New Track: Take A Picture – Sub Blue

SUB BLUE rocks up to today’s spotlight and delivers new single entitled ‘Take A Picture.’

Rocking a seriously chilled R&B vibe, the youngster’s newest material covers the ills of selfie and social media culture as well as narcissism.

“It’s an exploration of the ills of social media, selfie nation and living a superficial lifestyle ”, SUB BLUE says,“It’s as though if there’s no picture or proof online, it didn’t happen. And people will do anything to chase those cyber likes…even if it means representing themselves and their lives in an exaggerated way. I’m in this every day so I wanted to do my own take on it as I feel these are real issues we are dealing with.”

‘Take A Picture’ was produced by acclaimed emerging producers A.V & Sir Dylan during a recent studio run while SUB BLUE was in L.A. The two California-based producers – who between them have worked with the likes of Frank Ocean, Solange, The Weekend and many more – found a true creative vibe with the kid from North-West UK.

Time to check out ‘Take A Picture’…

Song of the Day: Last Goodbye – Zoey Lily

Following up on February’s single ‘More’, supported by the likes of BBC Introducing London, TMRW magazine, The Line Of Best Fit and BuzzFeed, ZOEY LILY returns with another unique pop offering in the shape of ‘Last Goodbye’.

This song immediately taps into the heart, unfolding Zoey’s delicate vocals at its rawest. The Instinctive wordsmith tells the story of rather letting someone go than staying close enough to keep getting hurt. Complementing the vulnerable feeling of Zoey’s vocals, the track opts for ambient piano, with soft electronic elements and distant drumming, alternating with male shouts which gives off a dark atmosphere that is both intimate and anthemic.

ZOEY LILY (née Zoe Lily Lewis) may be a relative newcomer to the world of left-field pop, but for this 20-year-old talent, musicianship is no passing fancy. The Hackney-based artist first delved into creative expression at age 13 when she began playing piano and her first wide-eyed forays into songwriting. Later, at age 17, Zoey found herself drawn to her father’s acoustic Martin guitar, the instrument which she still writes most of her songs with today.

This promising youngster has set out to become a highly independent and original songwriter, singer, multi-instrumentalist, composer, co-producer and dancer, drawing cues from a wide-range of essential artists, including Lana del Rey, Kendrick Lamar, Frank Ocean and Vince Staples.

Have a listen to her beautiful latest offering….

New Track: Nobody – Golda

The elusive act GOLDA follows up ‘NsfW’ and ‘Villian’ with the self-assured release ‘Nobody’, via tastemaker label Majestic Casual.

His latest release offers up sizzling yet ethereal soundscape of Lo-Fi drumbeats textured with hints of 90s R&B, aiming to chase away the darkness with confident atmospheric chords and verbal self-reassurance.

With a sound that has drawn comparisons to music icons such as Frank Ocean, The Weeknd and Miguel, GOLDA welcomes the listener into a world of dark and grotesque R&B, drowning in sonic percussion and sub-bass. ‘Nobody’ is set to be the most hip-hop-esque track, offering both lyrical and atmospheric substance.

With the imminent release of debut EP ‘The GOLDA Complex’ and a string of eclectic singles behind them, which have been supported by tastemaker platforms including Complex, This Song Is Sick and Kaltblut Magazine, the faceless act relay vivacious stories of inner conflict, vicarious satisfaction and loss of control. Come along for the ride…

New Track: Range Rover – Sub Blue

Liverpool’s most exciting Alt-R&B prospect, SUB BLUE, shares another slice of his life with ‘Range Rover’, produced by Xamvolo.

Taking his name from his self-described style of music, “suburban blues”, SUB BLUE offers a fresh take on chilled out, alternative introspective R&B. Following up his hypebeast inspired debut ‘Hype Like Supreme’, the Merseyside based singer-songwriter delivers another scene setting song – giving a further insight into his world. The visual to ‘Hype Like Supreme’ currently holds the blog’s Music Video of the Month title.

‘Range Rover’ features Sub Blue’s velvety smooth vocals over moody production as he laments on the challenges that him and his peers experience trying to make sense of their world where perception is often more important than truth and happiness is often represented by superficial things.

‘Range Rover’ is the first song taken from his forthcoming EP, ‘Suburban View’, which delves into these themes even more. The EP is produced by the likes of Sir Dylan (Weeknd, Solange, Logic), A.V (Frank Ocean) and XamVolo, and is a glimpse at the life of teens trying to find their place in the world, while navigating peer and social pressure and trying to define their own voice.

Get the first taste  of the EP…

New Track: Watch Me – Louis Rustum

BBC Radio 1 and Clash-approved artist, LOUIS RUSTUM, returns with new single, ‘Watch Me’, via indie label Art People.

‘Watch Me’ blends Rustum’s dynamic fusion of pop, R&B and ethereal beats into a tranquil and confident new offering. Taking inspiration from Frank Ocean, Bon Iver and James Vincent McMorrow, the twilight track shifts between Louis’ tender vocals, neat guitar licks and pensive drum patterns.

The R&B soloist’s music career began in Aarhus in 2014, where he, producer duo Orbit Crew (Carl Barsk and Mathias Lion), and music collective Hukaos (Karl William, Thøger Dixgaard, Tais) put Aarhus on the map as Denmark’s main epicentre of urban R&B. In 2014, Rustum released his critically acclaimed debut EP ‘Tomorrowtonite’ that gained wide recognition amongst native media outlets, becoming the first Danish release to feature on Noisey. It didn’t take long for Louis to find success on an international scale.

Despite this hype, Rustum decided to step back from the limelight, retreating to Malaga with Orbit Crew to develop his sound further, drawing on inspiration from his previous travels in Brazil and his curiosity for 70’s and 80’s R&B/soul.

With an acclaimed EP under his belt, LOUIS RUSTUM returns to the forefront of the future R&B scene…HIGHLY RECOMMENDED – check out ‘Watch Me.’