Keltoum delivers a superb jazzy soul jam, ‘Stop To Play’.

Taken from her debut eponymous EP, ‘Stop To Play’ is the latest single to be released from KELTOUM. The fast-emerging artist from France is already being compared to leaders in her field like Sade, Jill Scott and Erykah Badu as her neo-soul and pop influences caress from all sides. An original composer and player KELTOUM also brings to the table a unique French sensibility which demonstrates the sort of warmth felt by Janet Jackson or perhaps Alicia Keys at their most impassioned. The list of greats she could be compared to could go on but KELTOUM herself has struck her own blend of jazz and smoky vocal which is hard not to melt away to.

KELTOUM has already picked up fans across the board including some distinguished influencers like Gilles Peterson among others at Jazz FM and beyond. Her live show is also on another level as the energy of her trio seem to get the best of her tantalizing subtle soul voice bringing emotion to all who see her play, such as those who attended Gilles’ Worldwide festival in Sète last year where she completely bowled over the crowd.

Check out ‘Stop To Play below…and while you’re at it…take out and listen to her EP – ABSOLUTELY STUNNING.

Upcoming Release: Shining – BRNFKD

BRNFKD Shining
Nowadays Records’ newest recruits BRNFKD are all set to release their eponymous debut EP on 22nd April, available on major music outlets. Leading single Shinning displays six and a half minutes of blissful fusion of  deep downtempo plus hip-hop/trap-influenced vibes, featuring the hazy R&B vocals from Eli Sostre.

Behind those six special letters (pronounced – excuse my French – ‘brain fucked’) lurk two rising talents of the French scene: heavy trap range artist Ikaz Boi and prolific producer Monk, whose creative focus lies in more delicate soundscapes. Together, the two producers play with the codes of electronic and hip-hop music; merging aggressive percussion, deep bass, sharp kicks and ethereal synthesizers to craft an atmosphere that is all at once sensual melancholic and powerful.

Having performed in the past alongside hip-hop heavyweight Just Blaze, Ikaz Boi has collaborated with Amine Edge and DANCE on the Radio 1-playlisted Came Around as well as remixing and producing a plethora of rappers such as Vic Mensa and Leather Corduroys’ hit Have U Eva. With Monk also having seen success with a track release on Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Electric 4, BRNFKD presents the perfect platform to see their talents amplified.

You read their credentials, now it’s time to sample the masters at work; check out Shining.

New Music Video: Refreshment – Savvy

Following the success of a string of projects and receiving support from DJs including  DJ MK (KISS 100), Adele Roberts (Radio One), Huw Stephens and Giles Peterson, SAVVY now resides at the forefront of the hip-hop scene. The owner of Saving Grace Music label comes back harder with a brand new video to his knock-out track, Refreshment.  download FREE via SoundCloud.

New Release: Bamboo Circus – Ash Walker (ft. Segilola)


ASH WALKER has just unveiled his new single Bamboo Circus featuring Segilola on Soundcloud. The track is the second release from his debut EP Agnostic.

Segilola adds her soulful-tinged vocals to what could be defined as the most classic dub sounding cut off the EP.  Agnostic has already been supported across BBC6 music radio shows and They Don’t Know Me was the most played track of the day on the BBC player this week.

Agnostic is set for release on 31st July,  look out for it…but for now, check out the rub-a-dub Bamboo Circus.

New Release: Sticky Blood – Professional

 

Andy Nicholson and Jamie Shield  – aka- STICKY BLOOD, have just released their mysteriously moody effort, Professional, the first release from their forthcoming E.P. 

Formerly members of Arctic Monkey, the duo combined their talent in 2013 with the aim of bringing the sound of the future. Setting up in their home town, Sheffield they’ve perfected their skills and focus on working with talented artists across the industry. 

They produced Terri Walker’s album last year, which was championed by  national radio stations from the likes of Annie Mac to Gilles Peterson. BBC Radio 1’s Toddla T and The People’s Charlie Sloth are massive fans of STICKY BLOOD’s production style. They even managed to raise the producer’s eyebrows at Red Bull, who are eager for these boundary pushers to record a session, set for release in August.  

Having produced drum & bass beats for Mc DRS, the production maestro’s are currently creating rhythms for George The Poet, Coco and Tom Prior…it look pretty certain that 2015 is set to be a productive year for these guys!