Song of the Day: Never Felt So Alone – Captains Of The Imagination

Responding to feelings of social isolation and the double-edged sword of digital connectivity, ‘Never Felt So Alone’ is the third single from CAPTIONS OF IMAGINATION‘s full EP Fingerprint.

Straight outta Geneva, Switzerland – who are often compared to a modern incarnation of the Fugees or the Black Eyed Peas – this trio combines rapping, singing, and musicianship with both distinctive lyrical content and their own vibe.

Taking a step in the direction of combating taboos around mental health, vocalists Imagine, Dr Koul and Evita Koné lead by example by sharing their angst instead of bottling it up. French beatmaker Josra constructs a sonic atmosphere built around vibrating basslines and strident synthesizers, backed by British violinist Julian Azkoul’s urgent bow strokes.

Musically, the song goes beyond its subject matter, as ‘Never Felt So Alone’ is as catchy and danceable as its music video is stylish and entertaining. Check it out below…

Listen To Rubber’s Brand New Single, ‘Fries & Wings’

Philly-based duo RUBBER‘s single, ‘Fries & Wings’, takes elements of 90s-2000s R&B and repackages them with a more modern approach. It employs a simple catchy chord progression played on a rich and warm electric piano, complemented by a soothing vocal performance, all glued together by an energetic drum machine pattern and a fat bass line- a signature Rubber flare.

The group is a writing-producing duo made up of singer-lyricist, Andrew Loper, and producer/multi-instrumentalist, John Della Franco formed during their time studying at Temple University in 2018. They started out writing music for fun, but after performing for the first time together in a campus coffee shop, they were signed to the Temple University Record Label and released their first single to critical acclaim sending them up and down the East Coast. The duo shines the brightest in a live setting where their combination of bass-driven grooves and vocal acrobatics has grabbed and held the attention of audiences across the country.

Check out the video for ‘Fires & Wings’ below…

Duo ISYLA Share Their Album ‘Of Blood And Star’

Following on from the success of their 2020 debut release ‘Where She Walks’, which received acclaim worldwide, duo ISYLA have released their latest album, ‘Of Blood And Star’, on Earth Day (22nd April).

Their newest collection of work possesses a deep meditative and earthy blend of soft alt folk/pop throughout, with heavenly soothing vocal performance which is very reminiscent of acclaimed singer-songwriter Dido. The tranquil soundscapes are, at times, infused with a kick of funk (in ‘Pretty Lies’) and elements of 60s and 70s style soft soulful tones (featured in ‘Colours Of The Rain’ and Beautiful Change’)

UK singer-songwriters Lizzie Freeborn and Amy Woodburn formed ISYLA back in 2020 to offer a musical response to raising the profile of the climate crisis. The two combine their love for cinematic arrangements, dynamic harmonies and sultry grooves to sing for life on earth.

‘Of Blood And Star’ represents the deeper connections with the earth and each other. Have a listen to the album below…

Song of the Day: Taken – Puppy Pound (ft. Kenah)

Dynamic duo Bichon and Shepherd who make up PUPPY POUND are continuing to make waves with single ‘Taken’, a mid-tempo love number which features budding singer, Kenah.

The teenage duo originally started as a trio emerging from a talent hunt and made their debut in 2017. The group has since rolled out numerous singles, an EP and music videos, earning them decent recognition. The versatility of their sound makes them appealing to a wide range of listeners. Fusing elements of Afro-pop, Afrobeat, Hip Hop and R&B, Puppy Pound’s distinctive sound is instantly recognisable.

‘Taken’, is their first single of the year, and is yet another step towards the release of the duo’s new project which they have revealed in their interviews will be dropped later this year. Produced by Hulla and mixed and mastered by Milla Mix, Puppy Pound should be added to your ones to watch playlist for 2022. check out the video below

Song of the Day: Harder – Lion Babe (ft. Busta Rhymes)

Off the heels of their third studio album ‘Rainbow Child’, the dynamic New York alt-R&B/Soul duo LION BABE – comprised of singer-songwriter and performance artist Jillian Hervey and producer/DJ Lucas Goodman (aka Astro Raw) – have shared their first single of 2022 ‘Harder’ ft Busta Rhymes.

An electrifying combination of up-tempo House & Hip-Hop produced by Astro Raw and International House producer-DJ Mike Nasty, ‘Harder’ demonstrates Jillian’s ability to keep the party dancing with her signature vocals and mesmerising melodies, while exchanging energetic rap verses with the Hip-Hop legend Busta Rhymes. The single is currently featured on the NBA 2K22 video game and soundtrack released in September 2021.

Why not check it out below…