I AM BORN’s Visuals For Track, ‘Like The Pain’ Offers Hope After Despair

Stacey Bournes, otherwise known as I AM BORN, has unveiled stunning visuals for track, ‘Like The Pain’. Co-director Natalia Nunn, I AM BORN and Blake Cyrier who was the main DP for the project, wanted to depict a tale of victory and a journey to peace; finding a place of self-love, balance and a healthy self-expression.

With so many of us struggling with mental health at this time, they wanted to bring hope by illustrating the fact that it’s possible to reverse any downward spiral we may find ourselves in and re-imagine life in any way we choose, as long as we don’t give up.

Shot in LA, the video features a selection of talented artists that I AM BORN greatly admires and has been incredibly inspired by. Danielle Acoff (who was featured in Michael Jackson’s last music video for,’ A Place With No Name’), Darren Tait and Natalya Oliver were dancers in the film, with Roy Sadakane and Justin Possenti providing cinematic contributions.

‘Like The Pain’ was written by I AM BORN over ten years ago as a means of catharsis and is part of a collection of work she affectionately calls ‘The Identity of Stacey Bournes’, which consists of hundreds of songs that helped her cope with the highs and lows she experienced whilst living what she thought would be her dream life as a model.

Originally an indie/experimental offering, ‘Like The Pain’ was given a makeover by producer Obsidian Cane, who injected a gutsy UKG drive with soulful R&B undertones. I AM BORN thoroughly enjoyed working on the track as she danced so much during the process. The single was featured on Obsidian Cane’s debut EP titled Reset, released on his label, Wicked Ghost Music back in August.

I AM BORN is also currently working with producers, musicians and DJ’s in different genres on a number of projects taken from the ‘IDofSB’ slated for release in the New year.

‘Like The Pain’ is now available on all download and streaming sites. Check out the official video for the single below…

Song of the Day: Dive – Louis La Roche

Brett Ewels, otherwise known as DJ LOUIS LA ROCHE, takes his inspiration from the likes of The Weeknd, Dimitri From Paris and Michael Jackson to present single, ‘Dive (ft. HEDDIE)’. The single forms part of his collaborative album, ‘Saturday Night Griever’ out now via Ever After Records.

Released late last month, the album boasts different genres with reverence – bouncing from nu-disco and French house, to modern electronic pop. ‘Dive’ encompasses everything 80’s while acknowledging the sins of the contemporary. Spotlighting sensual lyrics and pairing them with cascading soundscapes, this track is tipped to be an instant favourite among ravers.

La Roche has previously provided official remixes for artists such as Basement Jaxx, Aeroplane, Lemaitre, Fred Falke and BAYNK and received support from tastemaker Youtube channels Spinnin Records, Mr Suicide Sheep, Majestic Casual, and Mr Deep Sense and publications such as Mixmag, DJ Mag, Your EDM, Magnetic Mag and Data Transmission. The British talent has received over 40 Million YouTube views, with his remix for Crystal Bats receiving over 1.8 Million views alone, and over 23 Million plays on Spotify. Louis La Roche has also supported Kylie Minogue on her Kiss Me Once tour.

Check out ‘Dive’ below…

Song of the Day: Come Over – Zernell Fontaine (ft RV)

At 22 years old ZERNELL FONTAINE has a musical CV to be impressed by, thanks to his consistently dope R&B drops and his early entry into the music game. Eager to experiment with his sound he is on an unabating journey of musical discovery, meaning we’ve only just scratched the surface of this exciting upcoming talent.

Collaborating with North London rap sensation RV for latest release ‘Come Over’, released by 2ToneRecords/Warner, Zernell Fontaine delivers refreshing R&B alongside all of the elements that make the British Black Music scene so impressive right now. Stepping straight on to the beat creating an instant vibe of a hook before making way for a first weighty verse from RV, the record is dominated in all the right ways by Zernell who balances his melodic ad-libs and backing vocals with RV’s verses, making this the perfect cuffing season anthem.

Working with some of the worlds most renowned R&B hitmakers including Rodney Jerkins, Brian Michael Cox, Harmony (H-Money) Samuels, Angel, Sean Garrett, PRGRSHN (WSTRN) and more, Zernell made his first steps to his professional career at 13 years old, forming a strong foundation which now allows him to flourish artistically. His previous work and collaborations with the likes of Sneakbo pays further homage to his talents, not only vocally but visually too, as his inspirations from R&B legends such as Chris Brown, Usher and Michael Jackson spill into his mesmerising dance filled performances.

Check out ‘Come Over’ below…

Song of the Day: Can’t Talk – Tiera Beverly

Produced by Jason Mater (Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Eminem) and Brandon Rogers (Alec Benjamin, Troye Sivan, Bea Miller), TIERA BEVERLY‘s leading single ‘Can’t Talk’ oozes  sultry vocals, dramatic drums and soaring smokey harmonies, creating a throwback feel to Beverly’s love of 90’s girl groups. The track is brought to life with live musicians and twinkling keys, emitting a mesmerizing ambiance and showcasing her love for artists such as Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and Aaliyah.

Thematically ‘Can’t Talk’ narrates the journey of youth and realizing that to reach your goals you need to put yourself first. Beverly reveals, “This song was inspired by what I view as the current state that we live in, as far as technology. I do like things about social media, but I do feel like we are in a world so fueled by the need for constant reassurance and instant gratification. I definitely think that a lot of people have such a short attention span and it can cause for insecurity in relationships”.

The Los Angeles-based R&B songstress was born into a family of musicians – her father and grandfather (the famed Frankie Beverly) were both musicians and accomplished artists.

Check out the sultry production for the seductive ‘Can’t Talk’ below…

Ryan De La Cruz Mixes R&B And Dream-Trap Seamlessly In ‘Stubborn’

22-year-old singer RYAN DE LA CRUZ returns with a trap tinged, R&B joint ‘Stubborn’, the second single off his forthcoming EP ‘Syko’

Originally launched into the spotlight in 2017 with single ‘Know About Me’, which quickly surpassed one million views and was crowned ’the best rap video of 2017′ by DJ Semtex, Ryan has been a tearing up the scene for a while. He is now back in full force following the success of his collaboration with Ghetts and S Wavey on ‘Player’ and critically acclaimed single ’Syko’ earlier this year.

Drawing influences from the likes of Michael Jackson, D’Angelo and Chris Brown as well as his tough East London upbringing, Ryan has been setting himself apart from the new generation of UK talent. He injects soulful R&B feels into his fruitful plethora of inspiration, while making it an aim to sing about real-life, important issues.

This upcoming EP is a true testament to this and highlights Ryan’s unique way of thinking. ‘Syko’ is a conceptual body of work, playing on the different facets of his personality with singles like ‘Stubborn’, ‘Crazy’, ‘Rockstar’ and of course, ‘Syko’. The project is an ode to being accepting of who you are, and as Ryan states: “We’ve all got a sense of craziness, be cool with that, it’s ok to be syko”. Using his passion for playing on the juxtaposition of emotion and concept, each track and video really highlight his undeniable eye for fashion and art that has forever been setting him apart from the rest.

With ‘Stubborn’ as a somewhat warm up for what’s he has under his sleeve – so brace yourself for his conceptual greatness! This young artist has truly up’ed the ante this year and this is only the beginning.

Check him out below…