EP Review: Take It Or Leave It – Kiana Corley

KIANA CORLEY‘s latest heartfelt EP, ‘Take it or Leave it,’ tells a story of reflecting on new love, break ups, lost love, and self reflection; a kind of reflection that can only be gained when you take a step back from that relationship. Kiana delivers the aforementioned themes in a wholesome soulful voice – a cross-between Sade and Corinne Bailey Rae – where she’s not backwards in coming forward in telling the truth.

Sonically, the five-track set goes on a journey through many different musical styles – from upbeat ukulele- infused pop to funk. Highly motivated by helping and inspiring others, through her authentically original music, Kiana hopes this EP will help with the healing process of anyone who had to go through a hard breakup.

So if you’ve just come out of a messy relationship, it’s time to start the healing process; have a listen to Kiana’s soothing EP below…

Must Listens: Lukewarm, Tell Me, Black Canvas

Song of the Day: Together Forever – Von Marlon

After a separate personal and musical split in quick succession, VON MARLON‘s alias was formed as a solo project after living abroad. The name derives from a Mike Skinner lyric, whose music along with other underground
alternative pioneers of the UK scene greatly inspired Von Marlon’s sound, which offers a mix of
Hip-Hop, Ambient, & Dance inspired alternative pop songs.

His single ‘Together Forever’, is about the dreams and hopes one can have for a relationship, not only when dating someone but also with a greater sense of connection in general. It was created during the past year and evolved from the current global situation; the longing for when everyone can come back together again and the feeling of excitement that that moment will bring.

Garnering attention with the two singles ‘Searching’ and ‘Tripping’ on independent radio stations such as Absolute Radio and Amazing radio, Von Marlon was then featured in The Unsigned Guide’s June ’19 Spotlight, before signing a sync deal to Max Music Publishing.

From this, ‘Closer’ was synced on an episode of Queen Sugar, the US TV show broadcasted on Oprah Winfrey’s network OWN, whilst also being listed in Ditto’s ‘Chartbreaker’ Spotify playlist.

Check out the official video for ‘Together Forever’ below…

Song of the Day: Runaway – Miliano

Drawing influences from Lauryn Hill, Simple Plan, and Future as modern-day inspirations while also showing off his Uruguayan roots in the form of Alfredo Zitarrosa and Carlos Santana, Uruguayan-artist MILIANO shows off his first release of 2021, ‘Runaway’, which tells the story of a relationship in his youth, where his teen ex-girlfriend “ran away” from her family to be with him.

Miliano (born Maximiliano Cohan) is a guitar player, singer/songwriter born in Harlem, NY but spent his formative years in Uruguay. Now based in Miami, the young artist has solidified himself in the underground scene with a slow but steady output of releases, garnering New Music Friday features in nine countries, including countries in North America, the EU and Africa.

For the last year, Miliano has been mentored by Enrique Iglesias who has helped progress his sound. This is ONE tough track…why not check it out below…

 

 

 

The Hamiltones Offer Charming Romance In Official ‘Manager’ Music Video

The Grammy-nominated viral R&B/Soul sensations THE HAMILTONES shared their brand new video for latest single ‘Manager’. Designed to make the ladies go weak at the knees, the single was released for Valentine’s Day.

A significant departure from the trio’s more traditional, adult-contemporary soul sound, ‘Manager’ serves as the lead single from The Hamiltones’ forthcoming new project, expected to drop this spring.

For now, check out the video for ‘Manager’ below…

EP Review: The Lovers’ Tape – Shantéh x Joshua. James

What meant to be a standalone track to be release on Valentines Day, singer/songwriter SHANTÉH and producer JOSHUA. JAMES’ new EP, ‘The Lovers’ Tape’ was quickly turn into a four-track project that was written, recorded, mixed and mastered in four days (yes, four days!)

Bringing all angles of a love story to the table – from building trust, to an untimely separation, then from re-exploring the idea of a relationship to finally solidifying a true bond and commitment – ‘The Lovers’ Tape’ possesses a fresh take on 90s Slow Jam – thanks to the warming glow of the background vocals (which takes on a Jodeci-ish vibe in third track, ‘Luvin’ You’), the sombre feel from the piano (featured in ‘Foundations’) and the vibrant guitar plucks, giving off a Afro tone (in concluding track, ‘Meant To Be’). Each aforementioned component are all brought together by an uplifting meaty bass.

There’s no doubt about it that this mini set is definitely for those who love them some good old 90s Sow Jam. I, for one, am really impressed by their quick turnaround on a project of such high calibre – and still have it ready in time for Valentine’s Day. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the South Londoners will join up for another collaboration. Check out ‘The Lovers’ Tape below…

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