Making her presence known on Melbourne’s pop scene, CAITLIN MIN FA drops her debut single ‘Younger Self’. Co-written with Rob Amoruso and Alice Blake, ‘Younger Self’ is an infectious dynamic track, reminding all of us to let go of imperfections and embrace life’s moments more – a message she would tell her younger self.
“It’s so easy to hold yourself back because of insecurities or fear, but if you don’t work through that fear, you’re going to miss out on some pretty great things,” Caitlin explains. “If you give yourself a chance, you’d be surprised of what you’re actually capable of”.
We all need a pick-me-up sometimes…why not check out Caitlin’s ‘Younger Self’ below…
WISH MASTER‘s single ‘Write Pages’, takes things to a Dickensian level, as the viewer is presented with a snapshot into the Bristol emcee’s past, present and future.
With a concept reminiscent of the classic novel A Christmas Carol, you hear Wish’s depth and artistry in his lyricism, which has helped support his rise in prominence over the past few years.
Supported with a life journeying video showing his progression from a boy to a man, Wish Master flows poetically over a flute-laden head-nodder produced by Van Dam. ‘Write Pages’ delivers a wholesome and uplifting message around being ‘the author of his own life’.
Filmed in part at the world famous university in his home town of Bristol, the Patch Up productions-directed video paints a vivid picture of Wish recreating some of the most memorable stages in his life. From a child to teenager to his present state and even a flash forward to Wish in a stately setting.
Released to coincide with Black History Month, this song ‘Write Pages’ aims to show how dedication is needed to reach your goals, inspiring others to see how anything is possible if you focus and put your mind to it!
It’s been a long 4-year stint since South London Hip-Hop artist, AKS, released his sophomore EP, ‘Train of Thought’, seeing the likes of BBC 1Xtra, Earmilk, HipHopDX, DJ Booth and the MOBO Awards among the tastemakers who added their plaudits for the seminal record. The offering went on to earn the rapper two nominations at the inaugural Unsigned Music Awards (Best Record, Best Urban Act) as well as giving him viral moments with his Chas Appeti directed visual efforts for singles ‘Stay with Me’ featuring Sincerely Wilson, and title track ‘Train of Thought’, both being picked up by UNILAD.
Now with the close of 2020 fast approaching and against the backdrop of the current world climate the “three-letter man” returns with his new soul infused single ‘Up & Up (Heavens Above)’, an aspirational offering appealing to each of our underlying ambitions.
Merging unconventional organ phrases with lush and vibrant guitar licks throughout, the track plays as an ode to the jazz greats of yesteryear; fusing traditional musicianship with the off kilter syncopated bounce of contemporary hip-hop and neo-soul. Continuing his previous form as a genuine lyricist, AKS weaves together thought rich rhyme schemes whilst delivering a soulfully melodic vocal in a way that is easily becoming the calling card of the South London native.
Exploring themes of dogged determination and new found responsibility, the passion driven track displays AKS’ lyrical ability as he pens painfully frank verses professing his recent frustrations, the pressures of becoming a new father and questions surrounding legacy.
Speaking further about the inspiration behind ‘Up And Up (Heavens Above)’, AKS says, “Following the birth of my son, having taken some time away from music in the lead up to his arrival and in the time since, I found myself questioning my existence and contributions both from a parental and an artistic perspective. This song was born out of a desire to do better for my son’s sake and ascend irrespective of the obstacles I may face or how low I’ve felt at times. It’s my reminder to myself of my hopes and dreams, that my contributions are long lasting and impactful, at the very least, on my son”.
‘Up & Up (Heavens Above)’ is the first single taken from his forthcoming project ‘As Plane As Day: Departures & Arrivals’, which concludes the wordsmith’s three-part ‘Modes of Transport’ series, the record sees the rapper award himself production credits under the veiled moniker #3Letters, whilst enlisting the collaborative efforts of prominent musicians Adrian Remedy (Ed Sheeran) on guitars, Benjamin Muralt (Ledisi, Ill Camille, Pixie Lott) on bass, and AdeKeys (AfroB) on keyboards.
With the success of her debut EP, ‘Nocturne’ and critical acclaim as one of the Detroit Metro Times’ 2020 ‘Bands To Watch’, singer-songwriter DANI DARLING‘s 2020 was shaping up to be a breakout year… but when a worldwide pandemic temporarily derailed her hopes and aspirations, the Michigan native was forced to cancel tour dates and found new inspiration in solitude during quarantine.
In the midst of chaos, and a national debate over the value of human life, Dani sought to cope with the year’s trauma through recording her forthcoming EP ‘Mage’, due out on all digital streaming platforms on 11th November. A celebration of the power of Black women through the lens of astrology, the project serves to uplift listeners and provide relief from the communal trauma experienced in 2020. Today (29th October) the alt R&B & soul songstress releases the project’s definitive and second single, ‘All Stars’.
Empowering, eloquent and unifying, VALNTNA conveys the world around her with considered hard-hitting lines and soulful softness in new single ‘Black Kingz’.
Premiered on BBC Radio 1Xtra with DJ Ace, the record made its poignant debut during Black History month ahead of the striking visuals, which are set to release in the last week of October. Lyrically dissecting the obstacles, the pain and suppression of black men, VALNTNA creates an uplifting message of unity, strength and power that can be accessed universally via her soulful and complex singing ability.
“I deliver a powerful message to shine a light on these issues, empowering all Black Kingz to come together, uplift themselves and each other & embrace the change that is distinctly upon us. Projecting Love, Healing & Unity” says the singer and songwriter from South London.
Produced by music duo, PINK87, who also helped curate VALNTNA’s previous single ‘CCW (Confidently Constantly Wrong)’, ’Black Kingz‘ flows with melodic variances guided by her R&B and soul influences, yet her customs and South London upbringing infiltrate her style making the product nostalgic but current.
Citing Anita Baker, Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone and Lauryn Hill as some of her influences, VALNTNA is an artist of technique, growth, and emotion, and ‘Black Kingz‘ displays each quality exceptionally. Her ability to openly challenge important topics and call for unity within the black communities is bold, impactful and necessary. Check out this gem below…