Born in India, CHIN INJETI is the middle child to a father who was a classical vocalist and a mother who was a surgical nurse. Surviving polio from birth, he started music therapy to help facilitate his motor skills at the age of eight – and this changed his life.
After many years of touring all over North America with The Fugees, The Roots, Jamiroquoi and A Tribe Called Quest, Chin learned the importance of an impactful lyric and melody. He then teamed up with then partner DJ Khalil; with whom he made music with and for Dr. Dre, Eminem, Drake, Pink, and many other artists.
Releaed last Friday (31st February), Chin’s new single, ‘Serious’ was inspired by ’80s funk and boogie music with a modern disco twist. Check it out below…
Their ﬁrst single ‘I Want To Love’, which was released March that year, was met with critical acclaim from radio stations in UK and US.
Fast forward to the present day, the band has gained two members, singer Maya Shoniya and bass player Dmitry Votintsev. With the extended line-up, the four-piece act grew in popularity, performing at concerts and gigs across their native country Russia. Between their back-to-back live performances, Neon Tapehead are penning new songs.
If this is your first time meeting these guys, well their latest single, ‘Never Say Never’ is a great introduction as it encompasses their inspiration of 80s soul/electro funk and R&B with Shoniya’s soulful/pop vocals also reflecting the decade that gives us great music.
More music on the way. Have a listen to the instantly addictive single, ‘Never Say Never’, available now on all download/streaming sites…
Senita Appiakorang (lead vocals), Emmet O’Riabhaigh (drums), Daniel Coughlan (guitar), Diarmait Mac Carthaigh (keyboard) and Brian Dunlea (bass guitar) – aka Irish future-soul act SHOOKRAH – have shared the video for their new single ‘Notions’, directed by band member Emmet O’Riabhaigh.
Forming part of their upcoming self-titled album, set to drop on 25 October, the track itself is centered around the time we waste staying in dysfunctional relationships. “It’s a recognition of faults committed to the other and yourself in seeking out traits other than those presented to you, which disqualifies the question of who was right or wrong and bares the reality of how hollow we become when we want something so bad that a tarnished version of it will do” says Senita. Fittingly the video features Senita sitting alongside herself in a plush nightclub setting, both “characters” cathartically exploring these emotions through the track.
She explains further: “The song is a reflection and address to a past lover. It felt appropriate to play my double, and kind of centre the sentiment of the song on the delusions we all create for ourselves in fractured relationships, that allow us to prolong its dysfunction.”
Speaking of his production, Emmet O’Riabhaigh says: “We wanted to shoot something really simple and still with nice moody lighting so we decided to go with two Senitas in what looks like a lovers’ tiff. We shot it over the course of a day in the Bodega bar in Cork, and had Senita’s sister Yesunia to stand in for some of the shots, with the whole band helping out on the set.”
Named Best Act of 2017 and 50 People to Watch in 2018 by The Irish Times, the five-piece have seen substantial press support from the likes of The Irish Examiner, AFROPUNK, Wonderland Magazine, Clash Magazine, Music Week, District Magazine, Nialler9 and Made in Shoreditch Magazine. They’ve also received airplay from BBC’s Radio Ulster, and their track ‘Gerascophobia’ was named BBC Ulster’s Across The Line track of the day.
Racking up nearly 300K streams on digital platforms, they shared the stage with Billy Ocean on his Irish tour and have played Body & Soul Festival, Electric Picnic, Wigwam, Quarter Block Party, Other Voices Music Trail, and Knockanstockan Festival.
Check out the video below…
SHON JAY is that guy who set the bar high – and I mean unobtainably high among his music contemporaries.
His latest EP, ‘Nothing Is Forever’ may be only eight – tracks long, but there’s an electric mix of genres – from funk, old school soul and even an expected appearance of a little country – all of which oozes undisputed class.
Among a crowded industry that’s filled with quick-fix hits that’s easily forgotten, SHON JAY‘s ‘Nothing Is Forever’ is a true testament that there’s still GOOD and MEANINGFUL MUSIC out there and it’s definitely a collection that can be enjoyed from five or even ten years from now – I guess some things last forever.
Check him out below – it’s like listening to soul idols Stevie Wonder, Al Jarreau and George Benson, all wrapped up in one.
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