J Appiah Finds Sanity After Chaos With Single, ‘Breathe’

With tastemaker sites such as Complex, Clash and Line of Best Fit all shouting about previous releases and picking up support across BBC 1Xtra and BBC Introducing, Hackney born singer songwriter J APPIAH returns with ‘Breathe’, out today (October 15th) via his own label 19fifty7.

Already staking out his corner of the industry as a highly sought-after vocalist working with the likes of Jess Glynne, Madonna, Michael Kiwanuka, Footsie and Stormzy, J Appiah continues on his genre-defying path, proving himself as a musician in his own right. Genre hopping, and constantly remaking himself artistically, all his work is the sense of an artist true to himself and his feelings. Melancholic and stoic in tone and inspired by an eclectic range of artists, from Bill Withers to Blur, Grime to Soul, Appiah’s music conveys to us what it is to feel alive and human in the world.

Eerie beautiful strings foreshadow the dark bass hook, ‘Breathe’ is minimalist – claustrophobic even – but driven along by its fierce tunnelling groove. J’s stacked vocals give the song much of its atmosphere, recalling the playful vocal production style of Kanye West’s work in its demonstration that the best instrument is the human voice. Lyrically, ‘Breathe’ outlines the struggle not to not fragment under the multitude of stresses that life brings. Through its slick writing and the raw emotiveness of J’s performance, ‘Breathe’ is Appiah pushing his singer/songwriter skillset.

Ever more timely at this stage in the pandemic, a track we can all find a connection too – a reminder to take a minute and Breathe. Check it out below…

Gerle Shares Anti-Love Anthem, ‘Crush Gone Wrong’

Backed with a trap drumbeat, synthetic strings, and a gorgeous melody line, GERLE‘s brand new track, ‘Crush Gone Wrong’ is a stellar example of what all modern pop should sound like.

Gerle’s influences hail from the likes of Robyn, Miley Cyrus, and Madonna, but her sonic quality is unique and effervescent all on its own. Growing up touring with her mother, she was able to adapt her natural talent to help her craft her own musicality and artistry. Gerle also has many career accomplishments already under her belt, with previous singles reaching as high as #53 on the Billboard Charts, and music being featured on shows like Jersey Shore and Married to Medicine as well as being a guest on RuPaul’s Drag Race. All this on top of working with Grammy Award winning producer ToneDef proves that Gerle is soaring her way to the top and will easily become a common name.

Why not check her out below…

Song of the Day: Control – Davido x Django23 x Big Narstie

Following on from becoming the first Nigerian Act to reach 100 Million views on Youtube for ‘Fall’, which is also the longest charting Nigerian pop song in Billboard history, DAVIDO teams up with rap sensation DJANGO23 and the biggest Rap personality in the UK, BIG NARSTIE for the bouncing summer slam ‘Control’.

Snappy clicks, punching bass and percussive shakes are layered with sirens and ad-libs as producer mastermind Rymez, responsible for chart hits including Wiley ‘Heatwave’ and a string of Stefflon Don smashes including – Hurtin’ Me, Senseless and Don Walk, delivers a masterful creation that lives for this three-strike rapper combo.

As the sounds and worlds of global rap, entertainment and genre gaps rise and merge, ‘Control’ is the perfect example of how music is crossing more boundaries than ever before. Having become Nigeria’s biggest rapper to gain success in the United States and subsequently be the leader of Afrobeats in the Billboard charts, DAVIDO has been key in spreading Afrobeats globally. Meanwhile former UK promoter and Rap star DJANGO23 has blown up to become one of the most hotly tipped entertainment acts in recent months following releases ‘Suggardaddie’ featuring Tekno and ‘Give them Django’. His experience in delivering sell-out concerts and parties with A-Listers including Kanye West, Nas, The Game, Madonna, Damian Marley and more has made his transition between the worlds of entertainment business and music a seemless one. Finally, needing no introduction, Entertainer, Bafta nominated TV presenter and rap star BIG NARSTIE seals together what the all-star cast for this certified smash.

Check out the summer banger ‘Control’ below:

New Track: Pedestal – Autumnmusic

songwriter AUTUMNMUSIC  AKA Rosi Croom revealed the impassioned lead track ‘Pedestal’, from her debut EP ‘Dreams&Fears’.

