Song of the Day: London Love – Weslee

Inter-continental singer-producer duo WESLEE have marked their first release of 2019, with latest single ‘London Love’.

Utilising steel drums and deploying a carefree electro-R&B vibe, the playful track sees WESLEE checking off London love interests’ flaws in each area. The chilled out beat of ‘London Love’ shows off Emma’s irresistible vocal range taking centre stage.

The duo’s second EP is set to be released later this year. Acclaimed debut EP 9F, released last June, has generated over 809,000 Spotify streams, while also making it into Jamz Supernova’s ‘Top 5 EPs’ on BBC Radio 1Xtra.

Having established themselves as the one of the most refreshing and uniquely dynamic acts in today’s international music scene, WESLEE have amassed over 25 million streams and performed for BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac at her AMP event, where they were joined by Jessie Ware and Sunflower Bean, as well as Annie herself. The pair also performed on the mainstage of Brooklyn’s Northside Festival as well as Baby’s Alright for their live debut in the US.

Weslee

First emerging with critically-acclaimed debut track ‘Gassed’ the duo garnered a wealth of support from industry heavyweights, with the track receiving the prestigious ‘Hottest Record in the World’ accolade from BBC Radio 1’s Mistajam. It also clocked in at #5 on the BBC Radio 1 Specialist Chart and received support from a wealth of BBC DJs, including Pete Tong, Danny Howard, Clara Amfo and Huw Stephens.

‘London Love’ cements WESLEE’s status as one of the most exciting acts in new music, and with more releases just around the corner, their career is very much still unfolding.

Check out ‘London Love’ below….

New Track: Addicted – Kill J

Danish experimental pop star KILL J has seen her early singles catapulted to No.1 spot on the Hype Machine’s ‘Most Popular’ and ‘Twitter’ charts.

Steadily putting out amazing singles and EPs over the years, the singer-songwriter and producer has already gained a legion of fans including The Guardian,The Fader, Pigeons and The 405, The Line Of Best Fit and Huck Magazine, whilst receiving airplays from the likes of Huw Stephens and Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1, Mamiko Motto on NTS Radio and even a spin on Zane Lowe’s Beats1, culminating in a live session from the BBC legendary Maida Vale Studio for Huw Stephens.

Fast forward to today, the art-pop muse is back with ‘Addicted’, the fourth offering from her forthcoming new album ‘Superposition’. The new cut, out 14th June via Nettwerkon , follows on last year’s fiercely political ‘Strange Fruits of The Sea’, the powerful ‘Dead Weight Soldier’ and the recently released ‘Silver Spoon’. The compelling visuals perfectly depict KILL J as the queen of indulgence and unrestraint wearing Trash Couture and Ann Wiberg couture dresses.

Conformity has never been KILL J’s trademark and she has never played by the rule book. Armed with her latest release, she only looks set to further her position as one of Scandinavia’s most exciting exports: a reputation that will be cemented with her upcoming new album, due on 7th June.

Watch the video for KILL J‘s ‘Addicted’ below:

 

 

Upcoming Release: Phantom Planet – Carnival Youth & Birthday

Latvian trio CARNIVAL YOUTH are geared up to release their double A side single, featuring ‘Birthday’ and ‘Phantom Planet’, out tomorrow (16th March) via their own label, Carnival Youth through The Orchard.

Blending gloriously hazy vocals with Tame Impala-esque jangle guitars, the two new songs manage to pull of an incredible combination of the melodic, experimental and catchy sound for which the band have become known for.

The singles follow up to a series of internationally acclaimed releases, which gained the band the title of Latvia’s biggest musical export. Part of a new generation of bands coming out from the Baltic, CARNIVAL YOUTH became the first Latvian act to win The European Border Breakers Award (EBBA) and EBBA ‘Public Choice Award’ at Eurosonic.

Carnival Youth

Their debut EP ‘Never Have Enough’ opened the doors to the European Festivals circuit, as well as gaining the band a steady radio support across Europe and the UK, including backing from 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq.

Three years later and over two million Spotify plays, their first debut album ‘No Clouds Allowed’ ended up being rewarded as Best Debut Album of The Year in Latvia, earning them support from BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens, John Kennedy on Xposure, and Jim Gellatly on Amazing Radio.

Check it the video for ‘Phantom Planet’ and ‘Birthday’ below:

Song of the Day: Stop Me – Franko Fraize (ft. Alex Joseph)

Added straight on to the Spotify ‘Grime Shutdown’ playlist, FRANKO FRAIZE released stunning new single ‘Stop Me’, alongside his highly anticipated ‘Lights & Colour’ EP.

Proving to be quite the musical enigma, FRANKO FRAIZE takes influence from Hip-Hop and Indie, which is expressed through his heartfelt and moving rap delivery. Always distinguishable by his archetypically British accent, his voice is undeniably recognisable. His charismatic charm reached into the soul with bold disposition for his latest records as FRANKO FRAIZE begins the project with his thought evoking track ‘Side By Side’ ft Alex Joseph. Connecting listeners through the engaging message of growth, perspective, empathy and understanding, it was the first gem to be released from his EP and was paired with heartwarmingly nostalgic visuals. A one to watch, this track caught the attention of DJ Mistajam who said: “I’ve been keeping my eye on him for a while but this is possibly his best track to date!”.

‘Stop Me’ is a real strong contender for being the top track on the EP. Bound in energy and no-nonsense determination, the record is an instant mood booster that gives a solid kick up the arse in terms of both sound and lyricism.

Check out the video below:

 

 

New Track: Vogue – J Kas

Following the release of the boom bap project ‘Dreamlife’ in February – which was named Album of the Month by NEW LEASE MUSIC – UK rapper J KAS bounces right back with something that’s guaranteed to shake up your summer…

His latest Mantra-produced track, ‘Vogue’ – the first release from his forthcoming project, ‘Dreamlife Summer Jamz’ – sees the Sheffield wordsmith’s delivery effortlessly vibing with the upbeat chords, fused with tropical house and splashes of Afrobeats.

J KAS will be touring across Portugal to engage with the natives for the production of his Summer Jamz project and will go on to headline at this year’s Elevate Young Minds Lisbon Festival and Tramlines Music Festival.

Along with his recent success with his ‘Dreamlife’ EP on this blog, J KAS has also received raving praises in the past from BBC Radio One/ BBC 1Xtra’s elite music tastemakers, Charlie Sloth, DJ Ace, Huw Stevens and Tony Robinson. His summer-charged track ‘Dem Gyal Deh’ featuring Franz-Von, peaked at number 12 in the BBC introducing Sheffield Top 50 Tracks of 2017.

Now it’s time to get your summer started right…check out the video for ‘Vogue.’