Song of the Day: Cold Naan – R Choppa

The UK rap scene has never been such a hive of cultural influence as it is right now and R CHOPPA delves into his Asian heritage for the release of his latest joint, ‘Cold Naan’.

Bringing an alternative hip-hop flex to the wider mainstream, R CHOPPA delivers ‘Cold Naan’ with a carefree attitude and freestyle flows that feel almost completely created on the spot. His confidence and personality shine through in abundance as he delivers an eccentric, versatile and abstract rap record that is deep with choral chants, thumping drums and emblazoned with the vibrant sounds of India, whilst also managing to make an anthem from the subject of pizza and ‘Cold Naan’.

The record is taken from the recent release of his ‘Animal Behaviour LP’, which is a 17-track project laden with an array of influences making it a refreshing, alternative and interesting playlist that refuses to adhere to the simplicity of mainstream sounds. Blurring the conventional lines is exactly what R CHOPPA stands for whether it be with genre, lyricism or character – he’s not here to deliver a tried and tested recipe that has been here for generations but instead he finely weaves a multitude of flavour to cater to every taste with new, experimental energy.

Making his visual debut with the self-directed and idiosyncratic video, ‘Cold Naan’ is the perfect introduction to R CHOPPA. Packed with fun, character, quirk and everything that goes against the grain of the polished, mainstream, it retains clarity and is a bold statement for the rising young star….

Check out the the video for the ‘Cold Naan’ below…

New Track: Rain – Turya

South London-born singer/songwriter/composer T U R Y A has unveiled her stunning debut single ‘Rain’, from her forthcoming album ‘Ocean’, out later in the year.

Nicki Wells, the person behind T U R Y A, takes inspiration from Indian Classical Music, which she studied as a teenager in India. The name comes from Turiya, a Sanskrit word, meaning a state of pure consciousness, the silence one experiences after sound. This influence is certainly echoed throughout the new single, which has been featured in Ridley Scott’s ‘Life In The Day (India)’.

Singing primarily in English, ‘Ocean’ is a body of work and debut material representing an artist who is vast in her range, and clear in her emotional appeal. It brings out the bluesy sweetness of
T U R Y A’s vocals, and the beauty within simplicity.

The ball is in your court…have a listen to the first installment of the upcoming album (highly recommended).

Upcoming Release: Maybe I’m Wrong – Nors (ft. Tolu Salako)

To mark the launch of their record label, Nors Music, international music collective NORS are all set to release their single, ‘Maybe I’m Wrong’.

Featuring the sensual vocals of Nigerian musician, Tolu Salako, the forthcoming offering features an equally sensual fusion of R&B, pop and reggae (think of a chilled out version to Zouk) with strong presence of the tribal-esque bass and the flirtatious accordion.

Led by Argentinian multi-instrumentalist Alfredo Norese, the growing success NORS is built on the talent from the UK, USA, Africa and India who’ve cracked up attention and support from various independent radio stations and blogs. To ignite their new-found awareness, the team will digitally release one single each month via their brand new label…so keep an eye out for their future projects!

For now, have a listen to ‘Maybe I’m Wrong’, which will be available on all major digital music outlets from 1st May.

Song of the Day: Come On Over – Nors (ft. Maxine Ryan)

If this track doesn’t get you charged up for the weekend, frankly nothing will.

Today’s dish comes from NORS, an artist collective/production team from different parts of the world, led by Alfredo Norese, a talented producer and musician from Argentina.

NORS is the result of the combined talents of Alfredo producing and composing, Brandon Haygood from Texas (USA) penning lyrics, Tolu Salako from Nigeria, Sahil Dhandia from India and Rob Maude from the UK, providing the vocals.

Come on, shake yourself up and listen to ‘Come On Over’. If you’re feeling this track, head over to their SoundCloud profile as these guys are introducing new songs, throughout the year through different labels worldwide.

Star Song: Here and There- Rushil

rushillToday’s song is Here and There by indie rocker RUSHIL. The track is coming from his debut album, Oscillations, released in January.

Indian-born RUSHIL always had an unflappable passion for music, hailing THE FRAYS, JAMES MORRISON, BOB DYLAN and ERIC CLAPTON as his biggest influence. From the age of 14, he formed a band with his friends and at that point he had the burning desire to become a credible artist. Fate was on his side when a producer spotted his raw talent and under his guidance, RUSHIL started producing his own material which led to his standout debut album.

If you haven’t heard of RUSHIL, the easy-cruising Here and There is the perfect introduction, as you get to experience his smooth and slightly-husky-typically-rock vocals – absolutely stunning!

If you love the sound of Here and There, take a trip to iTunes, where you can check out the album Oscillations. For now, check out his equally cool but hard-hitting video to Here and There – brilliant!