New Track: Sleep Walkers – Wolf Kash (ft. CHISARA)

Jordan and little brother Harry – aka alt-electronic music outfit – WOLF KASH released their brand new single ‘Sleep Walkers’, featuring the South London singer CHISARA.

The combination of a heavy bassline and uplifting chords creates a signature WOLF KASH single that can’t be pigeonholed to one genre, but that takes influence from electronic dance music and pop. The four-minute offering is complimented by a powerful and soulful vocal from CHISARA, having worked together previously on the single ‘Bleeding Time’.

Since releasing the pair debut EP and singles ‘Wasted Under Berlin Gate’ and BBC’s Huw Stephens championed track ‘Slow Burn’ in 2017, WOLF KASH have been making waves, taking part in the ‘48’ project with Foreign Beggars and Monster Florence. The collaborative LP was made from scratch in 48 hours, and in that time an album was made and live streamed via Facebook. In addition to the project, their occasionally join forces with middle brother Max to collaborate on various projects.

This one will definitely jumpstart your weekend…have a listen to ‘Sleep Walker’

 

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Song of the Day: Simba – Tobi Sunmola

Following the gripping visuals to ‘Never Forget We’re Here/Tales From The East IV’, TOBI SUNMOLA returns with ‘Simba’ – the debut release taken off his forthcoming EP.

‘Simba’ is a gritty and emotional testimony of both heartache and promise providing a compelling insight into the ethnological struggles of being an artist in today’s industry.

Tobi explains: “It talks about who I am as a person, the colour of my skin and how that may either hinder my growth to where I aspire to be.” Throughout the racial upheavals experienced, Nigerian-born Sunmola remains positive and resiliently confides in his unshakeable pursuit of greatness as he sings “through the pain, in the rain, in the night, any day…I’ll preach”. The instrumentation compliments this sentiment where melancholy chords are backboned by a bouncy hip hop beat that underlines his infectious flow and hook patterns. Authentic and unfiltered ‘Simba’ is an intriguing take on modern hip-hop that draws upon the influence of TOBI SUNMOLA’s rich African heritage.

The Manchester-based artist has achieved an admirable amount, since his humble beginnings in the studio of his local youth club. Co-producing ‘Simba’ with local rapper Two4Kay – who has previously featured on Link UP TV and The 405 – this new release is the product of a long-standing relationship that blossomed within the tight-knit Manchester music scene which forged early on in their careers. Named as Mobo’s ‘One to Watch’, this emerging talent has since been championed by Huw Stephens, DJ Booth and Mistajam whilst Complex, Afropunk and Flavour Magazine have been writing about his ‘stunning versatility’ online.

Combined with an array of adept live performances, including BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Exeter last year – the wondrously creative, ‘Simba’ is a perceptive and accomplished piece of work, that will cement Sunmola’s place as one of the UK’s most exciting, rising hip hop artists this year.

New Track: Figure It Out – Native People

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UK talent NATIVE PEOPLE show off their evolved sound in new single Figure It Out, released late last month.

Produced by Huw Stephens-approved collective The Citrus Clouds and Oz Craggs, the new track retains the band’s core essence whilst showcasing their versatility as they explore a new direction for their sound. The focus leans towards the marriage of 90s R&B, downtempo funk and sleek contemporary pop, reminiscent of Honne and Shura.

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2016 has been a big year for the Kent-based quartet, with their summer single Call Me breaking into the top 10 on Spotify’s UK Viral Chart and being labeled “the sound of summer” by BBC Introducing’s Abbie McCarthey. In the past few months alone they have toured in Germany and Holland, played a plethora of festivals and headlined Club NME at the prestigious KOKO. This November the young band will embark on their first headline tour, stopping off at Bristol, Manchester, Brighton, Birmingham, Newcastle and London.

NATIVE PEOPLE gained recognition for their pressing indie rhythms, beautiful guitar riffs and thoughtful vocals, now with the release of Figure It Out  and their inaugural UK headline tour in November, these upcomers will be bringing their 80’s inspired indie electronica and mature pop to the next level.

Have a listen to their latest effort – if you like what you hear, it’s worth checking out the tour dates:

04/11 Bristol – The Louisiana
14/11 Manchester – Fallow Cafe
15/11 Brighton – Komedia Studio
17/11 Birmingham – Sunflower Lounge
18/11 Newcastle – Jumpin’ Jacks
19/11 London – The Courtyard

 

 

 

New Track: Something Special – Slowes

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Danish duo SLOWES present the next iteration of their psychedelic-pop with new single Something Special,  released through the US (Californian) label Noon Pacific.

The three-and-a-half laid-back production displays the perfect combination of floating synths and the melodic presence of the piano, with vocals dripping with sonic emotion. Their previous release, I Need You generated support from Indie Shuffle, Clash and Idolator and gained over 80k hits on Soundcloud and exposure across BBC Radio, with support from Huw Stephens, Phil Taggart and Nemone.

Taking advantage of the summer season by touring extensively, the synth poppers have performed at Trailerpark Festival and Ideal Bar in Copenhagen, Inversus Festival and Tape in Aarhus and The Shacklewell Arms in London.

Striking a balance between organic pop and ‘chillwave’, Jack Kilburn (vocals) and Anders Hamann (drums) formed SLOWES in 2015. Something Special is now the second single from the pair ahead of their debut EP set for release early next year.

Go on, have a bump free Monday; have a listen SLOWES‘ latest effort.

Upcoming Release: Look Back In Laugher – Hugh

hughLondon-based quartet, HUGH continue their beguiling journey  with the release of their latest single, Look Back In Laughter. The three-minute smoothie is laced with a positive message, veiled by the contrasting melancholy production. Sewn together by slow-burning synths, crackling percussion and a glimmering, transient guitar to cut through the mix, the alluring song sits in the amorphous zone between trip-hop, R&B and synth-pop.

Consisting of Joshua Idehen (vocals), Izzy Brooks(vocals), Andy Highmore (production/keys) and Tino Kolarides(Guitars) Look Back In Laughter sees Joshua take more of a leading role with the vocals, where we see his background in spoken word come to the forefront of the track. His warm baritone vocal is full of subtle wordplay and charming London colloquialisms which, when paired with the contrasting piercing pop tone from Izzy, adds another dimension to their genre fusing sound, Look Back In Laughter is a soothing reminder to not dwell on the negatives of life as one day we’re just “gonna look back and laugh” – a positive message which has the power to resonate with us all.

Musically melding sounds from a myriad of influences and cultures, HUGH continue to transcend genre and create captivating music which has earned them praises from the likes of Huw Stephens, Stereogum, Pigeons And Planes and The Guardian.

HUGH are fast becoming one of the stand-out artists in a musical landscape where the blurred lines between genres are becoming increasingly prevalent.This is evident in the live environment as well as on record, and in order to support the latest release they will be playing a special one-off showcase at Elektrowerkz in London on 12th October.