The Lyonz Drops ‘The Jump To Jupiter Video’ + EP

Salvo (Anthony Salvo) and Norrin (Terrell McLeod Richardson)  – aka Montreal group THE LYONZ –  have dropped their highly anticipated new EP ‘2nd U, Pt.1’, last Friday (17th January), which showcases their trademark of minimal jazz-tinged unconventional hip hop.

Alongside the EP,  the duo also unveiled a stunning video for lead single, ‘The Jump to Jupiter’, which delves into the life of a troubled man, obsessed with one day going to see the planet. Jupiter is essentially a metaphor for a destination of bliss and safety —jumping to Jupiter means escaping his troubled life of drug abuse.

Check out the video below…

Song of the Day: Goldress – YellowStraps (ft. YVNK)

Consisting of Rwandan-born brothers Alban and Yvan Murenzi, Brussels-based alternative R&B/ soul duo YELLOWSTRAPS’ latest single ‘Goldress’, embodies an immediately addictive vibe that’s gets a big thumbs up from the likes of Earmilk, Indie Shuffle and Complex.

Operating in a smooth, soulful groove, ‘Goldress’ pushes against the borders of convention both lyrically and sonically while marking a path for a complex of jazzy references to shine through. From the get-go, the single is an ingenious blend of soulful tunes and undeniable technique, held together effortlessly by the charismatic Murenzi brothers.

The video for the track takes place in a cinema, between a young man and a woman in a gold dress. The panning of the camera between the two characters creates complex dynamics from simple actions, while the visuals of the “lady in the gold dress” complement the inherent surrealism, while at the same time adding a literal element to the cinematography.

The track features VYNK who has releases on renowned labels Kitsuné and Majestic Casual and has shared stages with notable acts such as Ghostface Killah and Killah Priest.

Out now via Haliblue Records, ‘Goldress’ is the title track from their upcoming EP ‘Goldress’, slated to drop on 7th February 2020.

Check out the video below…

Song of the Day: Stawberry Cough – Church Friends (ft. Jordan Jetson)

Taken from their forthcoming album, ‘Deer Park’, CHURCH FRIENDS’ single, ‘Strawberry Cough’ showcases the funky soul side of this four piece Psych Rock/R&B hybrid act’s  kush rock sound, collaborating with hip-hop artist Jordan Jetson. Their first time working with a hip hop artist, Jetson has come out of the same Louisville hip hop scene that birthed national talents Jack Harlow and Bryson Tiller.

A familiar theme to many, ‘Strawberry Cough’ explores the emotional turbulence of being turned down by a partner you thought was into you. The band completed all elements of the tracking, mixing, mastering, and production in their own studio which they have spent the past two years building in the basement of the house they live in together. Mastered using a tape machine, this attempt at an old school sound harkens back to days of bands living together and making music to get through day to day life.

Since formation in 2015, the band has experience steady growth as their music spreads. Known for raucous house shows and quarterly ‘Saturday Services’, the band has been packing out small venues around the city of Louisville. Church Friends have also had the honor of opening up for two time Grammy winner Fantastic Negrito, as well as Kentucky legends Boa.

They’re too good to pass up; check out Chruch Friends’ addictive piece below…

 

 

 

Song of the Day: The Light – Kyoti

Released just before the Xmas period, pop/electro trio KYOTI‘s latest single ‘The Light’ is a song for those cold, winter months. They wanted to create something dark to reflect the season but that was ultimately full of hope and joy.

Singer Ed took influence from his own struggles with depression during the festive season to write the lyric. He said this about the track:

“The Light is a really personal song. Once we started writing I realised how complex and at times fraught the season can be. I’ve always been fascinated by the symbolism of light in the darkness and wanted that to be the main driving image behind the song. Last year I was in a very bad place in November and December which culminated in me calling The Samaritans, but thanks to a lot of self-care and therapy over the year my mental health has dramatically improved and for the first time in a long time I feel hopeful. It seemed to me that the line “I’m beginning to see the light” perfectly summed up that feeling.”

KYOTI have recently embarked on ‘Project Twelve’, where they will be self-releasing one track every month for a year. ‘The Light’ is track #3, with nine more to come in 2020. Their previous single ‘Restart the World’ was released through Seahorse Music (Bryde) and Kitsune Musique in early 2019, gaining airplay on BBC Wales and BBC Newcastle.

Have a listen to ‘The Light’ below…the proceeds of the single does to The Samaritans.

Song of the Day: Better Together – Mauritia

Vibrant alt-pop northerners MAURITIA‘s sixth release of the year, ‘Better Together’ is a charmingly playful love song with all the flavours of an indie classic. It’s the perfect blend of catchy melodies, big vocal hooks, soaring instrumentals, and some crunchy synths thrown in for good measure.

Drawing influence from the likes of Coin, Two Door Cinema Club and Foals, the Hull band have quickly forged their own style and glow with likability.

To celebrate the latest single and see the year out with a huge bang, MAURITIA headlined The Polar Bear, Hull last month, with support from Jumanji and The Avenues.

Check out ‘Better Together’ below: