Storry Drops Her Deluxe Album, ‘CH III: The Come Up’.

Ahead of the release of her deluxe album ‘CH III: The Come Up’, released yesterday (24th January), multifaceted Canadian powerhouse and visionary STORRY generated quite a buzz after linking up with Stormzy on the titular track of his album ‘This Is What I Mean’, lending her indelible vocal talents to the capstone of the British hip-hop scene.

The prowess that has defined STORRY’s irresistible artistry to date is given a pedestal on the track, with her operatic vocals perfectly complementing the grandiose that has catapulted Stormzy to the top of the charts in the past half decade. Her angelic vibrato pierces through an instrumental that sounds like a march up a mountain, complimenting the sense of urgency that Stormzy exudes as he refuses to descend from the summit.

The album’s release is accompanied by a premiere video spotlighting STORRY alongside a star-studded cast of collaborators such as P2J, Sampha and Jacob Collier, attaching her face to the posterboard of prodigies and mainstays who base themselves in and around London. The Toronto native will also be named on the LP’s list of creative contributors.

Speaking on her role on the project, STORRY details: “I had met and worked with P2J on several tracks before – previously writing and recording together – including singing operatic vocals on Burna Boy’s Grammy Award Winning ‘Alarm Clock’. When I first moved to London, P2J called me back in for some more of that operatic sauce. Though hot sauce isn’t the main part of the meal – it definitely adds that extra kick. So, I’m excited to play a part in this collaborative record. There are so many amazing artists on this new album. What I love about Stormzy – besides his obvious musical talent – is his kindness and care for inclusivity and equity. You can see that with his collaborators and team. I too am working to build an inclusive safe space in the industry that I never felt I had – especially for womxn, POC and queer folx. I’ve met a lot of my idols and they would often disappoint me as humans. I’m happy to say that Stormzy holds to his name and that is something I stand by.”

With this feature, STORRY is receiving a huge kickstart in light of the arrival of her forthcoming deluxe album , a brutally honest and unapologetic effort that equates the misogynistic devaluement of the sex industry to that of the music world. The tracklist amounts to an adamant call for the respect of women in all facets, emphasising the strength of their resolve against oppression through presenting stories withheld by herself and other women in order to display the people that they are rather than the flesh that surrounds their bones. The concept album was written, produced and funded in its entirety per her own accord and earned a 2021 JUNO Award nomination alongside Alanis Morrissette and Celine Dion.

STORRY elaborates on the album: “CH III: The Come Up is a record about a woman trying to leave the sex-industry – which she was coerced into – and get into the music industry, only to realise that both are equally misogynistic and problematic. She grapples with her relationship with her mother, family, romantic relationships, money and her career. That woman is me.”

Whether working out of Toronto or London, STORRY lets the candidness of her craft speak for itself. Refusing to confine herself to a box, she hops in and out of niches from hip hop and reggae to opera and musical theatre, all coming together to hold female empowerment to a bright light with a gritty and enigmatic presence that cannot be shunned.

STORRY’s deluxe version of ‘CH III: The Come Up’ was released yesterday (24th January). Have a listen to this stunning collection below…

Must Listens: Bow Down, I Don’t Wanna Get High, Suburban Bitches, A Lost Find, Wanna Get High (Junia-T Remix)

Lexy Panterra Drops Empowered Female Joint, ‘Bad Bitch.’

Following the release of her pop single ‘Simple Life,’ first-generation Iranian-American artist LEXY PANTERRA has released her empowered female focused single, ‘Bad Bitch, This ‘woman’s- first’ anthem is a catchy rap/hip-hop track that promotes being your authentic self; equating it to being a bad bitch. On the revitalizing single, Panterra finds herself reminding the world that we all are confident and should be proud of ourselves.

The accompanying music video includes a diverse array of women celebrating what makes them confident and beautiful. The creative use of ethnic diversity is eye-catching as she highlights women of different races and ethnicities, including women in hijabs in various states of dress and undress, supporting her ongoing attention to amplifying her own background and cultural values. The repetitive lyrics “I’m a bad bitch” reinforce the mantra-like message that aims to inspire her fans to be their most confident version of themselves without needing anyone’s validation. The visual narrative gathers her friends to learn the steps she’s taken to become the “bad bitch” we know Lexy to be, and pushes them to take charge and be the freest, most independent versions of themselves.

“I’ve been experimenting with music for a long time and I love all kinds of genres. With the last single, “Simple Life”, I really wanted to touch on the simple things in life. With this new single, I really wanted to concentrate on women empowerment and what makes us strong and unique,” said Panterra.

