Song of the Day: Luz – Afonso

‘Luz’ is the second release from AFONSO which represents a self-analysis, where the singer focuses on his necessity of development and discovery within himself, although the song was written for the minds that don’t recognise this quality.

‘Luz’ –  meaning light in Portuguese – the singer’s mother tongue, acts as a teaching piece, almost like an enlightenment for the listener. To Afonso, this phenomenon has been very important throughout his life and it’s what makes him feel whole, so he sings to underline the fact that it’s only possible to reach this thought through the level of sincerity you have with yourself, your emotions and your journey. It’s by facing his demons that the singer frees himself of negative thoughts and welcomes happiness. Through the heartfelt chords, groovy percussion and the wave-like harps and strings, Afonso sets himself by the seashore – the place where he feels most at ease and connected with himself.

Have a to ‘Luz’ below…

 

Tom One Delivers Brand New Single, ‘Hey’ Featuring Lauren May

Originally hailing from Winchester (Hampshire),  DJ/producer in Tom Guyer – aka TOM ONE – usually deals with house/dance music – but for his latest single, ‘Hey’, he switches direction and  teams up with New Zealand born/East London based singer Lauren May for a carefree and laid-back vibe.

With the piano providing the platform for a classical soulful/jazz feel, the latest effort is enhanced by 27-year old May’s sultry vocal performance – arguably a cross between Amy Winehouse and Jorja Smith.

Tom One has built a name for himself for playing across the country, including his residency spot at Royal Holloway Univeristy’s Student Union, as well as supporting artists such as Chase & Status, Sigma and Becky Hill.

Released yesterday (27th January), ‘Hey’ is available on all download/streaming sites. Have a listen to the stunning single below…

New Music Video: Down – Marian Hill

MARIAN HILL have arrived. The multi-talented duo made up of Jeremy Lloyd (music/lyrics/production) and Samantha Gongol (music/lyrics/vocals) have just dropped the mesmerising, must-see visuals for their smash track ‘Down’ which features on Apple’s new TV campaign for iPhone 7 & AirPods and they recently took to Jimmy Fallon for a stomping performance.

MARIAN HILL shift the classic paradigm of a woman on a stage and a man with a piano to a woman on a mic and a man with a laptop. Tempting paradox with a blend of blues and bass, acoustic and digital, classic and modern, the duo’s full-length debut ‘Act One’ and ‘Down’ have both caused huge waves since their release. Currently No. 19 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart and recently one of pop radio’s most added songs in the US, ‘Down’ entered the Top 20 of Spotify’s global Viral Chart, reached No. 1 on Shazam in the US and Canada and No. 5 on Shazam’s worldwide chart. Garnering praise from the likes of The FADER, Wonderland, The 405 and Beats 1, the duo have taken their one of a kind sound and live offering to SXSW this week.

Two years ago Sam and Jeremy wrote and recorded ‘Whisky’ during spring break in Jeremy’s parents’ basement. When they released it for free on Soundcloud later that summer it was the only song they’d written for the project, and in a little over a year’s time they had recorded their first EP in a bedroom, amassed millions of plays on various platforms, sold out shows across the US and featured in high-profile commercials.

Debut album ‘Act One’ released last year – with a physical release scheduled for March 24th – takes you on a journey through the complexities of modern relationships, with each song inhabiting a specific and charged relationship lyrically, melodically, and sonically. ‘I Know Why’ constantly transforms and reinvent itself as the vocals grapple with a secret while ‘Mistaken’ is the hardest of sax trap with a classic songwriting backbone. ‘Same Thing’ is the saddest part of the album, a haunting ballad depicting serene resignation of a doomed relationship, but castanets rise from the ashes as ‘I Want You’ closes out the night in a pure moment of optimistic electricity, a glance across a crowded room that changes everything.

Check out the video to their epic release, ‘Down.’

New Music Video: Answers With Questions – Lazy Habits

Answers with Questions video clip

LAZY HABITS unveiled a new music video for single Answers with Questions, starring actor and musician Joshua Whitehouse aka Mr Burberry.

The UK hip-hop/soul/jazz group are fast becoming a renowned international live act as year sees them returning to the stage to tour their highly awaited second album. Later this month, the London-based six-piece will perform at East London venue XOYO, where they’ll headline as part of their UK, Europe and Asia tour, on 25 May.

After releasing their self-titled debut album, of which Mixmag described as ‘swish, perfectly produced’, and fans included Ghostpoet, LAZY HABITS are ready to release their follow-up album, The Atrocity Exhibition on 27 May.

Look out for that…but for now, check out this crazy-a** video.