Song of the Day: Sunshine – Micah Willis

MICAH WILLIS is a rising pop singer with old soul sensibility when it comes to instrumentation and production, this would seem natural as Micah is the son of blues great Kenny Neal. His single, ‘Sunshine’, which comes off the upcoming mixtape, ‘Who The Hell Is Micah Willis,’ was recorded in Baton Rouge with Kennys band brings a gospel-like emotive and inspirational lyrics sung with powerful female backing vocals strengthen the belting delivery of Micah over an organ’s swirl, glittering with the guitar of Kenny Neal.

‘Sunshine’ came into existence after Micah felt a wave of hope on a plane ride home from a successful gig in Orlando. He says this is the fastest a song has ever come together for him. The reason that wave of hope lead to such a powerful single is Micah suffers from anxiety and depression and like a lot of us it has been more challenging in recent years.

The more he shared the outline of the song, the more people were quick to jump on board – first producer Chance Clift, then Christian Lucy on keys. Micah then sent it to his father Kenny Neal who on hearing it wanted to bring his full band in. Micah realising the connection this song was making brought in some amazing vocalists Mimi Knowles and Raven Flowers to fill out the sonic hug.

Micah says of creating the single: “I haven’t ever experienced creating a song the way we created this. I feel like there was so much love in every session we did with this song, and that is what this song is all about. Love, hope, and happiness.”

Have a listen to ‘Sunshine’ below…

Song of the Day: Essence – Coops

Produced by Greatness Jones, ‘Essence’ is an inspiring cut of positivity from the talented North London rapper, COOPS, ruminating about life across trademark boom-bap drums and a rolling bass line. Essence is taken from Coops’ new album, ‘Lost Soul 2’ – released last Friday (23rd September) via Lost Soul Records.

‘Lost Soul 2’, the seventh full length release from the prodigious talent, was recorded at Coops’ studio in Hackney and serves as the sequel to his seminal Lost Soul mixtape, which still commands huge admiration nearly a decade since its release and is widely seen as a cult UK hip-hip classic. The new album sees a welcome return to the creative partnership with producer Talos that flourished on ‘Lost Soul’.

In support of the new album, Coops has announced details of his debut UK headline tour. The ‘Lost Soul’ tour will see Coops on the road in October and November with a special hometown show at London’s XOYO on Friday 4th November. Full dates can be found below while tickets are on sale now here: https://diplomatsofsound.org/coops-lost-soul-tour-2022/.

While the original reflected the uncertainty in his teenage years, ‘Lost Soul 2’ explores the navigation of adult life against the backdrop of the precariousness of the world in 2022. It’s a tale of progression and growth: Coops’ emotional capacity has matured, as has the soulful melodies he is crafting. It demonstrates evolution without compromising the important message in his music. 

‘Lost Soul 2’ is Coops at his truest, purest, and most effortless and, having flown under the radar for far too long, is set to cement his status as one of the UK’s foremost lyricists. Check out the video for ‘Essence’ below…

LESS KILLJOY Brings On The Energy With Track, ‘My Parade.’

LESS KILLJOY‘s brand new track, ‘My Parade’ brings along that much-needed energy to the blog to ease those Monday blues. The single is the second offering from her forthcoming debut EP titled Pink Grenade.

Inspired by a search for happiness for herself and everyone around her, ‘My Parade’ shines with a bratty and boisterous vocal energy, dreamy synthesizers, lo fi guitar loops and in your face drums, where she talks about feeling underestimated and judged by the people around her and throwing it back in their faces.

Through sharing her experience, LESS KILLJOY hopes to build a community of people who feel safe around one another, despite their race, gender, sexuality, age, or socioeconomic status, her raw honesty and true passion for inclusivity makes her one to watch. Having received humbling praise from the likes of Earmilk, Record of the Day and Ones to Watch, you can expect a lot more from this exciting new Toronto talent. Have a listen to ‘My Parade’ below…

Watch Rich Homie Quan’s ‘Risk Takers’ Video

Chart-topping rapper, RICH HOMIE QUAN has premiered the official video for latest track, ‘Risk Takers’ via YouTube yesterday (21st September). The song is the second single off his forthcoming project, Family & Mula, due out on October 4th 2022 – the same day as Quan’s birthday.

The video, directed by MarCell JB and Darrien G, depicts Quan hanging out with friends, eating well, flossing, and accumulating more and more money. On the surface, it appears to be a day in the life of Rich Homie Quan, but interspersed with footage of him playing dice, the message rings loud and clear. Rich Homie Quan lives the life he dreamed of because he gambled on himself and won.

The inspirational track recaps the resilience and resoluteness it took for Quan to triumph over his many adversities and to get to where he is now-successful and ready to release more music. Check out the video below…

Watch Oloye Coldman’s Video For Latest Track,‘Sókè’ Featuring Louris Love

Nigerian singer-songwriter, rapper and producer OLOYE COLDMAN has unveiled the official music video for track, ‘Sókè’, a smooth R&B-inspired jam, that encourages all of us to keep our head up high when things are bleak.

‘Sókè’ features follow Nigerian rapper Louris Love. Check it out below…