DENIM BLÙ, the Toronto-based pop artist with Chinese roots, released his new single, 2I’ll Die (with Lizzy Clarke),’ an emotional song that explores the depths of rock bottom. The track will be his second of 2021, following his recent single ‘Extraordinary Feel (feat. Lizzy Clarke)’ and adjoining remixes.
His latest offering is inspired by the fallout after heartbreak and the emotions of needing to fall before you rise. Although suffering is usually an emotion experienced in solitude, this duet between Denim and Lizzy expresses the universality of the message – it shows that even at your lowest point, you are not alone. Denim croons in his smooth tone and Lizzy dazzles with her agile vocals. Together, they deliver different but complementary vocals over this power ballad.
Singer-songwriter OLAEDO IBE’s new single, ‘Manifest,’ is an anthem for anyone going through adversity, offering encouragement to never give up, as there will be light at the end of the tunnel.
The London artist was going through personal challenges at the start of the pandemic, which led to the decision to put her song writing skills on the back burner.
The contemporary R&B songstress explains how the Kerba Music-produced track came to fruition: “After experiencing strong bouts of writer’s block, I had a dream that someone was singing Manifest. When I woke up I quickly recorded the song and started working on the song in early 2020 during the first lockdown.”
Starting out singing in church and local events from a young age, Olaedo found her forte in combining music with words of empowerment that’s relatable and touching to people, regardless of race, background and religious beliefs. Her crossover appeal gave her the opportunity to share the stage with Motown legend Peobo Bryson.
She released her debut EP, ‘Shine Like Gold’ in 2015, which gained a nomination for the MOBO Premier Gospel Music and Urban Music award later that year. Olaedo followed up with her second EP, ‘Grow to Glow’ in 2018 which features ‘Lead Me’, ‘Good Life’, featuring Leke and Becca Folkes, and ‘Fill Us (Children’s song)’. All three tracks from the EP claimed the top ten spot on the UK Christian Chart.
Now Olaedo returns, offering a tower of strength in times of trouble, through latest release, ‘Manifest,’ out from 10th September on variousmusic platforms.
New York-based singer-songwriter MAE KRELL‘s shares single ‘rest stop’, an undeniable emotional rawness. Underscored by layered, lush instrumentation, Mae’s vocals bristle with palpable emotion as they come to terms with the loss of a friendship.
Mae started to write the single when their car broke down in the trucking area of a rest stop. They were feeling lost in life, both figuratively and literally. “I was sad and still processing a really painful friend breakup and just overall not in a great place,” Mae says. “In writing ‘rest stop,’ I was learning that sometimes getting healthier and becoming more independent can end in a loss of a relationship .And, as this specific friendship ended, I started to realize that maybe it wasn’t as good for me as I thought it was.”
For the accompanying music video, Mae hit the road with visual artist Caro Hallock to revisit the aforementioned rest stop. The video chronicles the journey back to where the song was first conceived through nostalgic and timeless road trip footage. Check it out below…
London based polymath MATHS TIME JOY‘s single ‘Cut The BS’, his collaborative project with New York based artist Rich, was penned from the aftermath of an abusive relationship.
Sharing more behind the track Rich Shared: “I wrote this song after the fallout from the abusive relationship I sing about in Change. I would see my abuser’s friends every once in a while at parties and different social situations. My conversations with those friends always felt surface-level and overly-cordial. I felt like they weren’t being completely upfront, which led me to question who I could trust.”
‘Cut the BS’ is the third single to be revealed from the new project, the follow up to the emotive and passionate ‘Hoping You’d Call’. Earlier this year they debuted with ‘Change’, a beautiful, melancholy offering, born from the moment of realization Rich had that he was in an abusive relationship, an experience that has also fueled the creation of ‘Cut The BS’.
Quickly growing a reputation for their winning combination of flawless vocal talent and weightless, abstract production the pair have already scooped support from the likes of The Line of Best Fit, American Songwriter, Early Rising and Notion, not to mention a wealth of playlisting support across DSPs and love from the likes of Radio 1’s chillest record, Radio 4’s Iconic show Loose Ends and Elton John’s Rocket hour who coined their sound ‘Sensational’’.
Maths Time Joy is one of the UKs most multifaceted talents, a Grammy nominated recording artist, producer and DJ. Teamed with the unmistakable, widely acclaimed talent of Rich, the pair have a winning formula that is not to be missed. Check them out below…
Following his Song of the Day debut on the blog with neon-electro single, ‘Together Forever’ back in April, VON MARLON releases brand new single, ‘Save It’, which encompasses his underground trademark of Ambient, Hip-Hop and dance.
Documenting the anticipation and patient longing for social interaction with loved ones when things return to normal, ‘Save It’ is an uptempo piece compared to previous, releases ‘Together Forever’ and ‘Closer’, as it possesses soulful-ish funky bass, reminiscent of 90s dance music.
With this hope of the world reopening, Von Marlon is looking forward to booking some more shows around Berlin later in the year along with a newly anticipated EP in November.
Check out the lyric video to Van Marlon’s ‘Save It’ below…