Kicking off with buoyant synth bass and Croom’s assertive vocals, ‘Pedestal’ is a minimal tale of sudden attraction and desire for human touch. As the track develops, her ethereal vocals soar above the enchanting production – embroiled in both anguish and desire. Inspired by Odysseus’ perilous maritime journey, ‘Pedestal’ begins the musical lovelorn voyage destined to end in emotional turmoil.

The debut EP sees Rosi put aside her usual themes of feminism, politics and mental health, to create a deeply personal body of work, taking listeners on a journey of sensuality, lust, loss and violence. These rich narratives are further brought to life on stage using a loop station and live sampling, weaving her stories and their accompanying motifs into a complex tapestry.

Behind the scenes Rosi has established herself as a formidable artistic talent, gaining a sync with Harvey Nichols and collaborating with American music producer Mark Endert, whose impressive discography has seen him work on Madonna’s Grammy Award winning album ‘Ray of Light’, as well as collaborating on numerous projects with Maroon 5, Rihanna and Miley Cyrus. Most recently, Rosi has worked as a choral arranger for Stu Larsen and American singer-songwriter Jesca Hoop, continuously diversifying her musical career. Choosing to create under the alias Autumnmusic, the elusive project explores the depths of the human heart and psyche through deep poetic craftsmanship – winning her 4 awards at The UK Song Writing Contest and support from Tom Robinson on BBC 6 Music.

AUTUMNMUSIC reveals ‘Dreams&Fears’ at her EP launch show on 8th May at Servant Jazz Quarters in London, where she’s set to display her innate penchant for vivid storytelling in an intimate environment.

Hit the play button on ‘Pesdestal.’

Review: The Heart Break EP – Aeon Flex and Shade K Ft. Goldillox

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Trenton Thompson is determined to end 2015 with a massive BANG! The DJ/ producer/owner of Tech D Records called upon the best talent around to achieve his mission, through an explosive EP, The Heart Break, released on Beatport last month.

So who’s on the three-track set? As well as having long-term collaborators, Spanish breakbeat maestro Shade K and award-winning breakbeat guru Wes Smith on the project, the club filler offering also feature the vocals of dubstep/trap/breakbeat /house phenomenon Goldillox (think of a more radical and blinged up version of Gwen Stefani). Thompson first saw the platinum blondshell during her live performing at Florida’s Old Firestone. Describing her stage presence as ‘jaw dropping’ the music marketer gave her a well-earned spot on this record label, so it was definitely (for him) a no-brainer to include her on the latest release. Completing the line-up is producer and DJ Akeley and, of course, the man behind the label Trenton Thompson –aka Aeon Flex.

The EP kicks off with the original mix of the single The Heart Break. If you’re not familiar with the work of Shade K and Aeon Flex, this is the time to get acquainted with the masters at work. From the very beginning, the almost three-and-a-half minute banger has the strong potential to grab any prospective listener’s attention with its melodic stagnant beats, joining in harmony with the prominent electronic drive.  The explosive fusion continues on a high, thanks to Goldillox’s EDM/pop-ready and arguably Madonna-esque vocals.


Next it was Wes Smith’s turn to steal the thunder and work his magic on the single, giving the recording an upbeat and a slightly lighter feel (compared to the previous effort). Smith makes use of the almost aggressive but exuberating chopped beats, which rips through the electronic bass and takes centre stage.


Concluding the EP, DJ Alekey puts a sinisterly dark spin on the single Heat Break. Starting off with echoic vocals, the  rhythmic  EDM tones makes a brief entry before being abruptly  taken over by the boldly dense thump and, just like Smith’s effort, rips through the infectiously light electronic drive,  creating a spine-chillingly great sensation.


In January, it will be Tech D Record’s second birthday…and this EP will surely heighten the celebration. With undeniably infectious and vibrant chopped up hooks, produced to absolute precision, this small set with a mammoth impact has what it takes to receive heavy attention from  underground clubs  and from pirate and possibly mainstream dance/DEM radio stations over the festive season. The Heart Break EP has all the right ingredients to effortlessly sail through to the summer of 2016.

Thompson has definitely made the right move of choosing Goldillox to front each of the tracks, as the quirky breakbeat princess could potentially be hailed as the face of Tech D Records by avid fans of EDM of all variations.

Get your copy of The Heart Break EP right here.