In 2019, she spent nine weeks on the Billboard charts with HARBER for their ‘More Than You’ collaboration. Panterra released her EP ‘A Gemini Valentine’ in January 2020, which was followed by a West Coast tour with DaniLeigh. Lexy’s music shows her versatility as a true musician, including a mix of hits from ‘Virgin Lex,’ Lexy’s fun and care-free alter ego, who is responsible for the more upbeat, fun, hip-hop songs, as well as ballads from Panterra herself, displaying her chops as a singer in acoustic form, a side not enough people have seen or heard from her yet as an artist.

Most known as a bubbly entertainer with a loyal fan base of over 9 million followers, reaching an impressive 500 million views and one billion impressions across her platforms to prove it. As an international artist, Panterra has collaborated with powerhouses Marshmello, and Lil Yachty, to name a few. The artist’s debut EP, ‘A Gemini Valentine’ featured singles ‘Want Him Now’ and ‘Room’ as well as the Mozzy-assisted ‘My Love.’ She also collaborated with the likes of Too $hort (‘Pretty Young Savage’), Shaun Frank (“Where Do You Go”) and more.

Now it’s time for you to check out the fierce video to Panterra’s equally fierce single…

Song of the Day: Pow Wow – Charli Fletcher

Hailing from London, CHARLI FLETCHER explores different topics in her music, ranging from body empowerment, protecting the planet and staying strong during trials and tribulations.

Her latest single, ‘Pow Wow’, represents feeling comfortable and confident in your own body, which stands out on first listen. Infused with a hypnotic hook, mesmerising vocals and feelgood lyrics, it’s hard not to be completely captivated and drawn in when listening. The track is taken from Charli’s newly released debut EP, Dreaming Reality, and is accompanied by an equally impressive body-empowering music video directed by Charli and Anton Califano.

‘Pow Wow’ and the rest of Dreaming Reality are available to buy/stream now on all platforms. Check out the sultry video below…

Anisa Shares R&B Nostalgic Single ‘Deserve Me’ + Video

Nearly two years on from her debut single ‘Yalla’, which amassed over half a million plays online, and was championed by BBC 1Xtra, Reprezent Radio and FootAsylum, among others, and with superstar co-signs for her creative talents from the likes of Stormzy, Cardi B, and City Girls, British Somali singer, songwriter, and content creator ANISA is back with her brand new single titled ‘Deserve Me’. Written by Anisa, and produced by Edashman, pays homage to the ‘90s and early noughties era of R&B music that was pivotal to Anisa’s upbringing, and influenced her artistic journey.

‘Deserve Me’ also comes with a fun and creative music video, directed by Anisa herself, and shot on location across the city of London. Inspired by ‘90s era music videos that came with storytelling plots and creative acting, Anisa has put together a story-led music video for ‘Deserve Me’, which sees Anisa being grounded from going out with her friends, but as you’d expect, she pulls up to the party, where she sees her ex-lover, and is reminded of all the ways that he didn’t deserve her in the first place.

Check out the official video for the brand single ‘Deserve Me’ below…

Song of the Day: Hero – Klaudia Keziah

Upcoming songstress KLAUDIA KEZIAH confronts the difficulties of modern-day dating, in her latest unapologetic-yet-sultry single named, ‘Hero’.

With the aim to inspire and empower many women around the world, Klaudia Keziah has delivered a slice of sensual heaven that enables women to feel confident in themselves. Underpinned with a pop and R&B infused production courtesy of Jojo F (ArrDee, Deno, Tion Wayne, Sarkodie, Unknown T), the single is paired with a set of old-school visuals that contrast against the displeasures of modern-day dating; the black-and-white-washed shots don’t distract from the message laying beneath the upbeat production.

Speaking on the meaning behind the track Klaudia commented, “For me, ‘Hero’ was inspired by a conversation I had with my girlfriends about how some guys slide into the DM’s or even cat call us women in the street. They’re “flexy” approach from the jump about how much money they have or what car they drive is not impressive because I can get those things for myself. A lot of the lyrics are things men have said to me or my friends from experience and through the song I almost get to answer these situations from my point of view.”

Gaining previous support from Wonderland, Raydar Magazine, Industry Me, DJ Ace at BBC Radio 1Xtra, Radio 2’s ‘Funky Playlist’, Voice FM, Wordplay Magazine, We Are Beyond Noise, BBC Introducing, The Hype Magazine and more, ‘Hero’ follows up from the 2021 release ‘Dedicated’ that swiftly caught the attention of various tastemakers and publications. Growing up between England and Lithuania, Klaudia from a young age sprouted a love for music when picking up both the cello and piano. Now a self-taught producer, songwriter and singer, the budding talent has built a growing fan base that are eager for her next move. With more music on the way, Klaudia Keziah is ready to showcase the world her music!

Check her out below….