Keltoum delivers a superb jazzy soul jam, ‘Stop To Play’.

Taken from her debut eponymous EP, ‘Stop To Play’ is the latest single to be released from KELTOUM. The fast-emerging artist from France is already being compared to leaders in her field like Sade, Jill Scott and Erykah Badu as her neo-soul and pop influences caress from all sides. An original composer and player KELTOUM also brings to the table a unique French sensibility which demonstrates the sort of warmth felt by Janet Jackson or perhaps Alicia Keys at their most impassioned. The list of greats she could be compared to could go on but KELTOUM herself has struck her own blend of jazz and smoky vocal which is hard not to melt away to.

KELTOUM has already picked up fans across the board including some distinguished influencers like Gilles Peterson among others at Jazz FM and beyond. Her live show is also on another level as the energy of her trio seem to get the best of her tantalizing subtle soul voice bringing emotion to all who see her play, such as those who attended Gilles’ Worldwide festival in Sète last year where she completely bowled over the crowd.

Check out ‘Stop To Play below…and while you’re at it…take out and listen to her EP – ABSOLUTELY STUNNING.

Song of the Day: Work Of Art – Iamu (ft. Rebecca James)

Production powerhouse IAMU offer up their new single ‘Work of Art’ featuring the vocals of Rebecca James – who’s currently on tour with music royalty, Janet Jackson.

The duo’s broad and in-depth understanding of music as an art form, and more notably as an emotion, plays a key role within their sound. IAMU’s music faces no border when it comes to genre, which is verified by their eclectic repertoire and the range of artists that they’ve previously worked with such as Wiley, Miss Dynamite, WSTRN and their recent infectious single with Bluey Robinson, ‘Falling Stars’.

Their ability to engage in territories that blend both spectrums of genre and philosophical concepts, in combination with their anonymous identities, has created a sense of mystery and intrigue into their musical moves. Whilst their next track may unpredictable, it is becoming apparent that IAMU consistently deliver an extension of their unique and versatile sound…this is too smooth to pass up…check out ‘Work of Art.’

EP Review: Thunder In The Desert – Amique

AMIQUE‘s self-produced EP, ‘Thunder In The Desert’, explores the realms of spirituality along with love, loneliness and fear, alternating between the richness of soulful gospel and his holistic-ish/hazy take on modern R&B/soul.

His five-track teaser will go down treat with massive fans of Janet Jackson’s, ‘I Get Lonely’, as he put a take-it-to-the-church spin on the 90s hit. ‘I’m Wondering’ and ‘Forbidden Love’ display his holistic approach to modern R&B/soul with the haziness of the guitar plucks giving off that subtle  Prince-esque rock sensation.

With this small set, AMIQUE has built up just enough curiosity, through his well-controlled falsetto, for you to look out for his next move – check it out.

Must Listen: I Get Lonely, Forbidden Love

Song of the Day: Blessing (Birthday Track) – Ray Rizzle

Birthday song Ray Rizzle

Alabama native RAY RIZZLE  celebrated his birthday last weekend by dropping a new track Blessing. With samples of JANET JACKSON’s classic, Making Love in the Rain, this reflective production displays his undivided love for his daughter and his progression in his rap career. It brings a tear (or two) to your eyes. Check it out!