Song of the Day: The Heroine – Jovel

The heroine Jovel

Ahead of the release of his debut EP, The Void (out 20th June on iTunes), JOVEL teases us with the highly emotive single, The Heroine.

Following the turbulent tale of Katie, a girl JOVEL knew in his youth, The Heroine explores her addictions and struggles as a young, single mother. Played out like a spoken word poem, the track emerges as a heartfelt grime composition, steadied by a stark beat and alt-rock ensemble of guitars.

Never the one to settle inside the box, the London singer/rapper wants to make his EP as interactive as possible. Unveiled in 15 second episodes on his Instagram account (@jovelmusic), JOVEL has broadcast The Void: An Instagram Movie, a compilation of completely fresh footage that interlink the EP’s four tracks and videos together. Released fortnightly, each cut will continue a story that develops throughout the campaign. Giving his fans the chance to interact with the songwriter directly, The Void: An Instagram Movie is a unique and personal mark on the work that he has put into his new EP.

Take time out and check out the movie…but first watch the heart-wrenching video to the single, The Heroine (directed by  Patrick Odour)

Haze Thinking out loud

HAZE drops his visual to his latest single, Thinking Out Loud, coming from his mammoth album of the same name, released last Monday. Alongside the album and video, the emcee also stars in and co-directed a short film with Sheridan De Myers

The 21-track album goes through different feelings and emotions and features other hugely respected UK Hip-Hop artists such as Akala & Black The Ripper on track Problems, J Spades and Whooli on Suttin About Me, Pakman on Follower Or Leader, and Irish soulful singer Maverick Sabre on Made In Love.

Haze has proved he can take his artistry to a different dimension, by joining together a film, album and music video. Based in London on a true story, the project represents the conflict of an artist torn between two worlds. The streets and his passion; aspiring to be a successful artist but having to do whatever it takes to support his dream & his family, which ultimately leads him to making the ultimatum decision.

Thinking Out Loud album is now available on iTunes…but for now, check out the video.

 

New Track: Holdin’ – Model 86

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Forward-thinking producer MODEL 86 returns gets ready to release his latest EP, When You Realise People Are Not One Dimensional Characters In A Movie Of Your Life in early July.

Written over the past six months, the five track release bounces off the walls like nothing Manchester-born, London-based Matthew James Wilcock – the man behind the moniker – has done before. A kaleidoscope of weird and wonderful textures, the EP explores the nooks and crannies of experimental electronic, R&B, and contemporary hip-hop. Blending together an eclectic mix of diced samples, storming bass, beautiful refrains and bold rhythms, When You Realise… provides a sound reminiscent of Hudson Mohawke, Flying Lotus and Flume.

The EP’s opening track Holdin sets the tone straight from the get-go as an explosive hip-hop fling of choppy samples: a footworky rhythm with emotional breakdowns.

After dropping out of Art College to study music, MODEL 86 began exploring a waypoint between New York hip-hop, ‘70s funk, jazz and contemporary electronic music, whilst exploring his interest in the way music and sound dissect. Having produced prolifically for commercials, TV and film, he finally came into his own with his debut EP, Self Help Dance last summer. Following on naturally from his first release, championed by NME, Clash and Radio 1’s Huw Stephens,  the producer’s latest endeavour continues the theme of genre-mashing, but with a more considered structure and approach.

When You Realise People Are Not One Dimensional Characters In A Movie Of Your Life is out for your inspection on 8th July…but for now, listen to the EP’s opener.

New Track: More Time – Coops

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London rapper COOPS is gearing up to release new project God Complex on 6 June. He marks his return with a teaser, More Time.

Having released his Lost Soul mixtape in 2014, including tracks Chillin’ and Blessings,  this new release touches on themes including self belief, spirituality and habits and vices. 

Coops says of the album: “God Complex was a musical experiment. Some songs I wrote, and some I just went into the booth and started recording. My intention for this approach was to discover something new musically and within myself.”

New Track: Pass Me By – Jovel

Jovel

I have another smooth R&B number, in the form of Pass Me By, coming from singer and rapper JOVEL. The single is coming from his debut EP The Void, out next month.

Featuring a brooding yet soulful/trap arrangements, ‘Pass Me By’, a song that firmly focuses on depression and suicide. The four-minute production is a great insight into the four-track set as it further touches on the aforementioned issues and also covers topics such as addiction, loneliness and emptiness. With the newcomer’s hard-hittingly raw delivery, the project flips between waves of alternative R&B, soul, pop and hip-hop.

Jove

The singer and rapper aims to make his new EP as interactive and engaging as possible. Unveiled in 15 second episodes on his Instagram account, JOVEL will broadcast The Void: An Instagram Movie, a compilation of completely fresh footage that interlink the EP’s tracks and videos together. Released fortnightly, each cut will continue a story that develops throughout the campaign, giving his fans the chance to interact with the Londoner directly.

The Void EP is all set for released on 20th June…but for now, listen to Pass Me By