KODAE Returns With Vibrant Single, ‘Fractals’

Following their debut appearance on the blog with spine tingling Nu soul/jazz piece, ‘Awake With Crystal Eyes’, back in February 2021, five-piece group K O D A E has totally flip the script on their sound with brand new single, ‘Fractals’.

With featherly light tones and guitar licks injecting some groove into the production, ‘Fractals’ feels like a deep breath. The last couple of years reminded K O D A E of the importance of presence and community and as things have opened back up, many people have fallen into the busy trap of trying to make up for lost time. This song is a reminder of savoring the moment and regaining connection to the world.

Combining a mutual love of modern groove with personal connections to nature and mysticism, With their different backgrounds, each member from K O D A E brings a unique flavour to the table: Annie da Silva’s velvety voice and cutting lyrics, Owen Mcpherson’s gospel roots on the deep five, Seyoung Lee’s lush jazz textures on the keys, Curtis Sauer’s ambitious groove on the drums and Eric Osborne’s fluid harmonies on the guitar.

Have a listen to the uplifting single below…

Sakyi Comes Through With Debut EP, ‘Four’

After becoming semi-finalists in Britain’s Got Talent in 2015, SAKYI has kept the title as of one of UK’s promising R&B group. Their debut single, ‘Bad As You’, featured on SBTV, went on to garnered over 40K, firmly placing them in the view of UK’s biggest music tastemakers, such as BBC 1xta’s DJ Ace and Sian Anderson.

More recently, Sakyi launched a weekly live session called Sakyi Sundays, where the guys interact with fans and showcase their silky smooth harmonies. The session has gained a huge following within a short space of time, generating over 500k followers in just six months.

Now the four-piece act, consisting of brothers Reece Aaron, Carl and Eden, keeps the hype going by making blazing return with debut EP ‘Four’, out now across various music platforms.

‘Four’ EP marks a new chapter for the group as they make their debut as producers. The six-track set alternates between chilled R&B, inspired from the from nineties and noughties, and some exuberant presence of Afro flavours.

Prior to the release of the EP, Sakyi performed two tracks from the EP (‘Run My Way’ and ‘Save Me’) at Ghana Party in the Park in July to over 4,000 people and was met with a raving reponse. Their lead single, ’24 hours’ was featured on Sian Anderson’s Online Finds on BBC 1xtra.

Now with their EP is gaining ground, it’s very safe to assume that Sakyi can only go from strength to strength, making them the ones to watch for 2022. Have a listen to ‘Four’ EP below…

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Song of the Day: Acapulco – The Sometimes Island

THE SOMETIMES ISLAND are a synth-forward pop band based in Los Angeles and Albuquerque. The exciting and highly visual live band is comprised of charismatic frontman Matt Blankenship Jr and anchored by drummer Nick Lopiano.

Their single, ‘Acapulco’ explores the excitement of beginning a new chapter of life, yet the contrasting sentiment that comes with it. Blankenship Jr states, “I wrote the song Acapulco to capture that listless ennui I was trapped under in Los Angeles, framing it with a fantasy of an ignored lover reaching their breaking point, leaving and abruptly buying a plane ticket.” The narrative almost ironically pairs with a dream-pop backing, harmonic rhythms, John Mayer inspired guitar riff and a truly contagious chemistry.

The accompanying cinematic music video for ‘Acapulco’ mirrors the song’s story, as we witness the demise of a relationship, where one party decides to flee and head for a better, more wholesome life.

Their forms of expression and musical ingenuity make The Sometimes Island ones to watch this year. With their previous EP Beverly & Barbara peaking at #2 internationally on Apple’s Alternative chart, rocketing past even the likes of Billie Eilish, the duo have also amounted over 800,000 monthly listeners, with streaming numbers in the millions. The Sometimes Island are becoming true pioneers of pop as we know it.

Have a peep at the official video below…

Baytrees Share Sensual New Single ‘Lover’

Brixton-hailing four-piece BAYTREES have been crafting their unique blend of hip hop beats, funky rock riffs and catchy pop hooks since 2018. Their ew single ‘Lover’ follows recent single ‘Stitches’ but takes things up a notch in terms of infectious danceability. With ‘Lover’, sticky, sensual restrained grooves make way for Baytrees’ aching collective harmonies. The hypnotic track twists and turns as the intensity of the lovers in the accompanying video rises.

Baytrees is made up of brothers Mensah (songwriter, producer, lead singer, keyboard, guitarist and producer) and Kwame Hart (Bass Guitar), who are joined by friends Marcus Harris (drums and vocals) and Cujoe Ryan (guitarist and keys). Collectively, the members of the band have supported acts including The Sex Pistols, grime sensation Kano, and rock royalty The Rolling Stones. As songwriters, Baytrees have worked with legendary Italian artist Gianna Nannini on her album ‘La Differenza’ which reached number 2 in the Italian charts.

On the track, lead singer and songwriter Mensah Hart says: “Inspired by Prince, Marvin Gaye, Bootsy Collins and 90s hip hop, ‘Lover’ is all about the funk with soulful harmonies, guitar riffs and a seriously funky baseline. We want ‘Lover’ to make people dance, and to be something people can hear on a night out and sing to each other and ultimately connect over.”

Check out the video below…

Song of the Day: No Reason – DUUO

Chase and Nov, otherwise known as hip-hop act DUUO, have worked with Grammy winning and nominated producers like T-Minus, Boi 1da and Wondagurl.

Now the guys have hooked up with multi-platinum artist Rich Homie Quan (releasing music under Rich Homiez) for their third single of the year, ‘No Reason.’ Delivered through a bed of seriously infectious ‘trap-hop’ beats, ‘No Reason’ is about living in the moment and going through the motions.

DUUO explains their inspiration for the single: “One day we were in the studio recording ’til 9am with our mentor… Next, we were spending $100,000 in cash at the jewelry store. So lately, our motto has been “one life to live.” Do what makes you happy for “No Reason.”

Well, here’s your chance to check out ‘No Reason’ below…