting new music video for her latest single ‘Cooked Food’, taken from her long awaited and highly anticipated debut EP, which is set for release later this year.

Written by VICKY SOLA, and produced by Delirious, who has previously worked with Tinie Tempah, Lady Leshurr, Stylo G, Mista Silva, among others, ‘Cooked Food’ is an infectious R&B/Pop slanted offering, with unmistakable Afrobeats sensibilities, which is backed by lush piano arrangements and bass heavy drums, and held together nicely by Vicky’s captivating vocal and lyrical performance.

For the ‘Cooked Food’ video, VICKY SOLA took things back to her hometown in Brixton, with the help of burgeoning video director Marika Godwin (Nolay, Trillary Banks, Runtown). Filmed around the vibrant Brixton market, with choreography directed by Patience J (WSTRN, Davido, Tiwa Savage, Emeli Sande), the outcome is a fierce and colourful visual offering that not only brings the record further to life, but also showcases Vicky’s infectious personality and performance prowess.

Check it out below:

New Music Video: Buss A 9 – Sharna Bass

SHARNA BASS continues to prove herself as one of R&B’s most captivating stars with the release of the video for her new single ‘Buss A 9’.

Produced by Rachet (Emeli Sande, Devlin, Krept & Konan), ‘Buss A 9’ is dark and brooding with Sharna’s executing delicate vocal restraint, allowing her emotion to pierce through via her biting lyricism. Expressing devastating heartbreak and the irrational risks you’d take for love, both the delivery of the audio and the visual are both mesmerising, raw and hang in the balance between love being both the best and worst feeling that it’s possible to experience.

At twenty years old, SHARNA BASS’s ascension has been an impeccable journey and began as a far cry away from what her music has matured into at its current stage. At just 13-years-old, Clean Bandit heard her singing in the Tabot Mix Centre and two years later, whilst looking for someone to take on the vocal line of their hit ‘Extraordinary’, they contacted her on Facebook to ask her to record. Despite the experience being overwhelming, SHARNA BASS recorded what would become a number 5 in the Official Charts.

The experience set her on a clear path to developing her own sound and profile, and she credits producers such as Rachet with giving her a canvas to ascertain creative freedom as displayed in the formidable ‘Buss A 9’.

Moving stuff…check out the video…

New Music Video: Be With You – Jessica Agombar

Rising east London singer-songwriter JESSICA AGOMBAR gave the music scene a taste of her addictive, one of a kind R&B sounds when she released her debut EP ‘Bullet For Your Love: Chapter 1’ earlier this year. With the EP seeing her mixing smooth R&B stylings with grittier hip-hop and grime sounds, Jessica returns with the captivating visual for one of the project’s tracks – the hypnotic ‘Be With You’.

Already picking-up support from the likes of Noisey – who described her sound as ‘infectious’ – Radio 1 and 1Xtra DJs MistaJam and DJ Target, collaborating with the likes of Iain James (Craig David, Emeli Sandé, Wretch 32) and Levi Lennox (Zayn Malik) and just recently signing a publishing deal with Stella Songs and Sony/ATV, Jessica quickly caught the attention of music fans and credible music outlets with the release of her debut EP.

Comprising a collection of 5 songs written by Jessica herself, featuring production from some of the UK’s freshest and hottest, new production talent and gaining support from Spotify on their ‘New Music Friday’ playlist, the ‘Bullet For Your Love: Chapter 1’ EP is a soulful journey of love and loss from Jessica’s own personal experience, telling the story of being in love with the wrong kind of guy and the highs and lows that can bring.

With the debut of her new visual, an already rapidly growing fanbase and the promise of new music coming soon, JESSICA AGOMBAR is on course to end the year with a bang which only signals huge things for 2018. Stay tuned!

New Music Video: The Stone – Jerome Thomas

Following the release of his acclaimed debut EP ‘Conversations’, East London vocal powerhouse, JEROME THOMAS presents a mesmerising performance in the new video – directed by Christopher Cargill whose portfolio includes Giggs and Emeli Sandé –  for lead track, ‘The Stone’.

‘The Stone’ is one of the lighter more self-explanatory tracks from the socially conscious EP, tackling topics that still remain taboo within the music industry. It is a personal and sincere body of work, devoid of banality, inspired by Jerome’s observations of society and conversations with close family and friends.

The Dalston native has been championed by the likes of The Fader, i-D, Idol Magazine and MTV, as well as receiving key radio support from BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra and Rinse FM. Having headlined a number of sold out shows at Bush Hall, Notting Hill Arts Club and Queen Of Hoxton, and aligning himself with revered industry peers such as Hannah Faith (Soulection), Black The Ripper, Footsie (Newham Generals) and Davinche, it is becoming increasingly difficult to ignore the talents of this genre-defying artist….check him out!

Song of the Day: Rise – Laurrhie Brouns

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OK peeps, it’s time to put your New Year’s Resolution to the test with single Rise by fiery singer-songwriter LAURRHIE BROUNS.

As you will hear from the four-minute must listen, the Haitian/Dutch powerhouse puts her rich soulful/modern R&B spin on K-Pop (in which she calls EuroKPop), creating a real sugary and spine tingling sensation.

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Her K-Pop/Soulful combo hasn’t fallen by the waste side: The 26-year-old performed three times at the huge Arena in Amsterdam for a crowd of 50,000 people at a time and also shared the stage with heavyweights including Emeli Sandé and Bob Marley’s legendary band The Wailers, whilst club touring across Netherlands.

In 2012, the upbeat pop songstress took her talent to new heights and auditioned for The Voice of Holland and instantly became the viewer’s favorite and was dubbed “The discovery” & “The one to watch”.

Now that’s all the credentials over with, it’s time to check out Rise. The single is taken from her EP, Ascension: Golden Seeds of Light, released in November on all major music outlets, including iTunes and Spotify.