New Track: U R My High – Astro Raw

 ASTRO RAW – aka Lucas Goodman and one half of New York-based duo Lion Babe – has unleashed his mixtape ‘rawmix vol 1’ earlier this month, with the release of ‘U R My High’.

The track is the first to be taken from the 14-track mixtape, which showcases ASTRO RAW’s one of a kind production credentials and his infectious, genre defying sounds which seamlessly mix R&B, hip-hop, soul, funk and dance to sultry effect. Featuring exclusive mixes – including reworked versions of tracks from the likes of Wiz Khalifa, Busta Rhymes and Alicia Keys – and rounded off with brand new remixes of the popular Lion Babe’s tracks ‘Treat Me Like Fire’ and ‘Jungle Lady’.

Performing across the world as a part of Lion Babe, ASTRO RAW has also delivered show-stopping DJ sets at prestigious events such as ELLE Style Awards, Whitney Museum’s Art Party, Bestival’s Party on the Moon and PAPER magazine x Ketel One Vodka, whilst as an in-demand DJ across the New York night scene he regularly performs popular sets at the cool, hot-spot Miss Lily’s.

Earlier this year, Lion Babe released their latest single ‘Rockets’ ft Moe Moks, set to appear on their forthcoming new EP which will be their first commercial release since their critically celebrated debut studio album ‘Begin’. ‘Begin’ was released last year and featured collaborations with the likes of Pharrell Williams and Childish Gambino and career-defining tracks such as ‘Treat Me Like Fire’ and ‘Jump Hi’. Last year they released the electrifying mixtape ‘Sun Joint’ which coincided with their first headline US tour and a string of international festival performances, including Glastonbury, Reading & Leeds.

New Track: What’s Love Got To Do With It? – XY&O

Haze pop trio XY&O return with their first release of the year with a remake of Tina Turner 80’s smash hit, ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’. The summery synth pop makeover re-introduces the band back in 2017 before two of their own singles drop in the spring.

“We got asked to work on a cover so we wanted to stay away from anything too obvious or close to home. So, an 80s slammer from an iconic behemoth voiced diva felt far enough away.” – Skip Curtis (vocals)

2016 saw huge things for the band with over 10 million streams on their debut EP ‘Shimmer + Shade’ , playing at Glastonbury Festival, and signing a label services deal with Kobalt, launching their own brand.

Listen to what could be one of the biggest summer anthems of the year.

Song of the Day: Secret Tunnel – Emma Ballantine

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Today EMMA BALLANTINE serves up a very soothing dish with her single, ‘Secret Tunnels’, taken from her new project, ‘Somebody’s Story’.

The three-minute track, released on her own label, Shut Up Jo Records, is the first of four new songs that the London-based artist (originally from Salisbury) will be sharing between now and March this year.

Each of the of the tracks in ‘Somebody’s Story’ are based on a true story sent to the singer/songwriter by her followers since she announced the idea just three months ago. ‘Secret Tunnel’, gives a moving and inspiring account of a young girl’s determination to move on with her life after a harrowing experience.

 The new tracks have all been produced by Brixton-based producer Moseley and reflects a
departure from the traditional folk sound of Emma’s earlier EP, ‘Tourist’. Layered synths and beats combine with her usual storytelling style to create a more contemporary feel.

Since being tipped by Glamour magazine as ‘One to Watch in 2016’, Emma has had a busy year, performing at a string of festivals, including Glastonbury and reaching the final of the UK Unsigned Songwriter of the Year competition. She is due to announce a new string of tour dates for spring 2017 to mark the launch of the four tracks as a full EP and physical record.

New Music Video: Pink Pillz – ADI

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Tel Aviv producer and singer ADI releases the new video for Pink Pillz, a song in which she addresses depression.
ADI has released a mixtape and EP to date, has performed at Glastonbury, and Melt!, and supported Kelis on tour.
She releases her new EP this Summer. Go on, watch the video!

New Music Video: Lion Star – Ella On The Run

London-based, alt-pop artist ELLA ON THE RUN unveils the music video for ‘Star Lion‘, taken from her War of Words EP out now.

Her debut single Golden Boys was placed onto Glastonbury’s long list for emerging artists in 2014. Last October, she was filmed and interviewed by the BBC who visited her on the set of her single War of Words about age restrictions on music videos.

War of Words was supported well, most recently by BBC Introducing. Ella is heading to LA this month to begin recording her new EP.

 

Song of the Day: You Don’t Know – The Beat Corporation (ft.Natasha Sky & Alison Bethune)

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Today’s song is You Don’t Know  by UK-based dance duo THE BEAT CORPORATION.

THE BEAT CORPORATION is a group of artists that came together to create music with no limitations. Based in Manchester UK, Tyler Daley & Jody ‘Jodz’ Spence are both established producers & songwriters in their own right and share a common goal which is to make House and Garage inspired club music.

The boys came to prominence when their track Elevation was played in a Disclosure & Zed Bias back to back at Warehouse in Manchester. Their biggest profile remixes are for Roy Davis Jr, Omar, Zed Bias, Ghetto n MC Nasty and more. Continuing their incredible progression,  THE BEAT CORPORATION have been confirmed to play at the Glastonbury festival in Bez’s Acid House tent.

Now I’ve brought you up to speed on these guys – now have a listen to You Don’t Know. This is a DOPE  cover of the classic RnB record by 702, originally released in 1999 & became a dancefloor smash in the UK Garage 2step scene shortly after. The 2014 cover features vocalists Alison Bethune & Natasha Sky, whom the Beat Corp both met locally in Manchester. Alison Bethune has been involved in various tracks across different genres, with her vocal often described as soulful and sultry. Natasha Sky is a 22year old singer-songwriter from Manchester. She is in the process of recording her first album which features well known musicians such as Aziz Ibrahim from the Stone Roses & Simply Red.

Lending itself to the current UK House invasion, You Don’t Know promises to be in every DJ’s box in time for the summer, with a powerful remix package to follow soon.